If a wine is incorrectly stored it can affect the flavour
and in severe cases, the wine will become faulty.
The following general points should be followed while
ĦE For long-term storage, the temperature for all
wines should be cool and constant, preferably 10-15oC,
as extremes of cold and heat can cause damage. One
of the worst places for long-term storage is kitchen,
due to the wide fluctuations in temperature. Extended
periods of refrigeration can cause corks to harden
and lose their elasticity, with the result that the
seal fails and air can attack the wine causing it
to become stale. Sparkling wines will lose their fizz.
ĦE Store wine on its side to ensure the cork remains
in contact with the wine. If the cork dries out it
can let in air, and the air will oxidise the wine.
ĦE Keep wines away from strong light. Natural sunshine
or artificial light will heat the wine and it will
become stale and old before its time. Artificial light
can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in some wines.
ĦE Keep wine away from vibrations, in order for it
to lie undisturbed.