Protecting your fine wines is something that we at Xtra Storage take very seriously. We care enough that we provide dedicated wine vaults tailored for that exact purpose. Wine is a delicacy that’s meant to be enjoyed when you want to enjoy it.
The saying tells us not to cry over spilled milk, but spoiled wine is a different story. Here are some essential details you need to bear in mind when it comes to adequate wine storage.
Proper Temperature is Key for Your Wine Storage
All bottles need storing at a delicate temperature range around 55 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your wine as pure as possible. It may fluctuate between 45 and 65 degrees, but never let it rise higher or dip lower.
Not only can improper temperatures affect the aging process and cause the wine to spoil; it can cause the cork to react and allow wine or air to enter or exit the bottle.
Maintain Humidity Levels
Not only can temperature affect the bottle and cork, but humidity can theoretically dry out the cork and allow air to seep into the container. You’ll want humidity levels to stay between 50 and 80 percent. In reality, mild fluctuations are not typically going to affect smaller wine storage that is packed away for shorter periods.
However, if you’re a wine connoisseur looking to store large volumes for extended periods, you’ll want to look into professional wine storage such as that offered at Xtra Storage’s Brickell location.
Wine Should Rest on its Side
You’ll find that most wine racks or wine fridges have horizontal storage. Keeping your wine bottles on their sides allows the wine to contact the cork and keep it moist. Some level of moisture is ideal as the cork will stay healthy longer and prevent outside elements from seeping in. Storing your bottles this way also makes maximum use of your wine storage space.
Keep it in the Dark
Lights of any kind, but particularly sunlight, can cause wine to spoil quickly. This is why wine bottles are typically tinted or colored. Extended light exposure will cause a chemical breakdown in the structure of the wine. Aging of wine is already a delicate process, and exposure to light or heat can upset the mechanisms involved.
Can I Store Opened Bottles?
If you take extra care, you can effectively store opened bottles for several days. Experts recommend applying some wax paper around the cork if you’re going to reseal the bottle that way. You can typically also purchase wine stoppers anywhere wine or liquor is sold, which are designed to create an airtight seal. This is not useful for long-term storage, however.
Xtra Storage – Brickell’s Wine Storage Experts
Our International Wine Storage in Brickell is Miami’s largest specialty wine storage company. We have specialized vaults that stay maintained at 57 degrees F, 65% humidity, and monitored 24/7. Our storage facility’s wine vaults are protected by industrial-strength generators, ensuring that your valuable wine will be safe in our hands no matter what happens.
If you need our wine storage services, contact us today to let us know how we can help. Call us at (305)-257-9307 for more information! Our Brickell location is easily accessible from Downtown Miami and Little Havana!