If you’re the proud owner of a Sub Zero wine fridge, you already know how useful it can be when you’re trying to get the most out of your favorite wines and spirits.
There are many different ways to use your Sub Zero wine fridge, so once you understand how to use it, you can start enjoying fine wines even more than before!
The following guide will explain how to use Sub Zero wine fridge in 10 steps. Use these tips as your guide on how to store your fine wines and liquors properly so they keep their maximum flavor and quality.
STEP 1: Pick your ideal bottle
First, you’ll need to pick your ideal bottle. This can be anything from a simple beer or wine cooler for everyday use to a larger Sub Zero unit for hosting parties and gatherings with dozens of bottles.
Sub-Zero fridges are designed with 24 bottles in mind, but there is a wide variety of them available on offer. Finding one that fits both your needs and your budget will help make sure that you get exactly what you want.
STEP 2: The ideal wine temperature
Temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit are detrimental to wine and can cause cork taint, wherein corkiness affects both appearance and taste.
To protect your wine, allow it to acclimate slowly in your Sub-Zero Wine Refrigerator by keeping it out of direct sunlight for several hours before cooling it in your refrigerator. If you opt for a refrigerator that is too cold (below 50 degrees), your wines can freeze. This can lead to syrupy tastes or even crack bottles.
STEP 3: Additional features
When you place your order, an advanced product consultant can help you with selecting additional features such as Italian interior lighting and LED display lights. These enhance functionality while making your wine cooler more stylish.
The Chill Lock keeps air circulating while keeping external air out, maintaining a consistent temperature range of 55 degrees to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If your wine cooler is unplugged or without power for an extended period of time, don’t worry about condensation forming in your wine compartment.
Each Sub-Zero unit comes equipped with a removable drip tray that catches all drips from above and below, keeping moisture away from your bottles and other contents inside.
STEP 4 – Indoor use only? What about outside?
If you don’t live in a particularly humid climate, outdoor use may be an option, but remember that a built-in wine fridge is best suited for indoor use only.
If you plan on using it outside, make sure your home has shelter from all directions and access to a circuit breaker or power box with enough electrical outlets for cooling equipment.
Also, consider factors like distance from an outlet and access to one should service be needed at any point. When installing your wine fridge outdoors, check with local codes to see if there are any restrictions or requirements before getting started.
STEP 5 – Speed and Mode Control
This button allows you to choose how fast your temperature will change. The selections are Slow, Standard, and Fast. Each selection changes in one-degree increments per hour, so selecting slow would drop the temperature one degree every three hours (3×24 hours).
Selecting fast would drop a degree in an hour and twenty minutes (24×60 minutes) while standard is between those two at one degree every two hours. This is handy if you need a more precise wine temp because of different wines or weather/seasonality changes.
You may also select which mode you wish your Sub-Zero to operate on; cooling only, freezing only or both freezing and cooling.
STEP 6 – Temperature control accuracy check
This is a great step because you will be checking that all of your temperature zones are accurate. Remember when we checked them before? We did some testing and re-calibrated if necessary. But now it’s time to check all of them again!
Plus, you get a chance to use all of your thermometers at once so you can do an even comparison of their accuracy (do they vary?). Set one thermometer in each zone and turn on your unit.
Leave it there for 48 hours without touching it, then take another measurement from each spot. If anything has moved more than 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit, re-calibrate using our instructions above in STEP 3 – Calibration. This is really important!
STEP 7 – Set the wine fridge inside your home, where it belongs
By now, you’ve gathered up a few bottles of wine and are well on your way to setting up your Sub-Zero. Now it’s time to put that sucker in place. And there’s just one question left unanswered.
Where do you put it? If you have tons of extra room in your kitchen, simply find a wall that doesn’t make use of an outlet (these aren’t very common in kitchens), and have at it.
Remember, electrical outlets are both a blessing and a curse—you need one close by so you can plug your fridge into an outlet (no outlets inside means more counter space), but be careful not to disturb any wires if possible!
STEP 8 – Compressor energy-saving settings
Sub-Zero wine fridges (models made after 2007) have an energy-saving setting that kicks in automatically when cooling is reduced. This will save you money on your power bill, but can also lead to issues with wines becoming too warm.
To prevent that from happening, first, use your main thermostat’s Vacation Mode option if it has one. If not, simply turn down your fridge’s temperature setting at least 1 degree (eg 54 degrees instead of 55).
Then make sure you open both doors fully at least once a week and leave them open for 20 minutes or so – just enough time for things to cool off a bit and reset.
STEP 9 – Lighting settings explained
The second most important setting is how bright you want your wine fridge’s lighting to be. Bright lights can make your white wines look brighter, but also tend to wash out many red wines.
Keep in mind that lights that are too dim might not properly illuminate a bottle and lead you to choose something else—possibly without tasting it first.
Some of these features may seem extraneous or unnecessary, but even those looking for a basic kitchen appliance should look at those options before deciding on one model over another.
Sub-Zero’s wine refrigerators are one of those ultimate luxury products. The exact model I bought (SC170SS) will set you back $6,999 at Best Buy.
Even if money was no object, it still takes a lot of space in your home—the unit stands a few feet high and is almost as wide as a small person is tall. Yet after using it for three months, I can honestly say it was worth every penny and hassle.