Have you ever stored your wine and had it go bad in the end? How about you are shown five wine storage basics that you need to know?
The best way of wine storage is to have it kept under the right temperature, humidity, and candela. (Candela means luminous intensity; the unit of light). Also, the right appliance is needed. For example, red wine coolers are great for storing red wines. However, this may not exactly suffice for white wines. There are other measures, too, as revealed in the latter part of this article.
Often, your efforts end up yielding no good results even when you do what you ought to do. However, you mostly fail to realize that doing is not enough; doing rightly is key.
Here is how to store wine in five easy steps:
1. Store Wines Away From Vibration
Wine ages favorably when they are not subjected to vibration and shakes. This is because vibration causes heightened entropy. And when the degree of the disorderliness of wine increases, it results in premature wine aging.
2. Store Your Wine Away From Sunlight/UV Rays
It is a fact that light affects wine aroma and taste. This means your wine must be stored in as dark places as possible, away from access to UV rays or anywhere accessible to sunlight. The light alters the taste and aroma of wine by rearranging the chemical compounds therein. Especially the phenolic compounds.
The rays of light upon the bottle of wine often result in oxidation, and soon you are left with a filled bottle of disappointment.
3. Store Your Wine In The Right Humidity
There is the right extent of the dampness of air under which wine is supposed to survive. Any storage humidity other than that will result in vintage casualty. While we advise that wines must be stored in dark places away from light, they also must be stored in a relatively moist environment.
You must note different wines as there are different wine coolers and cellars that are fit for them. For example, red wine coolers are great for storing red wines. However, this may not exactly suffice for white wines. Some cellars and coolers have dual storage chambers to fit the ideal temperatures of varying wines.
4. Wine Bottles Must Be Kept Horizontally During Storage
Yes, this is mostly for bottles that have a cork. Keeping them vertically will eventually have the corks dry out. And this will become an inroad to seepage, which will eventually result in premature aging of your vintages.
You can spare your screw-top wines this arrangement pattern. However, you’d still want to consider this arrangement format as it saves space and gives you easy access to your wines.
5. Get A Right Storage Temperature
Of all the precautionary measures to observe if you must get the best result in wine storage, getting the temperature right is more than ultimate. Slightly high or low temperatures can easily tamper with the taste of your vintages.
Ideally, the temperature to store wine is 13°C. Especially if the storage period is longer, however, this is not to rule out that there are specific wine types whose ideal storage temperatures are peculiar to them. Their manufacturers often state this.
The result of efforts will only be equal to intent when things are rightly done. Relating this to wine storage, it is true that many people have suffered losses because of the inadequate storage methods adopted for their wine storage. Following the roadmap that this guide offers will yield better results as it is written based on tested results.