Wine storage is not as simple as 1, 2, 3. Whether you are storing wine for a short time or collecting it for long-term aging, there are basic dos and don’ts that a wine collector has to consider.
Do’s in Wine Storage
Wine Storage Don’ts
Don’t store your wines in a place that is too cool. Avoid keeping it in a freezer or in a storage that can cause the wines to freeze. This may push the cork up because as wine freezes, the cork has a tendency to expand.
Don’t let your wines get exposed to too much light or heat. This is because too much exposure to light may lead to premature aging. If you store your collection in wine racks, avoid placing them in areas with incandescent bulbs (fluorescent bulbs are recommended). You must also keep your wine racks away from appliances that can be a source of heat.
Don’t place your wine collection in an area where there is a lot of shaking and vibration. The reason for this is that frequent shaking experienced by wines can disturb the sediments in it, resulting in a gritty texture.
Don’t store wine near or in areas with strong odors because they can pass through the cork and affect your wine’s taste and aroma. Hence, placing your collection near chemicals like paint and easily-spoiled food is not a wise idea.