The Biggest Mistake You're Making With All That Wine
Right this very instant, how many bottles of wine do you have chilling in your fridge? Don't be shy, we're not judging your post-work wind down routine. Rather, we're pointing to a common habit that's widespread and maybe ruining our favorite whites (and reds). Turns out, you really should not be storing any wine whatsoever in the refrigerator. That's right—even your Rieslings and sauv blancs needn't be perpetually chilled.
According to one expert, temperature is the most important, and most commonly botched, aspect of storing wine at home. And Charles Smith, said expert, knows wine. The corkscrew-curl adorned "rebel winemaker" was named Wine Enthusiast's Winemaker of the Year in 2014, and is the founder of the largest urban winery on the West Coast, an expansive 32,000 square foot space in Seattle called Jet City. His award-garnering wines are more affordable than pretty much any other award-winning wines, thus the funny moniker of "rebel winemaker." So, yes, you'd do well to listen up.
"Never keep your wine in the refrigerator," Smith told Business Insider. "It seems really convenient because you want to keep it cool, but it only takes about 20 minutes in the freezer to do the same thing." According to Business Insider, Smith shared that "the ideal temperature for white wines... is a cool 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. An hour or two in the fridge—or about 20 minutes in the freezer... should be all you need to cool your wine to the right temperature." As for reds, 60 degrees is the ideal temperature, so try to store it in a dark place away from any sunlight and warmth.
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