If Shonda Rhimes needs a new idea for a show, here’s the perfect idea: the sneaky sneakers stealing your precious vino. In households across the country, many hard-working, wine-drinking connoisseurs face the same mystery. It’s the moment you store a wine bottle in a cabinet or maybe a wine-rack, and find it’s just not the same when you take a swig later. Read the rest »
Life is grand, right? And what makes it even better? Nestling in your basement, being engrossed with your favorite hobby, every night! Don’t be a creep…we’re talking about smashing some grapes here! Some good ol’ wino fun! Read the rest »
According to a Taste of Wine, “There is no simple formula for wines being seasonal; instead, it’s a question of what wines feel like and how a wine pairs not just with food, but also with the surrounding temperature or weather.” That said, let’s dive in to what we think fulfills the “seasonal” ticket. Read the rest »
“Corked wine” does not mean the cork is floating in the wine. It isn’t the small white crystals that sometimes form on cork. (These crystals are tartrate, a natural by-product of some wines. Tartrates are harmless.)
Instead, corked wine is wine contaminated with cork taint. Cork taint is caused by a chemical called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA). This chemical forms when fungi (that is naturally in cork) comes in contact with the chlorides in bleach during the sanitation of winery equipment. Cork taint can infect a cellar…or an entire winery. Read the rest »
Like the bad drunks we are, human beings have been littering the Earth with evidence of wine storage for thousands of years. From the Tombs of Tutankhamun in ancient Egypt to the cellars of Thomas Jefferson’s home in Monticello, humans have been stashing wine in caves and crevices since we’ve been able to raise cup to lips. In fact, if you are reading this article and are a patron of the Wine Grotto, there is a good chance that you too have a bottle or two squirreled away. Whether it is a recent Napa purchase or prize brought back from Europe years ago, you undoubtedly can empathize with the wine collectors of old.
But exactly how long has humanity’s obsession with wine storage been going on? Read the rest »
Summer is coming to a close, and the crisp flavors of Chardonnay and Riesling are about to be out of season. Soon it’ll be time to stock up on your favorite Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Merlot for the coming autumn months. However, that leaves you with a very important task – where to store all your unused bottles of wine? Chances are if you’re a wine collector and don’t have a designated wine cellar in your home, storage space is probably somewhat of an issue for you.
The Wine Grotto – All Your Wine Storage Needs in One Convenient Location
Here at STORBOX, we not only specialize in helping you store common household items that you don’t simply have room for anymore, but we also are well equipped to take care of wine too! Our climate controlled Wine Grotto is just the space you’re looking for. Designed by professional wine consultants and engineers, our facility has all the storage space you’ll need to house bottle after bottle of wine you just haven’t had a chance to enjoy yet. From storage that ranges from lockers that hold up to 8 cases, to walk-in 440 case cellars, you can be confident that our Wine Grotto can store your wine safely, properly, and discretely. Read the rest »
Are you an Oenophile? (That’s the fancy word for a wine aficionado or connoisseur.) Famed Los Angeles author John Fante once referred to these kinds of people as “The Brotherhood of the Grape.” Or, do you just enjoy a glass of fine vino at the end of a hectic day? Either way, you probably know that wines have very specific guidelines for long term storage, depending on the type of wine and it’s vintage. Read the rest »
The way you store your wine will affect how it ages. For example, wine that is too warm will cook resulting in a significant change to its flavor. If the wine continues to experience heat, the bottle will expand and the cork seal will fail. Once the cork comes partially out of the bottle, there is a greater chance that chemicals or bacteria will contaminate the wine. This is why wine is typically stored in temperature-controlled rooms and why wine clubs rarely ship in the summer. Read the rest »
We are going to hit triple digit temperatures this summer in Pasadena. That kind of heat not only does a number to our gardens, but also to our wine. If you have a wine collection in your home, this may be the year to move your collection somewhere safe. The heat can destroy your otherwise perfectly aged bottle of wine. In fact, temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit can permanently spoil a wine.
Cold Is Not Ideal Either
You may consider putting your collection in your refrigerator or freezer. Remember that certain cold temperatures are just as harmful to wines as heat. While hot weather cooks wine, cold weather can damage the wine as well. Furthermore, your refrigerator may drop below 45 degrees which is simply too cold for proper aging. Read the rest »
It doesn’t take long for a wine collection to outgrow a home storage space. Pretty soon after starting to gather your favorite wines, you will run out of space. If you love wine but do not have enough space for a cellar, it may be time to create your own wine cellar. A climate-controlled self-storage space is an affordable way to start without having to build an addition to your home.
It’s Time to Get Organized
As your collection grows, it will become more difficult to keep track of your wines. Keep notes on your bottles and considering sorting them by type of wine or by where they are in the aging process. It can help to have stands or boxes that allow your wines to rest on their sides, and then to group your wines in an organized fashion. Read the rest »