For many people, wine is more than just a drink served with a nice meal or for a celebration. In fact, for many people, wine is a way of life, especially here in Sacramento, which is surrounded by so many wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms. For these people, it’s not just about drinking and enjoying a good bottle of wine; it is also about collecting and properly storing wines.
While your average person might not think there is much that goes into storing a wine collection, the truth of the matter is that you need to manage things like temperature and humidity to keep a good bottle from going bad. So consider, if you will, the steps needed to protect a wine collection. It all starts with the right insulation and the right environment.
Let’s begin with finding out what the best temperature for storing wine is. The following is some information from an experienced insulation contractor in Sacramento, CA.
Maintaining a stable environment
Temperature and humidity are essential for any wine collection, for a number of reasons. If wine is stored for too long at high temperatures, it will negatively impact the taste of the wine once it is opened. For a serious collector, a good bottle of wine can be worth hundreds of dollars. Imagine storing thousands of dollars’ worth of wine in a garage and letting it all go bad. Not ideal!
Similarly, the humidity of a wine cellar is essential for the health of the corks. It might sound silly, but the cork is one of the only things standing between your investment and the outside world. If corks dry out, they can not only impact how the wine tastes, but they can also break apart into the wine and cause a challenge when it comes to serving.
Where to start
If you are new to wine collecting or storage, this all might sound like a lot of work—it might even impossible—but don’t worry, it’s not. The best place to start is by consulting an insulation contractor to review the space you are setting up in your cellar. They will not only be able to tell you the best location for a cellar, but also which insulation you should use to protect your investment. For situations like this, they will likely suggest a spray foam insulation, which expands into the space and creates an airtight and watertight seal.
Other types of insulation can leave gaps that allow hot or cool air into the space. With foam insulation, you only need to worry about the environment inside your cellar. When you set temperature controls, you can be sure they will stay consistent because of the nature of the foam.
Wine is one of those substances that requires proper storage, whether you keep bottles of wine in a home wine cellar or at a winery. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing taste quality, and potentially even spoilage. Contact 5 Star Performance Insulation, Inc. today to speak with a professional insulation contractor in Sacramento, CA.