It is well-known that good wine improves with age, but although bottles of wine do not have an expiration date, wines do expire. Even though it may seem contradictory, no matter how much time works in its favor, wine has a limited time to be in the winery. You might be wondering how this happens? Keep reading to find out the best tips for storing wine.
For starters it is essential to remember that the wine in a bottle is a living element. A liquid that, in spite of maintaining its balance and characteristics, it is constantly aging even inside the glass.
Wine is a careful mixture of grapes and other elements, whose flavor arises during the fermentation process. Tannins, sulphites and alcohols safeguard the fine balance that occurs in the bottle. But not only that, this natural alchemy also plays a key role in its conservation. It is thanks to them that the wine can remain latent in appearance inside the bottle. And it is also thanks to them that, by opening a bottle, we can fully savor its contents. To them we owe the capacity of conservation of the wine throughout time, along with the correct storage of it.
The storage of wine also plays a key role for its duration. It is useless for an oenologist to have delicately designed a specific wine, and to take care of its elaboration process to the millimetre, if during the storage period the premises of its storage are not fulfilled, as a result the wine will suffer damage. From taking care of the cork to avoid the entry of microorganisms to avoiding sun exposure to avoid triggering oxidation: every detail is meaningful when it comes to preserving the wine.
In order to guarantee a correct enjoyment of the wine, there are certain points that must be taken into account. One of them is that the fact of keeping a crianza for years in the cellar does not mean that it is going to become a reserva. It is more than likely that by the time we want to uncork it, it will be damaged. Another thing to take into consideration is the type of wine you want to store, as the measures to be taken vary if it is a red wine or a white wine.
In order to know how long to keep the different types of red wine we will have to be guided by a data that we will find on its label: the year of its harvest.
Young wines: no more than one year of aging. If we have a wine that has undergone a period of ageing in oak of a few months, we can lengthen it by a few months but without abusing the time.
Crianza wines: between four and five years from harvest
Reserva wines: between eight and ten years old
Gran Reserva wines: maximum 20 years, although the 15 years are the ideal time to uncork
On the other hand, regarding white wines, times change considerably. This is because their longevity is shorter, given their characteristics, they have a shorter life than red wines. However, it is also true that in the world of white wines we can find some with an incredible conservation capacity.
In general, it is recommended to consume a white wine before a year or a year and a half after its harvest. However, it is important to remember that if it is a white wine that has been aged in oak casks, we can extend it up to two or even three years at the most.
These tips will help you store it in the right way and preserve the irresistible taste and seductive smells that characterize the wine. So, although it is true that good wine is aged, it is important not to get confused, it is necessary but in its right measure. If you’d like to skip these steps, Melis artisan wines save you the trouble of finding out the proper storage time because each one indicates a best to drink date. Learn more about our authentic wines here.