Jul 16 2015

Stacked wine

Storing your wine rack isn’t always as straightforward as it might appear; this is especially true if you live in small home or apartment. So with that in mind, it’s crucial that you consider the available space you do have in relation to the size of the desired rack – a level of compromise may be in order. In this article we will look at just where wine racks can be kept.

When it comes to wine racks in general there are a few rules (or rather recommendation) that should be followed to ensure you get the very best out of it. These recommendations include:

Keeping the rack out of easy reach of children or pets. Failure to do so could result in an accident occurring.

Buy a rack that is fit for purpose.

Try to find a rack that suits the theme/style already running through your home. That way the rack doesn’t become an eye sore. This also relates to the design of the rack too!

In terms of the actual storage of a wine rack the possibilities are stacked fairly high. But like the recommendations listed above there are few pointers you’ll need to take on board if you want to get the optimum out of your wine.  

Condition#1 – Horizontal placement of wine bottles on wine racks is the best way to go, especially if you don’t intend to open the bottle in the short-term. By keeping your wine in this way you allow for the cork to remain wet and therefore unable to dry. A dry cork is prone to shrinkage which then results in oxidation of the wine and the potential for spillage.

Conditions#2– For wine to age properly it needs to be stored properly. According to about.com these are the optimal temperatures for storing a selection of wines:

White Wines: 45-50 °F or 7-10 °C

Red Wines: 50-65 °F or 10-18 °C

Rosé Wines: 45-55 °F or 7-13 °C

Sparkling Wines: 42-52 °F or 6-11 °C

Fortified Wines: 55-68 °F or 13-20 °C

If wine isn’t kept at temperatures like these then it’s highly likely to spoil. So keeping it in a space which is being pelted by sunlight or shook by vibrations really isn’t a good idea.

Condition#3 – Don’t be tempted to put it in the fridge! Many people assume that just because a fridge is cold and relatively dark that they should automatically opt to put it in there (which is understandable). Well in actual fact you really shouldn’t, a better idea would be a cool cellar or somewhere of a similar nature.

Keeping these recommendations in mind you should have no problem storing your wine. For more hints and tips regarding wine racks check out the rest of our blog. For more information about Cranville Wines please browse our website or contact us via the options available.