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9 Signs When You Need A Wine Fridge

This post was updated on: October 1, 2018

9 Signs When You Need A Wine Fridge

9 Signs When You Need A Wine Fridge

No doubt, wine is your favorite drink. You enjoy it at home, or out at the pub with your buddies. You don’t only like its taste; you like its fascinating history. In fact, you’ve perhaps even started your own collection. So perhaps you’re wondering when you need a wine fridge.

Sorry to spoil this for you, but not all wine drinkers need a wine cooler. Some may do just fine with a normal refrigerator for years.

Yet, there are some signs that show you clearly when you need a wine fridge. I’ve listed nine of them below. Check them out.

#1 You’re Serious About Wine Drinking

Drinking wine

To you, wine is not just a beverage and drinking wine is raised to the rank of art. You do your best to learn all about flavors and aromas. Perhaps you’re not quite sure yet why everyone seems to detect chocolate aromas in a red, but do your best to find it out.

You’ve read about wine tasting and already learned the etiquette. You even know what’s the main difference between a red and a white, apart from the clear distinction in color.

At this stage, you perhaps need a wine fridge. Not because you own that many bottles, but because storing wine the right way can help you in your quest.

#2 You Own More Than Four Bottles

wine bottles

Constantly having two bottles of wine in your fridge is hardly called a collection. Having four bottles or more though starts to get cumbersome. At this stage, it’s best to invest in your first wine fridge.

Don’t go for a 4-bottle appliance just because that’s what you have. Someone who already owns four bottles and has a passion for wine will more likely grow the collection further.

Buy at least an 8-bottle wine fridge. My advice? If you’re truly serious about wine and wine collecting, get an 18-bottle wine cooler. This is the most versatile size for beginners, giving you plenty of space to grow into but still compact enough to fit in your home. 

#3 Your Kitchen Fridge Is Full Of Wine

fridge with wine

Your mom, spouse, partner, or kid keep complaining of not being able to store groceries because of the many bottles you have in the fridge? Are you still even wondering when you need a wine fridge? You need it now!

Your kitchen refrigerator serves other purposes, and it will never do a good job in keeping your goodness in good conditions.

Why? Because refrigerators are designed to pull the moisture out of the cabinet, but your wine bottles need it. On the contrary, a wine cooler is designed to keep the moisture trapped inside and prevent cork dryness. Then, you’ll even have enough space to keep some food. Not that you care, but pairing your wine with some fine cheese can really make a difference when you have guests.

#4 You Already Know All About Cooling Zones

wine temperature chart

A clear sign when you need a wine fridge is knowing all about cooling zones and storage temperatures. You know your kitchen fridge is a no-no for your wines and do your best to store them in appropriate conditions.

You know how to store them and how to chill your bottles, whether they are white or red.

If you don’t know these things and still don’t own more than four bottles, hold your horses. Your normal kitchen fridge can do just fine for now. And you? You’d better start learning.

#5 You Can Tell Compressor From Thermoelectric

wine fridge

Another clear sign you need a wine fridge is when you know all about cooling technology. This shows one thing that you’ve been looking.

Typically, only those who are true enthusiasts start looking for a wine fridge and put thought and effort into understanding various technologies. So, if you know what’s the difference between these two appliances and know when to choose one over the other, it’s the time to go buy the best wine fridge for you.

My advice? If you only want to store your wine, go for a thermoelectric unit. This type of wine fridge is silent, environmentally friendly, and has no vibrations. It can store your wine in ideal conditions for months, and if it’s small, it is even more energy efficient than its compressor counterpart.

#6 You Have A Wine Tasting Kit

wine tasting

When getting serious about wine drinking, the first step is to buy a good wine tasting kit. Or to make your own. Regardless of your choice, the sign you need a wine fridge is clear. Why? Because you’re serious about wine drinking and learning about this beverage.

Now, at this stage, your kitchen fridge could do just fine. But you know what? It doesn’t. Because a kitchen fridge can’t chill your wine at the right serving temperature.

But a wine cooler can. That’s its purpose. And if you really want to learn about wine, you’d better invest in a good wine fridge.

Wondering about costs? There is good news. Wine fridges won’t cost you an arm and a leg. There are plenty of options that won’t cost you more than two hundred bucks, and these are perfect for beginners. So, instead of making excuses, acknowledge the problem and go out there looking for your perfect wine fridge.

#7 Your Friends Call You A Connoisseur

drinking wine

Just think for a minute. What is the main topic you have when you’re out with your friends? Are you talking about soccer or the latest model of purse? Or each time you find yourself in front of a glass of wine you start explaining its story and background?

How many times did you look critically at the waiter pouring wine the wrong way? Or perhaps dropping a few ice cubes into your wine, spoiling an otherwise perfect beverage?

Do your friends come to you before choosing the wine for dinner? Do they all unanimously agree you’re a connoisseur? Then you need a wine fridge. This way, the next time you and your friends gather at your home, you’ll be able to serve them wine chilled to perfection.

#8 You Know All About Serving Temperature

cooling wine

A sign when you need a wine fridge is knowing all about serving temperatures. You know why reds and whites are not served at the same temperature. You even know why various types of reds or various types of whites require different serving temperatures.

You could be wondering why you need a wine fridge at this stage, but the answer is simple.

Since you care so much on serving temperatures, you might also want to enjoy a perfect glass of wine. That’s only possible if you invest in a good wine fridge that can chill your beverage at an appropriate temperature.

#9 You Want To Fully Enjoy Your Beverage

enjoying red wine

Do you want to know when you really need a wine fridge? When you start wishing to enjoy the true character of your wine.

People find dozens of excuses to skip investing in a wine fridge. Sometimes they say it’s the budget, but there are many cheap options that bring unparalleled quality. Others may argue they only have a few bottles or no space. But you know what? Wine fridges come in all shapes and sizes, and you can even fit one on your countertop.

Trust me; there is the right wine fridge for anyone out there. All you have to do is some research to find which model suits you best.

Final Thoughts

You now know when you need a wine fridge, and all you have to do is get out there and find the perfect model. Wine fridges come in various styles and sizes. You can find a single or a dual zone, a compressor or a thermoelectric.

Some appliances have wire racks; others come with sleek wooden shelves. Some have internal lights while others don’t.

There are wine fridges that hold a handful of bottles and fit on a countertop while others hold many bottles but also require a dedicated space. My point, you’ll find the right appliance, so you’d better get out there and start looking.

What do you think? Which were the signs that let you knew when you need a wine fridge? What else would you add to this list? Tell me in a comment below!

About the Author

Although not having any formal training in wine, Tim has developed an irrefutable love wine and interest in anything related to it ever since he was a little kid. Coming from a family of wine lovers, it was from a young age that he got exposed to wine and the culture that goes with it and has been addicted ever since. Having traveled to dozens of wine regions across the world including those in France, Italy, California, Australia, and South Africa and tasted a large selection of their wines, it is with great joy that he hopes to share those experiences here and take you along on the journey.

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