Over the last few years, wine consumption has become steadily more popular.
With more and more money going into wine both as an investment and for later consumption, the history of the wine will always be point of conversation.
With this in mind, many people often wonder how to properly store their wine, and maintain its individual characteristics and attributes.
Proper wine storage is crucial.
Correct storage tends to lead to euphoria, while improper storage often results in depression.
Few experiences match the enjoyment to be had when unleashing a well aged bottle of wine. It is a joyous occasion indeed, resulting in merriment unsurpassed by other worldly indulgences. Whereas opening a vessel containing poorly stored wine can be a saddening experience. Often, drinking a bottle of wine that was poorly stored can be likened to drinking vinegar.
Ironically, vinegar can be the result of wine which has been tainted by vinegar fly during fermentation.
So, it’s safe to conclude that a fifty year old bottle of vintage vinegar is a disappointing experience indeed.
To properly store wine, you’ll need to take several factors into consideration. Those being humidity, temperature, lighting, the cleanliness of your storage area, the angle of the bottle while it is stored and any possible movement of the bottle on the rack.
The temperature is the most important, as you should keep it around 50 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. This way, the lower temperature helps to age the wine. Moderate any fluctuation in temperature. Do not allow the ambient temperature to change drastically, or to become too hot.
In a nutshell, as long as the temperature doesn’t go to high and it changes slowly, your wine should be quite alright.
The proper level of humidity for storing wine should be around 70%, although it is perfectly accepted to keep it 10% above or below the 70% level. If you have excessive humidity, the labels can easily rot or mold, which affects the wine’s value. On the other hand, if the humidity gets too low, around 50%, the cork could shrink and bring air into the wine, which ruins it in little to no time at all.
The angle that wine is stored is important as well. If the wine stays in contact with the cork during storage, the cork won’t dry out. If the wine doesn’t stay in contact with the cork, the cork may dry out and allow air into the wine.
You must also keep wine out of direct light, as light ruins any type of wine. Light also causes the wine to age prematurely, making it essential that you store your wine in a dark location.
To prevent damage to the wine from sediment, you should also store wine in a location that is free of vibration. If you store wine in places that are free from vibration, it will give the sediment in the bottle ample time to settle. Vibrations are murder to good wine. As sediment becomes unsettled in the wine, it can ruin the wine by contaminating it to the point where it becomes impossible to consume without looking like you just stubbed your toe.
To protect the quality and investment of your wine, storage location is also an important consideration.
Storing your wine in a proper location will bring the best taste.
As opposed to the disappointment you will experience if you wait several years to open a bottle of fine wine, only to find that it is perfectly aged, vintage vinegar.
Prevention of this calamity is simple; just follow the guidelines listed above.
Wine is easy to store and maintain, it just takes the right conditions and location, as well as a little bit of interest on the part of the cellar master. Everyone loves some fine wine every now and then – which is why storage and care are crucial.