Proper Storage for Wine

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Learn the easiest way to store wine in your home with these tips from certified sommelier and New York restaurateur Joe Campanale. From professional wine refrigerators to closet cellars, Joe explains the best (and worst) places to keep your wine.

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Hi, I'm Joe Campanale. You're watching eHow.com. Today, we're going to talk about proper storage for wine. So, what do you do when you buy a case of wine and you bring it home, where do you put it? You need to make sure that you're storing it in the right area so that the wine doesn't go bad. Now if you're lucky enough to have one of thees, this is a great wine fridge, it keeps the wine at a constant temperature, around 57 degrees and has these shelves so that you can store wine on the side without the cork drying out. The other great thing about this is that it keeps a relatively consistent humidity. If you put your white wines in the refrigerator, it's okay for short term storage but for the long term the refrigerator is super super dry and again you risk drying out the cork. Now if you don't have one of these fridges at home, that's totally okay. You can simulate this kind of condition but in a different area. The most important things are that you keep the wine out of direct sunlight, number one and in an area that is cool and dry where the temperature stays pretty much the same. So a good option would be actually underneath your bed. Another good option would be in the closet at the bottom of a closet that stays nice and dark. The one place you don't want to store your wine is in the kitchen. The kitchen is the absolute worst area because it is the one spot in your house that fluctuates the most between hot when the stove or oven is on and cold when the refrigerator door opens. So keep it away from the kitchen. Thank you so much for watching. I'm Joe Campanale for eHow.com.

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