Don't Let Your Wine Wilt--4 Tips on How To Keep it Cool

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San Diego Wine Storage offers professional wine storage with two convenient locations in San Diego County.

It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are climbing, coats and scarves are going back into storage, and we’re all looking forward to that first dip in the swimming pool. But as much as we like the warm weather, your wine is another story.

If you have been collecting over the winter months and have cases stacked up in your garage or office, you need to take precautions so you don’t risk spoiling your investment. Here are some simple, proven rules that you can use to make sure your wine doesn’t wilt:

1.    Heat kills wine. Make sure your wine is stored in an area that doesn’t get much above 70 degrees. And during the dog days of summer, it’s especially important to protect your wine from overheating. Fifty-five degrees is the optimum temperature for wine.

2.    Keep the temperature steady. Temperature fluctuations of more than 10 degrees can be more harmful than keeping the wine at a higher than recommended, but steady, temperature.

3.    Older wines (more than 10 years) are more fragile than their younger brethren and are susceptible to spoilage if storage conditions aren’t right. Fine wines that are built to age are usually expensive, so you are putting your assets at risk if you don’t store them properly.

4.    Avoid strong lights and vibration. The kitchen is out unless you have a wine fridge and even then you may subject your wine to more vibration than is healthy.

One last thing about home wine coolers: The rule of thumb is never put them in an area where the temperature climbs 30 degrees above the temp you have the cooler set to. For example, if you have the thermostat set to 55F, the temp in the room shouldn’t get above 85F or you will strain the cooling unit and risk having it come to a screeching halt. So forget the garage during the summer as it will get hotter than any other room in the house. Garages are great places to store lawnmowers, but not wine.

San Diego Wine Storage offers customized wine and craft beer storage solutions for collectors, investors, retailers and importers. The company provides private lockers and walk-in cellars from 12 to 400 cases for both case and bottle racked wine storage. Other services include pick-up and delivery, moving services, cellar management services, online inventory management, and valuation services. SDWS also accepts direct wine shipments on behalf of their customers at no charge. The company's secure, climate-controlled facilities are located in San Diego and Solana Beach, California. Visit San Diego Wine Storage at

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