Sometime sooner or later in a wine lover’s life, their enjoyment of wine tasting will turn into a passion for wine collecting. The wine collecting passion can come anywhere, from a winery tour or even a wine festival, all it takes is to taste the perfect wine that you had to absolutely take home a whole case of.
Now that you have a couple of bottles of wine in your possession, a proper storage is a must. Some of you may already be fortunate enough to have a home with either a basement on an area that’s pretty cool enough to store wine; the area should have the right level of humidity and temperature. As for the rest of the wine enthusiast that weren’t so lucky with the house set up, they will need to purchase a wine cooler, also known as a wine refrigerator; the wine has to be kept at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wine coolers are available in various shapes and sizes; there are ones small enough to fit under your cabinet to those large enough to fit a wine collection that consists of more than a hundred bottles. Searching and choosing an ideal wine cooler can be a difficult task for beginners, so better take in some of the tips below.
Quality and Features
When it comes to the quality, you’d be surprised at how greatly wine coolers differ from one another. Basic wine coolers, like what you might assume, will properly store all the wine at the ideal humidity and temperature but other than those tasks it does nothing more. Wine cooler units with higher quality have two different cooling zones; these cooling zones are used for the storing as well as the tempering of white and red wines. Some of the other high-end features of wine coolers include UV-protected glass, a digital remote control panel and pull-out shelving for wine bottles with varying sizes. A few other wine coolers have built in alarms that sound off whenever there’s something wrong with the temperature, humidity level or the door itself.
Even if you do your best in finding a quality wine cooler that’s basic in order to save up on the price of your initial purchase, it still won’t be cheap. So if the basic wine cooler models don’t come in cheap then the larger capacity ones will cost you up to the thousands. Other than those costs, you may be required to pay for the shipment of the item and if it’s a larger unit then shipping costs will add several hundred dollars to the total.
Wine Coolers and Wine Racks
According to some wine collectors, the combination of wine cooler and rack in cool space offers an incredibly affordable alternative to wine storage. Have a quick look around your collection and see which ones are actually appropriate for the wine rack.