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Storing and caring for your wines

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Learn how to correctly store your wines

Wine has become more popular in recent years. Whether you are a connoisseur, investor, or maybe you just enjoy collecting different brands and varietals. There are many ways to choose from. Most of us just enjoy a good glass of wine to have with a meal or just by itself.

If you just enjoy having a good glass with your meal, you should know what types pair great with a your meal. Many restaurants have a very knowledgeable staff for what will pair well with what you order. Many, but not all restaurants have a Sommelier staffed just for this reason. A Sommelier is a person very knowledgeable and can help you choose great wines.

Storing Wine

As a collector of fine wines, storing and caring for your wines correctly is extremely important. If a bottle is stored improperly it is much like drinking vinegar. All wine bottles, no matter what brand, needs to have the proper storage to keep up their original flavor. The easiest and best way to store them is to put the bottles on their sides.

To properly store wine, you will need to take a few things into consideration such as humidity, temperature, lighting, the angle of the bottle while it is stored and the vibration of the bottle on the rack. Temperature is the most important, as you should keep it between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

A lower temperature can help to age the wine well. If there are any fluctuations in the temperature, you should make sure that it happens slowly. A rapid change in temperature could shorten the life of the wine very quickly.

 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 it doesn’t stay in contact with the cork, the cork could dry out and allow air into the bottle.

It is best to never store a bottle of wine upright, especially if you plan on storing for a long period of time. Also, keep it out of the light, as light can ruin any type of wine. Light causes the wine to age prematurely. This is why most bottles; especially those that have reds in them, are darker glass.

If you store in direct sunlight or in a hot area, the increase in temperature can result in a chemical reaction that can damage both the flavor and quality of the the wine.  Wine that has been damaged from heat will normally turn brown due to the oxidation.

Why You Should Use A Wine Rack

Whenever storing for any amount of time, you’ll need to make sure that the wine is in a safe place. Even with a few ways that you can store wine, the safest way is to use a wine rack.

When choosing your wine rack, always remember to choose one that will store your wine properly. There are a several styles to choose from, including stackable wine racks, wall mounts, side mounts and waterfall.  You should also pay attention to size as well, as the sizes range from storing a few bottles to storing hundreds and even thousands, as well as the bottle size capacity.  You’ll also have many varieties and designs to select from, all of which depend on your needs and space available.

Another viable option that you can also merge with your wine rack of choice would be to store your wines in a wooden wine box. These boxes come in different sizes; ranging from a capacity from 3 bottles to 24 bottles depending on the size of bottle.

Among the best types are horizontal racks. Vertical racks are not a good choice for storage. Wine stored on vertical racks are stored upright, which means that the cork will dry out and eventually start to shrink, bringing air into the bottle and ruining it. 

About Wine Racks

One of the best things about wine racks is that they are customizable. Racks allow you to convert any space of your home or your cellar into a storage area for your wine in little to no time at all.

You can buy wine racks at many stores, specialty stores and online. Most online sites also offer delivery and setup if you choose not to do it yourself. You may also want to save yourself some money and build your own. They are inexpensive to make, and fairly easy to build.



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