Uncork creative ways to store wine


Innovations in appliances, cabinetry can help you store wine with style

It’s time to think outside the barrel and explore a few creative ways to store wine in the kitchen. From custom racks, to cubbies to chillers, there are a number of ways to keep your wine fresher, while adding a touch of style to the room.

Wine is a notoriously delicate beverage when it comes to storage. To preserve taste and freshness, it needs to be stored in a temperate, slightly humid location. If it’s kept too warm or too cold, it may spoil. Additionally, a lack of humidity can dry out the cork and allow air to seep into the wine bottle. It’s best to store wine with the bottle tilted horizontally to the side. With such a sensitive product, it’s important to keep all of these factors in mind when selecting a storage solution for wine.

Wine racks have traditionally been the easiest method of storing wine. But instead of purchasing a standalone wine rack, many homeowners are choosing to integrate them directly into cabinetry. Decorative racks made from latticework are available and can be installed above countertops or a refrigerator. Or you could choose to install a series of cubbies underneath a counter or alongside the cabinets. Either way, these cubbies will store your wine vertically and protect the bottles from UV rays. Consider installing these racks or cubbies away from ovens or sources of heat, as these can degrade the wine over time. Wine can also be elegantly stored on custom wall shelves or racks. Many of these racks can be creatively designed and can act as a wall accent as well as a storage unit.

If you are an enthusiast who serves wine often, you may want to invest in a wine refrigerator or chiller. These appliances can come in many different shapes and sizes, and some models allow you to adjust the temperature zones to accommodate different types of wines. Wine refrigerators can even be placed underneath countertops or hidden behind a cabinet door to save space. For a fun touch, you can place miniature wine refrigerators or racks underneath a kitchen island and design your own custom wine-serving center, perfect for entertaining or dinner parties.

For the most dedicated wine lovers, a simple refrigerator may not be large or technical enough to store their wine collections. If that is the case, you may consider constructing a wine closet. In a wine closet, the light, temperature and humidity can all be controlled to protect the wine stored inside. You can even convert an old kitchen pantry or storage closet, so that you too can store wine like a pro.

No matter how you decide to store and display it, I think we can all agree the best part about wine is drinking it. Happy tasting!