TheFLATPrinciple is a proprietary wine storage and enhancement system created by the Editor of the Wine Rack Site.
This article is a reminder of things “Not to do” when storing wine and an example of how to achieve good storage with minimal cost and minimal effort.
It will take a little thought.
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Traditionally, wine was stored in bottles, laying down horizontally or, layingFLAT.
It is not just tradition that dictates this position. The preferred method of sealing wine into a bottle has for centuries, the use of a cork. Laying the bottle down caused the wine to come into contact with the cork and form a better seal to keep the oxygen from the atmosphere from getting in.
If oxygen get into your wine, it can became tainted by the cork, commonly referred to as “Corked”. Check out our post at Corked Post for more on this topic.
Oxygen exchanged in this manner canalso allow airborne contaminants to get onto the wine and this is the last thing you want.
In the 1960’s the Stelvin bottle seal was introduced and many thought this was the end of oxygen exchange or “Corking”. Many world experts have concluded that corking can and does still occur when the TCA molecule gets introduced to the wine. AND, when you check this little fellow on the right, who wants to risk this.
So the first principle of good wine storage is to lay you bottle down FLAT or close to it so the wine is in contact with the seal.
Natural sunlight is essential to your health and well-being. Just to the left you can see our editorial staff busily preparing her notes of the text of this post and enjoying the warmth of natural sunlight through the glass of this garden window.
That same sunlight is the natural enemy of wine.
The deleterious effects of light on wine have been known to vintners for centuries. Research has revealed that wine may develops off flavours upon exposure to light. A study by Maujean and Seguin published in 1983 called the phenomenom of wine tainted by sunlight goûts de lumière or Sunstruck Flavour”. They demonstrated sulfur containing amino acids can can change the flavour of wine when subjected to excess light as this increases oxidation.
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is in many wine and can be photo activated by light and adversely affect flavour.
Artificial light can also affect flavour however, most people won’t leave the lights on in a cellar or pantry for long periods, this should not be a problem. You surely wouldn’t store your wine in your lounge room, would you? Those lights may stay on for long periods long periods.
Distance from artificial light can also be significant. Usually, in professionally constructed cellars, light globes will be well away from the wine being stored. In you small pantry, this may not be the case so if you can, position your wine as least one metre away from the globe.
You don’t want a lot of light constantly on your wine. Anything that erodes that erodes the effectiveness of the ageing process will do an injustice to your lovely wine collection.
Hint – When it comes to making a wonderful change to your storage area for minimal expense, get some L.E.D. globes. An incandescent bulb can be up to 260 Celcius whereas most L.E.D. globes are cool enough for you to touch. As one of the most likely things to cause damage to wine is a sudden change in temperature, go for the cool L.E.D. every time.
You will want wine storage that looks good and makes your collection look good. I hear people comment regularly that it simply does not matter what the storage looks like. That could not be further from the the truth.
The Wine Rack Site has seen wine racks made of horse shoes, in a broken grand father clock and of scrap wood tied together with cable ties. If it really does not matter to you, you will probably be happy with buying your wine in a cardboard wine cask and throwing the bladder in the freezer to cool down quickly. I have even seen several wine bladders attached to a Hills Hoist clothesline to use as a Christmas tree (another great saving idea).
If this is you; you are
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With anything in life, if it is worth doing at all; DO IT WELL. There are many options for doing it well but you can’t go past the classic wooden wine racks on offer right here on the Wine Rack Site.
As an example, check out the National WineCentre in Adelaide, South Australia.
This is doing it right.
Your friends, your family, your wine enjoying work colleagues will all appreciate your efforts.
From the 12 bottle wine rack through to the display at the National Wine Centre.
Hint – Remember this motto “Your Wine; Your Effort; Your reward”.
Probably one of the most important factors to remember. Store your wine in a cool place, ideally around 16 degrees Centigrade or around 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Consistency here is key. A pantry or cellar should achieve this and it doesn’t hurt to purchase a thermometer to track your temperature in your wine storage area.
If you follow the F.L.AT. principle and combine it with a sensible purchase from the Wine Rack Site your collection will be in safe hands.
We trust this has been helpful. For more interesting information and to access a first class selection of Australian wines, check out John Baruzzi at Wine Supply Australia.
The FLAT Principle is a proprietary wine storage and enhancement system created by the Editor of the Wine Rack Site.
This principle has been created for the benefit of wine lovers everywhere. This includes wine connoisseurs who are experts like John Baruzzi of Wine Supply Australia through to weekend guzzlers, the FLAT Principle will help you get the most out of your wine. Do not think for even one minute that proper storage of wine is not only important if you have a collection of chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1982on its way to you from your exclusive Manhattan supplier, because your $7.53 bottle of “Guzzler’s Special” can also be ruined in just a few days if you get it wrong.
As you know, at the Wine Rack Site, we are devoted to excellence in all things related to wine and wine storage. Storing wine well can be simple if you know the basics. In the FLAT Principle we will show you just the basics, those things you MUST do to get the best out of your wine. The FLAT Principle does not cover the specialities of storing in perfectly created, climate controlled facilities. The FLAT Principle is designed to help you get the most out of your wine, stored in your own home in a way that is accessible to everyone.
Just last week the Wine Rack Site taught us the basics of a cornerstone of wine tasting….. the CabSav. Our discussion centred on what makes Cabernet Sauvignon a wine worthy of exploration and wine you should seek out.
This is a wine that starts good and ages to become great. Truly; it is a stand out Red wine a Class Act that, if you haven’t yet tasted it , you have probably been living under a rock somewhere.
The next question to ask is…. What food do I pair my beloved Cab Sav with?
Again, like any wine, it can be enjoyed on it’s own or with any food. Here at the Wine Rack Site, we want to help you maximize the flavour and the overall experience of any wine you taste. With that in mind, certain foods play nicely with certain wines. In the case of CabSav, red truly meets red. The Wine Rack Site always says though, that wine is a very personal experience. I you don’t like steak, then don’t eat it with any wine regardless of recommendations.
Most amateur wine lovers know and recognize that a red wine “generally” goes best with a red meat. Having said that, there are particular red meat dishes that really enhance the experience. They create an experience as opposed to just a meal. Important to remember with Cabernet Sauvignon is the need to allow the wine to breathe for at least a couple of minutes. Patience for the wine and preparation for the meal create a tango of deliciousness.
The Wine Rack Site’s Top 5 picks for delicious dishes to dance with when doing the Cab Sav tango are:
Cooked medium rare to medium well-done.
Many commentators claim that Australian beef is the bet beef in the world. Some of our CabSav’s are among the best of this red wine classic style.
. Pet them together and you can’t go wrong.
. This combination is always a winner.
Impress friends, family, colleagues and clients with the elegance of a roast duck meal.
Duck with orange is the best known classic but don’t forget overlook the crispness of the dry skin in Peking duck dishes.
Compliment either with a South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon to maintain the style.
Cabernet Sauvignon Loves lamb. The Wine Rack Site has a long running preference for lamb cutlets complimented with fresh spring vegetables.
Go easy on the dressing, add carrot, corn, onion and tomato. Pick a warm climate Australian CabSav with Eucalyptus backdrops to create an Australian classic.
This combination works well together and will create an opulent atmosphere at your next home gathering or party, one that wont be forgotten
Meat balls – play it simple with flavoured meatballs, pasta and an accompanying Cab Sav
Beef – any carnivore will love their roast beef and its flavour will only be heightened with this choice of wine
So there it is Wine Lovers, 5 simple but effective recipes for a great night out or a wonderful evening in. Remember, like any precious wine, storage is truly everything. Look after you wine and it will look after your taste buds….
For a little more on Cabernet Sauvignon, keep reading here.
Cabernet Saugvignon is often shorted to CabSav and is one of the world’s most widely planted grape varieties and one on the most discussed wines. Its reputation as a premium quality wine is widely accepted in the industry and among consumers.
Pinot Grigio – the fussiest wine for a meal to dance with….
In this first in our series of “Dining Ideas”, where we will discuss dining options with a range of wines and recommended meals as enjoyed by staff and clients of the Wine Rack Site, we talk about Pinot Grigio.
We were asked recently, what it means if a wine is “Corked”. So lets just run through the basics first.
We all know why we use a cork in traditional wine bottling. Put simply, it’s a cost effective way of sealing in the fermented goodness of the grapes. Cork wood is a flexible and malleable wood that is still very strong. If you want to know more about cork, both the tree and how the product is made, click the picture at right for the Wikipedia explanation.
Cork can be squeezed and compacted but then re-expanded when it is released. This is how to create the vital seal that will keep the precious wine in and unwanted oxygen out. When the cork has been squeezed into the nect of the bottle the wine can then be allowed to age further inside the bottle. One this is done and you lay the bottle down FLAT, you will have a good seal. As you read this you may have wondered why the word FLAT is in capitals and made bold. That is to remind you of a new post coming in July 2017 about the FLAT storage system that is a creation of the Wine Rack Site and explains how to store wine and why.
The ability to unscrew or remove a cork is also a social measure and often a source of entertainment when one witnesses someone trying to open their bottle in vain. The key is to start by very carefully inserting the corkscrew into the very centre of the cork. Gently screw in until as much of the screw as possible is in the cork, making sure never to go all the way through or let the screw touch the glass. Now pull the cork out gently and particularly for bubbly wines, slowly.
So what does it mean when someone refers to a bottle of wine as being corked?
Simply described, it is a term used to describe a wine that has been contaminated with the taste of cork. Essentially, the proper flavour of the wine is spoiled and most wine drinkers would consider the wine completely ruined and useless at this point. For those looking for a more technical answer, the term ‘corked’ or ‘cork tainted’ refers to the taste and odour caused by the introduction of a chemical called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) that is found in many corks.
This scenario can occur during bottling, during storage and also during the opening of a wine. Some experts put the percentage of wine bottles contaminated with cork taint as high as 5 percent. The two parts of the process we (the consumer) can control is the correct and safe storage of wine as well as correctly opening the bottle.
Practice with opening a bottle will help with this side of things. Most important, as mentioned above, is not to let the corkscrew go all the way through the cork. Every time you open a new bottle, take a little smell the aroma from the bottle as well as the glass. A mouldy aroma will be a give away sign that your wine has become tainted.
With the storage, taking a look at the offering the Wine Rack Site has available will help you avoid the most common problems with storage causing cork tainting. Keeping your wine store laying FLAT will help more than any other single factor. The other principles will be explained next month will reduce the chances of your wine being spoiled.
Good luck wine lovers and keep reading.
The FLAT system is well worth reading and will appear July 2017.
The guide will list some of the common wine types and have a description for each.
Over coming months, we will add new wines to the list to expand your knowledge. When the more common wines have been added, we will then expand into some of the more exotic varieties.
We have included below, a sample of what to expect:-
This is a green skinned grape used to produce white wine.
Chardonnay is sometimes overlooked when a person is seeking a nice wine. It is often forgotten that Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines including Champagne.
Chardonnay is planted throughout the world. The Fox Creek Shadow’s Run Unwooded Chardonnay is a Wine Rack Site Favourite.
It is usually had a light to medium body with the common flavours having a hint of apple, pear or green plums. In some warmer regions (including McLaren Vale, South Australia, home of Fox Creek) you will find peach and melon citrus flavours.
Chardonnay was first produced in the Burgundy wine region of France and is now common in Australia and New Zealand.
“Store your wine horizontally. Storing your wine laying on its side allows appropriate control of oxygen exchange between the air and your precious wine.”
You may think that the Wine Rack Site, in the business of selling wine racks to allow you to store wine laying on its side, is somewhat biased. Keep in mind though, that the original designer of the wine racks featured on this site, had wine stored laying down in mind during his inventive process. Keep watching this blog to hear directly from him in the coming months.
Let us also look then, to the opinion of someone not connected with the Wine Rack Site at all. Decanter started as a wine and lifestyle magazine in 1975 and is available now online at www.decanter.com and is published in 90 countries. They publish wine industry news, vintage guides and wine and spirits recommendations. Decanter also runs the annual Decanter World Wine Awards.Columnists and regular contributors include several Masters of Wine. Do you agree that this establishes the expertise of Decanter?Continue reading “Why Store Horizontally” »
John Baruzzi is a Wine Making Artisan, a talented craftsman using his formal training and multi-national wine making experience to bear on his personal creations, available now at Wine Supply Australia.
John says he was called to wine-making and since graduating in this art form from Adelaide University, he has spent 40 years seeking to perfect his art. He got a great start working for Penfolds Wines Australia and New Zealand, and Orlando Wyndham Wines in South Australia and supplementing this with experience in Italy and California.Continue reading “John Baruzzi Interview” »
The Wine Rack Site is quite new to blogging. We created our “Discussions” page and forum as a place to discuss wine racks and all things related to wine racks.
Followers of the Wine Rack Site will notice over the next few months, quite a few changes in the look and feel of the Discussions pages. Most of the changes will be because our team are learning about blogging and working to do a better job of it.
We will be creating video blogs in the near future. These will include video reviews on wine racks, wines, wineries and the people we are associated with the Wine Rack Site. They will also include “How To” videos. Our first video production related to blogging was to create a video to show our valued clients, how easy it is to build one of our wine rack kits. Head one over to “How to Build a Wine Rack” to see Brad explain it all in a simple, video instruction. Continue reading “Discussions Upgraded” »
The Wine Rack Site recently commenced a blog on our site, entitled “Discussions“.
The Wine Rack Site will open up the Discussions blog to any topic related to wine racks. We have already added a couple of posts to the site and invite our friends and clients to check them out. They are listed at the end of this post.
Some of the categories we will be discussing include:
This week I deliberately set out to find a wine that would go well with a pre planned lamb shank meal. The natural inclination is of course for one to look towards a smooth Cabernet Savignon to compliment the meal. One of the great blessings and also a curse of living in a State near one of theGreat Wine Capitals of the World (Adelaide)is the issue of too much choice.Here lies the dilemma, the challenge and the fun…
Ultimately I came to rest upon an an offering fromFabal Wines2013 Vineyard Road Reserve – Langehorne Creek Cabernet Savignon. Fabal Wines have wide range of good of wines that includes the following offerings in their Vineyard Road range:
The Wine Rack Site recently had the pleasure of meeting Bob Harrison at Australian Boutique Premium Wines in McLaren Flat, South Australia.
McLaren Flat is nestled in the Southern Hills of Adelaide, a part of the famous McLaren Vale Wine Region. This region is located some 35 kilometres South of Adelaide City and is internationally renowned for the wines it produces. When the Wine Rack Site did a bit of checking, we found there were almost 100 cellar doors in the McLaren Vale district. Today we are focusing on one with a few unique characteristics worthy of your consideration…….. Continue reading “Australian Boutique Premium Wines” »
TheWine Rack Siteis commencing a blog on all things connected with Wine Racks. Topics may include:
Wine Rack Construction
Wine Rack Use
Wine Storage Options
The Wine Rack Site will definitely be doing wine reviews. The site will be reviewing a select number of wines in the coming months. To be reviewed on this site, a wine will need to be one either that is either:Read More Now
Today, I am presenting to you, my very first Wine Review for theWine Rack Site.This review and others to follow, will be a personal review intended give you a feeling for a wine that I enjoy.
What better way to start then, than with this notable wine from theFox Creek Wineryin McLaren Vale. Fox creek is the home to my own, number one favourite wine in any category, theShadow’s Run Unwooded Chardonnay. I will no doubt, review that one at some time. It was on a trip to their cellar door to pick up some Shadow’s Run, that the staff pointed at the new wine in their range, theFox Creek Arctic Fox Cuvee.
The Wine Rack Site held an official launch for our Facebook page on Friday 21 October 2016.
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The main thing to know here though, is that if you are looking to buy any of the wooden wine racks featured on this site, put Facebook Launch in the coupon code and you will get a 10% discount of all products as part of our celebrations.READ MORE