Tired to keep the pins of Pinot Noir in the closet, but do not know what wine storage system suits you? The following steps help you limit your choices and bring you closer to the dream of a home wine cellar.
1) Know what kind of wine you should buy Wine bottles are available in many shapes and sizes. If you prefer Pinot Noir, you know it comes in a Burgundy style bottle. Burgundystyle bottles are elegant, oblique and about 1/2 inches wider in diameter than the Bordeauxtypical bottles typical of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Unfortunately, most wine racks, whether single or inside a refrigerator, are designed for Bordeauxstyle bottles. This means that if you want to store Pinot Noir primarily, you need a storage system with lots of mass storage space or power container designed for 1.5 liter bottles, or what is known as universal racking.
2) Plan for the Future If you have two cases of Pinot Noir, you need a wine storage system with at least one 24cylinder capacity. But if you plan to expand your collection significantly, buy the largest you can afford. Wine collection is addictive and oenophiles quickly get out of space. Buying large is especially important when buying windshields, cabinets or electric wine cellars where a close fit is the norm. When you run out of space in the refrigerator, you must buy another device. Buying two devices is usually more expensive than buying one with a larger capacity.
3) Pay attention to the rack material The differences between the vineyards of pine, hardwood, wrought iron, stainless steel and more recent plastic are more than cosmetic. Redwood is generally considered to be the best wine shop because it is naturally strong, odorless, mold resistant and therefore does not require sealants that emit harmful gases that can work into the wine through the cork. Furan on the other hand is prone to rotating under humid conditions and must be sealed.
Wooden frames take up more space than metal stands, which is why the metal bars are so popular in wine cellars and electric wine cellars. But metal sites have their disadvantages. Metal winches can rust in moist conditions without protection cover. The coating can also play with repeated use. Not to mention that the stools in lowcost refrigerators often bend under the weight of wine bottles. For beginners with limited resources, recycled plastic polyethylene containers are cheap and compact and good for use in confined spaces. They are very popular today because they are environmentally friendly, but as a standalone angle system it is a shortterm storage solution.
4) Temperature and humidity control is critical A wine rack is not a complete storage system. A wine rack has no temperature and moisture control or protection against ultraviolet light and vibration. It must be combined with a refrigeration unit, an isolated room and lowlight levels that are useful for long term storage. Wine should not be kept at normal room temperature and humidity conditions for more than 6 months. A wine cellar is one step up, but its real purpose is to keep wine at the right serving temperature for a maximum of one year. If you want multiyear wine growing opportunities without building a traditional basement, look for names like Eurocave, Vinotheque and Subzero.
5) Knowing wine storage system restrictions Even sophisticated wine storage systems have limitations. Most wine storage systems must not be exposed to temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit or below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which may occur in nontemperature controlled areas such as garages or storage shelves during certain times of the year. If you plan to keep your wine in the garage, make sure your storage system is designed for it. Wine storage systems also need decent ventilation, some need more than others. Make sure that the room as the wine storage unit is kept well ventilated and large enough to spread heat from the compressor.