4 Different Ways to Store Your Wine
Whether you are a wine novice or a wine expert, how you choose to store your wine is an important decision which will either greatly enhance or hinder your future enjoyment of your preciously packaged bottle. It does not matter if you are a home-sommelier or have just graduated from boxed grapes to bottled ones, you need to stop storing your wine on top of the refrigerator. (I'll tell you why in a minute, and don't worry I used to do this too)! Where you put your wine, is as essential to your wine's flavor as what ingredients went into making it. Let BeverageFactory.com be your guide to wine storage for all budgets and all uses. From buying your first wine refrigerator to building your very own home wine cellar, we have the information, experience and the products to fit all your wine storage needs.
There are many schools of thought on wine storage and many people who will argue one form of wine storage is better than another. At the BeverageFactory we believe preference in wine storage is as personal as preference in grape variety. We will arm you with the knowledge and you decide how best to store, age, serve and enjoy this truly blessed beverage!
Introducing... Wine Cooler Refrigerators
The first thing most people ask about with wine cooler refrigerators are how they differ from normal refrigerators. After all, both refrigerate so will not the refrigerator already sitting in your kitchen store, preserve and age wine the same as a wine cooler? The simple answer to this is no.
Wine cooler refrigerators are specifically designed to store wine at the proper temperature without any fluctuations. As stated earlier, wine is especially sensitive to temperature, light and movement. If you store your wine in a highly trafficked area such as a refrigerator that is being opened all day long, then your wine will be subject to the very things which you are trying to protect it from. Opening the fridge causes lights to turn on, temperatures to change and movement to occur. All of these actions are wine's enemies. In addition, the resting temperature of a normal refrigerator is colder than that of a wine refrigerator, which is set at the ideal temperature for storing wine: 57° Fahrenheit. If you are looking to truly bring out your wine's true character and to preserve your wine's delicate tastes as they mature, then a wine refrigerator offers ideal protection.
Some things to consider when researching wine refrigerators are the size of your collection or potential collection (Wine cooler refrigerators store anywhere from 6 to 200 bottles.), the size of your bottles, price, design and convenience. For a detailed buying guide to wine cooler refrigerators, explore BeverageFactory.com's exclusive Wine Cooler Refrigerator Buying Guide.
Introducing... Free Standing Wine Cellars
Free standing wine cellars also known as wine cabinets ensure that your wine's external environment is completely controlled and free from all external disturbances listed above. Wine cabinets ensure your wine is stored in a proper space where wine is easily accessible. Most wine cabinets use solid wood, metal or UV protected glass doors keeping your wine safe from the harmful effects of light. Wine cabinets are also quiet and peaceful environments with air that ventilates in such a manner as to remind you of a soft sea breeze whose moisture you can barely feel as it passes over your body. A wine cabinet is a place as silent as the ancient French caves wine is still stored in today, and the temperature and humidity in these wine cabinets are always at the perfect point for gently enhancing your wine's flavor.
Wine cabinets or free standing wine cellars can accommodate larger collections than most wine refrigerators and also are oftentimes elegantly styled to be prominently display in your home. Like the sound of these charming wine cabinets? To learn more, check out our exclusive Wine Cabinet Buying Guide.
Introducing... Built-in Wine Cellars
Built-in wine cellars are similar to wine cabinets in that they produce the perfect environment for not just storing wine but for aging it to its full potential. Built-in wine cellars protect your wine from all external elements and are designed to ensure the temperature and humidity of the cellar are always perfect. These built-in wine cellars aim to achieve the same air quality, lighting, humidity and still environment that occur naturally in the caves of France. Oftentimes basements or storm cellars found in one's home can be transformed into elegant wine cellars. Or, with the right equipment and with BeverageFactory.com to guide you, you can turn that spare closet into your very own wine cellar. A home wine cellar is the ultimate dream for many wine lovers and more affordable and doable than you may think! Armed with the right knowledge and right tools, you can expand your wine collection and age your wine to its fullest potential. To start, explore our In Depth Guide: Built-in Wine Cellars and then discover How To Build A Wine Cellar All By Yourself!
Introducing... Wine Racks
Wine racks serve both the novice and the expert in the wine storing world. From sleek and stylish small metal wine racks found in the apartments of twenty-somethings to the elaborate and elegant redwood wine racks found in the most extensive of wine cellars, wine racks serve many wine lovers and serve them well! When choosing wine racks, you have the option of different woods and metals. For some, wine racks are about pure aesthetics while for others, nothing but the finest of woods will do to gently and naturally contain their wine bottle. In addition, you may choose from wine racks that lay bottles on their side, racks that face the bottle label out for easy viewing, or wine racks which stand the bottle in many interesting and elegant ways. When choosing a wine rack, you must evaluate whether you are storing your wine for aging or storing your wine for aesthetics. For more on choosing which wine rack is right for you, explore our exclusive Wine Rack Buying Guide.