So you want a wine cellar but you don’t own a 17th-century French chateau.
Don’t worry, wine enthusiast. There are plenty of smart, stylish, and size-conscious solutions for storing, and serving your Syrahs and Sauvignon Blancs.
The classic high-end refrigerator brand offers a variety of vintage-focused variants, available in built-in, under-the-counter or freestanding models, with storage capacity ranging from 46 to 146 bottles. Smart in both form and function, this collection of coolers is dedicated to combating the “enemies of wine” —temperature, humidity, light, vibration. Dual evaporators control humidity while UV-resistant glass protects against the premature aging effects of unwanted light exposure. Roller-glide shelves cut down on vibration as you select your preferred vintage, and two independent temperature-control zones allow owners to keep their reds and whites in the optimal climate. Certain Sub-Zero models also include an illuminated display shelf to easily showcase your best bottles to house guests. And should any of your visitors fall victim to villainous ideas, Sub-Zero wine refrigerators can coordinate with home security systems and alert authorities of any unwanted entry.
Sub-Zero refrigerators range from $3,385 to $8,160, depending on storage capacity, installation model and features.
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Dacor Wine Station
For the frequent host—or grape-enamored gourmand—who blows through bottles at a fairly frequent clip, the Dacor WineStation is an elegant and user-friendly storage solution. With a storage capacity of four bottles, the WineStation transforms a small portion of your collection into a vino fountain, capable of the perfect pour—a taste, a half glass or a full glass—at the tap of the button. The automated, temperature-controlled preservation system will keep bottles fresh for up to 60 days without loss of flavor or aroma, while the patented CleanPour technology prevents oxidation—and ensures you use every last drop.
The WineStation is available for $5,649. Visit dacor.com to find Dacor retailers.
Sand and Birch Opale
For the wine enthusiast who wants their storage system to make a statement, the Sand & Birch Opale delivers in spades. Six-and-a-half-feet tall and shaped like an upturned eye—or, according to the designer, “evocating a precious black stone wedged and gem-setted in a white, smooth base” —this freestanding refrigerator could simply serve as a work of art, but the Opale brings function to its remarkable form. Offering thermal and light insulation and a 60-bottle storage capacity, the Opale can keep your entire collection—red, white or bubbly—in the optimal condition for consumption. Accessing the Opale is also a sleek experience—owners can open the wall of wine with a remote control or with a simple touch.
Contact Sand & Birch at sandbirch.com for price information and to order an Opale.
Plum is a perfect fit for homeowners who finds themselves size-constrained—in terms of living space or their vino collection—but wants the wine experience of the most advanced of cellars. This clever countertop contraption comes with dual chambers—each equipped to hold a single bottle—and internal cameras that read and automatically identify the varietal, vintage, region, winery and wine. The Plum will then set the wine’s temperature to the ideal degree as determined by the winemaker, allowing users to enjoy the vintage as its creators intended. The Plum is able to preserve contained bottles for up to 90 days and has a proximity sensor, which will illuminate the unit’s touchscreen to display the labels of the contained wine whenever it recognizes someone is close.
The Plum ($1,499) is available for pre-order now.
If for you, wine is strictly a sensorial (or perhaps bacchanal) delight and the idea of managing a wine collection is more daunting than a half-bottle hangover, good news—you can hire someone else to do it for you. Seattle-based PHENOL55 has got wine cellars down to a science and their laboratory is available to you*. This full-service wine cellar stores your collection in optimal old world cellaring conditions, augmented with modern climate control and top-of-the-line security. When you’re ready for a bottle, use the PHENOL55 web portal or iPad app for on-demand ordering from your collection. You vintages can be delivered (within a two-hour window) or picked up at the cellar.
*PHENOL55 is only available for Seattle residents and those in surrounding communities. If PHENOL55 is available to you, contact the proprietors at phenol55.com to discuss your collection and pricing.
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