Wine Storage - How long and what conditions are best for storing wine?
This is a question that we get asked a lot, and which has a huge range of answers all of which are dependent on what wines you have purchased.
Broadly speaking, when it comes to storage, wine can be split into three groups: white wine, regular red wine and fine red wine.
As a general rule, white wines need to be drunk sooner rather than later and typically, are at their best from when they are bottled and for another year to eighteen months.
When it comes to red wines, they are definitely not going to deteriorate as quickly as white wines, and as a general rule, they should be drunk within 2-5 years (if you can wait that long!).
Finally, when it comes to fine red wines, such as those found in the Bordeaux region of France, some of these wines are not bottled for up to 3-5 years after they have been put in barrel. And then once bottled, they will need a further 10-30 years in bottle before they reach their best.
It is always best to speak to your local wine merchant to get advice on the particular wines you are purchasing.
Remember that wines with cork stoppers should be stored on their sides so that the cork remains moist and to avoid the wine becoming oxidised.
Wine should be stored in a dark environment that is not too hot and not too cold. But the most important factor is that the temperature where the wine is stored remains consistent and does not oscillate widely.
For more fantastic advice on all things to do with storing your wine at home why not check out the following All about Wine Storage and Preservation at Home: Tips from the Experts.