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Top Of The Best Wine Cellars Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – AKDY 127 Bottles Capacity Single Zone Touch Control Freestanding Wine Cooler Cellar
№2 – Wine Racks America Ponderosa Pine 9 Column Wine Cellar Kit. 13 Stains to Choose From!
№3 – Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler – Model EWC1201
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Entry-level models tend to have fixed shelving. Higher-spec models have shelves you can roll out, making it easier to retrieve and inspect your bottles. Shelves can also be adjustable – useful if you want to store extra bubbly for a party – and be made from wood or high-quality chrome.
Glass doors may let you show off your Chablis but they don’t insulate as well as solid doors – as with conventional refrigerators. If you want a glass door, then check whether it’s UV-protected. This means the wine won’t be affected by sunlight. Also, check if the doors are reversible.
Where to store it
As with most fridges, you should try and keep them where the ambient temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much – so avoid the garage if you can. Wine fridges can cope with temperature changes but big fluctuations put extra pressure on the unit.Check also if the fridge is lockable, to avoid anyone unknowingly helping themselves to your prized Pouilly-Fuissé!
Environment and costs
All of our wine cabinets are ‘A’ rated for energy consumption, since they are for longer term wine storage, but most models are ‘B’ rated because of their large glass doors. Drinks fridges and wine coolers are currently exempt from classification.
If you’re putting your fridge underneath a worktop, you must normally allow a gap of 25mm at the top, back and sides of the appliance so that the warm air produced by the condenser can be properly ventilated.
Lack of ventilation will cause the compressor to work harder, resulting in faster frost build-up. (This does not apply to built-in appliances.)
On the seventh day he rested? In the case of wine, the good Lord must have needed the seventh year off, because rarely has he so significantly failed to deliver as in so many of the post-war vintages ending in seven. Yes, of course 194was the exception that proves the rule, but good luck to you if you can make a 70-year-old’s day by finding a bottle from this great vintage.
So in the absence of a ready-made case of Port or claret, here are my picks: Isole e Olena’s Cepparello 199is ageing beautifully; the Flaccianello 199from Fontodi is perfectly balanced and one of the best ever made; and Il Greppo, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 199from Biondi Santi is living up to its billing as one of the longest-lived Brunellos.
The vintage was super-ripe in
California, lauded to the skies by US critic Robert Parker, thereby setting the tone for the opulent style that prevails today. Harlan Estate is one such Napa Cabernet, while Ridge Monte Bello, at only 12.9% alcohol from cooler Santa Cruz, is altogether more elegant with years still ahead of it. From Australia, Jasper Hill’s Emily’s Paddock was an excellent red for its time, and Grosset’s Polish Hill Riesling 199is still drinking well if kept in good condition.
Similar considerations apply to Austria’s Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd 199from Weingut FX Pichler. Over in Germany, low yields in the Mosel and Nahe created excellent wines at Riesling spätlese and auslese level, and drinking well now – among others, – are the Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Spätlese 199from Von Schubert and the Rausch Auslese 199from Forstmeister Zilliken. Let’s not forget Tokaji Aszú: the recent release of Disznóko’s tangy, dried apricot-rich Puttonyos 199and stellar Aszú Escencia, respectively £50 and £76.9a bottle at
The Vintage House are an obvious answer to sweet-toothed prayers.
Wine Gift packages from merchants
While vintage and age-designated wines are a useful hook on which to hang a birthday or anniversary, it’s also worth considering the many gift packages that wine merchants put together.
Merchants such as Berry Bros & Rudd have a dedicated gifting page with packages including Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Port as well as a budget gifts under £50 category.
Laithwaites, Majestic, Marks & Spencer, The Wine Society, Virgin Wines and Waitrose, among others, also offer wine gift services.
High on my list of welcome gifts? Life membership of The Wine Society for a one-off payment of £40, the remarkable Coravin wine preservation device, Zalto stemware and the Le Nez du Vin tasting kits for the budding Master of Wine in your life.
Need a dedicated wine store? Whether you buy the odd few bottles for a dinner party or are a serious collector, there’s a wine fridge to suit.
How many times have you struggled to squeeze a few bottles of Chardonnay into the fridge when friends are popping round? Too many to count? Then invest in one of our pick of the best wine fridges.
Wine coolers aren’t just brilliant for freeing up prime real estate in a busy family fridge. Slightly warmer and more humid inside, they’ll keep every bottle of Chardonnay and Sauvignon in cellar-like conditions, and without you having to excavate the basement.
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If you’re under the illusion that a wine fridge is one of life’s luxuries that you either can’t afford or don’t have the room for, think again. There’s a growing range of countertop styles, freestanding units and even slimline built-in versions out there, and they don’t always cost as much as you might think.
Coming next is a round up of our favourite wine fridges. Scroll down, you’ll also find a handy buyer’s guide to help you find your perfect match. Bottoms up!
Caple Sense Wi15wine cabinet
Caple has a range of more than 20 wine coolers, and you’ll find one to fill almost any size gap. Make good use of that tricky space at the end of a run of cabinets – or plug a gap between units – with this super-slim model. It may be small, but it still offers all the latest features such as LED lighting and UV protection. It’s a flexible pick, too, as you can install it built-in or freestanding. If you’re renting or planning to move, that could be crucial.
Capacity bottles Dimensions H86x W14x D475mm Number of temperature zones 1 Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, reversible door, 44dB noise level
Haier WS50GDBI under counter wine cooler
Digital Editor – and wannabe wine buff – Amy has this model at home and has been super-impressed with its performance. It’s designed to hold 50 bottles on its sturdy oak shelves, and has two temperature zones and humidity controls to prevent corks from drying out. The low-vibration compressor is good for both your wine and your ears – it’s a must-have feature if you’re planning to install your fridge in an open-plan kitchen.
Capacity 50 bottles Capacity 127 Dimensions H820cm x W595cm x D625cm Number of temperature zones 2 Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, carbon filter, humidity control, 39dB noise level
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CDA FWC303ss wine cooler
Not sure if you’re cut out to be a collector? This holds 20 bottles or red, white or sparking wine at any temperature between 5°C and 27°C – we think it’s a great size and price for beginners. It may be at the affordable end of the sale but you still get some top features, including a UV-protected smoked glass door to keep ageing sunlight at bay, and a humidifier that stops your corks from drying out.
Capacity 20 bottles Dimensions H820-88x W29x D570mm Number of temperature zones 1 Features UV-protected glass door, humidity control, reversible door, 39dB noise level
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Swisscave WLB-450FLD Black Edition wine cooler
Swisscave offers Champagne-standard storage at – well, not quite lemonade, but certainly Prosecco prices. Its coolers mimic cellar conditions, with features like charcoal features and humidity controls helping to age your wine consistently. This model can hold up to 220 bottles over seven levels, if you choose to have horizontal shelves only.
Alternatively, you can show off your most prized vintages on tilted racks that hold six bottles each. Behind each of these is space for 10-1more bottles. Like the idea of displaying your wine but worried party guests might help themselves to you best bottles? Don’t, as a lockable door will keep them from snaffling your Dom Perignon.
Capacity Up to 220 bottles Dimensions H1800 x W600 x D700mm Number of temperature zones Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, carbon filter, telescopic shelves, reversible door, 35dB noise level
Miele KWT 683SGS wine conditioner
This really is the Cristal of coolers. Bottles of all shapes and sizes are gently cradled by its FlexiFrame shelving system, and there are magnetic strips coated in blackboard paint that you can use to label each shelf. Three separate temperature zones ensure your champagne, red and white wines can all be served at just the right temperature, and of course, there’s a UV-resistant door keeps your vintages safe from the sun.
One quirky feature is the SommelierSet box of accessories. You’ll find a knife, corkscrews and chalk inside, as well a glass holder and two decanting racks. The idea behind this is that you can decant your red wine inside the conditioner, or chill your white wine glasses to the perfect temperature for serving. Fancy! And if you only enjoy a glass or two in one sitting, the ConvinoBox will keep any open bottles in perfect conditions until you’re ready to finish them off.
Capacity 17bottles Dimensions H1920 x W700 x D746mm Number of temperature zones 3 Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, carbon filter, telescopic shelves, 37dB noise level
Select young but ageable wines that have meaning for you based on personal taste and experiences. These might include grand cru red Burgundy, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, cult Cabernet Sauvignon or luxury Champagne.
It’s quite possible to have a cellar full of wine yet little to drink, either because the contents consist of newly acquired wines that require prolonged bottle aging or because the selection is skewed toward blue-chip labels that are not suitable for everyday dining.
No wine collector, no matter how experienced, wants to be in this situation. Especially for novices hoping to build a serious collection with investment opportunities down the road, the Balanced Cellar is the best way to get your feet wet.
Most collectors look to create a range of different price points and shelf lives in their collection, spanning wine regions, styles and vintages. The goal here is to assemble the building blocks of a lasting collection, so an even mix of wines that are ready to drink and wines with extended shelf lives is key. This flexibility is a great opportunity to explore diverse wines.
A good rule of thumb is to aim to begin your collection with around 1cases (nearly 200 bottles). If the idea of purchasing that much wine right out of the starting gate is daunting, downsize instead to six mixed cases (7bottles). Plan to consume your starter kit over a six- to 12-month period, depending on its size and your habits, and make your next buying decisions based on your findings. Once you’re comfortable, the only limit is your budget.
Vintage Port: 1994, 1985, 1977, 1970, 1966, 1963Sauternes: 2001, 1997, 1990, 1989, 1983
Gone are the days when aging wine in the family stone cave was the only way to enjoy older bottles. The name of this collecting approach says it all; wine lovers who have the means will enjoy creating the Instant-Gratification Cellar, a collection that typically hovers close to that 16-case quantity target. This is a tightly knit selection of often—but not always—mature wines meant for short-term consumption.
Some collectors opt for the instant-gratification route because their storage space is limited. Others do so because they’ve made a conscious decision to skip the wines’ aging process in favor of classic vintages that are already mature. If this is the case, make sure you enjoy the taste of mature wine!
This approach doesn’t necessitate buying only mature wines, however. Blue-chip and California cult selections that are ready to drink upon or close to release have a place in this collection just as much as older wines do. As with any style of cellar, knowing your personal preference is key.
Thanks to the proliferation of commercial wine auctions and fine-wine websites, it’s possible to buy mature wines on an as-needed basis, projecting no more than a few months into the future. As an added benefit, sometimes the current prices of aged bottles are lower than initial release prices.
When purchasing wines for this type of cellar, it’s important to diversify. Some auction houses do the guesswork for you by assembling mixed lots in quantities as small as four bottles. You can further customize your cache by working with fine-wine merchants.
Grands crus reds, particularly from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, G. Roumier, Leroy, Ponsot, Ramonet and Henri Jayer
Super Tuscans, including Solaia and Sassicaia; Brunello di Montalcino, including Biondi-Santi and Soldera; and Piedmont, including Giacomo Conterno and Falletto di Bruno Giacosa
Whynter Wine Refrigerator
The Whynter wine cooler features six stainless steel shelves in its space-saving design, with a recessed handle. Can any of these interior shelves be removed? Yes, they can.
It is recommended that you swing the door open at least 120° for full access. Doing so makes it much easier to pull the shelf out.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Wine Cellars wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Wine Cellars
- №1 — AKDY 127 Bottles Capacity Single Zone Touch Control Freestanding Wine Cooler Cellar
- №2 — Wine Racks America Ponderosa Pine 9 Column Wine Cellar Kit. 13 Stains to Choose From!
- №3 — Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler – Model EWC1201