“A good wine is like a good movie: it lasts for a moment and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; it is new in every sip and, like movies, it is born and reborn in every flavour.” Federico Fellini, Italian filmmaker.
As Fellini said, when you are passionate about wine you want drinking it to be a unique moment and if this is to happen, you have to store it so that you can taste it and serve it under perfect conditions. The fact is that a wine’s temperature affects how it tastes. To prevent factors such as temperature, humidity and light from affecting the quality of the wine, a wine cabinet or wine cellar is the ideal storage option for professional use in restaurants, hotels and bars and for domestic use.
Characteristics of wine cabinets
Just as there are different types of wines, there are also different cabinets for them. Cool Head Europe has a large specific product family, a line of mono- and bi-temperature cabinets, with different sizes and capacities: from the smallest, also for domestic use, to large capacity models (400/500 litres).
In line with the strictest quality standards, Cool Head Europe’s wine cabinets feature anti-UV glass for increased visibility, digital thermostat, low energy consumption levels and ultra-quiet operation.
Types of wine cabinets
What types of wine cabinet are there, and which is the right one for each variety? There are various alternatives available when purchasing a wine cabinet, depending on how you want to use it. There are two basic types of wine cabinets, depending on the job they are going to do and the number of temperature zones: mono-temperature and bi-temperature.
In bi-temperature cabinets, the temperature in the different areas of the wine cellar can be adjusted separately. This means you can store different types of wines at the right temperature for each one. Each part of the wine cellar therefore has an adjustable temperature and humidity level, to suit the requirements of the wine stored in it.
In the CW 36DT model, the temperature of the upper compartment is lower than that of the lower compartment, so that the wine in both is stored correctly. It can hold up to 31 bottles, and has been designed and manufactured with the utmost care and attention to obtain advanced performance and high quality standards.
This wine cabinet, which is also suitable for household use, is equipped with 5 wooden shelves, a carbon filter, a digital display and an internal blue LED light, a reversible door with a vertical cylindrical handle, dark glass to protect the wine, and a door opening alarm.
These cabinets help the wine to mature perfectly by maintaining a constant temperature. How? By storing and preserving wines with the same ageing requirements, for which they have a single thermostat which maintains a uniform temperature throughout the entire cabinet.
Cool Head’s CW 780 model is a modern mono-temperature wine cabinet which can hold up to 266 bottles, and has been designed and manufactured with the utmost care and attention to obtain advanced performance levels and high quality standards., This model is equipped with 10 wooden wine racks, a carbon filter, a blue LED digital display, an interior blue LED light, a reversible door with vertical cylindrical handle, a tinted glass door for wine and a door opening alarm.
Tips for getting the most out of your wine cabinet
After you have chosen the ideal wine cabinet model according to your needs, you need to know some basic tips in order to get the most out of it.
These will help your wines to always be perfect when the time comes to taste them. What are these tips? Make a note of them.
-Too much light can damage the properties of the wine
If you leave the bottle in direct sunlight, not only will its temperature rise, but the chemical reactions that could spoil the wine will also speed up. This is why the lights in wine cabinets have incandescent or LED light bulbs.
-Cold temperatures, but not too cold
The right temperature range is between 7 and 18 ºC. It is also important that this does not vary, and remains constant. Too much heat or a very sudden change in temperature can lead to the loss of certain properties such as: aromas, taste, sensations, etc.
–Humidity is necessary
You have to find the right level for the preservation and storage of the wine. If the humidity levels are too high, the cork could get wet and mould could start to form.
–Store bottles on their side
Why? This ensures that the cork always remains moist. You should always store them like this if they have not been opened.