If you intend on drinking your wine in the next month or two, how you choose to store it will not matter that much. As long as you keep your wine out of the sun and away from extreme temperature changes, it should keep just fine. If, however, you want to start a wine collection and store you wine for months and even years, your ability to control humidity, temperature and light exposure will greatly affect the aging process of your wine.
Tannins and the Aging Process
When a wine tastes dry, that is a direct result of the tannins. Tannins come from the skins, stems and seeds of the grapes and the types of wood barrels used at the winery. You may notice that red wines are often more dry than white wines.
This is because red wines are more tannic as they get their color from the skins and stems of the grapes. Tannins are the natural preservative that prolongs the life of the wine. Therefore, the more tannic the wine, the longer you can store it. These types of wines are often too harsh to drink right after purchase, but will improve when properly stored making them perfect for collecting.
Which Wines You Should Collect
Consider going to local tastings to get a feel for the types of wines you appreciate the most and determine if your favorites are the kind that improve with proper aging. The wines most commonly stored include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz and merlot. If you are partial to white wines, there are some chardonnays, rieslings and sauvignon blancs that improve over time as well.
Storing Your Wine for Perfect Aging
Whatever type of wine you choose to store, you will need to keep it a certain way to ensure that it ages properly. Store your wine on its side, away from sunlight, in a storage unit that has a consistent temperature. A proper space with humidity and temperature control should keep the wine at about 55 degrees. If the storage space is too hot, the wine may age prematurely. If the wine is stored in too low a temperature, it may not fully develop.
Don’t forget that there are storage units available that will keep your collection at the perfect temperature and humidity. This way, your collection will still be accessible but it will not take up space in your home. To assess your wine storage options take a tour of The Wine Grotto at STORBOX’s facilities. We may have just what you need for your valuable wine collection.