Wine time

If en­joy­ing a nice vin­tage is high on your en­ter­tain­ing agenda, a wine cab­i­net could be just the ad­di­tion

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For those who reg­u­larly serve wine at par­ties or buy beau­jo­lais in bulk, it’s time to get se­ri­ous about wine stor­age. Fridge tem­per­a­tures are gen­er­ally around 3°C, which is fine for a tem­po­rary fizz-cool­ing so­lu­tion, but too cold for stor­ing wine for any length of time. “There is no white wine de­signed to be drunk at 3°C,” says Gary Brown, Har­vey Nor­man’s se­nior brand man­ager, home ap­pli­ances. “If you take a bot­tle of white wine out of the fridge and put it on your ta­ble, it’s prob­a­bly go­ing to take till the third glass be­fore it tastes as it should.” For those who en­joy wine, a ded­i­cated cab­i­net is the an­swer.

stor­age so­lu­tions

“If you buy a lot of wine, you should pro­tect the in­tegrity of it, not just leave it in a case or a box in your pantry or un­der the stairs,” says Gary. “If you get a fluc­tu­a­tion of more than 8–10°C, par­tic­u­larly mul­ti­ple times, gen­er­ally it’s go­ing to af­fect the qual­ity of the wine.” As well as tem­per­a­ture, also com­ing into play are light, hu­mid­ity and vi­bra­tion, and a proper wine cab­i­net will tick all these boxes to keep your bot­tles in just the right en­vi­ron­ment, ready for pour­ing or

long-term cel­lar­ing. Ex­perts at Lieb­herr say whites should usu­ally be poured at 8–12°C; sparkling likes it quite chilly, at around 7–9°C; and reds pre­fer a bit closer to room tem­per­a­ture, be­tween 14–20°C. Long-term stor­age tem­per­a­tures are likely to be 10–12°C for all wines. If you’re pushed for space, or if you reg­u­larly drink both whites and reds, a cab­i­net with func­tion­al­ity for more than one tem­per­a­ture zone could be the best op­tion.

cab­i­net class

If you’d like your guests to be able to help them­selves, it makes sense to have your wine cab­i­net within easy reach of your en­ter­tain­ing zone, such as built-in within the wall cab­i­netry at the din­ing end of the kitchen, or at the end of the is­land bench near­est to your ta­ble. “The ca­pac­ity de­ter­mines how you’re go­ing to in­stall it,” ex­plains Gary. “With a 40-bot­tle cab­i­net, a lot of peo­ple build them un­der their is­land benches.” Big­ger mod­els can look amaz­ing when built into the kitchen along­side large fridges, as seen on this sea­son’s

The Block. “That’s a big trend,” says Gary.

1. Fisher & Paykel wine cab­i­net (50 bot­tles, also avail­able in 32, 83, 127 and 144), $2449, Fisher & Paykel, fish­er­­tures: Stain­less steel with dual tem­per­a­ture zones; low vi­bra­tion com­pres­sor; slide- out oak shelves; UV-tem­pered glass door. 2. Smeg Dolce Stil Novo built-in wine cel­lar (18 bot­tles), $3490, Smeg,­tures: Elec­tronic tem­per­a­ture con­trol; car­bon-fil­tered air vi­bra­tion pro­tec­tion; black glass door that al­lows trans­parency when light is on; solid oak shelves; som­me­lier drawer. 3. Vin­tec multi-zone wine cab­i­net (170 bot­tles), $3799, Har­vey Nor­man, as be­fore.Fea­tures: Seven ad­justable wooden shelves; gra­di­ent tem­per­a­ture fa­cil­ity for stor­ing dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of wine; anti-UV glass; LED light­ing; vi­bra­tion pro­tec­tion; wooden shelves; op­ti­mum hu­mid­ity con­trol. 4. Miele free­stand­ing wine con­di­tion­ing unit (178 bot­tles), $8999, Miele, as be­fore.Fea­tures: Three tem­per­a­ture zones; air qual­ity fil­ter; lock func­tion; door alarm; UV-fil­tered glass; pull- out racks. 5. Lieb­herr Vinidor Dual Zone built-in wine cel­lar (80 bot­tles), $6999, Lieb­herr, lieb­­tures: Triple- glazed tinted glass door; two in­de­pen­dent tem­per­a­ture zones; beech­wood shelves; char­coal fil­tered air sup­ply.

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