The goal of wine storage is to prevent wines from going bad while you wait to drink them. Here are a few tips that should help store and age your wine:
- Avoid high temperatures. High temperatures will ruin your wine. Try to keep your wine as close to 60 degrees as possible. The most important aspect of storing wine is keeping a constant temperature and, if using natural corks, correct humidity levels.
- Keep wines out of the light. Direct sunlight exposure is never good for stored wines. Try to keep your wines in a cool, dry and dark place. You can always stop at your local liquor store and pick up empty cardboard cases to store your hand crafted wine. [Vintner's Circle provides cardboard wine cases for free to our customers to store their wine bottles.]
- Don’t shake your wines. Avoid storage places where there are vibrations or shaking.
- Bottle with synthetic corks — the same corks used by major wineries worldwide. They won’t dry out and leak as natural corks do and aren’t susceptible to mold. If you purchase other wines with bottles that have natural corks or make wine using natural corks, keep the bottles resting on their side to prevent the cork from drying out and shrinking. [Vintner's Circle uses synthetic corks. You can store your wine upright in the cardboard cases we provide.]
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