Wine gets better with age – OK so this is one that many people have trouble with. If you already have a bottle of wine that is mediocre and you store it fro a few years you are just going to have an older bottle of mediocre wine. It is really only good wines that have been made for cellaring that cellar and age properly.
Wine needs to be kept lying down – This is only true for wines that have been sealed with a cork. It for wine has been sealed under a stelvin cap or a twist cap then it is not necessary to lie your bottles down. The reason why wine used to be kept lying down, was to make sure that the cork was kept wet so that it would not dry out and shrink. When corks shrink they allow small amounts of air to get inside your wine and this air can cause your wine to oxidize and turn bad.
How to Store Your Wine Correctly
One of the most important things you can do for your wine is to keep it at a stable temperature. If the temperature of your wine fluctuates too much it can have an effect on the chemical reactions that occur inside the bottle.
It is also very important to keep your wine in a place that is away from the direct sunlight or UV light. Again this light can have an affect on the chemical reactions that are occurring in the bottle.
Humidity is only important when storing wine if the bottle is sealed with cork. Again this is primarily to stop the corks from drying out so that they do no shrink. If you are storing wine that has been enclosed with cork then it is good idea to have a humidity level of about 65%. Do not store bottles that have been sealed with cork in a normal refrigerator, as the humidity level is only 20%.
Naturally you do not want to store it in a place that is too hot or too cold as it can stew or freeze and end up tasting terrible. A perfect temperature for keeping your wine is about 15 degrees Celsius of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your vino in a wine cooler or wine fridge is the best way to store your bottles of vino if you do not have a cellar.