As a restaurant owner in New Orleans, Louisiana, you understand the value of keeping quality wine on hand. As you build your restaurant’s wine collection, you should seriously consider creating a wine cellar with its own climate control system. Here’s why.

A Climate Control System Protects Your Investment

Good wine is an investment, and it should be stored accordingly. Without a climate control system, your wine cellar will not maintain the ideal temperature and humidity for bottles of wine. This could lead to a variety of problems that could ruin the wine, including air exposure and evaporation. In such cases, any money you spent procuring particular bottles of wine will likely have been wasted. That’s why serious collectors take such care with their wine cellars.

Properly Stored Wine Ages Better

Storing wine at temperatures that are too high or too low, or in an environment where temperatures fluctuate often, will affect the flavor of wine. Temperatures above 70 degrees will cause the wine to age too rapidly, essentially cooking out the fruit, leaving the flavor and aroma flat. Cold temperatures slow down the aging process, but not evenly, and temperature swings can cause the cork to be pushed out as the liquid expands and contracts. Humidity also plays a role; if the cork dries out, air exposure will spoil the wine.

Maintaining the Right Conditions on Your Own Isn’t Easy

Wine should be kept at a temperature between 45 and 65 degrees — hence the typical recommendation of 55 degrees. That temperature needs to remain constant and be accompanied by humidity levels of 50 to 80 percent (70 percent is ideal). Chances are your wine cellar won’t achieve these conditions on its own without some kind of help. Installing a dedicated climate control system for your wine cellar makes it much easier to maintain the right temperature and humidity.

For help setting up your wine cellar, call Bryans United Air Conditioning at 504-208-2071. Our experts can install a climate control system and assist with any other commercial HVAC your business may have.

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