Hardly anyone has real cellars anymore, nor expensive specialist fridges. But there’s still a few things you should be doing to keep your wine at its best.
1. Don’t keep it in the fridge for long periods of time. Those extra cold temperatures aren’t good for wines or corks and the wine will deteriorate over time.
2. Don’t keep any wine in your kitchen. Wines need stable temperatures and kitchens vary a lot. Ridiculously, considering the number of kitchens that have some type of wine rack built into them, they’re one of the worst places to store wine.
3. Keep wine in a cool part of the house that will maintain the smallest temperature fluctuations throughout the year.
4. Finally, keep your wine on its side. Corks dry out, which is terrible for the long term condition of wine. Lying the bottles on their side allows you to keep that cork moist and the wine fresh.