when good wine goes bad…

A lot of people keep their liquor in the cabinet above the fridge. At least a lot of parent people do. It’s high up and hard to reach so it is kid friendly. Also, since you have no kids you have no life. So you don’t really dive into it very often. If ever. But you look at it longingly every once in a while like the light at the end of a tunnel.

As convenient as that may be it is a really crappy liquor cabinet. Just like keeping your prescriptions in the bathroom seems like a match made in heaven (they call it a medicine cabinet… HELLO!!) but really is a stupid idea, keeping your wine above your fridge is a recipe for disaster too.

Contrary to the fairy world I live in where things just work and all furniture is easy to move, it turns out the fridge runs on electricity in the real world. And electricity generates heat. And heat rots things… fast.

Wine cellars are not just for rich people to add square footage to their mansions and James Bond to get trapped in. They are to keep your wine cool and undisturbed. Now, if you are reading this you are not buying wine that really needs to be cellared. Most of the wine we good ol’ regular joe’s and jane’s buy is fine to drink on the same day you buy it. Or it can wait a year. Or maybe even five. But nothing we buy will benefit from aging for future generations. In fact, a good lot of it wouldn’t survive the ride.

You don’t need a wine cellar. Or a little wine fridge. Or a wine drawer in your fridge. But you do need a place that is cool, or at least a stable temperature, to keep wine you are hanging on to. If it has a real cork keep it on it’s side. If it is champagne, don’t.

Or… drink it! And invite me over to share!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. the winegetter
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 05:58:36

    Drinking it is a great advice!! 🙂



  2. Chris Carfizzi
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 11:59:13

    When we had our kitchen redone, our contractor (knowing we like wine) built us a rack on the end of some cabinets facing the central air unit. It was a lucky break. We just had enough space. But, remodeling is never as affordable as drinking!



  3. the drunken cyclist
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 03:30:56

    Great advice–too many people get too hung up on having “perfect” conditions!



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