Do you collect exotic or expensive wines? Do you indulge in wine often? It’s time to consider how you’re going to maintain your investment long term. There are many different types of wine storage units to choose from, and many ways to incorporate each one into your space.
But before discussing how to incorporate a wine cooler into your space, it’s essential to understand why simply sticking a bottle or two in the fridge is far from adequate.
Why Refrigerators Don’t Work
Wine can be stored in a refrigerator for up to one year at maximum.
However, if you plan to store wine for a longer period, a regular fridge just won’t cut it. And even if you do choose to store your wine in the fridge, it still may not last.
With varying temperatures, the fridge will likely not be cold enough and of course, storage space for wine bottles can be limited. The quality can be sacrificed, and your 25-year-old wine will taste like a 5-year-old bottle.
Besides, just try removing a bottle of wine from the back of your refrigerator without spilling the potato salad, knocking over the water jug or having fruit and vegetables roll on out. It’s not easy!
Wine storage is crucial to the taste of the wine. Many people drink wine within a day or two of purchase. But whether you love to buy good quality wine, store it and bring it out on special occasions, or enjoy it with a meal with family and friends, a wine cooler will help you maximize refrigerator space for food and makes it easy to find the exact beverage you’re searching for!
A wine cooler will easily maintain a constant temperature and chill your wines so they’ll be ready to serve at any time. Many wines improve with age and if stored correctly, can last for years.
Facts About Wine Coolers
Wine coolers are a fantastic option for anyone interested in:
- Storing bottles of wine for any period of time
- Remodelling a kitchen or other space to include wine racks
- Bottles that are perfectly chilled to the ideal temperature at all times
They come in a range of shapes and sizes, suitable for a variety of spaces and décor taste.
- Small single zone units are a good first wine cooler for a kitchen or home bar. These inexpensive, compact wine cooling units typically feature one cooling area and temperature control. This means that you can store either red wine or white wine but generally not both.
- Higher-end coolers and wine cabinets offer more special features such as dual-zone wine storage, call-back and alarm systems, racking and customized cabinets and shelving. Although these features are nice, they’re not necessary.
- Humidity and temperature displays are a must if you want to take the guesswork out of controlling the temperature manually. This 36 bottle wine cooler features blue LED interior lighting beautifully showcasing the bottles through an elegant tempered-glass door designed to protect your collection from potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. It’s the next best thing to an actual wine cellar!
Designing a Kitchen with a Wine Fridge
Adding a wine cooler to your kitchen is a stylish option. Of course, you can choose to keep your wine cooler in a mudroom, or even in your basement, but why not have it on show? A wine cooler not only makes it simple to serve guests perfectly chilled wine every time. It’s also the perfect upgrade to a kitchen, should you ever decide to sell your home.
You can install a wine cooler under your countertop, kitchen island, storage pantry, or butler’s pantry. As long as you find a unit that fits your space, as well as a power supply, you’re good to go!
Whether your kitchen is Mid-Century Modern, Shabby Chic, or Antique French Style, a wine cooler is a perfect addition to any space.