Don’t you ever wonder why sometimes, wine just tastes ordinarily? Yes, it must be in the way that it was badly made or it has something to do with how one stores the wine. Because of the thought that as time passes, so does wine’s taste and quality. For that reason, it is of utmost importance that desirable changes should be attained and on the other hand, avoiding uncompromising events that can lead to wine loss and waste. To be able to avoid harmful effects on wine, one must control a lot of factors like being in contact with light, air, vibration and extreme temperatures of the wine itself.
Bottles of wine are stored in places where light can never touch it. That is why you will notice how precious wines are not usually displayed in array for people to see. They are just brought up if someone requests for it. Light should always be kept at a minimum. Because wine bottles of today are made with reliable UV filters, it is said that wine can be safe although, at some point, light can still penetrate through it. Light struck is the condition wherein light has penetrated the inside of the bottle. When this happens, an unpleasant aroma will appear.
Air is an ingredient to hasten a wine to spoil. Exposure to air causes the wine to lose its freshness and worse, cause it to oxidize. When this happens, premature aging results wherein the product is more of fermented vinegar instead of wine. Good thing is, bottles are impermeable to air partnered with a reliable cork and you have an impenetrable barrier free from air.
For ensuring proper aging, it is very important that the cork should remain moist so that air won’t have a reason to penetrate through it. No wonder, one is advised to store wines in a horizontal manner to keep the cork from experiencing any cracks or shrinkage which may result to admittance of unwanted air. Cork placed firmly in a bottle is an important factor for the life of the wine to stay as a wine fanatic wanted it to be. It plays one of the major roles to ensure that wine remains fresh and ages in a proper manner.
Vibration can cause sediments to stir up and interferes with the process of aging. Not unless wines are ready to be served, avoid applying too much pressure and vibration on it.
For wine to become drinkable, proper temperature must be maintained – not too hot and not too cold. Once wine is stored in a certain condition wherein it is too cold, the cork can shrink that may lead to air penetrating through it. If the temperature is too warm, wine will immaturely age faster than expected. For great tasting wine, it should be stored in a temperature with an optimum level of 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit or 10-12 degrees Celsius.
People can store their wines in their cellars to achieve the desired temperature. Rate of change in temperature is also one important factor. Frequent temperature change can damage the wine’s credibility severely.
That is why it is most advisable that wine owners should be firm in taking good care of their wines so that years of waiting wouldn’t go to waste just because of a glitch.