A guest post by Keith Bray
You realize you have more bottles of wine than you can drink in the next few months. Or maybe you have a stocked pile that could easily last you a year or more. It’s time to buy a wine fridge! Why?
To keep wine from going bad and to protect your investment.
Wine does go bad
Wine is temperamental and has a shelf life. It doesn’t matter whether you are a casual drinker or serious wine expert, you own cheap or expensive bottles, or even whether your bottles have some aging to do before maturity; all wine can turn bad quickly if not cared for properly.
When I first moved to Texas from Virginia, I sadly had to throw out numerous bottles that didn’t make it through the Texas summer heat. You haven’t experienced true disappointment until you go to open up a favorite wine and it’s tainted. Then you try a second, a third, and one by one you pour each bottle of brown oxidized wine down the drain. Oh, and your party guests arrive in 10 minutes!
How a wine fridge helps
To protect your wine, store it in a made-for-wine refrigerator that will keep a fairly constant mid-range temperature. Many experts recommend storing wine between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit depending on drinking preferences and characteristics of the wine. A typical food refrigerator is kept between 35 and 40 degrees and is designed to remove humidity to help prevent mold growth on food.
A wine fridge, on the other hand, is ideal for wine specific temperatures and usually leaves some humidity inside which ensures corks don’t dry out and crack. While you can certainly store wine in your food fridge, reds in particular would need to be taken out well in advance of drinking to reach ideal serving temperature.
Also, keep in mind that you don’t want to put your wine through sudden temperature swings. Coming home from the store on a hot day and putting your wine directly into a 35-degree food fridge is the opposite of good wine care.
Storing wine in a made-for-wine refrigerator will also reduce its exposure to ultraviolet light. It is never a good idea to store wine where it could be exposed to sunlight as this can speed up the oxidation process leading to…you guessed it, yucky wine!
So what are you waiting for? Start researching wine refrigerators today!
In an upcoming post, I’ll provide tips on the most important things to consider to select the right fridge for your needs.
Keith Bray is a wino-wanna-be. He has been casually enjoying wine in the evenings with his wino friends for many years, but he spends his days as a veteran technologist and business leader in the software industry. Passionate about building technology that changes the world, he thrives on finding ways to leverage technology to change the way people live, work, and play.