In the watery world of caring for boats and their owners sometimes we extend into caring for non-floaty things. Often proceeded by the words "Could you just..." you get left in charge of dogs ,pools, cars ,and in this case, houses with wine coolers in them.
Now this is not a passing acquaintance with this rather smart Bosch wine cooler as although I do not own it, I have ,over the years enjoyed many a cool drink from it's chilly interior and consider it an old trusted friend.
What is a wine cooler?
Well really it is a posh, fridge with a uv protected , tinted glass door in which you can keep your wine at a constant temperature (+12c is great) and stored in the correct position,(no,not in your tum), but on it's side so the cork does not dry out and allow air in to spoil the wine. Wine does not like changes in temperature nor light and if you have some expensive bottles it´s best to keep them in conditions in which they do not deteriorate.
This wine cooler is in brushed stainless steel ,easy to clean with automatic defrost. It also matches the rest of the Bosch appliances in the kitchen giving a very smooth appearance to the room.
Its dimensions are 85cm height ,59.5cm width ,59.5cm depth so about washing machine size.
It is right hand opening , the whole of the left hand door edge being the handle which gives it a very sleek look.
On the top of the door is a digital display of the temperature setting which has six settings 1-5 with 5 being the coldest setting, We have it set on 3 which is the factory setting and gives an interior setting of between +8c to +12c depending on how many bottles you have in it and the temperature of the surrounding air.The whole temperature range is+ 6c to +18c
To the right of the temperature setting display is a button with which you can decrease or increase the setting.
Open the door and the interior light comes on and in the centre of the door frame is the on/off button . Plug in to the mains ,switch on, and you are ready to go!
Inside the fridge which is lined in a black plastic material ,are 5 rungs on which you can place 4 oak wood slatted shelves. The size of the shelf at the bottom is reduced to accommodate the fridge motor so they have cunningly made cut outs in one of the shelves so that you can place bottles on the bottom shelf and the necks go through the cut outs.
You can fit 43 bottles in but at the moment we have 35 (and we´ve lost one shelf somewhere!)
The cooler comes with a detailed hand book telling you how you install,ie on a flat surface,it also has height adjustable feet (haven't we all!) Don't put it in the sun, or too close to a cooker. it also tells you how to store wine in the cooler,so from the top of the fridge to the bottom-
Red wines with a lot of body
Rose and light red wine .
Cavas,champagnes and sparkling wine.
There you have it! The thing I like the most about the wine cooler is that besides keeping the wine at the right temperature ,it looks so smart and through the glass door you can see the bottles ,the liqueurs all different colours, the champagnes in foil and sparkly netting ,whites and rose's and of course beer (the owner is a rugby fan) all promising convivial cool drinks to come. It has yet had a hitch even through frequent power cuts.
Remember to serve your drink at the right temperature too!
Blush rose,dry whites 8c-14c
Sparkling wine and champagne 6c-8c
Light red 13c
Deep red 15c-19c
My opinion ,great if you love your wine and want to treat it well!
Price around 440pounds to 500pounds depending where you look.
Available from Bosch and kitchen appliance shops
weight 52kgs ,power consumption 0.36kw/24hr Other interesting technical facts can be found on www.bosch.co.uk
Thanks for reading my review,enjoy your wine!
Bosch Wine Cooler / Colour Aluminium Manufacturer Bosch Gross capacity 150 litres / 5.3 cu.ft / Net capacity 140 litres / 4.9 cu.ft / Electricity consumption 131 kWh per year Approximate annual running cost 15.72* *Based on average figure of 12p per kWh including VAT Wine rack for up to 40 0.75cl bottles 4 wooden shelves (3 are height adjustable) Temperature adjustable from 6C to 18C Interior light External electronic control Anti-UV light smoked glass door For optimum performance a ventilation distance of 4cm around the appliance is recommended on installation of these productDimensions (mm) Height 850 Width 595 Depth 595 /