Many people are unaware of the true sensitivity of wine and how carefully it needs to be stored to maintain integrity. Below are a few of the more important features to look for in the perfect wine cooler.
Under Counter Designs
Wine is very sensitive to vibration. Placing a wine cooler on top of counter might be convenient, but a heavy traffic area can provide more vibration and movement than what is healthy for your wine. Coolers that fit under the counter might be a better option. They can be placed in an out-of-the-way area of the kitchen that remains relatively untouched. What your wine needs is to be left alone until it is time to choose and drink.
Consistent Temperature Control
Temperature sensitivity is typical of all wines. Having the product too warm will cause the wine to lose the signature flavor and possibly begin to develop mold. A good wine cooler will control the temperature consistently and offer a contained way to ensure the temperatures remain steady in multiple compartment units.
Wine bottles are stored on their side to help keep the cork enclosures moist. If they are allowed to dry out, air will invade the bottle and destroy the integrity of the wine. You want a cooler that allows for the bottles to be stored completely flat and sideways, rather than at an angle.
Humidity is another element that needs to be controlled to ensure that the quality of the wine remains intact. Dryer, more humid air within the cooler can do damage to the cork and allow air inside. Too much humidity will make the appliance run harder to maintain a steady temperature. The best wine coolers try and balance the levels of humidity.
UV Blocking Door
UV rays of the sun can damage wine to the point it is not drinkable. The color will fade and overall integrity of the wine product is ruined when exposed to large amounts of UV rays. Placement of the wine cooler is important. You ant the appliance away from any direct sunlight. having a UV blocking door is essential.
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