Feature: Storing Wine & Beer
How to keep your bottles safely stored in these tropical climes. The cost of drinking here on the Red Dot is high, so make sure none of those precious bottles go to waste, and plan to store your booze the right way.
- Humidity in Singapore – a major bugbear, but who knew it was actually quite useful for keeping corks wet? A little humidity, apparently, is a good thing for wine bottles (too much, as we know, is good for nothing).
- Cling film – who knew it might come in handy with wine storage? Your want your wine humidity and moisture kept at optimum levels, but those beautiful labels can’t stand the damp. So wrap the bottles in cling film et voila! Labels kept legible, wine kept drinkable.
- If conditions are too dry, then the cork will also dry out, allowing oxygen to get into the bottle and spoiling the wine. Keeping bottles flat, and pointed slightly down, will help the corks stay moist.
- Whites need a slightly cooler temperature than reds.
- Those darker coloured wine bottles? That’s to help stop light spoiling the wine, resulting in a bad reaction (light meaning daylight, flourescent and halogen). Plan to keep your bottles in dark conditions.
- We know wine and cheese go well together, but avoid storing foods with strong odours too close to the wine. You don’t want your chablis tasting of brie.
- Cellars don’t really exist in Singapore, and if they did they’d be scorching hot, so what you’ll need if you’re serious about storing wine is a proper cabinet. These come in various sizes, from full-sized fridges to keep on your outside balcony, to small cupboard coolers tucked into the corner of your dining room.
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