Kalorik 18 Bottle Wine Cooler

With its 18-bottle capacity, this dual-zone wine cooler stores wine at optimal temperature and humidity conditions, keeping it safe and ready to enjoy. Digital controls with an LCD display make it easy to set the temperature. The unit's upper zone offers two levels for up to six bottles of white wine and can be set from 44-1/2 to 53-1/2 degrees F, while its lower zone offers four levels, each level holding up to three bottles of red, and can be set from 53-1/2 to 64-1/2 degrees F. Both insulated temperature zones supply scalloped chrome shelves to cradle and display the bottles of wine. Furthermore, the unit comes with a state-of-the-art thermoelectric cooling system, which avoids vibrations caused by compressor cooling systems. Such vibrations disturb the sediments in wine, disrupting the aging process. Without vibration, stored wine can age naturally. Even more, the unit's environmentally friendly thermoelectric cooling system uses no Freon, which can be harmful to the planet; offers energy efficiency, only using about as much energy as a 75-watt light bulb; and delivers ultra-quiet operation with minimal noise generated from the only moving part--the ventilating fan. Other thoughtful details include soft interior LED lighting with an on/off switch, automatic defrost, a Celsius and Fahrenheit switch, a flush-back design, an adjustable level foot, and a door with double-paned tempered glass and metallic-silver trim. Stop ruining your good wines through wrong storage!

Additional Information

  • Dimensions: 19.3"L x 13.5"W x 26"H
  • Unit Weight: 38lbs
  • Assembly Process / Level: Low
  • Care Instructions: Before cleaning, unplug and wait for the appliance to cool down. Clean the exterior of the appliance with water and detergent. Clean the interior of the appliance with lukewarm water and a bit of vinegar. Remove the detachable accessories in the interior of the appliance and clean with water and liquid detergent. Do not put any part in the dishwasher. Never use metal utensils or abrasive products to clean the appliance. Never immerse the appliance in water or any other liquid
  • Part Number: WCL 20629
  • Made in China
  • Vendor Warranty Terms: 1 year limited warranty by manufacturer. Please contact 1-888-521-8326.

Proper Technique for Aerating & Decanting Your Wine
The purpose of letting wine breathe, or aerate, is maximizing your wine's exposure to the surrounding air. By allowing the wine to mix and mingle with air, it will typically warm up and the wine's aromas will open up, the flavor will soften a bit and the overall flavor characteristics should improve.

It is a common misconception that upon removing the cork, all bottles of wine need to be given time to breathe. This is not always the case. Not all wines require aeration. However, different wines require different amounts of time. Many wine sellers have experts that are educated on the wine they are selling so it's best to consult them regarding aeration time.

As soon as you open a bottle of wine, pour a small amount into your glass for a taste test. Wine is subjective in that there is no right or wrong flavor. If the wine is to your liking, then it's time to drink!

For wine that has aged for some time, a decanter is highly recommended. Many people simply open their bottle and let it sit. While adequate, it is not ideal. Decanting is a terrific technique for letting newer wines aerate and removing older wines' sediment. Sediment occurs in wine when pigments and tannins within the wine breakdown, leaving behind a harmless but bitter residue. Not only is sediment displeasing to the mouth, it's displeasing to the eye as well.

When decanting a wine with sediment, it's best to let the bottle stand upright, undisturbed for 24 hours. This allows the sediment to collect at the bottom of the bottle. After this allotted time, slowly pour your wine into a cleaned decanter. Observe the wine as it passes through the neck, stopping your pour upon the first sign of sediment.

The final result of this process leaves a decanter of pure wine and a bottle with some sediment-heavy wine left in it. While the remaining un-decanted wine may not taste the best, it makes a great addition to gravy or red sauces. Many wine enthusiasts pride themselves on their ability to find new and exciting uses for sediment-laden wine.

Proper decanting alters wine for the better, softening its bite and developing aromas and flavors more pleasing to the taste buds. Whether 100-years-old or one day, any bottle of wine will benefit from a decanter!

Storing & Preserving Wine
A true wine enthusiast knows that proper preservation technique is tantamount to enjoying a fuller, more fulfilling wine taste. A wine patron will often take greater steps to preserve a more expensive bottle. However, taking the right precautions can make a $10 bottle of wine taste like $30. Adhering to a few tricks can make for better flavor and aroma of your wine.
  • Temperature maintenance is the first step in allowing your bottle to mature to its full potential. Most homes maintain a temperature of 70 degrees with a humidity of roughly 20-30%. Optimal wine storage temperatures call for 55-58 degrees with about 55-75% humidity. To replicate these ideal conditions, a proper cellar or wine refrigerator is recommended.
  • Keep your wine out of sunlight. UV rays are harmful to wine and give it an unpleasant cardboard taste and smell.
  • Keep your wine away from cupboards, cabinets and home refrigerators. The opening and shutting of cabinets and doors cause vibrations that disturb your wine and affect the taste.
  • Store bottles on their sides to keep their corks moist. (When a cork dries, it allows air in that will spoil your wine.) When using a rack, keep your white wine lower on the rack, as heat rises and red wine fairs better in higher temperatures.
  • For storing your wine in the short term, duplicate the conditions of longer-term preservation as best you can.