Ever hear of a corked bottle of wine?
Basically, the wine will taste funny because the cork is contaminated with TCA, a chemical compound. There is nothing you can do about it. Wine Folly explains (with infographics!) seven wine faults (like corked wine) what they are, and how to detect them. Oxidized wine and heat exposure are two ways wine can be altered in the storage process, which will change the flavor of the wine… and not in a good way. Proper wine storage will prevent these two disasters from happening to your next bottle of wine.
How to Store Wine
1. Store wine on it’s side. No one wants to sleep standing up, including your vino.
2. Store it in a cool place, with a temperature less than 70.
However, you should also keep some of your bottles on display in your kitchen, dining area, or bar area.
First Rule of Wine Storage:
Buy a pretty wine rack.
You probably thought I was going to say, “Store the wine on it’s side” – which is actually one of the most important aspects of wine storage – but any legitimate wine rack will store wine properly. Here’s why you need to store wine on its side: when wine is stored upright for a period of time, the cork can begin to let in oxygen. Oxidized wine will lose its luster both in color and flavor – the wine will develop a bitter taste. (Note: this also supports the case for drinking an entire bottle of wine, rather than drinking a glass and saving it for a week.)
The other major factor in wine storage is temperature, which should be cooler than 70 degrees in a dark place. Wine caves are naturally 55 degrees, which is ideal. If you don’t have access to a wine cave, a cool closet will do. We store ours in handy, stackable Storvino wine crates in a closet.
Related: the ideal temperature to serve Chardonnay. It’s warmer than you might think!