Fruits - Vegetables - Meats - Poultry - Fish

Fresh n' Clean
All Natural Super Concentrate Wash Aid
For Fruits, Vegetables, Meats, Poultry, and Fish

Riedel Free Shipping

Start Your Wine Cellar The Right Way


One of the great joys of wine is to be able to select a bottle from your own cellar, perhaps one that you've been storing for some years, draw the cork and enjoy it with friends. You can marvel at the changes brought on by maturity and, as a bonus, you can brag about the price you paid and congratulate yourself on picking up such a bargain!However, wine is an ever-changing thing and how it is stored will directly affect how quickly and how well it ages!Storing wine is very simple ?It requires a constant temperature, humidity, darkness, stillness and a well-ventilated and clean environment.

? InsulationThe first essential is to create a storage environment that provides the basics of stable temperature, no light and no vibration.In general terms 4? (100mm) of polystyrene is the equivalent to 3 ft (1 meter) of ground. So if you're trying to decide between an above ground construction and an underground cavern, you must be prepared to dig deep for the latter.Your cupboard, indoor space or your outdoor construction must be well shaded, well insulated and with the minimum of air movement in and out.

? TemperatureThe objective is to provide stored wines with a constant temperature of between 50F and 59F (10C - 15C).Seasonal changes in temperature will not harm your wine, although fluctuations greater than one degree a week should be avoided.Wines subjected to temperatures over 77F (25C) are in grave danger of rapid deterioration.Wines stored in less than ideal conditions will age at speeds quite different to those envisaged by winemakers when they offer suggested storage times. A hygro thermometer will provide you with accurate information as to both the temperature and humidity ranges within your cellar.A well-constructed above ground cellar or a well dug underground cellar will require the minimum of additional temperature control although your climate or the position of your cellar may necessitate the use of a cooling device that will provide complete temperature stability.Another alternative is a temperature controlled wine cabinet. Some of these can hold up to 800 bottles but be aware that some manufacturers' suggested bottle capacity can be misleading and the racks may be smaller than you require. Champagne bottles are larger than riesling bottles!Regard assembled wine as your best cooling block. A high density of wine bottles will reduce wine temperature fluctuations.Consider keeping your long-term wines in a professional storage facility if your cellar cannot conform to the optimum temperature ranges.

? HumidityA dry atmosphere is an enemy of the natural cork seal. A natural cork is compressed and forced into the bottle as a 100% natural seal.Low humidity combined with a defective cork results in the wine moving out of the bottle (increasing ullage) and air naturally moving into the bottle.Moderate humidity is important to keep the cork in good resilient condition and prevent it shrinking. Screw capped bottles do not require humidity.Excessive humidity will not harm the wine but can cause the labels to go moldy. The ideal humidity for your cellar is 70%, however anywhere between 50-80% is acceptable.

? DarknessLight will prematurely age a bottle of wine. Clear bottles are most susceptible to this problem, but ultraviolet light will penetrate even dark colored glass.Ultraviolet light will damage wine by causing the degradation of the otherwise stable organic compounds, especially the tannins found in wine. These organic compounds contribute to the aroma, flavor and structure of the wine. Without them your wine would be flat and thin.So exposure to ultraviolet light results in unfavorable and irreversible changes in your wine.Extra care should be given to sparkling wines as they are more sensitive to light than other wines.

? Lay it down!Store your wine bottles horizontally so the wine is in contact with the cork. This will keep the cork wet. If the cork dries out and shrinks it will let air get to your wine. Store it with the label facing up. This will help in three ways:You can easily see what the wine is. You don't have to disturb the bottle to see what you've got in your cellar.The sediment will form on the opposite side to the label and make it easier to see.The label is less likely to be damaged. If you're storing wine as an investment, a damaged label will reduce the value.

Chris Miley is the creator of the very popular book "How To Build And Start Your Own Wine Cellar" which includes complete instructions for building your own basement wine cellar plus many other ideas for wine storage areas in your home, from a cupboard under the stairs to a temperature controlled wine cabinet. Go to http://www.winecellarsecrets.com to find out more about building your own wine cellar


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


The Commercial Appeal

Rare whiskey will have them camping out, but bring your wallet
The Commercial Appeal
Last year, 30 to 40 determined souls camped out in 30-degree weather. The first in line waited 23 hours. It wasn't the latest smart phone or a must-have Christmas toy that had them braving the December chill, no doubt drawing "they must be crazy" looks ...



The Mercury News

Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Dec. 10 and beyond
The Mercury News
Monterey Bay Tequila Tasting: Join Lopez Restaurant Y Cantina and the Monterey Bay Tequila and Mezcal Tasting Club for a special tasting of unique extra anejo tequilas that have been aged a minimum of three years. Brand ambassadors will be on hand to ...



The Mercury News

Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Dec. 3 and beyond
The Mercury News
Concannon Vineyard and the Livermore Wine Trolley have teamed up for holiday treks. Check out our calendar listings for more drink-related events. By Kathy Bennett | kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com |. PUBLISHED: December 3, 2017 at 11:00 am | UPDATED ...



News Briefs for December 13, 2017
Shanken News Daily
•Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. will add Chateauneuf-du-Pape's Domaine de la Solitude to its import portfolio effective January 1. Domaine de la Solitude's estate is a contiguous 100 acres, planted to 86 acres of red grapes and 14.8 acres of white grapes, with ...



Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 13, 2017
Shanken News Daily
Tennessee-based Ole Smoky Distillery has partnered with Yee Haw Brewing Co. and Music City Roots on 6th & Peabody, a new entertainment complex in Nashville.

and more »


Sizzling Kim Crawford Looks To Expand Beyond Sauvignon Blanc
Shanken News Daily
Constellation's Kim Crawford—the third-largest above-$14 wine brand in the U.S.—has recorded another year of torrid growth, with total production rising to about 1.6 million cases for 2017. In the U.S. market, the brand is on pace to rise 13% to 1.3 ...



Newsday

Total Wine Spirits & More opens in Westbury
Newsday
That gives you an idea of the scope of Total Wine Spirits & More, which opened in Westbury on Nov. 9 inside the former Sports Authority and is now Long Island's largest wine store, as well as the state's only Total Wine. (This sprawling chain, owned by ...



cleveland.com

23 gifts for lovers of beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages: Holiday gift guide (photos)
cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio – From the classy to the schlocky, from holiday splurges or stocking stuffers, we've got you covered with our beverage-oriented gift guide. Wine to water, beer to spirits and non-alcoholic items, there's something for everybody. Prices ...



The Mercury News

Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Nov. 19 and beyond
The Mercury News
Rebecca Olsen and Jim Cargill of House Family Vineyards, pour wine during the Saratoga Holiday Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll in 2015. This year's Wine Stroll takes place Nov. 24. By Kathy Bennett | kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com |. November 18, 2017 at ...



The Mercury News

Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Nov. 26 and beyond
The Mercury News
Yoga and Wine: Relax, unwind and enjoy the aroma of wine in the barrel room as you practice yoga under twinkling lights, followed by a tasting of three McGrail Vineyards wines. 6:30-8:30 Nov. 28. McGrail Vineyards, 5600 Greenville Road, Livermore. $25 ...


Google News

home | site map

© 2006 Global Biotechnologies, Inc.


MaineBannerExchange