Wines from Cellar 284 to shape your cellar
Wine cellars come in every shape and size imaginable, from multi-million dollar, professionally designed shrines to a nook under the basement stairs. Regardless of where yours is on the spectrum, there are some principles that are common to all wine storage. Temperature, light and vibration are the key elements.
Worse than temperatures that are too warm is a fluctuation in temperature. While the optimal temperature for storing your wine is between 10°C and 15°C, 15°C to 20°C can work for shorter periods, provided the temperature does not fluctuate. Remember, these are storage temperatures, not serving temperatures. Serving is a different topic entirely! Wines should be stored away from natural light. The UV rays can degrade and prematurely age wine. Electric light may fade your labels but won’t affect your wine.
Lastly, keep your treasures (everyday drinkers and special bottles) away from vibration of any kind. Furnaces, freezers and fans can all cause the floor around them to shake. Your wine doesn’t like that. Find a solid, stable surface for your rack.
For each of the wine styles, this Cellar has suggestions to help build diversity in yours.
Pairs with anything, celebrations, romance
White/light fish, sipping on its own
Full body white
Poultry, mild cheeses, pork
Most appetizers, sipping on its own, the back deck
Many pastas, pork, poultry, sipping on its own
Versatile; many meats without heavy sauces, casseroles
Full body red
Heavy stews, many game meats, lamb, strong cheeses, even dessert