Wine storing tips

If you’re serious about drinking wine, chances are you’re serious about cellaring it too.

And if you’re serious about storing it, you’ll know that under the stairs isn’t the best place for your precious collection.

Make sure you keep it somewhere where the temperature is stable from day to night and season to season. This can be a purpose-built facility or private cellar. That failing, avoid windows, external walls or anywhere near a kitchen. Between 12-18 degrees Celsius is optimum, and based on the average temperature of the great European cellars.

Keep humidity between 65 and 75 per cent. Inadequate humidity will cause cork shrinkage and oxidisation and too much humidity will damage labels and encourage mould growth.

Store wine away from vibrations. This includes subwoofers, speakers, air-conditioners and hot water units. Vibrations affect chemical reactions in the wine.

Keep wine in the dark and avoid sunlight at all costs.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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