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How to Store and Care for Wine

Nov 3, 2007
Wine consumption has become more and more popular over the years. With so much money going into wine both as an investment and for later consumption, the history of the wine will always be in question. Bearing this in mind, many people often wonder how they can expertly store their wine and take care of it at the same time.

The way you store your wine is very important. Wine stored properly can lead to euphoria, while storing it wrong can lead to depression. When you open and taste a bottle of wine that has properly been stored, it can be illustrious indeed, while tasting a bottle of poorly stored wine can be quite the letdown. Many times, drinking a bottle of wine that was poorly stored is just like drinking vinegar.

To properly store wine, several factors need to be present, such as temperature, humidity, lighting, the cleanliness of your storage area, the angle of the bottle while it is stored, and the vibration of the bottle on the rack. The ideal temperature is the most important, as you should keep it around 50 degrees at all times. The lower temperature can help to age the wine. Make sure any fluctuation in the temperature happens slowly.

The humidity level for storing wine should be around 70%, although it is okay to keep it 10% above or below the 70% level. When you have too high of a humidity temperature, the labels can easily rot, which can definitely affect the wine's value. While if the humidity gets too low, around 50%, the cork could shrink and bring air into the wine, which would ruin it.

The angle that wine is stored is very important as well. It is very important to let the wine come in contact with the cork because that would prevent the cork from drying out which can cause air to sip into the wine. Try to keep the wine out of direct light, as light can ruin any type of wine. Light creates premature aging of the wine. Your best bet is to store wine in a dark location.

Preventing damage to the wine from sediment requires you to store wine in a location that is free of vibration. If you store wine in places that have no vibration, it will give the sediment in the bottle much time to settle. Vibrations can never be a good thing for wine, as the sediment becomes misplaced and can ruin the wine or shake it to the point where it tastes bad.

To preserve the quality and increase the value of your wine, storage and care is very important. Storing it in a proper location can also bring the best taste. Among wine enthusiast, nothing is more disappointing than waiting several years to open a bottle of fine wine, only to find that it is nothing but vinegar.

A good way to prevent this from happening is to take better care of your wine. To care for wine properly is not difficult it just takes the right conditions and location. Storage and care is so very important these days because everyone loves a fine wine.
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