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Why do some wines have sediment in them?

Most forms of sediment are naturally occurring and completely harmless, only indicating a fine wine that is either unfiltered or that has a certain amount of bottle age. Red wines can have sediment that falls to the bottom of the bottle or that attaches to the underside of the cork. It’s harmless and tasteless, and does not indicate a flaw in the wine - so don’t pour it out! If you would rather not have sediment in your glass, try using a decanter or the Vinturi Aerator with the filter. Problem solved!

Will lack of humidity cause wines to age prematurely?

Many wine enthusiasts own wine refrigerators to maintain the temperature of their prized bottles of wine, but should lack of humidity be a concern? It depends how long you plan on aging your wines. In the long term, dry conditions in your cellar or refrigerator could result in dry, crumbly corks that might lead to prematurely aged wines. If you’re worried about humidity, here’s a quick fix: Place a pan of water or a moist sponge at the bottom of your wine refrigerator, or buy your own hygrometer to track humidity (usually less than $40). Ideal humidity is about 70 percent.

Originally published in our Gold Wine Club's Wine Press featuring Suncé Winery & Vineyard in Sonoma County.