Giving advice on how to store wine can be somewhat difficult because there are many different types of wine and so many opinions on the topic. Most wine enthusiasts will agree, however, that there are some basic storage conditions and best practices that you should adhere to. Here are a few things you should keep in mind:
Your wine storage area should be kept at a cool and constant temperature. The ideal temperature range is between 50 and 60° F. Any temperatures outside this range can harm your wine. Even a very short exposure to extreme temperatures can ruin your wine or damage the cork and lead to leakage.
Wine needs to be kept relatively humid. Experts usually recommend that it be kept around 70% humidity. Humidity levels lower than this can cause the corks to dry out, leading to oxidation. Humidity higher than 70% may lead to mold growth.
Wine needs to be kept in a dark area away from harmful UV rays that could degrade, prematurely age, or ruin it.
Any unnecessary movement or vibration of your wine can disturb the sediment in your bottles and adversely affect the taste.
Wine bottles should be stored in racks, bins, or wine boxes, on their sides or cork down so that the cork stays in contact with the wine. This will keep the cork from drying out and allowing air to enter the bottle, which could lead to unwanted oxidation.
Wine should also be stored in a location with good ventilation and isolated from items that have strong odors. Since wine “breathes”, any strong smell nearby could pass through the cork and change the taste.
Also remember to store your wine for an appropriate amount of time. Make sure you know the ideal age for the wine you are storing. Also, some wines are not worth storing for long periods as they will not improve with time.
Keep it organized
It is well worth it to develop an organizational system to keep track of your wine collection. Make sure to keep track of what bottles are in your collection as well as the time they have been aging.
As you can see, there is a lot to remember when it comes to wine storage. If you have a large collection, or you just want to make sure that their wine is stored in the best way possible, our Walnut Creek wine storage facility offers a climate-controlled, secure location to protect your investment from extremes in temperature and humidity. From individual 18-case lockers to 500-case rooms, our wine storage facility can be configured in a broad variety of layouts to accommodate any size of collection and create an ideal home for your wine.