Wine Storage 101: Time to Invest in a Wine Refrigerator

by on November 24, 2009

in Appliances Reviews,Tips & How To's

Wine CoolerWine is a celebration of good taste. When stored properly, it’s a celebration that can last for years. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the money or room to build a genuine wine cellar in our homes. That’s why wine refrigerators offer a functional and stylish alternative. When shopping for a wine refrigerator make sure the appliance meets the four important primary requirements for storing wine: temperature, humidity, light and vibration.

Reason #1 – Temperature: Storing wine should be at the proper consistent temperature to age gracefully so you can experience its true flavor and aroma, no matter if it’s red, white, champagne or even ports. If you ask most wine experts they will most likely tell you that 55 degrees is the optimal temperature. Wine is a perishable good and at temperatures too low or too high the wine will damage and loose its flavor. However, the temperature for serving wine is a different story. Ideal temperature for serving wine range from 50 degrees for a light bodied white to 68 degrees for rich full bodied red. There are many wine serving temperature guidelines on the internet such as Wine Intro.  To solve both storing and serving manufacturers offer dual zone temperature wine refrigerators. The benefit of dual temperature zones allows you to store bottles as well as offering the control, consistency and convenience needed to serve wine immediately at the optimum temperature. Whether you select a single or dual zone wine refrigerator their temperature selection varies from as low as 38 degrees and as high as 65 degrees. The temperature swing will allow you to choose either to store your wines for long term or offer a optimum serving temperature for wines you will be enjoying soon.

Reason #2 – Humidity: Quality wine refrigerator will have the ability to maintain the proper humidity level of around 80% and still circulate the air enough to discourage mold and mildew. The humidity at this level is important to keep the cork moist. If the humidity is too high the label will start to come off.

Reason #3 – Damaging UV Light: Most consumers want to display their wine collection to impress their guests. Ultra violet light destroys wine. A quality wine refrigerator will have UV resistant glass doors.

Reason #4 – Vibration: Wine needs to rest. Vibration can disturb the cork causing damage to the wine by letting air in.  It also shakes up the sediment in the wine which is not good for it either. Quality wine refrigerators will have a vibration-free environment which will restrict disruption of sediment, allowing wines to mature properly.

Whether you need room for just a few of your favorite bottles or you need horizontal storage for up to 150 bottles, Mrs. G TV & Appliances is here to help. We offer a wide selection of top-of-the-line wine coolers and refrigerators from many of today’s most popular brands, including Avanti, Danby, Electrolux, GE Monogram, GE Profile, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Marvel, Miele, Sub-Zero, Thermador, U-Line, Liebherr and Viking wine coolers.

Wine refrigerators come as small as an 8 bottle counter top model, under-counter, built-in or freestanding models either 12″ to 30″ wide holding up to 24 to 60 bottles, respectively. For the avid collector, there are tall built-ins or freestanding models that could hold over 100 bottles. Prices of these models will vary from manufacturer depending on the fit and finish, how well they maintain temperature and humidity, UV light and vibration control. A general rule of thumb amongst wine guides is to buy a wine cooler that has double the capacity of what you think you will use. The thinking behind this is that your collection will probably grow over time and the need for available space will increase.

Browse our fine selection of wine refrigerators available in Mrs. G’s showroom located in Lawrenceville, NJ – just a short drive from Trenton and Princeton.

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