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What is the Best Way to Store Your Wines?

Posted on June 07, 2021 in AGA

Imagine you've just bought yourself an expensive wine to save for a special occasion. But when you come to crack it open, you realise it doesn't taste as great as you once remember. So, what went wrong?

To ensure you get the best flavour and experience with every bottle, we're sharing exactly how you can store your wines the right way.

Keep Bottles Flush

Traditionally, bottles have been stored on their sides. Not only is this a space-efficient way to store your bottles, it can stop the cork drying out which prevents air seeping in and spoiling your wine. If your wine bottles have alternative closures such as screwcaps, glass or plastic cords, this is not necessary.

Avoid Heat and Sunlight Exposure

Heat is enemy number one for wine. Temperatures higher than 22° C will age a wine more quickly and if it gets much hotter, your wine may get “cooked" resulting in flat aromas and flavours. The ideal temperature range is between 7° C to 18° C. Don’t worry too much if your storage runs a couple degrees warmer, as long as you’re opening the bottles within a few years from their release.

Sunlight can pose a potential problem for long-term storage. The UV rays from the sun can significantly degrade and prematurely age wine. Light from household bulbs probably won’t damage the wine itself, but can fade your labels in the long run. Incandescent bulbs may be a bit safer than fluorescent bulbs, which do emit very small amounts of ultraviolet light.

Cool, But Not Too Cool

Keeping wines in your fridge is fine for up to a couple months, but it’s not great for the long term. The average fridge temperature falls well below 7° C to safely store perishable foods, and the lack of moisture could eventually dry out corks, which might allow air to seep into the bottles and damage the wine. It must be noted that wines do not freeze well. Storing your wine somewhere it could freeze such as an unheated garage in winter, can cause the liquid to start turning into ice which could expand enough to push the cork out. If the liquid starts turning to ice, it could expand enough to push the cork out.

Keep It Steady

It is said that significant vibrations could damage your wine in the long term as it speeds up the chemical reactions in the liquid. It can also disturb the sediments in older wines, making them potentially unpleasantly gritty. How do you avoid this? Unless you live in a train station or host rock concerts in your living room, it won't make a huge impact to your wines. The simple answer is don't shake them mad like a carton of orange juice.

Invest in a Wine Cooler

If you often buy wines, it may be worth in investing in a wine cooler to ensure your wines achieve the best flavour possible. They are specifically designed to store wine at the perfect temperature, which is essential.

AGA have recently launched the new AGA Wine Cabinet which designed to fit up to 40 x 750ml of Bordeaux style bottles. At 60cm wide, it has two separate storage areas with a digital temperature control panel (4-22°C) and glide out shelves for easy access. What's more, the UV filtered triple glazed glass protects wine from strong sunlight while the anti-vibration system keeps bottles in premium condition.

AGA Wine Cabinet 60cm
AGA Wine Cabinet 60cm

To find out more about our wine coolers and fridges, get in touch with the team today. We are arranging virtual tours of our showrooms via Zoom or by phone.