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For people who collect and enjoy red wine, making sure that the bottles are stored properly is very important. Here are a few simple tips that will help you with red wine storage, which will allow you to keep your red wine in top condition, making it possible to enjoy your favorite wine whenever you like.
One of the most important things to keep in mind about proper red wine storage is that the temperature of the area is very important. The trick is to make sure the range of temperature remains in a constant and comfortable range. Failure to maintain a proper temperature will mean that the wine will lose its flavor more quickly, and also begin to lose the attractive bouquet that makes drinking wine such a pleasant event. While the correct temperature for wine varies from one type to another, it is pretty safe to say that red wine does best with a constant temperature of fifty to fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit.
Along with the temperature, humidity control is also key to proper red wine storage. If the rate of humidity in the surrounding air is high, there is an increased chance of mold growing, which can damage corks, overtake labels, and even weaken the wood portions of the storage area. Along with these issues, it also makes it somewhat of a health risk to go into the area and select a wine, since you would be breathing in the mold. If you live in an area where there is a high degree of humidity during the year, set up a de-humidifier and keep it running.
Red wine does well when stored in a cool dark place. Try to limit the amount of light that the wine will be exposed to especially natural light, which is the worst enemy for either red or white wines. Ultraviolet light will eventually ruin wine, which is why some wines are bottled in dark colored glass.
One of the easiest ways to store red wine is to find a closet in the house that is cool, dark but not damp or musty. You also want to prevent the wine from getting exposed to mold. Also most wine enthusiasts recommend storing wine on its side. This keeps the cork in contact with the wine and prevents air from getting into it.
Last, you may want to consider the purchase of a wine refrigerator, if no space in your home can be successfully adapted for red wine storage. The refrigerator can be set at the ideal temperature, will keep the humidity level at a comfortable level, and essentially makes it possible to store your favorite wine in any room of the house that is convenient for you. All you need is a little space for the unit and an electrical outlet.