A friend of mine, a real estate agent, was fortunate enough to encounter a businessman who wanted to put up a wine cellar and shop in order to make his business run better.
Aside from the experience of helping someone achieve the business location of their dreams, what made the experience more special was the fact that he was able to learn about the art and business of wine and wine making.
He shared to me the knowledge that he learned. One of this was the basic principle that one of wines biggest enemy is water. If water is mixed with wine, the taste of the wine will be affected, making it lose its beauty and exquisiteness in taste.
Of course, he also shared that this is not an absolute case, because there are wines that are placed in ice before it is served while there are wines that needed to be kept in room temperature and free from all types of moist and dew. However, when the wine is not yet set to be opened, the wine should still be kept in a room that is not to humid nor too cold, to prevent the bottles from sweating or from accumulating dew. Even if it is the type of wine that needs to be placed on ice before serving, proper temperature for it should still be achieved, because once you put it on top of ice, you should serve it all up soon after. You can never go back to storing it again after exposing it to too much moisture, because the taste of wine will never be the same again. People who do not fascinate themselves in the craft of wine making and wine tasting may not be able to taste the difference. But for those who are passionate about wines, a single change in water content of the wine can already trigger a change of taste and they will be able to distinguish it.
To keep your wines free from water contamination, you must store it in a place with good roofing condition, so that rain would not drip through and contaminate the wines.
The room should also have the right temperature. You can also store it in wine cellars that will be far from any type of water formation.
Lastly, you should ensure that you have a good water line or pipe system that is safe from any possible water damage. Water damage that would soon turn into mold infection and would require mold inspection and mold testing.
Such care and consideration is needed if one wants to succeed in wine making, and especially for those who wish to turn it into a business. And as much as my friend is thankful for landing a client who was passionate about this business, I am also thankful that I am friends with a realtor who has so much inspiring stories to share.