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How to Know if a Wine Refrigerator is Right for You

How to Know if a Wine Refrigerator is Right for You

If you’ve been wondering whether you should get a wine refrigerator, below are some answers to help you figure it out. Most people who ask this question have recently begun collecting bottles of wine for future enjoyment with their meals. Simply placing wine on a 

New Year’s Eve: A Great Reason to have a Wine Cellar

New Year’s Eve: A Great Reason to have a Wine Cellar

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 

Tips for Storing Madeira Wine for 221 Years

Tips for Storing Madeira Wine for 221 Years

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In the right conditions, it can be incredible how long Madeira wine might keep.

Multiple cases of 221-year-old Madeira wine were discovered last year behind a Prohibition-era walled-up section of Liberty Hall Museum, a former residence built in New Jersey in 1773. Although the Portugal press took great interest, since that’s where Madeira wine is from, the U.S. media was a bit slower to adequately cover the story. The news finally went viral in America in July of 2017. What kind of wine cellar conditions would have to exist for wine to be preserved well enough to drink after more than two centuries? Wine needs to be stored in particular conditions, which demands, for starters, a quality wine cooling unit from a reliable brand, such as WhisperKool, Cellar Pro, Breezaire, KoolR, Koolspace, or Wine Guardian.

Wine to Celebrate the 2nd U.S. President!

The stash of wine in the basement of the 50-room residence-turned-museum was a surprising find. The museum staff members guess that the cases of wine had been nailed shut for at least a century. The wine labels are still very discernible. One note reads that it was imported via Philadelphia in 1796 by the late Robert Lenox, Esq. Lenox was a financier and banker who frequently imported Madeira in large bottles called demijohns or in barrels and would then bottle and label it, when it arrived from Portugal.

Research found that the Kean family bought some of the bottles for the purpose of celebrating the election of the 2nd President of the United States, John Adams.

While most types of wine would have turned to vinegar after such a lengthy period of time in storage, Madeira lasts an exceptionally long time. It is a fortified wine, and its longevity is one of the reasons it became so popular in the 18th century.

The value of the Madeira collection has yet to be revealed. It could be substantial, considering that in 2016, two bottles of 1795 Madeira wine sold for almost $10,000 each.

No details were provided about the wine cellar conditions, but they had to be good. Many of the wine bottles have remained perfectly corked and wax-sealed. It was reported that a descendant of the Kean family tasted a 147-year-old Madeira a few years back. He reported that it tasted like sherry.

Ideal Wine Cellar Conditions

You can now visit the Liberty Hall Museum and see historically significant bottles from the newly discovered collection. If you were able to also tour the wine cellar, you should be able to expect the following conditions:

  • Cool temperatures between 55° and 60°.
  • An appropriate humidity level of somewhere between 50% and 80%.
  • An absence of sunlight.
  • An absence of sudden temperature fluctuations.
  • A stable environment that prevents the bottles from vibrations.

Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars

If you’re interested in making sure that even your long-forgotten cases of wine remain in good condition, contact Rosehill Wine Cellars. We provide custom wine cellars with the perfect atmosphere. Wine cooling units from companies such as WhisperKool, Cellar Pro, Breezaire, KoolR, Koolspace, or Wine Guardian do an excellent job of maintaining the correct environment in a wine cellar.

Wine Appearance:  Clarity and Viscosity

Wine Appearance: Clarity and Viscosity

As covered in “From Wine Cooler to Wine Color,” looking at wine is one of the ways to fully experience it. Knowing the expected color based on the type of wine, measuring opacity, and describing the particular hue of a wine are steps in visual 

From Wine Cooler to Wine Color; Type to Hue

From Wine Cooler to Wine Color; Type to Hue

After your perfectly stored wine is removed from your wine cooler, enhance your wine experience by focusing on wine color and appearance. Drinking wine is different from every other type of beverage because it appeals to all the senses. Tasting wine begins with protecting the 

Food and Wine Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day

Food and Wine Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day

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Pair wine with your St. Patrick’s Day meal for a scrumptious celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day is on the anniversary of the day the “Apostle of Ireland” died, March 17. St. Patrick was a 5th Century missionary who is believed to have introduced Christianity to Ireland. He taught about the Holy Trinity using a common clover, which has three leaves. And, of course, drinking green beer is one of the most prominent of St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Another way to celebrate is to pair wine with popular Irish dishes. The type of wine you pull from your wine cellar or wine fridge can be a perfect match for Irish Stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage. As long as your wine has been properly stored, your taste buds are in for a lucky pairing.

Irish Stew Wine Pairings

Traditional Irish Stew contains a healthy amount of beer, such as Guinness Stout. It also has ingredients such as boneless roast beef and Worcestershire sauce. The rich flavors in Irish Stew are enhanced when paired with certain types of wine. Recommendations of wine pairings with Irish Stew include the following.

Tanis Cabernet Franc is a high priced wine for the region, and it is an ideal pairing with Irish Stew. Tasting notes have mentions of tobacco, dark spice, and herbaceous accents as well as vegetal characteristics.

Cuda Ridge Merlot is an “easy drinking” wine. Merlot grapes are somewhat large in relation to the thickness of skins and their pips, which is where tannins come from.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Wine Pairings

Corned Beef and Cabbage has obvious ingredients and is an absolute Irish classic. Pair an ideal wine with this dish, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. A Pinot Noir or a Chardonnay will do perfectly.

Pinot Noir has medium low tannin and medium high acidity. You can store Pinot Noir in your wine cellar or wine cabinet for 2 to 8 years, depending on which style you have chosen. Tasting notes show that fruits in this wine include cranberry, cherry, and raspberry. Other flavors include vanilla, clove, licorice, mushroom, wet leaves, and caramel. The taste of corned beef and cabbage is even better when enjoyed with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Chardonnay that is very ripe has tropical flavors, with fruits such as pineapple, mango, and guava. The flavors of lemon and green apple can be detected in a barely ripe Chardonnay. Select Chardonnay to go with corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day; of course, serve all to a group of close friends.

On St. Patrick’s Day and year around, the delights of pairing wine with the right foods is something to celebrate. For wine that can age to perfection, storage in your wine cellar or wine cabinet will ultimately make you feel as lucky as if you found an 4-leaf Irish clover.