I recently had the pleasure of attending an ASID lecture on wine preservation. With the holidays around the corner, I thought it would be nice to share a few interesting facts on wine how to preserve your wine collection.
Did you know most wines are ready to drink and some do not improve with age? As the holidays approach and you’re storing more wine or you receive beautiful bottles as gifts, keep these crucial factors in mind.
LIGHT, HEAT, HUMIDITY, VIBRATION
- Light – Avoid UV and natural light.
- Heat – All wine can be stored at 40-65 degrees, but 55 degrees is ideal. (Temperature should not range more than 5 degrees when storing wine.)
- Humidity – Greater than 50%, less than 60%¾this is mainly to prevent the cork from molding or getting too dry.
- Vibration – For red wine primarily, avoid vibration to reduce movement of the sediment. It changes the flavor.
Also, note that red is best served at 65 degrees. If white is served too cool, it is flat on the nose and less flavorful. It’s also best opened within 2-3 years.
Cheers, and may the best day of your past be the worst day of your future!