Wine Talk

Snooth User: BasilR

Temperature control

Posted by BasilR, Jun 25, 2010.

A little background: the wines at my house are generally younger wines meant to be drunk fairly young (nothing too expensive, plus I have a hard time not getting into them), but, I was recently offered/given some nice Bordeaux that I (and the bottles) would like to lay down for awhile... Problem is I am out of town a lot, and thus usually set the thermostat higher - up to 82F - and do not currently have a wine cooler.

Question: What, if any, impact will this have on my nicer bottles?  Should I just suck it up and get a cooler? 

 

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 25, 2010.

lots of impact!

and just curious, why set the themostat at 82F when you're not home?

wine fridges are getting pretty inexpensive these days and come in different sizes.... it might be a good idea to grab one and keep the temperature controled....

 

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Reply by BasilR, Jun 25, 2010.

That's what I thought - I just need to pull the trigger.  Thanks

As for the thermostat, I just have a hard time running it (justifying it) for days/weeks at a time to keep the plants cool.

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 25, 2010.

ahhh. i get it..... not running the thermostat so much for the heat, but to keep AC from kicking on....

i think that in the long run, you'll be really happy that you pulled that trigger....

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Reply by BasilR, Jun 25, 2010.

yeah - definitely not heat - AC (summer related).

Just curious - how much does heat (high 70's, low 80's) effect young wines that get bought and drunk quickly?

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Reply by jshark, Jun 25, 2010.

and what if you want to keep the wines for 5-6 years, will a wine cooler really support proper aging?

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 25, 2010.

@ basilR.... it depends on how long it's exposed... if you buy a red monday and drink it wednesday, yer probably going to be ok.... if it's going to be 2 weeks at a constant 80.... there's a chance it will spoil... if it's a white, just throw it in your regular fridge.... hopefully not for weeks on end... and let it warm up a lill before you drink it...

@ jshark..... as far as i know, and read, there's shouldn't be any problem with storing it for years in a wine fridge.... it's all about temp control, and you can easily control that with a digital fridge thermostat... i've been in wine "rooms" that are sealed and kept at a specific temp..... the fridge is just on a smaller scale....

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Reply by BasilR, Jun 25, 2010.

Thanks - I'm curious, because in additon to my home situation, I've noticed many retailers as I travel around that do not seem to pay too much attention to the temp (other than to make customers comfortable) in the summer months.

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 25, 2010.

some retailers are horible.... there's some corner stores in my neighborhood that i only buy beer and liquor from.... no more wine... high prices and bad storage... also be ware of lots of dusty bottles... if thy don't move inventory, no telling how long its been thee or how it's been stored through that time...


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