Wine cellaring is a hobby that is slowly becoming more popular in the United States. There are many reasons for starting a wine cellar. Having a well-stocked storage facility makes it easier on the host to have the right wine available at the right time. If you are a person who entertains, a wine cellar is a must and a great conversation starter. A wine cellar allows you to gauge the wine as it matures and captures its full flavor and benefit, while keeping premium conditions.
A wine cellar protects the wine from potentially harmful external influences. They provide darkness and a constant temperature. Wine is a naturally perishable food product. If left exposed to heat, light or a lack of humidity all types of wine can spoil. When properly stored in a wine cellar, wines not only maintain their quality, but also many improve in aroma, flavor and complexity as it matures. Avid wine drinkers are fully aware of the benefits of a mature wine from a wine cellar.
During the Roman Empire, the Romans found that wine placed in a tightly enclosed container could last for decades. Unfortunately, as the Roman Empire perished, so did many of the secrets to proper wine cellaring. Over the years since the Roman Empire, the secrets of wine storage have been pulled, tugged and stretched to find the optimal wine cellaring conditions. Although some people have different views on storing wine, over the years the basic rules have been written in stone.
It is important to note that all wines are not meant to be stored in a wine cellar. Actually, most wines of the world are meant to be drunk while they are young and have their freshness. Very few white wines need time to mature. For this reason, most white wines are bought on an as needed basis. If planning a dinner party for a Friday evening, it is perfectly acceptable to buy a bottle of white wine a few days ahead. Most wines that are destined for the wine cellar are your red wines.
Wine cellars can be actively or passively cooled. Active wine cellars are insulated and properly constructed. These are the wine cellars that require systems for cooling and obtaining premium conditions. Passive wine cellars are must be located in cool and damp atmospheres. Passive wine cellars are less predictable, but can be very inexpensive. An example of a passive wine cellar would be a cool, damp basement. Our 120 Bottle Rack is perfect for a passive wine cellar located in a basement. This 120 bottle upscale wine rack is constructed of solid, natural pine and poplar. The rack is free standing & will hold one liter, quart liter & champagne bottles.
Regardless of your expertise, everyone has the ability to experience the gift of a wine cellar. Although it can be a lengthy process, aging a fine wine will be enjoyable to you and your friends. The time is well worth the wait. You will be left with a taste of unique pleasure.
Many folks are concerned about how they should store their wine. The perfect condition for wine is actually in caves! Yes, that's why older wineries and even some today still use underground caves to age their wine.
Caves provide even temperature and humidity conditions for long term wine storage...which is 55 degrees and between 75 and 85 percent humidity. When wines are in very dry conditions, they tend to turn corks brittle and will eventually cause evaporation.
Caves also provide a nice dark environment to prevent sunlight from oxidizing the wine.
Since most of us do not have access to caves, we recommend storing your wine in a room or area that can meet similar conditions. You will want to maintain a consistent temperature (between 50 and 60 degrees) and somewhat humid (above 60 percent). The area should also be free of direct sunlight.