Storing Your Wine
Your luscious wine will continue to improve in bouquet and flavour. How you store your wine will influence the aging process. We care about the quality of your wine, and offer a few tips to help maximize your wine's performance.
Wine does not like heat. Ideally, once aged, your wine should be stored between 50˚F - 66˚F (10˚C - 18˚C), and 25% - 70% relative humidity. Storing wine at room temperature for up to one year is acceptable. Constant temperature is the most important temperature factor. Large fluctuations in temperature are bad for your wine. Your wine should also be stored out of direct sunlight and NOT under fluorescent lights for any lengthy period of time.
Let your wine stand upright for 5-7 days when you take it home. This will allow any CO2 already at the surface of the wine to dissipate through the cork, and will allow the cork to fully expand into the neck of the bottle (to prevent leaking!). Afterwards, your wine should be stored on its side for the rest of its life. Keeping the cork wet will allow the gas exchange (aging) to occur. Try not to store your wine in areas subject to vibrations, such as under stairs, beside the washing machine or furnace etc. Alison & Paul recommend that whites mature for one month and reds for three months; however, you might find your wine is quite drinkable much earlier than that. Some customers enjoy their wine the day of bottling.
Like most good wines, your wine will improve with age. We have gone to great lengths to ensure superior quality and taste. Should you notice a tiny amount of sediment, or wine “diamonds”, do not worry! This is normal. Even great wines, stored under ideal conditions, experience sediment deposits. To remove any slight sediment, gently pour your wine into a decanter, and leave the sediment behind in the bottle, then rinse the bottle with warm/hot water.
When serving your wine, it is advisable to uncork the bottle about one hour prior to consumption, to let it "breathe". The breathing process enhances the flavour for both reds and whites.
After you finish each bottle of wine, rinse it inside with fresh water, allow it to drain UPSIDE DOWN, and store it upside down (dry, in the carton). Peel and stick Labels remove easily if soaked in hot water for 30 Seconds. Your bottles will then be ready for your next batch. While we do sell new bottles, we encourage recycling. We will sterilize your used bottles when you return to do your next batch.
Four-week whites will age 18 months and reds for 3 years. Eight-week whites will age up to 3 years and reds for 5+ years. If you decide to store your wine for long periods, you should rotate your bottles periodically, and should inspect the corks for deterioration. Corks can be replaced without harming your wine; however, a damaged cork may spoil the wine.
You have invested time and money for your quality wine. Taking these few steps to preserve your wine will allow you to enjoy it for months, even years to come. If you have any questions about your wine, please feel free to call us or drop in.