Let’s talk wine tips for the hot days ahead!
I’m baaacckkk! I’ve been out of my corner enjoying time on the lake with friends and family. Relaxing in the sun, enjoying many glasses of wine and thinking of you. As you have your own summer fun, remember my pointers for buying, storing and enjoying wine this summer.
HEAT AND WINE – NOT A GOOD MIX!!!
When you come in to Pour Vous you’ll notice that the store is pleasantly cool. This helps me to not have so many hot flashes, but more importantly keeps our wines from going bad on the shelves. Wine can start to be damaged at 70 degrees and “cooked” at 80. Did you know your car may reach over 100 degrees in 30 minutes on a day that is only 70 degrees?! As you can see by the chart below, leaving wine in your car for even 10 minutes puts it at risk for becoming undrinkable.
BUT TED, HOW DO I KNOW IF MY WINE IS DAMAGED?
The first sign that your wine may be damaged is the bottle feels warm to the touch. You may notice that a bottle is leaking, this is caused by cork shrinkage due to heat. Even if there is not leakage, air can get in when a cork is loose causing oxidation.
Once opened, the wine may have a tangy aroma or be astringent in taste (a little like vinegar). Tannins become more noticeable and fruit flavors take on an unpleasant acidity.
WINE TIPS FOR TRANSPORT AND STORAGE
When you purchase wine in the warmer months, it will be safest in your car if you have an insulated cooler. This is critical if you have other errands to run or on a road trip with any extended stops where the car can heat up. We do sell ice in a 10# bag, so if you forget your cooler, a bag of ice and a wine box will be a great solution.
To protect your wines at home keep them in a cool (55 – 65 degree), dry area where there is no direct sunlight. If you don’t have a wine cooler or other climate-controlled space, the produce drawer in your refrigerator works great! When you are ready to enjoy a bottle, take it out 20-30 minutes beforehand and your wine will be the perfect temperature. Both reds and whites keep well this way.
FINAL WINE TIP
Remember to drink plenty of water with your wine while you’re out enjoying fun in the sun. Good wine goes great with summer, but getting dehydrated will ruin even a perfectly-kept wine…not to mention your day!
I and the staff at Pour Vous hope you find these wine tips helpful. We’re here to assist you in choosing the just-right, well-kept wine, so you enjoy every bottle at its best. Pour Vous is for YOU!
Stay cool friends.
Ted,The Old Wine Guy