What is the best position for wine bottles in a wine cooler?
If you wish to store your wine for a longer period of time, it is very important that the bottles lie down completely; making sure that the cork is kept moist by the wine. Some wine coolers have a presentation shelf, where the bottle can be placed crooked in order to see the label. This looks very nice when you look into the wine cooler. However, you need to remember to switch the bottles around occasionally, to make sure that the cork does not dry out on any of the wine bottles.
The bottles you wish to store for the longest period of time are a good idea to store in pre-determined shelves that you don’t pull out too often. You can also have defined shelves for the wines you drink from time to time that are being replaced more often. In this way, you allow the wines, which are being stored for a longer period, to have the most amount of calm and quiet, making sure they are not shaken unnecessarily.
Temperature and humidity in a wine cooler
There is a difference between having a wine cooler for long-term storage, short-term storage or a combination of the two. If you primarily need the wine cooler for long-term storage, the ideal temperature would be 12 degrees. Higher temperatures can also be used, but remember the higher the temperature, the faster the wine ages.
If you need the wine cooler for short-term storage or as a serving cooler, where you often remove a bottle or two, and replace them, the ideal temperature would be about 15-16 degrees. Making sure that the wine gets the right serving temperature at 16-18 degrees faster.
If you have white wines etc. you will either need a wine cooler with two cooling zones, where you put one zone on 6-8 degrees for the whites, and then use the other zone for red wines. If you only have one zone, you will need to take the white wine or champagne out of the wine cooler a while before drinking and place it in a normal fridge, which is usually set to 5 degrees.
Moisture in the air can also be a factor when you are long-term storing wine. The ideal humidity would be at 50-75%. If the humidity level gets too high, you risk the cork starts to rot or crumble, and if it is too low, you risk the cork drying out. Most wine coolers maintain the correct humidity themselves through the vaporizer within the cooler, others simply maintain it when you open and close the door.
If you are long-term storing wine, I suggest that you invest in a hygrometer, or use our smart wireless system from Sensorist, which keeps an eye on both humidity level and temperature through the Internet or an app.
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