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Wine storage basics you need to know

These are the main aspects to consider when storing wines:

Temperature: In order for a wine to age properly and maintain its flavor, it is important to be store at the right temperature. The recommended temperature range is between 45°F and 65°F / 7°C and 18°C, with the optimum temperature being 55°F/12°C.  In order to maintain its seal, the cork always needs to be moist.  Any temperature fluctuations may cause the wine to expand making the wine to push out the cork or contract which may cause the cork to dried-out. Even a short exposure to extreme temperatures can cause a wine to lose it stunning aroma and to age poorly. Wine refrigerators prevent temperature fluctuations and create the perfect environment for the wines to age.

Light: Exposing a wine to UV light can cause premature aging. This is why most wine bottles are made of dark colored glass. For this reason, we recommend only buying wine refrigerators fitted with LED lights as these are free from the negative effects of light exposure.

Humidity: The ideal humidity level to store wines is 70%, although a safe range between 50 to 80% is good. Most wine coolers these days feature humidity control to help keep these levels constant. Too much humidity can cause mold to form.  On the other hand, if there is insufficient moisture the wine can become oxidized.

If you wish to age store your wine for a long period of time, you also need to consider two more factors:
Wine storage basics you need to know

Vibration: Consistent vibrations can disturb the wine sediments and also cause unwanted chemical reactions bringing a number of negative consequences with it, such as premature ageing, changes in aromas and even dull flavors. A vibration-free environment is especially important if you want to age wine. Wine fridges are designed to avoid any kind of vibrations if installed properly. Consider having shelves that you don’t pull out too often to avoid unnecessarily shaking. This is specially if you plan to store your wine for a long periods of time.

Position: Wine bottles should be resting on their side to make sure that the liquid keeps the cork moist. Some wine coolers have a presentation shelf where the bottles are not lied down completely in order to show the label.  Although this looks good, we recommend making use of these shelves only temporarily and rotating the bottles that are on display as often as possible.





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