Enjoy cosy evenings in with a glass of your favourite wine by the fire or over dinner with friends. Here’s how to store and preserve...
Autumn is now here, and the changing weather leads us to head indoors and gather in the sanctuary of our warm, cosy homes. And post-dinner, what could be better than snuggling up on the sofa with a glass of wine? A convenient way to keep your favourite tipple to hand is by keeping bottles stored in a wine cooler. It makes a wonderful addition to the kitchen, as you can store a variety all in the same appliance, and it can be especially handy for larger dinner parties or Christmas when you need to cater for different preferences among guests. Michael Hockney, Electrolux brands UK & Ireland product manager, food preservation, says: ‘A wine cooler adds a wow factor to your kitchen – particularly if you opt for a full length, built-in option to complement your fridge and freezer. We recommend making sure the appliance has the right temperature for both wine preservation and serving, provides constant humidity that prevents corks from drying up and gives protection from light damage with UV-protected glass.’ Even if members of your household have varying tastes in wine, a wine cooler packed with the lastest technology ensures everyone can be catered for.
Wine and dine
Lead image The KWT 6322 UG Under Counter Wine Conditioner from Miele allows you to store wines in three different temperature zones so that everyone can enjoy their favourite tipple at a party. It’s built-in so can be stored out of the way, plus it also features Active AirClean filters which keep the unit free from any odours. Shown here in an in-frame Half Pencil and Scalloped design by 1909 Kitchens, which is priced from £20,000. (Features: 95l capacity; 37dB noise level; Dimensions: H82xW60xD58cm; Price: around £2,779.)
In the zone
Below left The SBSes 7165 from Liebherr is a fridge-freezer with an integrated wine cabinet. The two zones within the cabinet can each be set between 5-20°C, so both red and white wines can be stored in the best possible environment. It can hold up to 41 bottles. (Features: 593l capacity; 41dB noise level; Dimensions H185xW121xD63cm; Price from £4,349)
Above right This model from Miele may be small in size but it’s packed with useful functions. The KWT 6112 iG ed/cs Wine Conditioner can hold 18 bottles, but can also store larger Champagne bottles as there is a FlexiFrame Plus system that allows you to readjust the shelving. The UV-resistant glass door protects the quality of the wine inside. (Features: 46l capacity; 34dB noise level; Dimensions H45xW56xD55cm; Price: £2,165)
Time to chill
Below left Make a statement with the ICBIW-30R wine storage unit from Sub-Zero. A topof- the-range option, it can hold 86 bottles and can store wines that need chilling, and red wines. There are two zones with temperatures from 5-18°C, as well as two refrigerated drawers that range from 0-7°C. Dual evaporators make sure that optimum humidity is retained, and there is a UV-resistant dual glazed door. (Features: 107l capacity; 42dB noise level; Dimensions H213xW76xD61cm; Price £9,960)
Above right A single zone option, the FWV600BL wine cooler from CDA can hold 40 bottles between a temperature of 5-22°C. Due to its size, it’s the ideal model to add to a bank of existing appliances in the kitchen, and it’s well insulated so it can be placed next to an oven without affecting the temperature at all. It’s rated A for energy efficiency. (Features: 90l capacity; 39dB noise level; Dimensions H59xW61xD60cm; Price around £580)
Article by: Lucy Macdonald