Tips on How to Properly Refrigerate Wine

Learn to Refrigerate Wine the Right Way

Even if you consider yourself to be just a casual wine drinker, you probably have a few bottles of wine in your home. Whether you've got 5 bottles or 50, you certainly don't want your wine to go bad, so it's important to know how to properly refrigerate wine. Follow these Dos and Don'ts of wine storage to make sure your stash stays delicious.

Do store wine in a wine fridge.

The warmer the air is, the quicker wine will go bad, whether it's already opened or it's a brand-new bottle. It’s better to store bottles of vino in a wine refrigerator. There are several benefits to owning a wine fridge, the most important being that it refrigerates wine at a perfect, consistent temperature for the best flavor and the longest shelf life.

Don't store wine in a kitchen fridge.

Although you want your wine to be chilled, your average kitchen refrigerator is too cold to properly refrigerate wine. Cold temperatures will inhibit wine from achieving its full flavor. Also, unlike a wine refrigerator, your kitchen refrigerator removes humidity as it cools, which dries out the cork. Corks must remain moist in order to do their job of blocking air from entering the bottle properly.

Do refrigerate wine on its side.

Wine fridges store wine bottles horizontally, which keeps wine in contact with the cork so it stays moist. As mentioned above, a dried out cork will let small amounts of air into the bottle, which will damage the wine.

Don't store wine upright for too long.

It's okay to store your wine upright for a short amount of time, but not more than 2 weeks. Any longer than that and air will start to seep into the bottle and you'll have a musty-tasting wine.

Do refrigerate wine at a constant temperature.

Wines are sensitive to temperature and humidity. By storing your wine in a wine fridge, you know that you are keeping it at a correct and constant humidity level and temperature (50% to 70% humidity and 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Don't keep wine at room temperature. Storing wine in a liquor cabinet or on your kitchen counter isn't a good idea. The average room temperature is too warm for the long-term storage of wine. Warm wine is dull and flat and, in extreme cases, overly alcoholic or vinegar tasting.

Do refrigerate wine in a convenient location.

It's important that your collection is easily accessible. You want to be able to easily pour yourself a glass with dinner or have it on hand for entertaining guests. That's another reason why a wine fridge is helpful. Under-counter models fit seamlessly into your kitchen, and give you one central location that you know is just for your wine. Organize your collection by vintage, color, region of origin, or in any way that makes sense to you.

Don't store wine on top of your refrigerator.

Many people think storing bottles of wine on top of their refrigerator is ideal, but it's probably the worst place to store wine. First, refrigerators vibrate when the compressor cycles on and off, when the ice maker spits out ice, and when you open and close the door. Even slight vibrations affect your wine's taste and aging process. Secondly, your refrigerator gives off heat due to the compressor and other internal components working hard to keep the interior cool. And as we've discussed, heat is wine's number one enemy.

Do keep your wine in a properly lit area.

One way to ease the selection and viewing of your collection is with proper lighting. Your best bet for a light source is LED lighting, which creates a soft glow without giving off any heat. Wine fridges will come equipped with the proper lighting.

Don't store wine in direct indoor light or sunlight.

Traditional light bulbs give off heat and can prematurely age your wine. Sunlight and UV Rays are even worse for your wine. Keep your wine away from windows or other sources of natural light as well. Following a few simple tips when you refrigerate wine will ensure it stays fresh and flavorful. The easiest way to ensure you're following all of these tips is to get a wine fridge.

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