Written by Karen Bates (last updated September 7, 2020)
Wine is a favorite drink all over the world and is enjoyed at restaurants, as a gift, during celebrations, with a fine meal, or simply as a relaxing end-of-the-day drink. Many people keep wine on hand for whenever they may need it, and in some cases they keep several varieties so they always have the right wine for any occasion.
For the wine enthusiast, keeping bottles on hand at home is a must. Most wine drinkers have and use a wine rack or an area dedicated to storing bottles so that they have easy access to the wine when they need it. Keeping wine in a specific spot also allows you to organize it by type or however you wish, letting you keep better track of what you have.
For restaurants or families with large wine collections, a simple rack or shelf is not enough to keep wine. In this case, you might need a wine cellar, or wine room, to store wine bottles and keep them in the best possible environment. Wine does best in cool, dark areas with just the right humidity level, and a large collection of wine definitely needs its own large area with a constant ideal climate to be stored satisfactorily.
There are two basic kinds of wine cellars. First, there is the active cellar, which can be above ground. These wine cellars use climate control systems that regulate the conditions within, keeping the wine in just the right temperature and humidity. These are sometimes referred to as wine rooms. The other type of cellar for wine storage is passive, or underground. These store wine in an optimal underground climate where they will remain cool without the use of climate control.
Whichever type of wine storage you use, your wine will be stored in just the right conditions. This is especially important for larger collections, or if you have some very valuable wine to keep safe. By keeping wine in the right climate, you will help it taste better and prevent it from spoiling.
For wine drinkers on a budget who don't have a lot of bottles to store, consider a more simple wine storage solution: a wine cooler. These small, refrigerator-like boxes keep wine at an optimal temperature and store them safely until you need them.
Enjoy wine and help it to last and taste great by storing it correctly. For long-term wine storage, nothing beats a wine cellar or wine room for you large wine collection.
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