The effect of light on various bottled wines

No matter what kind of wine it is, it should be kept away from sunlight. Because prolonged exposure to the sun will have a harmful effect on wine, and the longer the exposure to the sun, the more severe the impact on wine. Of course, the specific impact also depends on the type of alcoholic beverage.


Beer drinkers may have encountered such an experience as opening a bottle of “skunky” beer. This term refers to rancid smell and taste, and sometimes refers to beer that has been affected and spoiled. It is called “skunky” because the reaction between ultraviolet rays and chemicals acts on hops and produces some chemicals similar to skunks.


Traditional wine cellars usually have no windows. Why? Because wine in glass bottles is very susceptible to sunlight. If the wine is placed in the sun, ultraviolet rays will destroy the wine in the bottle. Wine should always be stored in a dark cellar or at least not exposed to direct sunlight.


Like other alcoholic beverages, whiskey can actually be damaged by excessive light. Similar to good wine, good whiskey will last for a long time, so whiskey is also a wine worthy of long-term storage. However, whiskey is not as easily damaged as beer or wine, but over time, the taste of whiskey will still be affected by sunlight.

Wine bottle color

If you don’t have a dark cellar to store it, it’s best to store the wine in a bottle that is resistant to the sun. Transparent glass generally does not have a good ability to withstand the sun. But brown glass bottles can filter out too much ultraviolet light. This is why people usually use brown wine bottles. Green wine bottles are generally used for red wine and whiskey, because they have more capacity than sunlight than colorless and transparent bottles.

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