Three things to know before buying a wine fridge
Preserve your wines at their best with temperature-controlled storage.
According to Decanter, the wines that should be served the coldest are sparkling wines, but more aromatic wines shouldn’t be chilled as much—so we’re talking as low as 6C for Champagne, as high as 13C for a Pouilly Fuissé or a Viognier. Here’s what to bear in mind before you buy a wine fridge.
Just because your fitted kitchen didn’t come with a wine fridge, doesn’t mean that you can’t retro fit one. It might mean losing a cabinet, or you could choose to install a freestanding fridge in a larder or utility room. Measure up before you buy—especially if you’re installing it in a space that previously had a kitchen unit, and remember that most will require ventilation space left around them—it varies but 20mm at the rear and top, and 30mm each side is not uncommon so factor this in too.
Wine fridges are more accurate than regular fridges so rather than cooling according to a number from 1 to 6, you can actually set a thermostat for a specific temperature. If you have a particular wine in mind, make sure that the fridge’s temperature range will encompass it. A range of 5-20C is not uncommon, but less expensive fridges may not extend as far each end. Larger capacity cabinets tend to have more temperature options.
The capacity of a fridge can sometimes be optimistically overstated by the manufacturers so do take a look at reviews. If you’ve got four shelves that claim they can hold three bottles, and you’re a Champagne fan, make sure that they’ll accommodate three Champagne bottles and not just three of those super skinny bottles from Alsace.