If life was perfect, we would all have a below ground level cellar, and fill it with countless bottles of wines from the best wine producing regions of the world, slowly maturing in a perfect environment... However it is more often the case that people do not have a this ideal cellar in which to keep their wine.
Well, not having the ideal cellar, may not be as bad as it first sounds, there are several reasons for that. First, an
increasing number of wines are made for immediate consumption: i.e., modern winemakers are mastering the art of softening the tannins of the wine, therefore producing wines which are more round and supple, even at an relatively early stage in their life cycle, thus negating the need to store the wine for several years before it becomes palatable. For those wines which do need to be matured for a year or more, it is essential to remember the key points to successful cellaring, so let us consider how we can find the most suitable place in the average family home.
The best place will be dark; it will have a steady temperature as constant as possible staying within the range 10 to 17 degrees Celsius, it will be humid if possible, but should not be wet!; it is very important to avoid vibration; the bottles should be kept lying on their side, ensuring that the wine is in contact with the cork to ensure the wine does not have contact with the atmosphere. Minimum manipulation must occur, a children's playroom would not be the ideal place, and that is basically it. Some good examples of suitable storage areas would be a corner of a spare room, a closet, the bottom of a wardrobe.
Wood and metal wine racks and general wine rack questions
Can I add more wine racks on to my existing wood and metal or solid pine wine rack?
If you have a wood & metal wine rack you can use the wine rack clip joining system.
If you have a solid pine wine rack you can join another wine rack to it we can supply extra dowels in packs of 25.
How high can my wine rack be?
We recommend a maximum wine rack height of 20 bottles or approximately 2 metres (78 inches). This is a sensible height, as anything much higher than this becomes difficult to reach.
Does my wine rack have to be screwed to the wall?
YES; In all cases wine racks over 5 holes high must be secured firmly to a wall using drill holes and the appropriate rawl plugs. The type of fixing required will depend upon the type of wall
How does the wine rack clip system work?
The Clip System is cleverly designed to create an extra row of bottle spaces in between the 2 wine racks being joined together – the system does not create a row of racking by itself but uses the 2 wine racks to create it. The Clip System can be used vertically or horizontally – but please remember the wine rack must be secured firmly to a wall using drill holes and the appropriate rawl plugs.
Can I store half bottles in the wine racks?
Standard half bottles can be stored in all our wine racks; however there are some very small bottles that will not fit
Will Champagne bottles or Magnums fit in the wine racks?
Standard Champagne can be stored in all our wine racks
If I order a very large made to measure wine rack how will it be delivered?
Very large made to measure wine racks have to be made in sections otherwise they would be too large to handle. The wine racks will be delivered with a joining system that enables the wine racks to be clipped together making the joint almost invisible – instructions are also provided. These joints are always vertical, with the wine racks standing next to each other.
Helpful tips on wine:
What Temperature Should My Wine Be Stored At? Extreme temperatures are damaging to wine; store at a constant temperature between 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Moderate humidity keeps the cork in good condition - too much causes shrinkage, too little dries it out, both allowing air in to the bottle. Control lighting; keep your wine rack away from direct sunlight and ultraviolet light, which can give wine unpleasant aromas. Vibrations disturb the sediments of wine, which in turn impairs the taste (so keep your wine rack away from the washing machine!) As with refrigerated food storage, avoid cross-contamination. Odours from strong smelling and fermenting foods such as cheese, fruit and vegetables seep through corks and impose on flavour. Store bottles horizontally to keep wine in contact with the cork to keep it moist and prevent air getting into the bottle.
Look at the ullage; this is the term used to describe the gap between the cork and the wine itself. The proper ullage level should be at least to the upper shoulder on the bottle to indicate a good wine