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The most champagne and sparkling wine that is served in North America is served during the holidays, especially on New Year’s Eve. Are these wines different from others, as far as storage needs? With one minor exception, storage for champagne is actually the same as for other wines. A wine cellar with a wine cooling unit by a major manufacturer such as Breezaire, Cellar Pro, CellarCOOL, or Koolspace provides the right temperature range of about 55°F. Humidity levels also need to be controlled to about 70%, for optimal storage.
What is Different about Champagne?
For wine to be referred to as “champagne,” the grapes used must have been grown in the Champagne region of France. The area has defined boundaries and various growing areas. Strict procedures must be conformed to in order for a wine to legally be packaged and presented as champagne. These matters are coded into international treaties and trade agreements. Those specifications include:
· Types of grapes used
· Growing conditions
Champagne is typically made from a three-grape blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. This makes champagne a cuvée, which is a type, blend, or batch of wine. Blanc de noir and chardonnay champagnes are made from Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, or a mix of the two.
The bubbly aspect of champagne is a matter of science. Once a Champagne cork has been popped, yeasts ferment sugars, forming carbon dioxide gas.
Ideal Long-Term Champagne Storage
Like other wine in long-term storage, champagne should be stored on its side. This ensures that the cork stays damp. If the position of the bottle keeps the cork dry on the inside, the cork can dry out to the point of shrinking. This leads to more air getting inside, causing oxidation, which spoils the flavor.
There should be no UV rays that can get to champagne. Because bubblies such as champagne are highly light-sensitive, they are usually stored in dark bottles that provide extra UV protection. The type of lighting used in a wine cellar is an important issue, since some types of bulbs emit UV rays that can spoil wine the same as direct sunlight does.
Short-Term Champagne Storage
Bottles of champagne and sparkling wines that will be stored for up to a month but no more are best left standing up, according to some wine experts. The bottles must, however, be protected from artificial or bright light.
A Toast to Auld Lang Syne!
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For many wine lovers, each New Year’s Eve celebration is the best holiday. Toasting the arrival of a fresh start at the stroke of midnight is up there with wedding toasts. Anyone looking for a great reason to invest in a custom wine cellar can consider having the perfect wine or champagne for the event the answer they were looking for. The best wines for toasting are aged wines, and they need to be stored in the right environment. A custom wine cellar with a wine cooling unit by a top manufacturer like Breezaire, Koolspace, CellarCOOL, or Cellar Pro is ideal. Wine needs to be stored in a certain temperature range with the right amount of humidity, and wine cooling units sometimes serve the dual purpose of maintaining the right temperature and humidity level, as well. When it’s time to pull a special bottle of wine from the wine cellar for a New Year’s toast, you will be confident that you’re ready for the occasion.
Why mature wine is best
Not every wine lover agrees, but there are very good arguments to support the opinion that aged wine is best. The vast majority of wines produced today are for immediate enjoyment, which also makes a strong statement. Perhaps the best way to show the value of aged wine is to share the tasting notes for Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy France, which has an average price of $16,784. From tasting notes for the 1965 vintage enjoyed when the wine was almost 50 years old:
- The flavor creates a seamless symphony, and the core acid-tannin tension is consistent. The wine demonstrates that Romane-Conti is classy, refined, and majestic at its peak. And yet, if stored in ideal conditions, such as in a wine cellar with a quality wine cooling unit, the wine should drink exceptionally well for another 10 or 20 years.
To provide a more direct answer to why mature wine is best, it has to do with tannins, which are present in all grapes. Tannins are the molecules that come from grape seeds, stems, and seeds. They taste bitter and unpleasant until a process has occurred in a properly stored wine bottle. The complex process going on inside a wine vessle is fascinating. Miniscule amounts of air that enters through a cork contribute to the overall process.
The ultimate result of a perfectly matured wine is the perfect beverage for celebrating a special occasion.
The patience involved with waiting for a wine to mature makes a good wine worthy of a heartfelt New Year’s Eve toast. While you’re ringing in the new year, why not consider having a custom wine cellar installed so that you have something special in the way of a fine wine for every occasion?