How do you store your wine [+ Fridge/Cabinet recommendations]

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Costco have one currently which is a decent price
 

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Anyone got any thoughts or experiences with this big boy?

I used to have one when I lived in an apartment. Very happy with it. Only got rid of it because I moved and had built a proper cellar.

Do you have any specific questions/concerns?

I was really happy with mine. It's whisper quiet, barely uses any electricity and is about as big as you can get. Obviously not the most anaesthetically pleasing fridge, but not too ugly either. Realistically, you're not going to get the stated number of bottles in. That number assumes all standard sized Bordeaux bottles.

The only downside (and really would apply to any fridge of this style) is accessibility. When almost full and you want that bottle that happens to be towards the bottom on the back, you need to pull out a lot of bottles to get to it. So pack is strategically and use something like www.cellartracker.com to keep note of which shelf your bottles are on.

They seem to retain their value too. When I no longer needed mine, I managed to sell it for about 65% of what I paid for it.
 
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I used to have one when I lived in an apartment. Very happy with it. Only got rid of it because I moved and had built a proper cellar.

Do you have any specific questions/concerns?

I was really happy with mine. It's whisper quiet, barely uses any electricity and is about as big as you can get. Obviously not the most anaesthetically pleasing fridge, but not too ugly either. Realistically, you're not going to get the stated number of bottles in. That number assumes all standard sized Bordeaux bottles.

The only downside (and really would apply to any fridge of this style) is accessibility. When almost full and you want that bottle that happens to be towards the bottom on the back, you need to pull out a lot of bottles to get to it. So pack is strategically and use something like www.cellartracker.com to keep note of which shelf your bottles are on.

They seem to retain their value too. When I no longer needed mine, I managed to sell it for about 65% of what I paid for it.
Hey thank you for the thorough write up. I didn't have any concerns was just hoping to get some positive feed back. Seems to hit the right price size ratio and given it's not going to be on display the athestics aren't as important. I'll let you know how I get on. The hardest task was clearing it with the Mrs
 

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For those of you who do store it at home not in a wine fridge, how do you keep it cool, just insulation or do you actually run a dedicated AC in there
Ideally you would have a cellar refridgeration system, as AC only cools to 16 and unless you are only drinking red it's not really cool enough to cellar wine long term (but still better than nothing).
I personally keep my cellar at 12 as I'm not worried if it takes a bit longer to reach it's peak.
Once you have a 500 to 1000 bottles I found that was the break even on moving out of wine storage companies due to cost $3 per bottle per year).
Obviously insulation is good and a position where temperature fluctuation are less.
Wine fridges are good if you have less bottles, but a 234 bottle Vintec will set you back 7 to 9 k hence why a cellar system looks good if you have the space.
In the end it will come down to dollars.
 

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My collection of about 600 bottles (mostly McLaren Vale) Shiraz with 10 years cellaring potential (I buy nothing else) is stored in a disused car maintenance pit in my garage. It is about 2M deep x 1M wide x 6M long with two carefully spaced reo' mesh sheets on one wall which the bottle just fit into and it's covered with 100mm thick timber and insulation. I keep 2 dozen in the pantry for immediate consumption and replace as consumed. This method allows me to keep wine for 5-10 years and be only drinking perfectly aged Shiraz - it's so worthwhile and rewarding.
 

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I ended up getting this one, had it for a few years now and no issues. Its really big and barely fits through an internal door in the house and not the best color but I love it.

Plenty of space inside and very quiet.
You are not wrong. I got one delivered on Saturday and there was about 1mm of clearance getting it inside the room. Your other observations are correct. It is massive and an interesting colour.
 

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You are not wrong. I got one delivered on Saturday and there was about 1mm of clearance getting it inside the room. Your other observations are correct. It is massive and an interesting colour.
You can get it wrapped to make the outside black or match the room although ours is now in the lounge and strangely goes quite well with the wood dining table etc...
 

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People I know were putting an extension on their house. Decided to dig a big hole in the ground during construction and voila! One big underground cellar.
 
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