Beer Is Made By Men, Wine By God

Wine dispensers and chilling Beer Is Made By Men, Wine By God

It was Martin Luther, the man who triggered the Protestant Reformation, who once said, “Beer is made by men, wine by God.”

Over the centuries there have been more quotes and comments about wine than any other beverage on earth.

Fortunes have been won and lost over a tiny change in climate that ruined a crop of grapes. Duels have been fought over which vineyard produced the vintage.

The Latin phrase, “In vino veritas,” uttered by Doc Holliday in the movie Tombstone, which literally translated means, “In wine, truth,” has become famous for encapsulating the well-known phenomena of people accidentally telling the truth under its influence.

The presence of wine at the dinner table elevates the meal from mere food to a feast.

Or it can be a signal of doom as it was poor Fortunato, who was lured to his death by the promise of it in The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe.


Chilling red wine

One of the oldest questions in the world is what is the best temperature at which to store and serve wine?

When one person says red wine should be served at room temperature, another immediately challenges them by asking, “What is room temperature? Room temperature in Panama? Or room temperature in Norway?”

Even though most people will agree – within limits – that white wine should be chilled before serving, there’s still plenty of leeway as to what temperature “chilled” refers to.

This argument is centuries older than any of us and we’re not going to settle it today.

What we can do though is look at some wine dispensers, along with their variable settings, and let you pick the one you like best.

Then you can put the thermostat at whatever temperature you think is best.

Refrigerator vs Wine Dispenser?

Let’s dispose of this argument right away. Refrigerators are designed to keep food cold, not just cool.

Because the flavor of wine and its bouquet can be so easily damaged, this isn’t the best place to keep it. The temperature is too low and can hurt the wine.

Professional wine dispensers, on the other hand, can be adjusted for the amount of light, air, and temperature the wine is exposed to.

Each bottle is kept separate from the others in its own compartment. A refrigerator can’t possibly do any of that.

If you’re serious about wine, you need a proper wine dispenser.

Wine poured from dispenser

Which Wine Dispenser?

Companies like Wine Turtle make it their job to know all about wine dispensers and help you make your decision on which one to get.

They offer easy to follow advice on picking the right one.

Ease of Use

The whole point of a wine dispenser is that it is easy to use. (Sort of like wine buying online is over at

Fumbling around with a wine bottle opener every time you want a glass of your favorite vintage, then corking it back up again, is what you’re trying to avoid.

But if the wine dispenser is complicated by all sorts of functions and/or choices, then you’re right back to square one. Remember the acronym KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

Ease of Maintenance

More KISSing. A wine dispenser should be simple and easy to take care of. Most of them will fit into small spaces where a half-size refrigerator would normally go.

They’re easy to clean and sterilize. As they should be.


This one is important if you have varied tastes in wine, drinking white wine tonight, but red wine tomorrow.

The wine dispenser needs to be able to easily accommodate either one as well as fitting neatly into your kitchen or dining room.

How Do Wine Dispensers Work?

Wine dispensers, especially the larger multi-bottle dispensers, can dispense a small amount for sipping to determine which wine you want, then dispense a larger predetermined amount once you’ve made your choice.

A vacuum pump pulls the wine out of the bottle while an inert gas is pumped into the bottle to prevent regular air from getting in there.

Oxygen in the air can cause a wine to lose its aroma, taste, and bouquet. Within a few days, it will go bad and be undrinkable.

Keeping the air out of the bottle by replacing it with an inert gas prevents that process from taking place.

Wine Aeration

Aerating wine

The foregoing notwithstanding, red wine needs to be properly aerated in order to bring out its flavor and character.

Make sure your dispenser has an aeration function, then also make sure it can also be turned off when it isn’t needed.