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A Guide to Properly Storing Wine

About 2 month(s) ago by Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

To make the most of your bottle of wine, you will want to ensure you serve it at the perfect temperature to amplify its robust flavors. In addition, you will want to dust off your bottle at just the right time to be certain that your wine has properly aged. For both of these concerns, we have created a guide that will help you navigate the delicate art of proper wine storage.

Although the temperature you enjoying consuming your wine it is largely based on personal preference, the temperatures listed below are ideal for enhancing the flavor profile of the mentioned wines. The suggested temperatures for each wine varietal to be stored at are as follows:

  • Sweet Madeira and Vintage Port: 64-68oF
  • Full Bodied and Aged Reds: 59-64oF
  • Medium Bodied Reds: 55oF
  • Tawny Port and Sweet Sherry: 54-61oF
  • Heavy Whites and Light Reds: 50-55oF
  • Light Whites and Roses: 45-50oF
  • Champagne and Sparkling Wines: 43-50oF
  • Dry Sherry and Madeira: 43-47oF
  • Sweet Whites: 43-47oF

You should also consider how long you store a bottle of wine because, without knowing how long wine should age before consumption, you may be compromising the flavor of your wine. Suggested aging times include:

  • Alicante Bouschet: 4-6 years
  • Cabernet Franc: 6-10 years
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 8-14 years
  • Carignane: 4-5 years
  • Charbono: 5-10 years
  • Cinsault: 4-7 years
  • Counoise: 3-4 years
  • Gamay Noir: 1-2 years
  • Garnacha: 4-7 years
  • Malbec: 4-7 years
  • Melot: 6-7 years
  • Mourvedre: 5-9 years
  • Petite Sirah: 5-10 years
  • Petite Verdot: 4-8 years
  • Pinot Noir: 4-10 years
  • Syrah: 5-11 years
  • Tannat: 7-10 years
  • Valdiguie: 1 years
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