Updated: Feb 26
Aging wines can be a tricky task. Determining whether or not it is time to crack them open, what temperature to store them at, or even deciding which bottles deserve the cellar treatment is often a complete headache. But most people know the old adage: “Wine gets better with age.” So reasonably, some people may think that aging wines that weren’t so extravagant or complex in the first place — like Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wines (a.k.a.“Two Buck Chuck”) — might be a worthy investment.
To discuss why some wines age gracefully and others don’t, we talked to Keith Beavers — VinePair’s tastings director and host of the “Wine 101” podcast — about how winemakers create wines for different purposes.
“All wines age because all wines reduce in the bottle,” says Beavers. But, “there are certain wines that are built for aging; others are not.”
A wine that was created with the intention of aging is inherently going to be more expensive. There is a significant amount of scrutiny involved in the winemaking process to develop a wine that will continue to grow in complexity over time. Winemakers consider everything from the yield of grapes, to temperatures, acidity, barreling, and more. Even deciding when a wine is at its peak aging point is a fine-tuned process determined by winemakers and professionals
While these wines can potentially age, it doesn’t mean that they should. Cheaper wines are designed with the intention to be drunk soon after they’re bought, with no time to sit and gather dust in a cellar. They are also more likely to have colorings, additives, or large amounts of sulfites, which are intended to preserve flavor, not allowing it to change. Thus, the whole endeavor of aging these wines is often fruitless.
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In fact, in 2020, there were over 11,000 wineries in the United States of America, and the number is only increasing. And if you’re in Solvang or surrounding areas, visit Artisan Excursion Solvang Wine Tours.