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GrayFal
01-26-2008, 05:03 PM
Please don't laugh, but does champagne/sparkling wine - need to be stored on its' side like wine????

TIA

wackymother
01-26-2008, 05:11 PM
I didn't know the answer, so I looked it up. Here's a heated debate from wineforum.com. I think the bottom line is, keep it upright.

Wine Forum - Lets Talk Wine - How to store Champagne (http://www.letstalkwine.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=561)

GrayFal
01-26-2008, 05:13 PM
I didn't know the answer, so I looked it up. Here's a heated debate from wineforum.com. I think the bottom line is, keep it upright.

Wine Forum - Lets Talk Wine - How to store Champagne (http://www.letstalkwine.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=561)
Thanks - u who know all things (and says them in such a clever way!!!)!
That makes it wasier for me to store :wavey:
Back to work,,,,, :abused:

wackymother
01-26-2008, 05:21 PM
I think the key is to drink the Champagne as soon as possible. It doesn't seem to be meant for keeping.

Somebody gave us a bottle when we moved into this house, and we didn't get around to drinking it for a couple of years. We kept it upright, but in a refrigerator, which seems to be a no-no; no more than a few days in the fridge. It was totally flat when we finally cracked it open. Still tasted good, like wine, but disappointingly unbubbly.

bigfrank
01-26-2008, 05:25 PM
I have had a bottle of Don since 1973 kept upright and at room temp. Hope it will still be good in 10 years. saving for when my son gets married.:cry2:

tonyg
01-26-2008, 05:38 PM
The purpose of storing wine on it's side is to keep the cork moist and thereby keeping a seal on the bottle. It would seem that unless there is a real cork, wine or champagne could be stored upright.

GrayFal
01-27-2008, 10:12 AM
Thanks everyone :wavey:

wackymother
01-27-2008, 11:20 AM
The purpose of storing wine on it's side is to keep the cork moist and thereby keeping a seal on the bottle. It would seem that unless there is a real cork, wine or champagne could be stored upright.

Wine is stored on its side, definitely. But there are arguments on both sides--upright or horizontal--for champagne. The discussions usually revolve around the gas in the champagne, whether it's better to store the bottle upright so the gas is against the cork, or horizontal so the wine is against the cork. Upright is apparently better.

bigfrank
01-27-2008, 03:09 PM
I think I will open up a bottle today:banana:

wackymother
01-27-2008, 06:11 PM
I think I will open up a bottle today:banana:

Good idea, why take chances? :biggrin:

tonyg
01-27-2008, 07:21 PM
I wonder what is the best way to store wines with the new plastic-type corks ?

wackymother
01-27-2008, 08:52 PM
I wonder what is the best way to store wines with the new plastic-type corks ?

I would research this, but I don't think I can bear reading another argument among prissy wine aficionados.

vintner
01-28-2008, 10:37 AM
Bottles with plastic corks, or stelvin (screw top) can be stored any direction. If the wine needs to settle because of sediment or acid crystals, I would store it 'normally' but that is for the wine, not the closure.

As far a sparkling wines, I am probably the only person that doesn’t really like them, but I would still store cork closures on their side to keep the cork moist and sealed. A dry cork is not good for any closure. That is my opinion.

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