Southern California is known for having consistent weather, but not in recent months. We have had long dry spells, searing heat, and random nights of increased humidity. These types of weather changes are not ideal for wine storage. If you are thinking of starting a wine collection, you will need to find a way to store your wine in a cool, dark and humid space to ensure that your wine ages appropriately.
Keep Your Wine Cool
Historically, wine was kept in caves and underground cellars. This is because wine ages best in cooler temperatures free from sunlight. Optimal wine storage is at about 55 degrees. This is why many collectors purchase small wine refrigerators that will keep their wine at the same, consistent cool temperature.
Even colored glass bottles with UV filters do not provide full UV protection. The flavor of wine can be altered by direct light and wines have been known to age prematurely when exposed to consistent light.. While all wines are sensitive to excessive light, white wines are particularly sensitive.
Choose a Sturdy Location
Wine ages best when kept still and sideways. Setting a few bottles on top of your refrigerator for easy access is not an ideal way to store your wine. Every time you open and close your fridge, it will jostle your wine. Consistent agitation will keep the sediment in the wine from settling. Furthermore, wine ages best when stored sideways. This way, the cork will remain moist. A dry cork may shrink and allow oxygen to seep in. Once the wine is exposed to oxygen, the flavor, aroma and color will begin to spoil.
If you do not have room for a wine storage refrigerator or temperature-controlled cellar, you might want to consider a wine storage unit. These units are climate controlled and come in a variety of sizes and price options. The best storage facilities provide humidity- and temperature-controlled units for big and small collections at a reasonable rate. At The Wine Grotto at STORBOX, we have all the wine storage space you could ever need. Contact us today for a free tour of our facilities.