Many people hurtle through life at warp speed only to come to its end wondering what it is all about. A few lucky ones have discovered that the art of quietly savoring life makes it seem like they have lived well when it is time for them to depart this earth.
If you’re one of those lucky ones, you probably have at home a cellar, or at least iron wall wine racks to hold your hoard of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Merlot, or Chablis. Yes, wine, because wine never fails to stir the soul, making it very difficult for one to be sad or morose with it around. Some prefer a Robert Mondavi, others a Gallo. Others yet would swear that Australian wines are the best, while still others would say that wines from South African, Chile, or France are the best around. Individual preferences may vary, but the means of keeping wine at home remain the same and are universal.
Not All Wines Should Be Kept.
How long a wine should be stored depends on the type. Many are of the type which does not keep long, while others can be kept for 20, sometimes 30 years. As a rule of thumb, wine under US$8 would not benefit from long storage. Neither will wine which come in a container other than glass.
Other wines of this type include Gallo, Hardy’s, and Jacobs Creek, as well as French wines marked “Nouveau” and “Vin du pays” the German QBA, and all other wines labeled “table wine.”
Keep Only Wines That Have the Potential to Improve Over Time.
While your favorite wine wall decor or wine home decor will keep forever, you should seek advice on how long your favorite wine keeps. As a rough guide, here’s how long the popular ones may be stored:
Zinfandel 2-7 years
Shiraz 2-15 years
Pinot Noir 2-10 years
Cabernet Sauvignon 2-20 years
Merlot 2-10 years
Chardonnay 2-6 years
Sauvignon blanc 2-4 years
Chenin blanc 2-30 years
Your wine racks must be placed where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate that much, anywhere between nine and fifteen degrees Celsius, with eleven degrees being the optimal storage temperature.
Close to seventy percent would be best; any lower and the cork can dry out, which permits oxygen to get in and turns your wine to vinegar. If the humidity drops too much, it may not hurt the wine, but it can cause the labels to decompose, which makes it impossible for you to tell which wines are cherished and which are not.
If it gets warmer than 25 degrees Celsius, your wine will be rendered unfit for even cooking, let alone to be enjoyed off the wine glass, so keep your treasure trove away from sunlight or any other artificial light.
Wine is best stored in a vibration-free surrounding, so place your iron wall wine racks in a basement room.
Be sure that your iron wall wine racks have slots that are large enough to securely hold a bottle of champagne. Place these in an area with no access to strong odors.
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