If you’re buying wine that you intend to drink in the near future, it’s fine to keep bottles of wine in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. A pantry or a closet is perfect for storing wine short term. Don’t store wine in the kitchen, because the temperature fluctuates quite a bit here due to cooking. The worst place to store wine is above your refrigerator because it gives off quite a bit of heat. Wine ages more quickly at room temperature, so any wine stored at room temperature will be best drunk within a few months, at most a year.
If you don’t have a wine cellar and you have wine you will be storing for a long time, you should buy a wine cooler. The ideal temperature for storing wine is around 55℉ (12℃). Humidity is also important for storing wine. The ideal humidity level is between 55-75%.
Our favorite small wine cooler is the Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone Max Compressor Wine Cooler. For a larger collection, invest in a EuroCave wine fridge. We love the EuroCave Premiere collection wine cellar.
There are plenty of professional cellars where you can store your wine collection, as well. Companies like Vinovest and Domaine New York will store your wine in bonded warehouses. Vinovest is popular with people who are using wine as an investment and don’t want easy access to the bottles. Domaine New York is better for people who want to actually drink their wine, but might not have the space to store it in their New York City apartment. The company will pick up and deliver wine to you on request.