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Posted by gottvino4558, Jan 7, 2010.

Hello All,

My name is David and I am new to the Snooth website and forums.

Having grown up in an Italian family lifestyle I enjoy anything that deals with wine. My wife and I have been married for a short period of time, but early in our relationship she realized my attraction to wine. And now she is starting to grow a true passion for wine, but she is more of a pinot noir fan.

For quite some time now, I have been collecting fine red wines typically cabernets and merlots but am running out of space to properly store them all. I know my wife loves my passion for wine, but now that I have started taking over available spaces in cabinets, she is starting to worry about space issues, lol.

I have been researching and reviewing comments on an efficient, reliable and well priced wine cooler refrigerator. I have found an Amcor WV-50 wine cooler refrigerator that I like but have read mixed reviews. Any one have any good advice?

Thanks in advance!


Reply by GregT, Jan 7, 2010.

Do you live in the NYC area? If so, I suggest you call some of us and we will help reduce your burden. It can't be fun worrying about those wines! And if you're a cab guy and your wife likes pinot, then I think it's best to decide on being one or the other. My uncle loved cab, his wife liked pinot, and then he went blind and ended up drinking pinot all the time because that's what she always opened. Not enough losing his sight but cripes! Having to drink that all the time!

In all honesty, I'd pass on that wine cabinet if it's the 50 bottle model that I'm thinking of. It's way too small. If you are serious and you guys really do like wine, what good will a 50 bottle unit do you? You get four cases in there if you're lucky because don't forget that the sizing is always for Bordeaux shaped bottles and pinot bottles are wider at the base, hence take up more storage room. So with four cases, that's about a month and a half worth of wine. If you're planning to do any long term storage, what do you do with the wine you're drinking regularly? Keep it on top of the fridge?

I think you really need to think harder about it. You can get a 100 bottle unit that's adequate for not much more. But you can also and should also get a much bigger unit. Remember that with those things you're paying a lot more for cosmetics than for functionality. I have a friend who has some very very expensive wines. He stores them in three wine coolers that came disassembled and require assembly. They're not as pretty as some, but he keeps them in his basement and they've worked for years. So my suggestion is to buy the largest unit you can afford and not to worry about cosmetics. You can put it in a closet or out of the way somewhere where cosmetics don't matter. It doesn't have to be in the kitchen and in fact probably shouldn't.

Some producers make them for basements and garages and that's what I'd get. The manufacturers know that people who buy these tend to have some discretionary income, and they come up with ideas like zone control, glass doors, etc., that are costly and add nothing to the function.

You always end up needing more space than you have. The 50 unit model is OK if you're just keeping some wine around for drinking. But if you want to age any wine, it's just not practical. Think about it. You store 4 cases for 10 or 15 years, drink them, then store another 4 for another 10 or 15? For sure that's not what you're going to do.


Reply by gottvino4558, Jan 7, 2010.

Wow! Thanks so much for the reply. I really appreciate it cause you are pretty much spot on. I do keep our table wines on top of our fridge in a wine rack. I did research and read how the kitchen is one of the worst places for wine due to light exposure and what not.

Thanks so much, because I really want to get something for our wines. And I really don't want to ruin the flavor and integrity of the wines. As far as the pinot/cab issue. I will drink pinot, but she is more open to drinking any wine, so hopefully we can find a cooler that can provide adequate support for both.

Once again, I really appreciate your reply and good luck to you!!


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 8, 2010.

What Greg said.

The biggest factor is the capacity issue. A 50 bottle unit may end up holding only 40 or so bottles and you'll quickly outgrow that. If you can swing it I would recommend that you buy at least a 150 bottle capacity unit. While I have not tried them the build it yourself units offered by Wine Enthusiast are well priced. A friend of mine has one and while he had a difficult time assembling it he is very happy with the unit.

By the way I have no connection with the Wine Enthusiast.

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