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What to Consider When You Store Sparkling Wines

Storing sparkling wine can be different from storing other types of wine because, unlike red wines, many types of sparkling wine, such as champagne, don’t age in the bottle. Of course, these wines will remain delicious for years if properly stored, but the flavor profile won’t change over time the way a tannic red wine will. Still, proper storage is essential to keeping that bottle of bubbly at its best until you’re ready to drink it.

Keep It Cool, but Not Cold

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Like other varieties of wine, sparkling wine does best long-term in a cool, dark place. In fact, most brands of sparkling wine use a green glass bottle to minimize the amount of light that reaches the wine itself. Keep your wine at “cellar temp,” around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, to maximize its lifespan.

Humidity

Humidity also plays a role in proper storage. Just like with other types of wine, you want to make sure that the cork doesn’t dry out. Humidity levels of around 70% are ideal for keeping sparkling wine in its best condition.

Placement

Sparkling wine is unique because it has carbonation. Try to avoid disturbing the carbon dioxide bubbles by storing the wine in a consistent position. In addition, it’s best to store the wine horizontally to prevent the cork from drying out.

The Refrigerator

If you’re planning on drinking your champagne or sparkling wine within a week or so, keeping it in the fridge is fine. You can keep the bottle upright for short-term storage, just don’t keep it in the door shelf; that can disturb the carbonation. For longer periods of time, sparkling wine does best in a storage cellar, but since sparkling wines taste their best when served chilled, you’ll definitely want to have them in the refrigerator for a few hours before drinking it.

Professional Storage Units

The best way to guarantee that your sparkling wines are ready for your next big event is to store them at in a professional storage facility. Collection 55 Cellars offers several sizes of wine storage lockers in Redwood City, CA that you can access any time. We keep our storage units at the optimal temperature, humidity, and light to minimize fluctuations and help your wine reach its taste potential. Contact us today to keep your wine collection safe and delicious!

What Does Aeration Do to Wine?

When most people begin their first foray into the world of premium wines, one of the first topics they explore is wine aeration. The process of aeration is commonly used to enhance the flavor of wine, and it can be accomplished in a number of ways.

Why Aerate?

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When wine is stored in a bottle, it has minimal exposure and contact with oxygen. When the bottle is uncorked and the wine is poured, the wine is exposed to air and is thereby subject to oxidation and evaporation. Both of these processes, which are the result of contact with the air, or aeration, can alter compounds in and enhance the flavor of the wine. This is because undesirable compounds such as ethanol and sulfates tend to evaporate quickly, leaving a more pleasant and truer flavor.

Over-Aerating

Proper aeration does take some knowledge, as aerating for too long can end poorly, resulting in a dull, flat wine. For any wine, there is a certain point at which the benefits of aeration peak and the wine begins to deteriorate in flavor. While wines with higher concentrations and densities may take longer to aerate, more fragile or aged wines may fully peak within only a matter of minutes.

How to Properly Aerate Wine

Wine aeration is a somewhat tricky craft, but there are multiple ways to do it properly. In fact, one method is as simple as pouring a glass and allowing the wine to sit for 15-20 minutes. Another straightforward aeration solution is to use a decanter, which is a glass container specifically shaped to maximize wine’s contact with air by increasing its surface area. Wine can also be instantly aerated with gadgets created for the exact purpose. Mechanical aerators force air throughout the wine quickly, which can aerate an entire bottle in a flash. However, not all wines benefit from aeration, and generally, white wines and rosé wines do not need aeration at all.

Aerating wine can enhance its natural flavors, but it’s equally important to ensure that the wine is stored properly. For more information about wine storage, read about the benefits of the storage system offered by Collection 55 Cellars or view our rates online.