Wine refrigerators & coolers, refrigerated cabinets & cellars
Besides having your own dedicated wine cellar as a room in your home, a plug-in refrigerated wine cellar is the best way to ensure your wine is properly stored. There are a wide variety of options available, which will store your wine bottles at the proper temperature of 55 degrees F and minimize light intensity. Some refrigerated wine cabinets are even stylish enough to be used as furniture.
Wine Refrigerators & Coolers
If you are looking to store up to 100s of bottles of wine, a wine refrigerator or cooler [view at IWA or Wine Enthusiast] is a good choice. These are plug-in units that keep the wine cooled, and they are made to stand alone or fit under the counter in the kitchen. Eurocave makes particularly attractive versions of these wine refrigerators. If you are looking to save some money, there are B.Y.O. (Build Your Own) versions available, too. The very best wine refrigerators and coolers will also not have excessive vibrations, which can spoil wine over time.
Refrigerated Wine Cabinets, Credenzas, & Furniture
If you want to store your wine out in the open, consider using a refrigerated wine cabinet or credenza [view at IWA or Wine Enthusiast] that is also nice as a piece of furniture. These models are not meant to built into any cabinetry, as they need a space to expel the heat in the back. The styles of these wine cabinets or credenzas range from traditional to modern, with wood finishes such as mahogany or cherry.
Refrigerated Wine Cellars
A larger option to store many bottles of wine is a refrigerated wine cellar [view at IWA or Wine Enthusiast]. Some of these units take up a lot of space and can hold as many as 500 wine bottles. The downside to something this big is that it can come with a hefty price tag. The upside is that you’ll never have to regret the 100 bottle wine refrigerator you bought when you run out of space a year later.
Home Wine Cellars
Finally, if you want to hold more than about 500 bottles, you might want to consider constructing your own home wine cellar [view at IWA or Wine Enthusiast]. There are three major components to your wine cellar: construction of the room, the refrigeration unit, and the racks that hold your wine. It is a major undertaking, and Wine Enthusiast will help you get started with your designs and even install the whole thing for you if you want.