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Laying Down Port Without a Cellar

September 30, 2011
Question by: Carson, Washington DC, USA

Q:

Good evening,  I recently purchased a bottle of 2005 Burmester Vintage. I must confess to loving, yet being utterly unknowledgeable about, port wines. How should I handle this bottle? I don't have a cellar and am nervous about storing the bottle in the warmer months that will come about nine months from now.  Thanks so much.

A:

Hi Carson, Most of us don't have tradtional cellars any more, but it is not difficult to find another suitable place to store your Vintage Ports.  Two key considerations are: store the bottles in a dark place, lying on their sides to keep the corks moist.  Finally, whilst a cool temperature around 14º is the ideal, the most important consideration is a stable temperature - do not expose your bottles to sudden dramatic changes in temperature.  More details can be found in our article Storing Your Port, under the Enjoying Port menu tab above.  If you want to learn more about Vintage Port wines generally, the articles under Port Basics will also be of interest, and you might take a look at the Graham's Port Blog, a year round insight to how a Port company goes about its business in the vineyards, cellars and tasting room.



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