Phoenix, AZ Wine Cellars – Wine Storage Do’s & Don’ts

Wine storage is not as simple as 1, 2, 3. Whether you are storing wine for a short time or collecting it for long-term aging, there are basic do’s, and do not’s that a wine collector has to consider.

Do’s in Wine Storage

To age wine correctly it should be maintained at a stable temperature. In most homes, the temperature fluctuates a lot through every day and night cycle.

Do determine what type of wine you wish to store before deciding on what storage solution you will opt for.

Are you going to consume it on the day of purchase or are you planning to store it for consumption in the future?

Knowing which type of wine you will be collecting is crucial to choosing the optimal storage conditions for it to age properly. Otherwise, it might spoil, be undrinkable, and result in wasted money.

Do invest in a quality wine cellar in Phoenix, Arizona so as to insure your wine’s quality. Wine cellars are designed to maintain the ideal temperature, which is between 55˚F-65˚F, and a humidity level of 50%-70%.

A little change in temperature is not critical to your wines, but drastic and constant fluctuation, as is the case in most residential homes, will almost certainly lead to wine spoilage over the longer term.

Do contact a trusted wine cellar builder/installer who is a specialist and a professional. This will also ensure that the essential components of your wine room such as the wine racks, a wine cooling system, wine cellar door, and flooring are functional, efficient, and aesthetically appealing.

Wine Storage Don’ts

These are all common mistakes people make when storing wine over the long term.

Don’t store your wines in a place that is too cool. Avoid keeping it in a refrigerator as that is neither the right temperature nor the right humidity, nor in storage that can cause the wines to freeze. Once the wine has been frozen, it is essentially useless.

Don’t let your wines get exposed to too much light or heat. This is because too much exposure to light may lead to premature aging. If you store your collection in wine racks, avoid placing them in areas with incandescent bulbs (we recommend LED Lights). You must also keep your wine racks away from appliances that can be a source of heat.

Don’t place your wine collection in an area where there is a lot of shaking and vibration. The reason for this is that frequent shaking experienced by wines can disturb the sediments in them, resulting in a gritty texture.

Don’t store wine near or in areas with strong odors because they can pass through the cork and affect your wine’s taste and aroma. Hence, placing your collection near chemicals like paint and easily-spoiled food is not a wise idea.

Remember that Quality Wines are Delicate

They need great care and must be stored in ideal storage conditions, specifically in a custom wine room. For any wine cellar needs, contact Custom Wine Cellars Phoenix, an Arizona wine cellar builder that has been trusted by wine collectors for many years.