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.
Four Key Elements to Proper Wine Storage
- Temperature: Keep it cool and constant. White wines should generally be stored between 45°F and 55°F, with light white wines on the lower side and fuller white wines on the higher side. Red wines should be stored between 50°F and 64°F (55°F to 57°F is safe for most reds). In general, higher temperatures make wines age faster and cooler temperatures slow the aging process. Avoid any sudden or wide fluctuations in a wine's temperature, as it will interrupt the proper aging process.
- Humidity: For long-term wine storage, a relative humidity of about 65% is best. However, a range between 60% and 80% is acceptable. 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. Champagne is the exception—it should be stored upright.
- Light: Ultraviolet light causes the premature aging of wines. While wine in clear bottles is most susceptible, wine in dark bottles can be affected as well. Avoid sunlight or other kinds of excessive light exposure on your wines. Sparkling wines are the most sensitive to light and should be stored in the darkest possible place.
- Vibration: Excessive vibration can disturb a wine's sediment balance. Wine should be stored away from vibrations caused by cooling systems, compressors or other equipment.
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
- 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