There are two kinds of wine lovers: those who like to indulge in wine immediately after purchasing it and those who like to store their wines and let them age to perfection. Regardless of whichever category you belong to, there are wine storage solutions available to meet your distinct needs. For short-term storage, a wine fridge is the sensible choice; whereas a wine cellar is a much more appropriate option for long-term wine storage. While both options respectively have their merits, they each serve slightly different purposes and therefore, have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages depending on the circumstances.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Wine Fridge
Wine fridges are ideal for ready-to-drink wines that you plan on consuming or serving right away. They are an excellent option for everyday use because you can conveniently place them anywhere in your home (i.e. kitchen, living room, dining room, etc.) and have easy access to your favourite wines when you need them. Depending on the design, wine fridges can be stylish conversation pieces and/or focal points in your room, almost like a display case for your best wines. They are also versatile. With dual-zone wine fridges, you can store wines at two different temperatures; on one side, you can store reds at a warmer temperature, and on the other side, you can store whites at a cooler temperature
Wine fridges, however, are not ideal for long-term wine storage and they often don’t cater to large or growing wine collections. It’s harder to store large varieties of wine in a wine fridge because not all wines can survive under the same storage conditions. As your collection grows, you will either need to purchase a larger wine fridge or transfer your collection to a wine cellar; this method will end up costing more in the long run. In addition, you cannot always control the vibration, odours, or amount of sunlight that enters the room where your wine fridge is located.
The Advantages of a Wine Cellar
Wine cellars create a fully climate-controlled environment, which makes them perfect for long-term wine storage. They usually include a vibration-free compressor to eliminate the chances of the wine being unceremoniously shaken or stirred by structural vibrations. From a design perspective, wine cellars can exponentially increase the value of your home by adding an unparalleled sense of style, class, and sophistication. Since they can be custom designed and built according to your preferences and requirements, you have a lot more room for experimentation when it comes to the aging process. For instance, you can purchase multiple bottles or even entire cases of the same wine; some can be for immediate consumption while others can be reserved for long-term usage.
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