A wine storage system is not just a glorified refrigerator. That is a wine cooler, which is perfectly adequate if you wish to simply chill your wines for a brief period of time before popping them open.
If, however, you are serious about aging fine wines long term, you will need something more complex and intricate. You will need the best possible cellar environment for your collection. Here are a couple tips to help you create the ideal environment for aging and preserving your wine:
- Find the right temperature. Fine wine takes time to age properly. If the temperature of the room is too high, it will spoil the flavor and flatten the aroma. If the wine is kept too cold, it will not develop quickly enough. Ideally, you want a space that is between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Stay consistent. Once you get your room to the right temperature, you must keep it there. Wine is sensitive to rapid warming and cooling. Sudden spikes in temperature can cause severe damage. In some cases, a sudden change in temperature can result in unwanted chemical reactions within the bottle.
- Regulate the humidity. Humidity control is important as well. Corks will dry out and shrink if a room is too dry and the label can come off and rot if the room is too humid.
- Block out the light. UV radiation from the sun can age wine prematurely. This is why many wine bottles are colored to reduce light exposure.
- Circulate the air. Some of the best wine cellars have fans to keep the air moving. This can prevent mold and intrusive odors from spoiling the wine.
- Lay your bottles down. You want to keep the cork moist. This will prevent air from getting into the bottle.
- Keep the cellar clean. Keep the storage area free from fruits and vegetables and keep insects, mold, and vermin away from your collection.
If you don’t have enough room to house a proper wine cellar, you may want to consider renting a space. There is humidity and temperature-controlled units at The Wine Grotto at STORBOX that are designed specifically for fine wine collections. Why not pay us a visit to see for yourself? Your collection deserves!