Anyone who has even a small wine collection will require some sort of wine rack which is essential for storing the wine properly to maintain its peak characteristics. Dedicated racks, to hold wine, help to ensure that the bottles are displayed elegantly in an area that has relatively low lighting, has a balance room temperature at 50-60 degrees F and enables the corks not to dry out. Large wine makers in the early days soon realised that for wine to retain its palate and quality it need to be stored in barrels kept in dark, cool cellars. Very few people these days have that facility so a wine rack storage system is the sensible alternative for anyone who enjoys and appreciates any kind of wine, from everyday table varieties to the fine wines that attract earnest collectors. There are a range of styles, sizes and prices to suit all budgets and storage locations for soundly made rack will keep wine stored in top condition for years to come, so long as the right criteria are met.
It should be noted that strong light and too much heat will bring about an unpleasant chemical change in wine that is detrimental to its flavour. In addition it is imperative that the corks are kept damp at all times to prevent them from drying out since a dry cork will eventually shrink and permit oxygen to enter the bottle causing a process of oxidation in the wine which changes its quality and flavor. This is where one or several wine racks will protect your precious investment and even enable you to start an enviable collection of sophisticated and rare wines which look better displayed this way instead of in cabinets.
If your home is not equipped with the designated, properly designed wine cellar and you are not someone with a grand budget you can still keep your wine in excellent condition by following the golden rules of storage in somewhere like a pantry, a basement, or basically any low-lit room that remains cool without freezing.
Because of their huge diversity in styles wine storage racks can easily fit in with most home décor you will always find something suitable whether it is made from wood, aluminium, stainless steel or even plastic. The good thing about this type of furniture is that it can be hung or wall mounted to create extra space and it also allows easy accessibility when selecting bottles of wine.
So why, if screw top bottles prevent the problem of a dry corks and improvements in modern bottling practices, should you invest in a wine rack? Well a wine rack is always going to meet the need for keeping the corks wet, it also allows you to store wine conveniently, no matter how many bottles you own and above all it just looks classy and aesthetically pleasing, whether it is placed on a counter top, the floor or in a cellar.