How to preserve wine at home ?
Today we will speak about something very important for beginners in wine world : knowing how to preserve their wine. With these four advices, you will be able to preserve your wine , whether they are Grand Crus or not.
- Bottles in horizontal position
Many people have a tendency to keep their wine bottles upright. Big mistake. To preserve a wine it is key that it is placed horizontally. In this way, the cork will always be in contact with the wine, keeping it moist, which considerably improves its
watertightness (except in the case of sparkling wines).
- Avoid exposure to light
It is key that you place your wine bottles in a place where they are not in direct contact with sunlight, and if possible, not with artificial light either, as this will protect the wine from UV rays. This is why the vast majority are in dark glass bottles.
- Low temperature and high humidity
Another essential aspect to take care of is the temperature. It is key to keep your wines at stable temperatures, avoiding important variations. Ideally, wines should be kept at a temperature between 6 and 18ºC, avoiding sudden changes in temperature. As for humidity, it should be between 60 and 80%. Basements or any other underground room are a great alternative for preserving your wines.
Away from noise, vibrations and strong smells
Noise, vibrations, as well as strong smells, are also great enemies of wine, so make sure you guarantee your bottles are not exposed to fumes, noisy machinery, extractors that do not stop vibrating, etc.
- Check their shelf life
You must bear in mind that not all wines improve with time. There are wines that have to be consumed relatively quickly to avoid spoiling them. Young wines should be drunk within five years of production, while Reserva and Gran Reserva wines can be kept for 10 to 15 years. It is not recommended to exceed these times.
Now, you have all the basis to keep your bottle safely ! Take your time to enjoy them !