There are a lot of traditions associated with the storage and service of wine. However, regardless of their history and local importance, they should all be designed to ensure the wine is served in the best possible condition.
If a wine is stored incorrectly it can affect the quality of the wine. Initially, wines can start to loose some of their character and ultimately it can result in the wine developing faults.
The three points detailed below should be followed when storing wine.
- For long-term storage, wines should be kept at a cool and constant temperature. Extremes of cold and heat as well as significant changes in temperature can damage a wine.
- Keep wines away from strong sunshine and bright artificial light. The light as well as the heat they both generate can cause a wine to taste stale and old.
- If a wine is sealed with a cork then it should be stored on its side. This ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine and stays moist. If the cork dries out it can let air into the bottle, which will make the wine taste stale and old. Wines sealed with a scrap can be stored standing up.