How to store your wine safely

The kitchen is one of the worst places to keep your favourite drop, writes

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Not many of us are blessed with a wine cel­lar. But for those who like a drop — and that’s a lot of us — there are oc­ca­sions when it would be good to be able to lay down a bot­tle or two to let it im­prove with age, and per­haps even value. But cel­lar di­rec­tor at Cel­lar­mas­ters,

(pic­tured), says most of us are do­ing it wrong. Wines, espe­cially red wines, do best when kept in cool, tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled en­vi­ron­ments.

“Wine should be stored some­where with a cool, even tem­per­a­ture, so the kitchen is the worst place in the house to store wine, be­cause it’s one of the hottest and most well lit rooms in the house, with a con­stantly fluc­tu­at­ing tem­per­a­ture,” Chris­tine says.

“The kitchen and the liv­ing room are also both ar­eas with high ac­tiv­ity, which makes both those rooms bad wine stor­ing spa­ces be­cause you should avoid ex­ces­sive vi­bra­tions around the area you store red wine.”

Keep­ing your cool

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by the wine re­tailer, the kitchen and liv­ing room are the two most com­mon places for Aus­tralians to store their wine, which may come down to space.

If you don’t have many op­tions, Chris­tine says there are ways of mit­i­gat­ing the dam­age to your wine that can oc­cur if it’s left in the kitchen.

Changes in tem­per­a­ture can af­fect the qual­ity of your wine so look for spa­ces that are con­sis­tently cool and dark. If you’re a fan of buy­ing on­line, keep your wine in the pack­ag­ing it ar­rived in un­til you’re ready to drink it to main­tain an even tem­per­a­ture. Al­ter­na­tively, look for a cup­board in a less used part of the house where it will not be next to an ex­ter­nal wall, which may also be vul­ner­a­ble to fluc­tu­a­tions in tem­per­a­ture.

Make sure your wine gets bet­ter with age with th­ese ba­sic tips

Heat is the en­emy of wine but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to keep it in the fridge in the long term. Keep it where the tem­per­a­ture won’t change much.

Stack­ing bot­tles on their side to keep wine in con­tact with the cork is tra­di­tional — and space ef­fi­cient — but not ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.

Sun­light and UV can ad­versely af­fect the qual­ity of your favourite drop by age­ing it pre­ma­turely. Keep your bot­tles in the dark.

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