A wine rack is a good way to store wine in your house if you tend to stock more than your immediate requirements.  Like a lot of useful furniture and shelving solutions, they can be really visually pleasing and complement the design of your kitchen or living area.   Here are some of my favourites.

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You should ensure that the wine is kept in the rack at the right temperature and out of direct sunlight – there’s no point having a fabulous rack if you ruin your wine by having it next to a window with direct sunlight.

Although vertical or angled racks can be pretty cool looking, they aren’t really the best way to store your wine.  If the bottle is at an angle….or upside down…. sediment can build up around the cork which means when you open the bottle the cork will be all messy and the first glass will be full of sediment.  Lying the bottle on its side will ensure any sediment won’t be the first thing you notice when you open the bottle.

With a vertical rack the bottle itself is stored vertically which means that over time the cork will dry out and start to shrink and this brings air into the wine which ruins it.