Eine Weinkaraffe ist bei Weinliebhabern ein gern verwendetes Utensil. Der in die Karaffe umgefüllte Wein kommt mit viel Sauerstoff in Kontakt und entfaltet deshalb sein Aroma rascher und intensiver. Insbesondere gute Weine werden gerne karaffiert.
What happens to wine when its temperature is raising to ambient temperature, eg. because of moving to another flat, or because the wine cooler isn’t functioning and takes time to repair?
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For effective wine storage, it always comes down to correct temperature. Wine, red and white, should be stored at 10 – 14°C. This allows wine the optimal opportunity to mature and develop. Optimum temperature for immediate enjoyment: white wine should not be kept cooler than 7-8°C and depending on the type of red wine not warmer than 17°C.
Like many other food and drink items, in certain conditions wine can create extraneous odors. Sure, wine is largely protected from this through a glass bottle and cork. However, there are situations in which undesired smells can contaminate wine. Thus wine should not be stored next to fuel oil or other chemicals which affects its nuances and its taste.
We all know the wine cellars and stores of certain wine producers. Barrels and bottles are placed in vaults, cellars or even caves ranging from the damp to the dripping wet. The air in such an environment is frequently of up to 90% humidity. It is not unlikely that you can find mold on the walls, the corners and on the bottles.
How often do we see wine ‘exhibited’ in living rooms, restaurants, hotels or even wine shops! In bright daylight. In the shop window. Often in direct sunlight. Often for months, if not years. If you examine a bottle like this, it will be evident that the fluid has become clearer, more transparent, and that even its color has changed because of the sunlight.
Wine does not like being disturbed. Wine should not be subjected to shaking or jolting. The older the wine, the more sensitive it is to any jarring. So what about transporting wine? Wine dealers ship cases of wine via courier or postal service – what does that do to the wine? Does it not get agitated during transport?