How to Store Your Wine Collection Like an Expert
Whether you’re a weekly participant in Wine Wednesdays or have been working on your fine wine collection for years, there are a few simple ways to make sure your bottles stay safe and secure.
Store bottles horizontally. Horizontal wine racks aren’t just good for decoration, they’re imperative to keep corks moist so it doesn’t shrink, If the cork shrinks before you open a bottle, air may get into the bottle and keep your wine from aging properly.
Keep wine in a temperature-controlled room. For extended aging of wine, bottles should not be kept at a temperature above 75 degrees to keep from oxidation. An ideal temperature for storing wine is around 55 degrees, while being stored in 70% humidity to keep from evaporation.
Embrace low lighting. Keeping bottles in the dark will prevent UV rays and fluorescent fixtures from making wine age prematurely. Wine that has been exposed to light for a prolonged amount of time can also have a different smell when pouring.
Invest in security. If you’ve been collecting fine wine for years and want to maintain a bottle’s value or increase its worth, look into storing your bottles at a professional cellar. You’ll be able to keep your hands off the bottles so they can mature, and have a team of workers that know your inventory and can help you find a buyer should you want to sell.
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