What Mistakes Can Alter Your Wine?

By Storbox Self-Storage on March 4, 2013 - Comments off

Properly storing a caring for your wine is just as important as the process that goes into making it. Think of wine as a piece of fine art. Would you carelessly prop up a Van Gogh painting in the corner of your wood shed with the leaky roof? No. It belongs in a museum. Behind glass. With one of those security guards that gets angry when you point at the painting too closely.

Thankfully, wine does not have to be preserved forever. It is for drinking after all. But until the time that it fills your belly, it should be properly taken care of.

Not everyone is a wine storage expert, however. And even simple mistakes can alter the taste and consistency of it, known as a wine fault or defect. So it’s important to avoid these errors to keep your wine true to form through proper wine storage whenever you choose to enjoy it.

  • Changing the Cork – Keep the original cork and take care of it. It has been placed in the bottle by the maker for a reason. Swapping in a new cork for storage could alter the wine. Also, do not let the cork dry out, allowing oxygen to be repeatedly introduced to the bottle over time and interact with the wine.
  • Letting the Wine Become Heated – Whether it is on the way to being stored or inside the storage, wines that are exposed to temperatures much higher that 55°F, the proper temperature for wine, could be “cooked.” This can oxidize the wine, compromise the cork, and damage the bottle.
  • Exposing Wine to Light – Known as being “lightstruck,” being excessively exposed to ultraviolet light can give the drink a flavor and smell of wet cardboard or wool. In order to avoid such damage, storage environments are dark and bottle glass is colored.
  • Not Caring for Bottle-Shock – The idea of bottle-shock, or travel-shock, is that recently bottled, transported, or roughly handled wines are temporarily affected. This can mute or disjoint the natural flavors. Affected wines should be carefully stored for several weeks, after which the damage will be undone.
  • Improper Bottle Position – Most wines should be laid on their sides or at a slight angle to keep the cork moist and maintain a stable environment inside the bottle, allowing the wine to age in the best conditions and avoid complications, such as rapid oxidation.

The Wine Grotto at Storbox has been specifically created to provide customers with the storage they need but cannot have at their homes. We offer both small-sized lockers and walk-in cellars to meet the wide variety of needs that our clients have. Whatever goals you may have for your wines, our storage services in Pasadena can keep them safe and stored at optimal conditions.

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