Enjoy a Bottle of Wine at the Perfect Temperature

Last week I shared with you my simple wine tasting methods. I hope you have already tried that. This week I would like to tell you about a little wine accessory that I use to keep my wine at a decent drinking temperature. I use a wine chiller stick. Just let me tell you why.

You know that red and white wine have different drinking temperature. If you want to go in further detail you can find that every wine type has its own desired drinking temperature.

Here is what I do when I just want to have a few glasses of wine with my girlfriend after a tough day at work.

Keep My Red Wine From Getting Too Warm

Bottles of Red Wine Kept in the Cellar Where Is Cool Enough
Bottles of Red Wine Kept in the Cellar Where Is Cool Enough

I usually store a few bottles of red wine in my cellar where the temperature is about 55°F. I take the bottle inside and open it. I leave it for some time to breath a bit. Then I pour both of us a glass. I like it to be quite warm at home. But my red wine prefers cooler temperatures. To prevent going back and forth to the cellar I use the wine chiller stick. Once well frozen it can keep that nice wine temperature for up to an hour. It is usually enough to finish the wine.

Preserve White Wine Well Chilled for Up to an Hour

Young Couple Drinking  a Bottle Of Red Wine With Wine Chiller Stick Over Lunch
Young Couple Drinking a Bottle Of Red Wine With Wine Chiller Stick Over Lunch

When my girlfriend prepares the dinner she usually picks white wine. White wine tastes way better when is chilled to about 40°F-50°F. That is why she puts the bottle in the fridge for an hour. After that she inserts the wine chiller stick and we can enjoy the wine rather than going back and forth to the fridge when my glass is empty.

 

Wine Chiller Stick with Built-in Aerator and Pourer by My Wine Passion
Wine Chiller Stick with Built-in Aerator and Pourer by My Wine Passion

My wine chiller stick has a built-in aerator and double layer pourer that make it an all-in-one solution for any wine type. The double-layer pourer helps me pour confidently without any drips, while my wine aerates evenly as I serve it.

How to Store Your Bottles of Fine Wine

I have found a few ways to store a couple of bottles of fine wine I got from some of my favorite wine cellars. It took me a while. I must be honest – I have already spoilt a few nice bottles. Do you actually know how to keep your wine bottles and them for a long period of time? If you are a real wine lover, who likes to preserve his/her wine bottles in a proper way, I would share a few easy tips that you could find useful:

  • keep it cool and dark – direct sun light is the #1 enemy of my wine bottles and it could make the wine age sooner, this might flatten wine flavour. Sunlight makes the temp raise which absolutely lowers the quality of your wine. The prefect temperature is between 45°F (7°C) and 65°F (18°C).  There is a small basement in my house which I use as a wine cellar – this is a nice place for your wine as well. Alternatively you could store the bottles in your pantry, as long as it’s dark and cool. Your kitchen is never a good choice – it is usually too warm and too light for your wine
  • humidity matters – wine professionals know that the right humidity level to preserve a bottle of wine is at about 70%, anyway something between 50-80% is acceptable and your wine will feel at home. The steady humidity level would keep the wine cork from drying out and will seal the bottle for longer
  • bottles on the sides – the best option is to store your wine bottles on the sides, because the beverage will constantly moist the cork. This would preserve your wine bottle away from oxygen getting inside the wine bottle, which can spoil the wine. Wine racks are prefect, well if you do not have one, just be creative. Look for various items at your place that could assist you and make a DIY wine rack – like Pringles boxes or used cardboard boxes that you could use in your wine project
  • keep the wine steady – vibrations could raise wine sediments from the bottom of the bottle and mix with the ingredients which could spoil the wine’s and result is loss of flavour. This is not as hard to do as you think, once you have your wine rack where bottles will stay calm till you pop the cork.

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Photo by: Michael E.

Are you about collecting and storing wine? I have decided to invest some money in a professional wine cellar. This will give me ideal conditions for my wine. If you like to save some cash – your basement or a dark and cool cabinet will also do the trick.

Please use the comments below to share your wine storing experience or the wine rack that you have created by yourself.