Wine refrigerators come in many different shapes and sizes. It would be good to know which sizes would fit the collector’s needs. It really depends on the wine collector and if they are serious hobbyists or just social connoisseurs wanting to have a few bottles kept in the home for family gatherings.
Even as the art of wine appreciation is increasingly becoming popular amongst casual drinkers, there is a need to maintain and preserve the collection properly so as to enhance the flavors. Keeping them in wine refrigerators makes the most sense, unless the owners have the luxury of a wine cellar below their property. While that is unlikely for city-folks living in apartments in a skyscraper, the wine refrigerator is the next best alternative. Also, there is nothing more enjoyable than having a glass of wine that has been kept at its optimum temperature.
So buying the wine refrigerator would be the next step to owning your own private collection. For most casual wine enthusiasts, they would usually load all their wines, whether red or white, into the same refrigerator out of convenience. While there is a subtle difference in ideal drinking temperatures for red and white wines, the discerning connoisseur might opt for having two wine refrigerators instead, one for each type. It would be good to check if the refrigerators have dual temperature controls built in for two differing varieties, that should save space and money.
When choosing for a wine refrigerator, it would be good to find out if the shelves in the fridge are made of wood or if they are metal. As the refrigerator relies on mechanical function to cool the wine, there can be considerable vibrations which could affect the quality of the wines if not properly dampened. Choose wine fridges that have wooden shelving installed as opposed to metal grills as wood tends to absorb vibrations better.
Some serious hobbyists have decided right from the start that they are going to have more than 1000 bottles of a good harvest. Some keep wines for investment purposes. It is a tricky business to invest in wines especially if the preservation medium is not up to par. A room can be specially built to carry more than 2000 bottles with temperature controls built in like a home-based wine cellar, but that option might not be suitable for most people.
So it really depends on the needs of the wine enthusiast as to their own personal requirements. If they are already drinking socially, then perhaps it might be better to consider a larger fridge when selecting one for the home. Space may be a consideration or a limitation, and building the wine refrigerator into the cabinet finishing must be an option, but it might hinder expansion plans when the fridge runs out of space eventually.