Avoiding Hangovers

86. Wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif (a pre-meal drink), but it shines brightest when paired with food. Consuming wine with a meal reduces the incidence of hangovers.

87. Wine contains alcohol, alcohol dehydrates the body, and dehydration causes headaches. When drinking wine, consume one glass of water (or more) for each glass of wine

Proper Storage of Wines

88. Wine should be stored in a location - be it a basement, closet or cupboard with a consistent temperature. Heat, widely fluctuating temperatures and direct sunlight are wine's top three enemies.

89. The ideal temperature range in an area designated for wine storage is 50-55 degrees.

90. Always store wine bottles on their sides so that the wine inside is in contact with the cork. This prevents the cork from drying out, cracking and allowing air in the bottle

91. Most wine will keep for a few days after opening, but it will decline gradually in quality with each passing day. If you don't finish a bottle, put the cork back in and, if you plan to keep it for several days, put it in the refrigerator. Yes, this applies even to red wines.

92. While aging wine can be an enjoyable hobby and bring you some wonderful drinking experiences, keep this mind: It's always better to drink a wine too soon than too late. A vast majority of wines should be consumed within their first one to five years of bottling

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