One of the most important facets of wine drinking and wine collecting is the proper storage. Any wine connoisseur understands this. In terms of storage, some people are blessed to have wine cellars, but these can be costly and require a great deal of space. These items are not necessarily available to everyone. Most homes, if not customarily designed, tend to be ill equipped and lack the space necessary to support the addition of a large wine cellar. For this reason, wine cabinets are growing in popularity, not only for their convenient utility in storing the wine, but for their afford ability as well.
Like a wine cellar, wine cabinets can store wine bottles and help them mature in the proper conditions. Their simple purpose is to prevent the wine from spoiling, as wine can be blemished by the fluctuations of environmental conditions. Temperature is the easiest environmental condition that can damage a fine wine. Wine experts, known as enologists, recommend that your wine be maintained in an average temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit: cooler temperatures will slow wine maturity and warmer temperatures will damage the wine, particularly the longer it is stored in warm temperatures. Wine can also be damaged by humidity, anything outside 50% or 70%, and exposure to sunlight. Often neglected but equally important to the development of wine is vibration as well: wine bottles should not be exposed to considerable movement or consistent vibration. No matter what quality of wine you are attempting to collect, its potential for maturity and development is greatly inhibited if the proper environmental conditions are not maintained. Wine cabinets, therefore, are the perfect solution to the burden of appropriate storage as they often contain built-in controls for temperature and humidity, while shielding the wine from the sunlight as well.
Regardless of whether you are storing one bottle of wine or twenty, the wine cabinet is the perfect solution to any wine drinker or collector who cannot support or afford a personal wine cellar. As they grow in popularity, wine cabinets are becoming increasingly available in a variety of styles and can compliment the décor of any room they are placed in. Wine cabinets feature front doors, many of which are glass, and open shelving for the storage of wine bottles. Some wine cabinets even feature a section to hang wine glasses in both temperate and refrigerated areas. This great feature ensures that your wine glass is ready to accommodate any type of wine. And just as with any piece of furniture, wine cabinets reflect their owner’s personality in the color, material, style, size and shape it is chosen in. But more important, perhaps, is their protective nature: wine cabinets will ensure that your wine bottles lay perfectly, the wine corks stay moist, and the wine itself is sheltered from harm like it was in a professional wine cellar.