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KingsBottle 98 Bottle Single Zone Wine Cooler, Borderless Black Glass Door

728795391768 Finish: Black Features: -Long life, high quality, quiet running compressor that provides vibration free cooling.-State of the art fan – circulated air distribution and cooling systems.-High end digital display controllers from Italy.-Load-bearing, non-warping hard wood designer shelves.-Steel ball-bearing rollers to ensure effortless placement and extraction of bottles regardless of weight.-Gas charged tempered glass safety doors.-UV double layered coated glass to protect wine from both incandescent and fluorescent light sources.-Locks with a spare key to protect your stock.-Unique front vented heat dispersion systems that allow each cellar to be built-in to cabinetry with minimal clearance.-With full glass door. Dimensions: -55.43” H x 23.54” W x 26.97” D, 198.4 lbs.

The Basics of Storing Wine

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While most wines are sold ready to drink, many folks buy in bulk for a discount or save something unique for a special occasion without intending to open it right way. As long as the wines you buy don’t come in a bag, the thought of proper storage has probably crossed your mind at least once or twice, but not everyone knows where to begin. Since a wine hobby can begin adding up in a hurry it’s wise to consider how to best to protect that investment, so here are a few tips on the basics of storing wine.

What to Consider

While some truly can improve with age, in most cases the goal is simply to help maintain the wine’s quality, or slow the rate of deterioration. Oxygen is the simultaneous best friend and worst enemy as good wines need a bit to age, but too much or too long can turn them acidic and vinegary. Beyond oxidation, the three factors that impact the quality of the bottle’s journey through time are temperature, humidity, and exposure to light. While specialized wine coolers exist for optimizing storage conditions, a humidity of 50-80% and temps in the mid 50s to low 70s is suitable for most wines.

Typical At-Home Environment

Consistency is ideal, so mitigating fluctuations in any of the above variables is key. When considering the best place in your home to store away your burgeoning bottle collection, the basement is typically ideal given the characteristically cool temperatures and stable humidity.

While it’s tempting to keep bottles close at hand, areas like the kitchen can be the worst case scenarios for wine as cooking with the oven or stove both drastically alter the environmental conditions in the room.

For those without a basement at hand, a closet (far from the kitchen!) can be a viable alternative. While temperature and humidity fluctuation will be roughly on par with the rest of the home, the major benefits shared by both basement and closet is limited exposure to light and helping ensure that bottles aren’t bumped, jostling the sediment in the bottle.

No matter where you end up keeping your bottles, it’s typically best to store them lying down on their sides. While this isn’t necessary for bottles with plastic or synthetic corks, those with natural corks can dry out over time when upright, accelerating the rate of oxidization. Lying prone helps keep the cork moist from the inside and stay fully expanded, better sealing the neck of the bottle.

When is it time to upgrade?

For most of us, identifying a place in the home that’s best suited for wine storage is where the journey ends, but as your collection continues to grow it becomes even more important to protect that investment. Adding a humidifier or dehumidifier to a spare room is a fairly easy upgrade, whereas creating separate thermostat zones or a true cellar with adequate ventilation represents a far more serious investment. One great solution between these extremes is a wine cooler or beverage fridge, as they’re available in a range of capacities that still fit under a counter top. Perhaps most importantly of all, one available advantage over other systems is a dual-zone capability, since not all wines thrive under the same storage conditions.

Some people say that it’s time to consider serious storage solutions when your collection eclipses 20-30+ bottles, or when your annual purchases exceed “X thousand” dollars, but by either rule you should consider your needs and your means. If most of your bottles cost less than $20 they’re likely ready to drink now, and if you’re a fan of whites or sparkling wines there’s no real upside to the prolonged aging that benefits some reds. But for those who want their ready to drink wines held at the ideal conditions, or have some bottles that won’t be consumed tomorrow, it could be time to make the leap.

KingsBottle 50 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler, Black

Overall dimensions: 23.62W x 23.42D x 33.86H inches. Holds up to 50 bottles in one space. Solid frame made from sturdy metal. Choose from the available design options. Compressor-style dual-zone controller. Front heat vent for integrated installation.

Haier 26 Bottle Built-In or Freestanding Wine Cellar Black

Haier 26 Bottle Built-In or Freestanding Wine Cellar BlackThis Haier 26 Black Bottle Built-in or Freestanding Wine Cellar features: adjustable settings for red and white wine, electronic temperature control, LED display for temperature read-out, 5 glide-out chrome storage racks with wood trim, chrome storage bottom rack, interior light, flat full-view blue-gray tint glass door with silver metal trim, auto door stop, reversible door, over temp alarm system, and is UL/CUL approved. The handsome wooden racks on this wine cellar provide stylish storage for your finest wines!

Price: $499.99

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12-Bottle Counter Top Single-Zone Wine Cooler

12-Bottle Counter Top Single-Zone Wine CoolerInnovative design allows the standing or vertical storageAccommodates 12 bottles8 bottles horizontal and 4 bottles vertical10″ W x 25 1/4″ H x 20 1/4″ D

Price: $129.99

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Ravi Solution Instant Wine Chiller

Ravi Solution Instant Wine ChillerRavi is based on the innovative concept of cooling wine at the very moment it is served. It is not the bottle that is cooled, but the wine itself. The cooling process takes place as the wine passes through an internal tube in the Ravi. Use of the valve allows you to regulate the amount of time the wine is cooled. The internal tube of the Ravi is made from the same stainless steel used for wine fermentation tanks and maintains the wine’s characteristics and never alters the taste. The Ravi will cool wine within seconds which means no more waiting and no more messy ice buckets to contend with. Since not all wines are enjoyed at the same temperature, Ravi has a valve that controls the flow of wine to regulate the temperature. Store the Ravi in the freezer, when needed place the Ravi into your wine bottle and in mere seconds you can savor your wine cooled to exactly the right temperature. Unfortunately, red wines are usually served too warm and the alcohol tends to predominate, concealing the fruit of the wine. Ravi enables your wine to instantly go from room temperature to that of a wine cellar. When enjoying a white wine or a rose, the Ravi can cool your wine to perfection. The Ravi was born from two years of work with oenologists, designers and other wine-making specialists. To use, simply keep the Ravi in the freezer so it is ready to go. When needed, insert the Ravi into the bottle neck as you would a cork, and pour. The wine is chilled as it passes through the frozen stainless steel tube. The air hole or valve allows you to control the temperature drop. Covering the hole slows the flow of the wine, the more time it spends in the Ravi, the colder your wine will get. Hand wash. Made in Canada.

Price: $39.95

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Wine Enthusiast Silent 16 Bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator

Wine Enthusiast Silent 16 Bottle Touchscreen Wine RefrigeratorA stylish freestanding addition to any room… Enhances living areas with designer styling, including a reflective smoked-glass door. Increases the convenience of temperature control with an exterior digital touchscreen. Protects the taste of reds and whites with updated, virtually silent cooling technology All for a price that makes enjoying wine affordable! A thermoelectric, energy-efficient, CFC-free wine cooler. ETL approved. 16-bottle capacity* Adjustable temperature range: 54-66°F Exterior digital touchscreen with temperature display Reflective smoked-glass Thermopane door with recessed handle 3 pull-out chrome shelves Interior LED lighting Freestanding only** Size: 20-1/4″H w/hinge x 17-1/4″W x 19″D *Note: Shelving is meant to hold standard 750 mL size bottles, using larger Pinot Noir/Rhone size bottles may limit the capacity. If you would like to store larger bottles you can easily remove any of the shelves. This will also prevent scraping the labels on the larger bottles. **Applications: This model is not meant to be built-in to cabinetry, recessed or put underneath a counter. Additionally this model is not meant to be used in an enclosed area. While the back of the unit does produce a minimal amount of heat, it still needs to vent to an open area

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Deluxe 32 Bottles Dual Zone Double Doors Wine Cooler with Wood Shelves

Deluxe 32 Bottles Dual Zone Double Doors Wine Cooler with Wood ShelvesPWC-32DWX Features: -Free standing cellar, black cabinet with stainless steel insert, tempered and anti UV glass door. -Sleek, black and stainless mirrored design offers an exclusive modern look. -Energy-efficient, ultra-quiet thermoelectric cooling technology. -Holds up to 32 bottles with 14 removable wood shelves. -Easy to use digital control panel. -Double-paned glass door offers additional insulation and UV protection. -Soft interior light with on/off switch and bright blue LED display in each compartment. -Temperature range: from 46 to 66 degrees fahrenheit upper zone. -Overall Dimensions: 32.5” H x 20.67” W x 20.25” D. -At-home 2 year limited warranty. Manual

Price: $479.99

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Haier HVF024BBG 24-Bottle Single-Zone Wine Cellar, Black

Haier HVF024BBG 24-Bottle Single-Zone Wine Cellar, Black24 Bottle Mechanical (Compressor Type) Wine Fridge- Black. Features: Flat Glass Door with Blue Gray Tint and Graphite Trim; Heavy-duty Brushed Metal Handle; Adjustable Electronic Thermostat; Automatic Setting for Red and White Wine; 3 Flat Chrome Storage Racks and 2 Half Depth Flat Racks; Dual-function LED Readout; Lock & Key; Graphite Matte Work Top; Soft Interior Lighting; Leveling Legs.

Price: $249.99

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Vinotemp VT-28TEDS Thermo-Electric Digital 28-Bottle Wine Chiller, Black and Stainless

Vinotemp VT-28TEDS Thermo-Electric Digital 28-Bottle Wine Chiller, Black and StainlessVinotemp VT-28TEDS Thermo Electric Digital Stainless Steel (28) Bottle wine cooler. Attractive free-standing cellar with double paned glass door and stainless steel trim Thermoelectric temperature control for ultra-quiet and energy efficient operation. Sturdy shelf racking for individual bottle storage.

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Wine Quote Of The Day

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

— Francis Bacon

Featured Wine Term

Ullage — the empty space left in bottles and barrels as a wine evaporates.

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