Storage Tips for Proper Aging of Wine

By Storbox Self-Storage on March 25, 2014 - Comments off

Everyone loves the complex taste of properly aged wine. However, for many people, the process of aging wine is difficult and often done imperfectly. You will have to take into consideration various factors such as humidity, light exposure, temperature, where the wine was made, and the cost of the wine.

Understanding Tannins

There are many terms that wine collectors use to define the taste and texture of wine. Wine tannin, for example, is a textural element that can make a wine taste dry. Tannin is naturally found in plants, wood, leaves, fruit skins, and bark. In wines, tannin adds complexity, astringency, and bitterness. Wine tannins are most often found in red wines, but they can be found in white wines that have been aged in wooden barrels.

It is important to understand tannins because they are a natural preservative that determine the life of a wine. Wines that are more tannic can be stored longer. In fact, wines that are very tannic are often undrinkable upon purchase. They must be stored to achieve the perfect age.

Should You Drink It Now?

Depending on your collection, you may not have to think about proper aging very often. Most wines are designed for immediate consumption and will not benefit from long-term storage. Premium red wines, however, can improve with age. Some of the wines that most often benefit from aging include expensive cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz, merlot, and pinot noir. If you prefer white wine, a nice chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, or Riesling may improve with age, but white wines are typically best consumed soon after purchase.

Keep Your Collection Safe

Aging wine is not an exact science, so try to remember to have fun. However long you choose to age your wine, make sure your collection is in a safe, temperature-controlled environment like those found at The Wine Grotto from Storbox. We have storage units in Pasadena that can fit any size collection.

Want to learn more about what we can do for your wine collection? Call us at (626) 247-8380.

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