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 …
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If you have a wine cellar cooling unit in your wine cellar that’s made by a leading manufacturer such as Wine Guardian, CellarCOOL, or Koolspace, you can be confident that your wine is in a safe environment. Every cooling unit has a lifespan, however. There …
What type of cooling system is best for your wine cellar? Is it a self-contained, through-the-wall system (covered in a previous post on this site)? The ductless split wine cellar cooling unit is another of three primary types of refrigeration systems for wine cellars. The third is the ducted split air handler wine cellar climate control system.
No other component of a wine cellar does as much as the cooling unit to provide the ideal wine storage environment. Choosing the right kind of refrigeration unit is essential. Experts like the builders at Rosehill Wine Cellars know which to recommend, based on location, size, and other aspects of the wine cellar. The following is information about a ductless-split wine cellar refrigeration system and a ducted split air handler wine cellar cooling system.
Ductless Wine Cellar Cooling System
There are two mechanical components to a ductless split wine cellar cooling system, and they are: The condensing unit and the evaporator unit. The “split” aspect of the system means that the two primary components are in separate locations. The evaporator coil is placed inside the wine cellar. It doesn’t produce any noise, since all of the noise and heat are produced by the condenser, which is installed in a separate and remote location. The two parts of the unit are connected with small copper tubing and electrical wiring.
Benefits of a ductless split wine cellar cooling unit include the following:
- Maintenance and repair is performed on site.
- The unit is durable and has a long life expectancy.
- There is no fan noise or any other noise produced by the unit in the wine cellar.
- There is no heat exhaust.
- Servicing can be done on site.
Ducted Split Air Handler Wine Cellar Climate Control System
The ducted split air handler wine cellar cooling system is very similar to the above-described unit. The primary difference is that the wine cellar has no visible equipment inside of it. Cooled air is ducted to and from the wine cellar. With a split air handler, the evaporator and condenser are in separate locations7, both of which are outside the wine cellar. The other type has a self-contained air handler, meaning the evaporator and condenser are housed in the same unit.
The Importance of the Cooling Unit
Choosing the right cooling unit is very important and is a decision best left to experts like the pros at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Factors that are considered in determining the size of a cooling unit include size of the wine cellar, insulation, any outdoor walls, whether or not there are glass doors or walls, and the number of wine bottles to be stored. Getting it right is worth it because it all comes down to preserving wine for maximum enjoyment. If you are ready to have a custom wine cellar built, contact Rosehill, where wine cellar construction is what we specialize in.
Wine cellar cooling units can rightly be considered the cornerstone of a proper wine storage environment. There are many other factors that impact the effectiveness of a wine cooling unit, however. The following are more facts about wine cellar cooling units, including information about other …
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The best wine stories are told of scraggly vineyards such as those on Santorini island in Greece, where grapes have been grown for thousands of years. Santorini is a top vacation destination, among the world’s most popular. The island is replete with thrills for visitors, between the dazzling whitewashed villages, dramatic cliffs, and breathtaking views of extraordinary beaches and the caldera, the world’s largest active sea crater. The fame of the island, according to legend, began with the popularity of a sweet wine, amber in color, referred to as Vinsanto. The vineyards then, in ancient times, were as unique as they are today; and they continue to produce wines worthy of Rosehill Wine Cellars.
As wine connoisseurs are aware, the best wine grapes are those which grow in seemingly pitiful conditions. That couldn’t be truer of Santorini grapes. The vineyards there don’t even look like vineyards. The serpentine vines grow on the ground and look much like weeds. Over the centuries, vine growers developed a method for protecting the vines from brutal winds. They train the vines into coils that hug the ground and resemble baskets.
Amidst concentrations of shady leaves that provide protection against glaring sunlight, grape bunches grow in restricted quantities.
There is no irrigation on the island, where water is too precious a commodity. The vineyards get what moisture they can from the air, the ground, and sea mists. In these stark conditions, it seems unlikely, but some vineyard plots contain grapevines that have been producing for up to 500 years, with many being at least two centuries old.
Most of the vines are indigenous white grapes, and there are some red varieties.
Which Santorini wines should you buy for your wine cellar? Here are two of many possible suggestions:
- 8-year Vinsanto has a blend from the past eight vintages. The smell of the wine is described as crushed herbs, chocolate, coconut, hints of coffee and toffee, and candied orange peel as well as papaya, pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruits.
- 2008 Santo Wines Grand Reserve Assyrtiko is a balanced, harmonious wine made from vines more than a century old. The aroma includes vanilla and lemon blossoms, and mouth feel is a silky texture with a blend of saline flavors, including salted butter.
Do you have a Santorini wine in your custom Rosehill Wine Cellar yet?