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Why is Temperature Control Important to Wine Storage?
Wine experts agree that two of the most important factors in wine storage are
temperature and temperature consistency. It is generally agreed that around 55
F is the optimum storage temperature for most wines. Fluctuations, particularly
repeated fluctuations, are considered to be most injurious to the wine.

Warmer temperatures age wine too rapidly while cooler ones, too slowly.
Researchers at the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of
California in Davis, have shown that the maturity rate of wine doubles for every 10
F, (e.g., wine held at 75 F matures four times as rapidly as wine held at 55 F).
They have also shown that if wine ages too rapidly, an excessive amount of
fruitiness can be lost, along with other forms of quality decline. This is why it is
important to hold wine at a temperature which assures the proper rate of maturity.

Older, mature wines can be most delicate and it is, therefore, critical to hold them
at the proper temperature to ensure the life of the wine. Wine which is stored in a
fluctuating temperature condition such as commonly experienced between day
and night temperatures in many homes and apartments, threatens considerable
damage to the wine during the maturing process.