Wine collecting is a passion of great value for connoisseurs. Old wines, whose age competes with a man’s lifetime, end up being sold at exorbitant prices. Not everyone who knows a few things about the fascinating world of wine and cultivates this passion gets to own a personal collection of wines that is kept it in an appropriate setting.
The wines should be stored only in glass bottles
Experts say that form the simple wish of building up a personal wine cellar to the actual process of building, the road is paved with wood, natural stone and passion. Most people keep the wine in the living room or kitchen. Others keep it in the basement or on the balcony. But these storage places are aggressive to the wine, reducing it in the final stage of vinegar, and this is not a simple saying, but the verdict of the specialists and collectors.
In order to storage the wine in optimal conditions there must be respected certain conditions of temperature, humidity and light. A wine cellar must have the following components: a cellar for new wines, a wine cellar for old ones and a side for collection wines. The wines should be stored only in glass bottles and not plastic or other materials which can induce the occurring of certain unwanted chemical and biochemical processes that lead to the decay of the wine. Wine is a fragile product that must be kept under certain conditions to express itself fully.
The ideal temperature for storing wine is between 10 and 12 degrees. Connoisseurs say that the interior temperature in a cellar should remain steady between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius. To satisfy this condition, the basement must be built 4-6 meters deep. In general, at this depth, the variation in temperature has a few degrees, between 8 and 14 degrees Celsius, but this should not be a problem.
Experts say that temperature ups and downs are not allowed. Thus, the process of slow aging of the wine takes place at the ideal temperature range between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius.
Pay attention to light and moisture
Cellars must be dark because the light can attack the composition of the wine due to through ultraviolet radiation. There are diseases of the wine that occur only because of strong light. Here it must be mentioned that the best bottles are brown and not green ones or transparent. The best source of light is infrared. You can also use normal bulbs but only as long as its use is reduced to normal activities within the cellar. The UV light sources, such as neon, are totally forbidden.
The quality of the air inside the cellar and the constant refreshing represent two of the factors that are particularly significant for storing the wines. Thus, although the basement must be aired constantly, it must be kept away from strong air currents. Ideally, it would be the air conditioning but it is not economical because it would require this to work throughout the year.
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