The Ultimate Guide: How to Store Wine at Home

At Maison, we go to great lengths to serve quality, authentic, French-bottled wines. We take great pride and pleasure in spreading French culture all across Milwaukee and beyond.

That’s why we’ve created this handy at-home storage guide to ensure you’re able to experience our bottles of wine in the way the French winemaker intended.

After all, it would be a shame if you weren’t able to fully experience the taste of France because of a simple storage error. Take a look at these five considerations for great wine storage!

Five Considerations for Great At-Home Wine Storage

When it comes to storing wine in your home, there are many tips and tricks. These are the five most important things to consider:

Temperature

One of the most important considerations when storing wine is to find an area in your home with a constant, consistent temperature.

To ensure wine retains its vitality, proper storing temperature should be between 45° and 65° Fahrenheit. Any warmer and the wine begins to age prematurely. Any cooler and the corks dry out, allowing air to seep in.

It’s also important to note that areas of frequent temperature fluctuations should be avoided. The transition from hot to cold, or vice versa, can have negative effects on a wine’s composition.

Lighting

Another essential storage consideration is lighting. Specifically, the lack thereof.

Direct sunlight should absolutely be avoided, since the sun’s UV rays are a key contributor to premature aging.

But lighting in your home can negatively affect a wine’s flavor, as well, so it should be stored in a dark or at least dim area.

If a dark space isn’t available, switching to LED bulbs can help reduce the effects of in-home lighting.

Positioning

Probably the most common storage blunder is to simply set your wine bottle on the counter and leave it upright.

By doing this, the wine loses contact with its cork, causing the cork to dry out over time, and giving the wine a moldy, musty flavor.

This phenomenon is known by the French as, “vin bouchonné,” or “corked wine” in English.

In order to prevent this from happening, wine should be stored on its side, allowing the liquid inside to keep the cork from drying out.

A wine preserver can help but will not completely keep wine from spoiling over long periods of time.

Movement

This consideration is often overlooked, due to its subtle nature, but can be just as damaging.

If wine is handled frequently or if it’s been shaken, the chemical reactions which happen naturally throughout the aging process can occur rapidly. This can spoil the wine.

Be sure to avoid storing wine on top of a refrigerator or near a washer/dryer. The vibrations from these appliances can replicate the results of shaking.

Wine Coolers

Depending on the amount of wine you’re looking to store and the length of time you’re planning on storing it, you may want to consider purchasing a wine cooler.

Especially in cases where you don’t have a suitable location to store your wine, these handy machines can do the work for you.

These small refrigerators can store wine at a constant, consistent temperature (as well as humidity) and ensure a smooth, intoxicating flavor when the right time arrives.

At Maison, we’re passionate about our wine selections. If you’d like to learn more about the wines we serve and share, please give us a call at 414.323.4030 or email us.