White wines are some of my personal favorites.To store and serve white wine correctly, there are some unique characteristics that need to be considered. Important factors to consider are the type, the storage and serving temperatures, the storage humidity, aging goals, and basic storage environment (amount of light, vibration exposure, temperature variance, etc.) learn more.
Storage requirements that are basic to any wine are reasonably straight forward. You must keep your bottles in a horizontal position to keep the cork moist. The storage location should be vibration free and provide protection from light and UV rays. Temperatures should be stable and optimally range from between 42 to 58 degrees F. with red wines stored at the upper part of the range and white wines the lower. Ideal storage would be in an environment where relative humidity is at least 70 percent. Finally, do not store wines where their corks can pick up strange odors from a source like a stinky cheese or worse.
Some the most common white wine grapes include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Other popular white wines include Semillon, a favorite dessert wine, and Viognier, primarily grown in France and California. California is the primary state where white wines are made, but other important growing states include New York, Oregon and Washington.
You should always store and serve whites colder than your reds. Most people recommend storage temperatures between around 42 degrees to 48 degrees F. Types, such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Champagne are best stored at the lower end of that range. Remember, storing temperatures for white wines are colder than their respective serving temperature. You should research the optimal temperature requirements for storing and serving your particular favorite white wine.
Much of the wine made in France is stored in caves where stable temperatures are near 55 degrees F. Most of us in the United States do not have caves handy for this use. Manufacturer’s today offer many different styles and sizes of wine coolers and wine refrigerators that can provide a stable temperature, provide for horizontal wine bottle storage, reduce UV rays and run with little or no vibration. Wine coolers are also made that can provide dual temperature zones to store different classes of wine at their respective optimum temperatures.
If you only occasionally grab a bottle to enjoy with your dinner, your standard refrigerator will work fine for short term storage. If you like to keep a collection on hand to later select from or if you have intent to age your it to improve its value and taste, investment in a wine cooler, cellar or refrigerator is what would be best for you. No matter what you decide, I only offer this last bit of advice: buy the wine that you like, store it correctly, serve it at its best temperature and enjoy it to the last drop.