Proper Wine Storage
As your wine collection grows, one of the most important issues to address is proper storage. Suitable storage is important for both long-term aging and short-term enjoyment. For long-term bottling aging, your wine will not age well and can even be ruined if it is stored improperly.
While a full wine cellar would be wonderful for most people who enjoy wine; simply mimicking some of the features of a wine cellar will be sufficient.
All unopened bottles of wine, white and red, should be stored on their sides at 55°F to 60°F. Cool temperatures will slow the aging process and help the wine develop in the bottle. The skybar® Wine System offers a Chill Only Cartridge that will keep a bottle of wine at the perfect 55°F until you are ready to enjoy it.
Aim for less than 10°F temperature fluctuation throughout the year. Temperature fluctuations cause the wine to expand and contract, which can damage the cork, causing leakage and oxidation that can ruin the wine. Additionally, excessive temperature swings will damage the wine.
Humidity should be between 60% and 80%. Less than 60% humidity can cause evaporation and oxidation, while humidity greater than 80% encourages mold.
Excessive light exposure causes wine proteins to become hazy and can create "off" aromas and flavors.
Keep wine away from vibration, such as appliances or motors. Vibration traveling through wine can hinder its development.
The storage area should be free from chemical odors, such as cleaners, household paints, etc.
The skybar® Wine System offers an optional Chill Only Cartridge that allows you to store an unopened bottle of wine within a chamber in ideal cellar conditions. Perfect for the bottle you want to save for a special occasion.
Why Bottle Age Red Wines?
Ever wondered why some red wines require or improve with bottle age? The various components of red wines will continue to evolve in the bottle. Fruity aromas and flavors mellow while the tannins and pigment begin to interact with oak compounds imparted during fermentation and barrel aging, softening the wine's tannic impression. Wine connoisseurs consider the evolvement of the wine in the bottle part of the mysterious life of wine and one of its most appealing qualities.