Last month, I was invited to Gaggenau’s event, where Julien Drevon, Head Sommelier from Sarment shared about the Super Rhône wines. For those who are unfamiliar with this new “classification”, Super Rhône Wine is an unofficial category of Rhône wines not recognized within the French wine classification system (AOC). It’s inspired by the Super Tuscan producers who decided to step out of the rigid Italian appellation system by introducing a new category of world class wines.
Wine like Super Rhône and Bordeaux required proper storage. For wine lovers who are serious about what their collection, here are four tips I learnt from the experts on proper wine storage:
- CONSISTENT TEMPERATURES CONTROL
The number 1 most important point to note when storing wine is to never let the temperature rise above 24°C at all times. At 24°C, wine begins to oxidize, it’s important to keep it below this temperature. Storing wines at the right temperature slows the aging process. It won’t “hurt” the wine, provided the temperature remains consistent. Optimal range for wine storage control is from +5 °C to +20 °C. It’s recommended to get a dual climate zone wine fridge or to store your red and white separately. For red wines, the ideal range is 12-13°C and for white wines the temperature is cooler at 7-8°C.
Wine is affected by light, so when storing it, keep it in a cool, dark place. This is also the reason why you should always get bottles from wine shops and not those under harsh spotlights in duty free stores. Exposure to sunlight can ruin your wine and lead to an unpleasant smell.
- HUMIDITY CONTROL
Humidity in the wine storage area should be kept at a constant 70 percent humidity. Higher humidity level keeps the cork from drying out and minimizes evaporation of the wine. A humidity level that’s too high can cause mold to grow and wine labels to fall off over time.
- VIBRATION CONTROL
Vibrations can also affect the condition of wine in the long term. Sometimes, significant vibrations could possibly disturb the sediment in older wines and keep them from settling, potentially making them unpleasantly gritty. It’s important to ask and choose a wine storage with low-vibration operation for your wines to age perfectly.
This article is brought to you in conjunction with Gaggenau and Sarment.
Made in Germany, with a history of more than 330 years, Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and an innovation leader in design and technology. Gaggenau RW 464 wine climate cabinet helps to achieve consistent temperatures with exact control. It comes with two independently controllable climate zones, UV protection feature, humidity control, and is engineered to operate with barely any vibrations so you can be assured that your wines are well taken care of.
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