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A Beginner’s Guide to Storing Wine

You don’t need to be a wine enthusiast to enjoy a nice bottle of chardonnay every now and then. If you want to get the most out of your wine and preserve its taste, the most important thing you can do is store it properly. Luckily, you don’t need a professional wine cellar to do so, just keep these tips in mind:

  • iStock_000079345037_SmallFind the ideal temperature. You don’t want to keep wine in your standard
    refrigerator. It is known that heat can damage the integrity of wine, but cold can be just as detrimental. Different types of wine are best stored at different temperatures, so refer to this chart to find what climate is best for your bottle.
  • Store it on its side. Storing wine on its side ensures that the liquid in the bottle will always be in contact with the cork. This prevents the cork from drying out and shrinking, which could allow air to enter the bottle and alter the taste.
  • Limit exposure to light. While UV rays cause the most damage to wine, artificial light from your home’s light bulbs can still affect taste and consistency.
  • Keep it consistent. Above all things, make sure to keep your storage area consistent. Fluctuations in temperature can destroy a bottle of wine, and some experts are starting to believe that vibrations (even minor ones) can speed up chemical reactions and agitate the sediment.

For most wine drinkers, a wine cooler will be sufficient to preserve your bottles, and many of them can purchased for under $200. If your wine cooler is giving you problems, the repair experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service are just a call away. If you live on Long Island, call us for all of your refrigerator, freezer, and wine cooler repair needs at 866-782-9376.

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How to Taste Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

the weather warming up, more and more people are visiting local
wineries and vineyards. If you are just a casual wine drinker who
will soon be experiencing their first wine tasting session, don’t be
afraid; just follow the steps below and you’ll be tasting like a pro
in no time!
  1. Pour
    the wine into a clean, clear wine glass.
  2. Holding
    the glass by the stem, look at the wine against a white background.
    The color, clarity, and opacity of a wine can hint at its age and
  3. Swirl
    the wine in the glass to help release its aromas. Tilt the glass
    towards your nose and take a deep sniff. Advanced wine tasters will
    be able to identify primary, secondary, and tertiary aromas; just
    try to see if you can identify any particular scents or ingredients.
  4. Take
    a sip of the wine. Swish it around the entire inside of your mouth
    before swallowing in order to properly expose all of your different
    taste centers.
  5. Form
    an opinion about the wine, but don’t share it until everyone has had
    a chance to do the same. Pay particular attention to the initial
    taste of the wine, how it evolves, and the finishing taste.
  6. Repeat
    these steps as desired for different wines.
Additional tips
  • Avoid
    wearing cologne or perfume to the wine tasting, it could interfere
    with the aromas of the wine and disrupt your sense of smell.
  • If
    the hundreds of aromas are overloading your nose, neutralize it by
    smelling your forearm.
  • Don’t
    get too intoxicated at a wine tasting, it can diminish your sense of
    taste. Spit the wine out if necessary.
  • Don’t
    be afraid to ask the winemaker questions about their wine, vineyard,
    tasting procedures, or anything else. You want to have fun and
If you
keep several bottles of wine in your home, you might store them in a
wine cooler. If your wine cooler was to malfunction and the
temperature were to rise, it wouldn’t be long before the taste and
the integrity of the wine was permanently altered. If this happens to
you, call on the services of Speedy Refrigerator Service. With 24/7
emergency services, we can be at your door within an hour of your
call. We cover Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and
Connecticut so give us a call at 866-782-9376.