Whether you are a connoisseur or just enjoy a relaxing glass of vino at the end of the day, the storage of your wine is crucial to achieving the perfect glass of wine every time you pop open a new bottle. Wine that is not properly stored in climate controlled wine storage units can develop a metallic taste as a result of premature oxidizing and interference with the aging process.
Proper wine storage depends on three factors. These include humidity, darkness, and temperature.
- Temperature: Wine needs to be stored in an environment with a consistently cool temperature. Wine experts generally agree that the best temperature for wine storage is between 55 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Humidity: Improper humidity levels can affect the quality of your wine for a couple of reasons. The first relates to cork health. Wine bottles that are stored in areas with too little humidity run the risk of having the cork dry out and shrink. This allows cool air to enter the wine bottle and results in improper aging and possible spoilage. On the opposite side of the spectrum, bottles stored in areas with too high of a humidity level are at risk for the damaging effects of mildew and mold. This will not only affect the taste of the wine, but will also ruin the visual appeal of the bottle and bottle labels.
- Darkness: Lighting is crucial for wine storage. Wine should be stored in dark locations because light will break down some of the most important chemical compounds in your wine. This will affect the taste, smell, and color of the wine and can actually render the bottle unusable.
Wine storage locations solve these problems by offering professional controlled climates for your wine.
A contribution from Proguard Storage, [Museum District] 5503 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77004. 713-520-6700.