Wine is a delicate substance that is constantly undergoing a variety of chemical reactions. Under the ideal conditions, these reactions happen naturally in a timely, predictable manner. However, if they are upset for some reason, your wine will likely spoil. As a result, building the ideal atmosphere for storing wine requires is key to properly preserving and aging it. While you may know the appropriate conditions for wine storage, being able to create and regulate them is another subject altogether. As you are building the ideal wine storage space, you will need various accessories and pieces of equipment to help you fully control this environment and, therefore, minimize the chances that an environmental factor will ruin your wine. Keep in mind that the accessories you”ll need will depend on the type of space in which you choose to store your wine. For example, wine enthusiasts with wine cellars will need dramatically different equipment than the occasional wine drinker who only needs to store a few bottles. In this article, we will break down the necessary wine storage accessories according to the size of your storage space. Storing Wine in Limited Space: Wine Racks and Refrigerators Many of us don”t have vast amounts of extra space in our homes in which to store a large number of wine bottles. Similarly, few people have the extra money it takes to invest in many bottles of wine. For those with limited space and money, storing wine means finding a space in which to preserve and age a handful of bottles of wine. If you fall into this category, then the most important wine accessory for you is a wine rack. Wine racks are shelf-like units that hold wine horizontally. Depending on your needs, you can get a wine rack to store anywhere from six to hundreds of bottles of wine. While lower-end wine racks start around $10, more ornate racks that hold many bottles of wine can cost anywhere upwards of $1,000. Once you have your wine rack, you will need to find a suitable location for it that is out of the light. If your kitchen receives a lot of sunlight, consider storing your wine rack (and wine) in an infrequently used cabinet or closet. This will not only ensure that light doesn”t upset the wine, but it will also prevent other disturbances, such as vibrations from constant jangling. Another possible accessory is a wine refrigerator (also referred to as a wine cooler). While these will definitely take up more space and energy than wine racks, wine refrigerators are reliable accessories that provide you with the ideal wine storage environment. Wine refrigerators tend to start as low as $100. While you may want a wine cooler that sits below your countertop (much like a mini fridge would), you can also get smaller countertop wine refrigerators that resemble toaster-ovens. If you have a small kitchen that can”t accommodate a wine refrigerator, keep in mind that you can install these units in any location […]
Before you go out and spend a bundle on wine glasses and accessories, whether for yourself or for a gift, find out what you really need. Though the selection of wine accessories in kitchen stores and catalogs can be both impressive and tempting, enjoying wine really only requires a few basic tools and wine accessories. See below for a list of items that will help you enjoy any type of wine on any occasion. Corkscrews Of course, you need at least one good corkscrew to open all that great budget wine you’ve bought. To start, consider purchasing one waiter-type corkscrew for travel or picnics (also good for home use). You may also want to purchase a more advanced, lever-style or winged corkscrew for home use. Wine Accessories Some wine accessories are necessary for the full enjoyment of a bottle of good wine. To get started, you need: A decanter or aerator for red wines A wine air removal stopper or pump (for re-corking, so unfinished bottles don’t go bad). If you want to expand on your accessories collection, consider purchasing: A drip ring to prevent wine from dripping down the bottle after it’s been poured A foil cutter A marble or stainless steel wine cooler sleeve or bucket for the table A wine tote or backpack for travel. Wine Glasses Proper wine glasses are also widely considered a necessity. While you can certainly drink Bordeaux out of a mug, many wine connoisseurs posit that the shapes of different wine glasses help enhance the tasting experience by allowing the wine to “open up” and tipping the contents into a certain place on your tongue when you sip. While countless options are available, start with the basics: A few red wine glasses (stemmed or stemless) A few white wine glasses (stemmed glasses are better than stemless for white wine; keeping hands off the glass ensures white wine stays cool). Once you’re ready to expand your collection of glasses, consider purchasing: Shatterproof glasses for outdoor use Sparkling wine flutes Glasses for different types of wine you drink often, like chardonnay or pinot noir. Wine Racks If you plan to store wine for more than a week or two, it should be kept in a rack, on its side. Storing wine on its side prevents the cork from drying out and allowing oxygen to enter the bottle, which can spoil the wine. If you’re starting a collection, therefore, a rack is essential. To start, consider buying a wall-mounted or countertop wine rack for your kitchen or dining room to store wines you’ll drink in the near future. If you plan to start collecting and/or storing wines, it’s time to buy an upright wine rack or shelving for the basement or other wine storage area.