Custom Wine Rooms

Temco Custom Wine Rooms

  • Wine is a food, and can spoil if not stored appropriately. Although most wine enthusiasts define their preference in temperature, it is recommended wine be stored at around 57 degrees Fahrenheit. And, as you know, wine should be stored on its side, keeping the corks wet.
  • At Temco Air Environmental, we offer wine cellars and storage that are designed to give your wine a consistent environment throughout the aging process.
  • Our design team works with you to ensure your happiness through the whole phase of your new room.
  • If you would like more information on wine storage and your options, give us a call and we will be happy to send you some helpful information at no obligation to you.

Custom Tucson Wine Storage

Wine Storage Essentials

Whether you are new to wine collecting or a seasoned connoisseur, the need to recognize proper wine storage is essential in protecting your investment in wines.

Elements that adversely affect wine:

  • Light
  • Heat
  • Temperature fluctuations
The ideal environment for storing wine is:

  • A dark environment without exposure to light
  • Temperature maintained at a consistent 55 to 59 degrees
  • Corked bottles stored on their sides to keep corks moist

Temco Custom Wine Rooms

Wine Storage Options for Your Home

Temco Custom Wine RoomsUnder the counter wine refrigerators are readily available and designed to fit easily under kitchen counters. They offer storage of 20 to 50 bottles and keep temperatures consistent. The down side is, as your quest for the best wine at the best price continues, you may find the under the counter model too small for your growing collection. If you find you are storing your latest case of great finds in your linen closet or under your bed, you may want to consider a wine cellar for your home!

Temco Air Environmental has been converting garages, butler pantries, and linen closets into custom wine rooms for customers for years. The options are as varied as your imagination. We are a specialty contractor who is familiar with the unique design and material requirements of built in wine rooms. We offer a wide variety of cooling options and racking systems to meet your needs. If you would like more information concerning your wine storage options, don’t hesitate to contact us at (520) 622-2909.

Wine BottlesBelieve it or not, corkscrews could soon go the way of ice picks!

Natural Corks Risk Tainted Goods

Three to five percent of all bottles with natural corks show some degree of spoilage. The culprit is trichloroanisole, commonly known as TCA. Reactions within natural corks involving natural molds and the chlorine bleach used in cork manufacture create the complex TCA chemical.

Artificial corks to the rescue?

For the last decade or so, there have been numerous substitutes on the market. Some wineries have converted their entire production to synthetic corks. Other vintners, from South Africa to France, have experimented with the use of synthetic or agglomerate corks. Unfortunately synthetic corks have not been the end all to the problems.

Although new technologies have greatly improved synthetic corks (Sabaté’s new “Diamond” model, which benefits from a TCA-extraction process, is the best yet), they are not without their own set of problems. They’re hard to pull, and if you like to re-cork a bottle and put it back in the fridge, they are even harder to get back into the neck. Corkscrews have problems punching through the denser plastics, and using a two-pronged Ah-So is virtually impossible. If the only reason to use a substitute cork is to preserve the ritual of pulling a stopper out of the wine bottle, then one could wonder if the simple act of removing a cork is all that essential to the wine-drinking experience.

Get Over It !

Many experts suggest the very best closure for wine has been around for years. It’s easy to open, no tools are required, it’s airtight, and easily resealable. What is this simple device? The screw cap of course! In defense of the cork ritual you ask “Doesn’t the slow passage of oxygen through a porous stopper help wines age and develop bottle bouquet?” That myth has been debunked. In fact, the screw cap makes the perfect wine closure — no taint, no oxidation, no problem. After all, if screw caps are good enough for $200 bottles of Scotch, why not for $20 bottles of wine?

Although market-conscious American wineries are still testing the treacherous waters of public opinion on the subject, bottling only a subset of products in screw cap, the New Zealand wine industry was the first to adopt screw caps en masse. The high-end PlumpJack Winery put half its $145 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 in screw cap and found that the screw cap version sold out first. It’s Reserve Chardonnay 2003 ($44) is also available in screw cap. Australia’s Clare Valley producers and the majority of the New Zealand wine industry have taken the plunge.

The bottom line to wine lovers is we can no longer judge a product by it’s cover…er, cork!