SAMsARA Vintner/Owner and WSET Level 4 Diploma holder, Dave Szkutak, wants nothing more than to rid the world of unsafe wine storage conditions. Why? Because there is nothing worse than patiently waiting for a wine to mature, only to open it and find it’s been poorly cared for. Here is Dave’s rule for how to store wine at home: Find a place that is consistently cool, dark, and away from vibration. Off the bat, storing wine on top of the refrigerator, or anywhere in the kitchen for that matter, is basically the worst place to store your wine, even in the short term. Your kitchen has wild daily temperature fluctuations, is usually one of the lightest/brightest rooms in the house, the top of the fridge is especially warm, AND even the best refrigerators will vibrate ever so slightly. If your bottles are on top of the fridge, move them ASAP!