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How To Properly Care For And Store Wine To Maintain Taste And Quality

Aug 17, 2007
Year after year, wine consumption has become more and more popular all over the world. With more and more money going into wine, the wine and its history will always remain a question. With this in hand, a lot of people often wonder how they can keep and store their wines to maintain a fine taste.

Which ever way you store your wine is very important. If you store it right it can produce euphoria, if you store it wrong it can cause depression. When you open a bottle of wine that has been adequately stored, it can be tasteful in fact, while opening a bottle of poorly stored wine it can be quite a shame. A lot of times drinking wine that has been poorly stored might taste like vinegar some say.

To store wine properly you will need to meet some standards, such as humidity, temperature, lighting, the angle of the bottle while it is stored, and the vibration of the bottle on the rack. The temperature of the area you are storing is very important as well, where you should keep it around 50 degrees at all times, this way, the lower the temperature the better off the aging process. If there are any up and downs in the aging process be sure to restore it properly. As long as the temperature doesn't go too high your wine should be fine.

The proper percentage of humidity should be around 70%, even though it is perfectly accepted to be 10% under the 70% level. If you have too high of a humidity temperature, the labels can easily rot and mold up, which can greatly affect the wine's value. On the other side of the coin if the humidity gets to low, around 50%, the cork will most likely shrink brining air into the wine, which will ruin it to no time at all.

The angle as that which wine is stored is very important as well. If the wine stays in contact with the cork the cork will not dry out. If the wine does not stay in contact with the cork air could most easily get into the wine and ruin it within days, this is why you see wine racks that are at somewhat of a horizontal angle. You should also keep the wine out of most light as possible, as light can ruin any type of wine. Light causes the wine to age prematurely, making it in your best way to store in a dark space.

To prevent damage to the wine from the sediment, you should also store wine in a place free of the vibration. If you were to store wine in places free of vibration, it will give the sediment in the bottle time to settle. Vibrations are never ever a good thing for wine, as the sediment becomes unsettle the wine will mix up causing it to taste horrible.

Storing wine in a dark vibrationless place will cause the wine to age maturely and it will taste to its supreme when finally opened. After you had stored wine for a long time and its aged right it could probably be worth some sort of money as well as being very tasty.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about wine as well as personal wine bottles at http://www.winebottlespersonalized.com
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