Wine Fridge : Essential equipment for Red Drinkers in a warm climate

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So last night I was drinking the same bottle of wine as I have had tonight, the 2015 Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

You can see my post about it here.

But tonight I want to share an update, and a recommendation about wine hardware and storage practice.

I normally buy wine before I run out, and I store my wine in my wine fridge, which stores it at around 12 degrees. We live in Brisbane in Queensland, and if you live in our kind of climate, or one even warmer, and if you want to enjoy Red Wine, you need to get yourself a Wine Fridge.

A regular fridge is too cool for red wine, while a wine fridge keeps it at refreshingly cool.

Last night I bought both bottles of wine, from the shelf at BWS, brought them home, put one in the wine fridge, and drank the other.

I really didn’t enjoy the wine last night, and I used the word cloying. Tonight I’ve had a completely different experience.

My view remains the same that I’m not going back to buy two more bottles for $50 the pair, but the cloying feeling is gone, and the 8 that I gave it as a wine experience I am firm on, instead of wondering if it was more like a 7.

The lesson in this is that if you live in a warm climate and drink red wine, the best way to get more enjoyment out of the same wine is to invest in a wine fridge and make sure you don’t bring wines home warm and drink them that way. Until you get a wine fridge don’t hesitate to knock a few degrees off in your fridge or freezer.


You can get a wine fridge that takes a dozen bottles of wine from as little as $AUD 200 if you go looking. If you are storing Henschke Hill of Grace spend some more, but really for the average person any wine fridge improves your drinking experience by 95% of the difference for $200. After that it’s the law of diminishing returns.

Ura P Auckland

Lover of Great Wines
Entrepreneur & Mentor
Benefactor of Dreams

Image Attributions:

  1. Wine Fridge & Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon – Photo by Ura P Auckland, 2018-11-04

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