Wines are sensitive to external factors such as temperature, humidity, and light. Proper wine storage requires an environment where climate conditions are monitored and light exposure is kept to a minimum. When stored under the right levels of temperature and humidity, wines will mature accordingly.
Wine cellars are the best location to store and age wines. However, not everyone has the financial capacity to have one installed right in their home. There are other types of wine storage solutions and alternatives available that can accommodate both small and large wine collections.
Refrigerated wine storage cabinets or active wine cabinets can replicate the optimal conditions afforded by a wine cellar on a smaller scale. On the other hand, passive wine cabinets have the absence of temperature and humidity controls, but can nevertheless provide a safe haven for wine bottles in varying storage capacities.
Wine cabinets are the best storage option because they combine all the essential aspects required to allow wines to develop and age fully. Wine storage cabinets are designed to keep the temperature between 50 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit. These cabinets are also engineered to maintain the right amount of humidity to prevent the air from drying out the corks.
Wine cabinets have ventilation systems that allow proper air circulation inside the storage compartments. Lack of ventilation can promote mold infestation and bacteria that can damage corks and wine labels. The presence of molds can also cause odor that can greatly affect the taste and flavor of wines.
Another essential feature of wine storage cabinets is that they provide wine bottles with maximum protection against incandescent light. Wine storage display cabinets are also designed for whisper quiet operation and less vibration. In order for wines to mature nicely, they need to be stored in a stable and calm environment.
In terms of aesthetic quality, wine cabinets come in different designs and features that can suit various storage requirements and complement any interior décor. Most of the cabinets have a combination of a traditional and modern look that allows them to blend well with existing furniture in the room.
There are some important things that need to be considered when purchasing a wine cabinet. The unit must have good insulation and well-sealed doors. UV protective coating is a must if the wine cabinet has glass doors. An efficient wine cabinet should also have interior lights and a retractable shelving system for ease of access.
At Wine Cellar Specialists, they provide refrigerated wine storage cabinets of the highest quality and affordability. They have a wide selection of cabinets that can accommodate your style needs, space requirements, and price range.
Wine Cellar Specialists have wine cabinet experts who can help you decide on the right wine storage display cabinet for your collection. They can also design wine cabinets according to your specifications, for that added custom feel to your storage space.
Check out this line of wine cabinets made by Wine Cellar Specialists:
Wine Coolers are designed to maintain wine at the proper serving temperature. They have wide temperature fluctuations and lack the high humidity, low vibration and low light conditions that are provided by Wine Cabinets. The temperatures are set at a cooler temperature for whites and a warmer temperature for reds. Many Wine Coolers are duel zone for this reason.
Wine Cabinets are designed for storage and aging at 55 to 60 degrees. This temperature range is warmer than the serving temperature for white wines and cooler than the serving temperature for reds. It is suggested that if you want to drink a wine directly from a Wine Cabinet, that you place a white wine in an ice bucket for a few minutes before serving or allow the red wine to warm up out of the cabinet. Proper aging also requires the storage cabinet have low vibration, low light and proper humidity, as well as proper storage temperatures.
Multi-Temperature Wine Cabinets are somewhat of a combination of the two. They have a small section usually at the bottom that is cooler for white wine serving temperatures, they have a small section usually at the top that is warmer for red wine serving temperatures, and there is a larger section usually in the center that maintains the 55-60 degree range for storage.
The majority of people who store their wines in a cooled environment opt for a traditional Wine Cabinet. However, it is important to look at your wine drinking trend and decide for yourself if you want to store your wines for aging or do you just want to have them ready to drink within a shorter period of time.
There are many things to look for when choosing a wine cabinet for your home or business.
These are just a few.
How many bottles do you want to store? Make sure the wine cabinet is big enough not only for the bottles you currently have but for twice that amount… as your collection will grow once you have proper wine storage.
- Be sure that the niche size for the bottles in the cooler is large enough. Some coolers out there only allow room for an average size 750 bottle. If you have Pinots or larger odd shaped bottles, they may not fit. You want at least 3 3/4″ of space.
- Be sure you research the quality of the manufacturer. Make sure that you are purchasing a unit that will last.
- Check to see if your wine cooling unit also has humidity control.
- Depending on where you plan to place the cooler… you may want one with both cooling and heating capabilities.
- Look not only at function but style. Do you want a furniture look or something more refrigerator looking.
- Look at the warranty. Some manufacturers will pay for parts and labor for a specific period of time. Others only parts. Some will require their in house service people make all recommendations for service under their warranties. Others pay for in-house service through a network of technicians. Warranty time frames also vary.
Do you want metal or wood wine racks? Do you want individual niches or shelves? Do you want them stationary or rolling? This is a matter of personal choice and look.
- Are you planning on placing this in an open space or in a niche? How high are your ceilings? These things will determine if you can go with a rear venting unit, a top venting unit, or a front venting unit.
- Do you want a single temperature unit for storage or a multi-temperature unit for storage and drinking temps?
- Do you want a unit with a built in wine cooling system or a self-contained system? There are pros and cons to each.
- What is your price range? It is always better to spend a little more to get a quality unit than to go cheap and be disappointed when the unit is poor quality and does not last. Wine cabinets can range from $500-600 for a small inexpensive unit to $10,000-$12,000 or more for a large deluxe furniture model.
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The Residential Wine Closet Cabinets on our website are becoming a major product line for us this year. The level of interest in these types of pre-built wine storage and display closet cabinets is clearly on the rise.
Many home owners are finding that these types of pre-built wine cabinets are the perfect solution for those with only a small amount of available space but who still would like to have the look of a built in wine cellar in their home or condominium.
Home builders are more and more adding them as an option to be added for new home sales. Realtors are often suggesting them as an add-on for home buyers who love wine want a place to store their wine collection. Home owners are finding it an inexpensive alternative to adding full custom wine cellars to their home.
In this video of a wine closet cabinet installed in Dallas Texas we show just how easy they are to install.
These Wine Closet Cabinets can easily be fit into the limited space of a small closet. They do not require a full build out and re-construction of the room. They simply require an opening of 34″ wide (or more) with a minimum of at least 30″ deep and 80″ high. This space will also require a dedicated 110 outlet at the back or side, which can easily be added if it is not already in place.
The wine closet cellar cabinets arrive fully built. All you need to do is attach the top trim and side flanges, plug in the cord, slide it into the closet area, and add molding of your choice to match your decor. (Moldings not included) There you have it! A closet wine cellar that looks like it was custom built for your home.
The cabinets usually include wine cabinet cooling units. The Whisperkool 2500 front vented wine cooling units are commonly used. These keep you wine collection in the ideal environment for preservation and aging.
These wine closet cabinets typically include a display row with pre-installed led lighting to make the closet a really interesting highlighted feature in your home. Additional display rows can be added if looks, rather than the amount of storage, is your priority. They include a full glass display door to enable you to view and show off your wine collection.
Installing a closet cabinet will generally cost you about 50-85% less than doing a full custom wine closet build out. The wine closets are available in a choice of light, medium, or dark wood finishes. You can add additional display rows and you can have the cabinet made wider to fit larger closets.
This Wine Closet Cabinet shown here was installed in Chicago Illinois and was created using a space just 34″ wide, 30″ deep, 80″ high. It can store up to 166 bottles in the racking plus there is a little extra room for bulk storage either side of the cooling unit which can be used for larger format wine bottles.
The estimated cost for these wine cabinets as shown above including shipping, a local contractor to install it, a dedicated electrical outlet in the back of your closet, removal of your closet door, making the opening the correct size, if necessary… and the addition of molding around the finished cabinet…… usually comes out at less than $5000 all in!
The Cabinet only is $3895.00 plus shipping to your location.
Call us today for exact pricing for your delivered Closet Wine Cabinet!