The wine cellar is one of the must-have appliances. An ideal solution when you love wine and that you don’t have the space allowing a real wine cellar. Here are some tips for choosing the good wine cellar appliance for your home.
Whether you are an amateur or an avid wine collector, the type of wine cellar (cooling, warming-up or aging) and its size will vary. The price will vary too… Made by specialists of appliances (Cuisinart, Haier, Whynter,Sunpentown, NewAir…), wine cabinets appliances recreate the ideal of wine conservation.
These are important things to know before you buy one for your quiet days at home, waiting for the tasting.
Calm things down…
Wine loves quiet places, and home appliances vibrations (washing machines, boilers …) and urban vibrations (circulation. ..) are harmful. They continually raise the deposit that must remain at the bottom of the bottle, and disrupt the process of maturation. To minimize these effects, the compressor is mounted on silent blocks and the cabinet stands on rubber cushion to absorb the vibrations.
Neither too hot nor too cold
The ideal temperature of a cave is between 10 and 14° C. Maintaining this temperature accurate is the sine qua non condition of a good aging process. Too hot, it speeds up, too cold, it slows down as well as wine hate sudden changes. Electronic thermostats with digital display provide the best possible control and allow to verify the proper functioning of the cabinet.
A good humidity
The humidity should be high but not too much. A range of 60 to 80% is perfect, to ensure flexibility of the cap. When the air is too dry, corks dry out and lose its sealing characteristics. When air is too humid, cork can rot and the labels come off and are unreadable.
A quiet darkness
Light and its ultraviolet component, rapidly degrade wine tannins by irreversible oxidation. The darkness is essential because the tinted glass bottles is not sufficient to protect the wine from light. Solid doors are always preferable, although the glass doors of the today cabinets are UV treated.
A constant supply of outside air is necessary to prevent the onset of bad odors and prevent mold growth. Indeed, the wine breathes through the cork and the surrounding smells (laundry detergents, fruit and vegetables…) can permeate and waste the most formidable wine.
Bottles from the same vintage can be set on fixed shelves. Sliding shelves are more comfortable to identify the wine bottles from diverse backgrounds. In some cabinets, there are shelves that can be tilted, allowing to present wine and preserve opened bottles. Cabinets generally accept all conventional bottle forms (Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace …) even if the maximum number of cylinders specified by the manufacturers is always referring to Bordeaux wine bottles.
Each wine in its cellar area
Make aging a young wine or delight guests with impromptu, anything is possible, provided you choose the appropriate cabinet.
In a aging cabinet, the temperature is maintained regularly and consistently throughout the enclosure.
A cabinet temperature setting has different areas with gaps of up to 15 ° C between the top (18 ° C for red wines, for example) and low (5 ° C for white wine or champagne) .
A “mixed” cabinet offers two or three areas where the temperature can be adjusted independently. We can plan wine and champagne tasting, while leaving other old bottles for the long term between 10 and 12 ° C.