Let me just say this up front—I don’t know too much about wine. However, I do know a lot about storing things and the technology that enables us to do so.
But if you care about wine, then you’ll care about how you are storing it. While your house will probably never reach the sheer magnitude of the wine cellar at Aureole Las Vegas—where I did not consume the wine out of fear and anxiety and several years of sobriety—there is no reason you can’t step your wine storage game.
First, the kitchen refrigerator is no place for wine, next to the beer and mustard. For one thing, a regular refrigerator keeps food stored at about 45°—which is the low end for wine. Ideally, you want to be between 45° and 65°—and most people split the difference and say, 55°.
So wine, particularly good wine, demands its own storage. Here are a few refrigerators and coolers to give your wine to find a nice, chilly home.
1. Ivation Premium Stainless Steel 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler/Chiller
There is a reason this Ivation appears at the top of many wine cooler lists. At under $200 it’s affordable and offers many of the features of larger, more expensive refrigerators. It’s a single zone cooler, which means that every bottle of wine is cooled at the same temperature.
This is a perfect wine cooler for someone who is just interested in keeping a dozen bottles on hand, generally of the same type (red or white), or has only a small space in their apartment or studio for wine storage. The solid polyurethane heavy foam and Thermopane doors keep out odors and light to maintain constant humidity, which is important for cork health and the wine molecules themselves.
It also maintains a consistent temperature, which is set through the digital LCD display. The oak shelves are a nice balance to the modern stainless steel design. It will fit anywhere you have space to store wine and runs quiet and without vibration—something that also affects aging and settling of wine.
2. Phiestina Dual Zone Wine Cooler Refrigerator
When you are ready to step up from being a casual wine drinker, then you are going to want a wine cooler with a little complexity. (You know, like the difference between red and white.) That’s what this Phiestina Dual Zone Wine Cooler offers, two zones for two different types of wine that each require their own home and temperature control.
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With a dual-zone wine cooler you get exactly that — two areas, each with its own temperature control. The reason, of course, is that red and white wines should be stored and cooled separately, due to different molecular construction.
Six racks in two zones carry 33 bottles so your guests will have that ever-coveted choice of wine, rather than whatever lukewarm Chianti you generally serve. Compression cooled, blue LED lighting and digital controls keep the Phiestina squarely in the modern chic category while the small footprint keeps it under a counter top or in the corner.Despite having a smaller 800W motor, this Shark Navigator model is surprisingly powerful and competes quite well when compared to their 1200W models. It utilizes their Zero-M technology that removes hair wrap from the brush roll on the go. Even though this is a relatively compact vacuum cleaner and weighs only 13-pounds, it has a larger than average dust cup – 2.2 ounces.
3. LANBO Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator
Once you’ve grown your collection of wine beyond the dozen or so bottles on your counter—and you’ve become that friend who keeps a bowl of used corks on the counter— you may want a cooler installed as part of the kitchen. That’s the Lanbo Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator.
It’s a bit pricier than a personal unit, but is meant to sit under the counter right next to your dishwasher, so the pricing is definitely commensurate with an appliance.
The Lanbo has a double-paned tempered glass door, beech wooden shelves and temperature memory functions for both zones.
It’s fan cooled and vents front facing so you don’t have to worry about the compressor blowing because the vent is blocked under the counter. The best part is a built-heat detector that intelligently adjusts the temperature. It looks sleek in the kitchen as an appliance, but it’s missing something.
4. Allavino FlexCount Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator
What the Lanbo is missing, the Allavino FlexCount has. The FlexCount has that slick, black look that not only would look clean and modern under the counter, but would stand out in any kitchen.
You are a wine drinker. You know things about regions, varietals, vintages—and you are comfortable using words like terroir.
With a 56-bottle storage capacity, the Allavino FlexCount also offers dual-zone temperature control as well as an advanced cooling system that is not only vibration free, but also uses 25% less energy than most wine coolers.
An added benefit of the Allavino FlexCount, because you are such a wine lover and have bottles of different sizes, is a versatile shelf system that allows for varying bottle shapes.
5. Kalamera Freestanding Wine Refrigerator
Okay, now you’ve gone and done it. Wine is your life now. Your knowledge base has expanded.
You spend your weekend trolling local wineries and mocking the selection at your friends’ dinner parties.
When you’ve reached this level, you buy the Kalamera Freestanding Wine Refrigerator. That’s right, a wine refrigerator.
It’s not a cooler, it’s not casual. This thing is business. With a 157- bottle capacity in dual zones, this is the upgrade you’ve been dreaming of.
This is what your mom was talking about when she told you to find your purpose. Your purpose is wine and the Kalamera Freestanding Wine Refrigerator is the place to store it.