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Is air a friend or foe of wine? It is in fact both. The most important factors are: when in the life of the wine is the air in contact, what style of wine is intended, and what is the intended cellaring period for the wine. Air here really means its oxygen component. Houston Wine’s contributor, Sterling Minor, has prepared an informative article about the effects of oxygen on wine. Read details here.