Wine Cellar Systems - FAQs

How do wine cellars protect my wines?

Baltic Leisure Wine Cellars have Thermo-Pane glass doors and low intensity LED interior lighting.

Does the glass door on our wine cellars offer protection against UV rays?

The standard glass used in wine cellars offers a 70% UV protections and the fluted glass offers 63%. The glass is the same type used in finer home window applications.

What temperatures are best for serving wine?

In general, red wines should be served in the 55° F to 65° F range (depending on type). When served at temperatures above 68 degrees, red wine begins to taste monolithic and will have a warm, alcoholic aftertaste. White wines and Champagne are best served in the 40° F to 50 ° F ragnge (depending on the type). Too often white wines are served too cold, suppressing the flavors and richness of the wines.

It is recommended wine be served a little cooler and allowed to warm up and develop in the glass.

Why are wine bottles stored horizontally?

Bottles are stored horizontally to keep corks moist and swollen. This prevents air from entering the bottle, thus avoiding oxidation. 

What are the proper temperature and humidity settings for storage wine?

In general, the temperature should be approximately 55° F (55° F to 60 ° F is adequate for red wines) and humidity between 60% and 75%. Sparkling wines and most white wines which generally develop at a faster rate than reds, can be stored at lower temperatures (45° F to 55° F) to slow the maturation and provide a longer "drinking window." 

What type of wine should be cellared?

Every wine will benefit from proper storage conditions. The appropriate length of storage depends on the grape varietal and the quality of the wine.

How long should wine be cellared?

Some wine critics will include in wine's review a "drinking window", or range of years during which they predict the wine will be at its best. We recommend that you subscribe to one of these experts' newsletters to help you in a selecting wines to buy and in determining how long to age them. 

Typically, dry white wines don't benefit much, if any, from aging (very fine Burgundy, Riesling, and Champagne are prominent exceptions). Nevertheless, it is wise to store them in a cellar to protect them from heat and light damage. Red wines are a different story. A fine, well-balanced red wine from a good vintage will usually improve with some age. Most very fine Cabernet Sauvignons, Bordeaux, Syrahs, Burgundys, Barolos, and Riogjas are made with the expectation that they will be allowed to age in order to reach their full potential.

Do storage levels in the a Wine Cellar affect the temperature?

It is always better to have the cellar well stocked. More mass controls the temperature better, preventing the compressor from running too frequently due to having to cool an excess volume of space.

What is the available temperature range on Baltic Leisure Wine Cellars?

The temperature range can be set between 55°F and 60°F.