Every wine lover knows that heat damages wine but how many of us take care to protect our wine at every stage? Wine is a perishable product that requires a year round constant temperature to mature. Most experts will agree that the ideal temperature to keep wine is between 49 and 58° F. Storing wine in a refrigerator isn't a good option because the vibrations will affect the wine's aroma and destroy some of its important components. That's why investing in a wine cooler is recommended.
Don't forget that red and white wines have different temperature requirements. If you want to store both reds and whites together in the same wine cooler, look for a dual zone unit that has 2 independently controlled temperature zones. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
Red Wine: 55° F to 60° F
White Wine: 49° F to 56° F
Rose Wine: 49° F to 51°F
JOE BAUMGARDNER – SOMMELIER & CELLAR MASTER, JC RESORTS
Working in restaurants since the age of 15, it became apparent that Joe’s passion was strong enough that he should pursue a career in wine. In 2008, he became one of only 6 people in Southern California to achieve the Sommelier Diploma from the prestigious International Sommelier Guild. While studying for his diploma, Joe also caught the traveling bug by hopping a train from San Diego all the way up the coast to Canada, where he tasted and learned about wines from the soil to the glass.
Ultimately, San Diego has captured Joe’s heart, and he’s proud to call the city home, where he’s shared his knowledge and love of wine as sommelier for small neighborhood restaurants and large resorts alike. Starting his sommelier career at Kensington Grill with San Diego’s acclaimed Urban Kitchen Group, he went on to work as the sommelier for the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and La Costa Resort.
Now sharing his expertise at all of the JC Resorts, Joe curates some of the finest wine collections in California. He also loves working with our chefs to create fun, interactive and most importantly, delicious wine events for our guests and local community.