me reflect back to one of my prior points…99% of the worlds wine
production is meant for immediate consumption.
That having been said, once you begin to collect there are
storage conditions that become very important, with the most important
factors being light, temperature, humidity and consistency.
wine in your living area is a waste of time. The temperature is 68-70
degrees and usually sees big swings from sunlight and heating.
All these factors account for cork failure. When a cork dries out you will see a red line on the cork for
reds, this is an indication that the wine has seeped all the way to the
bottle opening. Once it has
reached the opening, air can travel into the bottle.
Oxygen is the enemy of wine.
Once air gets to the wine is just like opening the bottle and its
starts to turn. In most
cases the wine will go bad and have a musty, even a rancid taste.
Dump it unless you like this sort of taste.
should be stored in darkness, away from movement, have 60-70% humidity
and a temperature at or near 55-62 degrees.
Maintain the consistency of this storage environment and you will
have the best chance of maintaining the integrity of your wines.
storing wine is a crapshoot.
are in most cases trying to play the game of who wins, you or Mother
Nature. You will loose bottles to corking. Corking is when a bacteria forms in the bottle as a reaction
to the cork and makes the wine taste and smell like a damp basement or a
have had a whole case with poor corks where they were dry and the wine
started to go bad all at the same time. No fault of mine just a bad lot
what you like but if your passion is to cellar or collect, invest in
your storage system and protect you investment.
You can buy a wine refrigerator now that will hold 100 bottles
for just a $150-$300 which is the cost of a moderate case of wine.
a large wine cellar is cool but expect the inevitable you will get bad
bottles and some wines aren’t meant to store or cellar.
Putting a $5.00 monteplulciano in the cellar should be for
convenience, not aging.