When we open our wine bottle you need to be careful to ensure that right temperature is maintained to make wine remain stable. Mostly, the wine is stored at cool temperatures. For long-term storage, most bottled wines do better when stored at a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
The reason why it is so important to store wine at cool temperatures is that cool temperatures help to reduce the effects of oxidation. However, that you do not necessarily need to obsess if you absolutely cannot obtain a storage facility at exactly 55 degrees.
The improvement provided for each degree in temperature you are able to reduce in the storage area is really only marginal. Of course, a dark area that has a temperature of 65 degrees is always going to better than an area with a lot of light that has an average temperature of 75 degrees. Being able to store your wine in an area at 55 degrees; however, would only be slightly better than the 65-degree storage area. The most important key is to try to avoid fluctuations in temperature in the area where you store your bottled wine, even if this means that area is slightly warmer than 55 degrees.
Changes in temperature can be very difficult for bottled wine. Over time, temperature fluctuations will wear down your wine. A wine that is stored in an area with temperature fluctuations will take on a weak aroma and may begin to lose its character. The main reason that temperature changes have such an effect on bottled wine is due to the expansion and contraction that occurs.
When temperatures change, anything in that area naturally expands and contracts. With bottled wine, the glass in the bottle will expand and contract and the wine inside the bottle will also expand and contract. The thing to notice is that they do not expand and contract at the same time. Wine tends to expand and contract at a far greater level than the glass in the wine bottle, which can cause the pressure to build up inside the bottle.
The aroma of the wine may then move out through the cork and also the carbon dioxide can seep into the wine through the cork which causes the vacuum that is present inside the bottle is disrupted in the process. The addition of gases like carbon dioxide can cause the bad taste in your wine.
In some area, the fluctuations can amount to as much as 10 degrees change in temperature each day. Over time, this can prove to be disastrous for your wine. Therefore, if you are not entirely certain that your storage area is consistent in terms of temperature it really is a good idea to monitor it over a period of time to make sure that the temperature is remaining consistent.
Keep in mind that when monitoring your storage area, you should check the temperature at least twice a day at different times in order to get an accurate idea of whether the temperature is remaining stable on a daily basis.
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