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Should You Refrigerate Wine?

Should You Refrigerate Wine?

Wine is a delicate beverage. Sure, some types of wine can withstand the test of time and evolve for decades, but most wine is more delicate than you think. Storing your wine bottles under the right conditions ensures the wine is in decent shape when you open the bottle.

Should you refrigerate wine? This is a common question regarding wine storage; the answer is not as straightforward as you might think! Let’s talk about storing wine the right way.

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Wine’s Mortal Enemies

To understand why you must adequately store opened and unopened bottles of wine, let’s see what happens to wine when you don’t.

Oxygen, heat, and light are wine’s mortal enemies, and it’s your job to protect your precious collection from them. Storing wine in a cool, dark place is a good start. Doesn’t that sound like the fridge?

Refrigerate Wine

Yes, your average home refrigerator is cold and dark, but it’s not ideal for storing wine long term. Refrigerators are too dry, and the cork in your bottle will eventually dry out. Besides, you keep more than wine in the fridge, you store smelly food like garlic, too, and although corks are relatively impermeable, off-smells can and will find their way into the bottle of wine if you let them.

Store unopened bottles of wine in dedicated storage space, whether in a professional wine storage unit or a dark closet. Only store wine in the fridge if pouring it within a few days; your wine will be okay.

Storing opened bottles of wine is another story. In this case, you must work fast; not even the best practices can ensure your opened wine will still be drinkable after a few days.

Wine stoppers keep wine fresher, especially if air-tight and fitted with an air pump. Air oxidizes the wine, effectively ruining it, allowing microorganisms, such as acetic bacteria, to taint your wine with vinegar. Wine stoppers are handy and necessary.


The bottle’s cork is an effective way of protecting your wine for a while, but once the bottle is opened, the cork can’t prevent air from ruining your wine.

Generally, expect an open bottle of wine to still be drinkable after 2-3 days. Perhaps a week if sealed tight. Here is where the refrigerator can help. Although you shouldn’t store your wine in the fridge long term, keep all your opened bottles in the bulky appliance. Cold slows bacteria down, meaning the colder the wine, the longer it will still be okay to drink.

Should you store your wine horizontally or vertically? If unopened, store your wine horizontally, but if you’re storing leftover wine, storing the bottle vertically will prevent spills. At this point, there’s not much of a difference.

As you see, storing opened and unopened wine bottles are entirely different tasks with distinct objectives. Store your wine adequately and ensure your wine is always at its best.

How to chill wine before serving?

Talking about refrigerators, the fridge is a reliable way of chilling wine, especially if left overnight. Sparkling wine, sweet wine, rosé, and un-oaked white wine are enjoyable at fridge temperature, so storing the wine in the fridge the night before is not a bad idea.

Isn’t the refrigerator too cold for wine? Home refrigerators keep their contents at 4°C (39°F), which is too cold for wine. Still, by the time you pull out the bottle, uncork it and pour the wine, it will already be a few degrees warmer. Chill your wine in the fridge; it’s no biggie.

This is not the case for full-bodied white wine, such as oak-aged Chardonnay, or any red wine; you want to enjoy these warmer than fridge temp, between 10-16°C (50-61°F), depending on the wine’s boldness. In this case, you might want to chill your wine in an ice bucket filled with ice cubes and water. For red wine, just a few minutes will do.

The Right Tools for the Job

Wine service is undoubtedly more complicated than it seems, but it’s not rocket science. Store your wine safely and extend your opened wine bottles’ life as much as possible with the proper techniques and tools.

Carry your wine bottles and glassware in dedicated travel cases, top your bottles with proper stoppers, and serve your favorite wine in fine stemware and crystal decanters. To enjoy wine, you need the right tools and equipment, but that’s what makes wine so enjoyable. Wine is not only a drink but an experience.

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