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Wine Fridges and Cellars

A wine refrigerator is one of the best places to keep your vino. This is because it allows you to set the temperature you need for flavor and aroma. Most of these wine coolers can accommodate many bottles, which comes in handy when entertaining large groups.

What's the difference between countertop and built-in wine coolers?

If you opt to go with the built-in type, you'll need a wine cellar that vents in the front. Free-standing and countertop models give you more options as to where to place them in your kitchen and living space, and most of them vent in the back.

What's the difference between dual zone and single zone control?

Single temperature wine coolers are good if your primary goal is simply to store and age your wine collection. All varieties benefit from being stored close to 55 degrees. If you are planning to use your wine cooler to keep your bottles at the correct temperature for serving, you should go with a dual zone option. Reds and whites require different temperatures to provide the best taste.

Should you store red wine in a wine cooler?

Room temperature varies greatly depending on the geographical location and time of day, so it's best not to just leave wine at room temperature. As a rule of thumb, red wine is best served between 62 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and white wine should be served between 49 and 55 degrees. Wine coolers feature precise temperature control for this reason.

How cold should the wine cellar be for different wines?

Here is a guide for serving different types of red and white wines, given in degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Port, Brandy, and Cognac - 66 degrees
  • Shiraz and Bordeaux - 64 degrees
  • Burgundy and Cabernet - 63 degrees
  • Pinot Noir - 61 degrees
  • Merlot and Malbec - 60 degrees
  • Zinfandel and Chianti 59 degrees
  • Sherry and Madeira - 57 degrees
  • Beaujolais, Rose - 54 degrees
  • Chardonnay and White Zinfandel - 50 degrees
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling - 48 degrees
  • Champagne and sparkling wine - 45 degrees
When storing wine long-term, how cold should the cooler be?

A wine cellar stores bottles in a way that keeps harmful light rays from damaging them without the vibrations of a regular refrigerator. For aging and storing wine bottles, the best temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also important to keep the bottles in a dark wine cooler away from sunlight.

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