Preserving The Pour: A Guide To Proper Wine Preservation

Hey Wine Lover, let’s delve into the intricacies of storing wine, the nuances of bottle aging, and the art of preserving opened bottles to ensure every sip is as delightful as the first.

1. Storing Wine: Creating the Perfect Habitat:

  • The proper storage of wine is fundamental to its evolution and enjoyment. Consider the following tips:
    • Temperature Control: Store wine in a cool, dark place with a consistent temperature, ideally between 45-65°F (7-18°C).
    • Humidity Matters: Maintain relative humidity around 70% to prevent corks from drying out and compromising the seal.
    • Horizontal Position: Store wine bottles horizontally to keep the cork moist and ensure a proper seal.

2. Post Uncorking: Unraveling the Freshness Equation:

  • Once opened, the clock starts ticking on the freshness of your wine. Quick tips to prolong its life:
    • Re-cork Quickly: Seal the bottle promptly to minimize exposure to air.
    • Refrigerate: Store opened bottles in the refrigerator to slow down oxidation.
    • Drink Within 3 – 5 Days: Typically a still table wine should be enjoyed between 3 and 5 days max after opening for best taste. Port wines can be stored for weeks or even months after opening.

3. Preservation Systems: A Revolution in Wine Enjoyment:

  • Preservation Systems like the Coravin that we use in our tasting room, are revolutionary devices that allows you to pour wine without removing the cork. Their benefits include:
    • Preserving Wine Integrity: By replacing the extracted wine with inert gas, the Coravin system ensures that the remaining wine stays fresh and unaltered.
    • Exploration Without Commitment: Sample wines without committing to finishing the bottle, making it ideal for tasting different varieties and vintages.

4. No Dedicated Climate Controlled Wine Storage?? No problem!

  • 15 Min Trick: No dedicated climate controlled wine storage? No problem! You can still achieve the desired service temperature for your new bottles of wine.
    • White Wines: REMOVE white wines from the fridge 15 min before serving.
    • Red Wines: PLACE red wines in the fridge 15 min before serving.
    • The Goal: You never want your still wines served too cold because you’ll mute the aromatics and flavors of the wine. White wines are typically served chilled whereas red wines are typically served room temperature or just slightly chilled. Sparkling wines and Port Style wines should be served cold.

We invite you to the opportunity to elevate your wine experience at Pur Noire! Explore the world of wine, and learn how to make the most of every bottle when you to visit our tasting room. We will be delighted to share insights and answer any questions you may have while leading you on a guided and interactive wine tasting experience!


The Team at Pur Noire