Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the correct cellar temperature, and do whites and reds need to be different?

Classic cellar temperature is about 55 degrees. We keep reds and whites at about 57 because we find that it’s a good starting point for serving both. Most reds are served too warm and most whites are served too cold, especially at restaurants. We might want to chill our whites a bit more or warm our reds by leaving them on the table as we sip them, but 57 is a good starting point.

What’s the best glass?

We prefer a large glass — around 20 to 22 ounces is good — because it feels generous in our hands and we can swirl around the small amount we pour into it. Look for clear, thin glass; a long stem; and a slight curve inward at the top. We prefer inexpensive glasses so we don’t worry about breaking them. Over the years, we have found good glasses at a wide variety of stores, including Pier 1 and Costco (though we haven’t seen our favorites at either place recently). Vino Grande Burgundy from Spiegelau, which is owned by Riedel, is our everyday glass

 Do I have to store my wine in a temperature-controlled cellar?

If you simply want to keep a mixed case of wine around the house for a short time — and you should — find a place in the dark with a fairly constant, moderate temperature. The bottom of a closet is often fine. If you have fine wine you want to store for longer, get one of those wine refrigerators. They are more affordable, available and space-efficient than ever and they’re worth it. If you want to lay down a bottle in that temperature-controlled cellar for your newborn

How long does wine last once opened?

Wines can last for a day or two once opened, though you can do a few things to help it last longer. 1) Refrigerate the wine. Wines go "off" once they have been open because they are interacting with oxygen while warm. Cool the wine and you slow down the rate of those reactions. 2) Removing the oxygen from the bottle helps to prevent those reactions from happening. 3 tricks are to: a) Transfer the wine to a smaller bottle. b) Use a vacuum pump to evacuate the air from your bottle. c)Add an inert gas to your bottle so that it forms a protective blanket over the wine's surface.

How should I store my wine?

Classic cellar temperature is about 55 degrees. We keep reds and whites at about 57 because we find that it’s a good starting point for serving both. Most reds are served too warm and most whites are served too cold, especially at restaurants. We might want to chill our whites a bit more or warm our reds by leaving them on the table as we sip them, but 57 is a good starting point.

Is drinking wine good for you?

Wine is full of healthful compounds that range from tannins and polyphenols to alcohol and that so-called magic bullet: resveratrol. Studies have shown that moderate wine consumption -- that's a glass or two a day -- can lower the risk of heart attack for middle-aged people by some 30% to 50%. Other studies have shown that red wine can raise your good cholesterol while lowering the bad. Some of these benefits are attributed to the resveratrol found in wine. 

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