Keeping Wine Safe: The Wine Cellar

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One of my favorite appliances in my kitchen came about due to a fairly expensive disaster. My husband and I had just returned home after several days spent relaxing in Napa Valley. While there, we enjoyed a few afternoons out wine tasting and had collected a significant number of pricey wines to take back with us. Since we’d driven up, there really wasn’t a limit to the number of bottles we could pack. We were able to rationalize the upfront expense since we knew we could enjoy the wine over the course of the next year or two.

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On the road in Napa

We stored the wine in the coolest spot in the house, which had always served us just fine in the past. Unfortunately, that same week back in Los Angeles was an unseasonably hot one with temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees daily. Needless to say, our cool spot wasn’t immune. Our precious cargo was reduced to nothing more than Napa-labeled vinegar in less than a week. Ouch.

Painful lesson learned, we began looking into our options. No space for an underground wine cellar, so that was out. And we didn’t want the hassle of paying an outside source to store our wines. That was when we came across the amazing product that is a personal wine cellar. It was the perfect solution. We were able to buy it that day, take it home and immediately put it to use. Its compact design makes it ideal for even the smallest kitchens.

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Though we purchased an 8-bottle cellar to keep electrical expenses down, the cellars come in various sizes to suit your storage needs. If you’re considering getting one, be sure to do your research. I’ve seen the exact same one we purchased listed anywhere from $140 to $300.

Photo Credits: Melissa Lauer, Williams-Sonoma

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