Heat Extremes

Heat is the villain of all villains. Wine stored for sustained periods at over 70 degrees Fahrenheit will mature prematurely. Wine will not spoil at 70, but will advance in development at a rate far exceeding that of a properly stored wine.

For this reason, savvy consumers of the finer wines are alert not only to retail storage conditions, but to the length of time a wine has been sitting on a store shelf. Ardent collectors, who purchase wines “pre-arrival” or as “futures” to take advantage of assured availability and lower pricing, often rush to collect their wine upon arrival, to foreclose any further possibility of storage issues.
See my discussion of
Long Term Storage.