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The importance of wine temperature

If you want to ensure your wine ages well, these are the most important factors:

  • Vibration
  • Humidity
  • Sunlight
  • Heat

Vibrations accelerate chemical reactions. The faster molecules are moving, the more energy they have when they collide with one another and the more likely they are to initiate a chemical reaction. Vibrations should be kept to a minimum!

Corks need to stay humid in order to keep the wine safely sealed. When corks dry out, they shrink and crack, which lets oxygen seep into your wine and ruin it. Always keep your wine bottles at 50-80 percent humidity.

Sunlight, especially UV rays, breaks down amino acids in wine and create volatile sulfur compounds. In white wine, it also creates a coppery haze. Always store your wine someplace dark. The good news: fluorescents or LEDs emit light in a narrower range and don’t damage your wine the same way.

Heat drives chemical reactions. The more heat you add to a system, the faster it evolves. Storing wine at high temperatures causes it to age faster. Cool, stable temperatures are best.

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