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Protecting Your Wine from Freezing Temperatures

February 13, 2014

  

Protecting Your Wine from Freezing Temperatures

Having the correct balance of temperature and humidity is vital in the proper storage and aging of wine. This means that, during the winter months, wine should be protected from sub-freezing temperatures. Due to its alcohol content, wine has a lower freezing temperature than most other fluids, but it can still happen in extreme conditions. Have you ever placed a bottle of wine in the freezer only to forget that it was in there? You may have returned to find that your beautiful bottle of chardonnay had transformed into a bit of a “Winecicle”. The same thing can happen when the ambient temperature of a cellar drops too low.



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Those living in areas that experience extreme winter storms and sub-freezing temperatures should consider safeguarding their wine against the elements. Freezing can change the flavor of your wine and may even cause the wine’s seal to become compromised. This happens when the wine freezes and pushes the cork out, exposing the wine to the spoiling effects of oxidation.


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In fact, the ideal conditions for the aging and storage of wine are 55 degrees Fahrenheit with 60% humidity. This means that even those who aren’t living in cold-weather climates may benefit from monitoring cellar temperatures and humidity during winter months.  
 

  

 
Here are a few suggestions:
 
 

           

  •         Install a temperature monitor such as a Wine Storage Temperature and Humidity Monitor Kit. This affordable kit allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity of your wine cellar 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, directly from your smart phone or web browser. This system will send updates and alerts any time the ambient temperature or humidity of your cellar falls outside of the optimal range.
                   
  •           Another option is the Temperature Control Panel with Heating Function. This system allows cellar owners to heat their cellar any time the ambient room temperature drops below the programmed settings. It works with your home’s air forced electric heater and is compatible with CellarTec and Wine-Mate split systems.
   
  •            The Wine-Mate Call Feature is designed to alert you to potentially damaging temperature changes. This product will place a call to your cell phone anytime the temperatures in your cellar fall out of the desired range. This feature can be added to any new Wine-Mate model.

       

 

 
As you can see, temperature is one of the most important aspects of wine storage and aging. It is vital to ensure that the proper precautions are taken to ensure that your collection is protected. Cold temperatures can damage wine just as much as hot temperatures so it is important to be properly prepared. Here at Apex we want to make sure that your wine is safe and enjoyable. For more information about what preventative measures you can take to protect your wine, feel free to contact an Apex agent today.