When opening a bottle of wine, we typically use a corkscrew to pop the cork. Sometimes this same cork is then used to seal the unfinished bottle. The thing is… the air in our environment – through its temperature, humidity and aromatics – can ultimately affect the characteristics and flavour of a wine while it ages, unfortunately, not always for the better.
What about screw caps, you may ask? Although they do provide air-tight enclosure, your wine is relying only on the oxygen contained within its bottle to age gracefully. Despite the seeming hardiness of screw caps, the wine is still at risk to environmental hazards such as heat, humidity and light, all of which can cause premature development.
And let’s not consider synthetic corks if you are looking at long term storage. They allow way too much air into the bottle and will not protect your precious wines… but feel free to use them for immediate or short term consumption.
Now What, Then?
Then there’s the Liebherr wine cabinet. For one, our wine cellars do not discriminate corks. It provides optimum air quality to bottles of all shapes, sizes, and colours, regardless of whether they are plugged with a classic cork, screw cap or synthetic imposter posing as a cork.
Liebherr wine cabinets are fitted with an activated charcoal filter in each zone which ensures optimum air quality for wines stored within. Contaminants from incoming air are filtered via the active charcoal, which helps prevent ambient air odours affecting the taste and development of the wine. The use of untreated natural beech wood shelves means incidental odours are not introduced (which can occur with stained and treated shelving).
Key To Perfect Wine Storage – Ideal Temperature & Humidity
Ideal humidity is also required for prolonged storage periods, which Liebherr wine cabinets guarantee. Levels that are too low can lead to cork shrinkage and result in oxidisation of your wine. Depending on ambient temperature, Liebherr wine cellars offer humidity levels between 50 to 80 percent – perfect for maintaining the suppleness of the cork.
When you next reach for a bottle of your favourite drop, be sure to take note of the type of cork and ask yourself if it is being stored correctly. Is it being stored in a Liebherr wine cellar guaranteeing optimum storage conditions? Or will it be out of condition as a result of adverse exposure to heat, light or humidity.
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