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Class 2: Tasting Reds

storage basics


Wine storage is not an issue for most wine-lovers, since the vast majority of bottles are opened within a couple days of purchase.

The only caveat is to avoid excessive heat and cold. Don't display the bottle on a sunny windowsill and don't leave it in your car on hot or freezing-cold days. If you do, the cork can get pushed out of the bottle because air in the bottle expands with heat and wine expands as it freezes.

Proper storage becomes important when saving leftover wine for several days or when you plan to keep unopened bottles for more than a few weeks. Either way, the key is to avoid exposure to air and warm...

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