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16/11/2020

If you enjoy wine, why wouldn’t you have a wine cellar?

Wine lovers and connoisseurs evidently have plenty of reasons to invest in a good wine cellar. Certainly, a beautifully lit wine cellar serves as an elegant, visually pleasing display case for avid collectors.

More importantly to anyone who enjoys the anticipation that comes with the satisfying pop of a good bottle being uncorked or that first sniff and sip of long coveted vintage, Cavavin wine cellars make sure that nothing comes between a wine lover and their pleasure.

Designed to ensure proper aging while keeping bottles at just the right serving temperature, Cavavin wine cellars guarantee that a suboptimal serving temperature or storage environment won’t deprive you of any of the earthy subtleties a great Pinot Noir, or a Gewurztraminer’s honeyed notes of lemon-peel and barley sugar.

Beauty and practicality

But even those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “serious” wine connoisseurs may want to keep a wine cellar at home. Cavavin wine cellars are practical appliances that keep wine and other beverages at the right serving temperature without taking up precious fridge space. Not to mention, having a wine cellar means that no one has to riffle through your groceries to bring out a bottle in the middle of a bustling dinner party or get-together — which is no small matter in a busy kitchen.

“But” we hear you asking, “do we really need a wine cellar? Wouldn’t a bar fridge serve the same purpose?”

The answer to that is a hard no.

The fundamentals of proper wine storage

Fridges get an F- when it comes to wine storage. Why? Because to protect wine against spoilage, bottles need to be kept in conditions that maintain proper:

  • Air circulation
  • Consistent temperature
  • Darkness
  • Humidity
  • Protection from vibrations

Cavavin’s manufacturing standards and proven technology safeguard the precise conditions that allow vintages to age as they are meant to.

Air circulation: Wine breathes through a bottle's cork, so an odor-free environment is of utmost importance. Most Cavavin wines cellars have a ventilation system, and all of them are built with odorless components that prevent unpleasant odors.

Consistent temperature: Extreme temperatures absolutely must be avoided. Temperatures above 15 degrees Celsius accelerate the aging of wine, and a temperature below 9 degrees slows that process down. The thermostat Cavavin designed for its wine cellars ensures a consistent temperature of 12 degrees Celsius with a maximum fluctuation of +/- 2 degrees. Insulated double casing offers additional temperature control, and Cavavin’s ENERGY STAR rated glass doors provide optimal thermal performance.

Darkness: Protection from UV rays is highly important. Cavavin wine cellars are equipped with full doors or glass doors treated to filter UV rays and seal off external light. Minimal interior lighting allows you to clearly see your bottles and makes your cellar a stylish display unit.

Humidity level: Air that isn’t kept at the right humidity will dry out bottle corks and cause wine evaporation and excess oxidation. On the other hand, too much humidity will damage bottle labels. Cavavin wine cellars use accumulated condensation to produce and maintain the ideal level of humidity: As excess humidity empties into a basin under the compressor, it evaporates thanks to the heat of the compressor.

No vibrations: A consistently motion-free environment is critical for quality wine. Vibrations prevent sediments from settling and hinder the development of a wine's flavor and aroma. Cavavin wine cellars have two casings, one on either side of a specially designed thermal insulant. While the design of outer casing is aesthetic, the inner casing is engineered to protect your bottles from vibrations. To further reduce vibrations, the cellar's compressor is set next to absorbent padding.

While each of the coolers included in Cavavin’s four lines of wine coolers ensure that all these conditions are met, features vary from one model to the next. It’s worth taking some time to consider which ones will best line up with your wants and needs.

Which Cavavin wine cellar is right for you?

To narrow your selection down, start with these three factors:

  1. Consider your personal taste and/or the preferences of your family and friends.
  2. Next assess your budget. Invest in the features that bring you the most pleasure and functionality.
  3. Then choose the size and format that will work with your living space.

Personal taste

Those who have a decided preference for red or white wines might be best served by a single zone wine cellar, whereas those who keep both red and white bottles on hand or regularly host dinner parties will likely want a two-zone temperature control.

Wine collectors will naturally require a cellar with a greater capacity. Cavavin cellars range from a 24-bottle to a 265-bottle capacity. We advise choosing a model that will be large enough to leave 25% of its capacity free. It’s surprising how quickly a collector will fill up that space!

Collectors often appreciate LED lighting, too, since part of the pleasure of cellaring bottles lies in showing them off and discussing them with fellow wine lovers.

On the other side of the spectrum, if there are craft beer drinkers among your family and friends, a beverage centre like Cavavin’s French door model, V-87WBVC, could be the answer.

Or perhaps you prefer to age bottles in your basement and only need to keep a few bottles of wine and some other beverages upstairs. In that case, Cavavin’s V-050BVC model would be the right pick for you.

Budget

The cost of a cellar is determined by a number of factors, of course. For those who are building a wine collection, the model with the largest capacity will be worth every penny.

Materials are also reflected in the price of a cellar. Some have metal racks; in others, they’re natural wood — a feature that adds aesthetic appeal, along with a higher price point. Extra features, such as digital displays for example, are practical additions that may be worth investing in.

Once you have pinpointed your must-haves, the next step is to consider which dimensions and format will (literally!) be the best fit.

Design

Which type of Cavavin cellar will be best for your home?

Run down this check list to sort out your options:

  • What capacity will best suit your long-term needs? (Don’t forget our tip about keeping 25% of your cooler free for future additions to your collection!) Cavavin cellars are offered in 15” and 24” wide models. For serious collectors, Cavavin also makes full height 24” wide units.
  • Would a freestanding or built-in cellar work best with your layout?
  • While the stainless steel and black finishes offered are classic options, Cavavin also makes panel ready coolers — a great choice if you are renovating your kitchen and want a seamless fit with your new cabinets.

Check out the full range of Cavavin wine cellars to see which model will be just right for you!

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