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How to Store Wine(Part 2)

Jul. 29, 2020

Humidity

Wine bottles should also be maintained at a stable humidity level for successful long-term storage. This is because most bottles are stoppered with corks, which expand when wet, but shrink when they are too dry. Wines with screw caps will not be affected by humidity, but most people will have a mixture of at least several natural corks that need to be processed, so it is best to control the conditions of the most sensitive bottles to ensure that your bottles are covered.

The ideal humidity in the wine storage area is 70%-not too humid, but not too dry. Happily, this relative humidity is easily reached when the air temperature is around 55 degrees. Because humidity is relative, it fluctuates with changes in temperature. By heating your wine storage unit, you will also increase the relative humidity (unless you do something to remove the moisture). Conversely, keeping wine too cold for a long time means exposing it to a dry environment.

The problem with low humidity is that the cork will shrink, which will break the seal and allow air to enter the wine. This will make your wine age prematurely and will not work well. In addition to oxidation that browns the red wine and changes the flavor, the shrinking cork can also allow bacteria and mold spores to enter the wine and establish a store, which will destroy the flavor of any wine.

UV protection

Remember how traditional caves and cellars are so dark? Keep the wine in direct sunlight, preferably in the darkest possible place, so as to protect the wine from UV rays. Too much time in the sun will make your skin age, and wine will age too. Dark glass wine bottles can help to a certain extent, but you'd better not leave your collection in the light. A dedicated wine refrigerator will help this, especially if it is equipped with a filter door and LED lights to reduce UV emissions.

How to Store Wine(Part 2)

Direct sunlight may also increase the temperature of the wine, which will accelerate the chemical aging process of the wine and change the flavor of the wine. Tasting experts describe this as a "cooked" or "jam" taste, which is not good. Put your wine rack or refrigerator in direct sunlight, even if it is only a few hours a day.

Position

The wine rack is designed to put the bottles aside. Setting the wine aside allows the bottom of the cork to stay in contact with the wine, which keeps the cork moist and plump, thus keeping the most important seal from outside influences. When you store red wine on the side of the wine, you can also maximize the use of the surface of the wine in contact with the air, which gives you an opportunity to let the wine breathe.

On the other hand, open wine bottles should be stored upright until you finish drinking them. This not only prevents the bottle cap or cork from leaking but also allows a small amount of wine to contact the air, which will help the wine to be exposed to the natural environment for a longer time. As for shelf life, an opened bottle of white wine can be stored in the refrigerator for several days, so drink it up. A bottle of opened red wine can only be drunk for two weeks at most. Sparkling wine needs to be consumed as soon as possible, otherwise, it will rot within a day.

Finally, the wine bottle should be placed in a place where it will not be subject to too much vibration. Frequent movement of wine or placing it near stoves, clothes dryers, or other major appliances can arouse sediment that usually settles at the bottom of the bottle. This will change the flavor of the wine and speed up the aging process, so it is best to choose a location and location to place your wine bottle and stick to it. Turning the wine around, or just looking at the label, will stir up the scum and make your tasting experience not so great.

The above information is provided by the spirit bottle manufacturer.