Most people who enjoy a glass of wine or two on a regular basis would not claim to be sommeliers by
any stretch of the imagination. A great many of them would like to think though that they are storing
the wine they keep on hand in their home in the right way, especially if their tastes run to more than the
off the supermarket shelf varieties.

For most of us building a wine cellar in our homes, the ideal place to store wine, is completely out of
the question. Even if one happened to have the room in an under utilized basement, there is more to
storing wine in the correct manner than simply hiding it away in a dark place. Wine refrigerators –
or wine coolers as they are also referred to – are the most logical storage choice for the amateur wine
connoisseur

Why a Wine Refrigerator?

Some people may wonder why one would bother to purchase a separate refrigerator to store wine in
when they have a perfectly serviceable fridge already in place in their kitchen. The reason is simple –
in order to be properly stored, any wine needs conditions that simply do not exit inside the average
kitchen refrigerator. In fact, the kitchen fridge is perhaps one of the worst places you could choose to
store wine that you did not intend to drink within the next few hours.

Wine does need to be kept in cooler conditions than at average room temperature, but a kitchen fridge
is actually far too cold. Ideally a good white wine should be stored at around 12 degrees celcius,
while a red likes things slightly warmer, with 13 degrees being just about perfect. Wine of all kinds
also like the dark, so the light going on and off every time someone opens the kitchen fridge is not
conducive to wine remaining at its best either.

Wine refrigerators some in a number of styles and sizes as you will see, but all of them have some
elements in common that help keep wine of kind or any vintage in the best possible condition.

Firstly, they can be set to the optimum temperature and humidity for wine storage while allowing for
wine bottles to be stored flat. Flat storage is also a must as it keeps the wine itself in contact with the
cork, which both prevents the cork from drying out and excess air entering the wine bottle to damage
the delicate flavors.

These wine coolers are also designed to keep excess amount of light away from the wine bottles and
last but not least to keep them as still as possible – all conditions that need to be in place to keep wine
at its best.

Types of Wine Refrigerator

Wine refrigerators can be small, perfect-for – the -kitchen counter top models, or they can be actual
pieces of furniture in their own right. Here is a breakdown of some of the most popular models
available today:

Counter Top – A counter top wine refrigerator is designed to store between 12 and 24 bottles of wine
at any giveaway time and is often the perfect choice for the household that enjoys a bottle or two of
wine a week while keeping a few extras on hand for guests. These space saving models feature all the
temperature, light and humidity controls that their larger cousins do but are compact enough to sit in
the corner of a kitchen counter of behind a small home bar.

Tower – If space is really at a premium, a tower wine refrigerator may be best choice. These tall skinny
appliances offer efficient wine storage for about twenty bottles of wine without taking up too much of
what little space is available.

Freestanding – These larger wine refrigerators are every bit as much of an appliance as a regular
refrigerator, and are designed to installed wherever they might fit. These wine coolers are for the more
serious wine enthusiast, as they usually hold between 50 and 100 bottles at a time. Many of these
types of wine refrigerators are also rather aesthetically pleasing in their own right, making them a great
addition to a well stocked basement home bar.

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