If you’ve been researching climate-controlled wine cabinets you’ve likely come across some with a single temperature control and others with two temperature zones. So which one is right for you?
It basically comes down to the following questions:
1) Are you storing your wine long or short-term?
2) Do you want to have your wine ready at a serving temperature?
3) Do you collect both red and white wine or are you partial to one or the other?
Short-Term vs. Long-Term Storage
All wines (both red and white) should store long-term at the same temperature (a constant 14 – 16°C or 50 – 55°F ). This helps them mature at the right speed and keeps the corks from expanding and contracting, causing oxidization. Long term exposure to temperatures that are colder than this causes corks to harden and lose elasticity which results in broken seals, stale wine and sparkling wines without their sparkle. If you plan to store your wine for longer than 3 – 6 months, a single temperature zone wine cabinet is recommended.
Short-term, wine can be stored at a cooler temperature without a negative effect, therefore, a dual zone wine cabinet would be suitable.
The Convenience of Serving Temperature
A dual temperature zone wine cabinet offers convenience when it comes to white wines. Store them at a serving temperature (or very close to – not all white wines are recommended to be served at the same temperature, ie. Chardonnays at 12°C, Champagnes at 6 – 8°C).
Because of the convenience factor, dual temperature zone wine cabinets are popular with restaurants or in kitchens where wines are frequently selected at the last minute.
Reds and Whites in Your Collection?
I personally, do not discriminate when it comes to red vs. white wine, but some people have a preference. A dual temperature zone wine cabinet is really only useful if you collect both red and white wines. The white wines would store in the cooler zone and the reds in the warmer zone.
If you collect only reds or only whites, stick with a single temperature zone wine cabinet.
Dual Zone Wine Cabinets Available from Blue Grouse Wine Cellars
|N’Finity Dual Zone Wine Cabinets|
|Sub-Zero Dual Zone Wine Cabinets|
Single Temperature Zone Wine Cabinets Available from Blue Grouse Wine Cellars
|Transtherm Wine Cabinets|
|Cell-R Wine Cabinets|
|Build-Your-Own (BYO) Wine Cabinets|
|Vinotheque Wine Cabinets (some available with dual zone temperature control)|
|Le Cache Wine Cabinets|