PurityPlus® Argon: Atlanta, GA Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) is likely the more common of the noble gases used to blanket and preserve the food we eat and drink. It’s beneficial in winemaking, too. But winemakers tend to prefer argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That, anyway, in any event, is the prevalent view of Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases winemaking customers here in Atlanta, GA. What draws them to Argon is twofold: 1) unlike oxygen, argon doesn’t react with wine to create any intolerable characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density sees to it that more of the gas will be in protracted contact with the surface of the wine, thus banishing more oxygen (and its harmful effects) as well as stopping microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and defends it against O2 better than just topping it off in whatever it contains. If that’s not feasible, though – and just as one more backstop – it’s argon to the rescue!
Making use of argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, no matter what they might be, removes oxygen by elevating it and carrying it off. This process is typically called flushing or sparging, and it’s most effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or a similar inert gas) makes it possible for wine to be sufficiently aged or kept safely in storage for immeasurable periods of time.
We’ll merely point out here that Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases has been a leading supplier of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Atlanta, GA food and beverage industry ever since we began trading in the marketplace. We’ve become a highly regarded source of these gases. So if winemaking is your profession, call on Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases, your Atlanta, GA PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, reliable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!