Helpful Tips - Storing Wine
Storing Unopened Wines
Wines are sensitive to light, air and heat. They should be stored in a cool, damp, dark area away from sun or fluorescent light. Unopened, corked bottles should be stored on their sides to prevent the corks from drying out and air from entering. Wines should be stored in a cool place (53-69 degrees F).Storing Opened Wines
Rapid temperature changes will damage the quality and flavor of a wine. While many fine red wines will improve with bottle aging, white wines should not be stored for any length of time.
Use opened bottles as soon as possible for optimum quality. When opened, table wines tend to lose flavor and become acidic, therefore they should be kept closed. White wines should be refrigerated. Fortified wines tend to hold up longer when opened because of their higher alcohol content.