Let’s say you’re interested in purchasing multiple bottles of wine at one time. Most shops have a discount for purchases of 6 (half-case) or 12 (full-case) bottles so this is a great idea for your wallet. The only problem - you need somewhere safe to store them. Wine is a living substance and can be ruined even from within its glass bottle - so it’s important that you store your wine correctly!
Follow this three step guide to storing wine effectively at home:
STORE YOUR WINE AT THE PROPER TEMPERATURE
Wine should be kept at a cool and constant temperature, and by cool I mean somewhere between 55° - 65°F. This means that unless you keep your home unusually chilly, most areas of your home are too warm to store wine--especially your kitchen. Many appliances in the kitchen give off heat, leaving the room far warmer than the rest of the house. So while that countertop wine rack might look sophisticated, it’s actually allowing your wine to reach temperatures that could damage it.
So, where should you store your wine? I’ve always been lucky enough in the houses I’ve lived in to have a portion of my basement left unfinished (but not musty or moldy). That would be my first suggestion. If that’s not an option, store your wine in the back corner of your coolest closet. You can also find a wine fridge that holds twelve bottles for under $100, just be sure to read reviews and buy from a trusted company! I have a Koldfront 18 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler and use it to store my higher end (think $50+) bottles. If you’re looking to purchase, check out this 28 bottle option.
BE MINDFUL OF LIGHT
Sunlight (as well as bright artificial light) is another wine killer. Both heat and light can ruin a wine, stripping it of its fresh fruit flavors and making it taste stale and old.
POSITION YOUR WINE CORRECTLY FOR STORAGE
Finally, any wine that is sealed with a cork should be stored on its side. This might sound silly, but there’s a reason behind it, I promise! The cork needs to stay in contact with the wine so that it can remain moist. If it dries out, there’s a higher chance for air to be let into the bottle and thus spoiling your wine!
I would look into getting some wine racks. I’ve used both standing wine racks and customizable/build your own wine racks (currently using these from Amazon). Both of these are great options, it just depends on what your space is like.
If you’re still having trouble storing your wine at home after reading these tips, you may want to consider offsite storage. It is a bit more costly, but a great option if you’re wanting to buy wine and let it age for 5-10 years. If you’re anything like me, it’s REALLY hard not to drink wine when it’s in your house. The offsite storage also guarantees perfect condition for your wine to age in. If you’re in the Seattle Area, I’m currently using The 47 and would highly recommend them. I have access to my wine seven days a week using a key card and just pay a yearly fee to have my wine stored there.
A couple more things I would recommend to make the storing process easier:
There you have it! A quick lesson on how to store wine at home. Please let me know you’re questions below, and for more fun wine facts, give me a follow on Instagram @corkandfizz!