Newbie about Wine Cellars.

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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Wave Jumper
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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 out?
Dimitri
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D. Gerasimatos
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?
thanks,
-- kov
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Ken Overton
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.
Tom S
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Tom S
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 temperature control. 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.
Kieran
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Kieran Dyke
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.
Tom Schellberg
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Xyzsch
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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Wave Jumper
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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.
Dale
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Dale Williams
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With these requirements, I'd be tempted to just buy a refrigerator. I use an old refrigerator in my garage for short-term holding of wines and have had no problems.
Dimitri
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D. Gerasimatos
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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.. Dale
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