If you are anything like me a new bottle of red wine would be empty long before it had a chance to make it to storage but for the rest of you out there, wine storage solutions may come in handy. Whether you have an expansive and ever growing collection or only a couple bottles, proper storage is essential to the longevity and taste of each and every bottle.
There are a couple things to consider when storing your wine for short or long-term aging which include light, temperature and humidity.
Wine bottles should be kept out of direct sunlight and incandescent lighting. It is best if there are no windows leading into the room or that the bottles are protected in crates or covered. Lights should only be turned on if you are going inside to find a bottle.
This rustic inspired wine cellar is kept relatively dark without any windows and limited lights.
A consistent and accurate humidity is absolutely necessary to keep corks hydrated so that they do not dry out and allow air to enter the bottle which could in turn spoil the wine. 75% relative humidity is ideal, it will keep the cork moist without damaging the label. A humidifier would be required for the wine cellar separate from the rest of the home since this can be too high for comfortable living conditions.
Different types of wines are stored behind separate doors each with specific levels of humidity and temperature.
Wine should be stored between 10 - 15 degrees Celsius while limiting drastic temperature changes. Anything above 25 degrees Celsius can create an off stewed flavour whereas anything too cold could cause the wine to freeze which could push the cork out. Rapid changes can prematurely age or even spoil the wine.
A subbasement is the perfect place to keep your wine since it is naturally consistently cool.
Essential Items for a Wine Cellar
- Climate control system for temperature and humidity.
- Thermostat and humidity reader.
- Properly sealed door. This will keep the humidity and temperature consistent.
- Inclined rack. Bottles should be stored at a slight incline and not completely horizontal. This will keep the air at the top of the bottle which will slow the oxidization process.
If you have a very small collection all you would need is a wine fridge. They come in many different sizes so you could find something that would exactly fit your needs.