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8 Important Wine Storage Tips To Know

September 30th, 2010

We all know that if the conditions aren’t right, wine will spoil.  There’s nothing worse than opening a bottle after years of storage, only to discover that instead of aging gracefully, it’s turned sour!

So whether you’re a long time wine lover or a wine newbie, we’ve put together a handy sheet to help you remember the essentials of storing and aging your wine properly.

Wine Storage

Keep your wine storage area cool ALWAYS. Whether it’s a cabinet, cellar, or refrigerator, keep the temperature between 50 and 65 degrees F for red wine and 45 to 60 degrees for white wine. This temperature lets wine improve and age properly, while keeping other harmful reactions at bay.

Mind your wine placement. Since heat rises, and white wines need wine cooler than reds, keep white wines close to the floor and red wines closer to the ceiling. Also, keep the younger wines (those that you plan to drink soon) near the door, and those precious bottles that you want to age in the back corners of your wine cellar.

Keep the area dark. Ultraviolet rays can cause the stable organic compounds in wine to degrade.  If you need to turn on the lights to read the labels of your wine, make sure you’re using incandescent, not florescent bulbs. The UV light from the latter can penetrate the glass and interfere with your wine’s aging.

Make sure there’s no vibration, or keep it at a minimum. Why? It disturbs the sediment that would otherwise fall to the bottom of the bottle as it is formed.

Wine RacksLay bottles on their sides. The purpose is to keep the corks moist, preventing them from drying out and letting in too much oxygen.  To keep the corks from getting too moist or too dry, keep humidity between 50 and 80% .

Keep smells out of your cellar. Odors in your wine storage environment can change the way the wine tastes!  Always consider your paint, floors, and every other material in your storage area. They have to be odorless!

Develop a system to keep things organized and track aging. Whether it’s on paper or in a computer wine cellar database, you can easily keep track of what bottles you have and how long they’ve been aging. Check out some nifty software for managing your wine collection. Your notes should include when you bought the wine, its name, region, producer, vineyard name, price, estimated value and of course, your tasting notes!

Buy or use racks built and designed for excellent wine storage. Certain types of wine cellar woods and treatments can impart undesirable tastes to the bottles. You wouldn’t want that!

Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, we have a great selection of wine racks for your taste and space, and can build the wine cellar of your dreams!

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