Now that a lot of you are probably on holidays, you've probably been invited to quite a few summer shindigs where you'll be drinking a lot of wine.
Christmas parties, New Year's Eve parties and just regular parties that don't align with a national holiday, there's always an event happening where you can pour yourself a nice, fresh glass of champagne.
So Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters has been kind enough to share a few tips with us all on how to make sure that your wine tastes amazing all summer long!
Hack #1: Chill Wine Quickly With Salt
Yep, if you need chilled wine and you're on a tight schedule, pop your bottle into an ice bucket with some water and pop a bit of salt in said water to get your wine to a refreshing temperature.
"Salt lowers the freezing point and makes water freeze quicker because it extracts heat from surroundings."
Hack #2: Buy Cheap Wine & Save It For A While
If you buy cheap wine in bulk and "cellar" it, which is a fancy way of saying store it, you can age the wine and give it a better taste!
"Just make sure it is a wine that is appropriate for cellaring.
"For reds, a wine with nice fruit and a good balance of tannin and acidity is best.
"Some of our most cellared wines are generally a Barossa or McLaren Vale Shiraz or Grenache blend, and Coonawarra or Margaret River Cabernets.
"Rosé and most white wines should be enjoyed in the season they were bought."
Hack #3: Store Opened Red Wine In The Fridge
If you tend to store your opened bottles of red wine in the fridge and have had people tell you that what you're doing is silly, then you'll be happy to know that actually, you're doing the right thing!
"When stored at colder temperatures, the chemical processes slow down, including the process of oxidation that takes place when the wine is exposed to oxygen."
Hack #4: Chill Both red & White Wine Before Drinking
This may sound strange, but despite what you may think, both red and white wine does actually taste a lot better if they've been chilled for a certain period of time before drinking.
"Our warm climate is not ideal for storing and drinking wine.
"The perfect temperature to drink red wine is around 14 degrees, which is why in Australia, red wine can taste better if kept in a fridge for a short time before drinking it – just 15 to 30 minutes is enough.
"When it comes to white wine, serving it too cold can dull the flavours, mask the aromas and increase its acidity."
Hack #5: Turn The Bottle, Not The Cork, When Opening Champagne
When you're popping that cork, you probably try to twist it first, right? Well, as it turns out, you should be turning the bottle instead because you could actually be ruining the champagne!
"Twisting the cork can cause it to tear and break, and could ruin your champagne, so turn the bottle – not the cork – when opening a bottle of bubbles."
Do you have any wine hacks?
Let us know in the comments!