Best Wine Fridges for Champagne (2022 Buyers Guide)

Best wine fridges for Champagne

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If you’re in the mood to celebrate a special event or one of life’s big milestones, what could be better than grabbing a bottle of champagne stored at the ideal temperature from a stylish wine cooler?

There is something magical about peeling away the foil on a chilled bottle of champagne, carefully removing the wire cage holding the cork in place, then skillfully twisting it out of the bottle until you hear that familiar… POP!!

You’d better have a couple of champagne flutes handy if the effervescence can’t be contained!

In this article, we’re going to look at the 3 best wine fridges for champagne.

We’ll start with a short buyers guide detailing some of the things you need to know about wine fridges in order to make an informed purchasing decision then I’ll share my choices for the 3 best wine fridges for champagne.

If you’re in a hurry to get to my recommendations, feel free to jump ahead.

✅ A Primer on Champagne and Sparkling Wines

When people say they want to celebrate with a bottle of champagne, often they’re referring to any bottle of sparkling wine. Champagne is a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region in France, but the name is frequently used to describe this entire category of wine.

There are several types of sparkling wines. The biggest differences between them are:

  • The location where the wine is produced
  • The types of grapes used to make the wine

Each of these wines have significant levels of carbon dioxide to make them fizzy. Let’s look at the most popular types.

Champagne

Champagne is sparkling wine from the Champagne region in northern France. Champagne is made from a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier grapes and utilizes natural yeast fermentation in the bottle.

These wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown, harvested, and made into wine within the Champagne delimited region, in France.

Cava

Cava is Spanish sparkling wine. It is made the same way as champagne, incorporating in-bottle fermentation but Cava uses different grapes: Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada.

Prosecco

Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in Italy. It is produced with Glera grapes using the Charmat method with the secondary fermentation taking place in a stainless-steel tank.

Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine is a broad term used to describe any wine with bubbles. You’ll often hear wine experts say that champagne is a sparkling wine but not all sparkling wines are champagne.

For the remainder of this article, I’ll refer to champagne but the topics apply to all types of sparkling wine.

Friends toasting with Champagne at a party

Can You Use a Wine Fridge for Champagne?

The shape and size of wine bottles vary but a standard, Bordeaux wine bottle holds 750 ml or approximately 25oz. The dimensions of these bottles can be anywhere from 11.5” – 13” tall by 3” – 3.5” wide.

Champagne bottles are often slightly bigger than a standard wine bottle. A typical champagne bottle still holds 750ml or approximately 25oz, but their dimensions can range from 11.25” – 12.25” tall by 3” – 3.75” wide.

You need to be aware that champagne bottles may be a little larger than regular wine bottles when selecting a wine fridge. Some wine fridges have adjustable shelves which can be moved to accommodate one or two champagne bottles.

If you need to store several bottles of champagne, make sure your wine fridge’s shelving provides enough clearance for the number of bottles you have.

How to Store a Bottle of Champagne

If you want to keep a bottle (or a few bottles) of champagne on hand, there are a few key things you should be aware of.

You should avoid keeping champagne in your fridge for an extended period of time – unless you’re chilling it for a special occasion. The light in a refrigerator combined with vibrations from the compressor motor and the fluctuations in temperature that come from constantly opening and closing the door may harm your bubbly.

Bottles of champagne should be stored horizontally in a cool dark place, away from direct sunlight. Ideally, champagne should be stored at a constant temperature between 50°F – 59°F at 70 – 85% humidity. In other words, you should store champagne in a cellar or wine fridge.

Sounds easy enough… but what about serving champagne?

The Ideal Temperature for Serving Champagne

Now that we have covered the best way to store a bottle of champagne, let’s talk about serving champagne. Champagne is best served cold.

The ideal serving temperature for champagne is between 47°F – 50°F (8°C – 10°C). Put your champagne in the fridge a few hours before you want to drink it – a minimum of four hours is recommended. If you need to chill your champagne faster, place the bottle in an ice bucket for half an hour.

I wouldn’t recommend putting your champagne in the freezer. Champagne bottles are pressurized and if you forget one in the freezer, you could end up with a slushy, frozen mess!

If you plan to purchase a single zone wine fridge and have it set to 55°F, you’ll want to move a bottle of champagne to the refrigerator in your kitchen a few hours in advance of when you’d like to drink it.

If you plan to purchase a dual-zone wine fridge, you’ll simply move your champagne from the “long term storage” compartment (set to 55°F) to the service compartment, which should be set to 47°F. Once again, you’ll want to do this a few hours ahead of when you’d like to drink your champagne.

🍾 Roundup of the 3 Best Wine Fridges for Champagne

Most wine fridges are designed to store standard-sized, 750ml Bordeaux wine bottles.

When you’re shopping for a fridge that you’d like to use for red and white wine… along with a few bottles of champagne, you need to look for two things.

You want:

  • A wine fridge that has a storage “bin” at the bottom that can be used for champagne bottles.
  • A wine fridge with adjustable shelves that can be configured to accommodate champagne bottles.

I’ve selected 3 fridges that will work well for anyone who would like to store a few bottles of champagne along with the other wines in their collection.

Here are my recommendations.

Ivation 12 Bottle Wine Cooler /w Lock

The Ivation 12 bottle wine cooler has a small form factor and a sleek appearance that is guaranteed to complement the décor in any room – and it has a lock to keep your collection secure!

Small Form Factor
Ivation 12 Bottle Wine Cooler /w Lock
  • Compressor technology ensures constant temperature, unit is not affected by outside heat sources.
  • Set the temperature and let the wine cooler do the rest, built-in fan maintains a consistent temperature.
  • Double-paned glass door keeps the interior insulated, protects your collection from harmful UV light.
  • Energy-efficient LED light, no fluorescent bulbs to fade labels or diminish your wines' flavor.
  • Adjust shelves to accommodate various bottle sizes, great for red wine, white wine, and champagne.

This wine fridge also uses compressor cooling technology to ensure that your champagne is stored at the desired temperature and will be unaffected by external heat sources.

The UV-resistant, double pane glass doors keep harmful UV rays from diminishing the quality of your wine and add another layer of insulation to safeguard your collection.

Most importantly for sparkling wine drinkers, the bin at the bottom of the fridge will accommodate several bottles of champagne leaving plenty of room for wines in standard bottles on the upper shelves.

Pros
  • Compact dimensions
  • Comes with a lock
  • Storage bin for larger wine bottles
Cons
  • LED light isn’t very bright
  • Compressor noise is noticeable in smaller rooms

Wine Enthusiast 32 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

The Wine Enthusiast 32 bottle dual zone wine cooler has ample storage with its 32 bottle capacity and because it has two temperature zones, you can set the storage temperature in the fridge’s lower compartment separately from the service temperature in the upper compartment. This lets you to keep all of your wine in the correct temperature range.

Dual Zone
Wine Enthusiast 32 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler
  • Compressor cooling technology ensures more consistent temperatures.
  • Dual zones let you set the ideal temperature for red, white, rosé wines, and champagne.
  • LED display with dual controls let you easily set the temperature for your wine collection.
  • Adjustable metal racks with 32 bottle capacity is ideal for larger collections.
  • Wine Enthusiast is based in the United States with 40 years in the wine storage industry.

All of your standard sized wine bottles are easily stored on the upper shelves while the bin at the bottom of the fridge is perfect for champagne bottles.

I feel very comfortable recommending this fridge because Wine Enthusiast is one of the most respected brands in the wine storage industry. They have a long and proven track record, having been in business for over 40 years.

This wine refrigerator might cost a little more than some of the other wine fridges in this article but the dual zones feature gives you more flexibility.

Pros
  • Dual zone
  • 32 bottle capacity
  • Designed and sold by an American company
Cons
  • Higher cost than single zone

STAIGIS 30 Bottle Under Counter Wine Cooler /w Lock

The STAIGIS 30 Bottle under counter wine cooler has a respectable 30 bottle capacity and is a great option for anyone looking for a built-in wine fridge.

Built In
STAIGIS 30 Bottle Under Counter Wine Cooler /w Lock
  • Ample 30 bottle capacity ensures that you can store all of the red, white, and sparkling wines in your collection.
  • Front venting allows for built in or freestanding applications; 33.9" (86 cm) height fits under most standard countertops.
  • Stainless steel frame, glass door, and sleek concealed handle adds a touch of elegance to your home, office, or kitchen.
  • Digital display and temperature control allows you to easily store wines at the ideal temperature from 40 - 66°F.
  • Quiet, energy-efficient design won't disturb you or your guests, low-vibration is ideal for long-term wine storage.

This wine cooler comes with 6 adjustable shelves that can easily be configured to accommodate several bottles of champagne. The whisper-quiet compressor cooling technology will keep your entire wine collection at a constant temperature.

I love the stainless steel frame around the reversible door, making this under counter fridge a good fit for most environments.

Pros
  • 30 bottle capacity
  • Under counter or free-standing installation
  • Reversible door
  • Wooden shelves
Cons
  • Higher cost than dedicated free-standing units
  • Compressor noise is noticeable in smaller rooms

How to Choose the Best Wine Fridge for Champagne

If you’re a wine enthusiast with a few bottles of champagne in your collection, you need to keep 3 things in mind when choosing a wine fridge.

  1. Choose a wine fridge with sufficient capacity. Think about how many red wines, white wines, and sparkling wines you’re likely to have on hand. Choose a wine fridge that will accommodate your collection now and into the future.
  2. Choose a wine fridge that will store your champagne in the correct temperature range. While many wine fridges are energy efficient and well suited to storing wine within a set temperature range but it’s always advisable to choose a wine cooler with an adjustable temperature control. If you’re mainly interested in long term storage, a single zone fridge should be more than adequate.
  3. Choose a dual zone wine fridge for maximum flexibility. While single zone wine fridges are often less expensive, a dual zone fridge offers more flexibility. Dual temperature zones let you set one compartment for long term storage while the other one is set to the recommended serving temperature. Most wine lovers insist that dual zone fridges are the best wine coolers!

I hope you’ve found my roundup of the 3 best wine fridges for champagne useful and informative.

If you’re looking for a more budget oriented selection of wine fridges, be sure to check out my list of the best wine fridges under $500.

Cheers!

By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.