Wine Storage Systems
What is Wine Storage Systems? Generally, many people store wine because of its investment value. During the last few years, the value of wine, which is purchased young and properly stored, has appreciated several times over.
With the popularity of wine increasing, growth in this trend is expected to continue. Also, several people work on a kind of a rotation system, storing wine for their own utilization in the future. The best system is to buy fine wines when available and store them properly until they fully mature.
There are several different ways to store wines appropriately to ensure that the quality doesn’t deteriorate. What storage system one opts for depends on personal requirements and needs. Wine coolers maintain the wines at an ideal, constant temperature and these are considered to be an excellent option for short-term storage or for use during parties. These self-supporting boxes or bins might have castors so that they can be moved to a convenient serving area during a party or to get closer to an electrical outlet. Some Wine coolers even come with a car lighter adapter and are handy enough to take on short trips.
Wine refrigerators are another excellent option for short-term storage and these maintain your wine at an ideal temperature, for drinking at any time. These refrigerators come in many different styles and designs ranging from a mini-fridge handy design that holds four bottles to a large stand-alone or built-in model that will hold several hundred bottles.
Thermoelectric wine refrigerators are attractive and energy efficient. They can be added to your bar, dining or kitchen area. A traditional bar-fridge or mini-fridge will also serve the same purpose for maintaining your wine at an ideal temperature. The price of these refrigerators may vary as to their design, size and features.
What Is All This Talk About Ideal Wine Temperature?
The ideal temperature to store wines is between 55°F and 58°F (13°C – 15°C). However, any temperature between 40° – 65°F (5°C – 18°C) will suffice as long as it remains constant.
The degree and the speed of the temperature change are critical. A gradual change of a few degrees between summer and winter won’t matter. The same change each day will harm your wines by ageing them too rapidly.
The most important rule when storing wine is to avoid large temperature changes or fluctuations. You’ll notice damage of this nature straight away from the sticky deposit that often forms around the capsule. Over time the continual expansion and contraction of the wine will damage the ‘integrity’ of the cork. It’s like having the cork pulled in and out again every day. When this happens, minute quantities of wine may be pushed out along the edge of the cork (between the cork and the bottle neck) allowing air to seep back in. Once the air is in contact with your wine the irreversible process of oxidation begins and your wine is ruined.
Ideal Wine Temperature:
At 55°F to 58°F the wine will age properly, enabling it to fully develop. Higher temperatures will age wine more rapidly and cooler temperatures will slow down the ageing process. Irreversible damage will be done if your wine is kept at a temperature above 82°F for even a month.
At 55°F wines will age slowly and develop great complexity and you will never have to worry about them.
Every wine you buy should be placed in your cellar. Even if you are planning on opening the wine shortly after purchase it will benefit from resting to recover from the shock of traveling.
Before any bottle makes it into your cellar you need to consider the treatment it received before you acquired it.
Every wine lover knows that heat damages wine but how many of us take care to protect our wine at every stage? For example, you buy wine at a shop or winery, but leave it in your hot car all afternoon. You get it home to your temperature-controlled cellar, but by then you may have already cooked it. Remember that high temperatures can result in undesirable chemical reactions that would not normally take place.
Chris Miley is the author the popular ebook “How To Build A Wine Cellar” and also maintains the wine bottle chiller blog where he reviews wines from his own wine cellar.
If you want to truly undestand wines you definitely need to understand what can happen with different temperatures surrounding that precious bottle of joy you just purchased. This article puts it into plain terms so you can undestand why temperature is so important to a great wine tasting experince. Have a read as the information is priceless.