If you’re hosting an event and want to provide your guests with an alcoholic drink that will be sure to please, consider serving wine. It’s a classic beverage that pairs well with most foods and will give your event some class, especially if you serve it in a ceramic wine cooler like the one pictured here.
But even if you have never used this item before, don’t worry! The next time you host an event or just have friends over for dinner, try using one of these nine unique ways to use your ceramic wine cooler
1) Under the cabinet
Keeping your wine cooler underneath your kitchen cabinet is one of the most simple ways to store it. If you live in an apartment, condo or other living space where you don’t have access to a built-in wine cellar, then mounting it under your cabinets can be an easy and inexpensive solution.
If done correctly, you may even end up with some extra storage space! Be sure not to use cupboard liners as they will prevent cooling and cause condensation issues. Store glasses nearby for convenience when you’re opening bottles.
When buying wine coolers keep in mind whether or not it will fit under your cabinets before you make any purchase decisions; if possible hold it at eye level when deciding how big of a cooler would work best for you.
2) On top of your refrigerator
The ideal spot for your wine cooler is inside or on top of your refrigerator, as long as it’s at least four inches away from any heat source. The correct temperature is also crucial.
If you live in an area that experiences temperature swings, consider purchasing a thermometer that can track fluctuations and move your cooler accordingly; otherwise, you can opt for an alcohol thermometer for easy-to-read numbers.
You should never store bottles at temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above 65 degrees F, which are ideal storage ranges for red wines and white wines respectively.
3) On top of a bar
Typically placed on top of a bar, wine coolers can be used in any place that people gather—whether that’s home, work or any social gathering. Simply set out glasses of your favorite wine and pour from one of these coolers into each glass.
Since they’re insulated, you don’t have to worry about keeping them full for hours—just make sure you keep track of which glasses are yours! They can also act as an attractive centerpiece on a table if you find that guests take too much time pouring wine!
4) In front of fire place
One of the best ways to improve your home’s aesthetics and ambiance is by storing wine in a decorative ceramic wine cooler. Investing in an elegant glass bottle is all well and good, but it will do you no good if you leave it on your kitchen counter where it’s bound to be exposed to dirt, dust, and sunlight.
Instead, place your bottle inside one of these coolers that have been specially designed for storing beverages. Not only are they airtight—which helps preserve both flavor and quality—but they also come with thermoelectric cooling systems that ensure ideal temperatures even in excessively warm settings like fireplaces.
5) Inside an entertainment center
The large storage capacity of an entertainment center makes it ideal for keeping your wine cool. Your movies and electronic equipment may be taking up room in your living room, but that also means there’s space for bottles of reds and whites.
Just make sure you’re using one of our top-rated units so you can enjoy your favorite chilled vintages all year long. Inside a buffet cabinet: It doesn’t have to be fancy – just functional!
Most likely you already have a buffet cabinet somewhere in your dining room holding plates and cutlery; instead of filling it with items, why not stock it with wine? It gives guests easy access during dinners while also making sure they aren’t messing with those kitchen cabinets where you store glasses, dishware, and silverware.
6) Dorm room
Most students choose dorms over off-campus housing because of convenience. You’re not stuck with a long commute, you don’t have to worry about maintenance, and you don’t have to throw money at unnecessary utilities (think cleaning services and air conditioning).
But dorm rooms also pose problems for wine connoisseurs. Storing wine in rooms with high temperatures or in closets can reduce flavor and leave you with corked wine.
Avoid these pitfalls by using your cooler properly. Follow these nine tips and no one will be able to tell you don’t own a fancy wooden refrigerator—they won’t know until they see it!
7) Behind your couch
Many people store their wine coolers out of sight and use them as cupboards or shelves. This is fine if you are only storing your wine cooler and not keeping it cold, but you will be missing out on one of its biggest benefits!
If you’re looking for an alternative way to display all of your wines in an organized fashion, but still in an easy-to-use format that also fits in with your decor, consider taking advantage of behind-the-couch storage.
Storing your collection behind your couch allows you to keep it organized without creating a cluttered look or taking up much space. Plus, most people rarely look behind their couches because they’re never really seen unless there is a spill!
8) Wall unit
If you have an empty corner in your house that’s begging for something, consider adding a wall unit wine cooler. These units tend to be smaller than freestanding models, so they work well if you want something simple and don’t want it to take up too much space.
Be sure that you also measure your space, so you know exactly how big it needs to be. If you don’t have an empty corner, or if it would look silly with just a refrigerator there all by itself, consider using some shelving or cabinets instead—you can simply place these on top of an existing wall unit. This will give you more storage options and still give off that same cool vibe as a standalone unit.
9) Bedroom nightstand
A nice-looking wine cooler on your nightstand will store away an opened bottle of wine, allowing you to save that bottle for later. This is also a good way to keep opened wines fresh, if you don’t plan on finishing it in one sitting (wine tends to last longer when kept out of sunlight).
Just make sure your bedroom is below 70 degrees and won’t get too hot at night. Otherwise, storing an opened wine in there can ruin its flavor. Additionally, using an LED flashlight with red light instead of white light will ensure that both you and your partner won’t be disturbed by bright lights late at night.