Many occasional wine drinkers keep their bottles in their refrigerator. Though, we don’t think that is a bad option, if you’re serious about wine or enjoy entertaining guests, a wine cooler is a fabulous addition to consider. When choosing a wine cooler, you should consider a few things: The average of number of bottles you’re planning to store. The types of bottles you prefer because some bottles, like champagne or burgundy, are larger than others. The appliance that suits your needs and level of expertise and expectation; too warm and the wine ages at a quicker rate while too cool and deposits can build inside the bottle. The longer you are planning to keep wine stored in your cooler, the more conditions play a part. Ensure that the wine ages properly so you can enjoy or your favourite glass of Cabernet or bottle of bubbly on the special occasion.
Choose a compact model if your kitchen requires a small-capacity appliance. This type varies in size from roughly 40-60 bottles and is commonly found in the bar or entertainment area. Of course, taller freestanding wine coolers hold more bottles; the accessibility to place a compact model anywhere in the house should not go unnoticed. The simplicity of having the ability to change a wine coolers location for a special event or completing a renovation gives a wide range of option. Wine coolers often feature fixed shelving, while premium models may offer roll-out, angled shelves for easier bottle viewing or retrieval.
Single temperature wine coolers are designed for long-term storage of usually a similar kind of wine. With one temperature throughout the unit, they are ideal for collectors because wine should be stored at 12.7 Celsius /55 Degrees and 55-75% relative humidity for proper aging. While dual-zone chillers offer two temperatures and are perfect if you host gatherings where multiple drinks are being served or if you enjoy different wines and champagnes. May it be a red or white, with two temperature zones, wine can be stored at the right conditions so they taste their very best when it’s time to enjoy! The suggested serving temperature for white wine is between 7 to 10°C. Red is ideal between 10 to 18°C. Champagne is best served anywhere between 6 and 11°C, while a bottle of Rose should receive a serving temperature of 7 to 13°C.
Humidity & Location
A fabulous wine should be stored under the correct humidity as well as the right temperature. Excessive moisture has the ability to allow mould to grow, while dry storage can easily dry our corks over long periods of time. Consider wine coolers with features that aid in preventing spoiled wine. Humidity adjustments and air ventilation are key. Fanned refrigeration can rapidly recover interior temperatures and void the ability of odour build-up. The ideal storage location is in an area with consistent temperature so the appliance itself can easily maintain optimum operation. Also, if at all feasible, an area of low vibration is paramount to the perfect appliance location. Explained further in the next part of this guide.
Excessive vibration or movement can ruin the wine. Of course, no movement of any kind is unlikely, but limiting the constant movement will help your wine age beautifully. If you take your wines out of its cooler to view the bottle, or move the wine cooler itself to a new location, you will not ruin the wine itself. Yet, it is essential to keep wine as still as possible as it ages – constant vibration has the ability to loosen sediment in the bottle, which can affect the tannins that define the wines flavour, colour and body. Cheers to great wine!