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Humidity, Temperature, Vibration, and Sunlight Affect Wine

Topics:

  • What is the ideal storage temperature or humidity level for wine?
  • How does direct sunlight, humidity, vibration, and temperature affect wine?
  • Is the humidity level in a Sub-Zero adjustable?

Answer:

Several factors can affect the quality of Wine Storage. Some of the more common factors are:

Humidity

  • Excessive humidity will not damage wine, but can cause labels and cardboard boxes to rot.
  • Insufficient humidity may cause the corks to dry out and shrink, allowing air to enter the bottle.
  • The average humidity level of Sub-Zero units is not available.
  • The Sub-Zero humidity level is not adjustable.

Temperature

  • Cool temperatures slow the aging process, increasing the complexity and varietal character of the wine over time.
  • Likewise, high temperatures speed the aging process, preventing a wine from developing complexity over time.
  • Temperature fluctuations can cause wine to expand and contract, causing the cork to push out and pull in. This may loosen the cork and expose the wine to oxygen.

Sunlight

  • Keep bottles away from direct sunlight, as it can prematurely age wine and adversely affect its flavor.

Vibration

  • Wine thrives best in a calm environment. Try to store it in an area with little vibration.

Refer to the product Use and Care Guide for further information.

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