For centuries the best wine has been hoarded in underground cellars as well as in wine caves. All this for the good reasons of ideal conditions needed to store wine; dark, humid, cool and still environs. While the act of storing wine is a simple undertaking, there are few pointers that you need to know to ensure wine stays longer with best aging.
Keeping it cool
For finest wine storage conditions, the temperature should be around 55°F, higher than that then it’s a total mess for your wine. Maintaining a certain temperature is vital, since fluctuating heat impacts negatively for bottled wine. Another important aspect is humidity, high humidity levels prevents shrinking of the corks and allows oxygen inside the bottle, enabling oxidation of wine. Perfect humidity should be between 60-70%.
Keep it in the Dark
Bottles used to store wine are colored and most are laced with UV filters to assist give a complete UV protection. However, this is not enough to keep off the light. Consistent light on the wine bottle affects the taste of wine considerably, resulting to premature aging and a good wine refrigerator should offer that. Usually, white wine is the most degraded since it’s highly sensitive to UV light unlike the red wine that loses only with excessive exposure.
Ensure it Stays Still
On top of a refrigerator is where you will most probably see people keeping wine, maybe for convenience or the wine racks just fit in quite well there; whatever the reason, it’s the worst place one can keep wine. At the top, you will find direct light and heat. Also there is vibration the refrigerator poses on the wine bottles; this disturbs the wine sediments from staying still in red wine. Steady vibrations ruins wine.
Store it sideways
Most wine refrigerators are usually manufactured is such a way that you keep the wine bottles side ways. This ensures that the cork and the wine are in continuous contact. This contact moisturizes the cork preventing it from shrinking making oxygen get into the wine. Oxygen causes wine oxidation spoiling the taste and color of wine.
Why you should desist from storing wine in your kitchen refrigerator
Most people will tend to ask why they can’t just store their wine in a kitchen refrigerator. The kitchen refrigerator after all offers ideal conditions such as the cool and dark conditions needed to store wine. Also maybe just like all other edibles, wine can also find space in the fridge. However how you look at it, the bottom line stays that the normal kitchen refrigerator will only be useful for a day or two.
The normal household refrigerator offers quite a chilly temperature of between 35°F to 30°F and rather low humidity levels about 30% range. The best wine storage temperatures should range between 45 to 60°F like found in an ideal wine refrigerator. Humidity levels should be about 60-70%. Kitchen refrigerators come with bulky motors and run all day and this poses major vibration issues that are not ideal for optimal wine storage.