, CA (PressExposure) October 19, 2011 -- Wine racks should be where the wine bottles are kept, and this is typically located in a cool, dry place. This is the ideal place where your wines should hibernate, so as to preserve the tannins and the live culture inside the wine. Wine racks don't differ so much in function no matter where they are located; you can have the same wine rack in your wine cellar and your show room, or living room. There are a few important things to look out for when purchasing wine racks and storing wine.
Proper wine racks should be able to store wine bottles in a horizontal position. This is quite important, as the position will make the cork wet. Wet corks are ideal because they seal in the wine better and consequently preserve the flavors of the wine. Do not store wine in a hot and humid environment. Pick a place that is dry and cool. Also, don't store wine beside an appliance that generates heat because it will destroy the maturing process. Many say that the best wine racks are made of wood, as wood tends to absorb the effects of the outside elements better than metal frames. Redwood wine rack is one of the best when it comes to this.
A wine rack can be handmade from natural wood (e.g., redwood) and be used in residential and commercial applications. Natural wood is chosen as the corks of the wine bottles don't absorb the odor from wood finishes and therefore don't change the taste of the wines. The cost for the material as well as shipping and handling depends on the wood you choose. It doesn't matter whether your wines are Cabernet, Champagne, Chardonnay, Syrah, or Zinfandel; a wine rack with an HRS system is able to accommodate almost any size of these wine bottles. It can even accommodate beer bottles and can be modified for other special needs. HRS systems can be set up as individual units, as a complete cellar, or as a racking system for case storage. An HRS system can be a double deep or X style. Prices for an HRS system can be $2.25 to $3.00 a bottle.
As for the VRS wine rack it can be quite versatile too. VRS is a great racking system for cascading storage or for below a stairway, though it may require slightly more assembly than HRS and is geared toward complete cellar installation than other racking systems. This racking system is stackable and sets the industry benchmark. It also holds more bottles per square foot, at $3.00 to $4.00 per bottle. The VRS will lend itself to a wine cellar design in whatever space you have. A VRS can make for easy installation of your redwood wine cellar by almost anyone. One particular VRS is best suited to large rooms intended to be filled with wine, as well as rooms with sloping ceilings; such a system can start at $3.00 a bottle.
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