5 Ways to Properly Store Your Wine

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Most aficionados know that wine should be stored away from light, at a cool temperature and amid moderate humidity, and on its side to keep the cork moist. But short on space, resources or proper knowledge, many people simply shuttle their bottles to a dark corner of the kitchen and cross their fingers with each uncorking. Still, even if the wine isn’t spoiled, bottles kept in less-than-ideal conditions can age too quickly or too slowly, or develop undesirable aromas and tastes.

"The most important thing is that there are no radical temperature changes," says Per Holmberg, Head of the Christie’s Wine Department. "If you have 55 degrees one day and 75 the next, that is bad. Those temperature swings make the liquid expand and force gases in the bottle to push on the cork and seep through – that is, you’re breaking the seal. The wine will eventually become oxidized and lose its fruit. If you have 65 in the summer and 55 in the winter, it’s not ideal but it’s acceptable as long as the temperature change is gradual and not drastic."

Luckily, there are more and better wine-storage options than ever, no matter how constrained you are by space, budget, climate, or motivation. On the occasion of our latest Online-only wine auction, running through 4 September 2014, here are five ready solutions. — Nils Bernstein