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Good wine refrigerator/cooler

lily521 Aug 22, 2006 06:22 PM

Any recommendations for a good refrigerator/cooler for red wines?

  1. kparke30 Aug 22, 2006 08:05 PM

    Hi - taking a Calif vs. France wine class now with the sommelier mentioned in the following article. Discusses how to choose a wine fridge. Hope it helps!


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      brooklynguy Aug 22, 2006 08:23 PM

      I recently bought a Eurocave and I've been really happy with it. Its quiet and it fits basically the number of bottles as advertised. I originally bought an Avanti wine fridge advertised on Wine Enthusiast with a 150 btle capacity. When it arrived I was annoyed to discover that they mean 150 Bordeaux shaped bottles. As I have far more Burgundy shaped bottles, it became an 80 capacity fridge, and I had to return it.

      1. oaklandfoodie Aug 23, 2006 04:12 PM

        Here's an earlier thread about wine refrigerators. I'm also in the market for a wine fridge and am considering the vinotemp 50 bottle capacity. Amazon has some good prices. DH wants something smaller, but we need room to grow. Plus, it will fit right nice next to the kegerator.


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          lily521 Aug 23, 2006 04:31 PM

          Thank you all for your informative responses! This has been such a great help.

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            Hapa Dude Aug 23, 2006 05:24 PM

            I have the Vinotemp wine fridge from Costco. It claims to hold about 64 bottles, but you can't really put that many in there because of different bottle shapes. It is double-deep, you you put in some wines w/ the necks sticking towards you in the back row, then you put more bottles (necks away from you) between the back row. Because of tall-shouldered bottles or flared ends, you can't fit all the bottles in there.

            It is the best bang for your buck though. It is $400. You will have to call Costco to check availability, as I think they discontinued selling them (for now).

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            1. re: Hapa Dude
              Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2006 07:56 PM

              How much noise does it make?

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                Hapa Dude Sep 11, 2006 08:23 PM

                It is quieter than my regular GE fridge, but you can still hear it when it's running....and it seems to run fairly often. It allows the temp to rise by about 4 degrees before turning on to pump the temp down to your setting again.

            2. SteveTimko Sep 4, 2006 06:41 PM

              I was in a Costco on Saturday and they had them.
              I have a Danby 35-bottle wine refrigerator I bought from Target on close out for $104 and it works well. It fits 34 bottles (the top row only fits four bottles, not five), but it's very tight. You have to squeeze in Burgundy bottles and it helps to mix Burgunday bottles with Bordeaux and Alsasce bottles.

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                HillJ Sep 11, 2006 12:24 PM

                We have a mid size Haier wine cooler from Lowe's. Holds wine, beer and beverages really well. Adjust temp control in back. 125.00 and slides under the empty space between my island and a tier of kitchen drawers. Very pleased a year later.

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                  ESNY Sep 13, 2006 02:27 PM

                  Whatever you do, don't get a Haier. I got one as a gift in March and it just stopped working. They refuse to honor the warranty and repair it since I don't have a receipt, it was a gift after all. Their customer service was not helpful at all, they were just repeating the line, they can't repair anything without a receipt.

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