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Usually this is the time of year when people start complaining about how hot it is outside and how they’ve had wine ruined because it was so hot. Thankfully this summer has been relatively cool but I know that someday we will see temperatures in the high 90’s. Before we get to enjoy those temperatures, I figured now would be a good time to remind you how to transport wine as you are wine hopping or visiting the wine festivals this summer.

As you are winery hopping or attending some of the local wine festivals, please be advised that it is not recommended that you store the wine in your car during the hotter days of the summer. Keep in mind, this does not usually apply to the times you are transporting the wine from the winery to your house, but it does apply to the times you are transporting wine and letting it sit in your car for a few hours between the time you bought it and when you get home (which is what I did).

Generally speaking, if you leave a wine in your car for 3-4 hours where the temperature in the car is above 100 degrees, the wine will either start to spoil or will explode when you start to move it. Red wines, especially Pinot Noirs, are very fragile and really should be kept at 65 degrees whenever possible.

If you know that you are going to be out touring wineries all day, do what we do – take a decent size cooler with 2-3 blue ice packs in them in your trunk. (NOTE – if you use ice cubes, they may ruin the labels on your wine and some labels may fall off –the blue ice packs will not ruin the labels). Then as you purchase wine, be sure to place the wine in the cooler. This is an easy way to keep the wine at a decent temperature and to make sure you cannot ruin a bottle of wine that you were excited to buy.

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.