While home entertainers don’t want to be trekking up and down stairs between bottles, wine requires a cool, dark and slightly humid atmosphere to be kept at its best. Sound high maintenance? It’s time to invest in a wine fridge.
Taste & Longevity
Whether you are an aficionado or a casual drinker on a budget, wine is temperamental and will go bad in the wrong environment, but finding prime wine-storage real estate in your own home is a challenge in its self. Anywhere too hot will spoil the taste but even if your home is cool, temperature fluctuation affects the flavour just as much. By providing optimal and consistent temperatures, a wine cooler keeps your vino tasting good and lasting longer.
Looks might not be everything, but they definitely count for something and a sleek, shiny and stocked up wine fridge in your entertaining area is sure to impress. The Dual Zone Single Door Wine Cellar Tower by ILVE is a home entertainers dream item.
A good host is always well prepared, whether or not your guests are actually expected. A dual-zone wine fridge means you’ve always got perfectly chilled whites and ageing reds at the ready. You also have the flexibility to keep them wherever is most convenient by choosing exactly where to sit the fridge – whether it’s near the kitchen, in the dining room or elsewhere.
While your hair might not enjoy humidity, your wine does. Or at least, the cork certainly does. Have you ever gone to open a bottle of red wine only for the cork to crumble or break? This is most often the result of a dehydrated cork, which is difficult to remove and prone to causing oxidation and ruining your wine. A mild and consistent level of moisture in the air is essential for storing and ageing corked wine – but it’s not easily achieved. A humidity-controlled wine fridge does all the hard work for you.
While you will need to find the perfect place for your wine fridge, it means you have a designated storage system for all your bottles, clearing up space in your pantry, bar or garage. Big collector? No need to fret, there are models on the market with a capacity to store 150 bottles and beyond – but in contrast, there’s also conveniently sized 18 bottle fridges that can fit neatly under a bench or shelf.