It seems like a simple task, but it is not. In fact, many of us act almost by intuition when we place the bottles of wine. And no! If we like it cool, we put it in the refrigerator; if we prefer it ambient, we keep it in a piece of furniture. Those who have a wine cellar or wine cellar at home have no problem. But it is not so easy, and in all this process some mistakes have been made. Here are some basic tips for the perfect wine preservation at home
Atmosphere and position
One thing is the serving temperature, how we like to drink it, and quite another is the storage temperature. Normally it is recommended to keep the wine between 10 and 15 degrees, without any sudden change.
If we still prefer it to be a little cooler, it should be chilled before consumption, as it is very likely to rise a couple of degrees. But never, never keep it in the refrigerator. Not only because of the temperature, but also because of the environment: light, humidity and noise.
We recommend a humidity of 70%, a room/space that maintains its conditions so that the cork of the bottle does not dry out (with too low humidity) and premature oxidation occurs.
It is not advisable to expose the wine to any type of light, whether direct or partial (as it would be in the refrigerator). In fact, this is the main reason why the glass of the bottles is dark.
It is also not advisable for the bottles to be exposed to noise or vibrations that disturb the constant evolution of the wine. In this sense, any kitchen appliance (refrigerator, microwave, hood) produces noise.
Another point to take into account is the position. We are used to seeing the bottles horizontally and by imitation we usually place them like that at home -as long as space allows-. But why? Well, because in this way the wine comes into contact with the cork and thus achieves an ideal isolation with the outside.
When a bottle remains open, conservation changes completely. One of the most significant points is the position. If the bottle has already been started, it is recommended to store it horizontally: not only to avoid spilling some wine -which should not happen because the bottle should be well corked and sealed- but also so that oxygen is only in contact with the wine, the smallest possible surface area.
In this case, the refrigerator could be used for storage because it will preserve its properties better, slowing down its degradation: constant temperature between 12 and 16 degrees -a little higher than before opening-.
On the other hand, and although it is not inadvisable, it is better if we close the bottle with an element other than its cork, since this has been contaminated with the outside air and would accelerate its oxidation. In this case, a vacuum pump or an anti-ox stopper is suggested.
Follow these wine preservation tips and always enjoy, as soon as you open a bottle or days later, the best wine possible. Of course, always with Barcolobo.