Whether you buy your wine weeks in advance or the day you plan to drink it, there's a right way and a wrong way to store it. But if you're not up for building your own wine cellar just yet, here's a quick and easy way to keep your wine happy before it's poured.
Step 1: Pick area Locate a dark, cool area in your home to place your wine rack. A basement location is best, but a closet, cabinet or kitchen cupboard will do, as long as it's out of direct sunlight, and far from any heat source.
TIP: No matter what spot you decide on, make sure it's closer to the floor than the ceiling—heat rises. And never store wine in an attic.
Step 2: Store horizontally Store the wine horizontally. This keeps the bottle's contents in contact with the cork, preventing it from drying out and ruining the wine.
TIP: If you don't have a wine rack, simply lay the bottle on a flat surface and tuck a rubber band or chopstick along each side to prevent rolling.
Step 3: Keep area calm & clean Keep the storage area calm and clean. Jostling the bottle can agitate any sediment that would otherwise settle out of the wine, and excessive dust and grime could seep through a dry cork.
FACT: The ideal storage temperature for bottles of unopened wine—white or red—is between 55 and 58 degrees F.