What is the Best Way to Store Wine?

Updated: May 20, 2020

Wine bottles stored in a crate in a cool, dark closet.

Storing wine can be a bit like the demands of Goldilocks in the infamous fairy tale. It has to be just right! There are a variety of elements that can damage wine while it’s being stored. The longer the wine is stored in these adverse conditions the more the wine can deteriorate, resulting in a poor wine experience. Identify the best way to store wine by following these tips.

Short Term Wine Storage

Storing wine becomes easier if you plan on drinking it within a few months. Your biggest considerations in storage will be the effects of heat and light on your wine.

However, if you place your wine in a cool, dark closet on its side and drink it within a few months. You can’t go wrong!

Longer-Term Wine Storage

If you plan to hold wine longer than a few months, consider these 5 factors that have negative effects on wine over time.

1. Storing Wine at the Optimal Temperature

Temperature is the most important factor in storing wine.

Wine Stored Too Warm and Temperature Fluctuations

If temperatures are too warm – over 70°F (21°C), the wine starts to degrade. Storing above your refrigerator, in your kitchen, or laundry room are not recommended. Ovens, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and so on can create some higher temperatures that aren’t a friend to wine.

Not only that, but Temp fluctuations of 10°F (6°C) or more can stress the wine, initiating the break down of the wine.

Wine Stored Too Cold

If wine is stored in a refrigerator, which usually has temperatures of about 40°F (4°C), this can be too cold. If storing wine in the refrigerator for more than a month, the cork can start to dry out allowing oxygen into the wine, which starts the oxidation process.

Ideal Storage Temperature