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How Do I Choose the Best Countertop Wine Rack?

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The size of your countertop will usually play a big part in which countertop wine rack you choose. Some large countertop wine racks may be able to hold several bottles of wine, but they will also take up more space than small racks. You should also try to match your wine rack to your kitchen décor. Vintage wines may also need to be stored horizontally, which will help prevent the cork from drying out.

Before you choose a countertop wine rack, you should first determine how much counter space you can spare. This can be done by simply measuring any clear kitchen counter space. Making a small sketch of your counter space that notes dimensions might also be helpful. After measuring this area, you should be able to determine whether you can choose a small or large countertop wine rack.

The amount of wine that you wish to store should also help determine which countertop wine rack you choose. Some of these wine racks may hold several bottles of wine. Smaller wine racks, on the other hand, might only hold a couple bottles of wine. If you are a wine enthusiast and you have the space, you may choose a larger countertop wine rack.

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Countertop wine racks can often be found to fit in with nearly any type of décor, from traditional to modern. Most quality wine racks are usually made from either wood or metal. A wood countertop wine rack is often very attractive, but it may not be as strong and durable as a metal wine rack.

Novelty wine racks are also popular. A novelty countertop wine rack is typically chosen more for looks than for practicality. Most of these types of wine racks can usually only hold one or two bottles of wine. Examples of novelty wine racks could include figures of people or animals holding the wine bottles.

Certain wine varieties have special storage requirements. Vintage wines and other wines with natural corks, for instance, should be stored so that the wine inside the bottle is always in contact with the cork. This helps prevent the cork from drying out or shrinking, which can allow oxygen into the bottle. Dry corks are also much harder to remove, since they have a tendency to crumble. If a corks crumbles into a bottle of wine, it may be nearly impossible to remove.

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