Unless you are a part of that small percentage of the population whose vernacular for describing wine could fill a dictionary, then you probably don't need a wine cellar. But a wine rack is a definite necessity in any kitchen. As opposed to a wine cellar, it does not have to be a large financial investment; rather, it is an aesthetic one. You do not need an insatiable thirst for the bottle to appreciate how wonderfully decorative this item can be. A wine rack can give an element of sophistication to any space.
The aesthetic purpose of a wine rack is often valued over its functional one and for good reason. Though they keep the bottles tilted so the cork doesn't dry out and spoil the wine, the racks alone are decorative pieces, which complement the aesthetics of the entire kitchen.
There are many different styles of wine racks to suit all tastes and budgets. This is one item that comes in a great many shapes and sizes. Defining the available space in your kitchen is very important in finding the proper rack. Some racks sit on the counter while others are so large that they could occupy an entire corner of the room. Choose from racks in which the bottles stand upright or they lie parallel to the floor; other racks hide the bottles behind cabinets or doors.
It is important to take into consideration the style of the kitchen. Is it Modern, French Country, Traditional, Gothic, or Quaker? There are just as many racks to fit each of these aesthetic looks.
Now, where do you look for wine racks? While the obvious answer may be a wine store, it is not the correct one. Be creative and visit antique stores, flea markets, small boutiques, culinary stores, and also chain stores. At an antique store, you may need to shell out more money, but you will likely find a one-of-a-kind piece and something that will last a lifetime.
Now, for kitchens that merely have room for a rack that sits on the counter, there are also many possibilities. Remember that it's important to not place these close to the stove or areas where the temperature greatly fluctuates. It's also a good idea to keep the rack out of direct sunlight.
What ties all of our little things together is that they add to the decor and also come in a variety of styles, for which everyone can find something that makes them happy. Wine racks are a perfect gift, but more than that they are a way to open up the decorating possibilities.