Serving and storing your wines – the ultimate guide
Published by The Naked Narrators - 12th Aug 2020
Whether you’ve just gotten your very first box of Angel-funded wines or your 50th, the first reaction is always the same – woohoo!
Especially if it’s your first stash of wines, your next reaction may be: now what?
We’ve all been there – you’ve got a case full of glorious wines and a bounty of flavors just waiting to shine, but what do you do with them before, during and after drinking to make the most of every bottle?
Fun fact: Your winemakers give advice for how to serve and store every wine…
Simply scroll down each wine’s website page and you’ll find it just past the wine description.
…definitely a white wine you want to taste to the fullest.
Here,Daryl Groom says to get the most out of his Best of Class-winning Russian River Valley Pinot Noir…
…you should actually chill it in the fridge for just a few minutes before enjoying it.
Storing your wines
So you’ve just opened your box and your wines are there, practically smiling up at you. You reach for a red, but wait…
This extra little bit of waiting is most important for your red wines, which have their best results in about 5-7 days after you get them.
You read somewhere that you should let your wines rest a little after their journey to your door – and you absolutely should.
The good news is your white wines are ready to sip almost right away. Give them about a day just to be safe, then work on those for the next few days while you wait for the reds to be ready!
Keeping your wines in the best possible shape really comes down to one thing: Finding the right space.
You don’t need a wine cave (though having one never hurt) – you just want to make sure you have a cool space, with stable temperatures and as little direct light as possible.
Pro tip: lay each bottle on its side. Leaving your bottles upright makes the cork dry out faster and shrink, which lets more oxygen seep in, aging the wine faster than you want. Laying your bottle on its side helps keep the cork moist and full, which lets just a little bit of oxygen seep in to age your wine at just the right pace.
The right temperature can make all the difference
You want the fruitiness of your reds to shine. This comes out best when served at room temperature (but you can also cool them down for just a bit in the fridge)…
For white wines, their crispness and more delicate fruit flavors show off best slightly chilled, so plop your bottle in the fridge for a bit before popping that cork or twisting off that screwcap. (You can even put it in the freezer for just a few minutes if you’re short on time.)
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even chill it with ice cubes made of wine! Just freeze a little wine in an ice cube tray beforehand and plop a few in your glass!
Then there’s the glass.
Just remember – for reds, go bigger. Wider glasses will help the intense aromas of a Cab or Zin open up in the glass. They’ll also help the wines actually feel smoother as you’re sipping.
For white wines, smaller glasses are your best bet. You want to let the flavors open up a bit, but not as much as a big, bold red. Smaller glasses help lighter wines stay nice and crisp from start to finish.
You’ve waited a few days to get your delivery, you’ve let the wine rest a little after shipping, now you’re finally about to indulge – but waiting just a few more minutes will make a world of difference…
Comment by Francine on August 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Thanks for the tips.
Which reds do better storing for a while, and how long do you recommend I hold them before drinking?
Comment by LouAnn Phillips on August 15, 2020 at 7:42 am
Thank you for the tips. I got my box, ALL reds, I noticed they were warm when I got them out of the box. In an hour or two I laid them in a wine rack in my pantry, dark and stable. I looked up and printed each page of info on each wine.
Comment by Ronald Daggett on August 15, 2020 at 3:45 pm
I have a small wine refrigerator, 28 bottles, that I keep at 55 degrees for both reds and whites. (I was once told this is the best temperature for most all wines). Is that correct?
Happy to hear it Jeff! We’re all learning about wine all the time – you can never know too much!
Comment by Charles Beatty on August 19, 2020 at 1:26 pm
I have never been a wine drinker. My wife on the other hand has always enjoyed wine. We always bought our wine at the grocery or Sams and kept the price down. Mostly White Zinfandel. Lately wine has started giving my wife re-flux and stopped being enjoyable. We had decided to give up on wine altogether. Then I got your information in an email and it sounded interesting. I did not think I would become a wine drinker, but if it helped my wife enjoy wine without the side effects it would be worth a try. I ordered the six bottle sample and we were both surprised. We have opened two bottles, a red and a white to have with two meals and we were amazed. Even I enjoyed them and may become a “wine drinker”. I have since ordered more and look forward to getting them. Thank you for educating us with respect to good wine. The cost is slightly more than what we had been paying but the product is tremendously better and my wife can now enjoy her wine without suffering afterwards. We look forward to a long and lasting relationship. August is our 50th wedding anniversary and we will probably celebrate with a bottle of one of your wines. Thanks again.
That’s what these winemakers are here for! We are thrilled you are enjoying their wines and are so happy to have you as part of the community. Have an incredible anniversary – 50 years is a beautiful milestone!
Comment by Persephone Estes-Warfield on August 26, 2020 at 7:40 pm
great information on which glass to use for the red and white wines