Tip of the Month: Keeping Your Wines Crisp While Travelling

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As summer hits its stride, July is the perfect time for vacations and spontaneous picnics. But how do you ensure your favorite wines stay fresh and delightful on the go? Here are some best practices to make your wine travels as enjoyable as possible.

Choose Travel-Friendly Wines: Opt for wines that travel well. Sparkling wines like Prosecco or a versatile Rosé are excellent choices. They’re not only refreshing but also forgiving with temperature variations.

Keep it Cool: The key to maintaining wine quality is temperature control. Use a cooler bag with ice packs to keep your bottles cool. If you’re driving, place the cooler in the back seat rather than the trunk to avoid excessive heat. Aim to keep your wine between 45°F and 65°F.

Pack Smart: For picnics or road trips, pack your wines securely. Use wine bottle protectors or wrap each bottle in a towel to prevent breakage. This extra padding can save your prized vintages from accidental bumps and drops.

Avoid Sun Exposure: Direct sunlight can damage wine by accelerating the aging process and altering its flavor. Keep your bottles shaded, and if you’re outdoors, cover them with a blanket or towel when not in use.

Timing is Everything: Plan your wine consumption to align with your trip. Drink the more delicate whites and sparkling wines first, as they’re more susceptible to temperature changes. Save the robust reds for later in the trip, as they can withstand a bit more handling.

Serve at the Right Temperature: Bring along a wine thermometer to ensure your wine is served at the ideal temperature. Whites are best served chilled at 45°F to 50°F, while reds shine between 55°F and 65°F. If the wine gets too warm, a quick chill in an ice bucket can bring it back to the perfect temperature.

Keep it Upright: When traveling, try to keep your wine bottles upright to prevent the cork from drying out and to minimize agitation. This practice helps preserve the wine’s quality and prevents any unwanted leaks.

Enjoy the Moment: Part of the joy of traveling with wine is the experience. Find a scenic spot, set up a comfortable area, and take your time savoring each sip. Whether it’s a beachside picnic or a mountain retreat, let the wine enhance your adventure.

This July, take your wine experiences beyond the cellar. With a bit of preparation and care, you can enjoy your favorite bottles wherever your summer travels take you.

to new adventures, perfect pairings, and making every moment a celebration!

Stay cool and enjoy the journey!