Whether you are storing wine for weeknight dinners or cellaring for future celebrations, storing your wine properly is essential. Certain environmental factors can negatively impact the body, flavor, and aromas of stored wine. Keep reading to learn how to maintain the integrity of your favorite wines!
KEEP IT COOL, KEEP IT DARK
Wine should never be stored in temperatures that can cause the wine to freeze or become excessively warm. Warmed wine accelerates the aging process and destroys volatile compounds. The ideal temperature for most long-term and short-term wine storage is around 55ºF. Too much light exposure can also interact with certain compounds in the wine and ruin the flavor profile. If you don't have a wine cellar, places like inside a cool pantry or closet work just fine.
KEEP IT STILL
Constant or consistent vibration will damage wine by disturbing sediments in the bottle, disrupting the delicate aging process. Refrain from storing wine on top of a refrigerator, washer & dryer, or other places where movement occurs. Allow your wine to rest 24 hours after transit. Also, avoid extreme or sudden temperature changes, especially with bubbly wine!
KEEP IT SIDEWAYS
By intentionally storing wine on its side, you will ensure that the cork remains in constant contact with the wine, keeping it moist to avoid shrinkage and allowing oxygen to seep into the bottle. When oxygen comes into contact with wine, it begins to oxidize, and the aromas, flavors, and color all begin to spoil.
Did you open one too many bottles during last night's dinner party? Not a problem! Opened bottles of wine are still good to enjoy later when stored properly and consumed in a timely manner. See below for wine-specific timeframes for finishing an opened bottle of wine.
Sparkling Wine: 1 to 3 days, in the fridge with a sparkling wine stopper.
White & Rosé Wines: 3 to 5 days, in the fridge with a cork.
Red Wine: 2 to 4 days, in a cool dark place with a cork.
Here at Hawks View, we pride ourselves on the age-ability of our wines. If you ever have any questions about storing your Hawks View wines, don't hesitate to reach out! Our team would be more than happy to talk through specific recommendations with you.
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