If you love wine, you may be considering buying and storing some in your home. You may even want to start a wine collection. A large wine collection, however, can take up a lot of space. If you do not have the room or the finances for a fully constructed, climate-controlled, humidity-controlled, and insulated wine room, you may need to consider other options.
There are many places you can store wine that will allow your collection to age appropriately. Your garage is not one of them.
Your Garage is Not Temperature or Humidity Controlled
Perhaps the most important element of proper wine storage is temperature control. This is why you do not want to store your wine where it can be warmed by the sun. You also don’t want to store your wine in a location, like your garage, that has constant temperature changes. Garages are often cold at night and relatively warm in the daytime. In Pasadena, garage temperatures can reach triple digits in July and August.
Excessive fluctuations in temperature can cause the wine to expand and contract. This can actually draw in air through the cork, resulting in oxidation. In other words, the change in temperature throughout the day can have a significant impact on the aging process of the wine. You can actually bake the wine at 75 degrees or higher or stop the aging process completely if the wine is stored at temperatures below 40 degrees.
Heat can certainly do serious damage to wines, but improper humidity is just as bad. If the environment is too dry, the wine cork will dry out and allow oxygen to get into the bottle and either oxidize or spoil the wine. If the storage space is too humid, wine labels can be damage, seriously hurting the total value of the bottle. By putting your wine in the garage, you expose it to humidity levels that not only seriously change throughout the year, but over the course of a day.
Of all the places in your home that could be humidity controlled, your garage is probably the last place that would have this option. And don’t think about counteracting hot weather by storing wine in the extra refrigerator you keep in the garage. Those machines are a surefire way to dry out corks and harm your wine.
Consider Your Alternatives
You don’t need a cellar to store wine. You just need a space that will remain at a consistent temperature. For many, having a wine rack in a closet is perfectly adequate, although humidity control may be impossible. If you want to make sure your wine is kept at a specific temperature and humidity, you may consider a high-end wine cabinet or wine refrigerator. If, however, you do not have the room for a wine cabinet or refrigerator, there are climate-controlled rooms that you can rent at an affordable rate.
We Can Store Your Wine For You
STORBOX in Pasadena has wine storage features ranging in size from eight-case lockers to 448-case walk-in cellars. Our rooms are temperature and humidity controlled with redundant cooling systems. We even have video surveillance to make sure that no one enjoys your wine but you. Call us today at (626) 793-9888 to find out more.