We have previously written about how both humidity and light affect the storage of wine, but did you know that there are a number of other factors that are essential for storing wine properly? Here are some of the other important things to consider:
One of the major elements affecting wine storage is temperature. Leaving wine in a place with too high temperatures can cause it to become ‘cooked’, making it spoiled and with a flavour similar to raisins. This is particularly important for more delicate wines, as they are quicker to spoil in heat. Likewise, temperatures that are too low can also cause issues, making the wine freeze and expand. This can cause the bottle to crack or make the cork pop out a little, which will expose the wine to oxygen. Another issue is not keeping the wine at a stable temperature, for example, moving a bottle back and forth between a cool fridge and a warm room. Such temperature swings can bring about chemical reactions in the wine that will cause a number of faults, making the wine taste bad. Therefore, it is best to keep wine stored at a constant temperature. For storage purposes, wines should be kept at between 10-14 degrees Celsius.
While the wine bottle largely protects against the odours of other items contaminating the wine and affecting its taste and aroma, there are a few ways that smells can cause issues with wine storage. For example, you need to be careful storing wine near certain foods. This is especially the case with vegetables, such as potatoes, as these can transfer fungal spores into the cork, causing it to change the taste of the wine, or disintegrate the cork. If wine is stored in a room with strong odours, such as smoke, for a long period of time, then these odours can eventually transfer into the cork, so for long-term storage, a wine cooler or cabinet is the best option, as this will prevent odours from entering.
Ideally, wine needs to be kept as still as possible, especially if it is an older bottle. Tests have shown that different vibrations through the wine can lead to negative effects on the quality of the drink. This means that wine should not be frequently moved around; so, once it’s on your wine rack, keep it there until you want to drink it! Needing wine to be still also impacts on where you keep the wine, for example, popping your wine rack right next to a washing machine probably isn’t the best idea!
If you are looking for a solution to your wine storage needs, Tanglewood Wine offers wine racks, cabinets and custom built wine cellars ideal for keeping wine in the perfect conditions!