SPLENDOR IN THE GLASS: All About Wine Storage, Including Organization | Glade Sun


My luck has changed.

It was just a matter of time.

I tested positive for COVID-19. So while I’m recovering, I have time to write new articles but I’m running into writer’s block. It must be the fever.

Writing can take time, which I have plenty of now.

What is even more difficult is to come up with new ideas and new topics. It is essential that I do my research to ensure that the article is accurate and will interest my target audience.

It can take days, sometimes weeks.

There are several ways to do this.

A “How to” article. How to care for wine glasses. How port and sherry wines are made.

There are “list” type articles. My top 10…?

There are “did you know that…?”

Then there are informative or educational articles. It’s one of them.

Let’s start at the beginning. I guess some of you have some kind of wine collection. Whether it’s thousands of bottles or just a few cases, they all need to be properly maintained.

There’s nothing better than coming home from work and pouring yourself a good glass of wine from your cellar. Or your wife says, “Honey, I need a dry white wine.” You can go to your cellar and choose one.

Whether you prefer white or red, having the right storage for your wine is a must. The warmer it is stored, the faster it will age.

It is very important to ensure that your wine is kept at a constant temperature and away from heat sources.

There are many other factors that go into wine storage that are often overlooked.

The optimum temperature should be 55 degrees and 70% relative humidity.

The higher humidity protects the cork from drying out, which can lead to premature aging of the wine.

Today, winegrowers create their wine to drink it young. If you choose to lay down your wines, do so in a dark place where the humidity and temperatures are constant.

There are even theories that vibrations could damage wine in the long run by accelerating chemical reactions in wine.

Some serious collectors even worry about subtle vibrations caused by electronics and slamming doors.

Significant vibrations could possibly disturb the sediments of older wines and prevent them from settling, which could make them grainy. There is little supporting evidence.

The worst place to store wine (unbeknownst to many kitchen designers), even if you have a built-in wine cooler or cabinet, is where there are frequent blasts of hot air, such as near stove or dishwasher.

Virtually all wine professionals agree that cellar temperature and serving temperature are two different things.

The serving temperature between white and red wines varies. Even the serving temperature between different types of whites and reds differs.

White wine should be served at temperatures between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This gives the optimum flavor for these types of wines.

Red wine should be served just below room temperature between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Champagne and sparkling wines at 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Being able to find your wine is important. Organize your wine to easily find the bottle you’re looking for.

Organize by state and AVA, or country and AOC. Then, by vintage, the oldest bottles at the bottom of the rack, the most recent wines at the top.

Some wines age faster than others. Whites and pinks don’t necessarily benefit from age. Most should be consumed in a few years, so keep them on top.

However, red wines can easily age three to ten years and develop new and interesting flavors.

I know some collectors organize alphabetically using these paper hang tags, but these can fall out.

I have a detailed spreadsheet on my iPad that I can take with me to my basement. By using the colors red for red wine, blue for white wine, pink for rosé, green for port and black for sparkling,

I can just scan the pages for a color without having to read every line.

Another tip: whatever number you think of for bottle capacity, double it.

Once you start accumulating wines, it’s hard to stop.

Trust me.

Be careful.

Good drink, Chris.


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