How to Store Wine August 24, Join WineSpectator. Now what do you do with it? Most wines are best enjoyed within a few years of release.
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How to store wine How to store wine Once it is firmly stoppered in a bottle, wine should be protected from its greatest enemy, the oxygen in the air. If, however, the cork dries out and eventually shrinks so that it no longer acts as an airtight seal, it may start to allow oxygen in to the wine and spoil it. For this reason, wine bottles have traditionally been stored on their sides, so that the wine keeps the cork thoroughly damp and swollen to fill the bottleneck. Screwcapped bottles can be stored at any angle.
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Light[ edit ] Direct sunlight or incandescent light can adversely react with phenolic compounds in wine and create " wine faults ". Light-bodied white wines run the greatest risk from light exposure, and for that reason, they are often packaged in tinted wine bottles that offer some protection from light. Wines packaged in clear, light green and blue colored bottles are the most vulnerable to light and may need extra precautions for storage. In the cellar, wines are stored in corrugated boxes or wooden crates to protect them from direct light.
However, you can store Port perfectly well at home in a cupboard. Storing Port at temperatures above this level may be detrimental, resulting in the Port ageing too quickly. As with all fine wine, to keep it in optimum condition all Vintage Port should be stored lying down in order to keep the cork moist.