Increasing consumer demand for choice, style and efficiency has resulted in the design of many beautiful modern kitchen appliances, which can be easily incorporated into our everyday lives. A perfect example of this type of appliance is the luxurious but highly functional wine cooler. Here we will explore the many benefits of owning this luxurious and trending mini-cellar.
Choose the best wine cooler for your needs and tastes
Wine coolers make a great introduction to the art of storing fine wine; they are an excellent choice for both the beginner wine enthusiast, as well as for the more experienced connoisseur! They are usually free-standing units designed to maintain specific temperature settings of your choice. Available in a wide range of finishes and dimensions, a luxury wine cooler is certain to bring a touch of class to your kitchen, and of course, much enjoyment for you! Your taste will influence your final decision but when choosing a wine cooler it is important to consider the following:-
The capacity you require
Bottle-capacities differ between models, so if you know you are a big wine enthusiast then ensure you choose a model with sufficient storage capacity for your needs.
The types of wine you intend on keeping
Different wines require storage at different temperatures.
The optimal temperature for red wine storage is between 12°C- 19°C.
For white wine the ideal storage temperature is between 8°C – 12°C, and for champagne it’s between 5°C – 8°C. To meet requirement most wine coolers can maintain temperatures ranging from 5°C – 20°C. Some wine cooler models also offer humidity and temperature controls for specific types of wine and their long-term storage. Ensure you choose a model suitable to the wine of your choice.
The intended timeframe of storing wine
Not all wines improve over time. Instead their longevity depends on the quality, type of wine, balance of its sugar, acid and tannins.
Wine coolers are a great option for consumers looking to store wine at ideal temperatures from between 1 – 12 months. This is the best recommendation to avoid potential spoilage.
Location of your wine cooler
The temperature of the room can effect the quality of the wine, so it is best to establish an optimal place for the wine cooler in your home. Space permitting and with careful planning, wine coolers can be easily incorporated into your kitchen design, with wine coolers on kitchen islands proving especially desirable.
We should all consider the impact our choices have on our environment – as well as our electricity bills. As most new wine cooler models are designed and built with the lowest possible energy consumption levels, you can rest-assured you are contributing to environmental wellbeing.
How wine coolers work
Light and UV rays can cause wine to age prematurely. To prevent this, most coloured bottles of wine have UV filters incorporated. Yet this does not mean they are fully protected as exposure to light may still occur. For this reason, wine coolers have special inbuilt lighting which offers additional UV protection, whilst insulating the wine. Furthermore, wine coolers are equipped with built-in racks, which provide storage but also ensure the wine bottles lie on their side. By storing wine on its side, the cork retains its moisture through constant contact with the wine. This also stops the cork from shrinking which would allow oxygen to seep into the bottle and spoil the wine.
Another benefit of a wine cooler is the minimal vibration it offers. They are designed to ensure the settlement of the sediment in red wines without agitating the delicate balance of your wine.
Choosing the perfect wine cooler models
At LWK Kitchens, the following models have proved extremely popular among our clients:-
Both of these wine cooler models can store up to 34 bottles of wine. Additional features include:-
- Dual temperature zones
- Tempered glass doors
- Touch control interface
- LED Lighting
- Low-vibration compressors
- Air-cleaning filters
- Gentle self-closing door preventing items from falling out
For something larger in stature, other favourite wine cooler models include:-
- Boasting capacity of 102 bottles
- 3 separate temperature zones
- Tempered glass door including LED Lighting
- Capacity of up to 32 bottles
- Tinted/Glazed door
- Wooden grid shelves
- Child proof with built-in lock
- Charcoal filter
- Capacity of up to 200 bottles
- Wooden grid shelves
- 6 different compartments
- Optical and acoustic settings
- Charcoal filter
We are here to help…
Navigating through different appliance model numbers, features and different pricing options can often prove challenging, so why not talk to us about your needs so we can help? This will free up more time for you to focus on equally important choices, such as which nice white to enjoy in Summer, or the best red to warm you up come Winter!