• Great information Susan. I have a wine rack in my passage but never knew why it should be on its side. Now I know. I also never knew about standing champagne upright. I had a nice bottle of Barefoot last night but that is screw top !! Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Hi Merle, Thank you, Don’t you find that many time we do things without understand the reason? When we know we are more likely to do them properly. Champagne was surprise to me when I was first told but it made sense. Thanks for stopping by. :-)))

  • HB

    This was cool information. I did not know whay you needed to do some of the things. This is very helpful. Thank you.

    • Hi HB, Awesome, I’m glad I could help. 🙂

  • Julie

    WOW, I loved this info. I’m going to set my Champagne up right now. 🙂

    • Hi Julie, Thanks and that is the right thing to do with Champagne. 🙂

  • doreenpendgracs

    Terrific article, Susan. the proper storage of wine can be almost as important as the wine itself! My latest fav (for everyday drinking) is a Chilean Merlot from the Maule Valley. We’ve been enjoying this Casa Patronales 2010 Reserva that is a stunning value at $8.95. They were clearing it out at our wine store so we bought a case. Tastes like a $20 bottle of wine and goes exceptionally well with red meats, grilled meats, and of course … chocolate.

    • Thanks Doreen, It really is and can make all the difference in its taste. I love your wine choices and will look to show case them in the future. WOO! HOO! 🙂

  • This is a great post for those if us ignorant of the reasons for why wine is stored the way it is.

    • Hi Cheryl, It pleases me that I could be of some help with this. Yeah!! 🙂

  • It is very rare wine lasts long enough in our house for storage 🙂
    However, we do have a nice bottle of Grange that we have needed to take care of, so I am going to print this and keep it in our makeshift wine cellar – thank you!

    • Hi Rebecca, That used to be the case with me… LOL. but there are just way to many great boutique wineries close by. I am so glad I could help in some small way. A good wine really does deserve a bit of attention to keep it from at its best.. 🙂

  • Susan I am not a big wine fan, but when I do drink them I like a dark, sweet taste. I bet that covers a lot of wines but I also like drinking it slowly not really to get drunk.
    I think wine is suppose to be enjoyed.
    Keep teaching us.

    • Hi Michael, Regardless of the type of wine, it really helps to know how to store it to make sure it’s always at Its best. I’m with you on savoring the wine and all it brings. You miss so much if you’re just trying to get a buzz. 🙂

  • I enjoyed this post I have often wondered about how to store wine and now know a little more about this thank you, what is the best way/temperture to store a sweet dessert wine……….

    • Thanks Jo-Anne, It would be the same. If it’s a fortified wine (wine that has alcohol added to it) it requires no refrigeration. I hope this answers your question. 🙂

  • I guess I m storing my wines backwards–I have all my sparkling wines in the refrigerator, but they’re on their sides, while the rest is in the closet in a box but they are upright. I would love to find a spot to put a wine chiller, but because I have such a small house, I’m not sure where to put it (yet).

    • Hi Anne, Ah, that is a very common thing people do. I do hope I have helped.

      I know you’ll find a place for a wine refrigerator soon… LOL. 🙂

  • Jeannette Paladino

    Susan — I know that I should have a wine refrigerator but I live in an apt — I don’t have a garage — or even a car! (I live in Manhattan). I didn’t know about storing sparkling wines upright. I will correct that right after I hit the “post” button for this comment/

    • Hi Jeannette, That’s a bummer. I do understand. I have a small on in the closet in our apartment in Irvine. I am so glad I could help with the Champagne thing. 🙂

  • My ranch friend stores her wine and canned goods in an old stone cooling house. It works great! Not that I rarely keep a bottle of red wine around for more than two days, but why do some red wines seem to last longer than others once opened?

    • Hi Jeri, That is a great place to story wine. The environment would be constant and perfect for wine. Red wines are generally much sturdier because heat is often used in their fermenting process. Where white wines that is not the case. 🙂

  • Mary Slagel

    I would love a wine chiller. I have several bottles of wine on my bar at home but I generally have to clear space in the fridge for them if I want them chilled when I am ready to drink them. Your article is very informative. I did not even take into consideration many of these elements of wine storage. My problem is not properly storing the wine once it’s been open. It always seems like a great idea to open a bottle of wine but I know I’ll have to finish it if I do and that sometimes is just not doable so instead, when I open wine and the bottle does not get finished, I put a wine stopper in the top and put the bottle back on the shelf. The problem is I quickly forget about it because sometimes I go out the next night or am not in the mood for a glass of wine. It’s a problem I really need to work on.

    • Hi Mary, Yeah I have the same problem. I find that if I use a vacuum seal stopper. For reds I leave it on the counter in clear sight. For whites I will put it in the fridge in an obvious place. It’s not full proof but it seems to work a good bit of the time. 🙂

  • Kelly Wade

    Very interesting, I never knew that wine was stored sideways so that the cork would stay damp but it makes sense. I can understand that all of these factors could have an affect on the taste of wine which you especially wouldn’t want to change with a nice bottle.

    • Hi Kelly, Thanks, It please me that you’ve found this interesting and helpful. When you have a great bottle of wine, making sure it stays at it’s best it is so important to the overall drinking experience. 🙂

  • Great tips Susan. One question for you is do you still have to put the wine on the side if it has a screw top or doesn’t it matter?

    • Thanks Susan, Even with a screw top they say to lay wine on it’s side. The screw top may not have as tight a seal as it should and the slight pressure at that point with the wine on it side will prevent any air from seeping in. So the rule of thumb, regardless of the seal or closure is to lay wine in it side.

  • Adrienne Jones

    Man, I had no idea that storing wine was such a delicate proposition! Luckily for us, when my husband buys a bottle of wine it’s usually gone pretty quickly 🙂

    • Hi Adrienne, It really is about just knowing what to do and not to do. I get that about not lasting long. It really is the best way. 🙂

  • Ok, perfect timing for this post as our few “good” wine bottles are in my parent’s garage after we moved them out of the Uhaul. I’m going to run out right now and bring them in because it’s supposed to get below freezing tonight!!!

    • WOO!HOO! Dan. I am so glad I could help save your wine. Freezing is definitely not a good thing for it. 🙂

  • Karen Koblan

    This is such a great post. I really had no understanding about how to store our wine. I have an old wine rack in a corner of the dining room and kind of just “throw” the wine in there. Over the holidays we received some wine as gifts and I hate to say it but they are kind of just stored right now on a counter in the kitchen. I’m glad I read this!

    • Hi Karen, Knowing what to do and not to do can greatly impact our enjoyment of wine. I am so happy I was able to provide you with some help in this area. :)))

  • Jon Jefferson

    I actually built a wine rack over the summer so I could store my meads properly. They are bottled just like wine.

    • Hi Jon, That’s way cool! I get that and now you have space for a few bottles of wine my friend… LOL. 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Ah…this was the idea that I gave you that you mentioned. Super useful for a wine novice like me 🙂

    • Hi Krystle, Yep, I’ll give you all the credit for this idea. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      • HomeJobsbyMOM

        My lack of knowledge was just inspiration. It’s all on you 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    My husband was talking about how wine is supposed to be tilted when stored. I had no idea that’s why wine racks are the way they are. Learn something new every day.

    • Hi Kryslte. I know what you mean, me too. Most people think it for decoration, but there really is a purpose as to why we store wine the way we do. 🙂

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