The use of wine coolers in restaurants is indispensable. We have different types adapted to meet the use and storage needs in the restaurant.
When we order a bottle of wine in a restaurant or a simple glass in a bar, one of the parameters that will affect its flavour is the temperature. You must know how to store white wine, or else it can taste like urine. If it is too cold, it loses a large part of its aromas. A hot red wine will be thick in the mouth and not very palatable, but very cold. It will lose its aromas and flavours. We use wine coolers to keep wine at a cool temperature and can be used to attain the ideal storage and serving temperature. In this article, we will discuss different wine coolers used in restaurants.
Types of wine coolers in restaurants
We have different groups of wine coolers determined by how they produce cold that we use in restaurants.
1. Compressor wine coolers:
Compressor wine coolers have greater cooling power than thermoelectric wine coolers. They can maintain a stable temperature range of 4-20 degrees celsius.
They are used for all types of wines. Their performance is hardly affected by ambient temperature and is suitable for use in restaurants.
The disadvantage of the compressor is that they have a higher level of noise and vibration. Until a few years ago, the noise was the main problem for wine cellars with compressors.
Currently, manufacturers have developed practically inaudible and very quiet compressors. With compressors, current wine coolers usually produce about 40db of noise, so the difference is not that much with absorption or thermoelectric wine coolers.
The compressor usually produces small vibrations that could damage the wine if stored for a long time, so it is not advisable to use these devices to store wine for a long time, but rather as chambers of service.
2. Multi-temperature wine cooler
Due to the great variety of existing wines and their different conservation specifications, manufacturers have had to find a solution to the possibility of preserving them in the same space. The multi-temperature commercial wine cooler can be presented with partitions within the same cabin or independent areas, as with extensive wine cellars.
The models that have divisions distribute the air so that throughout the machine, there are different temperature ranges to preserve each type of wine. The independent models have their doors, and the temperature for the rest of the wines will remain intact as they are not in the same space. They can be used to keep different collections of wine in the restaurant.
3. Mono-temperature wine cooler
On the other hand, the single-temperature wine cooler only allows the same temperature range throughout the chamber.
It is just as important to choose the refrigeration system for the wine cooler and its temperature distribution as its design and location in a restaurant.
4. Wall-mounted or central wine coolers
These are the perfect option for large spaces that need more storage and where the display of bottles is another decorative element of the premises like the restaurant.
5. Tabletop wine coolers
They are smaller in size and therefore have less storage capacity. They are mainly used in cocktails, buffets, self-service, and bar or restaurant counters.