Complete Wine Cooler Buying Guide
A wine refrigerator is a cool and reliable appliance to preserve the aroma, flavours, and quality of your wine, allowing it to age perfectly. Whether you are a passionate wine lover or just starting your wine collection, a dedicated wine refrigerator will add some class to your home.
With so many wine coolers on the market, how can you pick the right one that will bring out the best in your wine collection? Don’t worry, because you don’t need to be a veteran to determine the best-suited wine fridge features. This wine cooler buying guide will help you choose the perfect wine cooler for your home.
Wine Storage Requirements
Wine is made from natural sources that require a different type of quality preservation. This delicate product needs an ideal environment for its components to thrive and age accordingly.
Ultimately, your wine must be protected from extreme temperatures, ultraviolet rays, and vibrations. UV rays can cause the delicate components of your wine to break down, resulting in an undesirable taste or what others call a "cooked" flavour.
The wine's temperature is also crucial for the ageing process. The recommended temperature for wine preservation is 11-14˚C. This temperature slows the ageing process while preserving the perfect taste and aroma of the wine. Take note that aside from reaching this temperature, maintaining the right temperature is important to prevent wine oxidation and spoilage.
Storing your wine in a secured place is also important to prevent vibrations that can cause the sediments within your wine bottle to spread out and cause unwanted chemical reactions.
Wine Serving Temperature Requirements
While the ideal temperature for storing your wine is 11-14˚C, the best temperature for serving is somewhere colder than room temperature, or between 7 and 20 °C, depending on the type of wine. A red wine, for example, may require a serving temperature of between 15–20 °C, while a white wine needs to be stored at a temperature of 8- 12˚C. No wine should be served over 28°C. Note: If the wine’s alcohol smell is burning your nose, the temperature that you set might be too warm. In terms of humidity, wines require higher humidity levels to ensure that the corks won’t dry out upon storage. The ideal relative humidity level is between 50% and 70%, with 60% being the ideal level. A good wine cooler has humidity controls to prevent cork dehydration and fluctuating humidity levels.
Wide Fridge vs. Regular Refrigerator
Is it okay to use a regular fridge for your wine collection? A regular refrigerator preserves a number of food items, beverages, and perishable goods. While a wine cooler looks like a small fridge at first glance, it operates differently to preserve the components of your wine.
Generally, a standard refrigerator will offer the right temperature for many food items and beverages. However, they do not provide the specific temperature and humidity requirements for wine. If you store your wine inside your regular fridge, it might end up being exposed to a lower temperature. Moreover, the environment inside a regular fridge is drier, while the vibrations from a bigger standard refrigerator are more evident. With all these factors, your standard refrigerator is not the best choice for storing your wine collection.
Unlike a regular fridge, a wine refrigerator gradually lowers the temperature while maintaining the ideal humidity level needed for your wine. This prevents complex flavours and aromas from breaking down and the wine from tasting like vinegar instead of wine. A wine fridge also blocks excess sunlight while keeping artificial light to a minimum.
Benefits of a Wine Cooler
A Wine Cooler Provides the Ideal Temperature
While a standard refrigerator can cool your wine, a dedicated wine cooler can offer the ideal temperature to preserve the quality of your wine, especially when different wines are being stored. A specialised wine cooler will also give you the best serving temperature to enjoy your beverage better.
A Wine cooler is Cost Efficient
Compared to a luxurious wine cellar, a wine cooler is a more affordable and reliable option to store your favourite wine, considering how it can preserve the quality of your drinks.
A Wine Cooler is Portable
Dedicated wine coolers consume less space than freezers or standard refrigerators. Because of their small size, wine coolers can fit into any compact kitchen or bar space. A wine cooler can store a number of different wine varieties that are ready to be served for holidays or gatherings.
A Wine Cooler is Aesthetically Pleasing
Whether you are building a luxurious wine corner in your kitchen bar or making your wine collection the focal point of your dining area, a luxurious wine cooler can effortlessly bring a striking design statement into your space. Wine coolers are designed with specialised display doors and elegant interior lights to beautifully display your collection.
Wine Cooler Buying Guide
- Before purchasing a wine cooler, it’s wise to understand your wine storage and entertainment needs. If you are an avid entertainer, choose an accessible wine cooler with attractive features to showcase your collection.
- An excellent wine cooler displays the wine bottles horizontally to keep the corks moist and prevent storage contamination. This storage style also allows proper wine spacing to give way to proper wine ageing.
- Study your kitchen space before deciding on your wine cooler size. Ultimately, a wine cooler with a larger capacity will be larger in size. If you're adding a wine cooler within an existing kitchen layout, choose a wine cooler that can fit seamlessly with your existing furniture and appliances. Standard wine refrigerators can store approximately 40 bottles. Depending on your wine storage needs and kitchen layout, you may purchase a smaller or bigger wine cooler.
- Depending on your wine preference, you can opt for a single-temperature or dual-temperature wine cooler.
Is Buying a Wine Cooler Worth It?
If you plan to start your own wine collection or are looking into a luxurious addition to your kitchen for entertaining, a wine cooler is a worthwhile investment for your home.
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