Wine Storage Solutions and Tips

Has anyone ever called you an oenophile? If someone did, did you know what they meant? An oenophile is someone who loves wine. Wine has been a revered beverage used in religious ceremonies since ancient times. It may have come into being accidentally. Since yeast is everywhere in the world, at some point some of it was bound to end up in some grape juice or other sweet liquid causing fermentation, and wine was born!

Ancient people found that yeast did not ruin grape juice but changed it into a completely different drink with a kick, because the fermentation changed the sugar into alcohol. Ancient people did not see this a a bad thing so they began to make juices, mostly grape juice, into wines.

At that time, wine storage solutions weren't much of an issue. The choices were just crocks and ewers and with little way to control temperature or humidity, it was never certain that anything kept for long would be anything but vinegar when opened. Eventually, caves and cellars were found to be good conditions for wine to reach its peak and the first wine cellars came to be.

Wine storage solutions need to provide a variety of features in order to meet the various needs of different wine lovers and homes. For people who store modest wines and whose homes have moderate temperatures, open wine racks provide a good solution. The environment in these homes is friendly to the typical wine and these wine racks will provide the storage necessary for most tastes.

Wine storage coolers work to protect wine and keep it at its best possible quality. If you are a serious wine lover you may want to purchase one in order to maintain more precise conditions for your wine. The sizes of wine storage coolers vary and can be as large as a room sized refrigerator chamber, or small enough to hold only one bottle. Choosing the best wine storage solutions for your household will depend on what is being stored, the budget, and preferred taste.

It is difficult to get wine to stay at it's peak and even more difficult to get it to reach it's peak. Temperature range for wine is not very broad, it needs to be no lower than 40 degrees and no higher than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Little variation is allowed and no more than five degrees. The less temperature variation occurs the better and it should happen less than one time per year. Humidity should be kept at more than fifty percent and the cooler should be out of the sun and light free, which is something that can harm wines.

Wine storage solutions must also store wine bottles at the proper angle, and it is preferred that they be completely horizontal, lying on their sides. An angle of up to a maximum of 45 degrees is tolerable, but less than 25 degrees is much better. Coolers can just be units to stack loose bottles, but these are hard to use and racks are better. There should be spaces for unusual shapes and sizes of wine bottles if possible. If the unit will be visible, the display should also be attractive.

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