The very idea of storing wine after becoming the happy owner of a desired bottle may seem ridiculous at first. But true wine experts can confirm that storing wine in a bottle allows it to evolve slowly and to acquire a much more exquisite flavour in much the way that decanting will. If you decide to give this approach a try there is a set of guidelines you will need to follow to make sure that you improve your wine rather than spoil
The first key rule to keep in mind is that not all wines can be stored in bottles, for example a lot of the lower range wine reviews. The ones that qualify are typically full-bodied or at the very least concentrated and are characterised by good acidity. Think of the traditional fine wines such as Champagne or Australian sorts – and you’ve got yourself good candidates for cellaring. These wines will benefit from up to a year of bottle age and can mostly be bought quite cheaply.
The wines that should not become long-time guests at your cellar under any pretext include the majority of modern white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and a lot of reds of the New World origin. If you are not too sure whether or not your wine can be stored, the bottle cap can give you a useful
hint: if the bottle features a screw cap, more often than not this is a sign that the wine is meant to be consumed shortly after release. Nowadays this tendency cannot be considered a strict rule without exceptions though, as many providers tend to opt for screw caps regardless of what wine characteristics are.
Wines that end up resting in your cellar require a very special treatment. They prefer to stay in the dark lying on their side, and it’s only the stable temperature and humidity that agree with them. Even though a cellar is stored wines’ first choice, they would be ready to settle for a specially installed spiral cellar or a temperature controlled storage unit in your flat. You will need to be prepared to settle for one of those options yourself though, as they normally end up being quite pricey. If you are not willing to invest in expensive storage spaces and are going to keep your wine no longer than a year, any dark and cool place where the bottles can remain undisturbed will do. For more extensive storage periods you might want to consider one of the specialist companies that offer cellaring services exempt from any VAT or duty charges.