Over the years, wine consumption has become increasingly popular. With more and more money going into wine both as an investment and for later consumption, many people wonder how they can properly store their wine and take care of it at the same time.
How you store your wine is extremely important. If you store it properly it can lead to euphoria, while if you store it badly it can lead to depression. When you sip a good wine that has properly been stored, it can be glorious indeed, while poorly stored wine can be quite a letdown. Drinking wine that has been poorly stored can be much like drinking vinegar.
To properly store wine, you”ll need to check several factors, such as humidity, temperature, lighting, the cleanliness of your storage area, the angle of the bottle while it is stored, and the vibration of the bottle on the rack. The temperature is the most important, as you should keep it between 10 and 15 degrees Celcius at all times. This way, the lower temperature can help to age the wine. If there are any fluctuations in the temperature, you should make sure that they happen slowly. As long as the temperature doesn’t go too high and any fluctuations are slow, your wine should be ok.
The proper level of humidity for storing wine should be around 70%, although it is acceptable to keep it within 10% of the 70% level. If you have too high a humidity, the labels can rot or mould, which can affect the wine’s value. On the other hand, if the humidity gets too low, around 50%, the cork could shrink and allow air into the wine, which would ruin it in no time at all.
The angle that wine is stored at is important as well. If the wine stays in contact with the cork during storage, the cork won’t dry out. If the wine doesn’t stay in contact with the cork, the cork could dry out and allow air into the wine. You should also strive to keep the wine out of the light, as light can ruin any type of wine. Light causes the wine to age prematurely, making it in your best interest to store wine in a dark location.
To prevent damage to the wine from sediment, you should store wine in a location that is free of vibration. Vibrations are never a good thing for wine, as the sediment becomes unsettled and can ruin the wine or shake it to the point where it tastes horrible. If your storage area is free from vibration, the sediment in the bottle will have ample time to settle.
To protect the quality and investment of your wine, storage and care is very important. Storing it in a proper location will also bring the best taste. In the world of wine, nothing is more disappointing than waiting several years to open a bottle of fine wine, only to find that it is nothing but vinegar. You can prevent this from happening by taking care of your wine. Wine isn’t hard to care for or store, it just takes the right conditions and location.