PurityPlus® Argon: Columbus Winemakers’ Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) may be the more customary of the noble gases employed to blanket and protect the food and beverages we ingest. It’s useful in winemaking, too. But winemakers tend to go with argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That, at any rate, is the prevailing opinion of Delille Oxygen Company winemaking customers here in Columbus. What draws them to Argon are these factors: 1) unlike oxygen, argon won’t react with wine to effect any unappealing characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density assures that more of the gas will be in longer contact with the surface of the wine, thereby barring more oxygen (and its damaging effects) as well as impeding microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and defends it against O2 better than just filling it to the top of whatever it holds. Where that’s not doable, though – and just as one more preventative – it’s argon to the rescue!
Employing argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, regardless of what sort they are, gets rid of oxygen by lifting it and carrying it off. This process is usually referred to as flushing or sparging, and it’s most effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or some other such inert gas) makes it possible for wine to be properly aged or kept safely in storage for immeasurable periods of time.
We’ll simply observe here that Delille Oxygen Company has been a major producer of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Columbus food and beverage industry for years now. We’ve become a much sought-out source of these gases. So if winemaking is your vocation, contact Delille Oxygen Company, your Columbus PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, dependable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!