Are you an Oenophile? (That’s the fancy word for a wine aficionado or connoisseur.) Famed Los Angeles author John Fante once referred to these kinds of people as “The Brotherhood of the Grape.” Or, do you just enjoy a glass of fine vino at the end of a hectic day? Either way, you probably know that wines have very specific guidelines for long term storage, depending on the type of wine and it’s vintage.
Wine is one of the oldest elixirs known to mankind. Over the centuries, the cultivation and preservation of wine has become an art. If you enjoy and collect fine wines, here are some tips regarding their storage:
- Keep it cool: Temperatures higher than 70° F will age a wine fast.
- Not too cool: The average refrigerator temperature is well below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, far too cold for the long term storage of wines.
- Consistency: What’simportant is that you keep the temperature of your wines consistent, and avoid spikes in temperature—hot or cold.
- Light: Exposure to light, especially sunlight, can lead to the premature degradation and aging of wine. This is one of the reasons vintners bottle wine in darkly colored glass.
- Humidity: Unless you live in the desert or an Arctic or Antarctic climate, this is not something you need to worry about. Anything between 50 and 80 percent humidity is safe.
If you are a wine connoisseur, or a person with a collection of quality wines, you need a climate-controlled spaced to store your cherished libations.
At STORBOX Self Storage in Pasadena, California, we offer four differently sized, climate controlled units for you to choose from at reasonable prices.
Call our San Gabriel Valley facility at (626) 407-3439 for more information about The Wine Grotto at STORBOX Self Storage.