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Aging Wine Properly

Aug 01, 2015 | Post By Brodey Sheppard

Ever wonder if that bottle of wine you bought should be opened tonight or best left to age for a couple of years? This article gives you some general guidelines about that curiousity.

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Wine is a complex combination of many chemical compounds, which change as they interact with each other and their environment.

When we age wine, we hope for changes that cause the wine to mature well by gaining a complex mix of complimentary flavors. As the chemical reactions that take place during aging vary between grape varietals, regions, and even crops from year to year, they are not easily quantifiable, and we are not yet at a point from which we can predict exactly what flavors a wine will develop as it ages. But what we do know is that as the compounds in wine react over time, they create new flavors, changing the original product into something more complex and subtle. For Example, A correctly aged Pinot Noir can gain aromas of truffles; a Syrah can become fragrant with rich spices.

The wide variety of subtle reactions that take place as wine ages require very specific conditions to create an optimal product. These are: 1. A stable temperature of around 55° F, 2. A relative humidity of around 70%, and protection from direct light. A too-humid environment will cause mold to form on the cork, possibly contaminating the wine. Not enough humidity, and the cork will dry out and crack. Exposure to too much ultraviolet (UV) light will cause the otherwise stable organic compounds in wine to degrade. So, above mentioned 2 conditions are mandatory, to create an amazing aged Wine.

Also keep in mind that "high-quality" wines, wines made from "good years", and wine with high sulfites (natural preservatives found on all grapes) all tend to last much longer than wines that are just the opposite. (Got it? or Read it again!)

Below chart can give you some guidelines 1. Types of wine 2. How long to age that particular type.

Type of wine How long to age
Beaujolais 0-3 yrs
Beaujolais Nouveau immediately
Bordeaux, Red 7-12 yrs
Bordeaux, White 4-10 yrs
Cabernet 5-10 yrs
Champagne, non-vintage 0-2 yrs
Champagne, Vintage 5-10 yrs
Chianti 0-5 yrs
Chardonnay 0-5 yrs
Merlot 2-5 yrs
Gewurztraminer 0-4 yrs
Port, non-vintage 0-5 ys
Port, vintage 10-20 yrs
Zinfandel, Red 5-10 yrs
Zinfandel, White 0-1 yrs

Fact: The idea that wine gets better with age is pretty ingrained in the culture of wine drinking. But the truth is that most of the wine produced in the world "today" is intended to be drunk within a year or two of bottling. Those legendary bottles of fine wine that get dusted off and enjoyed after 10 or 20 or 50 years in storage are actually few and far between – in fact less than 1% of wines should be aged more than five years.

So, that was oour article about "Aging Wine Properly". LiquorOnline.co.uk is an ideal place to buy Vintage and New Age wine online. We are an Amazon Affiliated trusted online store, we exclusively sell Amazon liquor products. Browse our wine category to for a vast selection of wines and exclusive online offers cases of Wine. Use our simple filters to sort by price and type, such as Red wine, White wine, Rosè wine, sparkling wine, and dessert wine.

References: GoTasteWine.com, WineCellars, WikiPedia

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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.

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