Wine Storage Tips to Keep Your Favorites Fresh

Humans have been enjoying and perfecting wine for thousands of years. Techniques have improved. The technology has advanced. Nearly every facet of the wine experience is better at this moment than it was the moment before. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Still, Americans drink more wine than any other nation in the world, and when it comes to basic wine guidelines such as wine storage, most of us are making a few of the same mistakes time and time again. Even though the wine we pick up at the store has been perfected, we have to do our part to make sure we’ll enjoy it. Improve on your experience with these wine storage tips.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
What’s the deal with wine cellars? Well, the whole point is to keep wine isolated, covered in darkness and completely still. Will such a thing as the occasional vibration inside a fridge or the sunlight glaring through the backseat window on your drive home ruin that precious purchase from the supermarket? Nope. It won’t. And if you’re not a regular wine drinker you probably won’t notice. But if you’re saving the nice bottle of wine in your home for a special occasion or just want to make sure you’re not causing any damage, it’s important to know that wine is sensitive to light, particularly direct sunlight and UV rays, even the fluorescent lights in the kitchen. Many bottles are designed to block these culprits, but they won’t stop it all, especially over long periods of time. Most light fixtures in your home won’t do much damage, but as a general rule, try to put the wine you want to preserve in a dark place where it won’t be disturbed  to get the most out of each bottle.

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The Perfect Bottle Position
Ever wonder why wine bottles are typically seen being stored on their sides with the cork facing out, or why some wine racks are designed to hold bottles upside down? It turns out wine isn’t just susceptible to light or movement–it can also be spoiled by being stored in an incorrect position. Even though you picked it off the shelf at the store from an upright position, that’s not how you should store it at home. The reason bottles are set on their sides is because the liquid in the bottle needs to stay right up against the cork to seal it properly and prevent oxygen from sneaking inside. This is also a key thing to keep in mind when shopping for your wine at the store. Most stores will stock their wine upright, and sometimes it’s hard to tell how long the bottle has been standing there. This method is okay for a short period of time, but isn’t ideal for long-term storage.

Tips on Temperature & Timing
Blanketed in darkness like a vampire–check. Tipped on its side to keep oxygen out–check. Anything else that might ruin your wine? Of course there is. Temperature, humidity and timing are the final things on our list. First, the temperature where you store your wine needs to be consistent. For aging purposes, it’s ideal for wine to be stored between 55°F and 75°F, but most experts advise not to store wine above 75°F. And for the casual wine enthusiast, it’s more important to keep wine refrigerated at a steady temp than fuss too much about the exact degree. If you can control the humidity in your storage area, try to keep it above 60% to prevent corks from drying out. And as far as aging your wine, make sure you’re storing wine that will be able to improve over time. Many wines produced commercially in the US actually will not improve with age, so if you’re going to make the effort with your storage techniques, research your specific wine for details.

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After You’ve Opened It
So far we’ve gone over how to store the wine you’ve picked up from the store and plan to put away for that special occasion or how to preserve the wine you received as a gift. But the storage rules change for wine that you’ve already opened, and let’s face it, for most of us, we’re not picking up wine just to tuck it away in the basement. We want to pop the cork and enjoy it that night or during the upcoming weekend. But once the party is over, there might still be some wine swooshing around the bottle. If you don’t want to toss it out then you need to know how to store it and how long you can store it. Generally for white wine you can just push the cork in tight and pop the bottle on its side in the fridge. This will keep the wine away from a lot of light while maintaining the temperature. However, once you open a bottle, there’s almost no place to put it that will preserve it for more than three to five days. This goes for red wine as well, but unlike a white wine, red wine doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Just tighten the cork and arrange it on its side in a dark setting.


LTD Commodities has all kinds of accessories for the wine enthusiast, including wine totes to make sure a favorite vintage is protected during transport, glasses for wine tasting parties or cork holders for decoration.

Countertop Decor and More: Products to Complete Your Kitchen

Remodeling your entire kitchen is an expensive venture, but most of us don’t need an entire overhaul for the new look we’re trying to create. Whether you’re adding a new feature like a backsplash and need some item to finish off your transformation, searching for some new countertop decor, or trying to add organization back into one of your most essential spaces, check out some of our favorite kitchen items to complete your vision.

Kitchen Goods Too Good to Hide

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Display this Embossed Measuring Spoons with Stand on your countertop and be prepared for any cooking or baking prep right away. Each measuring spoon features a matching design and hangs from the stand for easy access. The finial on the stand coordinates with each spoon’s handle. Keep the stovetop and counter nice and clean while you cook with the Lid and Spoon Rest. It holds most lids, splatter screens and cooking tools, and it’s dishwasher safe for easy maintenance. Give your entire kitchen some down-home charm with the Country Kitchen Collection. Hang towels and utensils with the Wall Hooks. Hold up to 12 plates with the Dish Rack and set out some fresh produce with the 2-Tier Fruit Basket, which also has a hook for bananas.

Organized and Out of Sight

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Easily organize items in your kitchen cabinet or pantry with the 2-Tier Multipurpose Cabinet Basket. The top is divided into three compartments, and the bottom has a sliding drawer. The plastic feet prevent damage to surfaces. Stay on top of your kitchen organization with the Set of 2 Snap-Fit Drawer Dividers. Quickly and easily find what you need when you use these dividers to sort utensils and more. Each snaps into place for easy installation, adjusts to your drawers and features nonslip foam grips on each end for a secure fit. Slide the Slim Can and Spice Rack between appliances, cabinets and other narrow spots for some extra storage in your kitchen. The wheels make it easy to push and pull, and the open shelves can hold a variety of items.

How to Organize Your Closet Properly

A closet is an integral part of every home, and with the change of seasons the wardrobe is becoming a major problem for every woman. If you are facing the exact dilemma every new season, then it is high time you rolled your sleeves up and put your closet in order.

Orgainized-closetHave you ever happened to stand in front of the open closet for hours and wonder what to wear? And when you finally think of a particular piece of clothing, you can’t usually find it, because of the chaos there. Putting your closet in order is must that many people delay because the idea of folding and arranging their clothes for a few hours sounds annoying and disgusting. And still, the sight of the properly stacked piles of clothes after you are done will bring you unparalleled satisfaction.

Put an end to the shapeless and wrinkled pieces of clothing, and throw away everything that you don’t actually need and wear. Spend a few hours in organizing your entire closet in order to provide yourself with some comfort and put an end to chaos. You will be surprised how many forgotten clothes you will find at the bottom of some drawers and how well you will feel when you can finally put the place in order and find everything you need.

What do you need to start?

  • Empty nylon or plastic bags of different size
  • Some suitcases and bags that you don’t use often
  • Hangers
  • Empty space where you will have to put the clothes for a while

What is the plan of action?

  • Take all the clothes out of your closet. You can pile them on the floor or on the bed, but make sure you don’t scatter them around the whole room.
  • Take a few minutes in order to decide what you are doing to put on each of the shelves and in the drawers.
  • Separate the clothes according to the season they are supposed for. It will be harder for you when you start dealing with your winter clothes, because they are bulkier. Put them in a vacuum plastic bag in order to save some space, or you can even use an old suitcase that you no longer take when going on a vacation. Throw away everything that you don’t actually need and the clothes that you no longer wear.
  • Then start organizing your summer clothing. Separate them from one another and put them on the shelves and the drawers you have initially emptied for them. Once again, decide what the things are that you no longer use and throw them away.
  • Divide the clothes in some piles. This will make it easier to decide what you are going to wear and what – not. In the first pile put the clothes that you will wear for sure. Then, in the second one, put the clothes that need to be washed or repaired in any way. In the third pile put all the clothes you are not sure you will wear.
  • Finally, fold the clothes and put everything on the shelves or in the drawers you have prepared for them. Hang all the shirts, trousers and skirts. Then sort your blouses and other tops out and organize them on the shelves. You can use also some plastic bags or cardboard boxes, but you should be aware of the fact that this won’t make it much easier when you need to find something that you need.

Tips that will make it easier

  • There is an easy rule that you can use for the clothes you can’t decide if you are going to wear or not. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing for more than a year – throw it away, because it is not likely you will wear it again.
  • Make a “revision” of your wardrobe in a few months. Otherwise you risk creating even a greater chaos.
  • Decide how much time you can spend on organizing your wardrobe. Have in mind that you won’t be able to do everything in just a half an hour or so. Otherwise you risk getting angry when you actually realize how much work you need to do.

July Minor is passionate freelancer blogger and writer. She is really keen on topic about home improvement and DIY. She currently works for Top Domestic Cleaners and she loves her job because she has enough free time for herself.

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