Tasting Leads to Storage Considerations

Once wine tasting becomes a common activity, the proper storage of all the wine purchased from winery visits comes into play.  These cases of wine that you enjoyed during you tasting adventures need to be stored properly to maintain the quality of the wine.  Wineries offer membership discounts and case discounts.  Also deals are had in quantity orders.    Commonly grocery stores will offer a 10% discount when 6 bottles are purchased.  It’s amazing how quickly our homes can start stock piling bottles stashed in pantry and cabinets.

To be organized, wine tasters usually start with a purchase of a simple wine rack that sits on a tabletop as their first wine storage purchase.  After that is filled, and with the knowledge that wine should be stored in a stable temperature (55°F is noted as a perfect temperature but a 10°F fluctuation is fine for wines stored for drinking within a few years) many wine tasters look into using wine coolers to store their wine.  The professional wine taster eventually considers creating a cellar in their home.

Summerland Winery tasting room build-in storage unit.

Summerland Winery tasting room build-in storage unit.

Wine rack storage comes in a never ending configurations from independent table rack systems to elaborate furniture versions incorporating bar accessories and glass storage.  There are many wall decorative artwork storage too.  The important aspect missing with this type of storage is there is no cooling unit involved. These racks are affective by the ambient room temperature and moisture of your home.  All wine storage should be in a room with little temperature fluctuation and no direct sunlight on the bottles.  These are fine storage solutions for drinking these wines within a week.  Examples of different wine racks.

Wine coolers come in many different sizes and capabilities.  They can be multiple zones where the upper portion is set at a different temperature than the lower portion.  This helps to provide wine at the optimal temperature.  White wines at 45°F and red wines at 55°F.  The moisture level is maintained to protect the corks from drying out.  They can have lighting within, to make it easier to search for a particular bottle. Examples of wine cooler solutions.

Wine cellar rooms are areas of space that could be used for other purposes besides the storage of wine.  These rooms store wine at the appropriate temperature and moisture level, they can be combined as dining and entertainment areas.  Dining tables for tasting, dinner parties, or conferences.  Some of the storage solutions can be glassed in to make for a showplace for living zones.  Examples of wine cellars.

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