When the word “wine” is mentioned, your mind certainly thinks of large wooden casks sitting in dark cellars for years on end. But, there is so much more to wine than simply putting the bottle of white out on fish nights and the bottle of red out on beef nights. In order to let its flavour mature, wine should be stored for a while before it can find its way into your glass. However, not providing the perfect wine storage conditions can turn your prized wine into vinegar overnight. If you’re a wine collector, you must ensure your drinks are stored under ideal conditions. There are a few points you should take into consideration, and they’re discussed below.
Storage of wine in Victoria can involve the use of a sophisticated Victoria storage unit, with different temperature and humidity settings, which can be adjusted to suit the needs of different wines. Wine storage techniques have also evolved to adapt to the use of cork-sealed bottles, which must be stored on their sides in suitably humid environments, so that the corks stay moist and do not shrink.
It is necessary to store wine at the right temperature in order to preserve it for a longer time. The storage unit should be able to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the storage period. Constant fluctuations in temperature will ruin the taste and render it completely useless. Therefore, wines should be stored in a cool environment, such as a refrigerator or a climate-controlled cellar. A climate-controlled unit is the best option because it not only looks after temperature regulations, but it also prohibits the development of mold.
Although wine must be kept in a cold Victoria storage unit, it shouldn’t be served cool. Allow it to reach room temperature before it’s served to bring out the actual flavour of the wine.
A high level of humidity also spoils the taste and texture of the wine. Excess humidity keeps the cork from shrinking, but it might also cause the oxidation of wine. The humidity levels in the wine storage unit should be kept at a reasonable level. To prevent the cork from rotting, the cabinet shouldn’t be cramped with too many bottles and air should circulate well, too.
Wine bottles are equipped with necessary features to prevent the effects of sunlight on the taste, colour and texture of the wine. For example, they have UV filters to prevent UV rays from affecting the wine. However, they can’t completely prevent sunlight. Putting the wine storage unit in direct sunlight consistently will cause premature aging and spoil the taste of the wine. White wines are very vulnerable to sunlight.
The storage unit provides uniform cooling and heating. However, you must be very keen about placement, as some varieties of wine are more sensitive to light and heat than others. Red wines must be placed on the topmost rack, followed by white wines and ending with the sparkling wines. In addition, ensure the bottles sit still without movement. Storage experts always recommend storing wine bottles sideways and not upright.