maturing wine in the bottle

maturing wine in the bottle

Post by Big D » Wed, 17 Oct 2001 09:14:30



Just a silly question from a fairly new one to wine making. Does anyone know
why you lay the bottle on the side during maturation and storage?
 
 
 

maturing wine in the bottle

Post by Edwin Pawlowsk » Wed, 17 Oct 2001 10:37:43



Quote:
> Just a silly question from a fairly new one to wine making. Does anyone
know
> why you lay the bottle on the side during maturation and storage?

It is supposed to keep the cork from drying out and allowing air in the
bottle.  This has been recently debated though and some keep the bottles on
end with no problems. It could also be that the tolerances of bottles and
corks have improved over the last century making this little or not
necessary.

Wine making and drinking is also steeped in tradition.  I have some wines in
glass soda bottles with twist off caps that keeps very well.  Some would
shudder to see it, but it works for me.

Horizontal bottles also fit well and look good in wine racks.  If you find
they are not needed, you will kill and entire industry.
Ed

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maturing wine in the bottle

Post by Tom » Wed, 17 Oct 2001 14:46:14



Quote:



> > Just a silly question from a fairly new one to wine making. Does anyone
> know
> > why you lay the bottle on the side during maturation and storage?

> It is supposed to keep the cork from drying out and allowing air in the
> bottle.  This has been recently debated though and some keep the bottles
on
> end with no problems. It could also be that the tolerances of bottles and
> corks have improved over the last century making this little or not
> necessary.

They haven't, and it still is - unless you're talking about very short term
aging.

Quote:
> Wine making and drinking is also steeped in tradition.  I have some wines
in
> glass soda bottles with twist off caps that keeps very well.  Some would
> shudder to see it, but it works for me.

Actually, I learned years ago that***caps are far superior to corks.
There is a lot of resistance to adopting them, however.  One brave Napa
winery has released a bottling of their Cabernet, at over $100/btl., in a
***capped bottle - right alongside the same wine in a cork-finished
bottle.  30 years from now we'll have some useful data...

The only reason corks were used for so many years is that the wineries
didn't have anything _better_ at the time.  Now we do, but there's a lot of
inertia in the marketplace to overcome - not to mention the stigma
associated with cheap wines that have never been cork finished.

Tom S

 
 
 

maturing wine in the bottle

Post by Big D » Thu, 18 Oct 2001 08:47:26


Quote:
>It is supposed to keep the cork from drying out and allowing air in the
>bottle.  This has been recently debated though and some keep the bottles on
>end with no problems. It could also be that the tolerances of bottles and
>corks have improved over the last century making this little or not
>necessary.

>Wine making and drinking is also steeped in tradition.  I have some wines in
>glass soda bottles with twist off caps that keeps very well.  Some would
>shudder to see it, but it works for me.

>Horizontal bottles also fit well and look good in wine racks.  If you find
>they are not needed, you will kill and entire industry.
>Ed

thanks