Like any wine enthusiast, you deserve to have a cellar that you’re proud of. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to create one! The perfect wine cellar can be built on a budget. With the right space, and an eye for innovation, anything is possible. A wine cellar can properly store your favourite wine for years to come. Once you’ve created a budget and a plan, it’s time to begin!
Always Follow Basic Wine Storage Guidelines
There are certain techniques and rules that you should follow if you plan to store wine for the long-term. Following these specific guidelines can help the wine age properly and at a steady rate. Your wine cellar should have a cool and consistent temperature between 50° F (10° C) and 59°F (15°C). If the temperature rises or falls out of this range, you risk evaporation, premature aging, and freezing. The humidity of a room is also important. The humidity should fall between 55 and 75 per cent and can be monitored using a hygrometer.
Your wine cellar should be free of any sunlight and in a cool, dark place. It may be wise to pick a location that is remote and out of the way, as constant movement can be harmful to the product. Always store the wine securely on its side to ensure that the cork remains moist.
Work with the Space You Have
You should follow the rules above while selecting the location for your wine cellar. Some of the best places range from unused closets to secluded portions of the basement. Once you find a potential spot, keep it clear and clean so that you can accurately take measurements. Taking measurements will help you to plan accordingly while finding the right storage systems and any other accessories. Try and keep your wine cellar as protected as possible. This can help to keep insects from harming your wine by damaging the corks or storage system, as well as protect it from pets and small children.
Once you have a clear idea of the space you’d like to use – it’s time to create a storage system! While working on a budget, DIY and second-hand items will come in handy. Ask friends and family if they have any ideas or furniture that they don’t mind parting with. You can visit local second-hand shops or vintage boutiques for ideas. You might just find a unique and beautiful piece! This is the time to think outside of the box (of wine) to create something truly inspirational, and functional, too!
Tracking Your Wine Collection
Now that your cellar is complete, it’s time to stock up on your favourite wine from local Niagara wineries. You can track which wines are in your cellar and how long they’ve been there with a user-friendly tracking system. There is a wide variety of online tracking systems available that can help make it even easier to catalogue your collection of fine wine.
Storing opened wine is another story. Once wine has been opened, there are specific guidelines that follow to ensure that it doesn’t go bad. Learn how to store and enjoy your opened wine here!
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