Why do people age wine? When should you age your wine? How do you properly store your wine while it ages? If you are curious about the answers to these popular wine aging questions, the Land O Lakes Winery team can help. Whether you are working on building a fine wine collection or are interested in learning more about wine aging in general, you’ve come to the right place.
Wine aging is most often referred to as “cellaring,” which basically means taking bottles of wine and storing them in a cool, dark place until it is time to drink them.
Why Do People Age Wine?
Why do people age wine in the first place? For wines that are meant to be aged, cellaring the bottle until it is fully ready to drink helps improve it by creating flavors and textures.
When Should You Age Your Wine?
Since 99% of the wine population is meant for drinking sooner rather than later, how do you know if you should age your bottle of vino? VinePair has established a great rule of thumb: Wines that cost $30 or less should not be aged. You should actually drink them within five years of their purchase. The experts over at Wine Folly also indicate that most “everyday” red wines have about a 5 year life span, while “everyday” white and rosé wines have a life span of 2 to 3 years.
Some other factors that come into play also include the type of wine and, sometimes, even the region. For instance, a Chardonnay from the U.S. can typically age for 3-5 years, while a high-quality Chablis, which is a French unoaked white wine made from the Chardonnay grape, can age anywhere from 5 to 20 years. You can learn more about specific wines that are meant for aging in our xxxxxx post.
Tips For Storing Wine So It Ages Well
There are actually a lot of rules you should follow when cellaring your wine. Otherwise, the wine won’t age well and it will not taste pleasant when you finally get to drink it. Here are some great storage tips to ensure your bottle of aged wine tastes as delicious as you imagined it would when you open finally get to open it:
- Watch the temperature.
Temperature can have a major impact on wine, so make sure the temperature of your storage area is cool, but not too cool. Somewhere between 45°F and 65°F is a good rule of thumb. According to Wine Spectator, wines exposed to temperatures over 70°F run the risk of being aged “more quickly than desirable.” And, exposing your wine to high temperatures can also “cook” it, which results in flat aromas and flavors. Most wine experts gauge 55°F as the perfect temperature for cellaring wine.
- Avoid the sun.
When it comes to your wine, don’t let the sunshine in. Sunlight can not only degrade your wine, but it can also age it prematurely. So, be sure to store your bottles in a dark place, like a basement or cellar.
- Turn your age-worthy corked wine bottles on their side.
If your bottle has a cork, be sure to store it on its side so it doesn’t dry out as this can result in spoilage.
- Control the humidity level.
If you are storing your wine for a long period of time, you will want to make sure you have enough humidity so the corks don’t dry out. Between 50% to 70% is ideal.
- Keep your wine still.
Moving your stored wine around can make it age faster. Plus, age worthy wines often have a lot of sediment in them, and moving them around can result in gritty wine.
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