Have we been storing bottles of the red stuff all wrong? [Photo: Timur Saglambilek via Pexels]
Wine knowledge barely extend to knowing the difference between a pinot noir and pinot grigio (clue: one’s typically a red)? Us too! But we do know that chilling a red wine in the fridge is a cardinal sin when it comes to plonk storage. Or is it?
Because according to a wine buff, storing a bottle of vin rouge in the fridge is the ideal way to keep it fresh.
Editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, Jancis Robinson, said keeping a bottle of red at a low temperature can help to preserve the flavour.
“Put any open bottle in the fridge. Even red wine,” she told the audience at the UK wine event, Hay Festival.
“Low temperatures slow down chemical reactions including oxidation, which is the enemy of an open bottle.”
Cheers to storing wine properly! [Photo: skitterphoto.com via Pexels]
And if you tend to keep the white wine in the fridge until just before pouring a glass so it’s icy cold, well, you may want to rethink that one too.
According to wine expert Robinson, chilling a white wine for too long is a vino no-no, as some types don’t react well to being kept in very cold conditions.
“It is nice to have champagne very cold, or a light-bodied Riesling,” Robinson told Daily Mail.
“But once you get a full-bodied, oaked white, like a mature white burgundy, you really want it at the same temperature as a light-bodied red.”
And if you fancy shaking up your friday night wine list, Robinson has some suggested new countries to source your tipple. The wine buff told the crowd gathered at Hay she believes Patagonia and Scandinavia could be the next wine producing power houses.
Make ours a Scandinavian rosé.
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