Tag: cooler

How to Know if a Wine Refrigerator is Right for You

How to Know if a Wine Refrigerator is Right for You

If you’ve been wondering whether you should get a wine refrigerator, below are some answers to help you figure it out. Most people who ask this question have recently begun collecting bottles of wine for future enjoyment with their meals. Simply placing wine on a 

Is a Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Best for your Wine Cellar?        

Is a Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Best for your Wine Cellar?        

Wine is best enjoyed when it is stored and served at certain temperatures. A wine cooling unit is made especially for the purpose of maintaining the correct conditions for wine storage. There is no way a standard air conditioning unit can provide the right environment 

Wine Appearance:  Clarity and Viscosity

Wine Appearance: Clarity and Viscosity

Bordeaux Glasses
Accurately judging wine clarity, color, and viscosity requires a clear, smooth wine glass.

As covered in “From Wine Cooler to Wine Color,” looking at wine is one of the ways to fully experience it. Knowing the expected color based on the type of wine, measuring opacity, and describing the particular hue of a wine are steps in visual assessment previously covered. What remains in evaluating appearance involves clarity and viscosity.

Wine Clarity

Clarity is a function of how well light is transmitted or reflected through the body of liquid. There should be a sharp clarity to every wine, since absence of clarity means a presence of cloudiness, film, or muddiness, all of which are conditions which mean that the wine has spoiled.

If light passes through without a source of obstruction, the wine is extremely clear. It’s more challenging to see clarity in a red wine, as compared to a white wine. Either way, a back light is needed.

A good source of light is important for evaluating color and clarity. The sun is the best full-spectrum light source to use for assessing wine clarity, but standard incandescent light bulbs work well, too.

With sparkling wine or champagne, clarity is easy to assess because it has a bright glow. It is also easy to see right through white wine, which has a shiny quality.

The dark colors of red wine make clarity more difficult to evaluate. Tip the glass away from you against the white background. There should be a deep shine, as though light were being reflected from within.

Wine Viscosity

The viscosity of wine is often described as a wine having “legs,” but this is arguably one of the areas of wine tasting that is most misconceived. The “legs” are the stripes a wine makes as the liquid slowly rolls down the side of your glass after you have swirled the wine. This is a basic misconception because several things contribute to a “wine’s legs.” What causes the liquid to move more slowly down the glass is a matter to be sorted out between seeing and tasting the wine.

In general, the wine’s legs is indicative of its viscosity. But take this description into context and it doesn’t entirely hold up. Honey, for instance, is highly viscous because of the high sugar content. In other words, sugar concentration is one of several traits that can determine the wine legs. Dessert wines tend to be more viscous because they are sweeter.

Alcohol content also affects viscosity. It gives wine more legs because alcohol is more viscous than water. Port and Madeira are both high in sugar and alcohol, which is why they have legs more profound than other wines.

The concentration of compounds dissolved into wine also influences viscosity. Dark, heavily extracted red wines with big taste have more legs than lighter wines.

What are you looking for in a wine?

Between part one, “From Wine Cooler to Wine Color,” and this information about clarity and viscosity, you now have everything you need to make an assessment about wine according to its appearance. There are many more elements to taking full tasting notes, but it’s good to know how to begin with the eyes.

CellarPro Cooling Units are Ideal for Wine Cabinets and Wine Cellars

CellarPro Cooling Units are Ideal for Wine Cabinets and Wine Cellars

At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we can’t help but appreciate CellarPro and other top manufacturers for providing reliable products for optimal wine storage. There are technical reasons to appreciate something as seemingly unromantic as a cooling unit. We actually find it rather exciting that our clients, 

Why Drinking More Wine is a Great Resolution

Why Drinking More Wine is a Great Resolution

Wine is a beverage packed with life-enhancing benefits, which is just one reason we take great pride in all of our products and services at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Wine enthusiasts are those fortunate enough to have discovered the singular pleasure of drinking a glass of 

3 Reasons a Wine Bucket is a Great Gift Idea

3 Reasons a Wine Bucket is a Great Gift Idea

trunk beverage tub
Buy a wine cooling bucket for the wine lover on your shopping list.

Is a wine lover or wine connoisseur on your shopping list? If so, there is no shortage of possible presents you could give that should be a hit, even outside of gifting one or more bottles of wine. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we have a great selection of wine accessories. Among them, of course, are wine buckets. Although, for whatever reasons, wine buckets are frequently items that people don’t purchase for themselves, they truly are quite essential. There are various kinds of wine buckets, to fit any situation. Wine buckets are excellent gift ideas for the following reasons and more.

1 – A wine bucket is portable

If wine were always enjoyed within a few steps of a refrigerator, perhaps wine buckets wouldn’t be so essential. But for those of us who recognize wine as the ideal accompaniment on a wide range of excursions, portable methods of keeping wine cool are a must. Imagine enjoying wine on a picnic in a beautiful outdoor setting, whether near mountains or close to the shore. While wine would make the perfect addition, it’s important that it be enjoyed at the correct temperature. The optimal temperatures for serving red wines are between 62 and 68 degrees. White wines are best served between 49 and 55 degrees. Some method of chilling the wine is needed, and a wine bucket offers the obvious solution.

2 – A wine cooling bucket is designed to enhance the wine drinking experience

Just as a wine cooling unit in a custom Rosehill Wine Cellars’ wine storage area is designed for optimal wine storage, wine buckets are designed for optimal wine serving. On our Rosehill site, we have “The Greatest Wine Cooler in the World,” which keeps wine both cool and dry. There are two separate compartments, one for wine and one for ice. It allows you to keep the wine at your dining table while ensuring that the wine stays cool. With this bucket, there are no drips from melted ice to have to deal with.

3 – A wine bucket can make an impression

Wine coolers are generally very impressive accessories, in addition to being extremely functional. The Greatest Wine Cooler in the World, for example, is available in gold/brass, titanium, silver, and brass. This wine serving bucket accommodates not only standard wine bottles but also larger sized wine bottles, such as Burgundy and sparkling wines.

Gift giving is always a special pleasure when you are able to give something the recipient can truly appreciate or enjoy. For any sommeliers or wine lovers in your life, why not give them a functional, beautiful wine bucket?  Actually, no need to wait for a special occasion.