January 20, 2018

The Best Wine Refrigerators According to Dave

Do you have a love for wine and are looking for an efficient way to store your wine bottles? If so, you should look into purchasing a wine refrigerator. Wine enthusiasts know that wine is best stored in a wine cellar, but wine cellars can be extremely expensive and take up a lot of space. The reality is that most people don’t have the adequate funds or space for a wine cellar. So, the next best thing is a wine refrigerator. A wine refrigerator will keep your wine at an ideal temperature and general environment. Searching for a fantastic wine refrigerator can be tiring and stressful. So, here’s a quick list of the best wine refrigerators available.

1.) EdgeStar 34 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler


EdgeStar is a renowned appliance manufacturer, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are the creators of one of the best wine refrigerators on the market. Priced at $410, this wine refrigerator is moderately priced. The EdgeStar 34 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler is equipped with some of the most advanced technology available for wine refrigerators. It has a 34 wine bottle capacity that can be distributed among the six shelves. One of the coolest features of this wine refrigerator is that the upper and lower zones of the refrigerator has different temperature ranges (the upper portion ranges from 41 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lower portion ranges around 54 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit). Another advanced feature that is included is a security lock that is built in. Thus, you don’t have to worry about your children trying to steal some of your wine.

2.) Kalorik Thermoelectric Dual-Zone Wine Cooler


This next wine refrigerator is perfect for people who want a smaller wine refrigerator for a lower price. The Kalorik Thermoelectric Dual-Zone Wine Cooler costs $257 and has a capacity of 18 standard wine bottles. This chic stainless steel wine refrigerator is crafted with different adjustable temperature options for the upper and lower portions. The upper portion of this wine refrigerator can hold 6 bottles of wine, and is geared towards white wine. As for the lower portion of the Kalorik Thermoelectric Dual-Zone Wine Cooler, it has a 12 bottle capacity, and is the perfect environment for red wine. Other features include adjustable LED lighting and an auto defrost setting.

3.) Koldfront 28 Bottle Ultra Capacity Wine Cooler


The Koldfront 28 Bottle Ultra Capacity Wine Cooler is perfect for someone who is a wine enthusiast, but doesn’t want to shell out nearly $1,000 on a wine refrigerator. Priced at $205, the Koldfront 28 Bottle Ultra Capacity Wine Cooler has a 28 bottle capacity that can be spread across its 6 racks. The racks are crafted with a chic chrome color and have a slide-out design. Thus, you can simply slide the racks out to view your wine selection instead of spending countless minutes hunched over. This wine refrigerator is also equipped with; LED lighting that is adjustable, specialized cooling that is vibration-free, tiny fans that ensure that air circulates throughout the refrigerator, and a chic and spot-resistant door frame. Thus, the Koldfront 29 Bottle Ultra Capacity Wine Cooler is perfect for people who want to start collecting a wide variety of wine.

4.) NewAir AWB-360DB


The last wine refrigerator on my list is the NewAir AWB-360DB. NewAir is known for their array of advanced wine refrigerators, but this one of their best wine refrigerators. Although the NewAir AWB-360DB retails at $888, the advanced features and maximum space makes it worth spending nearly $1,000 on a wine refrigerator. Standing at approximately 34 inches, this refrigerator has two sides; one for canned beverages and one for wine. The can side can hold up to 60 standard cans, and the wine side can hold up to 18 bottles of wine. You can even set a different temperature for each side of the refrigerator. Between the short height, and diverse features it’s no wonder why The Cooler List dubbed this beverage refrigerator as the “ultimate cooling solution for all your beverages”. Click the link to learn more about The Cooler List.


How to Identify a Good Wine

There is an age old argument that expensive wine is always better than cheap wine. Well, there is no proof that expensive wine is better than cheap wine. Instead of judging wine on how much it costs, you should be identifying whether it is good quality or not from other features and factors. It is known that smelling, swirling, and sipping wine are general rules of thumb when determining whether or not a wine is good quality, but there are other expert tips on how to identify a good wine.

1.) Read the back label


We were all taught to not judge a book by its cover, so why should we judge a wine by its front label? Instead of making a judgement and moving on by a wine’s front label, check out the back. The back label will have important information, such as where the wine came from, what flavors it has, and how it was aged. If the wine won a reward or recognition, it will also be on the back label. If you’re unsure about the information that a wine’s back label has, don’t be afraid to ask for help or an opinion from an employee or a friend.

2.) Swirl and smell

Remember the rules of thumb of how to identify a good wine we touched on before? This is when they are useful. Legs, when wine tasting, is known as skinny lines of liquid that run down the glass after you drink it. When swirling the wine you should see the legs from the wine. While the quality of the legs has little information about the quality of the wine, it will help you determine how much alcohol is in the wine. As for smelling, it can help you determine what a wine will taste like. The sense of smell helps us determine which foods we like and which foods we don’t. Typically, we wouldn’t eat something that smells bad. So, would you drink a wine that smelled bad?

3.) Use your taste buds


After examining the bottle and swirling and smelling the wine, give it a go and taste the wine. Interpret and examine what you just tasted. What is the overall flavor? Are there any underlying tones? You know you have found a balanced and high quality wine when there are various long lasting flavors.

4.) Research

If you want to become an expert at distinguishing between good quality and bad quality wines, do some research. Research which years and types of wines are vintage and regarded as the highest quality. It’s also important to learn about grapes and how they are harvested. Since grapes are harvested in a variety of regions and climates, each type of grape has a different taste. This influences what the wine will taste like, and the overall quality.

5.) Know what your preferences


While wine enthusiasts are always encouraged to explore various types of wine, they should know their wine preferences. It’s important to determine what kind of wine you like, and what you generally look for in a wine. It’s also important to realize that it’s okay to like a wine that may be deemed as a bad quality wine. After all, taste differs among person to person. So, what may taste phenomenal to you, could taste awful to the person next to you.



Dave Anderson is a venture capitalist and wine connoisseur in San Francisco.