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It’s no secret by now that I am a certified
wine connoisseur wine-o. Wine encourages us to sit down and relax with family and friends, acting as both a social lubricant and a massage for the palate. In my mind, a glass of vino is the greatest affordable luxury on earth.
After a tasting course in college, I became intrigued by the entire wine process, from grape to glass. Whether you are investing in premium vintages or buying ready-to-drink bottles by the case, proper storage is key to a quality experience. And while there is not one perfect environment for storing wine, there are ideal conditions to house your collection in order to achieve the vinous nirvana you desire.
1. Avoid direct sunlight: Store in a wine fridge or cellar if possible, or under dark stairs or basement to avoid light breaking down the complex molecules that create flavor. Sunlight can also lead to discoloration and foul smell in the wine. This is a less common issue today as wine is commonly sold in dark bottles which absorbs most UV rays.
2. Average temperature: Store between 45º and 65ºF. An ideal temperature for storing a varied wine collection is 55ºF. Overheating increases aging rate while too cold increases the acidity for a dry, puckery taste. A common misconception is that reds and whites need to be stored at different temperatures. Not true! They just need to be served at different temperatures (see more under After Opening)3. Stable temperature: Wine must be kept in an environment where temperature is constant, not to fluctuate more than 5ºF, one time, annually. Changes in temperature allow more air into the bottle, replacing the wine over time. The greater the swings in temperature, the faster the premature aging of the wine from over breathing.
4. Humidity levels: Ensure humidity of the areasis greater than 50% to keep the cork from drying out, and thus shrinking, cracking or loosening, allowing more air into the wine. Levels above 80% will not damage the wine, but can create the risk of mildew forming on the cork and labels.5. Orientation: Store bottles horizontally to keep the cork in contact with the wine to avoid drying out. Lay them label side up for easy access.
6. Ventilation: Since wine “breathes” don’t store it with anything with a strong odor. Isolate wine from fresh paint, cleaning solutions and stinky foods like onions and garlic which will taint the flavor.
1. Serving temperatures: Too often, white wines are served straight out of a fridge while reds are opened at room temperature, neither of which are ideal. Does the wine taste too alcoholic? Try cooling it down. Lacking aroma and flavor? Try warming it up!
There is no exact science, “just right” is a matter of individual taste, general serving guidelines:
- Sparkling wine (Champagne, Prosecco): 45-48°
- Light white wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Riesling, Pinto Grigio): 45-50°
- Full bodied white (Chardonnay): 50-55°
- Light red (Pinot Noir): 55-60°
- Full bodied red (Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec): 60-65°
2. Recorking: Minimize the exposure to air at all costs. Cork the bottle tightly with a wine stopper immediately.3. Aging: The vast majority of modern wine sold for common consumption is ready-to-drink and will not improve significantly over time. So if in doubt, pull the cork! For fine wine varieties, reds can be aged for anywhere between 2-10 years to mature, depending on its balance of its sugar, acid and tannins. Most whites should be consumed after 2-3 years of storage.
4. Screw cap vs cork: Once thought a symbol of cheapness, a screw cap is often preferred over cork to keep the bottle sealed and prevent oxygen from entering. This ensures the wine remains crisp and well-preserved.
5. Peak timing: Wine can be safely stored for up to 8-12 months without any loss of quality as long as it is kept in an area with the above conditions. Once opening, white wine can be drunken for 3-5 days, stored in the refrigerator. While red wine lasts, out of the fridge.
Now with all this wine buzz, let’s takk the dreaded hangovers. If, like me, you have ever over-indulged on a glass or two too many, leading to headaches and regret the next morning, I have your solution.I recently discovered the magical potion of Never Too Hungover Boost to help after a night of overindulgence. This natural blend neutralizes toxins, restores nutrients, and rehydrates the body. It provides a healthy dose of antioxidants and electrolytes, and is sugar free, gluten free, and only 7 calories per serving. Completely guilt free!
There are two varieties to meet your needs. Never Too Hungover Prevention should be consumed before or during drinking to proactively prevent a hangover, while Never Too Hungover Boost should be taken the next day to recover and revive. Boost contains caffeine and B12 for an energy boost to power through the day. For optimal results, one 3.4oz bottle is recommended for up to 7 drinks. For maximum protection, take two bottles.
If you’re in the Dallas or Houston region, head to your local Sam’s Club for the Never Too Hungover Road Show October 27-30, November 3-6, and November 10-13 and try it for yourself!I hope these wine tips were useful, and that you will find yourself able to enjoy and Never Too Hungover again!