House Design Ideas Perth: Wine Storage
- Published on 10 September 2012
Tips for wine storage
There is a lot to be said about the simple pleasure of enjoying a good bottle of wine in your new home.
If you are planning on starting a collection for long-term ageing, it is important to store it properly to ensure optimum drinkability.
Here are some key points to consider when determining where and how to store your wine.
Although most modern bottles have good UV filters you should keep your wine in a dark place and away from exposure to direct sunlight. If a wine is consistently in direct light it will affect the flavour of the wine as a result of premature ageing.
Wine is best stored horizontally on its side. This ensures the cork is in constant contact with the wine keeping it moist and avoiding it from shrinking or cracking allowing oxygen into the bottle. When wine comes in contact with oxygen, it begins to oxidize causing the flavours and colour to spoil.
Temperature & Humidity
Keep it cool. The optimum wine storage temperature is around 10-12 degrees. You should aim for consistent temperatures as dramatic fluctuations will negatively impact a stored bottle of wine. Humidity is also important for keeping the corks moist to avoid shrinking and oxidization. The ideal humidity is between 65-75%.
However big or small your wine collection, these simple storage tips can ensure the quality of your wine is preserved.