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Best Practices For Wine Storage

Posted on October 8, 2017 by Henry

When you love wine than you are entering a whole world of wine knowledge and opinions. What makes a good wine, what you should eat with what wine, how to savour the taste, how to look after your wine, what etc. it’s all about the most enjoyable experience. The Wine Cellar is a famous place, an underground cave of liquid delights, where the seeker chooses just the right bottle for the moment. But why is wine stored in a cellar anyway? The concept that wine gets better with age is not strictly true, Most wines are intended to be consumed as they are bottled. The following varieties are known to mature/improve with age:

Nebbiolo – Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah – Grenache – Sangiovese – Pinot Noir – Riesling – Chenin Blanc – Marsanne and Chardonnay.

Generally speaking the more expensive the wine the more likely it will hold and improve it’s quality over time. When storing wine you need to consider the following to keep it’s integrity:

Light

Artificial or natural light through the bottle can alter the chemical composition and therefore the taste

Movement

The more you slosh a bottle about the more it can deteriorate the cork, as well as making unessary bubbles. Once that happens oxygen can get in and that the biggest killer of wine.

Humidity & Temperature

Wine should be stored at an even temperature of about 13C or 55F. Wine stored in fluctuating temperatures can have negative effect over time.

Why Store Wine?

People want to keep wine for special occasions. They may be given a nice bottle as a present and keep it back for a celebration, or they buy an expensive wine to commemorate a date. Then store it and bring it out at the poignant moment. Imagine gifting your child with their first bottle of wine at 18 (maybe before) that was purchased at their birth.

Conclusion

So if you really appreciate wine and don’t have perfect place to store it then we can hold that for you. All our facilities are temperature controlled, dry, away from light and stable. Your investment in the future will be kept safe waiting for that special moment. Give us a call on 01963 616161 or just get a quote