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Oregon wines for summer and fall

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Written by Lucy Burningham   
Thursday, July 07, 2011

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Three ways to store wine

 

Three ways to store wine

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Vinotemp's six-bottle, wall-mounted cooler (above), and the 48-bottle cooler that keeps reds and whites at two different temperatures.
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Wine storage doesn’t need to be expensive or high-tech, and even a basement shelf can do the trick. Try to keep wine cool (at about 54 degrees Fahrenheit) and away from direct light. Always store bottles on their sides, which allows the cork to stay moist so it won’t crack and allow air to contaminate the wine. And finally, wines will age best in air that’s humid but not too humid — around 70 percent. If your basement is dank and moldy, consider creating your home cellar somewhere else.

When you’re ready to transition bottles from storage to easy reach, electric wine coolers keep bottles close at hand and chilled to precision. Consider the wine coolers from Vinotemp (vinotemp.com), which can be wall-mounted or installed under a kitchen countertop. Sizes range from a six-bottle holder to a 48-bottle version.

Or install a wine rack in the kitchen for everyday wines and bottles that you plan to drink in the near future. Again, store the bottles on their sides and away from sunlight.