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How to Store Wine at Home

When arriving home after an exhausting day, few pleasures are comparable to the experience of tasting good wine. Lovers of refreshing whites or full-bodied reds, everyone will agree that the storage method is fundamental to a good wine experience. This carefully prepared article aims to illuminate several frequently overlooked aspects of wine storage, with the aim of enhancing your journey through the wine world.


What to avoid in Storage

Storing wine beyond its prime is a common but serious mistake. Each varietal or blend has an ideal consumption and storage period, and exceeding it may result in loss of quality.

Drying the corks is another critical point. The ideal ambient humidity is around 60%. Lower values ​​can lead to dehydration of the corks, allowing unwanted oxidation and evaporation of the wine, compromising its integrity. Conversely, excessive humidity is conducive to the development of mold, damaging labels and corks. The ideal temperature ranges between 12°C and 14°C, with a relative humidity of 70% to prevent the corks from drying out and maintain the integrity of the wine.

Exposure to light, particularly sunlight, is a silent enemy of wine. UV rays can accelerate wine aging and alter its qualities. Therefore, we recommend storage in places with controlled lighting, preferably dark, to preserve the integrity and complexity of aromas and flavors.


How to Manage a Home Wine Cellar

Effective wine cellar management is not just a question of space, but of understanding and respect for wine. A selection of wines for daily consumption should be kept outside the main wine cellar, as these bottles, as they are intended for immediate consumption, do not require the same rigorous storage conditions.


How to preserve your wine after opening

Once the bottle has been opened, there are essential practices to follow. Correctly reusing the cork, ensuring that the exposed part faces inwards, is crucial to prevent oxidation. The bottle must be kept upright in the refrigerator, a counterintuitive practice for many, especially in the case of red wines. Refrigeration slows down oxidation, prolonging the life of the wine. Purchasing a vacuum pump is an efficient way to remove air from the bottle, prolonging the freshness of the wine. However, it is important to remember that most opened wines should be consumed within three days.


The Perfect Organization

Organizing a wine collection requires meticulousness and customization. It is recommended to keep a detailed inventory, making it easier to track and select bottles. The arrangement can be by demarcated region, harvest year, type of wine, or a combination of these criteria, depending on the consumer profile and the available portfolio. This organization not only optimizes space, but also enhances the experience of choosing the perfect wine for each occasion.


Choosing a Storage Location

Where wine is stored is a decisive factor in its preservation. Choosing a ventilated environment, away from pungent odors that could infiltrate the bottles, is crucial. Thermal stability is equally important to avoid fluctuations that could affect the quality of the wine.


Investing in a Wine Chest

For the most dedicated enthusiasts, purchasing a wine chest is a wise investment. A specialized chest provides a controlled environment ideal for long-term storage and graceful aging of wines.


Proper Aging

Understanding the life cycles of wines is fundamental. White and rosé wines should generally be consumed within two years, while red wines can benefit from longer aging, from three to ten years, depending on the characteristics of the wine.


Conclusion

Updating and perfecting the way you store your wine can transform an ordinary experience into a discovery of rich 'nuances' and enhanced flavors. We hope this article enriches your winemaking journey and inspires you to explore more and more the pleasures of wine.

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Obrigada 🙏 por estes ensinamentos preciosos. Raramente bebo vinho, 🍷 mas sou apreciadora de vinhos

Eduarda Godinho

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