Like your significant other, fine wine deserves to be pampered. Unlike your significant other, it prefers a dark, moist, cool place. Here's how to create the perfect environment for your little pointy-headed loved ones.
Step 1: Find a space Find a dark, cool space in your home. It could be an unused closet or a basement corner.
Step 2: Install thermometer Install a thermometer to monitor room temperature. Ideally, wine needs to be kept between 55 and 58 degrees. Above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the wine will age too quickly; below 50 degrees, the wine will not mature.
TIP: Protect the room—walls, floor, and ceiling—with insulation and seal drafts to stabilize the room temperature.
Step 3: Measure humidity Use a hygrometer to measure the humidity in the room. You want to keep the humidity between 60% and 70%. If the room is too dry, corks may dry out, allowing oxygen to seep into the bottle.
Step 4: Adjust humidity Use a humidifier or dehumidifier to alter the humidity of the room if necessary.
TIP: Place a bucket of water in the room to keep the air moist.
Step 5: Shade wine Put up curtains or shades to shield the wine from sunlight.
Step 6: Protect bottles Make sure the wine stays clean and undisturbed. Let the sediments settle, and protect bottles from dust—you don't want grime seeping in through a dry cork.
Step 7: Store wine horizontally Store the wine horizontally in your wine rack to keep the corks moist and lessen the chances of their drying out. Now open a bottle and celebrate your new wine cellar—or leave it stored like it's supposed to be.
FACT: Some people suffer from methyphobia, or a fear of alcohol.