You don’t need a wine cellar to keep wine bottles well. If you aren’t the one of those who works on the collection of wine on which will envy you the best enologists, this is the text for you.
If you enjoy drinking good wine and you always have a few bottles of wine in excess we have prepared these advices for you. These are not tips for people who are buying expensive bottles to sell them and make money on them one day. They need a professional warehouse and the wine cellar.
For the rest, only a few rules are in place for the wine to be purchased until it is ready for opening and drinking.
- Wine and temperature: degrees for storage
Heat is the enemy’s No. 1 for wine. If wine is stored at a temperature higher than 21 degrees it will grow old much faster. The higher temperature will “boil” the wine, and with this cooking, it will evaporate so much hardly obtained aromas and flavors.
The ideal temperature for storing wine is 12 degrees, and in an ideal range, it is 7 to 18 degrees.
- Wine doesn’t like heat, either freezing
It is clear to you now that wine is not good to keep warm. What if you put it in the fridge?
That temperature is too low for wine. Namely, the temperature in the fridge is often 5 to 7 degrees, which is great for carrots, cheese, meat, eggs and other food items you keep in the fridge, but not for the wine.
Low temperatures can drain plugs on wine bottles, and through them enters air in bottles that can destroy the wine.
Also, ice is sometimes created on the walls of the refrigerator (every time the refrigerator is cleaned incorrectly) so wine can freeze.
It can also freeze in the garage or in the attic during the winter. When freezing the liquid expands, it can lead to the ejection of the plug from the wine. The result is at best: destroyed wine, and in the worst: destroyed wine and stains.
- Wine doesn’t like changes in temperature
Big temperature jumps don’t bring anything good to anyone, neither to wine. An important thing for storing wine is, apart from the range of 7 to 18 degrees, a stable temperature.
Large temperature differences are more dangerous than freezing and cooking. However, it rarely happens when you don’t take wine from the winery and transport it in the trunk longer during large heat or large minuses.
- Wine doesn’t like light
The most common term of food packaging also refers to a bottle of good wine. The wine is just like a vampire sensitive to the sun’s rays.
Reason? Ultraviolet radiation can cause aging of the wine and destroy the taste. That’s why wine is packed in dark glass – it’s just like sunglasses for wine.
And don’t worry – the light coming from the bulb will not damage the wine unless you have UV lamps.
- Perfect humidity
Moisture in the air affects the preservation of wine too. The perfect humidity for storing wine is 70 percent. The science behind it is the following: the dry air sucks the plug and the air enters the bottle and destroys the wine.
- Bottle position
The correct position for placing the bottle is: horizontal. A soaked plug will not dry up and let the air through.
Of course, this rule doesn’t have to be respected if you are storing wine with a plastic or metal cap. In that case, bottled wine bottles will only save you space.
- Don’t shake that wine
Do you know when it is allowed to wildly shake the wine? Only if you are celebrating something is allowed to do so.
Yes, and in this case, it is a sparkling wine.
In other cases, the wine should be handled with care. Too much shaking can accelerate chemical reactions in the fluid.
But… where I can store the wine?
Let’s go with the deductive method.
Wine shouldn’t be kept: in the bathroom, in the kitchen or near the boiler.
These are obviously the rooms where it is often warmer and humid. Every other room where you can put a small wine cabinet is fine. Whether a wine cellar under stairs seems to you like a good idea? To us – yes!…