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Posted on Jan 5, 2015

Do You Need a Single Zone or Dual Zone Built-In Wine Cooler?

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There are a couple of things to consider about the built-in wine cooler you choose for storing and chilling wines in your wine cellar, kitchen or bar. For one, you need to contemplate the size of the wine collection you want to keep chilled and the types of wine as well.

A built-in wine cooler with a single zone has a single temperature control with undivided space, so the entire unit is set to the same temperature. This type of wine cooler is best if the wines you’re storing are either primarily white or primarily red. Red and white wines don’t perform best at the same optimal temperatures, but if you tend to drink or serve one particular type of wine, a single zone cooler will suffice. Situating your red wines in the top shelves of the cabinet will keep them in the warmest part of the cooler, although there will only be about a 5-to-8 degree temperature difference between the top and bottom of the single zone cooler.

The best way to store white and red wines together in the same cabinet is with a dual zone cooler. Dual zone coolers are divided into two separate spaces with two different designated temperature controls. White wines should be stored in the temperature range of 46o F to 56oF, while red wines perform better when stored between 58oF to 68oF. Dual zone wine coolers are the ideal method for chilling both reds and whites without the need for two separate units.