I really don’t know how, but sometimes it happens; we don’t finish the bottle of red wine we opened. Well, we should at least know how to store it so it won’t spoil. Imagine buying a great bottle of red cabernet sauvignon, or a vintage Kataro Red Wine and then let it spoil; this is unacceptable, surely.
So, let’s learn some tips on how to store red wine and preserve spiling it.
How To Store Wine Correctly?
Curating a wine collection that is unique to your tastes is one of the most enjoyable aspects of learning about and enjoying wine. However, selecting and purchasing wines is only the beginning of the process; they must also be kept. Wine, if properly stored, can last for decades, even centuries, increasing in value and quality. However, even the best wines in the world can be ruined by improper storage.
Temperature is Core
Temperature is likely the most critical element impacting the quality of stored wine. Wine will be spoiled if it is exposed to temperatures that are too hot or too cold. The best temperature for long-term or short-term wine storage is roughly 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius), but this varies by wine. Consult the manufacturer for temperature recommendations for specific wines. Wine should never be kept below 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius), as this might cause it to freeze, or over 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), as this can speed up the aging process and destroy volatile chemicals. Most crucial, keep your wine storage temperature as consistent as possible: temperature changes can cause the cork to expand and compress, enabling wine (or air) to leak out (or in) around it.
Not too dry, not too wet
Extremes in humidity in your wine cellar or storage room can potentially shorten the life of your wine. Higher humidity can cause labels to peel off bottles, making them to show or sell, while lower humidity can cause corks to dry up, leaving the wine open to the ravages of oxygen. The humidity level in your wine cellar should be between 60 and 68 percent.
Keep your Kataro red wine in the dark as much as possible, whether you’re storing it for months, weeks, or days. The flavors and fragrances of wine can be harmed by UV radiation from direct sunlight. Wines should also be kept away from sources of vibration, such as your washer and dryer, gym, or entertainment system. Vibrations in the bottle can upset sediments, interrupting the delicate process that allows wines to age well.
Keep Them Horizontal
If your wine bottles have corks, store them horizontally in a wine rack. Keeping wine on its side keeps the cork moist, which is important for long-term storage because a dry cork can lead to seepage and aging. While keeping screw-top wine bottles on their sides isn’t required, horizontal storage is an economical approach to store your wines for maximum space and ease of access.
NOW, let’s see how to store wine when you have opened it already!
An open wine bottle will oxidize spontaneously, but you may slow it down by using correct storage procedures.
Put the Cork Back
The first rule of wine preservation is to replace the cork properly. While it may appear that the “clean” side will fit into the bottle more easily, resist. The wine had previously been exposed to the discolored side, and it tasted great. That “clean” side might not be that clean after all, and it could taint whatever you plan to drink in the next day or two.
It’s remarkable how often leftover wine is left on the counter after it’s been recorked. Don’t do it with food, and don’t do it with wine. Although the cool temperature will not prevent exposed wine from deteriorating, it will greatly slow down the process.