Become a Wine Connoisseur: Storing and Serving Wine 101

Storing and serving wine is an important aspect of enjoying this classic beverage. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply looking to have a glass with dinner, there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure that your wine is at its best.

Wine storage

First and foremost, it’s important to store your wine properly. Wine should be stored on its side in a cool, dark place with a consistent temperature. This helps to keep the cork moist and prevent it from drying out, which can allow air to enter the bottle and spoil the wine. If you don’t have a wine cellar, a closet or pantry away from direct sunlight and heat sources is a good alternative.

Wine temperature
When it comes to serving wine, the temperature at which you serve it can greatly affect its flavour and aroma. Red wines are generally served at a warmer temperature than white wines. A good rule of thumb is to serve red wines at around 16-18°C and white wines at 10-14°C. You can also serve sparkling wines and champagnes chilled, around 7-10°C. Sweet wines are best served at 10-18°C. This is broad rule, there will be nuances based on age of wine, body etc.

Wine glass – Glassware
In addition to temperature, the type of glass you use can also make a difference in how your wine tastes. Different wine glasses are designed to enhance the flavours and aromas of specific types of wine. For example, red wines are typically served in a wider glass with a larger bowl, which allows for more oxygen to reach the wine and bring out its flavours. White wines, on the other hand, are often served in a narrower glass with a smaller bowl to preserve their crisp flavours and sparking wines like champagnes and prosecco should be served in flutes to enhance the autolytic notes of bread and cream along with the fruit aromas.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your wine is stored and served in the best possible way, allowing you to fully enjoy its flavours and aromas.