So you've just bought your favourite bottle of french red wine, but your birthday party is not up until two weeks. What do you do with it? How do you ensure it retains its aroma and flavour for a fortnight?
Well, don't rack up your brains. Here is a solution that has been proven to work time and again; a wine cabinet. Yes, the same old wine cabinet. Wine is one rare commodity that gets better with age, but this only holds true if it is kept in the right conditions. Buying a wine cabinet for your wine is an exciting project to undertake and will definitely be one worthy investment for your wine collection.
Let's take a look at some of the main benefits of storing your wine in a wine cabinet.
Neither Too Cool nor Too Hot
Heat is perhaps the number one enemy of wine but despite the importance of this subject, there's almost a complete lack of knowledge on the effects of temperature change on wine. Temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit will age wine faster than is desirable, while temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit will slow the ageing process. The ideal temperature ranges between 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Wine cabinets are specially designed to ensure your wine maintains a constant temperature for proper aging and maturity when time comes to order.
Some Degree of Humidity
Wine experts dictate that wine should be kept at an ideal humidity of 70% to prevent it from drying out. The reasoning behind this claims that dry air will dry out the cork, thus allowing oxygen to enter the bottle, and possibly causing spoilage. At the same time, excess humidity can pose the risk of mold and damage of labels, which may hinder potential resale value. Even if the bottle is stored on the side, a part of the cork will still be exposed to dry air. A wine cabinet is set anywhere between 60 and 70 percent humidity to ensure your wine collection is kept safe and fit for downing when the party eve comes knocking.
Create a Temporary Blackout
Light, especially ultraviolet light can adversely affect the quality of your wine by promoting premature aging. While wine stored in clear bottles is the most vulnerable, wine in dark bottles can be affected too. This is one of the prime reasons why coloured glass bottles are used. They act like light lenses blocking the damaging effects of light and preserving what's inside the bottle. Most wine cabinets have light hurdles, so this won't be a problem for you.
Genius Side Orientation
Wine cabinets are designed to allow wine bottles to be stored on the side. Once stoppered in a bottle, wine should be protected from another one of its enemies-oxygen. The theory goes that the cork is more likely to stay moist if kept in constant contact with liquid contents. At the end of the day, the cork will remain moist and therefore act as an airtight seal, to block oxygen.