Our Social Stylist, Selena just moved into her new condo this weekend. It’s got a lot of great features…including a built-in wine rack in the kitchen. Sadly, it won’t do much but gather dust – Selena explains ‘why’ below.
Storing wine in the kitchen is a BIG no-no!
If you’re keeping your wine in your kitchen you might want to re-think your storage strategy for a couple of reasons:
- Temperature Fluctuations
- Wine is like Goldilocks trying to pick a bowl of porridge…not too hot, not too cold. It’s happiest when kept at a constant, cool temperature. Your kitchen is likely the place in your home that undergoes the most temperature fluctuations thanks to your oven/stove.
- Room Temperature
- If you’re committed to a take-out-food-only lifestyle like Carrie Bradshaw, your wine must be safe in the kitchen, right? Wrong! Long-term storage of wine at room temperature will cause your wine to become dull and lose freshness.
- Direct Light
- Not only can exposure to sunshine from those great big windows you got installed in your kitchen wreak havoc on your wine. Even your kitchen lighting can be dangerous, not only does the light play a role, but also the heat emitted from the bulbs!
That being said, leaving it in the kitchen for the short term will be fine. Just keep it far away from the stove!
Just like when you’re hungover: cool and dark is best for wine! So, if you have a basement, keep your wine downstairs, lying down in a cool, dark place. If you’re in an apartment I’d recommend investing in a small wine fridge.
My solution? Our storage unit in the basement is cool and dark so that’s where my wine will live until I get a wine fridge! Bonus: if I’ve had a bottle too many and think opening that special Bordeaux is a good idea I have to traipse down a couple flights of stairs and fiddle with the lock to get it…hopefully that will be enough time to gain some mental clarity that water might be best!
(*Note: the photo is not my home, image source is: http://bit.ly/2ag71dn)