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DON’T LET YOUR WINE WILT!

It’s that time of year again! Temperatures are climbing and we’re all looking forward to that first dip in the swimming pool. But as much as we like the warm weather, your wine is another story.

If you’ve been collecting over the winter months and have cases stacked up in your garage or office, you need to take precautions so you don’t risk spoiling your investment. Here are some simple, proven rules you can use to make sure your wine doesn’t wilt:

1. Heat kills wine. Make sure your wine is stored in an area that doesn’t get much above 70 degrees. And during the dog days of summer, it’s especially important to protect your wine from overheating. Fifty-five degrees is the optimum temperature for wine.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

2. Keep the temperature steady. Temperature fluctuations of more than 10 degrees can be more harmful than keeping the wine at a higher than recommended, but steady, temperature.

3. Older wines (more than 10 years) are more fragile than younger wines and are susceptible to spoilage if storage conditions aren’t right. Fine wines that are built to age are usually expensive, so you’re putting your assets at risk if you don’t store them properly.

4. Avoid strong light and vibration. The kitchen is out unless you have a wine fridge and even then you may subject your wine to more vibration than is healthy.

One last thing about home wine coolers: The rule of thumb is never put them in an area where the temperature climbs 30 degrees above the temp you have the cooler set to. For example, if you have the thermostat set to 55F, the temp in the room shouldn’t get above 85F or you will strain the cooling unit and risk a blowout. So forget the garage during the summer as it will get hotter than any other room in the house. Garages are great places to store lawnmowers, but not wine.

Heat Kills!!

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WHAT A TASTING!!!

 

Champagne Deep Dive lineupWe pulled out all the stops recently when a small group of Champagne lovers gathered at our Solana Beach facility for a night of really good Champagne and catered hors d’oeuvres. Each guest brought one bottle of exceptional Champagne to share with the group. Aura Catering then matched each bottle with a specific small plate.

food and ChampagneAnd the lineup:

2000 Pol Roger Rosé
2002 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
2000 Taittinger Blanc de Blancs Comtes
NV Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades
1999 Billecart Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart
1993 Dom Perignon Oenothèque
1990 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut
1983 Dom Perignon

For dessert we finished with a 1976 Chateau de Fargues Sauternes. Except for the 2000 Pol Roger, which was corked, the wines shown like diamonds; each one different but all sublime!

Champagne Deep Dive Menu

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Collectible wine market update

First Growth BordeauxWe recently came upon an article from WealthManagement.com on how the wine investment market is doing. Now that the recession is in the rear view mirror and the buying frenzy in China has calmed down, we can look to the tried and true fundamentals of investing in wine.

This is a nice synopsis for anyone contemplating buying wine as an investment, and contains some good advice on what to look for.

Shameless plug: Proper storage is key to making sure you get the most bang for the buck from your wine investment, so take note of the bullet point on professional storage.

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Wine Articles you’ll want to read

Robert ParkerWe get a lot of wine news in our inbox every morning, but one we look forward to is from The Drinks Business. Articles are well written and interesting, including two we are posting today.

The first is an in-depth interview with Robert Parker titled “Larger Than Life; Profiling Robert Parker”. It’s balanced but they don’t hold back with pointed questions on his career, triumphs and regrets. Good read.

The second piece, “Most Overused Wine Quotes and Memes Revealed” skewers wine sayings that have been beaten to death but then includes some great ones you’ll want to remember. Good fun.

“Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it”–Heraclitus

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DON’T LET YOUR WINE WILT–TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP IT COOL

Heat Kills!!This summer looks like it’s going to be another scorcher in Southern California. Already we’re breaking records for high temps and we’re only in March!

If you’ve been collecting wine over the winter months and have cases stacked up in your garage or office, you need to take precautions so you don’t risk spoiling your investment. Here are some simple, proven rules that you can use to make sure your wine doesn’t wilt:

1. Heat kills wine. Make sure you keep your wine in an area that doesn’t get above 70 degrees. And during the dog days of summer, it’s especially important to protect your wine from overheating. So don’t leave wine in the trunk of your car during warm days as temperatures can reach over 100° Fahrenheit in the time it takes to go to the movies.

2. Keep the temperature steady. Temperature fluctuations of more than 10 degrees can be more harmful than keeping the wine at a higher than recommended, but steady, temperature.

3. Older wines (more than 10 years) are more fragile than young ones and are susceptible to spoilage if storage conditions aren’t right. Fine wines that are built to age are usually expensive, so you’re putting your assets at risk if you don’t store them properly.

4. If you buy wine online, avoid having it shipped during summer months. Most wineries now ship only during the Spring and Fall to make sure your wine isn’t cooked en route to your house. Give instructions not to ship on a Thursday or Friday or your wine may sit in a toasty warehouse over the weekend.

One thing about home wine coolers: The rule of thumb is never put them in an area where the temperature climbs 30 degrees above the temp you have the cooler set to. For example, if you have the thermostat set to 55F, the temp in the space shouldn’t get above 85F or you will strain the cooling unit and risk a blowout. So forget the garage during the summer as it will get hotter than any other room in the house. Garages are great places to store lawnmowers, but not wine.

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Sleight of Hand tasting at SDWS Solana Beach

Sleight of Hand LabelsIn mid-February SDWS members enjoyed an evening with Jerry and Sandy Solomon, owners of Sleight of Hand Cellars, the much talked about winery from Walla Walla, Washington. SoH opened their doors in Walla Walla in 2007 and since have received accolades for their seriously good wines and fanciful labels playing on magical themes.

SofH onwers & winemaker

Jerry & Sandy Solomon with winemaker Trey Busch

We tasted a full range of SofH wines, from a crisp 2014 Magician Riesling to their balanced, full bodied 2012 Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine advocate and Wine Spectator have raved about the SofH wines, with WS giving 94 points to the 2011 Walla Walla Syrah The Funkadelic.

SofH bottlesA little quiz:  See if you can pick out the well-known actor who hosted this year’s Academy Awards in one of the labels shown above.

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SDWS SAN DIEGO GETS A FACELIFT

San Diego customer loungeWe did it! It took a while but we finally finished our renovation of the San Diego reception area, transforming it from individual offices to a spacious, comfortable area to entertain our members and guests. We celebrated with an opening on Saturday, February 14th where customers checked out the new digs with a selection of fine wine and cheeses.

“We want all our facilities to be customer friendly, first and foremost” said Dermot Gilligan, one of the San Diego Wine Storage principals. “In both San Diego and Solana Beach, members can feel free to attend scheduled tastings as well as to simply stop by to share a bottle with friends and other members. The one thing that ties us all together is we love to share good wine.”

SD opening2SDWS has launched a series of Winemaker tastings in its two facilities, as well as events sponsored by major wine auction houses such as Hart Davis Hart and Spectrum Wine Auctions.

Customer lounge in San Diego

 

 

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RED STITCH WINERY POURS AT SAN DIEGO WINE STORAGE

San Diego Wine Storage hosted Red Stitch Winery, co-owned by former baseball world champion Dave Roberts, at our Solana Beach facility on February 4th. The event was packed as SDWS members got a chance to sample Red Stitch’s portfolio of wines from Napa and Santa Lucia Highlands.

Red Stitch teamDave was joined by his partner and former San Francisco Giants teammate Rich Aurilia to present their flagship 2011 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon along with an impressive selection of 2013 single vineyard pinot noirs and a crowd pleasing, minerally chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands. 

THE STEALThe SLH wines were just released so our SDWS members were the first to taste the vintage. In total Red Stitch produces only 700 cases of wine, so it was a real treat for everyone to not only taste these impressive wines but to talk a little baseball with Dave Roberts, enshrined by all Boston Red Sox fans for “The Steal” in game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship series that propelled the Red Sox to their first World Series title since 1918.

SDWS exterior & Red Stitch wines

 

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NAPA VINTNERS TASTING

logoOur friends at Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas will be hosting a major wine event on Saturday September 6th. It’s their second annual Napa Valley Vintners Grand Tasting, and will feature wines from 8 to10 Napa Valley wineries and food from select local restaurants. There’s also a VIP wine pairing dinner in the evening at Bentley’s Steak and Chop House, which is located next to Meritage.

It looks like a great venue, great wine and excellent food. You can buy tickets for the tasting event, VIP dinner, or both at sales@meritagewinemarket.com or call 760-479-2500.

Meritage poster1

 

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SDWS and Spectrum Wine Auctions do Bordeaux

Spectrum Wine Auction and SDWS

San Diego Wine Storage members and guests turned out in late April to sample a phenomenal selection of top flight Bordeaux sponsored by Spectrum Wine Auctions.

Held in the SDWS Solana Beach facility, 40 tasters tried vintages from Chateaux Langoa Barton, Léoville Barton, Montrose, and Lynch Bages ranging from 2011 to 1990. We finished off the evening with an impressive 1998 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes. The clear WOTN  was the ’90 Lynch Bages followed closely by the ’05 Montrose.

It was a great event and we hope to do a repeat performance—this time with California Cabs—sometime in the future.

Lynch Bages

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