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Wine chiller designed for compromise

The Cavanova Countertop Four-Bottle Wine Chiller is an affordable solution for space-starved oenophiles.

An effective solution for everyday wine storage.
An effective solution for everyday wine storage. Sur La Table

It's not easy to keep a wine collection on hand ready to be served at the correct temperature. First, of course, are money matters. Not many of us have the disposable income just waiting to be put toward a wine cellar. Even living in a land of make-believe where money is no object, the next roadblock may be a much more down to earth consideration: space. It's not always easy to find room for cases of wine. But knock down the price of storage as well as the space needed and all of a sudden, having a few bottles on hand doesn't seem so out of reach.

The Cavanova Countertop Four-Bottle Wine Chiller ($99.95) makes it easy to store wine at serving temperature. With a four-bottle capacity, the 6-inch-wide refrigerator (21 inches tall, 18 inches deep) doesn't take up a lot of room and can even be kept on the countertop. It has an adjustable temperature range, from 44 degrees to 66 degrees, and runs quiet, keeping the wine ready for when you are.

For those who get queasy at the idea of having a specialized appliance dedicated for wine storage, the affordable chiller offers peace of mind. If the small size of the appliance still induces a countertop conundrum, the unit could be easily stored until it is time to be brought out for special occasions. With good wine affordable and plentiful, it may not make sense to compromise on wine selection, but when it comes to storing a few bottles, compromise can be a good thing.