Greg Brewer has already covered the basics of proper wine storage: A sideways or inverted bottle to keep the cork moist and airtight, a dark, consistently cool place, and a physically stable environment (without a lot of jostling and shaking and such.)
That’s probably all most of us need to know, but for a bit more insight, Brewer explained: “So if you want to go all in and buy a little wine refrigerator or build a closet in your house or whatever, that’s great. But for the reality of most people, the middle of the house is good as opposed to walls — certainly avoid south-facing walls — and going low is advantageous, like the bottom of a closet.” Brewer called it “as simple as that” and said “just consistent, dark, cool, and then sideways or upside down would be the five main things” about wine storage.
If you do want to create the absolute ideal wine storage conditions, then here are a few more specific pieces of information to keep in mind as you build out a space in your home. According to MasterClass, no wine should ever be stored at temperatures below 25 or above 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and in general, for both red and white wines, 55 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for long-term storage. As for humidity, that should be between 60% and 68%, with lower humidity the greater worry, as it can cause corks to dry out. And while wine bottles with modern artificial corks and screw tops need not be stored on their sides, doing so can still ensure you are generally maintaining best practices for all your bottles.
Now that you know how to properly store your wine, stop by Brewer-Clifton’s tasting room next time you’re in southern California, or pick up a bottle of their award-winning wine online.