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Wine – Keep it Cool this Summer

It’s that time of year again when the Australian sun starts to raise temperatures, we’ve already seen a 42 degree c day in November and 2015 promises to be another hot summer.

So you’ve been collecting your wines over the winter months, have a few cases tucked away in the garage, loft or home office but now’s the time to take a few precautions to keep those wines in perfect condition and waste your investment with them wilting in the summer heat.

Here are 5 things to keep in mind when keeping your wine cool this summer:

Heat Kills Wine

12 to 13 degree’s c is the perfect temperature to keep your pristine. Anything over 18 will start to prematurely age your wines and produce unpleasant aromas.

Temperature Fluctuations are really bad

As bad as storing the wines in a hot environment, having somewhere that changes temperatures regularly is even worse. The Garage is a prime example of where not to store your wine, it’s often both the coolest and hottest place in the house.

Avoid Strong light

Bright sunlight with literally kill certain elements in a wine, its why glass bottles are normally green or brown for age worthy wines. Hide your wines from those nasty UV rays somewhere dark, with no vibration

Home Wine Coolers

Super convenient, however the home wine cooler or cellar cabinet needs to be in a place that’s naturally cool, or it will need to pull more power to keep cool and could blowout at the one time you really don’t want it to.

Older Wines

Once a wine gets to 8 to 10 years of age they become a little more fragile, more colour and tannin has been dropped out (natural antioxidants) and keeping them in a perfect environment becomes even more important.

So while the mercury rises this Australian summer make sure you keep your wines cool, in a dark and vibrationless spot so when you do get round to opening them they are all the more enjoyable.

 

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