Unless you are British like me, the thought of drinking warm beer must be alien to you. 🙂
Most wine connoisseurs insist on their wines being presented at the “optimal” temperature.
KingsBottle™ is a global brand (Europe, Asia and Australia) with 10 years experience of wine coolers and beverage refrigerators. The models include under-counter built-in, single zone and dual zone wine refrigerators, front venting under counter beverage coolers, upright beverage fridges. Their stainless steel models can be “mix and match” for a variety of wine and beverage cooler combinations.
According to Wine Spectator, the optimum temperatures for serving are: 40 to 50°F (4-10°C) for light dry whites, rosés, and sparkling wines; 50 to 60°F (10-15.5°C) for full-bodied whites and fruity reds; and 60 to 65°F (16-18°C) for full-bodied reds and ports.
Yet, most of us do not live at an ambient temperature of 40-64°F (4-18°C): Enter the ‘Wine and Beverage Cooler’….
Having lived in the USA, Tokyo and Singapore, I can attest to the need for these nifty devices for maximum enjoyment of wines where room temperatures reach 70°F (21°C) even with the air-conditioning on. I must stress that these are wine coolers and not ‘wine storage cellars’. Wine storage is another ball game altogether and maybe the topic of a future AlphaLuxe article. Wine coolers do not address the problem of humidity.
First, lets not “beat around the bush” and lets “call a spade a spade” – ‘beverage cooler’ means ‘beer cooler’ to me!
What are the features of a good wine or beer cooler?
My executive summary:
The cooler has to cool efficiently to a stable set temperature in the range 41-64°F (5-18°C), even if the room temperature is above 70°F (21°C), and with minimal noise and vibration.
Ideally, it has to work even when ambient temperature is 100°F (38°C). KingsBottle™ units can operate in Min/Max room temperature range of 32-100°F (0-38°C), which is very good indeed.
KingsBottle™ cooler noise level in decibels is <41dB for the small and medium sized units, which is very quiet. Surprisingly, it is even quieter for the big units at <40dB.
Wines are sensitive to UV light and vibration so manufacturers minimize those with UV-resistant glass, special internal lights and vibration-absorbent hardwood shelves. The shelves must be “adjustable” or able to accept different size bottles.
The best coolers have two or even three zones with different temperature settings for different wines (sparkling, white, rose, and red) and beer. KingsBottle™ coolers have all these features.
As the vents are in the front of the unit, you can even build them into any room and under counters.
KingsBottle™ just launched its 2016 Product Line of Wine and Beverage Coolers in the USA with new improvements to technical specifications and design aesthetics. They simplified and improved performance by upgrading components and parts, such as compressor, fans, switch power supply and temperature controller.
“This line incorporates the latest technology and clearly illustrates every detail from the finishes to the lighting was carefully chosen.” – Dena Doiron, KingsBottle™ VP of Sales and Marketing.
WHAT’S NEW IN 2016?
- Single zone wine and beverage coolers are equipped with a premium Italian brand Carel™ controller. Renowned for its reliable performance, exceptional temperature control, and precision cooling, defrosting and energy management.
- Dual zone wine coolers feature a quality control board and digital display to manage the balance of separate but connected compartments allowing for wine storage at two temperatures.
- Switching to Embraco compressors, KingsBottle™ partnered with an innovator in the compressor industry known for its quality and reliability. The result is a quiet cooler with quality, stability, durability and energy efficiency.
- Coupled with KingsBottle™ proprietary circulating fans, their cooler is now worthy of the KingsBottle™ name.
- With these changes, manufacturer’s warranty coverage is extended to 2 years from date of purchase.
- Wine coolers have untreated beechwood shelves that are strong and warp resistant, even under heavy loads, with steel ball-bearing rollers. Each rack is specially spaced to fit bottles ranging from regular Bordeaux size to magnums of Champagne.
- Wine coolers have gas-charged, tempered safety glass door with double layer UV coating to protect contents from incandescent and fluorescent light sources. Most artificial light sources are harsh and can age wine prematurely.
- Energy-efficient blue LED lighting system shows the wine labels and gives a modern and clean aesthetic look.
- All new wine coolers come in 0.7mm cold-rolled stainless steel sheet (shiny or black finish).
- Unlike most units on the market, with its thick steel sheet, the entire frame is strong enough to prevent distortion over time.
- Stainless steel model has been redesigned with a sleek and modern straight rod handle and borderless glass door style.
KingsBottle™ also specializes in beverage coolers to chill beers and sodas. These units feature a unique front-venting heat dispersion system that allows each cooler to be built into cabinetry with minimal clearance. They also come with a long-lasting and whisper-quiet compressor which provides vibration free cooling. The latest models also feature an Italian temperature controller with automatic defrosting control mode, and energy-saving management.
There are three different beverage cooler models, each designed with a different part of the home in mind:
- Basic: comes with a reversible gas charged tempered safety glass door with stainless steel frame and steel handle, available in three different sizes, 160, 300 and 450 cans.
- Stainless Steel Indoor: under-the-counter model which fits seamlessly thanks to its low clearance requirements, available in a one door, two doors or three doors model.
- Stainless Steel Outdoor: made of durable and stylish stainless steel and have obtained the IP45 ingress protection rating for the highest waterproof seal, making them ideal for patio use. These units also come in one door, two doors or three doors.
What will it cost?
There are too many models and combinations to list them all but here is my personal selection for rough estimates of cost vs. drinking pleasure vs. cooler capacity.
You can find out more and/or order online at the KingsBottle™ website.
For the life of me, I cannot fathom the need for 450 cans of soda! 🙂
(38 CAN) MINI BAR FRIDGE KBU-52-SSE One-Zone: $449.
(106 BOTTLES) WINE AND BEVERAGE COOLERS COMBO KBU-100-COMBO-BW2 Two-Zone: $3,595.
(155 BOTTLES) BEER AND WINE REFRIGERATOR KBU-170-COMBO-BW2 Three-Zone: $4,495.