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Wine 101


Introduction
Wine Making Process
Wine Storing
Decanting
Wine Tasting
Wine Serving
White Wine Grapes
Red Wine Grapes
Wine & Food Pairings
How To Read a Wine Label
Wine Glossary
Wine Recommendations
Wines 101

Wine Storing

 

If you’re like most people, you buy a bottle of wine and drink it within a few days. In some cases, you might have a small inventory of 10 to 20 bottles on hand that you have collected for various reasons. Others will have more extensive collections. And of course a few will be serious collectors. Let’s look at where you should store your wine. The choices are:

 

 

Now truth be said, unless you are a serious collector with a large inventory of expensive wines, or you just want to impress your friends, you don’t need the custom built room. For most people, the average basement (below grade) is quite adequate for wine storage.

The ideal storage conditions are:

 

 

 

 If you don’t have a below grade basement and you keep a moderate inventory for several months, you can invest in wine refrigerators. If however, you drink the wine within 3 days after purchasing and all you buy is $6 per magnum table wine, then don’t spend any money on fancy storage. Just keep the wine in the coolest place, away from the stove and refrigerator to avoid unnecessary heat and vibration.

Once you have opened the bottle, it is a good idea to drink it as soon as possible. The key here is that air will be the enemy. You can buy fancy systems that remove all of the air, but they are expensive. Besides, why not just drink all of it. Don’t open that bottle of 2005 Clos Des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape if you are just having 1 glass all by yourself. Instead open that bottle of  Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, any year will do.