How to store wine at home: It’s a really important question, and quite a frequently asked one too. We have all read about how wines need fancy temperature and humidity-controlled wine cellars for safe storage.
A modern take on the wine cellars are these wine coolers with cutting edge climate control and other added features, but they cost a pretty penny.
We’d love one of these bad boy wine cellars in our basements. They sure would have made social distancing a lot more pleasurable. Having a basement wine cellar is akin to having the stairway to heaven behind a door, but unfortunately, it is not really feasible for us all.
Fret not, we got some tips and tricks to safely store your prized wine collection by none other than the brilliant Devati Mallick, Brand Head of KRSMA Estates. KRSMA Estates also recently won 46th position in the World’s Best VIneyards 2020 list, which we covered HERE. So, she really knows how to take care of a bottle of wine like a little baby.
Interestingly, the apparatus used to carry a single bottle of wine, is also known as a wine cradle, since a bottle of wine is as sensitive as a baby.
Most guides on the internet on how to store wine at home are more or less European centric. However, we have to remember that wines are temperature sensitive, and the climate in India is quite different from the European Climate. Our room temperature during summers can reach over 35C. As a result, how to store wine at home in India, will differ from how to store wine at home in countries with a more temperate climate.
Let’s look at some of the tips related to wine storage and how to store wine at home in India.
How to Store Wine At Home: Tips and Tricks
- Keep the wine away from any source of direct heat, light and sound vibrations.
- Keep the wine away from any source of strong odours.
- Heat, light and sound vibrations can overtime destroy how a wine tastes.
- Keep the wine in a dark, cool place. A corner in a closet works great to store your wines, they are cool, dark and have a stable temperature.
- If a bottle has a cork top, wine should be stored horizontally to keep the cork moist. If the crock dries out it might crack or disintegrate.
- If the wine bottle has a screw top, storing it vertically will work just fine.
- Do not store open wines in the fridge for more than 3-4 days at max. They are susceptible to absorbing strong odours from the food kept in the fridge. We bet you are not looking forward to an onion-y Sauvignon Blanc.
- Ensure a stable temperature for the wines. Fluctuating temperatures wreck havoc on the taste of the wine.
- Cool wines only prior to drinking, and hold them at room temperature to maximise their life.
- Not all wines are meant to be aged or held. Most of them are meant for immediate consumption. Generally, young wines are not meant for storing, and only certain mature wines hold well for longer periods.
- Once opened, a bottle of white wine will last 3-4 days maximum in the fridge. We recommend drinking the entire bottle in one go.
- Once opened, a bottle of red wine will last for 1-2 days at room temperature and 5-6 days in the fridge.
- White Wines and Sparkling wines can be stored in the fridge overnight to bring them at a serving temperature of 5-8 °C.
- Red Wine can be put in the fridge for 30 minutes to one hour, to bring them up to a serving temperature of 18-20°C or “European Room Temperature”.
These tips and tricks will make you an expert on how to store wine at home, even in the Indian hot and humid climate. However, we advise you to crack open a bottle of your favourite wine and make some of these beautiful wine cocktails.