Whether you store wine for serving or you store wine for aging, one thing is guaranteed, wines are fickle beverages. They change quickly and easily from a deliciously complex wine to a sadly flat and oddly flavored drink at the slightest change in its storage environment.
Wine collections are an expensive investment and they're notorious for being extremely high maintenance, which is why you can't simply store your wine in your pantry or refrigerator. To understand why your wine storage is so important, you will need to understand these 5 factors will be the bane of your wine maturation.
70 degrees and sunny may be a beautiful day to you but if you're a bottle wine, you'll want to run to a cool dark place and hide. There's nothing more damaging to wine than fluctuating temperatures! High temperatures and especially, temperature fluctuations can cause your wine to suffer from stunted flavor growth or even worse, prematurely age your wine.
Temperature can drastically change the flavors and nuances of your wine, which is why investing in a
The high-quality wine refrigerator is extremely important for maintaining a comfortable storage temperature for your wine to successfully mature. Older wines are more sensitive than young wine to even the smallest temperature fluctuations.
Maintaining a consistent and constant temperature is vital to the lifespan and taste of your wine. Ideally, you want to maintain a constant temperature anywhere between 50° and 59° for serving or preserving your wines. Depending on your geographical location and the temperature you keep your home, even storing wine at room temperature can cause your wine to change or stunt its flavor development.
To store wine properly for aging, temperatures shouldn't fluctuate beyond a couple of degrees, even small changes in temperature can cause a fine wine to be altered. We highly recommend
The Allavino wine refrigerators because they contain innovative compressor technology that allows the wine coolers to maintain a steady temperature. With the addition of fan-forced cooling technology, the interior of the wine cooler is evenly and consistently cool.
Wine is very particular when it comes to being stored for long periods of time and it likes a moderate amount of humidity. The humidity levels can affect a wine's flavor potential and ideally, for preserving your wine, your storage humidity should be at about 70%. Most people's homes are often not this ideal humidity year-round and in some locations, not at all.
Lower humidity conditions can cause the cork to shrivel up and dry out, allowing oxygen to enter your once perfectly sealed wine bottle. When stored properly, the humidity will ensure the cork will stay properly expanded and maintains the tight seal needed to preserve the wine.
Most homes are not suitable for long-term wine storage, which is why wine refrigerators have become so popular. Thanks to the heavily insulated cabinet of the wine cooler, along with the steady temperature control, and UV protecting tinted glass, your wine will be perfectly preserved in a wine refrigerator. We can't all have a custom-built wine cellar with the perfect conditions but we can all have a wine refrigerator where we can create the perfect wine aging conditions!
Like a vampire, wine wants to avoid sunlight. Wine absorbs the radiation from sunlight and this will cause the flavors in your wine to alter. This is why you often see wine packaged in tinted or dark-colored bottles. The glass acts as a filter, like sunglasses for your wine, and helps prevent the breakdown of the delicate aromatics and tannins your wine over time.
However, it isn't only UV rays that affect the storage of your wine. Fluorescent lighting can be equally as damaging. This is why storing your wine in a wine refrigerator also helps with the longevity of your wine. Many wine coolers have a tinted UV protecting glass door, that allows you to still display your collection while protecting it.
A little known fact about wine preservation is that movement or vibrations can greatly affect the aging process of wine. Movement or even minor vibrations can affect the sediment formation, leaving particles suspended in the wine.
Younger wines are a bit more resistant to the damages of movement, however, older wines can be irreversibly damaged from these vibrations. A high-quality wine refrigerator maintains the quality of your wine by reducing vibrations with anti-vibration technology. The shelves of a wine refrigerator cradle your bottles to prevent rolling or any additional movement.
We recommend looking for rolling or gliding shelves inside a wine refrigerator to prevent vibrations from during the removal of bottles or placement of bottles in the unit. With the vibration-absorption technology, storing wines in a wine refrigerator is an ideal method of storage for wine maturation.
Finally, the most obvious danger to your wine preservation is exposure to air or oxygen. Oxidation is the process that occurs to all living things, including your wine. Oxidation is the breakdown or aging of a living thing by oxygen. In the case of wine, exposure to air causes a series of chemical reactions that will change the aroma and taste of your wine.
As soon as the seal or cork is broken or removed on a wine bottle, the contents are exposed to air and the taste will immediately begin to change. Over time, this will be a dramatic change in flavor and eventually be the demise or expiry of your wine. Older wines will be greatly affected by even the most limited exposure, which is why it is important to properly store your wine in ideal humidity and temperature conditions.
When stored in ideal conditions, the cork of an older bottle of wine is less likely to breakdown and expose the wine to oxygen prematurely. This means you will be able to enjoy your wine when you're ready and you will be enjoying it at its peak. Exposure is one of the most detrimental and most immediate factors that affect a wine's aging, which is why storage in a wine refrigerator is so highly recommended.
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