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Wine Storage Ideas You’ll Love

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017

3029865848_4b14293715_bWithout any kind of specialised equipment or modifications, the kitchen, garage and storage sheds are the worst places to keep your wine. The kitchen is one of the hottest places in the house, it also tends to be very well lit. It is subject to temperature fluctuations every time the stove or oven is being used and it contains lots of appliances that emit heat and vibrations. Cellars with is ideal!

Garages and storage sheds are rarely temperature controlled, so they tend to be very hot in summer, and very cold in winter. These places are generally not very clean, they may smell musty and have rodents that can chew wine packaging, corks and labels (not good if you want to sell your wine). They also tend to contain strong smelling substances like gasoline, solvents, paint and cleaning solutions whose odours can work their way into the wine through the cork.

Most people know that the basement is the ideal place to store their wine. Custom cellars with is the best idea. It’s usually cool, dark and damp, but don’t take these conditions for granted. If your basement is not completely underground, store your wines against a subterranean wall. Measure the temperature, humidity and temperature fluctuations so you know the conditions you’re dealing with (see below).

Make sure the basement is clean and free of strong-smelling odours. If the basement is particularly damp, don’t keep the wine stacked on the floor, especially if it’s in cardboard boxes. You should consider building or buying a wine rack system.

Wine racks can be bought prefabricated or as low-cost, do-it-yourself kits. Materials usually consist of stainless steel, wire grids or wood. Although stainless steel and wire grids are cheap, they are the least desirable because they tend to bend under the weight of the bottle, rust in humid conditions unless treated, and cause hot or cold spots through heat conduction.

Redwood is the best wine rack material because it’s naturally odour-free, doesn’t require staining or finishing (eliminating chemical off-gassing that might harm the wine), resists rot and mildew, and is strong relative to it’s weight so it doesn’t bend easily.

Softwoods such as Pine and Douglas fir are more prone to warping under moist conditions (unless sealed). But, they are good, low-cost options, mainly because they’re easier to work with and lighter to ship than hardwoods. What do you do if you don’t have a basement? This is a popular question with newbies just learning how to store wine. First, look for closets, or other storage spaces in the interior of the house or apartment (i.e. away from exterior walls so they stay cool). Closets or storage spaces under stairs usually work well. If you can’t find an interior space, choose one against a shaded or northern wall. Refrigerators are great at preserving perishables for short periods of time. They are not meant for long-term wine storage. Don’t confuse preservation of an unfinished bottle of wine (for a few days or a week) with ageing wine. Refrigerators are simply too cold, they maintain temperatures of 40°F or less, and as mentioned above, very little if any aging occurs at these temperatures.

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