January 7, 2011 1:43 PM
High-end wine storage facilities need to treat the contents within their walls like storage royalty in order to retain customers. The basic tenets of quality wine storage are that temperatures and humidity levels need to be set to exact levels. But now wine connoisseurs are excited about a new trend in wine storage where facilities are offering ramped up services, such as helping customers catalog their wine collections and accepting shipments directly from out-of-town wineries. [More]
September 16, 2010 3:49 PM
In a personal finance article at the end of August, U.S. News & World Report senior editor Kimberly Palmer argued that collecting expensive bottles of wine is a waste of money. She points to a study done by Stanford Graduate School of Business and California Institute of Technology researchers, in which people offered a taste of the same wine in two different glasses insisted that the one labeled with the more expensive price tasted better. Serious wine collectors, though, would disagree. This fall’s wine auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in Hong Kong will cater to the most serious wine collectors in the world -- most of whom will not actually taste the wines they buy at auction, but will instead store them as an investment, in climate-controlled storage units that have their temperature and humidity recorded every few seconds. [More]
May 28, 2010 8:20 AM
Thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 24 students at the Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology have been trained in how environmental conditions affect the storage of anthropological and archival materials. Students learned about how temperature, humidity, and pollutants in the air can affect collections in storage. IMLS provided a $3,000 grant to pay for an April 22 workshop on how environmental conditions affect the storage of collections.
The workshop was conducted by conservator Neil Cockerline, of the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was attended not only by Beloit College students, but also by professors and by Michael Brady, the college’s Physical Plant Director. Beloit College is installing heating, cooling, and ventilation devices in its anthropology research labs this summer, so the workshop was viewed as particularly apropos. [More]