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  1. Why no sunlight? Sunlight is art's greatest foe, and it is also wine's greatest foe. Direct light can break the molecules in a wine, can render a rosé colorless. Sunlight also causes heat. Heat will damage the wine by destroying/changing some molecules, but also pushing/pulling air and/or the cork which ...
  2. What's the right temperature to serve wine at? I include in the wine notes on our website, recommendations from our experience, or the grower's, about the temperatures at which their wines should be served. But by all means drink it at the temperature you prefer :) If possible, allow the bottle to reach the serving temperature naturally. ...
  3. How to best serve wine? Note: these things are if you have a very special bottle of wine and want to do everything to the best. We rarely do any of it most of the time. Before a bottle is opened, it is wise to stand it upright for several hours, or preferably overnight, to enable any sediment to settle to the bottom ...
  4. How do I best store wine? First, if you are buying wine to drink within 3 to 6 months, you can stop worrying about storage right away. If you do keep wine for years on the other hand, the manner in which your wines are stored is important if they are not to deteriorate early. Ideally, they should be stored in a ...
  5. How do I keep an open bottle? Air is the enemy If you don't finish the bottle in a single sitting it will oxidise if left for more than a day or so, so it is really best to drink it all the day it is opened. When you first open a bottle, the oxygen first helps the wine expand for a little while, but after that it slowly ...

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