There's a bottle I've had tucked away in safe, cool storage for a few years now. Not that it needed aging, necessarily, but just that it seemed 'too nice' to open on some random evening. I was waiting for...what, exactly?
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Ok, wine storage isn't the most glamorous topic, but it's one that shouldn't be neglected. There's no point in spending your hard-earned money on a nice bottle of wine and then cooking it by storing it somewhere warm. (Hey you, with the wine rack decoratively displayed next to your oven—listen up!)
I'll never forget the feeling of disappointment. On my twenty-first birthday, my uncle had chosen a wine from his cellar harvested in the year of my birth for us to enjoy. After careful decanting, he served it only to realize that the wine was not in good condition. In fact, it was awful. It tasted of oxidation and decay. Years of moving it from one makeshift cellar to another (one damp basement to another) had taken its toll on the wine. All that build-up and years of waiting had culminated in something that was more vinegar than vino....