Environment: If you don’t plan on enjoying your wine right away or you found a few special bottles you want to set aside for a special occasion, there are some general rules of thumb to keep in mind as you store your unopened wines. Make sure your bottles are:

In the Dark: Find an area away from light to protect the wine from premature aging, or light degradation.

In the Cool: A cool and consistent temperature ensures the safety of your wine as it ages.

Still: Vibrations can agitate the wine. Make sure your wines are in a spot away from noise or movement while they age.

Sideways: This is more important for bottles with cork closures than screw caps. Storing on the side helps keep wine in constant contact with the cork, which prevents the moist cork from shrinking and prevents oxygen from seeping into the bottle.

Locales: Basements are a perfect environment to age wines in because they naturally provide all of the necessities for safely aging wine. However, if you don’t have a basement, other options that make ideal places to store your wine include closets, wine cabinets or wine refrigerators. Just make sure to keep your wines stored in a dark cool space with a consistent temperature.

Ageability: A general rule-of-thumb is that Cedar Creek wines with screwcaps are meant to be enjoyed young and don’t benefit from any type of aging. Cedar Creek wines with corks have a longer shelf life and may benefit from some aging, especially full-bodied barrel-aged wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. If you have the patience, these are wonderful wines to set aside for a number of years and to be enjoyed on a special occasion, You can also find the ageability of each Cedar Creek wine is listed on the back of every wine label.