What Should You be Looking for in Wine Preservation?


When all the favorable reasons for use are understood, quality wine preservation can be a tremendous benefit and have significant value to consumers and businesses. In a nutshell, it is important to note that wine preservation is not actually about saving wine. It is about people enjoying more and better wine and restaurants profitably being able to sell more wine ....because you can save!

There are a variety of factors that you should consider to help you determine the right wine preservation product for you. Needs will vary depending on whether you're looking for wine preservation for commercial use or personal use - with factors such as frequency of use and cost.  Regardless, there will be some common elements.

This page is intended to help you learn the important factors to consider plus point out some of the options available. That way, you can better decide what the best wine preservation option is for you!

Factors to Judge When Thinking About Wine Preservation:

  • Efficacy: the most important attribute of any preservation product. If it works to a limited degree or not at all is it worth anything? Understand how they work and the science behind them. Testimonials may or may not help (are they true?are they paid for? or honest?) 
  • Ease of Use : Having wine preservation is one thing, using wine preservation another. We all have varying degrees of willingness to use products based on a combination of the value/benefit and the amount of effort involved. On many products, the time/value combination of using the item does not work. If that is the case, then it is quite possible that a product sits and is never used.
  • Space Utilization/Portability: Do you have a location or place for the wine preservation product/system? Does it use the desired amount of space? Can you use the system in more than one place or even take it with you.
  • Costs: there are several key factors here. One is the cost per use. Simply, what does it cost to save a bottle of wine? How does that compare to the cost of the wine being saved?

Along those lines, it may also be helpful to recognize that, taking efficacy and other factors in to consideration, that the higher the value of the wine being preserved, the smaller percentage the cost factor is. Then the method being used may therefore be more important and valuable.

The another key factor is what are the "investment' costs. Is there a higher initial cost because of equipment or device purchase? Is there an ongoing cost?

Additional cost considerations to think of may be replacement or maintenance costs.  Not expecting any problems, however, they do happen. If they were to happen, consider repair and/or downtime. Probably more of a concern for commercial operations  

To help get you started in looking at options, here's a listing of common category types: 

                                                                  

  • Refrigeration - refrigeration does not stop oxidation but it does slow it down. It is a major reason why Individuals and businesses tend to have more problems with their reds than their whites. Whites are usually served chilled and therefore refrigerated for storage. Reds, on the other hand are served at room temperature and often left on the counter. 
          
  • Solid Separation - solid separation applies an actual solid substance to physically block the oxygen to keep it away from the wine. Some products will layer a solid on the wine while others expand to restrict the oxygen. 
                 
  • Gas - gas products inject a volume of gas of varying formulas usually argon and/or nitrogen and/or CO2 
         
  • Vacuuming - vacuum products can be manual or electric. They work by making the effort to extract any remaining air in a bottle between the cork and the wine. Rubber stoppers act as seals.
  • Drink the whole bottle - this is a little "tongue in cheek", but it most certainly works! From the consumer side, it is heard often, however, we have to ask why? Any reason that a 750 ml bottle is the exact right amount for every occasion? Of course not, but we would agree that given that you are enjoying the wine, and drinking responsibly for the situation ... go for it!  In the restaurant world, however, for wine by the glass programs, there is no efficient and economical way to try to empty the bottle perfectly.
  • Doing Nothing - pretty unacceptable. Wouldn't eat bread or food left out too long. Regardless of method chosen, you need to do something. 

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