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Common Wine Storage Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Common Wine Storage Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Do you like wine? If you're reading this, chances are good that the answer is "yes." Whether you're a casual wine drinker or a serious connoisseur, though, there's one thing we can all agree on: wine is best when it's properly stored. But what does proper wine storage exactly mean? 

And how can you avoid making common mistakes that will ruin your wine? Keep reading to find out.

Wine storage at the wrong temperature

One of the most common wine storage mistakes is keeping it in a place that's too warm. 

Most of us don't have temperature-controlled wine storage spaces in our homes, so it can be tricky to find the right spot. 

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A good rule of thumb is to find a place that's cool and dark; a closet or pantry is usually ideal. You don't want your wine to be in an area where it will be exposed to fluctuations in temperature, so steer clear of the fridge (unless you have a special wine fridge).

Not labeling bottles

Another mistake people make is not labeling their bottles. When you buy wine, it's important to make note of the vintage (year), producer, and varietal so that you can refer back to it later on.

It's also a good idea to write down when you opened the bottle, as this will help you keep track of how long the wine has been open.

Not setting up proper ventilation

The environment where you store your wine is just as important as the temperature and humidity levels. Improper ventilation can cause odors to linger or even contaminate the air, leading to spoiled bottles of wine.

If you're serious about storage, investing in a climate-controlled system could be beneficial.

Products such as WhiskperKOOL Fully Ducted Extreme and the Breezaire WKL 3000 Wine Cellar Cooling Unit allow you to easily set up a space ideal for storing your wine.

Gaining access to the cellar too often

Remember that it's important to limit access to your wine cellar. Opening and closing the door too often can introduce changes in temperature and humidity that can harm your wine.

So, if you need to grab a few bottles at once, be sure to do it quickly! And make sure everyone who has access understands the importance of respecting your wine storage space.

Not having a backup plan


A backup plan is always necessary when it comes to storing wine. Whether you're worried about power outages or potential flooding, having a plan in place can save your precious bottles of wine from ruin.

Investing in a generator and setting up an emergency evacuation system are two great ways to keep your wine safe no matter what happens.

Storing wine on its side

The final mistake to avoid is storing your wine on its side. You may think that this keeps the cork moist, but in fact, it can lead to oxidation and spoilage of the wine. Instead, store bottles upright so that oxygen cannot interact with the liquid inside.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your wine remains in optimal condition. Whether you're a novice or an experienced oenophile, proper storage is essential for enjoying the best possible flavor and aroma of your favorite wines. And remember: don't be afraid to experiment!

Are wine storage boxes any good?

wine storage boxes

If you're looking for a convenient way to store your wine, then wine storage boxes are definitely worth considering. These boxes come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can find one that fits your needs perfectly.

They are great for keeping the bottles safe from breakage and reducing vibration damage due to movement. Plus, they make it easy to transport your bottles from one place to another.

Most wine storage boxes also have dividers so you can organize different types of wines separately. So if you're looking for a reliable and convenient way to store your wine, then investing in a wine storage box could be the right choice for you.

Wrapping it up

Proper wine storage is essential if you want it to stay fresh and delicious. Avoiding common mistakes such as stored at the wrong temperature, not properly sealing open bottles, and not setting up proper ventilation will ensure that your wine collection stays in top condition.

Investing in a climate-controlled system can also be beneficial, as well as having a backup plan in case of an emergency.

Oh, and don't forget that not all wines are created equal when it comes to aging; reds and full-bodied wines tend to age better than whites and light-bodied wines. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite bottles for years (or even decades) to come!

Randy Green

Randy is a true wine storage aficionado and expert in wine cellar design. He gained construction experience as a partner in a general contracting business before niching into and passionately focusing on creating wine storage solutions for clients in 2016. He takes great pride in bringing these designs to life, and is dedicated to ensuring that every wine cellar he creates is not only functional but also a beautiful addition to any home or business. The Wine Cellar HQ team also includes refrigeration sizing experts and licensed HVAC technicians to ensure optimal climate control for your wine cellar, so that your wines can age to perfection.
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