If you like wine, you may find that you accumulate it faster than you expect. There is always another flavor, another bottle, another treasure to try. There is nothing wrong with this: people work hard year-round to create tantalizing wine for us to enjoy. However, if you have a growing crowd of bottles and you’re wondering if you’re handling it correctly, you’ve come to the right place!

At JV Cabinet Makers, we understand the complexities of storage and the need for it to be convenient. Whether you drink wine casually or you are an educated connoisseur of the beverages, we have some simple tips you can use to ensure that your delicious investment is able to deliver no matter when you decide to drink it. Read on!

Tips for Storing Your Wine

These tips may be simple, but they can make a big difference. They are definitely worth trying out if you love wine.

Step 1: Make a plan

Wine is one of those consumables that can be around for a long time. You need to know how much wine you have and how long you want to store it. You need to know how it fits into your life. Does it need a wine cellar or a rack in your home? If you’re planning on keeping a bottle instead of consuming it immediately, it’s time to consider temperature, light, and humidity guidelines. That means that if you have a bunch of wine you want to keep, you’re going to need to take some steps to keep it at the top of its game.

Step 2: Search out dark spaces

Light is wine’s enemy. That means you need to store it away from light, especially fluorescent lights and direct sunshine. UV rays actually affect the wine and make it “lightstruck.” When this happens, the wine starts to smell bad because the light is interacting with some of the phenolic chemical compounds within the wine. The lighter the wine’s bottle is and the lighter color the wine is itself, the more vulnerable to light problems the wine becomes. For certain wines, just incandescent light can cause problems.

You need to store your wine in a dry, dark place. If you do this, you’ll preserve its taste. If it isn’t possible to keep the wine completely out of the slight, wrap it in cloth or store it in a box. If you want to age your wine in a cabinet, talk to us about solid and UV-resistant doors. We can ensure that the cabinet will keep your wine in great shape.

Step 3: Keep it the right kind of cool

Wine must be stored at the correct temperature and humidity. It doesn’t like high temperatures, which means the kitchen is not a good place for it. Instead, keep the wine in the coolest, darkest part of your home. Aim for 55 degrees and a humidity of 70 percent to keep the corks soft. A dried-out cork can end up allowing air and mold into the wine, so you don’t want to deal with that. You can invest in a humidity gauge from your local hardware store for about $20, a very worthwhile investment.

Step 4: Store it on its side

Yes, storing wine bottles upright is a long more convenient than laying them down when it comes to cabinet space. However, upright wine is at risk for a dried-out cork, which will allow oxygen to enter and spoil the wine. You want the wine to be in constant contact with the cork in order to keep it moist, so let the craftsmen at JV Cabinet Makers find you a solution that keeps your wine on its side!

Step 5: Isolate the wine

Wine actually breathes, so you do not want to put it near something that smells strongly. The smell can actually get through the porous cork and ruin your wine. Cleaning products, garlic, onions, open foods, or anything else that gives off a strong scent should be kept far away from your wine unless you want to taste it when you drink.

Step 6: Eliminate vibrations

Vibrations actually damage the wine’s chemical structure by disturbing sentiment and diminishing tartaric acid. That means storing wine in the fridge or near the washer, dryer, or furnace is a bad idea. Even frequent foot traffic can be enough to diminish your wine’s taste.

Turn to JV Cabinet Makers

When it comes to storing wine, there’s nothing better than custom cabinets. Contact our team in California to learn more about what we can do for you!