Hot on the heels of Pinot Noir Day, we have, yet again, reason to celebrate with a glass of wine.
Red wine, that is.
Uno. The ideal temperature for wine storage is from 45-65 F or 4-18 C. And the same temperature must remain constant, no fluctuations. The colder it is, the longer it will last.
I mean, really, have you ever left a bottle of wine the trunk of your car in the summer heat? It’s done, vinegar. Don’t drink it.
Dos. Shorter fermentation period = low histamines
Tres. Low sugar content = drier wine, sugar depletes the liquid in your head which will cause a headache so if there’s less sugar, there’s less chance of a headache. And please, avoid eating something sugary when drinking wine. Double Trouble.
Cuatro. Humidity should be between 60-80% to slow down the aging process.
Cinco. Keep it out of direct sunlight. For the same reason. Dim lighting is ok.
Seis. Organic = low sulphites
Siete. Tannins = a preservative, there could be some truth to the wine drinker being well-preserved.
Tannins are present due to the grape skins, seeds, stems and the good old oak barrel.
Nueve. For those who stay away from wine because they give you a headache? It’s dehydrating you…drink water.
Diez. Oxygen = killing your wine.
So yes, if you transfer unused wine to a smaller bottle, it will maintain it’s freshness. I picked up a mini bottle and re-use it all the time now. Grab one near the liquor store check-out. If there isn’t any room for the oxygen to sit within your bottle, it won’t break down.
Better yet, grab your friend and enjoy the whole bottle today for Red Wine Day!
Posted by Kim Ratcliffe-Doe on August 28, 2017