What Is the Best Way to Store Wine?

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Proper wine storage depends on a few different factors, such as the type of wine being stored, but in general, wines need to be kept in a cool, dry, dark place that has a consistent temperature. There is a certain margin of error for things like light, humidity and even temperature, so long as that temperature is not warm or hot.

Temperature fluctuations can be more damaging to stored wine than it being kept at a steady temperature that is within about 10 degrees of ideal (55 degrees Fahrenheit). Additionally, while the ideal humidity for wine storage is 70 percent, there is some wiggle room for that as well.