Has dry January left your cellar feeling neglected? When the clock strikes February will you be able to locate the wine you've been dreaming of popping open? Cellar Management is the practice and process involved in overseeing and maintaining a cellar and proper organization of wine bottles is crucial to ensure easy access and to prevent any disturbances that might affect the quality of the wine (theres a reason you see untouched, dusty bottles in cellars).
Did you know Cellar Management is a branch of SJDW? Working through your cellar, I will inventory and catalogue your wine using one of several methods that is right for your lifestyle and collection size whether it be a cutting-edge app or a more traditional method. Together we will determine how often I reconcile your cellar of consumed bottles and wine purchases so you can grab the right bottle for the right occasion in seconds.
Bottles say a lot about a person and with that I can identify gaps in your cellar and make recommendations based on your style and even source the wine for you to steer you towards smaller producers making thoughtful and sustainably-made wine.
In the meantime, here are some wine storage best practices:
Temperature: Store wine at a consistent temperature between 45-65°F (7-18°C). Fluctuations in temperature can cause the wine to expand and contract, leading to oxidation and potential spoilage. Avoid storing wine in areas prone to extreme temperature changes, like near heaters or refrigerators.
Humidity: Maintain a humidity level between 50-80%. Proper humidity prevents corks from drying out and air from seeping into the bottle, which can spoil the wine.
Light: Keep wine away from direct sunlight and fluorescent lighting, as UV rays can degrade wine over time.
Vibration: Minimize vibrations as much as possible, as they can disturb the sediment in wine and affect its aging process. Avoid storing wine near appliances that generate vibrations, such as washing machines or refrigerators.
Position: Store wine bottles horizontally or at a slight angle to keep the cork moist and in contact with the wine. This helps prevent the cork from drying out and allows for a proper seal, minimizing the risk of oxidation.
Consistency: Once you've chosen a storage location, try to maintain consistency in temperature, humidity, and other storage conditions. Sudden changes in these factors can negatively impact the wine.
Whether you want me to come take a look at your cellar to organize or help you build out your cellar for both long and short-term, I'm your person.
Your friend in wine,