By Lyla Maier. Wine Cellar Types. Published at Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 - 22:51:08 PM.
As well as providing more than ample storage space, a wine cellar lets you showcase your passion and can even double up as a place to entertain guests and fellow oenophiles in the comfort of your own home. Before you get carried away with the beautiful design potential for your wine cellar, however, don’t forget the real reason for it to keep your wine in the best possible condition and preserve the quality and unique flavours in your collection for many years to come.
Easy accessibility removes any psychological (and physical) barriers to bringing out more bottles. Should the cellar be glass fronted, or have a glass door? This depends on how much you want others to see what you have (or do not have!). It is all really a matter of personal preference and lifestyle. Advances in glass technology have made it possible for double glazed glass walls or doors to be used without the exterior becoming clouded by condensation, especially liable if the livingdining room is not kept air conditioned around the clock. Incidentally, double glazing is very expensive.
Humidity control is another valid concern. Damp air keeps wine corks from drying out, which forces the cork to stay expanded and ensures a firm seal. Laying a bottle on its side will also ensure the cork remains moist on the inside, which is just as important to keep the cork swollen. The ideal humidity level for your cellar is 55%-85%. If you’re concerned about humidity, buy a hygrometer to measure your cellar's humidity level. You can always install a humidifier if your cellar is dry, but be careful not to let the humidity rise much above 90% as this will cause mold to grow on the corks.
While you can purchase pre-made wine racks, you should also consider building your own. This is a good idea if you have specific wine storage needs that a pre-made wine rack will not satisfy, such as extra-wide bottles. Building your own wine racks can offer you more freedom to design according to your kitchen and personal style. You can even save money by building your own wine rack–if you do it correctly the first time. If you plan on installing a wine rack within your cabinetry, take the time to measure the area that you hope to convert and assess how many bottles could potentially fit into this spot.
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