We drink wine. We love wine. We like and comment on hilarious Instagrams about wine. But how many of us can actually say we know how to take care of wine? It's not as simple as uncorking a bottle, and that's why we enlisted the help of three New York-based Wine Directors and Sommeliers to share their best advice on wine storage to ensure that the bottles we're drinking at home are stored (and served!) at their best.
First, we chatted with Thomas Carter, co-proprietor of Estela , the Manhattan hotspot you should visit as much for the wine as the food. Regarding wine storage, we discovered there's a lot (like a lot ) we didn't know.
"Storage depends on philosophy. If you’re drinking younger wines day-to-day, wine thats not meant to archive, it's important to research which wines are best to drink when they’re young." We found this especially helpful as our wine collections can be small (or nonexistent), but our wine consumption at home can be frequent, requiring us to know more about younger wines.
"Stay away from drastic changes in temperature. Keep them in a cool, dark place, even the salad crisper in your fridge. I highly recommend getting a small Eurocav , set to 75% humidity, 53 degrees fahrenheit. Whites and reds can be stored at the same temperature in your wine fridge, and if you want to chill whites, drop them in ice."