How to store and pour wine.

They say that fine wine gets better with age, and that is certainly the case for a number of varieties. In the right conditions, wine can develop a rich and varied flavour. So, to help you enjoy every bottle, we’ve pulled together some handy tips about what wine to store where, how long different wines keep once they’re open and even how to serve.

  • The ideal storage.
  • Wine should be stored in a dark space that has a stable level of humidity, like the garage or under the stairs. This will prevent the cork from drying out and stops any oxygen sneaking into the bottle.
  • If you don’t have a wine storage space that’s consistently cool, dark and moist, a wine refrigerator or wine cooler is a good idea.
  • Screwcaps and sparkling wines can be stored standing up or horizontal. If sealed with a natural cork, however, then it’s best to be kept horizontal to stop the cork from drying out.
  • Try not to serve white wine too cold because it can dampen the aroma (or nose). Instead, take out 20 minutes before serving. Reds can be served warm. Fizz should always be served fairly well chilled then, over time, as it warms up, in the glass.

How to keep wine once it’s open.

Whites and rosés are typically best kept in the fridge once opened and will only normally keep for up to 3 days. Red wine can be re-sealed for a few days. After that, it will develop a bit of a vinegary taste. It’s trial and error.


Let’s talk freshness.

Some wines you will find improve with having been opened, while others tend to lose fruit freshness. Champagne and other traditional method sparkling wines (Cava) will stay fizzier for longer than Prosecco and tank method sparklers.


Generally, wines that are lighter and with higher acidity, like Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, will tend to stay fresh for longer, whereas rounder, fuller wines need to be drunk over a couple of days.

  • Keep open wine in the fridge away from strong-smelling food.
  • Wine-stoppers or even the original cork can keep the bottle tightly shut, and should be used as soon as possible once open.
  • Try to drink open reds within 2-3 days.

    Store fizz standing up and use a sparkling
    wine closure.


    Seal Champagne or sparkling wine as soon
    as you open to maintain the flavour.

How long does an unopened bottle of wine last?

Great ways to use wine you don’t like.

If your wine has been kept open for more than a few days, and it doesn’t taste the same as before, use it in a recipe rather than pouring it away. Reds are great for stews or bolognese, and whites can make a delicious fish sauce. Red and white wines are great in soups, stews and even sauces. You can also use for spritzers or sangria – white or red! Wine has no real ‘expiry date’, but the taste will change the longer they are left open.

Take the Aldiploma!

Why not check out our wine course, the Aldiploma for more free wine hints and tips? All 6 modules are ready and waiting, so sit back, pour yourself a tasting measure and get ready to imbibe some wine know-how: