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Wine storage and collecting tips

Wine storage and collecting tips

While Beringer wines are built to be enjoyed any time, several of the wines we produce, such as our Private Reserve and Single Vineyard Cabernets, benefit from aging, and would be an excellent addition to any wine collection. Building a wine collection can be as exciting as it is intimidating. Do you have all the knowledge you need to protect your investment? Here are a few key tenets of wine collecting, so you can make sure that each bottle is as elegant at home as it is in the tasting room.

Wine Collecting Tips

Not all wines are built for aging; wineries are always able to advise you about whether a wine should be aged and for how long.

Store your wines in ideal conditions and keep your cellar records up to date

  • Temperature: Keep it cool and constant (between 45°F and 55°F for whites, and between 50°F and 64°F for reds)
  • Humidity: Store wine on its side to keep the cork moist and ensure a good seal with the bottle. Higher humidity helps to swell the cork, which minimizes oxidation.
  • Light: Ultraviolet light causes the premature aging of wines. Avoid sunlight or other kinds of excessive light exposure on your wines.
  • Vibration: Wine should be stored away from vibrations caused by cooling systems or other equipment as excessive vibration can disturb a wine's sediment balance.

Take vintage into consideration; wines from good to great years age the most reliably, but sometimes "off-years" can prove surprisingly rewarding.

  • Buy from reputable dealers.
  • Consider storing magnums, which take longer to develop in bottle and remain youthful longer.
  • Consider purchasing several bottles or a case, so you can consume the bottles over time to experience the wine's evolution.
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