Unless you are a family of teetotalers (which I sincerely hope is not the case), I think it would be safe to assume that wine holds a particularly significant position in your home amongst all other beverages.
Now, most wine enthusiasts find it tricky to store it at a safe place which has the right temperature configurations.
This task becomes all the more difficult if you have kids at home or amongst your frequent visitors. If that’s the case, you will have to find a spot that is out of reach of your kids.
Ideally, there is no right or wrong way to store wines at home. You cannot ignore the fact that wine is delicate. You would not want to spill wine on your luxurious coffee table while you are gabbing about with your best friends.
Do yourself a favour, and avoid such a situation with the help of our tips mentioned below-
Stash your wine correctly
It is possible that you do not have the required space to install a cooler or temperature controlled storage space where you can actually store your wine. If you are faced with such a situation then don’t worry, you can store your wine in a cool cupboard in your kitchen or in any other room.
Some people prefer storing it in their basement which is free from mold and dampness. This spot can act as a makeshift wine cellar. However, there are some spots like the top of the fridge/cabinet, above washing machines, hot garages or attics that should never be used to store wines.
You can invest in a wine fridge if you have the required storage space in your kitchen but make it a point to keep it away from the dishwasher.
If you are thinking about having a wine storage space at the beginning of a kitchen remodel project you can seek the opinion of your designer on how you can go about doing it.
They will take into account your kitchen space, utility needs and locality accordingly design a wine storage space suited for your needs. For instance, if you search kitchen Northampton on a search engine, you will find experts who can guide you with the latest design trends and your requirements.
A smart way to store wine bottles is by keeping them on its sides. This way, the liquid stays in contact with the cork and prevents the cork from drying out. This also prevents air circulation which leads to oxidation. You cannot protect the wine once its oxidised.
Exposing your wine collection to constantly changing temperatures will do it a lot of harm. But, you can definitely leave your wine alone at the correct temperature for ages.
However, if you fail to do so then the changing temperature will have an impact on the wine and when you pop the bottle to drink it, you definitely would not like the taste of it. Trust me, the best of the wines can give you a disappointing feeling and leave you with a bitter aftertaste.
Most households do not realise the fact that warmer storage temperatures can speed up the wine aging process and that too in a highly dramatic manner. So, look to store your wine collection in a cool spot, but ideally not in freezing temperatures.
An ideal temperature to store wine in the wine nook is around 50-58 Fahrenheit. And, if you are someone who loves to drink white or rose wine along with a fresh salad then stick it in the fridge for at least about twenty minutes before you start your meal.
Timely Humidity Check
Homeowners who store wines at home constantly worry about the wine getting oxidised. Well, this happens when the corks starts to dry and a lack of humidity in the surrounding atmosphere.
So, when you store wine it is important to check the moisture level so that the cock doesn’t dry off. The simplest and the best way to maintain a specific moisture level in your fridge, cupboard or closet, is by placing a small bowl of water in them.
This way the space will have the necessary moisture level but always remember to refill the bowl at frequent intervals.
Keep sun at bay
The prime trick to store wines for longer span is to keep them away from sunlight. Although, you may prefer a lot of natural light in your kitchen but wine and sunlight is not the best combination so it is wise to keep them away from each other.
The main reason for this is that UV light in the sun ray’s can lead to premature ageing of your wine. So, it is wise to keep wine bottles in dark, cool spaces and enjoy the sunlight when you are out vacationing.