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Wine Storage 101

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February 20, 2014

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5 min

ezStorage Wine Storage

Wine collecting has become a growing trend across the world. There are certain wines that can be served right away, while others need to be stored in order to “age” properly. If you live in a smaller home or just don’t have the room to create your own personal wine cellar, what do you do to store your growing wine collection? The most optimum place to store your wine collection would be in a wine cellar, but most people do not have that option. Many self storage facilities are building special wine storage cellars. Specially built storage lockers are separated into wine storage units that are climate and humidity controlled and electronically monitored for the correct temperature and humidity levels. Do not store wine in a regular storage unit. Also, keep in mind that climate controlled storage units are not appropriate for wine storage as wine needs to be stored in a much “tighter” temperature range where temperature will not fluctuate more than one or two degrees. Temperature variances in regular climate controlled self storage units will definitely vary more than one or two degrees. If you are planning on creating a wine storage solution at home, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when storing your wine. Wine needs to be stored at a certain temperature. The optimum temperature for storing red wines is 55 degrees. White wines can be stored at a slightly lower temperature. If the temperature is too high, it can rapidly increase the aging process and damage the wine. Wines should also be stored at a higher humidity level of 55 to 85 percent. Higher humidity settings help prevent the cork from drying out. The cork blocks oxygen from entering the bottle. If the cork dries out, oxygen can get into the wine causing oxidation, which in turn ruins the wine. Wine bottles should be stored on their sides to keep the corks moist and the sediment inside the bottle at a good mixture. Another important factor in wine storage is darkness. Too much natural light or even fluorescent light can affect the quality of the wine. That is why most wine cellars are below ground and away from direct sunlight.  Most wine bottles have light protected bottles, but the glass protection only goes so far in protecting from the sun’s damaging rays. Also, too much vibration or shaking of wine bottles can cause sediment in the wine to redistribute incorrectly affecting the taste of the wine. Wine collectors are very particular about their wines! They want to make sure that their investment is protected. When wine is stored under the right conditions, it will be more favorable and enjoyable. Choosing the right wine storage solution is key to keeping your wine collection protected. It will allow your wine to age properly and be enjoyable to share in the future.

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Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

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10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

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