Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 4
Wines should stay in the basement until they are served. If you don't have a basement, at least keep the wines in the dark. Light is the enemy of wine, as much as it is for beer; keep your wines protected from light, both natural and artificial, whenever possible.
Humidity is less definitive of an issue. Though it's not absolutely necessary that the area be above 80% relative humidity, it's true that very dry conditions can compromise the good condition of the cork. A cork is an imperfect closure, however, one that is well-designed to last twenty to thirty years. But if the temperature in the cellar fluctuates greatly, the cork is bound to lose its necessary elasticity.
Cork is also compromised during shipping, especially if the bottle is older. Try to ship and transport wines as little as possible because if an older bottle has been moved a number of times, the cork can become softened or even broken up.
Hopefully these ground rules help with your wine storage Stacy. Remember, if you have any wine related questions or if you're looking for personalized wine glasses or custom wine glasses, Tipsy Grape has the answers you're looking for.