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.
What is cooked wine?
When a wine is exposed to temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, it will begin to spoil. This is a common occurrence for those who throw their wine in their trunk on a hot summer day. Even temporary exposure to heat can cause irreparable damage.
What signs are there that the wine is cooked?
There are a number of ways to tell if a wine has been cooked in the heat. For example, if the cork is extremely stubborn, it could be a sign that the cork expanded in the heat and is now very difficult to remove. If the bottle is warm to the touch, it could be a sign that you are not storing it properly. Remember, the ideal temperature for a wine collection is much closer to 55 degrees.
What is baked wine?
Half-baked wine is not a good thing. Some heated wines actually taste cooked. Instead of tasting of fresh fruit flavors, a baked wine will taste stewed or even burnt. Even the color may change from a deep red to brown or a tone similar to brick. Other cooked wines are flat and taste stripped of their characteristics.
How to avoid cooking your wine
The best way to avoid cooking your wine is to keep it out of sunlight and heat. Find a location that is relatively cold, has temperature control and is free of windows. This is why many wine collectors use cellars and wine storage fridges. If you do not have space to store your wine properly in your home, you can use a storage facility that has temperature control. This way, the money you have spent on your wine will not get cooked.
Store it in Style!
The Wine Grotto at STORBOX, is the perfect solution for any wine enthusiast who would like to avoid over heating his or her vintage. Wines are stored in the optimal conditions, ensuring against any half-baked taste. If you live in the San Gabriel Valley area, consider The Wine Grotto at STORBOX for all your storage needs.