Taylors Wines’ new temperature sensitive label displays when your wine is perfectly chilled. So who needs a wine fridge?
Most wine drinkers will know that red wine needs to be served warmer than white. But not everyone understands that there are even different serving temperatures between whites. Chardonnay for example, should be served at around 12°C whereas a Classic Dry White can easily cope with being served at 4°C.
How much do you really need a Wine Fridge?
Wine fridge, wine cabinet, wine cooler – but never a bar fridge – whatever you call them wine fridges are still enormously popular, these days being incorporated as a standard built-in in eight out of ten luxury kitchen installations¹. But a wine fridge by any other name is still a receptacle designed solely for wine storage, and that’s a reasonable outlay for an appliance with just one purpose.
What is a Wine Fridge Good For?
With around 15,000 wine fridges being sold in Australia every year, someone clearly thinks they’re a pretty necessary investment. So why can’t a bottle of plonk just go in the everyday garden variety food fridge with the milk, butter and lettuce?
Do You Really Need One?
Have a think about your wine consumption habits. Do you buy wine to keep for years to come? Or do you consume the wine you buy within a fairly short time frame (months rather than years)? Do you just want to keep your wine at the optimal serving temperature? Then think about your house environment. Do you have space for a dedicated fridge? Is there somewhere else you could keep your wine – a cool, dry basement or a spare cupboard for example – that would work just as well?
Other Storage Options
If you decide that investing in a wine fridge really isn’t an option, there are a number of other ways to store wine. See our other article ‘How to Store Wine’ for some useful advice.
Deciding on whether or not to invest in a wine fridge is a very personal decision and needs to be considered as a significant investment much like a new car. Weigh up all the pros and cons, starting with an understanding of exactly what you want your wine fridge to do. If it’s to cellar wine for long term maturation and stability, then the answer is likely to be yes. If it’s simply to store wine at the correct temperature, it may be that technology such as that being introduced by Taylors Wines will remove the need for such an investment as the wine itself will tell you when it should be drunk.