For the wine enthusiast, when it comes to outfitting your home bar or wine cellar, the options are endless. There are various types of glasses, decanters, wine racks, and wine aerators, just to name a few. Alas, it’s nearly impossible to have every accessory out on the market, so you must be pragmatic and wise in your choices. If you’re new to the game, you may be overwhelmed by what you think you might need. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of wine accessories that you should consider adding to your home bar or wine cellar.
When you’re just starting to build up your wine collection, chances are you only have one set of wine glasses. As any wine connoisseur knows, proper glassware is essential. The contours and shape of a glass have an effect on the aromas of a wine, how much air it comes in contact with, and even the taste and the temperature of the wine. This can make it difficult to know which type of glass you need.
If you are someone who just wants to add a little more elegance to their wine drinking experience, then investing in a high-quality, universal wine class might be best. But if you want to impress guests or just take your experience to the next level, investing in white, red, and champagne classes is a must. The different sizes and shapes of the glasses will enhance each varietal of wine they encompass.
If you’re planning on adding more wine accessories to your home bar, then you may want to think about investing in a proper wine rack or a wine fridge. A wine rack is the perfect addition to your bar if you want to show off your bottles in a unique way. They can come in all sorts of different designs, allowing you to show off your personal style.
If you are more concerned with ensuring that your wine lasts, but you don’t necessarily want or need a wine cellar, a wine fridge might be a better option. Incorporating one to your home bar can be an excellent addition. A wine fridge keeps bottles protected from heat, humidity, and vibrations, all major enemies of proper wine aging, and can come in all sorts of sizes.
While you may think that a decanter is just a pretty decoration, and while it can be a great focal point for your bar or wine cellar, it is actually quite useful. A decanter can enhance your wine experience tenfold by helping the wine aerate, allowing more complex aromas and flavors to emerge from the wine. Some wines can benefit from leaving them in the decanter for longer than 10 minutes, giving them a completely different smell and taste.
While an aerator may seem like an unnecessary thing, as they are quite similar to a decanter, if time is an issue for you, you’ll likely benefit immensely from them. Aerators are a tool that helps in the aeration of the wine and come in various sizes, shapes, and purposes. Some are made to be used with travel, such as bringing it to a restaurant, others are larger and meant to be used at home. The biggest difference between an aerator and a decanter is the time it takes for the wine to aerate. A decanter could take over 15 minutes, but an aerator can get the job done in just a couple of minutes, making them a great option if you’re antsy to enjoy your wine.
If you have a wine cellar or are thinking of adding one to your home, then you can’t be without a proper cooling unit. A wine cellar specific cooling unit doesn’t just provide cool air to the room, it controls the humidity, as well. They cool the room down at a slower level than a standard air conditioner in order to avoid drying out the room. If you want your wine collection to last for years to come, a wine cellar cooling unit is critical.
In order to maintain the integrity of a wine that has been opened and unfinished, you need to preserve it properly. Preservation can range from a simple one bottle pump or wine stopper to a multi bottle serve and preserve display unit. Wine preservation accessories vary in size, quality, and price, too. The product that you choose will depend on your own preservation needs, whether it be for several bottles or just one.
With all of these wine accessory options, you’re going to need a place to store them. Whether that be your home bar or a custom-built wine cellar, Harkraft can help! If you’re planning on taking your wine collection to a whole new level, a proper humidity and temperature controlled cellar will help preserve and age your wine. If you’re someone who loves wine, but also loves a good cocktail, a custom home bar might be just what you need! At Harkraft, our team of experts can help you design the perfect bar or wine cellar for entertaining and relaxing. Contact us today to get started on creating the perfect home for your wine collection!