Which wine cooler is the best for storing wine?
- There is a broad range of refrigeration and climate control units designed to keep wine cool while storing wine in optimum conditions.
- From keeping wines in a cool, dark, vibration-free environment to allowing for humidity control and ongoing temperature settings, wine cooler units fall into two classifications: Wine Refrigerators and Wine Cabinets.
Wine Cooler: Refrigeration Units
- Wine refrigeration units are built to accommodate as few as 12 bottles up to hundreds of bottles based on budget and space requirements. They are typically a cheaper wine storage option, because when it comes to climate control they are limited to temperature settings, leaving humidity control to full on wine cabinet collections.
Wine Cabinets Wine cabinets turn up it up a notch by providing a safe haven for wines in the form of complete climate control. A wine needs cool temps and relative humidity in the 55-75% range, for long-term storage and the best aging potential. While the wine cooler cabinets may cost a bit more up front for the ability to set and maintain both humidity and temperature levels, it is worth the cost if you are serious about collecting and aging wine.
Wine Cooler Reviews
While there are no shortages of makers or models for today’s wine cooler, there are some tried and true units that are worth checking out first and foremost.
By Stacy Slinkard, About Food