cold cache - november 1, 2004
-Think about how much money you spend on wine a year.
Impulse to buy here and there, boxes for a few holidays, something to buy temporarily --
Party, special bottles purchased and stored for major anniversary and birthday.
No matter what you have at hand, no matter what value it has, one thing is certain: wine should get better as it grows older --
Or at least not worse.
But stuffing a bottle into a cute but ineffective shelf often seen in the corner of the kitchen makes its value and taste worse and worse.
The exposure of the sun, and even the subtle changes in humidity and temperature, can turn a delicious Valeria Ella into vinegar.
\"Between the day and the season, the temperature of the wine sitting outside will fluctuate a lot,\" said Matt Parrish, a winemaker at the Turner Road vineyard in California . \".
What should casual wine lovers do?
You don\'t need to turn your room into a climate.
Control the cellar.
The wine fridge is more affordable, offers the same protection and does not need to be redecorated.
They are big, small, relatively cheap and expensive.
Almost all addresses, with varying degrees of success, are the four pillars of wine storage: temperature, humidity, light and vibration.
\"For a person who carefully stores wine, the wine fridge is a good idea,\" said Parish . \".
If you want your wine to taste like it should, that\'s what you need to know.
Four-column temperature: the ideal temperature for storing all wines is 55 degrees Fahrenheit, 10 to 20 degrees higher than the standard Frigidaire temperature.
Larry Ferguson, sales and marketing director at Marvel industries, said: \"If the wine is too cold, it will not continue to age, and if it is too hot, it will age too fast . \", A manufacturer of wine refrigerators.
Different service temperature-
Sparkling wine is 45 degrees Fahrenheit, white wine is 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and red wine is 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, the storage temperature should be consistent.
Humidity: the ideal humidity level is between 60%-70%.
The Cork will rot if the air is too wet.
If it is too dry, the cork will shrink, become brittle, break, and cause the wine to deteriorate, Ferguson said.
\"You will see a piece of dry cork starting to peel off like rubber on the rubber. \" High-
The end refrigerator automatically maintains the best humidity level.
The lower priced model simply cools the ambient air and usually produces enough natural moisture to keep the cork healthy.
Light: you don\'t have to know about gewürztraminer in Muscat, you can understand that putting wine in direct sunlight is not a smart storage method.
UV is the culprit;
They can transform the flavor of the wine, which the parish calls a \"tap\" process.
\"Putting wine in a basement or closet can solve the UV problem, but you \'d better not worry if the humidity and temperature conditions are casual.
Find a refrigerator with a treated glass door to block UV rays.
Vibration: some rotating motors on the refrigerator cause movement, thus interrupting the aging process of the old wine, and sometimes even releasing the cork, resulting in leakage.
To check if there is vibration in the refrigerator, Han Zi, marketing director of wine lover catalogue, said: \"plug the device in before you buy it . \".
\"It wouldn\'t be good if the sound was loud and the vibration was great.
\"How and what smaller devices to buy can hold about 50 bottles, the same size as the dishwasher, and the price ranges from a few hundred to $2,500.
Larger numbers that can store hundreds of bottles are closer to the size of traditional refrigerators and can be placed in five numbers.
No matter the size, there are a lot of fancy things
Some are necessary, some are redundant.
Digital temperature must be set (
The main reason for buying wine refrigerators is accurate climate control).
Wooden drawers are also recommended instead of wire racks.
They tend to move in and out more smoothly, reducing vibration.
On the other hand, the double temperature zone is sometimes not worth the extra money.
They do allow you to store Riojas at 55 degrees F at the same time and champagne at 45 degrees F;
But before serving, you can simply cool down your champagne and save the dough.
We investigated refrigerator specifications and machinery from popular brands such as Sub-
Zero and GE, which focus on wine storage, and small manufacturers.
Danby, an electrical appliance manufacturer in Ontario, made it clear that,100-
Bottle champion: 50-
$599 per bottle (a similar 50-bottle Sub-
Zero cost $2,500).
It works at a digitally controlled temperature with seven wooden shelves and a tempered-
Glass doors that block UV rays.
If you want to be big, the EuroCave Comfort 260, which costs $1,999, is a bargain compared to similar models.
It can hold 260 bottles, and the two-zone and three-zone units can cool the wine to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Finally, there is vinothèque, ideal for serious collectors or ambitious amateurs.
Vinothèques prices range from $3,000 to $10,000 for long termterm storage.
They look like antique cabinets, wet
Anti-mahogany shelf negates mildew.
Regardless of whether you choose this luxury or not, never forget the reason for buying a wine refrigerator: your investment in wine.
Between gifts and purchases, a casual collector can easily accumulate $5,000 worth of wine in 10 years.
Just like you won\'t put stock under your mattress, you shouldn\'t store your bottled wealth anywhere except in the wine fridge.
Think of it as a safe.
Deposit boxes invested in the following
That is, until you are ready to drink the bonus.