Originally posted by Natester:
So, Dr. Vinny points out that rotating your bottles in the cellar is not a good idea because the wine may be cloudy and may age prematurely.
I always thought that by rotating the wine you kept the sediment from sticking itself to the side of the bottle and therefore a more active part of the aging solution.
That's called riddling. The idea is to get the yeast sediment into the neck so that it can be removed. I don't believe it's intended to affect the ageing.
For most red wines that sediment isn't yeast anyway, it's things like tannins, tartrates and whatever the fancy name for colour is. Ideally you don't want it shaken up.
White wines are more likely to have yeast sediment because they aren't aged as long or racked as often as reds.