The short answer is – it depends on your passion and your wallet. What I mean by that is, if you purchase a bottle of wine to consume with dinner, it might not be the best place for your dollars. If, however, you find yourself standing in the aisle of your favorite vino toy store yearning to get the evening started, anticipating the next potential bottle of poetry, you might have a case. While making this decision, consider your interest in wine and be honest whether you could see yourself purchasing your wine in bulk, or simply a bottle or two a week. If you find yourself bringing back a couple bottles, maybe investing in a full, temperature-controlled cellar might not be the right decision at this point. A great alternative could be a refrigerator-type unit that can preserve maybe 24 – 50 bottles. You could even take a small room in the house and call it your ‘Tasting Room’, decorating it with a small table and chairs for your guests to hang out and discuss each of the wines while enjoying some cheeses or appetizers. This is more comfortable for the long-haul than a 55 degree room in which to spend time anyway!
If you already purchase your wine in bulk, or can see yourself storing a case or two a month, then it warrants exploring a wine cellar. These can come in many different sizes and styles, ranging from space under the stairs or that extra room in the basement – to professional tasting areas and storage that can hold 1,500 bottles or more. Many of these cellars include a thermostat-controlled unit, custom-cabinetry to cradle the bottles and even a counter to make opening the bottles and displaying your prized possessions the grand evening it could be. Regardless the size of your cellar, it’s the wine that is truly a bookmark in that day of your life. Cheers!
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