I'm deciding whether to buy a wine chiller for my apartment, maybe this one. I could only realistically keep it on top of my refrigerator. The alternative would be to keep wine in my fridge (the temperature in my apartment often gets into the 80s which I understand to be unacceptable). People who take wine very seriously do not recommend keeping wine in the fridge for three reasons:
- A standard kitchen refrigerator is too cold (35-38°F vs 45-60°F)
- The motor in the refrigerator makes everything vibrate too much
- Refrigerators are dry (30% humidity), whereas wine likes 70-90% humidity.
I need to know which of these actually matter for a casual wine drinker like myself. A wine chiller will address #1 for me (though I might get one that offers only a single temperature rather than separate from reds and whites) but I could also see keeping my wine in my regular refrigerator or giving up entirely. Unfortunately a wine chiller doesn't fix #2 for me since the chiller would be on top of my fridge.
Which of these three concerns, if any, should I actually be worried about?
BTW, the wine may wait around for a period of months before it gets drunk.