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June 2005
Wine Caves Continue in Popularity
Demand for caves grows due to energy costs and evaporation concerns, while for many wineries, caves have also become a significant marketing differentiator.
by Paul Franson
Though the heady days of having to wait years to get a cave dug appear over, wineries in every region continue to dig caves for what sometimes seem to be overwhelming benefits. About 150 caves are in use by wineries in Northern California, with a scattering of caves in other areas as well. As is well known, a primary advantage of storing and aging wine in a cave is the constant, cool temperature, typically around 58 degrees in Northern California. Other advantages may be as important. Clea...
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