Any fan of the magnificent wine world already thought about making a small cellar in his house, and not only because they want to have good brand in perfect state available at any time, but also because he can buy wine on favorable condition: he acquires them without completing their aging and then allowed to complete it at home, while the market value multiplies.
But the problem arises with domestic installations: more often you just do not have the adequate space available, so people try emergency solutions that do nothing more than to spoil the wine.
The only wines that age well are the ones that have been made for aging , that is, it will be useless to save a young wine for years in a good cellar, almost certainly when you will be drinking it, it will be spoiled. The wines that can be saved are the crianza, reserva and large reserves, which have matured in wooden casks enough time to continue to do so later in the individual wineries.
To achieve this, the space for keeping wines must meet certain conditions: maintain a constant temperature that does not oscillate beyond 8 ° C at 18 °, with an ideal average of 12 ° C throughout the year. If the temperature rises, white wine undergo secondary fermentation and reds accelerate the oxidation process. Conversely, temperatures below cloud the wine and alter its color. It is therefore essential to have a thermometer to control at all times.
Achieving a sufficiently moist environment: air humidity does not harm the correct storage and aging of wine. Even better: it is necessary. But it is also important not to have excessive humidity, because in this case, wines acquire a distinctive musty smell. Ideally, not less than 80 % because the dryness affects corks, which shrink and let in the air.
Isolate noise and odor: although wine does not “hear “the vibrations and noise will greatly hurt, because it shakes and produces important organoleptic changes. The racks must be isolated from the fridge or any powered device. In the warehouse, you have to perform jobs that isolate from noise or vibration. Regarding odors, they also enters the bottles, so you cannot store wine with substances such as paint or gasoline, or near food giving off strong odors, such as cheese or ham.
You should ensure adequate ventilation so that the air is renewed. Ensure the absence of light : the wine is damaged if exposed to light long, hence, the winery must be very thin, because if not, there is a very rapid oxidation that experts recognize then when tasting the wine and called " light flavor ".
Arrange the bottles horizontally: wines must stand horizontally so that the cork is always wet, the most practical is to stack the bottles, trying not to move it a lot to find what we seek. For this reason the order is critical.
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