May 15 2014

It might be suggested that wine connoisseurs can sometimes come across as a bit precious about their passion for plonk, and it’s certainly true to say that some high profile buffs are occasionally the butt of affectionate ridicule on the TV. But if you cast aside the rib-digging for a moment, there’s a whole world of science and custom around getting the best out of wine, and it’s certainly not all pomp and ceremony. From the obvious considerations, such as maturity, climate, grape variety and fermentation process, down to the type of cork and optimum temperature for serving, the practice and intricacy associated with making the perfect wine is nothing short of mind-boggling to the uninitiated. It’s a chain that runs right up until the exact moment at which the wine hits the palate, and even as the humble consumer, part of this passage of perfection is in your own hands: storage in the wine rack.

Wine racks – fine for wine

Temperature, pressure, orientation, movement, humidity and even lighting all play their part in the maturation process of wine. Where possible, it’s important to achieve the right balance of all of these factors if your wine is to gloriously come of age. Easier said than done though - with many of us living in flats, apartments and modern houses these days, it’s not as if we can just pop a couple of wine racks in the cellar and forget about the vino for a year or ten. However, wine racks come in all shapes and sizes these days, and knowing just a little bit about what function they serve, other than simply being a place to put your bottles of wine, could pay dividends the day you put glass to lip.

Wine racks – vertical or horizontal?

First of all, it’s important to put your wine rack in as safe a place as possible, preferably in a location where it can remain without being moved around too much, and away from strong light and heat sources. On the specific question of horizontal or vertical, then in just about all cases you should plump for horizontal wine racks. Vertical wine racks are problematic, as amongst other things, storing wine in the upright position will cause the cork to dry out, which over time will make it shrink and allow air to come into contact with the wine. Even tilting a wine slightly upwards should be avoided, again because of the potential for the cork to dry out. Horizontal wine racks, on the other hand, are ideal, because as well as keeping the cork moist, laying a bottle on its side will cause the sediment to fall to the side of the bottle and well away from the top when pouring. Horizontal wine racks are also more practical, allowing easier access than vertical wine racks and they’re also easy to extend.

Wine racks – style and material

The material your wine racks are made of is pretty much inconsequential, and a quick browse of retailers and manufactures, such as Cranville Wine Racks, will reveal a wide range of wine racks made from metals, woods, and even plastics. In terms of types of wine racks, your brief search will reveal a wide range of floor mounted models, as well as tabletop and suspended wine racks. The type of wine rack you choose will be largely governed by personal taste and practicability factors, so it’s important to shop with a supplier who stocks a wide range and are able to accommodate your specific requirements.

Need wine racks? Look no further!

Cranville Wine Racks have a wine rack for you. Suppliers of quality wine racks at sensible prices, and with the added benefit of international shipping, you are sure to find the wine rack you want at a great price. We have a wide selection of free standing wine racks in wrought iron, metal, wood and chromed steel, plus various wine accessories that are perfect for any home. Browse our website to find what you’re looking for, or call 01234 822977.