Home wine cellar book, racks & cooling units - Whisperkool & Breezaire
If you have too many bottles for a wine cabinet then you might want to think about building a home wine cellar. You can convert a closet or bigger room in your house into a wine storage room. In wine 101, we outline the basics on building a home wine cellar, and here we talk about some of the accessories that you’ll need. For instance, a book that teaches you the basics in more detail would be a good idea. And you’ll need a refrigeration/cooling unit and racks to hold your wine.
so you can feel confident in your investment.
How-to Book on Home Wine Cellars
If you are going to undertake a project as serious as converting a closet or room to a home wine cellar, it pays to be well-informed. This book that has five-star reviews on Amazon, which can probably give you most all the necessary information.
Home Wine Cellar Cooling Units
Your home wine cellar should be kept at 55 °F. The cooling/refrigeration unit for your cellar is probably the most expensive piece of equipment you’ll buy for your new cellar, so it is an important consideration. The majority of the cellar chilling units are made by Breezair or Whisperkool – to see a large selection of these units, you can browse the home wine cellar cooling units at IWA. Most of the units at IWA are self-contained units.
Self-contained systems by Breezair and Whisperkool are designed to fit through a standard wall and vent the removed warm air into another room or outside. When operating, the unit produces air that is 30 °F colder than the air in the room outside the cellar. Since the maximum temperature difference is set, these units must vent the warm air to an indoor room in warm/hot climates, because of high outdoor temperatures.
However, Whisperkool has recently released their Extreme series. These self-contained units can be exhausted to most outdoor climates and still generate 55 °F air. The Extreme series costs about twice as much as Whisperkool’s other self-contained systems.
Wine Racks for Home Wine Cellars
Of course, in your wine cellar, you must have wine racks to hold the bottles. The most common wine racks are made of wood. You can get very nice wooden wine racks in a variety of configurations, such as individual bottle column racks, cubes and bins, corner racks, magnum racks, etc. Select the configuration based on the size and shape of your cellar and the type of wine you like to collect. Don’t forget to account for fat bottomed bottles, such as New World Pinot Noirs and the occasional magnum. Wine racks are available on the web.