I found this group while looking for info on Wine Cellars. Has anyone heard
any good/bad info on the GE Profile Deluxe Wine Cooler with a capacity of 29
bottles? It's on sale at Home Depot for $399.00 until Oct. 1. GE sales the
identical cellar for $499.00. TIA
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Why bother for only 29 bottles? I rent a storage space for 12 cases and it
costs me less than $10/month. $/bottle the homeowner's models of wine
cellars/chillers don't seem worth it except for the snob appeal. I keep a
few bottles on hand in the fridge for drinking, which works just fine. Won't
you fill a 29 bottle cellar quickly? What will happen if your power goes
I hope folks don't mind me following up with a different question. I
generally (always?) buy wines in the "drink now or until (x)" range, so I've
never worried about cellaring and obviously do not have any way to store
wine at appropriate temperature for longer timespans.
My question is, without such storage at my disposal, is there any point in
even trying to buy and cellar some of the finer stuff for 10 years or more?
It just depends on how bad your storage conditions are. If you live in
Baghdad, I'd say "forget it!". In a more temperate locale, the bottom of an
interior closet might be acceptable.
Although 58°F is considered "ideal", room temperature (72°F) is still OK -
especially for big red wines - but bear in mind that their development will
be faster and perhaps not as graceful as at 58°F.
Additionally, temperature _stability_ is important - perhaps even more so
than the actual storage temperature. Large temperature fluctuations are a
bad thing for cork finished wines.
It can be worth a try. You don't need an underground cellar or
temperature-controlled cabinet. If you can find a spot which isn't
Receiving direct sunlight
Against an outside wall
In a heated room
Near heat-generating electrical appliances
then you stand a chance. Perhaps at the bottom of a linen cupboard,
surrounded by blankets. Insulation and stability can be as good as
We keep our wines in a cupboard under the stairs. Not perfect, and we might
need to find a better solution for really expensive bottles that want 20
years, but it seems mostly OK.
Only applicable if you live in or near a big city, Dimitri. In my case, the
nearest facility would be 1000 miles. While mine is an extreme case, the
original poster did not say where he resided.
In the Northwest Territories, there are no nearby facilities, but you could
probably store them in your upstairs living room, if you had a humidifier.
So much depends on where you live.
Back to my original post on 9/19 about small wine cellars. I don't buy
large quantities of wine at a time to save for years in a wine storage
facility. We go north (OR/WA) and buy several cases at wineries each year.
I'm concerned because we live in the southwest and the temperature in our
home is 80º during the summer and fluctuates between 60º and 70º in winter.
I don't care to store a few cases in a wine storage facility 50 miles away
and not have them readily available. So...back to my original question:
Does anyone have recommendations on good brands of wine cellars? Wine
cellars that will hold approximately 30 to 50 or 60 bottles of wine? I'm
looking for one that don't vibrate much (or at all) and will keep a
reasonably steady temp. It would be a plus if it was quite too.
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I don't have recs on particular brands. But for 30-60 bottles of wine, I'd just
buy the best-priced one that has a good warranty (most have 1 yr, with 5 yr on
compressor). Check warehouse clubs- most carry Avanti, Sanyo, or the like.
There's no reason you especially need a Eurocave or other specialty brand for
your usage. Refrigeration is pretty simple, it's the humidity constancy that
sets apart the better brands. And if you keep bottles on their sides, over
short-term you're not going to have corks drying out (in my inexpert and
non-technical experience) in any of these units.
With 80° F temps, even if unit compressor failed, if you keep door shut it
probably would stay cool for couple days if full. One thing I would look for is
a solid door. If you're not using as a display unit, even the best glass door
is poor insulation, and a waste of power as well as a risk.
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I almost suggested that. I agree for short-term storage there's no problem.
From a space efficiency standpoint, one might need to install some racks to
better use the space compared to a normal fridge setup..
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