Tear Sheet Tuesday: Wine Storage
Welcome to another edition of the occasional series I call Tear Sheet Tuesday. If you want to catch up you can do that right here and here. In a nutshell, I tear what strikes my fancy and I share that with you here. It could really be anything. It’s all about what inspires me.
Now I’m all inspired to share with you some tips and ideas for storing your liquid treasure, wine! Here are some things to keep in mind along with some wine storage eye candy curated just for you.
If you want to be technical about it wine should be stored at the perfect temperature with a touch of humidity. The sweet spot for white wines is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ll admit it, I love an ice cold glass of white wine but my preference may be costing me when it comes to flavor. Your refrigerator, by the way, is probably chilling in the thirties. It is often said that red wine is served and stored at room temperature. That could be true if you live in northern France but they definitely don’t mean Florida! The room temperature they refer to is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Sunlight and heat are deadly enemies of the vino. Many people store wine in the kitchen but that’s not necessarily the best place for it. If you do store it there, make sure to keep it out of the sun, away from heat and anything that is going to cause vibration, no matter how subtle. There is an abundance of wine cooler appliances on the market in price ranges from the hundreds to several thousand dollars. Call me for a wine cooler consult to make sure you get one that fits and will work in accordance with specifications.
Sideways is Not Just a Movie
Wine is traditionally stored sideways to keep corks from drying out BUT if you’re going to drink it soon it doesn’t really matter. I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of wine these days doesn’t even come with a cork. That used to be anathema to a wine aficionado but no more. Increasingly, winemakers “prefer screw caps for white wines and reds meant to be drunk young,” says Dave McIntyre, a wine writer whose columns appear in The Washington Post. For more on the cork vs screw top check out this interesting article. One big benefit of storing sideways is storage, it makes the most efficient use of space.
Clever or Kitchy? You Decide
Looks like a great idea to me, anything that suggests books and includes wine is a win!
Breaking with Tradition
I’m not a traditional gal and am one to prefer interesting asymmetric balance but there’s just something about the perfect symmetry and classicism of this that rocks my world. I am not alone. This image has 5400 saves on Pinterest!
A Spot for Wine
If you’re planning a new kitchen and you find yourself with an extra six inches you’ve got a spot for wine. Notice it’s insulated from the ovens by a decently sized pantry cabinet away from heat. It’s also not too close the window.
Retrofit Your Wine
This wine storage system by Wine Logic can be inserted into your existing cabinetry. Sounds logical to me!
Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter’s Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.