Simon Rodway shows you how to squeeze your wine collection into a neat and stylish storage solution.
Wood wine racks provide the best storage system for a large collection, cheaply and efficiently. Pine wine cubes hold 24, 48, 96, or 120 bottles. They are easy to assemble, sturdy, stackable, attractive and cost between $30 and $130. You can easily purchase more cubes as your collection expands. Ask for a discount if you buy more than one cube.
Wooden wine racks can also double as table tops to hold all your wine accessories. Pine wine racks are the cheapest. Tabletop wine racks tend to hold 24, 36, or 48 bottles and cost between $50 and $100.
Many high-quality wooden wine racks can be used as furniture. Mahogany, redwood, and oak wine bars elegantly store your wines while giving you space to serve them in style. Most bars cost around $500 and can hold 50 to 100 bottles. If you buy online, shipping will cost around $100, so keep an eye out for free shipping deals. Wooden wine towers let you keep your wine organized and store glasses on shelves. They are ideal for tight spaces and may cost over $300, depending on quality.
If your wine collection is an investment, consider buying a wooden wine rack in a freestanding refrigerator. These keep your wines in a climate-controlled container, so you can display your wines in any environment. Expect to pay around $2,000.
How you store wine, however, is not as important as where you store wine. Any wine rack — whether it is wood or metal, large or small — should be kept in a cool, dark, slightly humid area. Keep a consistent temperature between 50 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Never put the wine rack in the sun or heat, which will cook and spoil the wine. Basements and closets make excellent storage spaces. Also, keep a record of your wines so you know when to open a perfectly aged bottle.
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