Refrigerated Wine Coolers – Featured 5

Regular readers of my wine blog know that I suggest buying a refrigerated wine cooler when you don’t have the space to build your own home wine cellar.

Here we’d like to present reviews of our “featured five” … five of the best refrigerated wine cellars that are worthy of consideration …

Vinotheque Wine Reservoir Wine Cellar (1-Temp) (Black - Glass Door)

Vinotheque Wine Reservoir designed for effective wine storage at an economical price. This 1-temperature wine cellar allows everyone from the novice to the expert to enjoy the art of wine collecting without concern that their wine investment will be ruined by adverse temperature & humidity conditions. The Wine Reservoir has the optimum temperature control with a practical size that will fit into almost any space. Collect your wine in the knowledge that your vintages are well preserved.

Stores up to 224 Bordeaux size wine bottles 1-Temperature zone Black Finish with Glass Door Self-contained cooling unit (1000 BTU) Door gasket to keep cool air in and warm air out. Wire shelving. Lock included. Size: 68’H x 27-‘W x 29’D *Capacity is based on standard 750 mL size bottles. Larger Pinot Noir/Rhone size bottles may limit the capacity.

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EuroCave Performance 283 Wine Cellar (2 Temp) (Black - Solid Door)

Individually handcrafted in a thirty-step process the EuroCave Performance 283 will provide years of smooth quiet vibration-free service with the utmost ease of operation. Stored in these true wine cellars your finest vintages will develop to their full potential. Also the security lock and key will keep your valuable collection protected. Available with either 1-Temperature Zone 2-Temperature Zones or 3-Temperature Zones. The 1-temperature cabinet re-creates the natural deep cellar and ensures a constant optimum temperature between 55F and 57F but has a temperature range of 41F to 68F. The hygrometer provides an LCD display to advise of humidity range. Built-in alarm alerts when humidity level falls below 50%. Water can be added to cassettes to increase humidity to optimum range of 50–80%. The 2-temperature cabinet has 2 distinct compartments; the aging compartment (48-59F) for storing and aging your wine and the serving compartment (41-54F) for chilling white wines and champagne for service. The 2-temperature unit does not contain a hygrometer or a lava rock cassette. The 3-temperature cabinet has 3 distinct compartments; The room temperature compartment at the top keeps red wines at their recommended serving temperature (59-72F) the aging compartment (48-59F) for storing and aging your wine and the serving compartment (41-54F) for chilling white wines and champagne for service. The 3-temperature unit does not contain a hygrometer or a lava rock cassette. *Capacity is based on standard 750 mL size bottles. Larger Pinot Noir/Rhone size bottles may limit the capacity. If you would like to store larger bottles you can easily adjust the height of any of the shelves.

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Le Cache European Country 5200 Wine Cellar (Classic)

Inspired by the timeless grace of European Country furniture the Le Cache European Country 5200 is a sophisticated wine cellar in both form and function. Designed for connoisseurs who wish to showcase larger collections without ruining their decor it is the ideal wine cellar for a living room or den. Stores up to 622 wine bottles in total; 544 racked. This top-of-the-line wine cellar provides digital temperature control and optimal humidity levels while protecting your wine from harmful UV rays and vibration. Its all-wood Interlock racking system accommodates large-format bottles and looks great under the soft interior light. Elegantly appointed with 2-pane glass door, cherry wood crown and base molding and hand woodcarving, it is a beautiful and functional piece of furniture. Features hand-carved wood trim hardwood French doors • Double-pane UV protective glass • Le Cache CellarPro cooling system • Digital temperature display and control • Top-vent exhaust • SB/0 Technology • Zero Set Back from wall • All-wood Interlock racking for large format bottles • Low-heat interior light • Security lock Available in 3 professional finishes: Provincial Classic, Cherry and Chocolate Cherry •  Size: 91’H x 79’W x 31′ D
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Vinotheque Monterrey 4 Door Credenza Wine Cellar (Double Depth)Vinotheque wine storage solutions are the ultimate marriage of superb furniture styling, optimum storage flexibility and state-of-the-art wine refrigeration. The Monterey Credenza offers the efficiency of traditional wine cabinets, the contemporary look of a credenza with the elegance of a finely crafted piece of furniture. This four-door unit has the capacity of 252 bottles.

It is the only QT series credenza on the market and offers efficient cooling and humidity maintenance with the quietness of the QT cold plate evaporator system.

The credenza comes with raised mouldings around the interior door panels as well as side panel and base mouldings to create an elegant statement of wine collecting.
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EuroCave Performance 283 Elite Wine Cellar (1-Temp) (Mahogany - Solid Door)The only TRUE Wood Cabinet Wine Cellar in the market today. The EuroCave Performance 283 Elite wine cellar provides the same internal sophistication and qualities of the EuroCave Performance but wrapped in solid beechwood. Available with either a 1-Temperature Zone or 3-Temperature Zone. The 1-temperature cabinet re-creates the natural deep cellar and ensures a constant optimum temperature between 55F and 57F. The hygrometer provides an LCD display to advise of humidity range. Built-in alarm alerts when humidity level has fallen below 50%. Water can be added to included lava rock cassette to increase humidity to optimum range of 50-80%. The 3-temperature cabinet has 3 distinct compartments; The room temperature compartment at the top keeps red wines at their recommended serving temperature (62-66F) the aging compartment (53-57F) for storing and aging your wine and the serving compartment (40-44F) for chilling white wines and champagne for service. The 3-temperature unit does not contain a hygrometer or a lava rock cassette. Individually handcrafted, the EuroCave Performance 283 Elite will provide years of smooth quiet vibration-free service with the utmost ease of operation. Stored in these true wine cellars your finest vintages will develop to their full potential. The security lock will keep your valuable collection protected. *Capacity is based on standard 750 mL size bottles. Larger Pinot Noir/Rhone size bottles may limit the capacity. If you would like to store larger bottles you can easily adjust the height of any of the shelves.
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Is your wine poorly stored and subjected to fluctuations in temperature? Temperature fluctuations can destroy your valuable wine collection by prematurely aging it.

If you don’t have the space to build a home wine cellar a temperature controlled refrigerated wine cooler may be a practical option.

When storing and cooling wine it is important to understand that standard home or commercial refrigeration equipment is not well suited to cooling wine for following reasons:

  • It’s designed for food products, not to store your wines. What works for T-bone and vegetables is not the best thing for your expensive wine.
  • It’s designed to remove heat and moisture – Wine does not give off heat or moisture. So we end up with an environment that’s way too dry for wine. This will cause wine corks to shrink and then air can get in. Once air can get in, wine can get out and your wine is ruined. A refrigerated wine cooler will not dehydrate the atmosphere. It is designed to retain the ideal level of humidity within the cellar.
  • Built to a price, not a standard – home refrigeration equipment is designed to be price competitive so vibration, noise and appearance aren’t high priorities. Vibration will eventually destroy a fine wine. A wine cellar is a real conversation piece and you’ll always have people ‘inspecting’ your collection. Refrigerated wine cabinets can be quite plain in construction but can also be designed as beautiful pieces of furniture.

Remember that the way wine is stored has a direct impact on the way it ages. Wine not stored in ideal temperature and humidity conditions will not develop as the winemaker intended and may age too quickly, destroying the taste and beauty of the wine along the way.

So, if you don’t have the space to build your own wine cellar, to properly cool and humidify your wine you’ll require a refrigerated wine cooler or wine cabinet.

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