What Wines Go In A Wine Fridge
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What Wines Go In A Wine Fridge?

David J Sharp
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In this article, we’re going to be discussing the types of wine that you can store in a wine fridge.

A wine fridge is the main place where most wine drinkers, collectors, and connoisseurs store their wine collection. These are purpose-built for storing wine, and therefore the majority of these units have a UV-resistant front door to help prevent light exposure, wine shelves to help hold your wine bottles so as they’re not vibrating or aging prematurely and they have the temperature capacity to perfectly cool your selection of wines.

However, what wines are suitable to be stored in a wine cooler? Are you meant to store multiple varieties of wine in the same fridge at one time? What should you do in the short-term (casual drinker) vs long-term (wine collector).

We’ll be answering all of these questions within this article.

What wines should you store in a wine refrigerator?

The simple answer to this question is that you can store almost every type of wine in a wine fridge. Everything from red wine, white wine, rose, sparkling wine, etc.

It should be noted that this topic is very subjective, because people have personal preferences when it comes to the perfect wine storage temperature and serving temperature for a specific type of wine.

However, there may be times where choosing to cool different types of wine simultaneously, might not be the best idea.

It’s generally accepted that the cooling temperature of red and white wine is 45 degrees, but for most wine enthusiasts, they’ll have their own personal preference. One common preference is that some like their white wine stored cooler than their reds, how can you go about doing this?

Well, you’d either need to purchase a dual-zone wine cooler, which has two separate cooling zones that have independent temperature controls. Or you can purchase two physical wine coolers, but this is seemingly more expensive and will take up a lot more physical space.

For those who may be interested in getting a dual zone unit, we’ve written an entire buyers guide here, which talks through exactly what to look for in a wine cooler, and which are the best units on the market.

Short term vs Long term wine storage

For those casual wine drinkers who’re storing a small/medium number of wines for a short amount of time, we’d recommend that you’re only going to need a single wine cooler, because you’re simply not holding wine bottles for a long enough period where they could begin the oxidization and aging process. The only caveat to this is if you’re ultra insistent on having your pinot noir cooled at a different temperature to your sauvignon blanc.

However, for those wine collectors who’re storing large numbers of wines, of which you’re looking to hold for several months and years, we’d recommend looking into having separate wine refrigerators, or a dual zone unit, as it simply means that you can accommodate for each type of wine’s specific temperature requirements.

Some collectors would even prefer to use a wine cellar for storing their wine bottle collection. The benefit here is that more wine can be stored, and the entire room temperature can be altered.

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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