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Home Living : July 7th 2009
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 5 Storing wine HOMELIVING Whether you are a connoisseur, amateur wine buff or just a consumer, there are wine storage solutions and helpful tips at Howards Storage World. Before you start buying, there are three key steps you need to consider in order to devise the right cellar for your needs. Step 1: Plan your cellar How often do you drink wine? How large is your collection? How large would you like your collection? These are questions you need to consider prior to planning your wine cellar according to Howards. Step 2: Sort your wine Assessing the type of wine you have, from dessert wine through to fine reds and calculating the quantity of each, will further assist in planning your wine storage needs. Did you know that, while wine should be stored horizontally to ensure that the cork remains wet and airtight, sparkling wines can be stored upright because of the carbon dioxide present in the bottle? So assessing your collection is important. You should then measure the maximum space available for your wine cellar, taking into account the height, width and depth. This information can then be shared with the team at Howards Storage World where you can be assisted with the most suitable storage solution. Step 3: Store your wine The favoured conditions for storing wine are darkness and constant temperatures of around 10-12˚C. Choose a cupboard or a space under a staircase. For apartment-dwellers with limited space, the garage can be an ideal solution. Details: www.hsw.com.au New, smart ways to warm rooms The cooler months turn many minds to heating the home, and reverse- cycle airconditioning comes straight to mind. But what do you need to consider before finalising this investment? 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