How to store wine to make it last

Thinking of socking away some bottles of your favourite wine for a later date? Aged wine can definitely be worth the wait, but sticking a bottle in a dark closet next to your hot water heater can jeopardize your investment. Wine is perishable and needs specific conditions to age well.

Here are five things to keep in mind when storing your wine for the long haul:

Sunlight: Ultraviolet light from any source, whether sunlight or fluorescent light, can age wine prematurely. For this reason many wines that improve with age (for tips on selecting them, click here) come in colored bottles for additional protection. It’s best to avoid exposure to any constant light source when storing your wine. Investing in a wine storage unit with a UV protected/filtered glass door can be a good step toward protecting your investment.