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Storage Solutions for Your Wine Collection

Updated on October 25, 2008

Whether you regularly drink wine with dinner, enjoy only an occasional glass, or take pride in your extensive collection of wine, it is important to invest in proper storage that will keep your wine in the proper conditions. Proper storage of wine is vital to preserve and enhance its complex flavors and aromas.

There are as many ways to store and display your wine as there are different types of wine. A wide variety of wine storage solutions are utilized by people who enjoy and appreciate wine. Wine racks and wine cellars come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. Whether you are looking for a solution befitting a wine connoisseur or a cheap wine rack that will provide storage for a few bottles of wine, or a solution between the two extremes, there is an option that will work for you.

Wine Racks

When you only plan to store wine up to a few weeks, the most important storage concern is to keep it out of extreme conditions of heat and cold and away from direct sunlight. Wine storage racks are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and materials. Modern wine racks are designed to be both functional storage devices and beautiful home accessories specifically designed to complement the décor of your kitchen, dining room, living room, or bar.

The smallest storage piece can be as simple as a table wine rack that stores a single bottle. More elaborate models can hold up to 48 or more bottles, and may even provide storage for wine glasses and accessories. Some free-standing wine racks even have wine serving areas on top.

Wine Cellars

It isn't uncommon for avid wine collectors to set aside a room in their home for wine storage, and outfit the room with wine cellar racks and environmental controls. A variety of companies specialize in custom wine cellar design for residential, commercial, and retail wine storage solutions. Such companies offer design and consulting services as well as custom products and installation. These companies can construct and outfit your wine cellar for you, or provide wine cellar plans and kits that enable do-it-yourselfers to undertake the project themselves. In-home wine cellars are frequently outfitted with wood or metal wine racks and cooling devices.

While only true connoisseurs and collectors are likely to have a full in-home wine cellar, there are a wide variety of options for those with more limited space and budgets. When looking for storage solutions for wine that you plan to keep more than a few weeks, you need to take into consideration factors such as the impact of light, temperature, humidity, and vibration on the wine. Free standing or under-counter refrigerated wine cellars and racks provide an excellent option for long-term wine storage, providing the necessary environmental controls. Design options vary from metal and glass kitchen and bar versions to beautifully crafted wooden wine racks that can complement with the décor of any formal living area.

The importance of proper wine storage cannot be underestimated. Poor storage will have a negative impact on the flavor of any wine. With so many attractive and affordable wine storage racks on the market, it only makes sense to protect the flavor and quality of the wines you purchase, whether you plan to drink it right away or add it to your collection for enjoyment years down the road.

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    Sam Aston 

    5 years ago from San Diego, CA

    I found, http://www.smartfog.com/winery-humidification.html to be a helpful wine cellar humidity control solution.

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    Alison 

    9 years ago

    You have some very helpful information here for anyone interested in storing their wine so it ages well and develops complexity. I've just started my own blog about building a home wine cellar at http://www.winecellarsecrets.com to increase my own knowledge.

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    Eve 

    10 years ago

    It's nice to be able to lay the wine bottles down properly on proper racks. The wine seems to settle better until it comes time to enjoy it.

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