Sep 30 2011
Wine coolers are electronic units used to store wine bottles in top conditions to save the wine’s flavor and odour for at least one year. All of the variables that maintain wine as its perfect quality can be controlled by a wine cooler such as temperature and humidity levels. The colored glass also defends the wine from ultraviolet light. Racks are angled and designed to hold each bottle of wine in the right position. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and cooling methods with different features and prices.
Sizes and prices
There is a wide range of wine coolers to choose from. An important consideration will be the size of the wine fridge so it fits into an acceptable space in your kitchen and holds the quantity of bottles you need. For the general public who need to store some bottles at a time, small wine coolers are adequate. They're going to hold 6-20 bottles and cost between $100-$300. A medium sized cooler, holding 20-40 bottles will cost around $300-$600. Larger wine coolers for the serious wine collector will hold over one hundred bottles and cost $1000 and more. The basic consideration will be how many bottles of wine you need to have ready for serving at any particular time, and if you wish to age wine in your cooler as well.
The biggest wine storage coolers are used in distilleries and hotels where a large amount of wine is being stored to age and also served often. These mimic the normal cellar but allow for bigger control over temperature and humidity. A number of these wine coolers have three different temperature zones: one for aging wines and storing red wines, one for chilling white wines and the 3rd coolest compartment for chilling sparkling wines. One of those coolers will cost around $2000. They are ideal in hot climates.
Wine coolers come in various shapes and dimensions to fit into home environment. For those that lack worktop and floor space, there is the innovative design of a wall-fixed wine refrigerator which is compact and gives a 6 bottle wine cooler. Having it at eye-level also provides simple access. Some people like a countertop wine cooler as they don't take up floor space and are straightforward to reach, requiring no bending, while others like to have under counter wine coolers. Many people opt for free-standing wine cooler cabinets. The more expensive choice is to have a built-in wine cooler which sits flush with the rest of the cabinetry.
A wine cooler is a part of your home furniture and adds to the dcor of a room and so manufacturers have produced a variety of styles for you to make a choice from. Wine chillers have different material and color finishes such as chrome steel, chrome, silver and black polyester. You can choose coolers with solid doors to keep out the light but most people like to show their wine display and so glass that has been treated against UV is sometimes chosen. Glass is usually reflective or coloured. Modern designs offer electronic touch-button controls and digital displays. Many wine fridges also have special interior LED lighting to showcase your wine. As a practical feature, many have pull-out and adaptable shelving and rectifiable door swing. Similarly, to protect your investment, wine coolers also come with security locks.
Not only do wine coolers preserve your wine at its very best, they also complement and bring a feeling of subtlety to your house.