3 Reasons a Wine Bucket is a Great Gift Idea

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Buy a wine cooling bucket for the wine lover on your shopping list.

Is a wine lover or wine connoisseur on your shopping list? If so, there is no shortage of possible presents you could give that should be a hit, even outside of gifting one or more bottles of wine. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we have a great selection of wine accessories. Among them, of course, are wine buckets. Although, for whatever reasons, wine buckets are frequently items that people don’t purchase for themselves, they truly are quite essential. There are various kinds of wine buckets, to fit any situation. Wine buckets are excellent gift ideas for the following reasons and more.

1 – A wine bucket is portable

If wine were always enjoyed within a few steps of a refrigerator, perhaps wine buckets wouldn’t be so essential. But for those of us who recognize wine as the ideal accompaniment on a wide range of excursions, portable methods of keeping wine cool are a must. Imagine enjoying wine on a picnic in a beautiful outdoor setting, whether near mountains or close to the shore. While wine would make the perfect addition, it’s important that it be enjoyed at the correct temperature. The optimal temperatures for serving red wines are between 62 and 68 degrees. White wines are best served between 49 and 55 degrees. Some method of chilling the wine is needed, and a wine bucket offers the obvious solution.

2 – A wine cooling bucket is designed to enhance the wine drinking experience

Just as a wine cooling unit in a custom Rosehill Wine Cellars’ wine storage area is designed for optimal wine storage, wine buckets are designed for optimal wine serving. On our Rosehill site, we have “The Greatest Wine Cooler in the World,” which keeps wine both cool and dry. There are two separate compartments, one for wine and one for ice. It allows you to keep the wine at your dining table while ensuring that the wine stays cool. With this bucket, there are no drips from melted ice to have to deal with.

3 – A wine bucket can make an impression

Wine coolers are generally very impressive accessories, in addition to being extremely functional. The Greatest Wine Cooler in the World, for example, is available in gold/brass, titanium, silver, and brass. This wine serving bucket accommodates not only standard wine bottles but also larger sized wine bottles, such as Burgundy and sparkling wines.

Gift giving is always a special pleasure when you are able to give something the recipient can truly appreciate or enjoy. For any sommeliers or wine lovers in your life, why not give them a functional, beautiful wine bucket?  Actually, no need to wait for a special occasion.

Differences Between a Wine Fridge and a Wine Cooler

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Know the difference between a wine cabinet or wine refrigerator and a wine cooler

Wine lovers who seek additional storage for their growing collections in their home or place of business will most likely find themselves online shopping for wine cabinets. But unless they know what they are seeking, they could end up with a wine cooler and not a wine fridge.

Different types of wines need different storage conditions. Storing wine for a long periods of time requires an efficient wine cellar cooling unit inside a  reliable wine storage system.

So just what is the difference between a wine cabinet and a wine cooler? Let’s look at both concepts and home appliance device categories separately:

What is a wine fridge (cabinet)?

Wine cabinets are refrigerated wine furniture which offer the correct environment for long-term storage of the perishable beverage. Wine cabinets are sophisticated cooling units provide the temperature consistency required for aging fine wines the requisite time period, whether its just a few months or many years, or decades. The following is more information about wine cabinets, aka wine refrigerators:

  • Wine cabinets provide humidity control, which is essential for aging wines. No matter the level of humidity outside and around a wine cabinet, the humidity level inside will be maintained as set, which is typically about 60%.
  • When the refrigeration system in a wine cabinet fails for the last time, the chiller can be replaced, but the cabinet itself doesn’t need to be.
  • Wine cabinets are often built for the purpose of becoming treasured heirlooms. There are many decorative styles to choose from, to match any décor.
  • Wine cabinets provide many options that accommodate wine bottles of all sizes. In addition, many wine cabinets are configured so that there is an area for bulk storage adaptable to entire cases.
  • Special considerations about placement of wine cabinets are needed. Typically, a wine cabinet requires adequate space above or behind it, to operate properly. If you have a low ceiling, 6 inches of clearance behind the cabinet is needed, which can infringe on your space.

What is a wine cooler?

All of the elements of storage needed for wine to age over time do not exist in a wine cooler. Wine coolers are designed for the purpose of providing proper wine serving temperatures for shorts periods of time. The following is more about wine coolers:

  • Wine corks can dry out and become brittle in a wine cooler because humidity control isn’t an option, and corks tend to dry out if left in a wine cooler for an extended period.
  • Temperatures in a wine cooler can fluctuate too much for long-term wine storage because insulation is inadequate.
  • When the refrigeration unit of a wine cooler goes out, the entire cooler needs to be replaced.
  • Large-format bottles usually can’t fit in a wine cooler. Wine racks in coolers usually don’t accommodate bottles other than standard sizes.
  • There are fewer style options in wine coolers than there are for wine cabinets. In fact, wine coolers are typically designed for under-the-counter installation as opposed to being decorative.

Whether a wine cabinet or a wine cooler is perfect for you, there are two more considerations to keep in mind.

With both storage types, the noise level of the cooling unit can range from very quiet to annoyingly loud. Do the research on noise level, if your wine storage unit will be within ear shot of wherever in your home you spend a lot of your time.

In addition, be sure you don’t choose a unit that you grow out of too quickly, whether a wine cooler or a wine cabinet.

Bordeaux: From the Beginning

Merlot is a Bordeaux wine made with black grapes.

Bordeaux wines are considered among the best in the world.

Wine collectors have an enviable hobby, though it is a pursuit to be undertaken with a healthy dose of research and study.  When seeking the best wines for long-term storage, trails often take a direct path to Bordeaux wine. Wine cellar cooling units Toronto provide the optimal environment for storing Bordeaux and other fine wines as they age.

Why Bordeaux?

Bordeaux wine has been around since the first vineyards were planted during the Middle Ages. “Bordeaux” is a term that means “along the waters” and it is a reference to a region in France with the Gironde estuary, its tributaries, and other waterways. Wine production in Bordeaux is believed to have begun in about 43 AD, when vineyards were established and cultivated by the Romans for the Roman soldiers. Originally, sweet white wines were produced. Bordeaux red wines became world-renowned in the 1800s.

The region of Bordeaux has many prestigious wine-producing estates. The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 was established by order of Emperor Napoleon III, who wanted the best Bordeaux wines on display for visitors from across the world. Wine brokers ranked the wines according to the chateaus’ reputations and trading prices for the wines.  The classifications have changed through the years. Every wine collector should be familiar with the rankings of Bordeaux wine before making purchases for their wine cellars.

Bordeaux wine has always been a wine that sells, and the industry has been a lucrative one for the region. In fact, vine growers in other areas of France wanted to get in on the economic boon and began labeling their wine as Bordeaux. A government institution was eventually set up for the purpose of ensuring that only wine from the Bordeaux region could be called Bordeaux. This is a distinct and enviable wine, to be sure.

Bordeaux Today

More than 90% of Bordeaux wines are currently made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both of which are black wine grapes produced in the region of Bordeaux. Both of these types of wines are available for immediate consumption and for storage in a wine cellar. Learn more about Bordeaux in this continuing series. In the meantime, be sure you protect your wine collection by relying on trusted wine cellar cooling units Toronto such as Wine Guardian, Breezaire, Cellar Cool, WhisperKool, and Cellar Pro.