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Wine Storage Solutions For All Your Vintages

Jun 10, 2008
Are you an oenophile? If you even know what the word means, the chances are that you are indeed a lover of wine. Wine is an almost mystical beverage that came into being simply because yeast is almost everywhere, and when it landed in grape juice or almost any other sweet liquid, it would cause fermentation.

Ancient people found that instead of ruining the grape juice, the yeast changed it into an entirely different drink, and one with a kick, because fermentation also changes any sugar present into alcohol. Ancient peoples also decided that this, too, was not such a bad thing, and began to deliberately make juices, mostly grape juices, into wines.

There was a time when wine storage solutions were not much thought about. They used crocks and ewers to store their wine then. With few ways to control the temperature or humidity, no one could ever be certain that the storage of wine would serve to help it to reach the peak of full taste. It was discovered that caves and cellars enhanced the wine, and that is how the first wine cellars started.

Modern wine lovers have learned that wine needs different conditions depending on whether it is developing or being stored. These days, wine lovers also know that wine storage solutions have to meet a variety of different situations. Open wine racks can provide the proper type of wine storage for modest wines in a home, as long as the home is kept at a reasonable temperature and humidity.

Wine storage coolers work to protect wine and keep it at its best possible quality. If you are a serious wine lover you may want to purchase one in order to maintain more precise conditions for your wine. The sizes of wine storage coolers vary and can be as large as a room sized refrigerator chamber, or small enough to hold only one bottle. Choosing the best wine storage solutions for your household will depend on what is being stored, the budget, and preferred taste.

It is a meticulous task to keep wine in top condition and keep it aging appropriately. There is little room for temperature variations. They only range from no lower than 40 degrees and no higher than 65 degrees Fahrenheit, the more consistent the temperature the better. There is only one recommended allowance for change each year also at least fifty percent humidity should be maintained. Wines can also be ruined by light and so the cooler should be kept light tight and out of direct sunlight.

One important factor to consider in a wine storage unit is the angle the bottles will be housed at. Preferably, the bottles should be stored on horizontally on their sides, but can be stored at up to a 45 degree angle. Wine racks are the best storage method, but coolers are also sometimes used to stack bottles. A storage rack should be able to accommodate both standard wine bottles and unique sizes and shapes. A final consideration is appearance, if the storage unit will be on display.
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Wine enthusiast's know that home wine storage solutions must meet certain conditions to keep wine at its best.
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