Wine Storage FAQs Frequently Asked Questions About Storing Wine
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How do I choose what type of refrigerated wine storage cabinet or wine cooler is best?
A good starting point is to ask how many bottles you wish to store.
Do you prefer all bottles to be on slide-out shelves (type C shelving) or do you want to maximise the wine cabinet’s bottle capacity by having a mixture of storage and sliding shelves (type M shelving)?
The storage [CM1] shelves hold several layers of bottles on the same shelf, up to six layers high.
This increases the wine cabinet’s bottle capacity but makes access to the bottles more difficult (to retrieve those bottles on the lower layers, you need to remove the bottles on the upper layers).
Next, decide whether you require the features offered by the Prestige range and if a glass door is a preferred option.
The single temperature wine cooler models keep all wines, reds, whites and champagnes at perfect cellar temperature for long-term storage.
For those who would also prefer to have some wines at ready-to-serve temperatures, the 3-temperature wine cooler model Castel features upper and lower compartments for reds at 17°C and whites/champagnes at 7°C.
Why might I need a humidity alarm in my wine cooler?
The alarms (which are standard in the Transtherm Prestige range wine coolers) warn if the temperature within the wine cabinet is different from the set temperature or, in the case of the humidity alarm, warn if humidity levels are either too low or too high.
How does a 3-temperature wine cabinet work?
These flexible wine coolers offer 3 different temperature zones: 17°C in the top compartment for red wine ready to serve, 12°C in the large central area for long-term storage of both reds and whites, and 7°C in the bottom compartment to keep white wine or champagne ready to serve.
What is the best application for a multi-temperature wine cooler?
Multi-temperature wine coolers are most commonly found in restaurant and hospitality settings and allow the sommelier to keep all types of wine at their respective perfect serving temperatures within the same wine cabinet.
For domestic use, the 3-temperature Transtherm Castel model is usually the preferred option.
What is the difference between M & C shelf types?
Type M means a mixture of storage shelves and sliding shelves.
Type C means all sliding shelves from top to bottom.
Type C shelving allows instant access to all bottles within the cabinet.
Type M shelving provides greater bottle capacity, but the bottles are more difficult to access, lying layer upon layer on the storage shelf.
How should I store maturing cases of champagne or sparkling wine?
The bottles should be laid down, at cellar temperature.
Can I store a mixture of Bordeaux and Rhone-shaped bottles?
Yes. The shelves are adapted to hold just about any bottle shape – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Alsace, Champagne etc.
What is the difference between a Cavispace and Espace walk in wine cellar?
The Cavispace wine cellar has a cooling unit only (no heating function like the Espace), so it can only be kept inside the home, not in a garage or outhouse. Cavispace racks are static racks for cases and/or bottles while the Espace shelves can slide out.
What preparation or tools are required for installation?
None – a screwdriver is the only tool required.
How much does the Wine Storage Solutions installation service cost?
This depends on which model you choose. For instance, installation of the Espace 900 and Cavispace are £240.00 (excluding VAT).
Does it matter if my walk in wine cellar is not full at all times?
No, although it is better to be full or nearly full, as the thermal mass means that the cellar cooling unit doesn’t have to run for too long.
Do walk in wine cellars have interior lighting?
Yes – one battery-powered light is supplied with Cavispace and two for Espace 900 walk in wine cellar.
Will my walk in wine cellars come fitted with a lock?
What is a monobloc wine cellar conditioner?
A self-contained unit which is mounted through a hole in the wall of the cellar and vents out into an internal room, not through an outside wall. No drainage is required, the system is entirely self-contained.
What is a split-system wine cellar conditioner?
The evaporator is inside the cellar and the condensing unit is outside the building, with the two connected by copper piping. The evaporator needs to be connected to a drain. There are options to conceal the evaporator in a ceiling void or behind a wall or concealed by furniture inside the cellar.
Can a wine cellar conditioner be fitted in my existing wine cellar or storage area?
Yes, but this leads to many questions regarding what work needs to be done and drilling through walls.
Who can install my wine cellar conditioner?
Monobloc units are easy to install by a builder and Wine Storage Solutions can send installation instructions. Monobloc units are supply only. For split-system installations we supply an engineer to fit the entire system.
Do I need a wine cellar conditioner?
Not if the cellar temperature is a steady 12C. Otherwise, yes.
My cellar is not sealed like a walk in wine cellar: will a cellar conditioner be effective?
We can compensate for poorly insulated rooms but it involves using more powerful equipment which is costlier to purchase and run.
How high can wine racking safely be stacked?
The wine racking should be secured to the wall (this doesn’t need to be load bearing).
Wine Storage FAQS Frequently Asked Questions About Storing Wine.