Storing Your Vintages Wine
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