Store your wine horizontally, the way it is in a wine store as opposed to the supermarket. And if you buy cases, stack them on their side. This keeps the corks moist. When they are moist they are fat, which means no oxidation. Ever had a bottle that had turned? Bleck. These little tips will prevent that.
And, there are so many cool-looking wine racks that they can be part of your décor. (Is that still a word?) If you like making stuff, use your imagination and make a cool wine rack out of scrap wood, rebar… just have fun poking around your house and you’ll find some materials that will make a fun weekend project, and keep your wine happy.
Now, another question: You’ve got the wine rack and your cases are stacked on their sides. How long should you keep your wine and expect it to be tasty? It depends on the wine, and sometimes you’ll make a trade-off between freshness and being mellow. Here are a few guidelines:
1) If your Uncle Mac saved a fine wine and you feel like celebrating, do it. Old wines are safe to drink.
2) Wines made from white grapes that age best are Chardonnay, Riesling, and Semillion.
3) The reds that like to age are Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah (which is the same as Shiraz.)
4) Table wines that don’t cost an arm and a leg are different. Drink you white wines within six months. Your reds within two years. All modest wines are ready to drink when you buy them. Isn’t that nice?