Wine consumption in the United States has soared in the past few years. Per the Wine Institute estimations, the United States consumed 784 million gallons of wine in 2010. Since wine can be quite an investment, “Simplify Your Home” is providing these tips on moving & storage of your wine so that you maintain the best quality.
How to store and move wines
Believe it or not, storing wine in your kitchen is a terrible idea. Wine should be stored at a temperature between 50 and 55 degrees and for white wines a low of 45 degrees. Kitchen temperatures can be very hot. Instead, store your wines out of direct sunlight in a closet or basement. Make sure that the place in which you store your wine does not fluxuate in temperature. Wine that goes from cold to hot to cold again can go bad. Make sure that your wine is stored in a horizontal position so that the cork is left moist. A dry cork can crack allowing oxygen into the wine and causing it to go bad.
The same rules holds true in moving wine long distance. Keep the wine in a cool, air-conditioned area. You can find left over case boxes from your local wine stores. Another great idea is to store wines in an iced cooler. However, be sure to wrap the wine bottles in plastic so that the labels are not damaged.
Now that your wine collection has made it safe to your new home, pop the cork and make a toast!
Thank you goes to Saint Louis Wine Cellars at SaintLouisCellars.com for helping us with these wine storage and moving tips.