Make Your Wine Last By Storing It In A Climate Controlled Self Storage Unit

March 14, 2013

Do you appreciate a good bottle of wine? If you do, you are not alone. A great bottle of wine is the perfect note for the perfect meal. A bottle of wine is a great way to bring family and friends together during a relaxing evening. Many people take trips to vineyards around the world to experience different wines and see different wine making regions. Bringing home some wine is a common part of these trips. If you own a restaurant, adding wine to the menu can enhance your appeal and the customers' experience. You can store your wine and keep it safe at Park Cities Self Storage in Dallas, Texas. 

What Three Factors do You Have to Consider When Storing Wine?

Wine is one of the few commodities that can actually improve with age.  Wine can also deteriorate rapidly if stored in inadequate conditions.  Wine is sensitive to three things: humidity, temperature, and light.  If any of these three conditions are not correct, a fantastic bottle of wine can ruin. Wine storage requires control of these factors. Renting a climate-controlled self storage unit designed for wine storage is a good idea if you do not have a wine cellar of your own. A storage unit like this offers you control over the temperature and humidity conditions inside the storage unit so your wine remains as good as the day you bought it. 

Why is Humidity so Important in Wine Storage?

Humidity, if too little or too much, can be a danger to a fine wine collection.  For wines that use corks for closure, humidity is very important. Corks will dry out if the humidity levels get too low. When a cork dries out, it shrinks. This will allow oxygen and other contaminants into the ullage space in the wine bottle. High humidity levels can damage wine as well including label destruction. Maintaining humidity between 65 and 75 percent is ideal. With a climate-controlled storage unit, humidity regulation is much easier. If you have a large collection of wine, protect your investment and store it properly in a self-storage facility that offers climate controlled storage units.  Parks Cities Self Storage in Dallas, Texas maintains an optimal humidity level between 65%-75% inside its climate controlled storage units.

Why is Temperature so Important for Proper Wine Storage? 

Like humidity, temperature plays a major role in how well a wine ages.  Wine is very susceptible to temperature changes and ages best at a constant cool temperature around 55*F.  Warmer temperatures develop wine faster than it should. When temperatures start to get above the ideal storage temperature, the taste and flavor of the wine begins to change.  Temperatures rising into the 70*F plus range can cause the wine to become spoiled or as some call it “cooked”, giving the wine a raisiny taste. It will also cause the cork to ride up the neck of the bottle, allowing a larger ullage space (air bubble) increasing the oxidation and aging process.  A brief time in warmer temperatures will not have much effect on most wines. For example, a Madeira undergoes heating during the bottling phase and a short exposure to heat is not a problem. On the other hand, a delicate wine, like a Riesling, will react quickly to the temperature increase.  

If the temperature falls to a point where the wine freezes, this will also expand the wine forcing the cork up and having the same effect as too warm a temperature.  This will interfere with the aging process.  

Can Temperature Fluctuations Make a Difference?

Great care should also be taken not to vary the temperature as this can cause adverse chemical reactions in the wine that could lead to various wine faults.  Wine likes to stay within a small temperature range. Extreme fluctuations will spoil a wine faster than just about any other circumstances except oxygen exposure. Providing a steady temperature will allow your wine to age properly. This allows it to develop the taste and aroma you expect.  Ideally, wine storage should sit between 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Park Cities Self Storage in Dallas, Texas can give you the perfect environment for your wine collection.  In fact, Park Cities Self Storage maintains a backup generator to insure that the temperature is maintained in your wine cellar even when Mother Nature throws its worst at us in North Texas.

Why is Lighting so Important for Wine Storage?

Light waves of a certain wave length can cause certain compounds to react badly. This can create problems with the taste or aroma of the wine. Any wine stored in a clear or light-colored bottle needs to be kept in darkness. Dark bottles are less susceptible, but it is important to limit exposure to harsh light even with these bottles. Wine storage in crates or corrugated boxes is a great idea. When using a storage unit, make sure to turn off the lights when not in the unit. Ideally, the unit will have the lights go off automatically.  At Park Cities Self Storage, our enclosed wine cabinets reduce the amount of light filtering into your storage unit at a minimal to keep the light from adversely reacting with the phenolic compounds in your wine. We suggest leaving clear, light green or blue bottles always stored in their shipping boxes or wrapped in a paper cover for protection.

Are Vibrations a Problem for Wine? 

Vibrations on certain frequencies can actually affect the taste and aroma of wine. It is important to reduce the movement of wine containers when possible.  Shifting crates of wine around can shake up the wine over and over. It is important to minimize this. When organizing your storage unit for your wine, be sure to place the most used wines to the front and the lesser used wines to the back. It is also important to leave a pathway into the unit so you can retrieve bottles while minimizing the need for moving the bottles around. 

Is Positioning an Issue?

Position makes a big difference in wine storage.

Champagne and other sparkling wines need to sit in an upright position. When stored on its side, a sparkling wine will age faster than you would like. In a sparkling wine, the level of humidity in the bottle is more than adequate to keep the cork moist and elastic. If positioned on its side, the cork can become soaked and cause oxygen to seep into the bottle, thus spoiling the flavor.

For optimal storage, other wines should be stored on their side at an angle with the cork lower than the bottles bottom. This allows the cork to remain evenly moist and the ullage resting against the thickest part of the bottle giving less chance of oxidation. The humidity levels in wines that are not sparkling is sufficiently low enough to dry out the corks. Dry corks will crack and can allow oxygen to come into the bottle. Another reason to store most wines on their sides is to allow sediment to settle. Minimizing the movement of wine allows these sediments to stay at the bottom of the bottle. Think about positioning when placing crates in storage at a self-storage facility in Dallas, Texas.  

Where Can You Put Your Wine Into Storage?

A climate-controlled unit is the best option for wine storage. If you have a large collection of wine, or are a restaurant who keeps wine for customers, investing in such a storage unit only makes good sense. You can keep the wine in ideal conditions where temperature and humidity levels stay stable. In addition, with no harsh lighting, the wine will not have an adverse reaction. You can rest assured that your wine is secure and in good conditions, ready for your next party or business day when you store your wine at Park Cities Self Storage in Dallas, Texas.  Contact us today, we can help find theperfect storage unit for your wine right away.  We understand the importance of properly storing your personal wine collection and offer accessibility 7 days a week via your personal access code.  At Park Cities Self Storage, we also offer the convenience of accepting your wine shipments from the Winery.

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