Wine Aging Tips
Upon arriving home with your wine, you must now choose a place a to store it. We at the Copper Kettle recommend a cool, dark area with a constsistant temperature around 58F.
- Wine Cellar
- Outside shed
Once finding a storage area, it is also recommend to keep your bottles upright for a minimum of 3-4 days. This allows the increased pressure created by the bottling process to equalize with the pressure outside of the bottle.
After standing up 3-4 days, you should then store your wine bottles for the remainder of their life on their side. This keeps the cork wet resulting in a excellent seal for your wine.
Diamonds are a girls best friend, but are sometimes a bit of a shock when they show up in our wine. Also known as Tartrate Crystals, these so called Wine Diamonds precipitate from finished wine when it is chilled or stored in cooler temperatures.
With the appearance much like granulated sugar, the crystals are actually bitartates of potassium or calcium which are formed when parts of tartaric acid bind with potassium or calcium in wine.
Fine, but what does this stuff do? Other than effect your wines appearance, NOTHING. The wine diamonds neither harm the wine nor affect its flavor.
While it is unlikely that tartrates can be completely eliminated, there are some steps you can take to minimize them.
- Because these crystals usually form when the product is chilled, do not store your wine in the fridge for any length of time other than a few hours before serving.
- Before coming in to bottle your wine, make sure your bottles are very clean. That way, the crystals do not have anything to attach themselves to.
- If you do encounter Wine Diamonds prior to serving, carefully pour the wine into a decanter, leaving the crystals behind.