Before you get stuck into storing your wine, we suggest that you carry out some research in regards to the age-worthy varieties of red wine and ensure that the wine you would like to store can be stored. Especially considering there are a lot of wines that are produced with the intentions of being consumed fairly soon. Before beginning the process it is important that you are choosing a wine that is ‘age-worthy’, as otherwise, this won’t be worth your time.
This is important to know because otherwise, it could leave you feeling rather disappointed, especially if you’ve been saving the perfect blend ready for your 10 or 15 year anniversary only to find out that it is long past its prime time. If you are unsure which wines are best suited for this and how long they should be stored in order to be at their peak there are some online review sites, certain magazines and forums that can supply you with some advice in regards particular bottles being stored in order to gain their optimal time. There is a good guide online from Vinepair, but there are plenty more.
It is advised that if you are planning to drink a bottle of wine within just three months then it shouldn’t matter too much in regards to where you store the wine. However what you do need to take in consideration is you should store it in a place where it is not going to overheat or break in any way as this will massively impact the outcome.
On the other side, if you are planning on storing wine for a longer period of time, then the key for a successful ageing of wine is to prevent oxidation. This is that horrible taste you get when you drink out of a bottle that’s been open and left on the side all week to fester. Therefore for more long-term storage, it is always advised that you lay each of the bottles flat, especially if they have a cork. This way it keeps the cork wet and prevents the cork from drying out. If the cork dries out then it would result in the wine inside being exposed to the air and will oxidise.
It is also suggested that every few months you rotate the bottle a quarter or so, this way it prevents any of the sediment settling onto one side in particular. Therefore keeping all the components fresh and allowing the ageing process to be effective.
When you are storing red wine, it is suggested that it is best to keep it at a cooler temperature as opposed to storing it where it is too warm. Some experts have suggested that the optimum temperature ranges from around 7 °c to 18 °c. However, the wine will not always spoil if it is kept at slightly higher temperatures. Most studies do say as long as it is not above room temperature of around 22 °c, providing there are not drastic changes in the temperature, then the wine should age perfectly well.
Refrigeration is also an option when strong your wine if this is possible, but don’t panic if you are unable to accommodate this. As long as extreme humidity is avoided whilst storing wine, as this can not only lead to drying out the cork and exposing the wine to air and causing oxidation, but it can also lead to mould and mildew within the wine which is never good. Ideally, when storing red wine the key points include keeping your wine in a safe place, which is kept away from certain extreme weather conditions where the temperature may suddenly shift. If you follow this guidance then your red wine should be ideal, for whatever occasion you choose to crack it open; whether it be a standard Friday night or a 10 year wedding anniversary.