Wine Storage

Wine is very susceptible to changes in temperature, with temperature control being an important consideration in wine storage. If the wine is exposed to too high a temperature (in excess of 77 °F (25 °C)) for long periods of time, it may be spoiled or become “cooked” and develop off-flavors that taste raisiny or stewed. The exact length of time that a wine is at risk of exposure to high temperatures will vary depending on the wine, with some wines (such as Madeira which is exposed to high temperatures during its winemaking) being able to sustain exposure to high temperatures more easily than other, more delicate wines (such as Riesling). If the wine is exposed to temperatures that are too cold, the wine can freeze and expand, causing the cork to be pushed out or (more usually) the bottle to crack; this will allow more oxygen to be exposed to the wine. Dramatic temperature swings (such as repeated transferring a wine from a warm room to a cool refrigerator) can also cause adverse chemical reactions in the wine that may lead to a variety of wine faults. Most experts, such as Jancis Robinson, recommend that wine be kept at constant temperatures between 50 and 59 °F (10 and 15 °C). Tom Stevenson speculates that 52 °F (11 °C) may be the most ideal temperature for storage and aging.wine storage 1Most wine racks are designed to allow a wine to be stored on its side. The thinking behind this orientation is that the cork is more likely to stay moist and not dry out if it is kept in constant contact with the wine. Some wineries package their wines upside down in the box for much the same reason. Research in the late 1990s suggested that the ideal orientation for wine bottles is at a slight angle, rather than completely horizontal. This allows the cork to maintain partial contact with the wine in order to stay damp but also keeps the air bubble formed by a wine’s ullage at the top rather than in the middle of the bottle if the wine is lying on its side. Keeping the ullage near the top, it has been argued, allows for a slower and more gradual oxidation and maturation process. This is because the pressure of the air bubble that is the ullage space rises and falls depending on temperature fluctuation. When exposed to higher temperatures the bubble’s pressure increases (becomes positive relative to the air outside of the bottle), and if the wine is tilted at an angle, this compressed gas will diffuse through the cork and not harm the wine. When the temperature falls the process reverses. If the wine is completely on its side then this action will eject some wine through the cork. Through this “breathing” which can result from variations in temperature, oxygen may be repeatedly introduced into the bottle and as a result can react with the wine. An appropriate and constant temperature is therefore preferred. Additionally, oxidation will occur more rapidly at higher temperatures and gases dissolve into liquids faster the lower the temperature.wine storage 2THE ENEMIES OF WINE MEET THEIR MATCH Temperature, humidity, light, vibration – all these things can harm the flavor of your favorite Chablis or Cabernet. But Sub-Zero wine storage blends superior-grade materials, advanced technologies and a 70-year tradition of American craftsmanship to defeat the enemies of wine, and make sure that you’ll always get the best out of every glass, with every bit of taste that the vintner intended. Temperature control defeats heat No one likes premature aging. But that is what excessive heat and unstable temperatures cause in wine. Sub-Zero maintains wine’s preferred habitat – cool and steady – in up to three independent temperature zones. Each can be set in a range of 39⁰F to 65⁰F, and digital controls hold the temperature within one degree of the set point. So both white and red wines can be served at the temperature that brings out the very best in their taste. Tinted glass defeats light Light affects aging and has been implicated in causing unpleasant aromas. That is why many winemakers use dark bottles. But invisible ultraviolet light penetrates even dark glass – not to mention the glass doors of many wine cooling units. Sub-Zero’s UV-resistant, bronze-tinted glass shields wine from those harmful rays, protecting taste and odor. Our latest Integrated units have a darker, cocoa-black rear wall for even more effective protection against light damage. Dual evaporators control humidity When it comes to humidity, wine appreciates moderation. Too little moisture in the air makes corks dry out and shrink, letting the wine oxidize. Too much moisture makes labels peel and rot. Sub-Zero’s dual evaporators – one for each storage zone – maintain steady, moderate humidity. A quiet compressor defeats vibration A rough, noisy compressor would disturb more than the peace of your household. Mechanical vibration can damage delicate wines, such as pinot noir. Sub-Zero’s quiet compressor lets wines rest undisturbed. Bottles are cradled in rustproof, coated shelves that glide smoothly in and out, providing access without agitating the wine. New Integrated units also have an improved door hinge system for softer opening and closing, further minimizing agitation.wine storage 3Storage of wine is an important consideration for wine that is being kept for long-term aging. While most wine is consumed within 24 hours of purchase, fine wines are often set aside for long-term storage. Wine is one of the few commodities that can improve with age, but it can also rapidly deteriorate if kept in inadequate conditions. The three factors that have the most direct impact on a wine’s condition are light, humidity, and temperature. Historically, the storage of wine was handled by wine merchants. Since the mid-20th century, however, consumers have been increasingly storing their own wine in home-based wine cellars.wine storage 4Wine Cabinets Blend your wine storage needs into any surrounding with Vinotemp handmade wood wine cabinets. For over 25 years, Vinotemp has been crafting custom refrigerated wine cabinets in Southern California while keeping quality and style in mind. With the largest selection of fine furniture wine cabinet designs available, the capability to make any cabinet customization you dream of, and the quality of manufacturer-direct products, we are proud to deliver professional wine cabinets with a personal touch. Customize It! Vinotemp wood wine cabinets are completely customizable. Popular cabinet options can be selected on individual product pages. View Wine Cabinet Customization Options. Choosing a Cooling System To determine the best cooling system for your custom unit, use to the Wine Cabinet Heat Load Calculator to configure the required cooling capacity (BTU/h) for your wine cabinet. Start Your Custom Project Fill out the Custom Cabinet Request Form for a quote or Call 1.800.777.VINOwine storage 5WINE CELLAR DOORS Wine cellar doors can be made out of wood, glass, etched glass, or a combination of different designs and elements. Whether you choose solid wood, iron, etched, or painted, your choice will make a personal statement about your taste and your commitment to your collection. Review all our door style options available for custom wine cellars. Pricing starting out at $795 and up. In a hurry for a wine cellar door? With our “Same Day Door Store” there is no need to wait weeks for a high quality custom wine cellar door. All of these wine cellar doors are ready for immediate shipment. Shop Now! FACTORY SECONDS Occasionally from time to time a rack is manufactured with an extra knot in the wood, was stained a wrong color, the order was cancelled half way through production, or it becomes discontinued due to lack of popularity. These wine racks are all very attractive and sturdy pieces of wood wine storage, that are then marked down to move out at a quicker rate. Our loss is your savings! Please note there is limited inventory on all our wine cellar racks for sale. All Factory Second merchandise sales are final. Shop Now! ROLLING LADDERS Custom rolling ladders add stylish access to your fine wines in your wine cellar. Our rolling ladders come in a wide variety of natural woods, with an extensive selection of metallic finishes for the hardware. Every ladder is custom made to fulfill your specific needs and environment. Learn More!wine storage 6When you are ready to start the journey to create your own custom wine cellar, the team at Wine Cellar Innovations will be ready to assist you. With over 30 years of experience, we have put together big and small custom wine cellars, wine racks, and are the experts on how to build a wine cellar. Our factory is located in Cincinnati, Ohio where we design and manufacture beautiful creations with specific wood choices for homes and private dwellings. We also build beautiful, durable commercial wine display racks for wine stores, grocery stores, wine wholesalers, vineyards and the hospitality industry. We have created aesthetic masterpieces worldwide by perfectly blending architectural elements and artistic creations in our wine cellar designs and unique wine racks.wine storage 7Blend your wine storage needs into any surrounding with Vinotemp handmade wood wine cabinets. For over 25 years, Vinotemp has been crafting custom refrigerated wine cabinets in Southern California while keeping quality and style in mind. With the largest selection of fine furniture wine cabinet designs available, the capability to make any cabinet customization you dream of, and the quality of manufacturer-direct products, we are proud to deliver professional wine cabinets with a personal touch. Customize It! Vinotemp wood wine cabinets are completely customizable. Popular cabinet options can be selected on individual product pages. View Wine Cabinet Customization Options. Choosing a Cooling System To determine the best cooling system for your custom unit, use to the Wine Cabinet Heat Load Calculator to configure the required cooling capacity (BTU/h) for your wine cabinet. Start Your Custom Project Fill out the Custom Cabinet Request Form for a quote or Call 1.800.777.VINO

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *