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Wine Cellar or Wine Cabinets, which is best?

By Tania MacPhee, September 7th, 2015

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Wine Cellars and ‘Wine Walls’ are hot property trends. Many new homes and renovations are incorporating them into their design.

So if you have a wine collection you want to protect, which is the best option? Do you build a wine cellar or do you simply install a row of wine cabinets?

Well, it depends on a number of factors.  Consider the following 5 factors in making your decision:

1. Available Space?
There is a certain romanticism about walking in to your very own ‘traditional’ wine cellar where one’s precious wine collection can be admired along walls of custom made wine racks and with a glass wall looking in. This is a wine enthusiast’s mecca.

With existing homes, a wine cellar can be built in the basement, adjacent to the garage, under the stairs, in a spare room or in an external building near the main house. New homes are being designed with dedicated wine cellars either in the home’s foyer, next to a dining room or butler’s pantry. Either way, there is no doubt that a wine cellar provides a wow factor.

Of course, a row of wine cabinets (or a ‘wine wall’) can also fit into any of the above scenarios. Whether they are freestanding, incorporated into a wall or built into joinery, they are quite functional and can also look very impressive.

2. What is involved and how much will it cost?
Building a properly performing wine cellar is serious business! It involves proper heavy duty insulation along with the installation of a reputable wine cellar conditioner to hold a consistent temperature of 12-14 degrees. It also requires proper ducting, air flow, drainage, power, the correct door, and then wine racks and perhaps an area to taste a bottle. Want to go underground? Well, this is where costs really start to escalate. A geotechnical report, along with structural drawings and dimensions are needed and costs largely depend on site access, rock and services in the ground. In short, it would not be uncommon for excavations to reach tens of thousands of dollars.

Sometimes, achieving your desired look within the cellar can be prohibitively expensive. Custom solid timber joinery for example can also run into the tens of thousands and any glass walls or doors must be double glazed, argon filled and include an energy coating or UV protection to provide a high thermal resistance and prevent condensation. It is not uncommon for this type of glazing to reach $1,000 per square meter.

Of course, if you build a simple structure above ground and use off the shelf racking, you will save a fortune. You will still need to insulate and climate control the space though.

If, on the other hand, you have a wall along which you can place a row of wine cabinets, they simply plug in to a power point and away you go. Generally speaking, it would be more cost effective to have up to four wine cabinets rather than build a wine cellar.

3. Bottle capacity?
How many bottles of wine do you currently have in your collection?  If you’re growing your cellar, do you have a magic number of bottles you want to store in the future?

Recent studies show people are drinking less wine these days but that it tends to be of better quality. If you generally drink, say 3-4 bottles a week, that’s around 150-200 bottles a year.

500-600 well-chosen bottles can go a long way to satisfy most people’s needs for high quality aged wine.  If you enjoy imported wine, 1000 bottles is more common. Add to this the day-to-day drinking wine and you probably don’t really need more than that.

To calculate how many bottles will fit in your cellar, allow about one hundred bottles per square meter. If your collection is small relative to the cellar’s bottle capacity, bear in mind that it may take many years to fill the cellar and that a cellar at even 50% capacity looks a little sad. If you can near fill your cellar from the beginning, leaving a little room for growth, it will look great.

If you’re thinking wine cabinets, you could start with one or two and add more if and when the need arises.

4. What happens when the home is sold one day?
If you plan on selling your home one day, a wine cellar is certainly a draw-card. The problem for you of course is that you have to leave it behind and start again in your next home.

Wine cabinets come up on top here because you can always take them with you.  If, on the other hand the potential buyer is interested in the ‘wine cellar wall’, you could always list them as an excluded chattel.

5. How do you plan to enjoy your wine collection?
If you are planning a functional space to store your wine collection long term then a properly built cellar will certainly do the trick. However if you take pleasure in sharing your collection with others and plan to make the area a destination for entertaining or even enjoying a quiet glass in your own company, then a cellar might become a little chilly as it needs to be kept at a steady 14 degrees.

Having a ‘wine wall’ means you can furnish your wine room as you please with couches, or a table and chairs. Most importantly your wine room can become a highly usable part of your home, a special place where you and others can really appreciate your wine.

 

EuroCave Wine Cellar Conditioners and Wine Cabinets
EuroCave wine cabinets take care of all the essential criteria for cellaring and protecting your wine. Designed and manufactured in France, EuroCave continues to set the world standard for the most technologically advanced and beautifully designed fridges in the world. They have an A+ energy rating, and easy to use roller mounted sliding or soft close shelves to cater for various bottle shapes. They also have beautiful (amber) UV free cold lighting and there is no plastic in EuroCave wine cabinets. Most importantly, EuroCave cabinets are built to last; we often speak to customers who have had their EuroCave for 10, 15 or even 20 years.

If you find a wine cellar is right for you, EuroCave’s Inoa Wine Cellar Conditioner can covert almost any space into a cellar by managing temperature, humidity and air flow. The Inoa is continuously specified by some of Australia’s leading architects, builders and air conditioning experts.

Our specialists are always happy to discuss your specific needs and help with expert advice.  Call us on 1800 733 621.  We are always happy to chat about wine!

 

How to Choose The Best Wine Cabinet (Fridge)

By Tania MacPhee, July 23rd, 2015

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Buying a wine fridge is a relatively large investment, and you need to get it right the first time. We have seen too many people buy poorly, ultimately becoming disappointed and frustrated with their cabinet, something that can easily be avoided by asking the right questions.

To select the wine fridge that best suits your needs, consider the following 4 key factors:

1. Capacity – from 12 bottles to over 600

Determine how many bottles you need to store now and consider how your wine collection may grow in the future. In our experience, many wine collectors buy more wine once they find a wine storage solution so buy a larger cabinet than you think you initially need.

If your budget is limited, invest in a larger size wine cabinet before opting a range with all of the bells and whistles.

2. Location – within the home/office or in the garage

If you intend to put your wine fridge in the dining room, living area, or on display, consider customising with a glass door or display shelves. Another option is to build the wine cabinet into kitchen cabinetry or a furniture piece.  In this case, ensure that the cabinet is front ventilated or that there is some room left for air circulation or the wine cabinet will not perform properly. Another factor you need to consider if the cabinet is in the home is the amount of noise it will make.

If the wine cabinet is going in the garage, my guess is that aesthetics may not be as important so you can save money by opting for a solid door or an entry level range. If you have a lot of wine that you want to store longer term, storage shelves allow higher capacity and further savings.

3. Temperature zones – one, two, three and multi temperature

Determine how much of your wine needs to be stored longer term versus how much wine you need ‘at call’ for short term drinking. ALL wine varietals (whites, reds, Champagne) should be stored at 14 degrees Celsius with a temperature variation of no more than one degree, whilst drinking temperature varies between 6 degrees Celsius (eg. for Champagne) and 18 degrees Celsius (eg. for big reds), depending on the wine variety.

Single temperature wine cabinets are best suited to storing wine longer term, whilst 2, 3 and multi temperature units are ideal for restaurants or those who entertain quite regularly and therefore generally require a large amount of wine ‘at call’ at ideal drinking temperature.

4. Shelving – roller mounted, soft close, storage, larger bottle size such as Magnum or Champagne …

When it comes to the day to day use and functionality of your wine cabinet (and, believe me, the amount of enjoyment versus frustration you will experience), an important factor is the type of shelving.

Firstly, unless the shelves are roller mounted, you will probably struggle to open a fully stacked shelf.

Secondly, ensure different bottle shapes such as the taller Riesling bottle, higher shouldered Shiraz, and thicker Pinot Noir etc. will sit on each shelf properly without falling or scratching your labels.

Thirdly, the style of shelving (i.e. either sliding or storage) needed is based on how much of the same wine you buy, as well as how long your wine needs to be aged. If you typically buy wine in dozens or half dozens and want to store them longer term, you may consider storage shelves that allow greater capacity in your wine cabinet, as bottles are stacked on top of each other. Sliding shelves are ideal for wines you want to drink shorter term or for varied collections as they allow easy access to each bottle.

Last but by no means least, consider buying shelves that are specifically made for different wine varieties such as Champagne and Magnums.

Taking all of this into consideration, please view our list of ‘Essential Questions’ you should ask the organisation you are buying your wine cabinet from:

Essential questions to ask when researching a wine fridge;

  1. In which country was the wine fridge manufactured and how long has the manufacturer been making wine cabinets?
  2. How does the wine cabinet’s shelving cater for different bottle shapes and sizes (eg. Champagne, Pinot Noir)?
  3. Can I see shelves with different shapes and sizes, stacked with wine so I can understand capacity and how the wine cabinet handles these bottles?
  4. Am I able to customise the perfect wine cabinet for my wine collection?
  5. Can I choose whatever shelving configuration I want, as well as which door I want, and which side the hinge is on?
  6. Can I slide a shelf that is fully stacked so I can see how easy it is to use?
  7. Can I hear the wine fridge turned on so I can determine how much noise it makes?
  8. How does the light in the wine cabinet impact the wine? Is it a ‘cold’ light, or does it heat up?
  9. Is humidity displayed and monitored and how does it ensure that corks won’t dry out?
  10. Is there more than a one degree variance once the temperature is set at the recommended 14 degrees?
  11. Is your organisation responsible for after sales service or will you pass me on to the manufacturer?
  12. How precisely does the unit deliver and monitor uniform temperature throughout the unit?
  13. How does the wine cabinet address vibration (which is a major enemy of wine long term)?
  14. Are the walls stipled aluminium or just plastic?
  15. Does the organisation understand storing and ageing wine? Can they add some value by helping me to establish a really interesting wine cellar?

For more information on the right wine cabinet to suit your needs and a no obligation quote, please contact EuroCave Australia on 1800 733 621 or info@eurocave.com.au.

What is the best temperature for serving wine?

By Tania MacPhee, July 22nd, 2015

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It may sound simple, but most wine experts agree the single most important factor affecting our wine enjoyment is serving temperature.

Unfortunately, people often make the mistake of drinking white wines straight from the fridge (at 5°C), which is too cold and red wines at room temperature (anywhere between 20-30°C) which is too warm. Unfortunately, some restaurants serve their whites and reds at these temperatures too!

When white wine is too cold it doesn’t allow the flavours and aromatics to show to their full potential, and acidity can take over so you cannot taste the nuances of the wine. And when a red is too warm the alcohol shows too aggressively and the wine can blow out and become imbalanced.

So, what is the best temperature to serve wine?

The answer is that when it comes to serving wine, different types of wine are best enjoyed at different temperatures, ranging from 6°C to 18°C.

Ideal serving or drinking temperatures for each wine type are listed in the table below.

Ok, so should white wine and red wine be STORED or CELLARED at different temperatures too?

The answer is most definitely NO. ALL wine, regardless of its varietal, should be stored or cellared at the exact same temperature. A consistent storage temperature of 14°C will allow slow, graceful maturation and will yield great rewards, as you will enjoy your wine exactly as the wine maker intended. Ideal cellaring or storage temperatures for each wine type are also listed in the table below.

Wine
Variety

Storage
Temperature

Drinking
Temperature

Cabernet / Shiraz

14°C

18°C

Pinot Noir

14°C

14°C

Chardonnay

14°C

10°C

Sauvignon Blanc

14°C

8°C

Champagne

14°C

6°C

EuroCave Single Temperature Wine Cabinets for Cellaring Wine
For the collector of fine wines, EuroCave offers you a luxurious range of wine cabinets for cellaring your wine collection. These wine cabinets store, protect and nurture your wine, bringing it slowly and gracefully to maturity.

EuroCave Multitple Temperature Wine Cabinets for Serving Wine
For the ultimate wine drinking experience, EuroCave multiple temperature wine cabinets allow all varietals to be served at their ideal drinking temperatures. All your wines will be on hand, ready to drink at the perfect temperature, for a relaxing glass for yourself, or to impress even a large group of the most discerning guests.

For expert advice please call 1800 733 621. We’re happy to help.

EuroCave Professional Range, for the hospitality industry. Wine Service, Display and Storage.

By Tania MacPhee, May 2nd, 2014

If you are designing a restaurant or bar requiring wine storage, or wine service, the EuroCave Professional Range would be ideal. World leading quality, specifically tailored to the hospitality industry.

EuroCave Professional Range, when wine is a serious business:

Professional Wine CabinetWine Cabinets. Display, protect and serve wine at perfect temperatures. Combine two or more to create an impressive and functional wine wall.
ShowCave. More than a wine cabinet. A perfect haven for your wine. Make a sophisticated statement to impress even the most discerning customers.Professional Wine Cabinet
Professional wine CabinetWine Serving Systems. Profitably improve your Wine Program. Offer more high-quality wines by the glass. Precise pour, at perfect serving temperature. Preserve up to 3 weeks. No waste. No risk.

EuroCave Professional Range is designed and manufactured in France in conjunction with world leading wine stewards (MOF), combining technical expertise second to none. All EuroCave Professional products are fully customisable and can be tailored to your client’s individual needs. Several Ranges are offered to satisfy a broad range of requirements and budgets.

Many leading Australian restaurants and hotels entrust their wine to EuroCave. Read EuroCave Australia’s testimonials.

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market-leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand. EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit www.eurocave.com.au. For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

EuroCave wine cabinets use 55% less power. A+ energy rating.

By Tania MacPhee, May 1st, 2014

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If energy efficiency and eco consideration are important to you, EuroCave wine cabinets are ideal. EuroCave wine cabinets consume up to 67% less energy than traditional wine cabinets and have been awarded an A+ Energy Rating.

EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development across all our products:

Gentle on the environment and economical to run, EuroCave wine cabinets combine respect for the environment with cutting edge technology, in a sophisticated, luxurious aesthetic.

EuroCave wine cabinets are fully customisable and can be tailored to individual needs. Create the ultimate entertainment experience and enjoy wine at its best, as the wine maker intended.

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market-leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand.

EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development across all our products.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit www.eurocave.com.au. For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

Built-in wine cabinets, with integrated door option from EuroCave

By Tania MacPhee, April 29th, 2014

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If you are working on a residential or commercial project that requires a wine cabinet to be built into a kitchen, entertainment space or boardroom, EuroCave Compact Range wine cabinets are ideal.

EuroCave Compact Range wine cabinets come with:

All EuroCave wine cabinets are fully customisable and can be tailored specifically to individual needs. Create the ultimate entertainment experience. Your clients and their guests will enjoy their wine at its best, as the wine maker intended.

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market-leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand. EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit www.eurocave.com.au. For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

EuroCave, World Leader In Wine Cabinets

By Tania MacPhee, October 30th, 2013

Craig MacPhee explains why EuroCave wine cabinets are the best in the world.