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Storing Your Wine: How to Pick Between a Rack and a Cooler

September 16, 2014No comments

How Should You Store Your Wine?

Good wine is no longer an exclusive drink. A typical wine enthusiast  will spend between $9 and $20 for a bottle of good table wine. Only extraordinary vintages and the few wines that improve with age warrant an investment in something like a custom cellar. So, if you want a place to store your wine, your best options are either a wine rack or cooler.

wine bottle, glass and runlet with grapes in cellar

raised panel maple cabinets are used to build a center island with diagonal wine storage unit and cornice above an open shelf

 

Storage Requirements

If you enjoy wine, and drink it somewhat regularly, you will probably keep a few bottles on hand. So, for wine that will be consumed within a few weeks, storage requirements are simple. Keep it at a stable temperature between 50° and 70° to prevent cooking the flavor out or popping a cork. Don’t worry about humidity, and protect your wine from intense UV light. Avoid major vibration, which could prevent the sediment from settling. There’s no need to store the bottle on its side.

As a result, you can relax and choose a solution that is convenient and attractive.

Wine Rack or Cooler?

Many kitchen designs integrate a wine rack in the cabinetry to provide a place to display their stock. It also helps keep bottles off the counter. If you have more than a few bottles regularly on hand, having a designated home for them is a must.

A wine rack is a great idea if you want to show off your collection. With a rack, guests can more clearly see the bottles.

An under-counter or free-standing wine cooler is another option. It will hold wine at 50° or 55°. Perfect to bring a red up a few degrees or chill a white down a bit before serving.

If space allows, you might want to have both wine rack and cooler. The combination will allow you to display a few of those beautiful bottles. Additionally it provides a space to warm reds up a little more than an hour before your guests arrive.

Wine Storage doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, consider putting a wine rack or cooler into your designs.

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