Over the course of the years we have had the opportunity to design several kitchens and baths, and sometimes our projects incorporate the occasional bar and/or the need for storing wine and beer. Luckily for us, we are constantly receiving product knowledge from our vendors and we can proudly say that we have a learned a thing or two about how to store it! Luckily for you, this information is great whether you’re just seeking info or you’re in the process of designing your dream bar!
Disclaimer: As wine and beer are very different, we will highlight some general guidelines. So, let’s dig right in!
Store corked wine on its side, and beer upright. If the wine bottle is upright the cork will dry out, if the beer is on its side, the yeast will not be able to settle at the bottom.
Temperature is important. Ideal temperature for red wine: 60-70F. Ideal temperature for white wine 50-60F. Ideal temperature for beer: 40-50F. Today, you can easily get your hands on a dual temperature bar fridge, but an easy trick for red wine is to put it in the fridge about 45-60 minutes before serving.
Light = Bad. Keep wine and beer away from light This is why some wines and beers are manufactured in darker bottles. Light will directly affect the flavor, so storing your goods in a dark place is most ideal.
Mainly a concern for wine, as your bottles should be kept at around 70% humidity to prevent the cork from drying out.
As we have only highlighted the basics here, know that there are many other factors that go into how to store your wine and beer. There are dozens of ways to store and each has its own benefits. So, if you are thinking of incorporating a wine fridge or other type of storage, the best way to get your knowledge is to speak with professionals to help you narrow down your many options!
Even kegerators are possible!
Traditional in-home bar