When you think about starting a wine collection, the term ‘collection’ alone signifies that you’re going to have plenty of bottles that are going to need just as much room to be stored. How to store your wine is a decision that is just as crucial as what wines you choose to buy, whether that is storing them in a wine refrigerator or on a simple rack, there are benefits to all available options. The ways that proper wine storage helps the wine become more mature and flavorful over time are numerous. For starters, placing the bottles at the correct orientation to keep the corks wet while reducing the amount of direct light that falls on the bottle help keep the wine from over-oxidizing. The right storage also makes it easier to turn the bottles while they are stored and may help you better determine which bottle you want to open for the night.
With many different wine racks available to you as you go about starting a wine collection, you might not know which rack is best for you. There are a few things to consider before embarking on the journey including: the number of bottles you want to store if you’re looking to expand your collection; how much space is available in your home for wine storage; and how much money you want to invest in the storage. Once you understand your requirements, you can start considering your options.
1. Stackable Wine Racks
Stackable wine racks are good for beginners who want to start small or don’t have a lot of room. The amount of racks can easily grow larger as your collection does just by buying new racks and stacking them atop one another. They require minimal installation and are a good choice to get your collection up and running.
2. Wall-Mounted Wine Racks
A wall-mounted rack is particularly good for smaller spaces, and they come with the benefit of being extra sturdy, which makes them great for anyone with a large collection. Not only are they practical, they also serve as a nice bit of decor for the walls.
3. Countertop and Tabletop Wine Racks
A tabletop rack is a good choice for casual drinkers as it only holds a few bottles at a time. If you don’t have the means or space to install a wine room or cellar, these racks make it easy to keep wine on hand to pop in the wine refrigerator or open when company arrives without much fuss.
4. Wine Cabinet
A wine cabinet is ideal for modest collectors who have limited space to store wine. A cabinet is usually able to hold a dozen bottles or more and usually has room for wine glasses and other such accessories. You can easily place a cabinet in any room in the house, and the solid doors without glass make the bottles less likely to be affected by light.
No matter where you are on your wine journey, there are plenty of racks and storage opportunities for you to take advantage of.