Wine cellars have become all the rage with serious wine collectors as well as those that enjoy a really good, palatable glass of wine with a meal or as an aperitif. This is because these wine cellar enable wines to be kept in perfectly regulated temperatures and perfectly suited environments, and this means that the drink can be enjoyed at its very best, whether it be expensive world class wine or a bottle of chardonnay from the local supermarket.
The term wine cellar usually conjured up in image of a huge basement type room lined with racks that are filled with thousands of bottled of fine wine covered in dust. Well, this may be true of palaces and even some old hotels around the world, but the contemporary wine cellars of today are also designed for the everyday Joe – from the wine collector to the appreciator of good wines. Sadly, we don’t all live in palaces, mansion, and huge hotels, and therefore a ‘traditional’ underground wine cellar lined with thousands of bottles is quite out of the question. However, these cellars enable us to enjoy the benefits of this type of room on a smaller scale and in a far more contemporary and tasteful design.
The various different types of wine cellar are designed to meet the different needs of those that would use this type of device. For instance, a wine collectors with a couple of hundred bottles would require a larger wine cellar with the capacity to store a larger number of bottles. However, someone that simply appreciates a good glass of wine, and wants to keep their favorite wines on hand without going overboard could benefit from a smaller cellar that houses around 24 bottles.
Likewise, space is a consideration that must be taken into account. Some people may have the room and the need for a larger, taller, wine cellar. But those living in smaller properties and apartments may only have the room for a smaller cellar, and they could benefit hugely from one of the under-the-counter models, which means that the cellar is easily accessible but at the same time is out of the way and not taking up valuable space that could be required for other household items or furniture.
The room in which you intend to keep the wine cellar is another consideration. If you have a basement, don’t assume that it will serve as the perfect cellar because it is cooler – you will still get temperature fluctuations, which can affect the wine. However, you could put a wine cellar into your basement, which will keep your wine out of the way of bright lights and warm temperatures, yet will ensure that it is properly regulated in terms of temperature at all times. If you are opting for a cellar for your basement, the chances are that you can go for a larger cellar if you need it.
If, on the other hand, you are planning to have your cellar in your kitchen, you may prefer not to waste too much space, in which case an under the counter model can prove ideal, as it will take up minimum space. You also need to consider whether or not your want your wines in display – the larger models are perfect for displaying all of your wines, whereas the smaller models are designed to be kept out of the way and are therefore more suited to those that want people to drink their wines rather than look at them!
Other important considerations include your requirements and your budget. Wine cellars work at their best when they are kept full, so if you only intend to buy a couple of dozen bottles of wine, then the smaller model will be required. Those with a high number of wines to store will obviously need a larger model. Likewise, your budget plays a major part in the type and style of wine cellar you opt for, and those on a lower budget will need to go for smaller cellars, whereas those with a higher budget can afford to opt for a larger one.
So, the reason why there are so many different types of cellar is because the needs of those that use these units can vary dramatically. Everything from budget and capacity to housing and personal taste can affect the type of cellar that someone will need.
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