Marble wine coolers are great because they keep your wine at the perfect temperature throughout the entire meal, and they look incredibly stylish in any kitchen or dining room area. However, this type of storage does come with a few downsides that aren’t always obvious at first glance.
If you use one of these coolers regularly, you should be aware of these downsides so you can make the most out of them. Here are nine tips to help you get the most out of your marble wine cooler. (List 9 tips to follow)
1) Practice for Perfect
Like with most things, it’s easier to learn how to use a marble wine cooler if you know what you’re looking for. To do that, remove your wine bottles from their cardboard case and place them in a bucket of warm water for half an hour.
This will allow them to breathe and open up; when stored properly in a bucket of ice, they should remain chilled through out your party.
Once they have opened up, replace each bottle with one of four different colored rings (one ring per bottle) and store them in your wine cooler until you are ready to serve. Next time you’re throwing a party or serving drinks at home, try using these tips!
2) Surface Preparation
Before you can use your marble wine cooler, you’ll need to clean and polish it to prepare it for its first use. First, wash your cooler with water and gentle soap, such as dish soap.
Then wipe down both sides of your cooler with a lint-free cloth that has been dampened with mineral spirits (be sure to rinse off all traces of spirits after wiping).
Once dry, apply two thin coats of polyurethane using an applicator brush. After applying each coat, wait approximately one hour until they are completely dry before applying another coat. The final product should be smooth and even.
The best place to store your wine cooler is at home. It will provide you with a safe space where your cooler can be easily accessed and used when needed. While it is not recommended that you put your cooler in direct sunlight, doing so will not cause any damage to its interior.
However, storing it in a garage or other outdoor location could expose it to dust, bird droppings and other contaminants that could harm your bottles.
Additionally, if an area gets too hot or cold over time, damage to your wine may occur. One of these changes in temperature might lead to a crack or other type of exterior breakage on your bottle of wine.
There are certain types of glasses that work better for certain types of wines, so make sure you know your stuff before you pour. For example, if you’re hosting a wine tasting, it’s important to have proper glassware for each and every type of wine being sampled.
Be aware that some wines are served in large format bottles and will need a large format glass to be poured properly. And don’t forget to chill your wine glasses—chilling them can actually help bring out a wine’s flavor profile!
5) Don’t Forget The Glassware!
We don’t mean elevation in terms of how high you are; we mean it in terms of wine storage. In general, red wines should be stored around 50 degrees and white wines should be stored at 45 degrees. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with your own storage preferences!
If you like wine just a little bit warmer than what is recommended, try it out. Just remember to drink your wine fast enough that it doesn’t get too old (ideally within 1-2 weeks).
Keeping your marble cooler at an ideal temperature is crucial for getting your bottle from point A to point B safely and taste-fully. Here are some other tips for using a marble wine cooler
6) Elevation Matters
We’ve all been told that a bottle of wine stored on its side will get more oxygen in it, which improves both taste and texture. In fact, many wine enthusiasts tout their cellar as an ideal storage space for wine bottles—which often come with little racks or pedestals to keep them propped up.
While that may be true for short-term aging (six months or so), there is no advantage to be gained by storing a bottle of wine on its side once it has started to age, according to one of our resident sommeliers. In fact, he recommends storing your favorite reds upright and taking them out as needed instead. So how exactly should you store your collection? Here are his tips
7) Utilize Your Decor Elements In Elegant Ways
Most of us understand that quality is important in major purchases, like a home or a car. However, you can save a lot of money when you buy something like an appliance by purchasing a model from lower-end lines of companies like KitchenAid or Whirlpool.
But when it comes to wine coolers, consider spending a little more on your cooler to get one with high quality construction and workmanship. Even if you spend $100-$200 more on your cooler than you planned, you’ll have saved hundreds by not compromising on its design. So don’t skimp on that purchase.
8) Don’t Skimp On Quality
Sure, a fancy wine cooler may be attractive, but think about how long you’ll own it. How many times will you bring it out over its lifetime? If you’re on a budget, choosing something that looks nice and matches your aesthetic is always better than buying something cheap.
Most of these coolers are meant to last for years and make an elegant addition to any room. When picking one out, make sure to purchase from a reputable manufacturer that offers high-quality materials—their designs won’t look as good after years of use if they aren’t sturdy. You don’t want something that has stains or dents before even opening it!
9) Finish With Brass Hardware
Choose a wine cooler with brass hardware. Brass is more durable than other metals, like nickel and silver, so it will be less likely to wear down over time.
The only drawback to brass is that it can leave discoloration marks on your marble countertop, so keep your cooler clean by wiping off spills immediately with a damp cloth. (A note: Do not use vinegar or bleach on marble; you’ll damage it.)
If you do get stains on your cooler, professional cleaners suggest using products like Bar Keeper’s Friend and/or Aqua Mix No Rinse Cleaner. It’s best to avoid steam cleaners altogether because they can damage the finish of your cooler.
There are lots of fun and creative ways to use a marble wine cooler. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out some of these tips. Remember, if you’re using it in an unconventional way, always be sure to clean it thoroughly before and after each use! Enjoy!