Wine connoisseurs can be divided into two different classes: those who engage in short-term wine storage and those who engage in long-term wine storage. Whether you plan to indulge in your wine right away, age it, or simply save it for a special occasion, there are a few things you should know about proper short-term and long-term wine storage.
The Difference between Short-Term and Long-Term Wine Storage
Before deciding on whether to invest in a wine cellar, consider the size of your current collection, whether you intend to further grow your collection, and if/when you intend to consume your wine. Understanding and appreciating the purposes of short-term and long-term wine storage could help to enhance every oenophile’s wine drinking experience.
Short-Term Wine Storage
Short-term wine storage consists of storing wine for no more than six months. This usually is wine that was purchased for immediate consumption and may have even been slightly aged by the supplier or wine maker prior to being put on the market. If you only occasionally indulge in fine wines and do not have access to a wine cellar, then you might want to consider investing in a wine fridge or perhaps installing a small wine display somewhere out of direct sunlight and away from fluctuating temperatures for this purpose.
Long-Term Wine Storage
Long-term wine storage, on the other hand, usually involves storing the wine for five years or longer. Depending on the size of your wine collection and whether you intend to expand it over time, it might be necessary to delineate a more permanent solution, such as a wine cellar or wine room. Ensuring that you select the right kind of wine racking to suit your storage needs and collecting style will make it easier to organize your wines and to locate specific bottles when their optimum consumption window has arrived.
How Should Wine Be Stored?
Regardless of whether you are making a short-term or long-term commitment to your wine, the way in which it should be stored to ensure the best possible drinking experience are the same.
All wines must be stored in a dark, cool yet humid environment that is free of vibrations and harsh odours. The temperature should remain between 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-59 degrees Fahrenheit) to prevent premature ageing. This principle applies equally to both short-term and long-term wine storage.
To prevent oxidization and evaporation, humidity levels should stand at about 65% to 75%, and the bottles should be placed on their sides with the labels facing up for easy recognition and to help the cork stay moist.
Wine should also be stored in an area with little to no vibrations or strong odours. Constant tremors can cause chemical disturbances in wine, and strong odours can severely alter the flavour profile of a wine.
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