At No. 12 Fine Wines & Provisions, we recently teamed up with ACREW Yachting to host a dynamic event at the STP Palma Workshop.
The event focused on numerous wine-related topics, including the storage and serving of wine on a yacht.
As experts in the world of wine provisions, we are always keen to extend our knowledge towards our friends and clients, and that is exactly what this workshop achieved.
Hosted by Charlotte Painter from our Palma base and Andrew Azzopardi from our head office in Malta, we really enjoyed working with each of the 24 participants in this informal setting, which gave them the chance to get hands-on guidance on the best ways to serve and store wine.
When it comes to wine, it is very important to know how it has been stored and to ensure it has experienced optimum conditions. For instance, would you really want to serve a bottle of Chateau Petrus that you knew had been stored under a light bulb for two years, or to purchase a non-vintage champagne that had been gathering dust in a provisioner’s shop for years?
We don’t think so, which is why we have put together this list of Top 10 Tips on the correct storage of wine on a yacht:
1. Heat is the prime enemy for wine and can really damage it. The ideal temperature for storing wine is between 12-18°C. Naturally, the correct serving temperature varies.
2. A standard fridge is fine if you’re only going to be storing the bottle for a short period of time. However, it’s important to note that the low temperature and lack of moisture will dry out the cork, thus allowing air into the bottle that could damage it. A specialised wine fridge is the ideal, longer-term solution.
3. When storing wine on a yacht, avoid extreme and frequent temperature swings and instead aim for consistency. Don’t panic if heat has caused the wine to seep up the cork a little, as this doesn’t always mean that the wine is ruined.
4. Lots of light can pose problems for long-term storage and age your wine prematurely. That’s why we recommend the use of coloured glass, which acts as ‘sunglasses for your wine. A dimly-lit cabin is best for wine storage.
5. If your wine is stored in a cabin where the air is dry, this will dry out your corks, thus letting the air into the bottle to spoil your wine. To combat this, avoid placing your wine near the engine room, near the AV or close to any electrical boxes.
6. At the other end of the scale, a damp environment can be just as damaging, so avoid placing wine in bilges or exterior lockers. The ideal humidity level for wine storage is 70%.
7. We recommend keeping the liquid up against the cork to stop it from drying out. Standing the bottle up is OK for short periods, or if the wine has alternative closure – such as a screw-top
8. Significant vibrations could disturb the sediment in older wines. Obviously there will be movement on any yacht, but it is best to store your bottles mid-ship where there will be the least movement possible.
9. Invest in custom storage for your wine. At No. 12 we have worked with many of our clients to create a storage area that ticks all of the above boxes, and this has helped to ensure the longevity of their wine collections.
10. Finally, we recommend keeping wines on board for the shortest time possible – for maximum one season. It is best to constantly rotate your wine stock, as this will guarantee that the wine you serve is always at its best.
At No. 12 we are happy to help and provide any advice you may need on the correct storage of your on-board wine collection. Additionally, we also provide a wine storage service at our purpose-built, climate-controlled wine cellar. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.