Wine Talk

Snooth User: clintob

Wine fridge?

Original post by clintob, Feb 29, 2008.

I've read a few blog posts about this (even one at Snooth I believe?) but I'm looking for a good small wine fridge that's nice and quiet. I don't mind spending a few bucks for quality, but I want something that will fit inconspicuously in my small apartment, hold 8-12 bottles ideally, and in a perfect world would have two zones for red and white.

Anybody have suggestions?

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Reply by mbugbee, Oct 22, 2009.

Ach, as much as I like port, it probably wouldn't turn out too good...

The crawl space is an open space of about 18-24 inches between the ground and the first floor of my house. The wine would be out of the light and the bottles most likely exposed to the ground. I can access it from my cellar. Would this work?

Reply by dmcker, Oct 22, 2009.

Personally wouldn't want to have to crawl in those confines...

Is the bottom of the crawl space surfaced, or just earth? Drainage during winter rains remains an issue. Also, if you do use the crawl space be sure to choose an area away from foot traffic on the flooring above.

I've used unpaved 'basement' areas under a couple of California houses (one in Ventura and one in Oakland) in the past for storage of some of my overflow wines. Besides the issues I've already mentioned, you may find some critters choosing your cardboard boxes for nesting, too. Didn't bother me as much as my daughter... ;-(. I did find that temperature fluctuations under the house, but not in a proper cellar, were nowhere near as bad as I feared and the wines drank well after storage in those ad hoc arrangements for a couple of years, even 10 or more years later. Nonetheless, it's not a longterm arrangement that I'd truly recommend...

Reply by kylewolf, Oct 29, 2009.

so, not a real suggestion, but I found this, and couldn't believe Sam's Club offers it. I wonder if anyone has ever purchased it.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 29, 2009.

Meaning it's a little high-end for Sam's? Does look like it would solve most people's storage problems.. ;-)

Am also glad to see that shipping's 'included' in that humble price. Wonder what operating costs are? Perhaps it's a question that falls in the category that if you have to ask, you can't afford...

Reply by kylewolf, Oct 29, 2009.

not even that its "high end" it just seems like an exceptionally random item to be available at sam's club. but now that I think of it, I don't know many places that it wouldn't seem random is quite the rig...

Reply by kylewolf, Nov 18, 2009.

has anyone had any experience with the Vassani wine coolers? They are on sale at home depot black friday...but they are not on their website and i cant find the Vassani web site.

Reply by rar8888, Nov 20, 2009.

The only thing info that I could find for the Vassani brand was that they make keg coolers. But $150 for a 52 bottle cooler would be a great deal if the cooler was decent.

Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Feb 19, 2010.


That's surprising, but for the $12, 425.00, I can tell you what my french relatives would say, "imagine how many bottles of wine I could buy with that money?"

If I would get that, I would convert it into a "panic room," so you would know where to find me in a panic.


Reply by thepenas, Feb 21, 2010.

Do they have one of those installed @ the Snooth office???

Reply by atonalprime, Feb 24, 2010.

All this talk of spiral cellars hidden under floors, wine vaults and even panic rooms, my mind naturally drifted towards something I had seen years ago -- The Silohome.

Just think of the wine storage and aging possibilities, all while keeping you safe from the nuclear fall out. Its only $2.3million, so hopefully if you have that kind of dough laying around, you have an equal amount to spend on stocking up your massive cellar. If it were my home, I think I'd have to dedicate at least an entire floor of the silo to wine.

Reply by dmcker, Feb 24, 2010.

Wonder how many of these, or facsimiles of this type of design anyway, have been built up in Idaho?

Reply by dmcker, Feb 24, 2010.

After googling them I realize that comment wasn't all that far off. While I was thinking variations on 'survivalist', it looks like the design was meant as a way to recycle ICBM silos in the Dakotas and nearby states...

Reply by dmcker, Feb 24, 2010.

Oops, kept reading and saw the Adirondacks?!

Reply by dmcker, Jun 28, 2010.

Also heard stories just a couple of weeks ago about similar buildings in Canada....

Reply by plaintiger, Jun 29, 2010.

i have this fridge and really like it. it's quiet - even in the very hot, humid weather we've had lately - and it holds a temperature (or two) like nobody's business. of course, after i'd asked for it for christmas and it had already been bought, i kept researching and learned that, for long-term storage, you really want all your wines kept at about 55 degrees now i have this lovely dual-zone fridge with both zones set to means of the controls that occupy the space that could house three more bottles, were the dual-temp controls not there.

but hey, if i ever learn something different about wine storage temperatures, i have the dual-temp option!

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