Setting up a wine cellar is an exciting, multi-faceted project. But there are many details to learn, too. For instance, how do you select the best natural wines? And what is the best way to store different types of wines? Here’s a look at the most effective storage cellars for a few different types of wines.
- Pear Wine: Pear wine should be served completely chilled. It is best enjoyed when it is very cold. A wine refrigerator would be perfect for pear wine. Interestingly, a popular trend today is making pear wine at home. Pear is the type of fruit that lends itself to many variations, since it can be complemented by other fruits. These fruits include apples and raisins. Sparkling pear wine is also a simple wine to make at home, and it is quite popular as well.
- Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is in the family of red wines. It is a lighter bodied red, and it is served best at slightly cooler than room temperature. Chilling it in the refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes should get it to the perfect temperature. That would be approximately 55°F. Refrigerating your Pinot Noir will keep your wine fresh for a longer time after opening it. Be sure to re-cork after pouring every glass.
- Red Wine: As a general rule, all red wines should be slightly chilled, at least to a bit below room temperature. Room temperature, for good red wine, is too warm. When it is too warm it becomes lifeless. And if it is too cold it becomes too acidic. The refrigerator is not necessarily needed long-term for your red wine, maybe just for a while before it is served. Another option for wine storage sellers is a cooling system which maintains the ideal environment in your wine cellar.
- White Wine: The cooler, the better for white wine in storage cellars. Generally, white wine serving temperature should be about 50°F, even as low as 45°F. The problem with white wine is that it becomes flat if it is too warm, losing its crispness. And if the wine is too cold, the subtle aromas and flavors will be concealed. An under-counter and built in wine refrigerator would be very effective, as would a freestanding wine refrigerator.
- Certified Organic Wines: The market for certified organic wines is still relatively small in the U.S., but it is growing. The eco-friendly industry warns of rising global temperatures which will affect vineyards, and as a result, the taste of wine. Organic wines, in general, contain no sulfites, or other chemicals. And they taste wonderful! In terms of storage cellars, the organic ones can be stored and served in the same way as other industry wines.
Of course, one of the best ways to learn about storage cellars for various types of wines is to visit local vineyards. Wine companies often have tastings and seminars at wineries and there is a lot of information to be gathered at these types of events. Often, there is live music, and there may be even a demonstration on how to pour wine perfectly. If you do decide to visit a local winery, you won’t have any trouble finding one. The number is increasing annually in the United States, and in 2010, 6,941 wineries were counted in the country.
So go find a winery and learn something new about wine. What a delightful way to spend an afternoon!