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What Is the Best Wine Refrigerator for Your Home?

What Is the Best Wine Refrigerator for Your Home?

There is nothing more enjoyable than kicking off your shoes at the end of a stressful day and relaxing with a glass of your favorite wine. Whether you describe yourself as a dedicated wine connoisseur, or you have only a casual appreciation, a wine refrigerator can take your enjoyment to a whole new level. It makes little sense to spend the time to discover a vintage you love and invest in a few bottles, only to store them on top of a kitchen refrigerator or in a pantry where they are subject to breakage. In this article, we will discuss wine refrigerators and help you select the best model for your home.

The Best Wine Refrigerator For You

A refrigerator dedicated to your wine is a much better solution than storing your wine in your kitchen refrigerator. The primary issue with a kitchen refrigerator is that it undergoes temperature fluctuations because people are opening and closing the door many times throughout the day. If you wish to store wine for several months, these fluctuations have a cumulative and detrimental effect. Also, a wine fridge is designed to have much lower vibrations, so the sediment in the bottles can rest undisturbed.

A wine refrigerator is superior for both storing and displaying your collection. Refrigerators come in all shapes and sizes. They provide protection from temperature, sunlight, and vibrations. Storing your wine in a refrigerator helps the bottle age appropriately and allows you to experience full and rich flavors that you never thought possible. A small refrigerator has a variety of purposes. If your wine appreciation flourishes and you decide to invest in a greater capacity unit, you can repurpose your first refrigerator as your short-term storage unit. Here are some factors to consider before you purchase.

Small Capacity

Just because you live in a studio apartment does not mean that you should deny yourself the pleasure of fine wine. Refrigerators start with capacities ranging from six to fifty bottles and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Before you begin to shop, take a look at your living space and try to imagine where you have room for wine storage. Take some measurements and determine what refrigerators are the best fit. Some refrigerators are shallow with the bottles oriented parallel to the door, and some are deep and narrow to fit in a space not much wider than the width of a bottle.

Medium Capacity

A medium-capacity refrigerator is for an individual with a personal wine collection anywhere from fifty to two hundred bottles. Refrigerators come with a variety of shelving systems, many of which are adjustable to accommodate different shapes of bottles. In some cases, you can expand capacity by removing some or all of the shelves. These refrigerators are about the size of a medium to large-sized kitchen refrigerators.

Large Capacity

Large capacity refrigerators have a capacity of over two hundred bottles with the largest refrigerators holding as much as six hundred bottles. These items require a large amount of space to dedicate to your wine collection and are as large as several kitchen refrigerators standing next to each other. When you are fortunate enough to have a wine collection that runs into thousands of bottles, you can achieve adequate storage space through the purchase of multiple large-capacity refrigerators.

Wine Cellars Versus Refrigerators

The terms cellars and refrigerators are often used interchangeably, but it is important to highlight the differences between the two products. Refrigerators are designed for what is referred to as short term storage, or storage for not more than a duration of around six months. These provide a consistent temperature and protections against vibrations and sunlight and help ensure your wine is ready to be served.

If you plan on storing your wine for years to complete the aging process, you will want to purchase a wine cellar. Cellars have the same features as refrigerators and frequently offer superior climate control. Cellars also have additional features like humidity control. If you are the type of person who purchases a wine with the intention of enjoying it a decade later, you will need to direct your search to wine cellars.

Freestanding or Built-In

Arranging your wine display can become a fundamental component of your interior decorating. Many larger refrigerators are attractive enough to be the centerpiece of a room. Smaller, unobtrusive products add an accent of luxury. If you are designing a home, you might consider an under the counter, or built-in refrigerator that melds seamlessly with the rest of your decor.

Multiple Temperature Zones

Most experts recommend that you should store your white wine at a cooler temperature than red wine. If you have an appreciation for both red and white wine, it's a good idea to look for refrigerators that offer dual temperature zones. These items have separate compartments and allow you the greatest versatility in providing the perfect storage system for a variety of wines. If you suspect that your casual flirtation with wine is about to blossom into a full-on romance, a refrigerator with multiple temperature zones is the perfect first purchase.

Opaque or Transparent Doors

Refrigerators are available with both opaque or transparent doors. Transparent doors are available which filter out the harmful effects of natural light, so the selection is more a matter of personal taste. An opaque door blends into your decor and perhaps makes guests less inclined to open the refrigerator and disrupt the temperature. However, a transparent door allows you to show off your collection, and many refrigerators even offer artistic lighting, which creates a dramatic and dynamic effect.

Whatever your preference for capacity, dimensions, and door transparency, you can rest assured that the perfect refrigerator is out there waiting for you to discover it.

Compliment Your Life and Your Passion

The perfect wine refrigerator allows you to protect and store your wine in a way that's beautiful, and which also helps the wine achieve a superior flavor. Refrigerators come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the perfect one for you will have the right capacity, finish, and features to meet your wine needs. To get started selecting the perfect refrigerator, go to Wine Cellar HQ today.

Randy Green

Randy is a true wine storage aficionado and expert in wine cellar design. He gained construction experience as a partner in a general contracting business before niching into and passionately focusing on creating wine storage solutions for clients in 2016. He takes great pride in bringing these designs to life, and is dedicated to ensuring that every wine cellar he creates is not only functional but also a beautiful addition to any home or business. The Wine Cellar HQ team also includes refrigeration sizing experts and licensed HVAC technicians to ensure optimal climate control for your wine cellar, so that your wines can age to perfection.
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