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What is the proper way to store wine? A couple of times it tasted nasty even before opening it.i heard dark still and sideways.So do i need to but something like a decanter, wine refeigerator etc.? What do you think? Ive seen a couple of conttaptionsi vould but but what gives?

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Ned,
The proper way to store wine is lying down at a temperature of 53-58 F and 50% or higher humidity. There are many standard wine refrigerators available these days that will do the job in all sizes and prices ranges. To enjoy wine it helps to decant it and let breathe for 15-30 minutes for a young red wine, less time for older wines.  

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Joshua Farrell

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I can answer most any question about wine- types, styles, grape varieties, regions, vintages, proper storage, production, wine and food pairing, wine service, decanting, proper glassware, serving temperatures etc. Regarding questions about specific bottles of wine, since I live in the U.S. my focus is on wines imported here. I can't answer questions about spirits and liquor valuations.

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I have over 20 years of experience. I was a wine buyer and sommelier in NYC for many years including 4 years at Windows on the World which was NY's number one wine restaurant. I created and taught a Wine Appreciation Course at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I have worked for the past 15 years for the Wine Enthusiast Cos. as Editor, Columnist, Wine Storage Consultant and am currently Wine Director and Buyer for their online wine website wineexpress.com, I recently judged in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Follow me on Twitter @WEX_Josh

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Diversions Magazine

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Windows on the World Wine School- completed all courses from beginning to advanced. Former member of the Sommelier Society of NY. Competed in the Food and Wines of France Sommelier Competition. Traveled to wine regions in Europe including, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Alsace, Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, Rioja, and Jerez. Visited wine regions in NY's Finger Lakes, California's Sonoma, Napa and Central Coast and Oregon's Willamette Valley.

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