Used Wine Cellars: Taking Advantage of A Potential Bargain
There comes a moment when every wine lover realizes that they need more room to store their wine collection. The proper storage of your wine collection is very important if you want it to keep for months or even years. In order for your wine to age properly, you have to shield it from extreme temperatures; not too cold and not too hot. So you need a wine cellar or cooler. The best way to get a wine cellar at a very reasonable price (as they can be very expensive) is to go to your local classified ads – in a newspaper or online – and look for used wine cellars.
A wine cellar is an essential accessory for any serious wine collector. A wine cellar offers a lot of storage space, and most keep your wine bottles behind glass so you and everyone else can survey your wine collection. They come in a wide variety of schemes and colors so you can easily match them to your den, dining room, or kitchen decor. The companies that make your average wine cellar know everything about wine – most of them even make sure to only use soft lighting on the inside of their cellars so your wine won’t be damaged. You see, traditional lighting (like the light in your refrigerator) creates photonic waves and heat that can harm your collection of wine, so always make sure you look for LED lighting in your cooler.
Most wine cellars even let you keep different types of wine in the same unit with different temperature areas known as zones. Anyone that’s really delved into the world of wine knows that white wines, red wines, and rose wines all have different temperature requirements, but many don’t know that there is even more subtle variation within the varieties. A wine cellar is optimal for the wine drinker that requires wants perfection when it comes to their wine.
Wine cellars quite often can also be free-standing (rather than undercounter), if that works better for your kitchen. This type of cellar is great if you don’t have room under your counter, but for the most part, undercounter cellars are better, as it will be tucked neatly out of the way and unobtrusive.
One thing you should definitely be prepared for when shopping for wine cellars is the price. You don’t want to get the typical “sticker-shock” reaction when you go shopping, so just know that most wine cellars cost $1000, if not more. Do keep in mind, however, that these appliances are very much high-end items and definitely worth the cost if you really want to protect your precious wine collection, which really is an investment if you think about it.However, if you are on a budget like the rest of us these days in this economy, your best bet would be to look for used wine cellars. This way, you can save probably 50% or more off the price of a new one. What a great deal!
All in all, a wine cellar is the best idea if you are keeping a wine collection in your house. If you have more than ten or so bottles of wine sitting around your house, let’s say, think a bit about how long they’re going to sit around and gather dust before you actually drink all of them. Unless you are downing a bottle or more a day, your wine will probably be stored inappropriatly for quite a long time, which can damage the wine and maybe even make it impotable. A wine cellar will make sure that your wine collection is shielded, so that you can drink it at the best time. After all, if you are going to take the time to make sure that your ’06 Shiraz is properly aged, you want it to be just right when you finally decide to pop it open!