From the fertile vineyards of Big Nose Winery comes not only an array of exquisite wines, but also a wealth of knowledge about proper wine storage. Wine, like a living entity, evolves over time and its storage environment can greatly influence its character. At Big Nose Winery, we don't just produce world-class wines, we also guide wine enthusiasts on how to safeguard their precious bottles.
The Basics: Temperature, Humidity, and Light
Temperature is arguably the most crucial factor in storing wine properly. Aim for a consistent temperature of 55°F (13°C), with little to no fluctuations. Higher temperatures can accelerate aging, while lower temperatures can hinder the maturation process. Drastic fluctuations can cause the wine to expand and contract, leading to potential leakage or, worse, spoiled wine.
Next, consider humidity. While this may not seem as important as temperature, the right level of humidity can prevent corks from drying out, thus maintaining a tight seal. Aim for a humidity level around 70%, but anything between 50-80% is generally acceptable.
Light, especially sunlight, can be detrimental to wine due to its UV rays. This is why wine is traditionally bottled in colored glass. However, even these bottles can't fully block all UV light. Therefore, wines should always be stored in a dark environment.
Positioning Your Wine
The position of your wine also matters. Bottles with cork should always be stored horizontally. This ensures that the cork stays moist, preventing it from drying out and allowing air to enter the bottle, which can oxidize the wine. For bottles with screw caps or synthetic corks, this isn't a concern, so they can be stored either horizontally or vertically.
Vibration and Odors
Frequent vibrations can disturb the slow process of wine maturation. In some cases, it may even stir up the sediments in the bottle, affecting the overall structure and flavor of the wine. Ensure your wine is kept in a location where it won't be disturbed.
Lastly, strong odors should be avoided in the storage area. Corks are porous, and odors can permeate, tainting the wine's flavor. Therefore, it's important to keep your wines in a clean environment with good ventilation.
Creating the Ideal Wine Storage at Home
Many wine enthusiasts dream of having a dedicated wine cellar, but don't worry if you don't have one at home. Wine refrigerators offer a great alternative, providing a controlled environment with adjustable temperature and humidity settings.
If a wine fridge is not an option, choose a cool, dark spot in your house, away from any appliances that generate heat. Basements can often be ideal. Regardless of where you store your wine, remember to keep it out of direct sunlight, in a place with minimal vibration and no strong odors.
From Vineyard to Glass: The Big Nose Winery Commitment
At Big Nose Winery, we are devoted not only to the cultivation and production of superb wines, but also to enriching the wine experience from vineyard to glass. Proper storage plays a vital role in ensuring that each sip of our meticulously crafted wine delivers the quality and taste that we strive for. Remember, wine is a journey, not a destination, and the path to a fulfilling wine experience starts with proper storage. Cheers to your next glass of well-preserved, delightful wine!