Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just barely started getting into it, it’s important to keep your wine collection nice and organized. This way you know what you have and can pop out a bottle for just about any occasion.
Having your wine bottles disorganized all over the kitchen can cause for dismay, making you forget what bottles you have! Organizing your collection in one place is useful and can help you take inventory of what you have.
You’ll know it’s time to invest in a wine cooler when you have more than 20 bottles of wine on average. Wine storage is also important if the temperature in your apartment or home varies drastically. Keeping the storage temperature stable is vital to the health of your wine.
If its gets hotter than 70 degrees, your wine won’t taste as fresh when you pop it open. Plus, if you have a few wine bottles you want to age correctly, a wine fridge is important or else the wrong storage condition will negatively impact the wine later on.
Wines are fragile, sensitive to light, temperature and humidity. Storing them in a wine cooler allows you to control the temperature and keeps them safe from damage or harm. Your regular fridge can either be too cold or not humid enough, while your cupboard is too warm and dry. But storing wines in the fridge isn’t problematic if you’re going to drink it in a week (or even month), but it’s not great for long-term wine storage.
There are a wide variety of wine coolers to purchase, so here are some things to consider besides how it looks.
- Size & Space
Don’t just consider how many bottles you currently have, but how many you plan on collecting in the future. If you want to grow your collection, you’ll need a wine cooler that’s quite big.
- Noise Level
Wine coolers can be noisy, especially in small apartments. You’ll need to consider if this will bug you or not.
- Humidity Control
You’ll want a wine cooler that has humidity control since keeping humidity levels above 50% and below 70% is important to aging your bottles of wine.
- Temperature Options
Some wine coolers come with two different temperature zones, but these can often break down more.
Now that you know why it’s important to have a wine cooler at home, here are the different types you can buy:
- Counter-Top Coolers
If you don’t have a lot of floor space to spare for your cooler, you can always opt for counter-top options. This is a great idea if you’re not looking to collect, but rather enjoy your wine. They are compact in size and you can store anything from 4-24 bottles of wine. Measure the space before you purchase one to ensure that it will fit!
- Built-In Coolers
If you are a true wine collector and want something to fit into your kitchen’s décor, you might want to invest in a built-in wine cooler. They can be quite expensive, but this option flows with your kitchen’s aesthetic. You can build them as large as you’d like.
- Free-Standing Coolers
These are quite popular options because they are versatile and fit anywhere. They come in a variety of sizes and you can choose one that fits a lot of wine. You can place it wherever you want in your home.
- Single Zone & Dual Zone Coolers
Do you need one or two temperature zones for your wine fridge? This will depend on the types of wine you have.