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How to store champagne - A Simple Guide


The best way to store champagne is in a cool, dark, and humid place. Here are some tips for storing sparkling wine:


  1. Store the bottle on its side: This will keep the cork moist, preventing it from drying out and allowing air to enter the bottle.

  2. Keep it away from light: Light can cause champagne to deteriorate and lose its flavor. Store it in a dark place or in a wine cooler that is not exposed to light.

  3. Maintain a consistent temperature: Champagne should be stored at a consistent temperature between 45-50°F (7-10°C). Fluctuations in temperature can cause the cork to expand and contract, which can damage the wine.

  4. Keep it humid: Champagne should be stored in a humid environment to prevent the cork from drying out. A humidity level of around 70% is ideal.

  5. Avoid vibration: Keep champagne bottles away from any sources of vibration or movement, as this can cause the wine to age prematurely.


By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your champagne stays fresh and delicious for as long as possible.


How not to store your champagne:


Here are some things to avoid when storing champagne:

  1. Do not store champagne in direct sunlight or bright light: Light can cause champagne to deteriorate, affecting the taste and aroma. This is called lightstrike, and often makes wine taste and smell like rotting onion.

  2. Do not store champagne in a place with extreme temperature changes: Fluctuations in temperature can cause the cork to expand and contract, which can damage the wine.

  3. Do not store champagne in a dry place: Champagne should be stored in a humid environment to prevent the cork from drying out.

  4. Do not store champagne standing up: Storing the bottle upright can cause the cork to dry out, leading to air seepage and loss of carbonation.

  5. Do not store champagne in the refrigerator door: The constant movement of the bottle in the door can cause vibration, which can damage the wine.

Although the best way to chill your champagne is to put it in the fridge overnight, do not store your champagne in the refridgerator for extended periods of time. Not only will the light and temperature be fluctuating, but the air is too dry, and will dry out the cork, leading to premature oxidation.


The ideal storage location is a wine cellar or a refrigerator specifically designed for wine storage. But if you don't have one at home, a dark cupboard or under the stairs should do, as long as the conditions above are respected.



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