If you intend storing anything more than 3 or 4 bottles of wine at home, I would recommend investing in a wine cooler. (And NO a domestic fridge cannot be a substitute for a wine cooler because the temperature in wine coolers range from 8 “C to 16’’ C , whereas the average temperature in a domestic refrigerator in closer to 4’’ C). I have a Cellfrost brand wine cooler which hold about 45 bottles, though I suspect I will have to upgrade to something of higher capacity. The racks of any decent wine cooler are made of Wood to reduce the vibration.
Tips on Storing wine before opening them
- Always store wine on the sides, especially the corked bottles, because storing them upright will dry out the cork which may result in air entry into the bottle which may spoil the wine
- It is better to store the bottles away from light and store the bottles in a constant temperature so that the quality of the wine is unaffected. An ideal storing temperature in Wine Coolers that do not have segregated temperature sections for whites and reds is about 12.4 “’ C when you are storing both reds and whites.
- Not all wines mature with prolonged storage. Most whites (and for that matter a majority of the wines available in India) will need to be consumed within 2 to 3 years of bottling.
Tips on storing wine after opening
- White wine can be stored in a refrigerator tightly corked after opening and must be consumed within 3 days of opening
- Red Wines can be stored in a cool environment tightly corked, but must be consumed within a couple of days