It is a fact that the way you store your wine affects its taste almost as much as the way it was made.
This is because exposure to light, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, as well as excessive vibration can cause wine to go off with loss of taste and aroma. As a result people have traditionally kept wine in cool, dark places (such as a cellar).
These days, not many of us have the space, time or finances for a custom home wine cellar where our wine can sit in the right conditions without disturbance. However, the modern solution is a bottle wine cooler, a specialised wine refrigerator available in many designs and types, and at competitive prices.
Modern wine coolers come in a variety of colors and designs to match a home’s decor, and can be located in the kitchen, dining room, lounge or study. In fact, wine coolers can in themselves be a piece of stunning furniture.
All good quality wine coolers are insulated (like refrigerators) which prevents heat from intruding and potentially damaging the delicate flavors of your wine. The ideal temperature for storing wine is about fifty five degrees Fahrenheit (or thirteen degrees Celsius) and seventy percent humidity which matches the constant temperature found far underground.
Types of Wine Coolers
Thermoelectric Wine Coolers
The better quality wine coolers offer thermoelectric cooling which is vibration free as there are no moving parts. This results in silent and long lasting refrigeration with no damage to your wine.
Dual Temperature Zone Wine Coolers
Some wine coolers have two zones which can be separately regulated for temperature control. This can be useful, for example, if you prefer your white and sparkling wines a little colder than your red wines.
Small Bottle Wine Coolers
Often we just do not have the space for an additional large piece of furniture so smaller wine coolers were designed to fill that need. These coolers will accommodate about thirty bottles and are great for small homes or where there is not a lot of wine to be stored.
Countertop Wine Coolers
Counter wine coolers are for situations where space is even more limited. These coolers offer similar wine storage quality as larger units but store just six to twenty bottles of wine in a stylish package of only a few cubic feet.
Built In Wine Coolers
If you are truly serious about your wine, and have both the space and funds, then built in wine coolers are worth looking at. The available sizes are from around twenty seven bottles up to an executive model, providing a controlled environment for a hundred and sixty six bottles of fine wine.
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