New Wine Cooler Features

New EdgeStar Wine Refrigerator

Many of our new EdgeStar wine refrigerators boast “built-in replaceable carbon filters” and “black-dotted doors,” which offer UV protection. So, why are these important for you, the wine consumer? What are the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) rays and odor to your bottles of wine?

Black-Dotted DoorsLet’s start with UV rays and how they affect your enjoyment of your wine. One term you may hear thrown around a lot is “light strike,” which basically refers to the UV rays penetrating your glass wine bottle. The effects of UV ray exposure are tantamount to those of heat exposure: ultimately, your wine will taste spoiled. Some wine bottles provide some UV protection, but as manufacturers try to cut down on their carbon footprints by developing thinner, lighter bottles, the bottles become more susceptible to light strike. Therefore, our black-dotted doors are becoming more and more important to the preservation of your wine.

In a matter of mere hours, UV concentrations can begin causing chemical reactions in your wine. I won’t go into too much technical detail, but know that these chemical reactions involve amino acids within your wine, and the reactions ultimately produce sulfur compounds (yes, THAT sulfur). Dimethyl disulfide and hydrogen sulfide are examples of resultants – names alone suggest that you probably won’t enjoy that first sip. The many resultants that can occur from these chemical reactions affect the flavor, aroma and structure of the wine. White and sparkling wines are the most susceptible, and it really can take just a few hours so spoil from UV exposure! The tannins in red wines offer some protection, but I want the most out of my Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.

Wine Cooler Carbon FilterSo the black-dotted doors really do have a great effect for wine storage, but what about the carbon filters?

Debris and odors can actually greatly affect your wine because they enter through the cork! Even wines kept at the perfect constant temperature and humidity allow some air through the cork. One of your greatest senses, and one that is important to drinking wine, is olfaction. Extraneous odors can taint the true smell of a wine, which is vital to full enjoyment.

Happy drinking!

Introducing 3 New Koldfront Wine Coolers

At the end of 2011, we placed 3 new Koldfront wine coolers on the market that we are still very excited about. Each one features a sleek design and unique, updated features to provide you a modern place to store and display your wine. View the line up below to learn more about each model.

Koldfront TWR4BL Countertop Wine Cooler

Koldfront TWR4BL Wine Cooler

The Koldfront TWR4BL is our smallest model available, and the smallest wine cooler we’ve ever actually produced, holding up to 4 standard wine bottles. At just under 18″ tall and 6.5″ wide, it can fit on a countertop in your kitchen so your favorite wines are easily accessible for enjoying with dinner or while relaxing in the evening. The design is sleek and eye-catching with a digital thermostat and tempered glass door.

 

Koldfront BWR300BL 30 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler

Koldfront Built-In Wine Cooler

The best feature of the Koldfront BWR300BL is that it can be built into cabinetry. That may not seem unique, but you’ll be hard pressed to find another built-in unit of the BWR300BL’s quality at the same price point on the market. It’s only 15″ wide, so it can take the place of an old trash compactor in your kitchen if you’re remodeling or looking to upgrade. It also features a digital temperature display, LED lighting and a reversible double-paned tempered glass door.

 

Koldfront BWC121SSWINE 33 Bottle Wine Cooler

Koldfront 33 Bottle Wine Cooler

The Koldfront BWC121SSWINE is unique compared to other wine coolers because it can reach temperatures as low as the mid-30s F and it is a compressor-cooled freestanding model (many freestanding models are cooled using thermoelectric technology). The shelves are wooden instead of wire and there is a basket at the bottom of the unit that can hold additional wine bottles. It has manual temperature controls and an interior light for displaying the wine.

 

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