There is nothing quite like appreciating a good bottle of wine. Its bouquet, colour and taste are important characteristics that will influence your purchase decision.But if you want to maintain that wine in excellent condition, the way you store your wine is often more complex than finding that perfect bottle of wine in the first place. To properly store your wine collection you need to consider how to maintain the correct humidity and temperature.

The right wine rack can help keep that expensive bottle of wine from turning into supermarket vinegar because any wine should never be stored upright and always kept slightly angled. Equally important is the need to select wine racks that fit in with your home d?cor and express your personality. You can find some of the funkiest looking things that are considered wine racks ranging from multicoloured plastic ink blobs to what looks like an inside out peg board where the wine bottles are clipped in by the neck and hang on the wall. Some are created from solid metal castings in an organic form or the shape of a girder and are prime examples of functional modern art. Giving these as wine gifts may also qualify as an artistic donation, but often function is sacrificed on the altar of form in the more unusual offerings.

The best wine racks are still probably the more traditional wood and metal creations that can look impressive as functional modern art. Wooden wine cabinets will also store wine perfectly and conveniently and look great as a piece of designer furniture. Wine racks, whether ready-made or flat packed for self assembly, are designed to be versatile and strong using solid wood blocks and 18-gauge bright galvanised steel. The most popular selections tend to be Black Walnut, White American Oak, Maple, Douglas Fir or Ash. Softwood racks are generally built from grade 'A' furniture pine and it's these which are usually supplied 'flat-pack' for self assembly.

There are manufacturers out there that can meet the needs of any person looking for a wine rack. Whether or not you are looking to custom build or buy one that is already made, there are literally hundreds of options available.

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