Image above courtesy of Magnum + Queens Wines.
Think you know how to store your wine? The team at the newly launched Magnum + Queens Wines share their view on how to look after your wine. Here are their 5 top tips:
1. Don’t store your wine on top of fridges.
This is one of the worst places to store wine as it is exposed to constant vibration and will get heat affected. It can also cause seeping of wine from the bottle.
2. Don’t stack or stand up all wines
Wines should not be stored directly on top of one another if possible. Invest in a wine rack if you plan to not drink the wine straight away. This will allow air flow around the bottles and avoid hot spots that can affect the wine.
Screw cap wines can be stored whichever way suits your space (standing up) however wine with corks should be stored on their side so that the wine stays in contact with the cork and doesn’t dry out.
3. Store all wine in fridges
A fridge works well for whites, rose and sparkling and is great because they are chilled and ready to drink. Yet red wine requires a dark area, a cupboard can be a good solution for all wine storage but needs to be in a cool part of the house and away from vibrations like footsteps.
4. Spoons in open bottles
Spoons are not going so save that open bottle of bubbles! The best solution for wine is to invest in a Vinous rubber stopper, or a product such as Winesave, that protects opened wine by laying a pure, inert and odourless gas called argon across the wine’s surface in the bottle which protects the fruit. Champagne quality can be prolonged (in open bottles) by using a champagne stopper.
5. Displaying win in direct sunlight
When choosing a wine storage area in your home avoid placing near windows that have direct sunlight coming in onto the bottles, over time the wine will oxidise.
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