A wine collection can be a medium of much enjoyment, but when those bottles start increasing in number, you’re going to need somewhere to store them. For those of us not blessed with a wine cellar, the next best option is a wine rack.
Not all wine racks are made equal so keep reading and we’ll tell you exactly what you need to know when choosing one.
Find the Right Location
Before you head down to your local winery, you should give some thought to where you’re going to keep your wine rack.
Wine should never be stored in the kitchen if you can help it as direct sunlight and excess heat can alter the taste of wine, and not for the better. Instead, the coolest part of your home will work much better and keep your wine fresher for longer.
The best location would be a basement if you have one, or if not, consider also investing in a wine chiller.
Decide on Capacity
The number of bottles your wine rack is capable of storing is critical. You should make an estimate as to how many bottles are likely to be in your collection at any one time and purchase accordingly.
In addition, you’re going to need to know the rough size of each bottle as they can vary considerably, with certain racks being better suited to some than others.
Keep in mind that magnum sized bottles as well as bottles of champagne are often much larger in diameter.
Construction and Materials
The choice of materials for your wine rack is endless. The most common construction material is wood but metal racks are becoming increasingly popular. This is purely a matter of preference so there is no wrong or right answer.
Some points for consideration include:
- Heavy duty metal wire racking with nested bottle holders is usually better at keeping individual bottles in place and preventing them from sliding around.
- Cheap wooden wine racks are often a false economy as they are poorly made and prone to falling apart.
- Really look at the workmanship of each individual rack. You can often see the quality in the small details which is a sign of longevity.
- Some racks are freestanding and some can even be wall mounted, the choice is yours.
Where To Buy?
There are several places that you could buy a wine rack from. The aforementioned winery will likely have a large selection to choose from but they can also be purchased online. Barware & More is just one of many suppliers of wine racks within Australia who can even deliver straight to your front door. We would suggest that you take your time to browse the ranges of several different suppliers and don’t feel rushed into making a decision.
We often find that those who embark upon the journey of wine collection often get carried away and buy far more bottles than they initially envisioned they would. In these instances, we would suggest the purchase of a large wine chiller which will be a great addition for storing and keeping those bottles at the right temperature.