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Why You Should Store Your Wine Properly

May 26, 2008
If you only know just the slightest bit about wine, you'll know that storing your wine properly is very important. This is one of the reasons that some real wine lovers have a wine cellar installed. The reason anyone would have a wine cellar installed is so that the wine is allowed to mature in the best possible conditions away from heat and light. With good quality wines, they will improve in flavour as they age which is why people will wait several years or even decades before they open a bottle. This is why you simply cannot leave a bottle of wine sitting anywhere that could allow the flavours to become damaged.

It used to be thought that wine had do be drunk very quickly after it was produced because after too long a passage of time, the wine would turn into a substance more similar to vinegar. However what they didn't realize was that the reason for this happening was due to the wine getting exposed to air along with poor quality wine production. Because of the fact that such good quality processes being used today, wine can very easily be laid down to allow for maturity.

The Ancient Romans actually found out that wine could be stored for long lengths of time and be allowed to mature if they kept the wine in tight containers. As strange as it may sound, some of these wines were kept for a hundred years or more. Unfortunately the techniques the used disappeared along with the Roman Empire.

Luckily the fact that the Romans used a cork to keep the wine protected from the air was again discovered in 1600. New glass making techniques were also developed in England which allowed for wine to be stored properly.

With so many options for storing wine, it could be said that a wine cellar is the ultimate. It is considered that wine cellars are the only places that can truly allow the potential for a fine wine to blossom. So if you have a large collection of fine wines, having a wine cellar is something that you should look at.

Wine is a pretty fussy liquid if you think about it. Wine only likes certain temperatures, humidity and light levels and if you don't provide the wine with what it likes, you are rewarded with a foul tasting wine. Oh, also, wine doesn't like anywhere that vibrates so be careful about that too.

If you want to ensure that your wine stays in the correct conditions then you need to know that they like 50-55 F for temperature and you should also ensure that this temperature is constant. Don't allow it to go from hot to cold day in day out. It might seem like too much bother for you to do this but if you want perfect wine in a number of years time, this is what you have got to do.
About the Author
April Kerr owns website Food and Wine World which is a blog about different types of wine and has articles such as wine cellar cooling systems and wine gift baskets.
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