SEEKING ADVICE from CaseMates knowledgeable “mates”.
We need to purchase a second refrigeration wine cellar with at least 80 bottle capacity, preferably >95.
Would love some advice for a barebones compressor-driven refrigerated wine cellar.
Price is a priority.
It’s going in the basement, so appearance is irrelevant.
Small quiet fan to keep temperature consistent throughout would be desirable.
Prefer single temperature mode as it will be for reds.
Noise isn’t important as long as not accompanied by vibration.
Our ages are 66 & 74, so we need it to last at least 30 years. (Wine consumption leads to longevity, no?)
Available online from Costco with free “White Glove Delivery” (installed):
Wine Enthusiast Classic 92-bottle Single-Zone Free-Standing Wine Cellar Item #924571, $799.99 + tax
Some really scary reviews. Of most concern are those about vibration.
Of less concern are reports of only 73 and 84-88 bottle capacity for a 96 bottle cellar. In other words, much space lost if not cellaring solely standard 2.75” diameter Bordeaux bottles.
OTOH another reviewer stated: “By carefully placing bottles both forwards and backwards in the fridge we have fit over 100 NON-standard sized bottles (larger than bordeaux). The bottom rack is huge and fit 3 rows of bottles. The top rack is also oversized and is holding our magnums.”
By my calculations $848 ($799 + 6% tax) = $0.88 time value cost and of storing each bottle of 96 bottles of wine per year.