Wouldn't it be great to be able to
store your wine in your own cellar?
and signed up for my 10-part Wine Cellar Tips course.
You are obviously a wine lover! Wouldn't it be great to be able to
store your wine in your own cellar? Where you know it will be
protected from the ravages of sudden temperature changes? Remember,
a wine cellar doesn't have to be an underground cave - it could be
a converted closet, a cupboard under the stairs, a custom-built
basement cellar or a refrigerated wine cabinet.
Here's a tip to get you started.
Understand the role of temperature in successful wine storage ...
The ideal temperature to store wines is between 55ºF and 58ºF
(13ºC-15ºC). However, any temperature between 40º-65ºF (5º-18ºC)
will suffice as long as it remains constant.
The degree and the speed of the temperature change are critical. A
gradual change of a few degrees between summer and winter won't
matter. The same change each day will harm your wines by ageing
them too rapidly.
The most important rule when storing wine is to avoid large
temperature changes or fluctuations. You'll notice damage of this
nature straight away from the sticky deposit that often forms around
the capsule. Over time the continual expansion and contraction of
the wine will damage the 'integrity' of the cork. It's like having
the cork pulled in and out again every day. When this happens,
minute quantities of wine may be pushed out along the edge of the
cork (between the cork and the bottle neck) allowing air to seep
back in. Once the air is in contact with your wine the irreversible
process of oxidation begins and your wine is ruined.
At 55º to 58ºF the wine will age properly, enabling it to fully
develop. Higher temperatures will age wine more rapidly and cooler
temperatures will slow down the ageing process. Irreversible damage
will be done if your wine is kept at a temperature above 82ºF for
even a month.
At 55°F wines will age slowly and develop great complexity and you
will never have to worry about them.
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