Why keeping Prosecco in the fridge is actually a bad idea

It’s the bank holiday weekend, the sun is going to be out for the second time this year (hurrah) and every pub garden up and down the country will be, predictably, rammed.

However, if your plans involve staying at home and treating yourself and your pals to a tipple from the comfort of your own garden this long weekend, you might be tempted to stock up on the Aldi pink unicorn gin.

And if you’re more of a Prosecco or Champagne drinker, we’ve got some advice for you – don’t keep your bottles of bubbly chilling in the fridge until a couple of days before you’re ready to drink them.

Why?

Winemaker Marie-Christine Osselin told Huffington Post that it can impact the flavour because the cork can dry out in the fridge.

She said: ‘If you’re planning to enjoy your bottle of Champagne (or sparkling wine) within 3 to 4 days of the purchase, it is fine to store the bottle in the refrigerator.

‘If it sits in the fridge for weeks, the cork can dry out due to no humidity.

‘As corks dry out, the seal between the bottle and the cork loosen up and the Champagne will oxidize faster, changing its aromas.’

The best thing to do is store bottles in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight until the times comes to pop it open.

So now you know.

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