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How to choose a good wine cellar that can guarantee perfect conservation and excellent integration with home furnishings. Advice on factors to be evaluated and what to check before purchasing.
Aelectric cellar for wineit is essential to ensure the right temperature of the bottles. There wine cellarit is like a refrigerator and so it is important to learn how to read its energy label. Here is the information we can find:
- Energy class and consumption.
- Number of bottles it can hold.
- Average annual consumption.
- Sound emission in decibels.
Generally, all refrigerated cabinets are silent, even the cheapest, however it is better not to underestimate any parameter. Where then also inform you about:
- Temperature range within which the device is adjustable.
- Dimensions of the device.
- Distinction between zones.
- Ability to keep the humidity level constant.
If the cooler is intended to store fine wines, then it is also important to evaluate the humidity factor. If you only want to keep good wines, this factor is negligible.
How to choose a good wine cellar
The wine should be served at the right temperature to allow the liquid to fully release its aroma. Therecellarit should allow for temporary storage of the wine and accommodate the bottle in the time interval from purchase to serving.
A problem that arises in the choice ofwine cellarlies precisely in the temperature. There are young wines, full-bodied wines, sparkling wines, champagne… each wine must be kept at a certain temperature. For this reason they existwine cellarswithzone temperatures: for sparkling white, rosé, young and aged red wines and an area for champagne to be served chilled. These are cellars with three or more zones which however have very high costs.
A good compromise is to choose onecellarable to guarantee two temperature zones that you can adjust according to your needs.
In one area you can put white wines, rosé wines and sparkling wines (which need cooler temperatures) and in the other you can put young red wines that need higher temperatures. Aged wines need the cellar only in summer because in winter they keep well even out of the fridge.
Again, it is possible to adjust the two zones differently. In one area put the wines you intend to keep longer and in the other place the wines to be consumed immediately.
Wine cellar, prices
The price of a wine cellar varies a lot according to the required needs. The most expensive wine cellars are those with more than three temperature zones and which allow the “air conditioning” of the room and the control of the humidity level (see the next paragraph).
The cost is also linked to the energy class, the aesthetics of the appliance and its capacity in terms of the number of bottles it can accommodate.
To render the idea ofpricesI propose some models ofwine cellarwith an excellent value for money. First of all, I would like to point out an energy class B wine cellar, with 2 different cooling zones and a capacity of 34 liters (which is equivalent to 12 bottles of wine!). The wine cellar in question is equipped with a front LED panel, high-tightness integrated fans and solid wood shelving. The example described can be bought on Amazon at a price of 199 euros.
Why is it good value for money? Because the cellar shown in the photo above, at the opening of the page, despite having the same characteristics, is offered at a price of 249 euros. In addition, with a slightly lower budget (150 - 170 euros) you can buy a wine cellar with a single temperature adjustment zone.
For all the information on the prices of different models of wine cellars and of the one described, I refer you to the page:Klarstein Wine cooler on several shelves
On Amazon there are really many models ofwine cellarsavailable. Before purchasing, make your evaluations by analyzing your real needs.
How to age a fine wine
Fine wines to be aged cannot be included inwine coolersbecause they require long residence times and it is also necessary to intervene on humidity. In this context you will need oneair-conditioned refrigerator, there are compact ones but they have very high costs.
Wine can survive well in a temperature range between 8 and 18 ° C but does not like temperature changes. During the year, it needs to be stored at a constant temperature and, for long-term storage such as that expected for a wine to be aged, the interval must be between 10 and 12 ° C.
Why should a wine to be aged be kept in an air-conditioned cellar? Because there is a need to keep humidity levels under control. This need arises because of cork! A cork, if placed in an excessively humid environment, molds and spoils the wine. Otherwise, if placed in an excessively dry environment, it dries up and ... ruins the wine because it allows air to enter.
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