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Friday, 10 March 2017

Wine cellar or Wine Refrigerator Shopping Guide

The wine is the result of a very precise chemistry which demands precise temperatures and humidity levels. The wine cellar is an appliance that meets these precision needs. Recently, we have regular questions about the wine cellar. Here is an article on how to choose it and what criteria to take into account.

The main reason for the growing success for the electric winery is the significant drop in the cost of a wine cellar. There are models of cellars posing free of entry of less than 200 €, like models more high-end embedded to thousands of euros. The renowned brands in the world of refrigeration have long been offering high-end and mid-range models, such as Liebherr, or Eurocave, a specialist in the cellar.

But there are other reasons. The practical side with the appearance of the cellars of service (quick access to the bottles of wine for the meal), and especially the disappearance of the real cellars in the new houses under construction. Thanks to technologically advanced wine cellars, installed for service or conservation, the wine still has a good future ahead.

To summarize, the wine cellar is becoming more democratic and now allows to store wine at home, with reasonable budgets and without distorting the design of the room.

Before buying a WINE CELLAR Before choosing your wine cellar, there are several aspects to consider: your annual consumption, the type of wine conservation you want to make, the location of your wine cellar, the ideal temperature for your wines, and Rules to use it well.

So we will see the important criteria for choosing an optimal wine cellar for you. How cold is produced and stored in the cellar, the humidity, the type of cellar that flows from it, the size, etc.

Let us recall before starting the enumeration, that the wine needs stable factors to be well preserved: a constant (even homogeneous) temperature, a homogeneous and precise hygrometry, and a perfect aeration. The wine shall not be subjected to movement or vibration or exposed to light. By respecting this, the wine will be well preserved.

Wardrobe Built-in
The wine cabinets have all the standard dimensions to take place in one of the niches of your kitchen. Depending on their size, the wine cellars can be placed under a worktop, in a column instead of an oven or in place of a refrigerator. The integrable wine cellars have a beautiful exterior finish as they are presented directly in your furniture line.

Free-standing cabinets
The cellars can also and simply land in a back kitchen, or in a garage. Be careful, however, to check that your wine cabinet can withstand extreme temperatures; Very often the cellars do not withstand temperatures above 32 ° C and below 11 ° C.
Some high-end cabinets have beautiful finishes and can be seen in the kitchen.

Types of Wince Cellars

SERVICE Ideal for wines for immediate consumption or conservation for a short period (usually one month). This type of wine cellar will allow you to always have at your fingertips your bottles at an ideal temperature for the tasting. Practices, some models have several temperature zones. Thus, it is possible to keep in the same cellar several types of wines: red (from 10 to 18 ° C), white and rosé (from 6 to 10 ° C). Note that aging is not compatible with this type of cellar.

AGING for wines with conservation over a period of several months or years. This type of cellar offers the characteristics closest to those of a natural cellar: constant temperature (12 ° C), good air circulation, regulated humidity, absence of light. Ideal for lovers of great wines.

Multi-temperature, this type of cellar combines the uses of the cellar service and the aging cellar. It allows to preserve wines in time but also to keep the right temperature of tasting.

2. What is the right capacity of a wine cellar?

The capacity of your wine cellar depends on your use, your habits, your desires, your current and future stock of bottles. There is not really an ideal size. It can range from a few bottles to more than 300.

Good to know :
The capacity of the cellars is expressed in bottles. We consider the standard capacity of a bottle with 75 cl form Bordeaux.

3. What location for your cellar?

Think of installing your wine cellar in a stable place and if possible without vibrations in the surroundings (washing machine, boiler, circulation, ...) which can damage the process of conservation or aging of the wine.

Note that the location of your wine cellar will largely determine its maximum capacity to accommodate the bottles. If you are limited by space, opt for a small wine cellar. On the other hand, if you are not constrained by space, a large choice of wine cellars is offered to you. However, some guidelines must be observed:

Preserve your wine cellar from the light. Indeed, UV rays accelerate the natural redox of the wine. If you opt for a glass wine cellar door, make sure it is UV-treated.

Beware of odors: wine is very sensitive to odors. Avoid placing your wine cellar in a garage due to gasoline fumes. Avoid placing your wine cellar in a garage.

Choose the number of shelves of your wine cellar according to your use to avoid too many manipulations your bottles: the more the number of shelves is important, the less you will have to handle your bottles.

Maintain a constant temperature (between 10 and 14 ° C) to allow the aging process to proceed smoothly. Avoid putting your wine cellar near a window or radiator.

Maintain good moisture (between 55 and 75%).

4. Full door or glass door?

It all depends on the purpose you want to give your wine collection.
If your goal is to consume your bottles in a relatively short space of time, opt for a wine cellar with a glass door. In this case, the wine cellar is usually installed in living rooms to better admire the collection of bottles.

On the other hand, if you want to keep wine for long periods, it is better to point to a full door (for aging cellars). Indeed, avoiding light allows a better conservation and a good aging of the wine.
Good to know :
Make sure the glass door is treated against ultraviolet rays. Note that tinted doors are not automatically treated against spokes.

5. How to store wine bottles?

Presented in the form of a grid (steel or wooden) or drawer, the shelves serve as a support for storing the bottles. Fixed or sliding, they facilitate access to your bottles while keeping them lying down.

Good to know :
Avoid handling your bottles too often, this hurts the good preservation of the wine.

6. What temperature to taste the wine?

Each wine must have a specific tasting temperature which will enable it to develop all its aromas and bouquet.

As a general rule, the more light and fruity the wine is, the fresher its service temperature will be. On the other hand, the more rich and tannic a wine is, the higher its service temperature will be.

For more information, refer to the table below:

Type of wine Tasting temperature
Bordeaux 17-18 ° C
Red Burgundies 15-16 ° C
Light red wines and Alsace wines 10-14 ° C
Great wines of Champagne and white wines "fat" From 10 to 12 ° C
Rosé wines and dry and light white wines 8 to 10 ° C
Sweet and sweet white wines 7 to 9 ° C

7. What maintenance for your wine cellar?

To keep your wine cellar in optimum condition for the preservation or aging of the wine, it is essential to carry out regular maintenance. Thus, a complete cleaning is required on an annual basis (preferably in cool season).

- First disconnect the wine cellar
- Empty the wine cellar (remove bottles, shelves, thermometer, label holder ...)
- Clean the inside and outside of the wine cellar with A sponge soaked in a mixture of neutral soap and water and rinse with lukewarm water.
- Clean the ventilation grill and rinse with warm water.
- Change the charcoal filter (on the equipped cellars). This will allow the air circulating inside the cellar to keep its freshness.
- Never use detergent products

What guarantee to accompany your wine cellar in any circumstance?

By choosing an additional guarantee (paying) during your purchase, you benefit from 3 or 5 years of tranquility.

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