An infrequent wine drinker may not think of storing a bottle of table red right side up on the counter or in a cupboard. A bottle of white can be chilled indefinitely in the kitchen refrigerator. A party may require several bottles or even a case of wine.
The wine police will not issue a fine! However, a budding wine lover or hobbyist would do well to pay attention to some basic facts about wine cellar fridge storage before beginning a collection of prized and expensive varieties.
There are three key best practices for wine storage:
* Keep low lighting
* Balance room temperature to 50-60 degrees F
* Keep the cork wet
However, even people without a big budget and homeless can keep their wine in great condition and flavor by following these tips:
* Dim lighting is achieved in part by manufacturers, who bottle their wines with dark glass. Storing your wine in a pantry, basement, or basically, a dimly lit room will work.
* Cool temperature can be achieved in a lower level room, such as a basement, refrigerator, or cool home area. You can also buy special wine coolers.
* The wine corks are kept moist by placing the bottle on its side. Screwcap bottles prevent dry cork problems and are even used today in some high-quality wines.
With changes and improvements in modern bottling practices, why would a person invest in a bottle rack? First, a bottle rack achieves the need to keep the cork moist. It also allows you to conveniently store wine, whether you have one bottle or 100 bottles. The wine rack can be placed on the counter, the floor, in a pantry, or a basement. A wine rack also looks stylish!