The wine that we store in a dark room at our homes spoils faster than at a professional wine cellar, according to scientists who have made this comparison to analyze results.
The investigation performed was part of a symposium on wine at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, and the results showed that wine lovers should we buy the wine that will be consumed in relatively short periods of time if we have homemade cellars with warm temperature levels.
For testing, scientists put 400 bottles of Sangiovese wine in a professional cellar at Jesus College of Oxford. In this cellar, the temperature conditions are constant at 15-16 degrees Celsius, allowing to maintain the wines as fresh as possible.
Additionally, another group of scientists placed wine bottles in a dark cellar that simulated the conditions in which they are kept in a more familiar environment. These conditions were warmer, with temperatures ranging between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius.
The main investigator was Fulvio Mattivi, from the Instituto Fondazione Edmund Mach in San Michele all’Adige, Italy, and he said: ?We found that a small difference in wine temperature accelerates several chemical reactions associated with the ageing of wine and even promote new reactions which are not observed at lower temperatures?.
He added: ?After six months in ?domestic? conditions, the wine in the bottle is approaching ageing levels of bottles stored for 2 years under professional cellar conditions?.
Wine stored in a homemade way, with warmer temperature conditions aged 4 times faster than the wine stored in professionals cellars. In addition, when tasting these wines, additional differences were discovered, such as lower levels of antioxidants, coloring and flavor.
Today, keeping up with the wines on the analysis, we recommend two Sangiovese wines, so you can start beginning and enjoying this grape, if you have not already tried it:
Francesconi Paolo Limbecca Sangiovese Di Romagna Superiore 2011
Tenuta Poggio Pollino Sangiovese Riserva Campo Rosso 2009