-New design elements elevate sophistication of wine preservation appliances-

MILWAUKEE - U-Line Corporation, the leading innovator of premium built-in, undercounter appliances for ice making, refrigeration and wine preservation, announces the introduction of its new Échelon Series Wine Captain® Drawer.

"U-Line first introduced residential wine storage appliances to the North American market in 1985," remarks Jennifer Uihlein Straszewski, president of U-Line Corporation. “For more than 20 years, the Wine Captain has evolved in terms of design and technology to lead this important appliance category. Today, the new Wine Captain Drawer offers innovation, sophistication and excitement to residential wine preservation.”

The Wine Captain Drawer features a new look with stainless steel trim framing two glass-front drawers. Designed to provide a view of the bottles inside while protecting them from potentially harmful light, the tinted, thermal-tempered glass prevents UV rays from penetrating the cabinet. Contoured stainless handles affixed horizontally on each drawer add an elegant touch to the exterior. To conform to specific design needs, an optional commercial-style drawer handle is also available for purchase.

For homeowners who prefer to completely integrate appliances into a room’s overall design, a separate Wine Captain Drawer Overlay model is available. The overlay model is designed to accept custom-made full overlay wood drawer frames to match surrounding cabinetry.

The Wine Captain Drawer is equally impressive on the inside. The elegant black interior creates an ideal backdrop for showcasing the bottles. Each sliding wine rack is enhanced with natural maple trim that reflects the same gently contoured lines as the drawer handles. The wood fronts of each wine rack can be custom stained to match existing cabinetry. Three wine racks in the top drawer and two racks plus a removable wine caddy in the lower drawer provide storage for up to 43 standard bottles.

Each drawer is a highly specialized, independently refrigerated unit with separate temperature control capabilities. The top and bottom drawers can be set to maintain their own unique temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, providing flexible storage options for different types of wine. New digital temperature displays are located in each drawer, handsomely integrated into the wood rack fronts. Touch control digital technology puts the ability to adjust the temperature of either drawer right at your fingertips.

Like each of U-Line’s Wine Captain models, the Wine Captain Drawer is designed to enable short and longer term wine storage. A vibration-safe, stable temperature environment with 50 percent internal relative humidity provides cellar-like conditions in a sophisticated appliance suitable for every home.

The new Wine Captain Drawer is available now at select kitchen design centers and appliance retailers nationwide.

Since 1962, U-Line Corporation has been the leading innovator of premium built-in, undercounter ice makers, Combo® ice maker/refrigerators, Wine Captain® wine storage units, refrigerators, refrigerated drawers and refrigerator/freezers. U-Line is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., and has a West Coast office in Laguna Beach, Calif. For more information on U-Line and its products, visit www.u-line.com.