This story originally appeared on Travelandleisure.com.
If you’ve bought a bottle of champagne recently, the chances it's sitting in your fridge right now are high. After all, no one likes warm champagne.
But if you are going to store your champagne in the fridge, make sure you’re not keeping it for too long, because you might be ruining the flavor.
Moët & Chandon winemaker Marie-Christine Osselin told the Huffington Post: “If you’re planning to enjoy your bottle of champagne (or sparkling wine) within three to four days of the purchase, it is fine to store the bottle in the refrigerator.”
But after those three or four days are up, the bubbly begins to change due to lack of humidity.
“As corks dry out, the seal between the bottle and the cork loosens up and the champagne will oxidize faster, changing its aromas,” Osselin said.
If you’re not ready for cork-popping, you should instead store your bottles in a cool place with low light and a consistent temperature. If you have a cellar or wine rack, that would be the perfect place to keep it.
And, instead of the fridge, Osselin noted that the best way to chill your wine is in a bucket filled with ice and one-third water, allowing it to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
Now that you have this newfound knowledge, you can be as chill as your bubbly.