How To Store Wine: Wine Storage Guide
The type of wine storage you choose will depend on many different factors:–
How many bottles do you wish to store?
Do you wish to keep the bottles in their original cases?
Are you looking for something functional or an eye-catching wine display with lighting, perhaps with glass panels?
How important is accessibility to the bottles? Are you ok with several layers of bottles on one static shelf or would you prefer each shelf to accommodate just one layer of bottles and be able to slide the shelf out to access the bottles?
Is the room heated in the winter or will the wine storage cabinet need its own heater when the ambient temperature drops?
At Wine Storage Solutions Ltd we have a large array of wine storage options to cater for most requirements.
A wine cooler and a wine fridge are one and the same thing.
Single Temperature or Dual Temperature – It is important to remember that all wine – red, white, rose and Champagne should be kept long-term at cellar temperature, 12 or 13 degrees Celsius. This temperature allows young wines to mature to perfection and once mature, to stay in tip-top condition. If you want to keep your wine at ready-to-serve temperatures, you will need a dual-temperature cabinet to accommodate reds in one compartment and whites/Champagnes/roses in the other. Alternatively, you can use two separate single-temperature cabinets, one for reds at around 16C and the other for the whites/Champagnes/roses at around 7C. Although dual temperature models can be set to as low as 5 degrees Celsius, we recommend setting the temperature a little higher as you won’t taste much until the wine temperature comes up to around 8 or 9 degrees Celsius.
Shelving – One of the most important yet often overlooked features of a wine fridge is the design of the shelving system. Shelves in most wine fridges are made from wood and need to be around 2cm thick in order to take the weight of the bottles. Very often the shelving lay-out is such that you must place 2, 3 or more layers of bottles on the same shelf. This is good for maximising capacity but not so great from the point of view of quickly accessing the bottle you want. We put great thought into the design of the shelving system used in our Vin Garde wine fridges. The base of the shelf is made from metal and, although only 1mm thick, is robust enough to support the weight of the bottles. This saves almost 2cm in height compared with most other shelf designs. The extra height ‘gained’ leaves more room for larger bottle formats, so our shelves easily accommodate Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace bottles etc, even some Champagne marques – Veuve Cliquot and Laurent Perrier for example. The extra space also allows us to include more shelves, so the total capacity can be up to 176 bottles, all on sliding shelves with just one layer of bottles per shelf.
Lighting – Whilst some customers seek only perfect conditions for their precious bottles, and nothing else is important, others will be looking for a wine fridge which is pleasing on the eye. All Vin Garde cabinets are fitted with LED lighting down both sides and along the top. The dual-temperature models are fitted with LED lighting above the display shelves in each of the two compartments. There are 4 levels of intensity, or the lights can be switched off completely.
Sound Emissions & Energy Efficiency – A good wine fridge should be seen but not heard. Vin Garde cabinets are very suitable for home use at a comfortable 39Db and have an excellent energy rating of ‘B’.
Choice of Door Styles – Both styles incorporate a glass door. Our Full Glass Door has a black frame and the glass covers all of the frame, giving a nice glossy sheen, similar to that on the back of a smartphone. Our Stainless-steel glass door is a stainless steel door frame with a glass insert. Both door styles are fitted with locks.
Free-Standing or Stand Alone – All Vin Garde models are front-venting, so can be free-standing or built-in to a furniture surround. The width is always 595mm but when you build-in to furniture you should allow a further 20mm on each side, to facilitate access to the recessed door handles and to allow for the swing of the door as it opens. We use infills on each side which come up to the body of the cabinet, but not past the line of the door.
Single Temperature or Dual Temperature – you have two choices. Do you want to keep the wines at their respective ideal serving temperatures (reds in lower compartment at 16C and whites/champagnes in the upper compartment at 7C) or do you want to keep the wine long-term ? All wines – reds, whites, roses and champagnes should be stored long-term at cellar temperature, 12 or 13 degrees Celsius.
Can I Keep My Wine Fridge In An Unheated Room or Garage ? All Vin Garde wine fridges and coolers are fitted with both heating and cooling functions. In the summer months, only the cooling system will function. However, during winter months, if the fridge is located in a garage, outhouse etc, the heating function will automatically kick-in when the temperature drops below the set temperature, 12C. This will ensure that, year-round, your precious collection is being kept at ideal cellar temperature.
UV-Protected Glass Door – All Vin Garde models are fitted with UV-protected glass doors to ensure the well-being of the bottles within.
Door Locks – Locks are fitted to all models.
Wine Storage With Added Ooh-La-La !
The Wine Walls by Wine Storage Solutions are temperature-controlled and totally self-contained. No drainage or pipework is required. All the panels are flat-packed, so installation is possible in almost any location. There are two models, Solid Oak and Standard.
WINE WALL, SOLID OAK RACKING has a capacity of 414 bottles, including those bottles in the cases at the bottom. Warm white LED lighting is fitted at the top, above the cases and above those bottles at a display angle at the foot of each column and is remote controlled with a dimmer function. Available in any width from 1200 – 3000mm. Model shown below is 2495mm wide.
The Standard Wine Wall with 4 columns of standard racking, each column equipped with 9 sliding horizontal shelves and 4 sliding display shelves, has a capacity is 636 bottles.
The monobloc cellar cooler which sits at the top of the Wine Wall requires no drainage or pipework. The sliding glass doors are UV protected and fitted with locks. The insulated panels are made from extruded polyurethane, backed by aluminium painted black. They are flat-packed and assembled on site, so can be installed in almost any location. Available ins 2, 3 or 4 columns widths. Model shown above is the 4-column model, width 2495mm.
The refrigeration system is fitted within the central spine of the cabinet and glass doors and side panels can be fitted on all 4 sides, giving a 360-degree wine display. A solid rear wall is fitted if the cabinet is to be positioned against a wall at the rear. LED lighting is fitted in the corners with optional warm white with dimmer function and remote control.
A wide choice of frame finishes lets you to personalise your Teca cabinet. We can also finish the frame in any RAL code colour, so you can match the finish to other items in the room.
For large volume capacity requirements, we propose our Espace Walk-in Wine Cellars.
These self-contained wine rooms are made from aluminium-backed insulated panels which can be assembled in almost any space, garage, outhouse etc. No plumbing or drainage is required.
Supplied with wine racking, lighting and a cellar conditioning unit that also has a heating function, to maintain a perfect cellar temperature (12 or 13 Celsius) when the ambient temperature plummets during winter months. There are 4 sizes, accommodating 990 – 4000+ bottles.
The Espace is easy to assemble, although we offer an installation service. Should you move home, you take your Espace with you.
The shelves glide in and out on rollers. Each shelf can be used as a sliding shelf with just one layer of bottles or as a storage shelf for up to 4 layers of bottles, to maximise storage capacity
Our split-system cellar conditioners can be concealed either in or adjacent to the wine room. Temperature and humidity are perfectly maintained and can be monitored remotely. For rooms up to 230 cubic metres.