Have you ever opened a favorite bottle of fine wine, only to discover that the wine has spoiled? This is most likely due to improper storage. There are several wine storage mistakes many people make, but the good news is that there is a simple way to fix them all—by installing a high-quality wine fridge . Continue reading for a look at common wine storage problems and how a wine cooler can solve them.
Storing It in Your Regular Refrigerator
While it may seem like a simple solution to store your bottles of wine in your refrigerator, this is not an ideal option if you want to preserve each wine’s flavor. Refrigerators don’t have a designated area for bottles of wine, so the bottles must be stored upright—this allows the corks to dry out and shrink, letting air into the bottles. In addition, the temperature fluctuations that standard fridges experience can alter the flavor of the wine. A wine fridge will ensure that your wines are chilled to the appropriate temperature and stored in the best manner to preserve their flavors.
Putting It in Your Freezer
If you typically store your fine wines in a rack in your home, you may find yourself wanting to cool down a bottle quickly by sticking it in the freezer. This presents a few different problems. First, this will typically cool down your wine too much, which can affect your enjoyment when you do open the bottle. In addition, if you forget to retrieve your bottle in time, the wine may freeze and expand, causing the glass bottle to break. A better option is to enhance your luxury kitchen with a wine cooler so you’ll always have a bottle of wine chilled and ready to enjoy.
Exposing It to Light or Incorrect Humidity Levels
When a bottle of wine is left exposed to light, it changes the molecular structure of the wine, altering its flavors. Humidity levels are another common issue with wine storage—if the humidity is too low, it will allow the cork to dry out. If the humidity is too high, mold and mildew may grow on the bottle. Luxury wine coolers are designed to consistently maintain humidity at the right level for proper wine storage while protecting your bottles from excessive light exposure.
If you’re ready to savor your favorite fine wines right in your own home, then it’s time to add a wine storage and preservation unit to your luxury kitchen. At AUTCOhome Appliances’ three appliance showrooms in the St. Louis area, we offer a range of appliances built with reliable craftsmanship and sleek designs. Our brand partners include Sub-Zero, Thermador, and other professional-quality brands. Learn more by calling (314) 373-2000.