Wine coolers are one of those appliances that you may not think you need — until you have one. Everyone is so quick to make sure a kitchen has a refrigerator, a stove, an oven, and a dishwasher.
But, without a wine cooler, where do you put your wine? How do you keep it safely stored for optimal taste?
Let’s face it – a wine cooler is just as important as all those others appliances. Though, not just any wine cooler will do. You need the best one for your collection.
The Advantages of a Wine Cooler
In order to help you fully understand the benefits of a wine cooler, we figured it would be a great idea to list them all out here. That way you would be able to see – plain and simple – the impact that your future wine cooler purchase will have on your life.
No Vibrations. Too many vibrations can disrupt your wine’s sediment. Have you ever noticed that little bit of sediment that sits at the bottom of your wine glass or bottle? This is leftover yeast and grape bits from the fermentation process. It is ok to drink, of course, but it is strong enough to impact the flavor of the wine as it passes through the bottle again and again.
Every time a wine bottle is moved, this sediment gets disturbed and mixes with the rest of the wine in the bottle. So the idea is to avoid too much movement – and avoid vibrations. Placing wine in a refrigerator (or on top) can lead to constant vibrations. In a wine cooler, there are minimal vibrations and no movement, which is the perfect place for it to remain until you drink it.
Perfect Temperature. Wine is meant to be consumed at an ideal temperature – one that is different for each type of wine. You can’t control the temperature in your house or in your refrigerator. In a general sense, sure. But every time that sun shines through your windows or your refrigerator door is open, that temperature fluctuates – and your wine knows it. A wine cooler gives you a steady, perfect temperature.
Moistened Cork. Over time, the cork will dry out. And, when it does, it will cause oxygen to seep into the wine bottle. This greatly impacts the taste and health of your wine. Ever wonder why wine bottles are stored on their sides, slightly pointing down? It is so the cork stays slightly moistened to keep it from drying out. A wine cooler will hold your wine as it is meant to be – at the perfect downward angle.
More than Wine. Not a wine drinker? No problem. You do not have to be a wine drinker to make the most of a wine cooler. These refrigerators can store beer, soda, water, juice, and more. Feel free to make it a beverage cooler instead. This is a great way to free up space in your refrigerator and make your drinks conveniently placed anywhere in your house.
Choosing the Right One
There are so many benefits to wine coolers that maybe you are wondering how this could also bring value to your home. To do so, you may need help choosing the right one. This comes down to deciding on things such as:
Size. How much space do you have for a wine cooler? Will it be installed within your cabinetry? Is it better suited for a specific area? What dimensions does it need to fit?
Capacity. To determine the capacity you are looking for in a wine cooler, you need to have an idea of how many wine bottles you are holding on to at any one time. Or how big you would like to grow your collection. There is a wide range in wine cooler capacity.
Single or Dual. There are wine coolers that offer different zones – with their own temperature. If you are someone who prefers drinking a variety of different wines, perhaps having more than one temperature option would be beneficial. Then again, if you like to stick with what you like, you may do just fine with a single zone.
Let’s take a look at six of the most sought-after models of wine coolers.
24 Inch Dual Zone Wine Cooler
This wine cooler is 73-inches tall and is both functional as a wine cooler and a beautiful piece of decor. Two different temperature zones and the capacity to hold 162 bottles of wine.
24 Inch Dual Zone Indoor/Outdoor Wine Cooler
Another wine cooler with two temperature zones for storing 46 bottles of wine. It brings professional quality at a practical price.
42 Bottle Dual Zone Built-in Wine Cooler
This wine cooler offers a classy stainless steel finish with french doors and blue LED lighting. Its modern design holds 42 wine bottles in two temperature zones.
24 Inch French Door Wine and Beverage Center
This beverage center is designed to hold 21 wine bottles or 95 cans. It, too, has a stunning stainless steel finish with french doors. This is a single-zone cooler.
15 Inch Single Zone Wine Cooler
If you are looking for something a little smaller in size, but not in capacity, this may be it. At only 15 inches wide, this mighty wine cooler holds 33 bottles of wine. Adjustable wooden shelves and LED lighting make it a great focal point.
18 Inch Single Zone Built-in/Freestanding Wine Cooler
Another small yet mighty wine cooler, this 18 inch version has the capacity to store 40 bottles of wine. It offers precise temperature control, adjustable wooden shelves, and LED lighting.
Your Wine Collection
It doesn’t matter whether you have collected one bottle of wine or 101 bottles of wine. There is no better way to show off your wine collection than with a wine cooler. Assess your options and your needs and find the best wine cooler cabinet for your collection. You may just be surprised at how many benefits it brings with it.