If you love wine, it’s important to store it properly. When you know how to rack wine the right way, your bottles will keep their flavor and texture for years.
Use a proper rack
There are many different types of wine racks, but the ones that tend to be preferred by most people are the ones with a spout. The spout lets you pour wine into your glass without having to move the bottle around and risk spilling any of it. A rack with a drip tray is also very popular because it prevents spills while you pour.
If you have some extra cash to spend, consider purchasing a corking device (or “corker”) for your home bar or wine cellar. This tool helps seal corks from bottles so they don’t dry out in storage, which can cause problems later on when trying to open them again!
Test the rack with a cleanliness test
When you first get your wine rack, test it by wiping the rack with a clean cloth. If you see any gunk on the cloth, then your wine rack is probably not clean and needs to be cleaned. You can use a damp cloth to clean it or even soap and water if necessary. If there are still spots that don’t come off after cleaning, this means that your wine rack needs to be replaced because it has been damaged and will not be able to hold bottles in place securely enough for safe storage or transportation of wines or other drinks containing alcohol (such as beer).
Fill it with wine
Now that the rack is installed, you can fill it with wine. The trick to a good rack is not to overfill it. You want to be sure that there are no gaps between the bottles, but at the same time, you don’t want them suffocating each other and creating too much pressure on their corks (which would result in explosions).
To prevent this from happening, you should use a funnel to fill your rack. This will ensure that all of your bottles are evenly spaced so they don’t bump into each other when being moved around by customers or employees later on down the line! Don’t forget: if you spill some of your precious vintage onto the floor—or even worse yet—onto someone else’s feet…you’ll have hella trouble explaining yourself away from now on!
Store it in the right place
- Keep it away from heat:
- Heating units, heaters, and fireplaces are all sources of excessive temperature. If you have any of these in your home, be sure to keep your wine cool by storing it at least 12 inches off the floor and as far away from the source as possible.
- Keep it away from sunlight:
- Sunlight can damage wine over time, so keep your bottles out of direct sunlight if possible. If this isn’t an option for whatever reason (maybe there’s no other space), then make sure that the bottle is covered with a dark cloth or paper bag when not in use.
- Keep it away from vibrations:
- Vibrations can travel through a container and cause sediment to settle within the liquid inside—and this won’t be good for either flavor or appearance! For example, an earthquake will shake up anything nearby; earthquakes happen less often than hurricanes but are still something we need to worry about every once in while so just try keeping anything fragile somewhere safe during these times too!
Label the bottles
Labeling is important because you need to be able to remember what you have, what you like and what you don’t like. It’s also important to keep track of your wine collection so that if anyone wants a bottle of something they can easily find it.
Keep your wine stored in a cool and dry place
- Keep your wine stored in a cool, dark place. A wine cellar is the ideal place for storing your bottles, but if you don’t have one (or aren’t willing to spend the money on one), store them in your kitchen cupboard or laundry room. The most important thing is keeping them out of direct sunlight and at a consistent temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius).
- Clean regularly. Your rack should be cleaned regularly so that mold doesn’t grow on it and make it unsafe for you to use again.
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