- On top of the fridge — or any appliance for that matter. The heat from the fridge or microwave will cook the wine and make it completely undrinkable.
- Near a windowsill. The area surrounding windows is likely the hottest spot in an apartment or house. Constant direct sunlight will overheat and spoil the wine.
- In the fridge for a long period of time. When you place wine in the fridge, you should drink it within the next couple of weeks. Why? Keeping wine at a chilled temperature long term can do as much damage as overheating it. Whites and sparklers shouldn't be left in the fridge longer than six months; after that, bubbly will start to lose its fizz.
- In the kitchen cabinet. Since the kitchen can get very hot (when the oven is on, a bunch of people are over for dinner, etc.), it's not a good place to keep wine long term.
After speaking with Isle I was happy to learn that my "wine cellar" (a spot at the back of my hall closet) is a great place to keep bottles! Where do you store wine?