You can avoid the wine-related problems if you know how to store it properly. Taste of opened bottles turns sour only because folks do not understand the methods to preserve its taste. It is not a tough task to keep fine wines fresh. However, it is a challenge to keep the color and taste of leftover wine.
Wine bottle whose cork is taken off requires some extra care.
HEAT IS AN ENEMY OF WINE
A wine bottle is bound to lose its aesthetic value and fragrance if you keep it at high temperature. You can keep the opened wine bottle in oak wine racks for a day or standard kitchen refrigerator for a few days or a week. You have to warm it again to the serving temperature before drinking it. The warm temperature quickly makes wine outdated. You have to keep the wine glass on the table after a sip.
USE A DEDICATED WINE FRIDGE
A dedicated wine fridge is specially designed for preserving wine. Set its temperature 50 to 55 degrees and enjoy wine for a great length of time. The room temperature is not safe for wine even if the bottle is unopened. Fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit is a standard temperature for wine. The cold places increase the age of the wine. Wine is bound to turn into vinegar if you keep it on the fluctuating temperature.
KEEP THE BOTTLE AWAY FROM THE SUN
People celebrate picnic on the beach and exposes the wine to the sun rays that spoil the flavour. Only grapes need some amount of healthy sun rays. Ultraviolet light of the sun rays creates fault when the wine has been bottled. Preserve its storage in the darkness so its flavour and sticker may not fade.
PROTECT WINE FROM VIBRATIONS
Wine loses its authenticity if you jolt or vibrate its bottles repeatedly. The phenomenon leads to wine ageing prematurely. You should have a proper storage system if you have an interest in wine collection. Some cupboard or closet kitted out with racks will do the job.
THE INFLUENCE OF A HUMID ENVIRONMENT
The corks dry out under the influence of a high humid environment. Closet, cupboard, and even fridge lacks enough moisture so corks may dry out within the gadgets. Use a humidifier in a room if you have a problem of moisture level. Also, keeping a bowl of water in the cupboard with the wine bottles is a fine trick. However, you have to take one pain – refill it repeatedly.
WHERE TO ADJUST THE COOL CUPBOARD?
The cool cupboard is a fine choice for storing wine if you do not have an expensive fridge. However, do not adjust the cupboard in the kitchen. You can turn the basement into makeshift wine cellar if it is free from the mould and dampness. Top of the fridge, heated garages, and attics, all of having limitations so do not take the risk of adjusting wine at these places. You can only keep the wine in the kitchen if you have a fridge.
KEEP WINE AWAY FROM SMELLS
It is said that wine has the quality of breathing so do not keep near anything that has a strong smell. The smell could taint wine after penetrating in it via cork. An effective ventilation system proves quite helpful to stay it healthy.
ONLY QUALITY WINES IMPROVE WITH TIME
Remember, not all wines improve taste and flavor with time. Only good quality wines can enhance the taste. You can store red wine for two to ten years to improve its quality. Some factors such as tannins, acid, and sugar determine the duration of wine storage. White wines should be intake after three to four years.
Follow the suggested ways to keep wines healthy for a great amount of time.