As more people like to relax at home, the wine fridge has become one of the most popular items. This is hardly surprising as, according to studies, almost half of all wine consumed is drunk at home. James Hepple, head of retail for Watson's Wine, says maintaining a stable temperature and humidity is important. 'A specialised wine fridge, such as one from brands like Vintec, EuroCave or Transtherm, will control not only the temperature but vibration and humidity as well,' Hepple says. 'Other than that, get a good temperature and humidity logger. Some of the cheaper brands control only temperature but this is not good for long-term storage.' Brands such as Vintec specialise in wine storage cabinets imported from France, Denmark and the mainland. They provide a range of products from cabinets for 30 bottles to a walk-in cellar that accommodates 3,900. It is important to store bottles away from light, especially direct sun and fluorescent fixtures, as these give off ultraviolet rays that produce an unpleasant-smelling wine. Bottles should be stored on their sides to prevent corks from drying out, allowing air to enter and spoil the wine. The temperature should be constant at about 12.2 degrees Celsius and the humidity around 70 per cent. Wine also 'breathes', so don't store it with anything that has a strong smell, as that will taint the wine. In Hong Kong, even vibrations from heavy traffic or drilling may negatively affect wine, so try to store it in a way that it doesn't need to be moved in order to reach a bottle to drink. Meanwhile, Austrian company Ridel has created stemware designed to match and complement wines and spirits, recognising that the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines are affected by the shape of the glass from which they are drunk.