Wine, like any other food, has specific serving temperatures. Most reds should be served slightly cooler than room temperature. Whites and champagnes need to be cooler still, often chilled. To prevent the whites from going warm and flat at the table, a wine bucket is necessary. Presentation is also an important consideration when selecting a wine bucket. Various metal, accented metal and plastic buckets are available to match your décor. There are also smaller buckets or wine coolers that do not have any room for the customary ice. These are ideal for displaying reds or other wines that do not need to be chilled.
Regardless of the wine bucket you select, be sure it either comes with or has a matching stand. The bucket is supposed to go next to the table, not on top of it. Most metal buckets have stands with a matching finish or accent metal. Usually, metal buckets also have knobs on the side that only fit a specific stand.