The FLAT Principle 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, laying FLAT.
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.
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.
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
reading the wrong blog!
As an example, check out the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.
This is doing it right.
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.
Happy drinking wine lovers!