Make sure your wine always tastes its best by storing it properly. Here's what you need to know:
All wine (both still and sparkling) should be stored in a cool place with a steady temperature, away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat, such as an oven. If storing wine for more than a few weeks, rest a bottle on its side; the wine moistens the cork, which expands to create an airtight seal.
If you don't plan to serve white and sparkling wines right away, keep them at room temperature. Before serving, chill for about an hour in the refrigerator.
Cool down a room-temperature bottle of wine in record time with this handy tip:
Wet and wring out a linen dish towel, wrap it around the bottle, and place the wine in the refrigerator for 30 minute. Can't wait that long? Try this technique in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Opened bottles of still wine be recorked and refrigerated for three to five days. Before drinking red wine, let it return to room temperature. Sparkling wines can also be kept for one or two days; for best results, use a special stopper (found at wine shops and housewares stores).
Watch this video of Martha with sommelier Christian Hammer as they compare different styles of corkscrew and show the best way to open a bottle of wine: