- 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.
- 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
Seal Champagne or sparkling wine as soon
as you open to maintain the flavour.
Red wines can last 2-10 years in correct storage conditions, with the range depending on the balance of acid, sugar and tannins. Some reds are more suited to ageing than others.
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.
The majority of Champagnes are already aged before purchase, but if you want to keep them a bit longer, they will last for up to 3 years. This increases for vintage Champagnes: they can have a lifespan of 5-10 years.