PurityPlus® Argon: Springfield Winemakers’ Specialty Gas of Choice07/06/2018Nitrogen (N2) might be the more customary of the noble gases employed to blanket and preserve the food we eat and drink. It has its place in winemaking, too. But winemakers usually favor argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That’s the consensus, at any rate of ILMO Products Company winemaking customers here in Springfield. What draws them to Argon is twofold: 1) unlike oxygen, argon doesn’t react with wine to occasion 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 keeping out more oxygen (and its damaging effects) as well as preventing microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and defends it against O2 better than just filling it to the brim of whatever it holds. If that isn’t possible, though – and just as one more backstop – it’s argon to the rescue! Making use of argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, regardless of what kind they are, gets rid of oxygen by lifting it and carrying it off. This process is generally called flushing or sparging, and it’s very effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or a similar inert gas) makes it possible for wine to be sufficiently aged or held safely in storage for indeterminate periods of time. We’ll merely note here that ILMO Products Company has been a leading provider of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Springfield food and beverage industry from the start of our operations. We’ve become a highly regarded source of these gases. So if winemaking is your calling, contact ILMO Products Company, your Springfield PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, dependable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!