Know Your Wines

bottle. Pull it straight to avoid the cork to break. Ensure the screw gets through the cork, and avoid touching the wine.

Serving

To start with, the wine glass should be as large as possible in size, and not filled more than one-third in order to hold ample wine vapours for a better flavour. With the glass on the table, hold the glass on the stem near the base.

Storing & Serving

Wines should be stored on their side, in the dark, at modest humidity and 70 degrees or below, although the ideal temperature is 58 degrees. Temperature stability is as important as average temperature. Difference in excess of 20 degrees can cause the small amount of air in the bottle to expand and contract to the point of causing air leaks that can spoil the wine. It is advisable to not store wines for long periods, especially over the Summer if you live in a hot climate.

Opening the wine

The flavour of a wine can be adversely affected by repeatedly tilting the bottle or shaking it, before opening the bottle. If a wine has been stored on its side, slowly tilt it upright. If it is an older wine, allow it stand upright for a brief period before pouring to let any sediment to settle. Preferably, use a hollow screw for prying the cork from the