As one of the most popular wine stores in the Rochester/Penfield area, the staff at Lisa’s Liquor Barn is often asked about the best ways to store wine for ideal maturity and taste upon peaking.  There are more than a few misconceptions out there—some understandable, and some that are just downright incorrect—so we thought we would take a few moments to go over some of the basics when it comes to properly storing wine for maximum enjoyment.

Whether you’re new to wine collecting or simply looking for a brief refresher on the essentials, here are a few things to be mindful of if you’re looking for the best ways to store your wine.  For more information, get in touch with Lisa’s Liquor Barn and we’ll be happy to help!

  • Wine is best stored on its side, as this will prevent corks from over-drying
  • The best place to store wine, regardless of its variety, is in a damp cellar
  • The optimal temperature for red wine storage is 55°-65° Fahrenheit
  • White wines will taste and age better when stored at 45°-55° Fahrenheit  
  • Never store wine in areas with bright light, as it can damage the tannins
  • Rotating wine will not improve the flavor and may result in a cloudy finish
  • Never store your wine in the kitchen or near sources of high heat

Wine collecting is an extremely rewarding and enjoyable passion, so it’s vital to make sure that you’re taking proper measures to get the most from every bottle.  The rules apply to essentially all Red and White varieties, and there’s no need to rotate bottles regularly, as so many have come to believe.  Let it sit, let it age, and let the passage of time do what it does best.  For more detailed information on light, rack selection or any other concern, Lisa’s staffs a team of wine experts who are here and ready to help.

We invite you to visit our store at 2157 Penfield Rd in Penfield, NY to learn more or browse our extensive collection of wines from around the world.  Questions for our staff?  Get in touch by phone at 585-377-1860 or drop us a line through our contact page.