Wine storage conditions profoundly affect the quality of any wine, wine rackso this is a very important matter to wine lovers. Wine storage coolers are the solution to protecting fine wines for most people, since few are lucky enough to have a cellar with naturally ideal conditions year around.
There are several options for wine bottle coolers from the small countertop wine coolers that can find a place in tiny apartments or condos to huge cabinets that are nearly cellar sized and take up considerable space. The choice will be based on the needs and the budget of the wine lover.
Budgets and space considerations aside, there are a few universals that any wine storage coolers being considered must have. One is simple: the angle of storage for each bottle. The ideal way to store a bottle is lying flat on its side, or at zero degrees. The angle must not be more than 45 degrees and the ideal ranges is 20 degrees and under.
A wine cooler must also be able to maintain a proper temperature range without lots of fluctuation that can impair quality. It should be so well insulated that it can maintain temperature during a power outage or a mechanical problem needing repairs. Obviously, a brand with a very good reliability rating is very desirable.
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Choosing the size of wine storage coolers may be limited by the amount of space available and the amount of money that can be spent, but it needs to be as realistic as possible for the number of bottles that the user anticipates being stored at one time. It is better to buy a unit bigger than the anticipated need than to be caught with no space for a great buy on a case lot, for example.
Units also vary in their efficiency. With power costs only likely to go up, putting emphasis on the most miserly power consumption in wine cooler now could mean big savings later for the buyer sharp enough to compare this issue.
Some wine storage coolers hold one bottle, and are more for proper serving temperature than storage. Someone with a mammoth cooler in the basement might want a small counter top unit for convenience. Prices for these very small units can start as low as about $50.
For larger units, it is much better if you have a choice to pick coolers with slide out shelves so that labels can easily be read. The more bottles you store, the more important ease of location of any single bottle will be. Some storage coolers come with software or log to help the owner track their inventory.
Economy wine storage coolers may just stack bottles on each other without shelves producing more capacity, but there is a huge loss of convenience. Another consideration is whether irregular bottles will fit. An excellent choice might be a cooler with a larger or adjustable shelf that will accept larger or unusual bottles while most of the storage fits standard sizes.