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So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Bruce Hayes » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:23 pm

Out of habit, and nothing else, I find that I lay down screwcap-sealed bottles, right next to their corked (no pun intended) cousins.

So, do you stand yours up or lay yours down? Seems to me that, purely from a safety point of view, it makes more sense to have them all horizontal. I can just see me knocking over some floor standing bottles on my way to fetch something else.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by David M. Bueker » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:44 pm

In cases they are upright. On shelves/in racking obviously on their sides. I don't worry about it.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Isaac » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:55 pm

Mostly on their sides, simply because that's the way I'm set up to store. Once I realized I was doing that, I also realized that I have some room in the door to stand them up, and I've started doing that.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Carlo » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:56 pm

stand it up......
what`s the point of laying it down :)
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Andrew Shults » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:04 pm

I lay mine down out of necessity rather than habit. My wine "cellar" is actually a 24-bottle wine fridge in which I've managed to find space for 30 bottles and 4 half-bottles. I don't have room to stand some bottles up and lay others down.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Ian Sutton » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:05 pm

Most of us have our storage arranged for flat storage, so until we re-arrange, laid flat will remain a pragmatic option.

There is however one reason for laying flat - if you've got a damaged seal it leaks - but if stood upright it just oxidises without obvious sign of problem. The benefit of laying down is you see the problem sooner (and may be more likely to be able to arrange a refund). The downside is wine puddles in the cellar :wink:

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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Michael Pronay » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:19 pm

Ian Sutton wrote:There is however one reason for laying flat - if you've got a damaged seal it leaks - but if stood upright it just oxidises without obvious sign of problem. The benefit of laying down is you see the problem sooner (and may be more likely to be able to arrange a refund). The downside is wine puddles in the cellar :wink:

One should add that this scenario is extremely rare, in any case much, much rarer than a cork tainted bottle.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Bob Ross » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:23 pm

The only downside of screwcapped wine -- I can store it upright -- lots of boxes -- leaving horizonal racks for wines under cork.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by OW Holmes » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:56 pm

Some of each, depending on open spaces in my somewhat limited cellar. But what is the BEST way to store them? Or does it matter?
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Bob Ross » Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:03 pm

The answer I've seen over and over again, OW, is that it doesn't matter insofar as the wine is concerned. Up, down, on their sides.

Other considerations come into play -- for example, some people like storing them up so they can show the labels in a glass fronted refrigerator.

Or, on their sides, because that's the way most racking is now set up.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by OW Holmes » Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:08 pm

Thanks, Bob, I hoped that was the case.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Isaac » Thu Aug 31, 2006 5:24 pm

Bob Ross wrote:The answer I've seen over and over again, OW, is that it doesn't matter insofar as the wine is concerned. Up, down, on their sides.

Other considerations come into play -- for example, some people like storing them up so they can show the labels in a glass fronted refrigerator.

Or, on their sides, because that's the way most racking is now set up.
I think the answer depends on where you want your sediment (if any) to accumulate. I prefer it on the bottom, so I prefer to store the screwcap wines standing up, although a 45° angle would probably be even better.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Covert » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:15 am

Andrew Shults wrote:I lay mine down out of necessity


Andrew, your …can’t think of the word for picture that you use (‘handle’, for lack of the correct word that I will think of the minute I push the send button) to represent yourself is a mandala. That means to me that you resonate with your unconscious psyche.

People who have that connection will consciously or unconsciously resonate laid-down bottles with the idea of ancestors and heritage – why wine cellars are sometimes called a sarcophagus. Laid down bottles are an archetype. When the modern technocratic world robs us of mythology (such as laid-down bottles of wine), we become a little barren, bereft of “religion” in its purest sense – from Latin, meaning a linking back to distant ancestry.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Andrew Shults » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:05 am

Covert wrote:Andrew, your …can’t think of the word for picture that you use (‘handle’, for lack of the correct word that I will think of the minute I push the send button) to represent yourself is a mandala. That means to me that you resonate with your unconscious psyche.


Covert,

Actually, the avatar has a different cultural origin from mandalas. Though I currently live in Chicago, I'm Pennsylvania Dutch, which is actually German (Dutch/Deutsch). Hex signs, or more accurately barn signs since they hang on the outside of a barn, are a cultural tradition from the earliest German settler/farmers of Pennsylvania. I found this one that replaces traditional motifs with wine bottles, glasses, and grapes.

So, it does represent ancestry to me, just not exactly in the way you thought.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Paul B. » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:39 am

Right-side-up, invariably.

I don't know what the lining of the cap is made from, or whether it's truly inert ... so I just stack 'em right side up and that's it.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by wrcstl » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:47 am

In the refrigerator for immediate drinking.
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Covert » Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:39 am

Andrew Shults wrote: Actually, the avatar has a different cultural origin from mandalas.


If someone were to sit down and say, "Now I am going to draw a mandala," it would not look like your avatar (thanks for the mot juste). From a psychic perspective, though, any circular design containing geometric forms is a mandala, even a sectioned apple pie qualifies.

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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Carl Eppig » Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:58 am

I'm kinda surprised that nobody mentioned doing something different with the various synthetic corks. Think of the possibilities; wine bottles in twelve different positions!
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Otto » Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:58 pm

Sort of related to this thread, newbie question: I store my stelvins in the fridge because I have so little room in my wine cabinet. I assume that the very slight tremors that modern fridges cause are of no concern for mid-term max. Is this true?
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Re: So, how do you store your screwcap wines in the cellar?

by Bruce Hayes » Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:00 pm

Otto Nieminen wrote:Sort of related to this thread, newbie question: I store my stelvins in the fridge because I have so little room in my wine cabinet. I assume that the very slight tremors that modern fridges cause are of no concern for mid-term max. Is this true?


I have never understood why slight vibration is supposed to be bad for while although I have read this many, many times over the years.

The only problem I could see would be if you had red wine you were keeping for a very long time, then slight, regular vibrations or tremors would, I suspect, keep the sediment agitated in the bottle.

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