Aging & Storing Wine & Recognizing Flaws

Wine is a natural, perishable food product. When exposed to heat, light, vibration or fluctuations in temperature and humidity, all types of wine, including red, white, sparkling, and fortified, can spoil. In this section we provide a little insight into wine aging, flaws, storage and decanting.

Aging Wine

Almost all wines will benefit from a stabilizing year in the bottle but relatively few will improve to be worthy of values two to three times their original retail value. This section touches on how wine ages and what wines to save for future enjoyment.

Wine Storage

When properly stored wines can maintain their quality and in some cases improve in aroma, flavor and complexity as they age. This section describes the optimum conditions for wine storage.


How to plug a wine bottle effectively has been an issue for thousands of years. In this section you will find more than you ever wanted to know about corks.

Recognizing Wine Flaws

Wine lovers look for familiar, satisfying or comforting flavors in wines while winemakers often look for flaws. This section explains the characteristics of wine flaws and their causes.

"Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die."

Julia Child

1912 - 2004

American chef, author, television personality and ardent wine enthusiast.