How to store champagne

How to store champagne

Steven Murtagh

Written By Steven Murtagh

Storing champagne and other premium drinks at home can be a challenge if it isn’t something you’re used to doing, or if your property simply doesn’t have the right conditions. Nevertheless, needing to store champagne is usually unavoidable. After all, a bottle is best saved for an appropriate event, occasion, or celebration. Here, we detail what goes into proper champagne storage.

How long should champagne be stored?

It can often be the case that when you’re given alcohol as a gift, it’s then weeks or months until you find an occasion to drink it. If it isn’t stored in the right way, the quality and texture will diminish over time, causing any corporate champagne gifts to backfire. Bottles of champagne are aged in precisely controlled spaces by master producers, it’s simply a matter of trying to recreate those conditions at home.

If you’re planning on storing the champagne for a short period (no more than a month), it can be kept upright at room temperature. For longer-term storage, or for the best results, there are extra guidelines that make sure champagne stays bubbly and delicious. Of course, in either case the bottle should be chilled before opening.

Proper storage conditions for champagne

Taking the timings above into consideration, there are also some general tips on how to storage champagne effectively. These will help you to maintain the unique drinking experience offered by a high quality bottle of champagne.

Storing wine bottles horizontally is best practice because it causes the liquid to create an airtight seal, preventing air from seeping into the bottle gradually over time. This also stops the cork from drying out.

Champagne should be stored in a cool area that’s between 11-14°C. The best way to make sure the bottles are at this temperature for months at a time is to use wine cellar or specially designed wine fridge.

Arguably the biggest risk to champagne in storage is UV light and natural sunlight. Sparkling wines have a delicate chemical make up which can be disrupted by exposure to these types of light. As such, champagne and prosecco are best stored in dark places.

A humidity level of around 70-80% is good for storing champagne. This helps keep the cork moist and seal the bottle. While this factor is often a difficult to control, keeping the bottles in a sealed room for long stretches of time can help maintain a consistent level of humidity.

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