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Wine Tips: How to Hold a Wine Glass The Right Way

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Oops… Holding a wine glass the wrong way can be embarrassing.

Holding a wine glass correctly is very important.

Not only does it have implications for your image, it has practical implications as well.

One of the biggest and most common mistakes of holding a wine glass is by the bowl section.

In terms of style, holding a wineglass the wrong way at a party can be ugly and painful to watch.

Practically, holding the wine glass by the bowl area can heat up the wine. Since the ideal serving temperature of most wines is at most 17 degrees Celsius, hand contact with the bowl area can bring the wine out of its optimum temperature range fairly quickly.

The correct way to hold the glass is by pinching the stem with your index finger and thumb:

 

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Ahhh… Much better!

Holding your wine this way will help keep the wine closer to the optimum serving temperature.

So next time, to take care of both your image and your wine, remember to hold your glass by the stem!

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Wine Tips: How to Open a Bottle of Champagne (with Style)

Follow these 5 steps below to open your bottle with style, as a sommelier at a restaurant would.

1- Unwrap the top section of foil that protects the cork

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 2- Press your left thumb down on the top of the wire cage that holds the cork.  Remember to press down the top of the cage to avoid the cork from popping out prematurely. Unscrew the wire cage with your right hand, but keep your left thumb pressing down on the cage.

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3- Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle. While keeping your left thumb pressed down on the wire cage, shift your right hand to grip the base of the bottle.

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4- With the cage still on for this whole step, rotate the base of the bottle with your right hand while your left thumb is still placed on the top of the wire cage. As you feel the cork of the bottle about to come out, slow the rotation down. Let the gas out of the bottle slowly. You should hear a nice ‘fizz’ sound.

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5- Pour into your glass and enjoy your first sip of bubbly!

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Tip: To reduce foam formation and make the pouring task easier, tilt the receiving glass at a 45 degree angle as you pour slowly into the glass. This gives a more controlled pour and makes you look like a pro sommelier.


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Wine Tips: Service Temperature

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The right serving temperature is essential to get the best out of your wine

Question: What’s the best temperature to enjoy my wine?

To enjoy your wine at its best, the serving temperature is highly essential. Too cold, and the wine becomes “closed” and not expressive at all. Too warm, and the alcohol sensation will overwhelm the aromas.

Champagne and sparkling wines should be served at 9°- 10°C (your refrigerator’s temperature is 4°C). Dry white wines should be enjoyed at 11 – 12°C while the red wines are at their best at 16 – 17°C.

It is recommended to serve the wine a little cooler than the recommended temperatures above as wine can warm up quickly – even the contact with the glass instantly warms it by 2 to 3°C. To get an accurate temperature measure, use a wine thermometer.

Tips:

If your wine goes above the recommended temperatures, immerse your wine bottle in a mixture of ice and cold water. This chills the bottle much quicker than ice alone because the water in the mixture allows more contact to the bottle. In terms of time, it may take about 10 minutes to chill a red wine compared to 30 minutes for a Champagne. Do not put the wine in a freezer.

If your wine is too cold, just pour it into your glass and cup your hands around it. Your body temperature will slowly warm the wine up.

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How to Read a French Wine Label

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The wine label from a Chateau Latour bottle

French wine labels are simple and easy to read.

On the label, you can find comprehensive information on the wine.

The only major element not found on the label is the blend of grape varieties used to make the wine. The grape varieties used are assumed as a given because of wine region regulations that control the varieties that can be used.

Match the description number below with the number of the label image above:

1 – The name of the estate

2 – Indication of the ranking. Chateau Latour is a Premier Grand Cru aka ‘First Growth’ wine

3 – The region and appellation of the wine

4 – The vintage of the wine

5 – Alcohol content

6 – Volume of wine in the bottle

So now you can test yourself by picking up a wine label and reading its label!

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How To Remove A Red Wine Stain

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When a red wine stains on your clothes it can really ruin your drinking session.

As a result of the red stain, you may become over conscious and pay more attention to the stain than your wine.

Knowing how to deal with it can help calm some of your anxiety and turn your attention back to the wine.

We list a few different methods to remove wine stains below:

  1- Rub salt on fresh stains

After a while the stain will set into the cloth, so the best time to attack a stain is when it’s still fresh. If you see a stain on your clothes, get some salt and sprinkle it on the stained area. Salt is hypertonic and will absorb some of the stain out of the cloth. After that, rinse the spot with some hot water. Most of the stain should come out.

  2- Pour white wine over the stain

If your clothes are white in color, you can pour some white wine over the stain. The white wine stain will neutralize the red wine stain.

  3- Prevention: Wear dark colored clothing to a drinking session

This may sound like common sense but if you are going to a tasting event, wear dark-colored clothes. Also avoid delicate fabrics like linen or silk. By thinking ahead you could avoid heartbreak.

 

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Wine Tips: Six Basic Steps In Tasting Wine

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The easier way to start your wine learning journey: with the very glass of wine in your hand

Wine can seem so complicated when you are starting out.

Just the long list of different grape names and wine regions is enough to really confuse you.

If you are just starting on your wine journey, it’s better to forget about the need to memorize wine terms or learn wine theory. Instead, let’s simplify things and focus on the practical skill of decoding that glass of wine in your hand. Engage all your senses to tell the kind of wine that’s in the glass.

It’s almost like learning how to ride a bicycle. Mostly likely, you did not sit down to learn the theory of cycling and how pushing on the pedal transfers energy which powers the wheels and propels the bicycle forwards. You just got on the bicycle and quickly built an intuition of how to pedal and steer.

Same here. Go ahead and jump in to focus on the act of drinking wine itself.

This progress will allow you the greatest sense of achievement and momentum to move forwards.

The following 6 steps gives an overview of how to appreciate wine. We jump into detail for each of these steps in upcoming articles.

Step 1 – See

Hold your glass of wine by the stem, and not by the cup. Position your glass against a white surface and have a look at the wine. What color is it?

The color gives the obvious clue of whether it’s a white wine, rose wine, or red wine.

Notice the shade of the color. How deep or light-colored is it?

Red wines are made darker because of more grape-skin contact and have been made from grapes with thicker skins. Grape skins supply flavor in addition to color, making reds taste bolder than roses and whites. White wines that appear with yellow tones tend to have been aged in barrels.

Step 2 – Swirl

Next, swirl the wine. Swirling enlarges large surface area of the wine that is in contact with the air. This aerates the wine and releases aromas, which is essential for the next step.

Step 3 – Sniff

Dip your nose into the glass to take 2 or 3 lengthy sniffs. Notice any familiar smells? Recall the aromas of the food you eat everyday. Many winemakers skillfully create wines that express these aromas. The aromas are a result of 3 factors: the grape variety in the wine, the vineyard location, and the winemaking process.

Step 4 – Sip

Now we are ready to sip the wine. Notice that only halfway through the 6 steps does the wine actually enter your mouth. Many wine newbies make the mistake of starting off by sipping.

In addition to the burst of flavors felt in your mouth, try to pick out the sweetness and acidity of the wine. Wines with lower sugar content are known as ‘dry’ wines. Really sweet wines could be dessert wines.

Also take note of whether the wine is carbonated (the gassy feeling that you get from drinking Coke). If you find that your wine is carbonated, it’s likely to be a Champagne or sparkling wine.

Step 5 – Swish

Swish the wine around your mouth in order to coat your palate, tongue, and cheeks. Almost like you are using the wine as a mouthwash. Feel the weight of the wine. Does the wine feel heavy and creamy or light-bodied? In general, white wines feel ligher and have lower alcohol then reds.

Step 6 – Savour

Savour the flavors and intensity of the wine. Do the flavors linger in your mouth even after you swallow it? The aftertaste is known as the finish.  Take note of the length of the finish.

That’s it! Understand all 6 steps before you go into any other details about wine.  We’ll follow up on a more detailed explanation of the 6 steps in subsequent articles.

 

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 3 take away messages:

– Tasting wines should excite the senses

– Six easy steps: See – Swirl – Sniff – Sip –  Swish –  Savour

– Tasting should be fun, no need to be an expert to enjoy wine!

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Wine Tips: How to Tell If Your Wine is Corked?

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Beware of corked wine!

A corked wine does not mean a wine with bits of cork in it.

Corked wines are not that easy to spot visually. So how can you tell if your wine is corked?

The answer is by tasting and smelling. And it is not in the smell of the cork, but in the smell and taste of the wine itself. A corked wine can have aromas of wet cardboard, damp socks, and dare we say it, the smell of a wet dog!

On the palate, a corked wine tastes dull, as if it lacks fruit. Sometimes, it can even taste bitter.

Corked wines are named as such because of the natural cork used to bottle the wine. The contact of wine with cork during storage is not the cause of corked wine.

Because natural corks are made of organic material, it is prone to be eaten by microorganisms like fungi. As a by-product of eating the cork, fungi produces 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, also known in the wine world as TCA, and this substance then falls into the wine. It is this substance – not the cork itself – that falls into the wine and and reacts with it, thereby contaminating the wine.

This contamination is not due to poor storage conditions. Even the best storage conditions can cause a corked wine. It is hard to tell whether the fungus exists in the air.

So how can you avoid the misfortune of buying a bottle of corked wine. The only way to do that is to buy a bottle with a screw cap or with synthetic, man-made corks.

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Wine Tips: What’s a Good Level to Pour Your Wine To?

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It’s essential to know how much to pour into each glass.

 

It would be easy to keep a mental reference point on a glass if all glasses were of the same shape and size. But alas, nowadays glasses come different shapes and sizes.

A standard pour is about 10-12 centiliters.  That itself is hard to gauge. So go for the fill level that corresponds to the widest circumference of the glass. Many stemware manufacturers have designed glasses with as the gauge for the correct fill level.

At this level, the wine’s surface area that’s exposed to air is at it’s maximum. Aerating the wine helps released its aromas and ‘soften’ the tannins in the wine. This level will also leave plenty of space for you to swirl your wine. Swirling further aerates the wine.

If it’s hard to find the level that has the widest circumference, then just fill a third of the glass. This level should allow the wine to aerate well and still leave plenty of room for swirling.

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Wine Tips: How to Open A Wine Bottle Properly

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Ever wondered what’s the proper way to open a wine bottle?

 

Most people underestimate the importance of achieving a ‘clean’ open.

A ‘bad’ open can fracture and break the cork. The danger of this is that bits of it fall into the wine. You will then have to tediously remove the bits. That takes a bit of enjoyment off the actual drinking of the wine.

We’re going to show you how a sommelier would open a wine bottle.

The wine tool that we will use here is a ‘Double Hinge Corkscrew opener’ that you can get from any wine store.

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Double Hinge Corkscrew opener

Once you’ve got the bottle and opener out on a table, follow the steps below for a clean open:

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1- Cut the foil at the tip of the bottle. To do this, use the incision knife included in the Double Hinge Corkscrew. Proceed to cut the part marked with ‘2’ in the image above. Hold the bottle still and turn it rotate the knife around the bottle. Make sure to use your thumb to apply force to the incision knife.

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2- Next you will need to plant the corkscrew into the cork of the bottle. Place the corkscrew vertically above the cork. Once it is vertical, rotate the corkscrew. You do not need to apply too much downward force, as you rotate it, the design of the corkscrew will pull it into the cork naturally. Stop when theres one turn of the corkscrew left.

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3- Position the middle lever on the tip of the bottle. Pull the long leg of the tool upwards to unplug the cork halfway.

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4- This step repeats step 3 but with the outer lever. Position the outer level on the tip of the bottle, and push the long leg of the tool upwards again. After this step, it should be easy enough for you to pull it out of the bottle.

5- Pour the wine into a glass. Sniff in the aromas and take a good sip. Enjoy the wine.

 

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How to Clean a Wine Glass

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Cleaning a wine glass can be tricky.

 

The state of your wine glass can affect your enjoyment of a wine.

A dirty glass may not only look bad, it can also affect the taste of your wine.

And because of their shape, wine glasses are not easy to clean. So, how can you clean them properly such that they are in tip-top condition?

We give you the steps below:

1- Ensure that your sink is clean. This will avoid dirt from other pots and pans from rubbing off onto your wine glass after washing. You would not want to put in all that effort in cleaning and still have dirty glasses after washing.

2- Fill the sink with lukewarm water. This will make it easier to remove the dirt and stains from the wine glasses.

3- Use only a small amount of detergent to wash the glass. Too much detergent may affect the taste of a future pour of wine.

4- Lather up the detergent and rub it around the inside and outside of the bowl area and then the stem. You can use a sponge to do this. Cradle the bowl on your hand as you wash the glass.

5- Once you’ve rubbed the detergent onto the wine glass, let it settle for a minute or two. Then, rinse off the detergent with water.

6- Use a lint-free cloth or towel to wipe down the glasses.

Two tips:

– If you can, wash the glasses as soon as the drinking session is over. Red wine can stain the glasses is left overnight. So give the glasses a quick rinse directly after the drinking session and a more thorough wash the next day.

– Hand wash your glasses for the best results. If you do use your dishwasher, use a delicate wash cycle and space your glasses away from each other to avoid the glasses from knocking into each other.

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Letting Your Wine ‘Breathe’: The Why and How

If you drink wine, it’s likely that you’ve heard of the advice: ‘Let your wine breathe.’

But have you thought about what it really means?

What they really mean is that you should aerate your wine. In other words, you should exposure it to air, allowing air to react with the surface of the wine. Through contact with air, the reaction can bring out the aroma and flavors in the wine.

In fact, the term ‘aerate’ is used interchangeably with the term ‘decant’ wine nowadays.

Strictly speaking, to decant a wine is to separate out the sediments in the wine. This process is done by pouring the wine into a device called a ‘decanter’. Sediments are separated controlled pouring of the wine into the wine into the decanter. The sediments tend sink to the bottom of the bottle. So to separate out the sediments, pour the wine itself into the decanter, and stop when you reach the part with contains sediments. Let the sediments remain in the bottle and drink the wine from the decanter itself.

 

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Decanting wine is synonymous with letting the wine breathe.

With its large base that has big surface area, most decanters are designed to allow for aeration as well.

You can also aerate your wine with your glass by pouring into it and leaving it alone. However, this will take longer since the surface area in contact with the air is smaller compared to a decanter.

Wines that are more in need of aeration are wines that are young and tannic. A good example of these are the wines made from majority Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, or wines mostly made from Syrah in the Rhone Valley.

Aeration will help bring balance to the wine, where most other aromas and flavors are amplified to ‘de-emphasize’ the tannins. The tannins will then feel more ‘integrated’ and a part of the wine instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

It is optional to decant low tannin red wines or white wines.

A wine made from the lighter bodied Pinot Noir grape may not need decanting to ‘soften’ tannins. However, you can still bring out aromas and flavors in the wine faster if you use a decanter. You can also decant a Pinot Noir wine that you find to be too tart or acidic. Decanting will help de-emphasize the tartness.

This is the same for a white wine. If it is a cold, light-bodied wine, it probably does not need decanting.

With this knowledge of decanting, you can now bring out the best in your wine!

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How To Pour Wine With Style

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Pouring wine can be a tricky task.

 

Has someone ever stared at you when you poured wine for them?

If yes, you may have felt the pressure to make a clean pour. It’s not nice to have wine dripping down the bottle’s neck.

Many who are new to wine are with you in feeling this pressure. But worry not, as we are to help you pour with style. Just follow any of these 3 ways of pouring:

1- Add a slight twist at the end of the pour

After you pour close to the desired amount, tilt the bottle backwards to slow the pour and twist the bottle either clockwise or counterclockwise slightly. This changes the direction of the wine’s flow relative to the neck of the bottle which almost eliminates any dripping.

2- Use a towel to wipe off any drips after the pour

Using this method, pour the wine out of the bottle as per usual. Once you’re done pouring, immediately wipe away any drips on the bottle’s neck with a towel. This ensures that neck and lip of the bottle stays dry and clean.

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3- Attach a drop stopper to the end of the bottle

Drop stoppers are an accessory that you can buy from a wine shop. They are round, flat foils that you can curl up and place inside the neck of the bottle. Because of it’s surface, drops of wine tend to stick to it instead of dripping downwards. The image below shows where the drop stopper fits in the neck of the bottle.

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Wine Tips: How long can you keep a bottle open?

bottle_openWines can be kept for a certain time, after that it’s done: the wine is spoilt. And all of this is due to oxidation: in the first hours, oxidation is good for the wine, the flavors are more present, and then the wine decreasingly loses in quality.

We give you simple tips to know how long you can keep your bottle and how to keep it even longer!

 

How long to keep a bottle of Champagne?

The joy of the Champagne is the sparkling! But sparkling disappears really fast: after one minute the bubbles vanish, after few minutes the sparkling is done.

So it’s better to drink Champagne or any sparkling wines right after opening. Don’t wait more than a day anyway.

 

How long to keep a bottle of wine?

Smelling like ripened apple? Game over. The wine is over oxidized. Apple is the signature smell of a wine that has been left opened too long.

Over time wines become heavier in taste. And if you really wait that long it transforms into vinegar. That’s why a few days (5 – 7 max) is the maximum you can keep an opened bottle.

 

How long to keep a bottle of sweet wine?

Sweet wines are… sweet. That’s because the grapes used are more concentrated in natural sugar: the harvest is a while later than for normal wines.

Sweetness is a natural ally for the conservation of your wine. It prevents the microorganisms to spoil the wine.

Finish the bottle of sweet wine in a couple of weeks after the opening. Do not wait more than one month.

 

Simple tips to keep a bottle longer

1- Seal it tight: That seems obvious. Use the cork or any device to seal your bottle back. And make sure it’s tight.

2- Keep it in the fridge: The cold prevents the bacteria to attack you wine and to turn it into vinegar. That’s a good thing. Do not forget to take your bottle out a while before serving.

3- Use a pump: Taking some air out of the bottle can give you a maximum of 24hrs for your bottle of wine.

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How to recover from hangover?

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There is no magic potion…

It seems a bit late to say it but the best way to cure a hangover is to drink responsively in the first place. The first cause of hangover is dehydration.

 

What to do before going to sleep?

Drink as much water as you can. Half a liter is good. A liter is even better! That should help the headaches in the morning. Prepare a bottle of water on your bedroom table and if you wake up during the night, drink!

 

What to do the next morning?

1. Get back some vitamins!

Eat fruits. Vitamin C pills are also a good option but avoid orange juice. As you probably got some heartburn, the acidity of the juice will just make it worse.

2. Get some minerals!

They are a great source of zinc and will help you get rid off that drill in your head.

3. Be gentle with your tummy!

Dilute a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a glass of water; you’ll ease the heartburn. Or you can go for detox herb infusion but coffee and tea are diuretic: they will worsen the dehydration.

Eat rice. Great source of slow sugars, it will give you energy for the whole day to come.

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Wine Tips: What to do when the cork is broken?

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You just screwed it… The cork is broken and stuck in the middle of the bottle head?

Keep calm and carry on. Here are four simple tips that will make you look like an expert gentleman when this situation occurs.

1st solution: Try again, slanted this time.

If you use a sommelier corkscrew, instead of using it vertically, try to screw the cork with an angle until you reach the inner part of the bottle head. Avoid widening the first hole. Then pull vertically on the cork and make sure no part goes inside the bottle. And voila! Your bottle is safe and ready for tasting.

2nd solution: Wood screw maneuver

The corkscrew might be too bulky for this kind of operation. Find a wood screw with a proper length. Gently screw the wood screw into the broken cork until you reach the bottom. Take care to not let any part of the cork drops in the bottle. Pull the wood screw up and remove the broken cork.

3rd solution: Stab it!

It’s not common that you carry a wood screw with you 24/7, so take a slim sharp knife and stab 2cm into the cork. Make sure it holds it tight and twist the knife to pop the cork out.

4th solution: The last resort drop

If the above solutions don’t work, push down the cork in the bottle with your thumb. That should be your last resort solution for you to purposely drop the cork into the bottle. Make sure to act quickly; you have only less than 3 minutes before the cork spoils the wine. Pour the wine immediately in a wine carafe. Get the cork out of the wine. Enjoy your drink serenely!

Why it happens in the first place?

Overtime the wine damages the cork from the inside. Through capillary action the whole piece is humid. For some other wine bottles, the cork has low quality, in that case, take extra caution while unscrewing the cork.

How to avoid that?

Four simple steps:

1- Use a proper corkscrew.

2- Make sure that you use it vertically.

3- Screw until you reach the bottom of the cork.

4- Pull vertically.

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How to Preserve An Opened Bottle of Wine

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It’s important to keep an opened bottle of wine well to preserve it’s fresh flavors.

Ever finished a drinking session with a leftover bottle of wine?

Perhaps you opened one too many bottles during a dinner party.

No matter. We are here to help you keep your leftover wine in the best possible state, so that when you reopen your bottle it tastes almost as good as when you first opened it.

Oxidation is the main cause of your wine going bad. There’s a love/hate relationship between oxygen and wine. A certain amount of oxidation is desirable when you first open the bottle. This is to unlock the character of the wine and to let it express its flavors and aromas. It will also ‘soften’ the tannins in the wine and make it less harsh on your palate.

However, prolonged  oxidation will cause the wine to turn to vinegar.

In order to store the wine well you will have to control the reaction between wine and oxygen. There are multiple ways you can do this:

  1- Slow the oxidation process

Recork the wine bottle and refrigerate the wine immediately after the drinking session. Refrigerating the wine leaves it in a low temperature environment and this slows down the reaction of the leftover wine with the oxygen in the bottle. However, even with this method, you’d best consume the wine within 2 weeks from refrigerating it. Otherwise, the wine will still slowly turn bad.

  2- Reduce the oxygen in the bottle

Pumping out the air in the bottle leaves almost no oxygen to react with the wine. There are tools out there that allow you to pump out the oxygen in the bottle. They tend to also function as a cork and is placed at the top of the bottle. You should still refrigerate the wine where using this method.

  3- Replace the oxygen in the bottle

A more high-tech solution would be to replace the oxygen in the bottle with another non-reactive gas like Argon. This gas will not react with the wine and therefore will not change the taste profile of the wine. An example of this is the Coravin system. It allows wines to be drank for a few months.

Wine should be enjoyed and appreciated. Never unnecessarily pressure yourself to finish a bottle. You can use the methods described above to store any amount of unfinished wine.

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The 5 Wine Storage Tips that Prevent Painful Damage

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Do you how to properly store an unopened bottle of wine?

This is especially important when you are spending good money on wines.

Nothing is more heartbreaking than wait in anticipation, only to uncork the bottle and find that the wine has lost all its beauty.

Perhaps you do not have the space or budget to buy a special wine fridge. So how can you still store your wine so that it will still taste good after you unbottle it? Keep the 5 tips below in mind and you should be fine.

1- Keep the temperature at 12 degrees Celsius

The storage temperature should be maintained at a constant 12 degrees Celsius. This temperature is not an exact science, so keeping the wine at slightly lower temperature in your refrigerator is fine as well. This low temperature will slow down reactions such as oxidation in the bottle.

2- Maintain a constant temperature

Perhaps more important than finding the right temperature is to keep it at a constant one. Temperature swings within a short period of time can cause the cork to expand and shrink. This may cause a air to seep into the wine bottle and degrade the wine..

The French Cellar takes extra care to maintain our wines at a constant before delivering them to you. Our warehouse and deliver vehicles have air-conditioned compartments to maintain wines constantly at the right temperature.

3- Keep it away from strong light sources

Notice that many wines sold today come in tinted bottles. This helps reduce the wine’s exposure to light, as harsh UV rays can degrade your wine rapidly. You can also do your part by keeping your wines away from direct exposure to the sun or strong indoor light sources.

4- Keep the wine horizontal

If your wine is bottled using a traditional wooden cork, store the bottle in a horizontal position. This keeps the cork moist and stops it from drying out. A dry cork may break easily when you try to remove it, causing quite a bit of inconvenience when you want to drink your wine. But more importantly, it can also crack and allow air to seep through, which spoils the wine. This tip matters less if your wine was bottled with a synthetic cork or screw cap.

5- Minimize vibrations

Vibrations could disperse the sediments in your wine. This dispersing can produce fine particles which do not settle, so you cannot separate it out from the wine easily when unbottling. These fine particles will affect the wine’s color and flavor as well. So be sure to keep your wines away from electronic appliances that cause vibrations.

With these 5 tips in mind, you can now store any bottle of wine that you have with confidence!

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