Protect Wine From Light

Light can affect the tannins in the wine, which ultimately degrades the color and nose of your wine.  That’s why it’s critical to protect wine from light.marvel-tinted-glass-pane

Here’s the Science:

Called “lightstruck flavor” in a study conducted by Maujean and Seguin (1983), wine exposed to light can form volatile sulfur compounds.  Light exposure to susceptible white wines can exacerbate copper instability, affecting quality, taste and aroma.

It’s for this reason Marvel Wine Cellars are designed with an argon-filled, dual-pane, tinted, UV-resistant glass door and a dark interior to protect again damaging ultraviolet light, while also maintaining energy efficiency and allowing you to showcase your collection.

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Wine Humidity Control

5.1.2Wine humidity control is particularly important if you live in an arid climate. Wine matures most gracefully between 50% and 80% relative humidity. This directly correlates to the long-term integrity of the cork, preventing it from drying out, compromising the seal and prematurely aging wine.

Particular wine cellar models like Marvel High-Efficiency Wine Cellars create a stable humidity level to provide wine, corks and labels optimum conditions. Plus, each wine rack is properly canted to keep corks moist.

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The Art of Serving Wine

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A day before the wine is to be served, stand the bottle upright, allowing the sediment to settle to the bottom.

Uncork medium-bodied red table wine and allow the bottle to stand at least an hour before serving.

Here’s the Science:

Giving wine the time to “breathe” gives depth and smoothness to the wine.  This process allows the wine to absorb oxygen from the air, an important oxidation process that activates development of the bouquet and aroma.

For rich and full-bodied red wines, we suggest pouring the wine into a decanter. To decant, pour the wine gently into a clean decanter until you see the sediment begin to flow from the bottom of the decanter. Or decant the wine yourself by transferring the wine slowly to another container. Stop the wine the moment the sediment begins to appear in the flow of the wine.

White table and rose wines only need to be uncorked just prior to serving—exposing these types of wine to air for too long affects freshness and their delicate fruity fragrance.

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Wine Serving Temperature Guide

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Refer to our Optimal Wine Serving Temperature Guide below as a quick reference to precisely set the temperature settings for your Marvel Wine Cellar and perfectly complement the unique types of wine you’re serving.  Have more than one type?  With two separate and independently controlled temperature zones, the Marvel Dual Zone Wine Cellar is an excellent choice for you.

Optimal Wine Storage Temperature Guide

Type of Wine Description Recommended Storage Temperature
Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz Red wines that are rich in flavor with oaky and peppery  undertones 65°F (18°C)
Barolo, Burgundy Grand Cru Red wines that are rich in flavor with oaky and peppery  undertones 63°F (17°C)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Pinot Noir, Rioja Medium to lighter-bodied reds 61°F (16°C)
Chianti, Zinfandel Medium to lighter-bodied reds 59°F (15°C)
Chinon, Madiera, Port Medium to lighter-bodied reds 57°F (14°C)
Cotes du Rhone, Dolcetto 55°F (13°C)
Beaujolais, Valpolicella 54°F (12°C)
White Burgundy Full-bodied, oaked whites 52°F (11°C)
Chardonnay, Sauternes Medium to lighter-bodied whites 50°F (10°C)
Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc Medium to lighter-bodied whites 48°F (9°C)
Vintage Champagnes Sweet and sparkling wines 47°F (8°C)
Asti, Cava, Non-Vintage Champagnes, Prosecco Sweet and sparkling wines 43°F (6°C)

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Wine Storage Temperature

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Marvel Tips: Store Wine at the Right Temperature

Wine storage temperature is critical to the optimum preservation of your wine, and when set perfectly, you’ll experience the full flavor, aroma and character your wine is capable of delivering to your palate.

As a general principle, store red table wine at a temperature of 62°F, but not above 70°F.  Most wine lovers prefer this “cool room temperature” range. Red wines that are young, fruity and crisp, such as beaujolais, may be enjoyed more if stored and served a little cooler.

White table wines, rose wines, champagnes and sparkling wines should be stored at 42°F to 48°F, a temperature range that brings out the refreshing, fruity notes in the wine.

Here’s the Science:

Wine is a fragile and complex composition of chemical compounds, and as it ages, a series of chemical reactions occur from small amounts of oxygen entering in the bottle through the cork. Any physical and chemical changes in the wine’s environment, particularly temperature, can greatly impact this delicate balance of ongoing chemical reactions.  The speed of the average chemical reaction increases with temperature. For example, a vintage wine that would normally require 10 years of careful aging may quickly become past its prime in months when stored too warm.

 

Proper Wine Storage Techniques

Preserve the integrity of your wine with these proper wine storage and serving techniques.

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IDEAL WINE STORAGE TEMPERATURES

Keep red table wine temperature at a temperature of 62 degrees F, but not above 70 degrees. This “cool room temperature” range is what most people prefer. Red wines that are young, fruity and crisp, such as beaujolais, may be enjoyed more if stored and served a little cooler.

White table wines, rose wines, champagnes and sparkling wines should be stored at 42 to 48 degrees F, a temperature range that bring out the refreshing, fruity notes in the wine.

WINE SERVING BASICS

A day before the wine is to be served, stand the bottle upright, allowing the sediment to settle to the bottom. Uncork and pour the wine gently into a clean decanter until you see the sediment begin to flow from the bottom of the decanter. Or decant the wine yourself by transferring the wine slowly to another container. Stop the wine the moment the sediment begins to appear in the flow of the wine.

Uncork medium-bodied red table wine and allow the bottle to stand at least an hour before serving. This allows the wine to absorb oxygen from the air, an important oxidation process that activates development of the bouquet and aroma. Giving wine the time to “breathe” gives depth and smoothness to the wine.

For rich and full-bodied red wines, we suggest pouring the wine into a decanter.

White table and rose wines only need to be uncorked just prior to serving.  Exposing these types of wine to air for too long affects freshness and their delicate fruity fragrance.
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WINE STORAGE ENVIRONMENT

Just like any living thing, environmental conditions play a critical role in wine’s development and maturation process, hence why Marvel wine cellars are designed to ensure optimal conditions for your special vintages.

WINE STORAGE HUMIDITY

Wine matures most gracefully between 50% and 80% relative humidity. Marvel wine cellars create a stable humidity level to provide wine, corks and labels optimum conditions.

PROTECTING WINE FROM LIGHT

Light can affect the tannins in the wine, degrading the color and nose of your wine. The dual-pane, tinted, UV-resistant glass door on a Marvel wine cellar protects wine from light while allowing you to display your bottles with pride.
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PROTECTING WINE FROM MOVEMENT

Wine does not like to be disturbed, as movement disrupts the sediment and unnaturally accelerates the aging process. Marvel wine cellars have a triple-layer Vibration Neutralization System (VNS) to protect your wines.