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Wine Coolers – Top 3 Wine Storage Considerations

Wine comes in all sorts of different styles, and in an almost infinite number if vintages. One thing all collectors need to consider however is their storage in wine coolers.
While in times gone by wine collections were frequently stored in large dedicated underground wine cellars, times have changed. Most homes do not have this type of room – let us face it, they are an expensive luxury – and must look to alternative wine storage solutions.
The three factors of most importance to wine storage are temperature, humidity and light. Any wine cooler purchased for the long-term storage of wine should ideally control all these items.
Wine Cooler Temperature
One widely favored temperature for wine storage is to keep the bottles at 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). Historically underground wine storage in France was performed in caves where the natural temperature was roughly this level. This suggests that regional customs are a large part of what have determined this temperature preference for modern collectors.
Research indicates however that these customs do have a solid scientific basic. As wine storage temperatures rise to 60 degrees F or higher, chemical reactions within wines accelerate. While this may seem like a great way to accelerate the aging of wines, it also greatly increases the rate of undesirable reactions that can damage the quality of the vintage.
Wine Cooler Humidity
Most collectors believe that the best relative humidity for bottles of wine is about 70 percent. A wine cooler that controls humidity at these levels is thus a great choice for the storage of wines.
When relative humidity drops below this level, a bottle of wine drops below this level cork shrinkage can occur due to the lack of moisture. This leads to an increase in ullage – the distance between the cork and the wine.
Once a bottles cork starts to shrink oxygen can leak into the wine bottle, and the resulting oxidation can result in wine starting the conversion to acid. This is what causes the vinegar taste experienced in some bottles.
Wine Cooler Light
Exposure of wine bottles to ultraviolet (UV) light is something that should be avoided at all costs. UV light can cause degradation of organic compounds present in a bottle of wine. This has the effect of changing the flavor and aroma of the wine, potentially ruining a great vintage.
The benefit of a wine refrigerator is that they easily allow for control of the lighting. The simplest solution is to have no light at all – replicating wine cellar conditions. However, many buyers prefer a glass fridge for the storage of their wine, as these allow them to view their collection.
If a beverage center of the glass door refrigerator style is to be purchased it is wise to select a model that incorporates a UV filter in the glass. This will allow the wine coolers contents to be easily viewable, but at the same time protects them from the damage that would be done by ultra-violet radiation.
Overall wine coolers are available with a wide variety of different quality. If you are a collector of expensive wines, make sure to purchase a quality product from a reputable brand such as Viking, Vinotemp, Cuisinart or Sub Zero.
 

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Wine Refrigerators – Choosing a Fridge for your Vino Collection

A wine fridge can be the perfect appliance for the wine aficionado. Wine fridges are specially made to keep wine perfectly chilled until just the right moment, giving you the perfect wine experience.
You can find a wine cooler fridge from many brand names including Avanti, Cuisinart, Danby, EdgeStar, Frigidaire, General Electric, Haier America, Marvel, Samsung, Sanyo, Summit Appliance, Sunpentown and Vinotemp.
You may find some specially made wine refrigerators that exclusively hold wine for less than $100 or you may get luxury cabinets that cost more than $1000.
For instance, Haier America’s 12-bottle freestanding wine refrigerator only costs around one hundred dollars. This design boasts a soft interior light as well as adjustable thermal control so you can have your wine at the temperature you like.
The double pane insulated glass door has a recessed handle. The interior contains five full-width chrome wire shelves to hold the wine bottles.
On the other hand, Marvel’s beverage and wine refrigerator has two temperature zones to accommodate four wine bottles in one and sixty 12-ounce cans in the other. Digital controls and an LED panel allow you to adjust and monitor the refrigerator’s internal temperature.
This design also includes a MicroSentry system that alerts you when your desired temperature is higher or lower for an extended period of time. This Marvel model also has two adjustable shelves, one pull-out wine rack and a removable tempered glass shelf. The dual-paned tinted glass door protects wine from UV rays and provides insulation. This model costs from $1200 to $1300.
You could also go with a countertop design such as Avanti’s 16-bottle countertop wine cooler. Although it can fit 16 bottles, it is a compact design that can adjust the thermostat for red and white wines.
The slide-out chrome shelves also keep your wine secure as does the vibration free operation. A reversible thermopane glass door lets you observe the softly illuminated interior.
The Avanti refrigerator costs between $90 and $125, which makes it a great option if you are looking for a wine refrigerator but have a limited budget.
Another more upscale option is the GE Profile 29 inch Wine Center.
For wine collectors who need a little more storage space for their collection, this particular wine fridge can be an excellent choice.
Koolatron has designed an even more compact four-bottle wine cellar that can be either free-standing or mounted to the wall or a cabinet. This design holds four 25-ounce bottles. Like other wine fridges, it has a thermoelectric cooling system, removable shelves and a transparent door to see the softly illuminated interior. Koolatron compact designs cost from $100 to $140.
Edge Star also carries a slim-fit wine cooler with its 12-bottle freestanding wine refrigerator. It has all the features of many other refrigerators except this design is only ten inches wide. The EdgeStar also has a modest price tag from between $120 and $140.
Whether you are looking for luxury, compactness or simply a good way to keep your wine at your desired temperature, a wine fridge may be just the thing you need. There are many options available to you, so you should be able to find the right refrigerator at just the right price. You are sure to enjoy the wine the way you have always wanted when it is chilled exactly to your liking.
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