Quick and Easy Wine Storage Tips for Texans (in Less Than Ten Minutes)

 

Our quick and easy wine storage tips will have you looking like a sommelier in less than 10 minutes. Okay, maybe not quite at that level but close.

Have you ever wondered why wine improves with age? So many things do.

The great English Philosopher and Statesman, Francis Bacon, explains why, “ … age appears to be best in four things—old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Many red wines—and some white wines—are meant to be aged before they are opened.

Why should you consider wine storage? Wine collecting has always been a popular hobby among the wealthy who purchase high-end wine that might appreciate in value over time. However, in recent years several new trends have emerged:

  • Wine is more affordable than ever
  • Millennials drink more wine than boomers
  • Wine growing regions are now in all 50 states

 

Because wine grapes are grown in every state, importing and transportation costs are lower, which helps make wine more affordable. The Texas Hill Country is the country’s second largest AVA (American Viticultural Area), which makes it one the top wine-producing states in the country.

Even though Texas may be the last place you think of for producing wine, the humid subtropical climate is perfect for growing grapes. However, like Texas, the climate in most states is not perfect for storing your wine.

 

Do I Need a Wine Cellar?

While a temperature-controlled wine cellar is an ideal place for long-term wine storage, they cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars. Besides your wallet, your energy bill will also take a pretty big hit. If you would rather invest that money into purchasing more wine, how to mimic wine cellar conditions are pretty straightforward.

 

Keep Wine at Cool Temperatures

Wines should be stored sideways at cool temperatures ranging from 55℉ to 65℉. Storing wine bottles on their sides ensures the cork stays moist, which prevents it from drying out. While there is a debate over whether wine bottles with synthetic corks need to be stored sideways, you can store bottles with screw caps upright.

Cool temperatures slow the wine-aging process by keeping the wine from getting too warm and helping it develop properly in the bottle. If wine bottles get too warm, the cork seals break, which leads to “cork taint.” You do not want “corked wine.” It may not cause harm if you drink it but unless you like the taste of damp or wet cardboard, you will be pouring your wine down the drain.

Less Than 10℉ Fluctuation

Temperature fluctuations cause wine to expand and contract, which can disrupt the aging process and damage the cork. Do you see a trend here? A compelling reason for proper wine storage is to prevent the threat of a dry cork. Once the cork seal is broken, the process of oxidization will eventually ruin your wine.

All wine bottles, even those with screw caps and synthetic corks, must be stored at cool temperatures with less than 10℉ fluctuation to ensure the wine ages properly.

 

Wine Labels Hate Humidity

Unless you are storing wine for longer than ten years, WineSpectator.com states that anywhere between 50 percent and 80 percent humidity is considered safe for wine storage. Less than 50% humidity can cause evaporation and oxidation, which is bad.

Humidity greater than 80% can encourage mold and ruin your wine labels. Not having a wine label can prevent your ability to enjoy and talk about the wine once you open it.

 

Why Are Wine Bottles Dark?

There is no denying it. Wine is sensitive. Excessive light exposure causes wine proteins to break down and thereby ruins the unique flavors of properly aged wines. This is why wineries choose dark bottles—think of them like sunglasses for wine.

Wines bottled in clear glass such as a light, fruity white wine are meant to consume quickly. This doesn’t mean to gulp it once the bottle is open. Clear wine bottles only suggest drinking the wine within a reasonable time frame after you purchase it.

 

No Vibration is Good for Wine

The laundry room is not a good place for wine storage. Vibrations traveling through a wine bottle will disturb its sediment and hinder the wine-aging process. Even if you don’t plan to age your wine, vibration will speed up chemical reactions going on inside the bottle.  

 

Odor Free Wine Storage

Do you love to cook with onions and garlic? If yes, then using your pantry for long-term wine storage is not advisable. It may seem obvious, but strong odors can ruin your wine. Some air molecules, even stinky ones, will get back into the wine bottle through the cork. Most importantly, keep your wine away from bleach, paints, and household cleaners. These products are odorous and toxic.

 

Self Storage is Always an Option

Whether you are an oenophile or a casual wine enthusiast, making sure your wine is properly stored is essential if you want to enjoy it at a later date. Keep in mind, even though most wines are produced to be consumed within a few years of their release, these wines typically get better with age.

If you are not blessed with a dark, cool, and not-too-damp basement that can double as a wine cellar to keep your wine safe, consider self storage as an option. Metro Self Storage offers wine storage that includes a dedicated wine storage building with temperature, humidity, and light control while providing state-of-the-art security and reliable protection for your wine collection.

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Hiding Christmas Presents is Easy with Metro Self Storage

 

 

Whether you decided to opt out of the Black Friday madness this year or to jump in with both feet the big question remains—is there a way to simplify Christmas?

We think so. Renting a storage unit during the holidays can certainly alleviate the stress created by not having enough space in your home to hide oversized gifts, entertain friends, or accommodate out of town guests.

You don’t have to worry about long-term financial commitments either; many storage facilities offer flexible short-term leasing options during the holidays to meet the temporary storage needs of families and businesses just like yours.

 

Choose These Self Storage Security Features

Worrying if your belongings are safely stored during the holidays is the last thing you want to be thinking about. Instead, visions of the perfect Christmas evening or planning a post-holiday vacation to a subtropical climate is what you deserve.

Find a storage facility that offers a personalized key code access. Renters can rest assured that anyone who is entering the storage facility has a designated access code. Choosing a well-lit property is especially important this time of year because it gets darker much earlier in most parts of the country.

A well-lit storage unit can also help ensure that Santa (aka you) won’t trip when retrieving Christmas gifts or other stored items from a storage unit. With 24-hour video surveillance placed at the main gate and in a variety of locations throughout the property, the storage team can keep an eye out on who is coming and going at all times.

Did you forget a lock? Not a problem if you chose a storage facility that sells moving and packing supplies on site. Disk locks are believed to be more secure than padlocks, and the majority of storage offices have them for sale.

 

Types of Specialty Storage

There are many different types of storage, and specialty storage differs from traditional storage by offering a range of features and services that go beyond the standard 5X5 to 10X30 storage units.

Small specialty storage options such as storage lockers are ideal for hiding small Christmas gifts, and they can be used to store Christmas decorations after the holidays. Larger specialty storage can include car storage and covered parking making it ideal if you are buying your significant other a new car or boat for Christmas.

Specialty storage often includes a set of features such as climate-controlled storage, a business center with WiFi, and package acceptance making these facilities ideal for combining work and errands, especially, during this busy time of year

 

Desirable car, boat, and RV storage facility features

Security features that include well-lit areas, perimeter fencing, and video surveillance—all designed to protect your significant investment.

Some RV storage facilities offer covered parking or fully enclosed buildings to protect RVs, boats, and motorhomes from extreme weather conditions. Additional services tailored to RV owners can include one or more of the following: electrical hookups, washing bays, dump stations, and 24-hour access.

While RV travel is a favorite American pastime, storing a large vehicle on your property can present a challenge to your home’s curb appeal any time of the year. In colder regions, it is advisable to prepare and store RVs during winter months.

If there is a large RV, boat, or motorhome parked in your front yard, it might get in the way of neighbors oohing and aahing over your knock-out Christmas decorations. Moreover, if you are expecting out of town guests, then an RV self storage facility will help you free up extra parking space in front of your home. You and your guests will surely be grateful to park closer to the front door during the chilly winter months.

 

Must-have wine storage features

Wouldn’t it be nice to clean out the bedroom or under stairs closet that you are currently using for your wine collection? As it turns out, a well-equipped self storage facility is the ideal place to store all types of wine.

      • State-of-the-art security system to protect your investment.
      • The ideal wine storage environment where it is dark and the temperature is consistently maintained.
      • A well-trained and friendly staff who understands wine storage and can provide you with the assistance you need.
      • Choose a storage facility that accepts shipments from your favorite wine clubs.
      • The wine storage unit should allow bottles to be kept on their sides, and with little movement.

 

Climate-Controlled or Non-Climate-Controlled Storage Units?

A storage unit is a great asset during the holidays; it prevents loved ones from finding their gifts, it allows you to declutter rooms ensuring the extra space you need to host out of town guests and holiday dinner parties.

Deciding if you need a climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled storage unit for your holiday seasonal storage needs is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply answer these three questions:

    • What items are you planning to store?
    • How long do you plan to store these items?
    • Is your storage location in a region with extreme winters?

 

A friendly storage manager at Metro Self Storage is always happy to talk to you about your particular holiday storage needs and find a solution that works best for your belongings and your budget.

Don’t let the time and energy you’ve spent shopping for the perfect presents for everyone on your Christmas list be for naught. With a quick visit to your nearest storage facility, you can choose a storage unit to meet your holiday storage needs.

Keeping gifts hidden from loved ones, and everyone comfortable in the roomier spaces you’ve created in your home will make you feel bright and cheery. Isn’t that really what the season is all about?

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