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Because wine is a perishable, it’s best to take some extra steps in an effort to keep wine for extended periods of time. Most white wines are good for a few years, while certain red wines can keep for much longer periods of time. That said, here are a few tips on how best to store wines:

If you have a cellar (small or large) keep the wines as close to 55 degrees as possible. If you don’t have a cellar, keep your wine as low to the ground as possible so they are out of the heat.

Try not to move the wines once you have them in a spot. Moving a wine will disrupt it and have negative effects on the wine.

Keep them in a dark place. UV rays can negatively affect wines and can produce negative smell over time.

Keep your wines on their side. The wine will keep the cork moist as long as the wine is laid down on its side, preventing the cork from drying out. If the cork dries out it can allow the wine to spoil.

Try to only keep wine in your cellar. If you don’t have a cellar, keep fragrant items away from the wines, as the wine will breathe through the cork and can pick up those smells.

Serve your wines at the correct temperature. This is approximate but the idea is to get as close to these temperatures as possible.
Dry whites and rose – 45 to 55 degrees
Champagnes and sparkling – 45 degrees
Lighter reds – 55 degrees
Big reds – 60 to 70 degrees or room temperature

Wine Serving Temperatures (3)

Also, open the bottle and let it breathe 20 minutes prior to drinking, this allows for the escape of volatile acids and much better drinking experience.

Hope these tips help you to better enjoy your wine!

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Mark Parton

Mark has been working in the wine industry for over 20 years. He founded the company, Call For Wine which he later sold in 2011. Today, Mark is the founder of Wine Cellar Liquidators and continues to manage call centers in the wine industry.

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