When you first bring your wine home, keep the bottles standing upright to give the trapped gases a chance to escape out the cork.  After 7-10 days, turn them on their sides.

Wine has four major enemies: heat, light, vibration and oxygen.  Protect against these and your Vintages wine will stay fresh, vibrant and delicious.  Remember – Cool, Dark, Still, Horizontal.

  • Cool.  Ideally, wine should be stored at temperatures under 70°.  A consistent temperature is critical since fluctuations will affect the quality.
  • Dark.  Direct light – or, worse, direct sunlight – can damage your wine, particularly whites (though reds are also affected).
  • Still.  Even slight constant vibration (such as from a refrigerator) agitates your wine, stirs up  dead yeast cells, and sours it over time.
  • Horizontal.  When a wine bottle is stored upright, the cork begins to dry out and shrink.  Oxygen then enters the bottle and the wine begins to spoil.  So after the first 7-10 days, turn your bottles sideways so the cork stays in contact with the wine and remains moist – and keeps oxygen out.

A quiet corner in your basement usually works well.  If you don’t have a basement, a seldom used coat closet will also do.  A wine refrigerator or cellar is ideal.

Places to avoid:

  • The kitchen counter, for more than a day or two
  • The top of your refrigerator
  • Next to a furnace, washing machine or clothes dryer
  • A top shelf (heat rises!)
  • The refrigerator for long periods of time