How to Store Wine Without a Wine Fridge
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How to Store Wine Without a Wine Fridge?

David J Sharp
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In this article, we’re going to be discussing how to store wine without a wine fridge.

Wine fridges are specially designed to store and cool bottles of red and white wine, making them a must for those who have access to one.

However, what happens when you don’t have one? What is the next best option for you? That’s exactly what we’ll be discussing within this article.

Where to store your wine without a wine refrigerator

The best way to preserve wine is to keep it in a cool, dry environment which is protected from sunlight and other sources of light.

Without this, the wine is more likely to spoil.

It’s also important to make sure that the bottles are stored on their side, the reason for this is because it keeps the cork damp and moist, so that it doesn’t dry out and crack. This prevents oxydation occuring and thus maintains the integrity of the wine.

Store in a Standard Refrigerator

In order to store your wine bottle in a standard refrigerator, you should store it on its side. To accomplish this, you must, permit it to be left side with the refrigerator on its side.

As we’ve talked about above, excessive exposure to humidity, sunlight or one of the other factors can cause the wine to flake off and become dull without the right temperature or humidity level.

The ideal temperature to store your wine is approximately 7 to 18 degrees Celsius (44 – 54 degrees Fahrenheit).

Another aspect to consider is that a normal fridge has brighter lighting than a wine fridge, and therefore, they are simply not suited for long-term wine storage; But are in fact a short-term solution.

This makes it perfect for someone who only wants temporary storage for their wine collection, as they’re actively drinking the wine within a few weeks/months.

However, not for more serious collectors who are looking to keep their vintage wines in prestine condition.

Store in a Wine Cellar

A wine cellar is the ideal storage solution for those wine conneseurs who have large wine collections, and a large space to be able to store their wine. A wine cellar is traditionally installed by expert wine consultants, who create a bespoke solution which is catered to your own needs and the environment in your cellar.

Therefore, this is usually very costly, but is done by a lot of serious wine enthusiasts, who want to ensure that their wine is well looked after.

A wine cellar in your cellar makes an ideal environment for storing red wine, white wine and fortified wines.

Why is this, well in order to store wine well, you need a constant temperature of anything in-between 7 to 18 degrees. In order to attain this, temperatures should stay constant throughout summer.

Since your wine cellar is tucked away inside your home, it’s usually one of the coolest rooms in the home, which means that it isn’t difficult to maintain a cool temperature with the help of a wine cellar cooling unit.


A wine refrigerator is the best solution for wine collectors to store wine for long periods of time, as it is specifically designed for such usage. This is unlike a regular fridge.

However, for those wine collectors who have large inventories of wine that they want to store, and have a large amount of space within their cellar. A wine cellar cooling system, which is installed by an experience wine consultant is also a great option. However, this is likely to cost thousands, as opposed to hundreds, which a wine fridge would cost.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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