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Storing Wine Correctly
Storing Wine Correctly

A stand-out feature of any L’Ortolan dining experience is our selection of exquisite wines.If you decide to take a bottle home, correct storage is essential for enjoying it at its very best. Fortunately, 95% of wines are meant to be enjoyed young, and aren’t suitable for ageing in the long-term. By taking care to look after your wine, you can keep it safe and flavoursome until it’s ready for drinking.

Too hot or too cold temperatures are surefire ways to ruin wine. Ideally, red wine should be stored between 12˚C-19˚C, white wine between 8˚C-12˚C, and champagne between 5˚C-8˚C. However, the exact temperature varies depending on the bottle, so it’s important to check with the manufacturer. Regardless, never store wine below -4ºC or else it’ll freeze, or above 20°C as it’ll age too quickly. Fortunately, a large capacity wine refrigerator can ensure proper conditions for long-term wine storage, while also providing you with peace of mind. These specialised fridges store at least 125 bottles, and feature temperature and humidity controls to provide optimal storage conditions.

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Wine Storage Advice
Wine Storage Advice

UV rays are bad news for wine (bottles are usually made with coloured glass for this very reason). So, make sure to keep your bottles out of sunlight. Although household lighting is unlikely to degrade your wine, you may find it deteriorates your labels in the long-run. Keep in mind, incandescent bulbs are a better choice than fluorescent as they emit only a small amount of UV light. Ultimately, you should store your bottles in the dark as much as possible.

Avoiding temperature swings is potentially even more important than keeping your wine at the ideal temperature. Although some small temperature fluctuations may be unavoidable (such as, during the journey home, for example), consistency is key – don’t expose your bottles to extreme or frequent temperature changes. Otherwise, the cork will start to expand and contract, which, in turn, may mean air may get into the bottle, or it may start leaking. That said, even if this does happen, the wine may still be good. You’ll have to open it up, sample, and see.

Correct storage keeps your wine safe until you’re ready to drink it. By keeping your bottles cool, safe from temperature fluctuations, and out of the light, you can enjoy your wine at its optimal flavour and aroma.

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