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2019-04-15 10:40:11 AM  
Hell yeah. I treat mine with the Coors Principle: Coldness from start to finish. You buy the wine that's farthest back in the cold case, that way it has been kept colder than the bottles up front near the door. Get it into your freezer as soon as you get home, if that's where you're drinking it, so it has a chance to get a little bit of slushiness. If you're heading out for the day, I suggest one of those Yeti knock-offs. With some ice cubes, it'll stay cold for hours.
 
2019-04-15 10:42:29 AM  
Had some bonus spiff points from work, and ordered one that holds 48 bottles.  It's mostly used to keep some sparkling wines my wife drinks, as well as some overflow for beer, mixers, etc.  I'm drinking mostly reds now, with a very rare beer (kicked most carbs to the curb last month).

About 6 months after it arrived, the thermostat went nuts and it froze everything inside.  One of the Prosecco bottles exploded, and made a huge mess.  Danby repaired it under warranty and sent me a $50 visa gift card for the lost booze, which was pretty nice, considering it was maybe a $10 bottle.

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2019-04-15 10:53:48 AM  
Nope. I do have a large closet under my porch that's been converted to a wine cellar, however. Its surrounded by soil on three sides, so it stays pretty cool.
 
2019-04-15 10:56:42 AM  
80 bottle wine refrigerator here.  And another 30 or 40 bottles on an overflow rack...
 
2019-04-15 11:00:24 AM  
Correction: 24 bottle capacity.  The hazards of caffeine-impaired posting..
 
2019-04-15 11:44:29 AM  
I have a cigar humidor that's essentially a wine cooler with different shelves.
 
2019-04-15 11:47:43 AM  
I think mine's like 28 bottles or so... but with dual-zone goodness. Reds stay 59, while whites, pinks and bubbly chill at 46. And it's built-in under the countertop, so it looks nice.
 
2019-04-15 11:58:57 AM  
Nope.  I've generally had a cellar where I live.  No need for a fridge when I can walk 40 feet to the cellar and choose from hundreds of bottles.
 
2019-04-15 11:59:02 AM  
Yes I do....smaller one, bought it at Costco.

nhdjoseywales: I have a cigar humidor that's essentially a wine cooler with different shelves.


Ah....a "cooler-dor".  I should get one at some point.  I have a really nice Diamond Crown desktop humidor, but I also have a bunch of cigars in plastic bags with humidification devices.....these ones:

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/Have two with a box of Montecristo #2s in each one.
 
2019-04-15 11:59:48 AM  

FrancoFile: Nope.  I've generally had a cellar where I live.  No need for a fridge when I can walk 40 feet to the cellar and choose from hundreds of bottles.



Username checks out.

/Wish I had a proper wine cellar.
 
2019-04-15 12:03:08 PM  

FrancoFile: Nope.  I've generally had a cellar where I live.  No need for a fridge when I can walk 40 feet to the cellar and choose from hundreds of bottles.


My dad converted the bomb shelter in his house in Geneva to a wine cellar. That's what most Swiss do.
 
2019-04-15 12:07:44 PM  
Nope.  My wine ages IN MAH BELLY.
 
2019-04-15 12:33:45 PM  

The_Sponge: Yes I do....smaller one, bought it at Costco.

nhdjoseywales: I have a cigar humidor that's essentially a wine cooler with different shelves.

Ah....a "cooler-dor".  I should get one at some point.  I have a really nice Diamond Crown desktop humidor, but I also have a bunch of cigars in plastic bags with humidification devices.....these ones:

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/Have two with a box of Montecristo #2s in each one.


I have a couple of regular humidors and i also used to do the plastic container with boveda packs thing. I got the coolerdor because it gets hot here in the summer and i fear beetles. i keep the cubans and opus x type stuff in it. i have a couple boxes of the #2 petit, had one last night for GoT, great smokes.
 
2019-04-15 12:33:48 PM  

FlashHarry: My dad converted the bomb shelter in his house in Geneva to a wine cellar. That's what most Swiss do.


Does everyone hang out in it and listen to Donald Fagen's New Frontier?
 
2019-04-15 12:35:13 PM  
Went to buy a table from a guy who was having a moving sale. Jokingly, I told him I'd give him $10 for his 55 bottle fridge. He agreed and here we are.
 
2019-04-15 12:36:24 PM  

markie_farkie: FlashHarry: My dad converted the bomb shelter in his house in Geneva to a wine cellar. That's what most Swiss do.

Does everyone hang out in it and listen to Donald Fagen's New Frontier?


Throwin' it back to 80s MTV.  Nice!

/I heard you're mad about Brubeck.
 
2019-04-15 01:02:15 PM  

nhdjoseywales: I have a couple of regular humidors and i also used to do the plastic container with boveda packs thing. I got the coolerdor because it gets hot here in the summer and i fear beetles. i keep the cubans and opus x type stuff in it. i have a couple boxes of the #2 petit, had one last night for GoT, great smokes.



Yeah buddy.  IIRC, I've never had a #2 petit.  Thankfully, I only had a tobacco beetle problem once....back in college.  A friend of mine who had gone on an overseas program brought one back for me.  One day, I opened my small humidor, and this beetle had burrowed out, and was proudly standing on top of that cigar.  I squished it, and then immediately killed his/her brothers and sisters by smoking it.

/Glad the embargo has been peeled back a little bit so I can fly home with a full box.
//One of those boxes of Monte #2s was given to me after my parents went to Cuba.
///Gave them some money and a cigar list....and they had a hard time finding a full box of #2s.
////Thankfully, they found one at a hotel's cigar shop during their last day in Havana.
 
2019-04-15 01:14:22 PM  
Sort of.  I call it a "basement."  And I currently have probably 350 to 400 bottles of wine down there.

My house is almost 100 years old, and it's one of the very small percentage of California homes with basement space (in this case, a small "quarter basement" perfect for storing wine, which is pretty much all I used it for).  Quite a number of homes in my early-1920s-vintage neighborhood have basements, but elsewhere in California they're quite rare.  Twelve months out of the year the temperature down there stays within about a 10 degree range; even on 100 degree days in the summer, the temperature almost never gets above the upper 60s, and on the coldest winter days it never goes below the upper 50s. I've kept some bottles down there for 15 years or more and when I've finally popped the cork, they've done quite nicely (assuming, obviously, that they're the kinds of wine that are age-worthy in the first place).
 
2019-04-15 01:31:28 PM  
Remodeled our kitchen in 2008 adding a 48 bottle wine fridge.

Spent a year searching for the right bottles to fill it. Once it reached max capacity in 2009, the wife and I were hip deep in Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels and Cabernets.

2010 I get diagnosed as pre-diabetic and my doctor's first instructions were "cut out alcohol but especially wine"...
 
2019-04-15 01:32:44 PM  
Best bottle of wine ever was a capped champagne bottle we found wedged in the
Floor joists in a basement in marin county, ca. We thought it was beer at first but it turned out to be an unmarked bottle of red wine, and man it was delicious.

No wine fridge here...
 
2019-04-15 01:43:04 PM  
We had a rather expensive one, but it crapped out twice.
I fixed it the first time, the second time it was unfixable.
Very frustrating.
Now we just use a much cheaper dorm fridge, and I built a custom wood rack for it.
Gets MUCH colder, and easier to repair/replace.
The trick is to check depth and door clearance.
 
2019-04-15 01:43:32 PM  
We bought an N'Finity 170 bottle dual zone cooler in 2012. The cooling system failed about 18 months later. We had it repaired; that fix lasted about 9-10 months. The company that repaired it now says they do commercial only. It's now a wine storage cabinet. This particular unit gets a whopping one star review on Amazon.

Before we moved from NH to CA, I used to store the wine under the stairs - like FlashHarry's under-porch closet, it was below grade and stayed reasonably temperature stable. I wish we had a basement option here.
 
2019-04-15 02:34:42 PM  
We have a wine fridge in the kitchen for white wines.  It's directly under the Guinness fridge in the kitchen.  It's primarily a Guinness fridge because for some reason it really doesn't get very cold, only around 41 F.  A good serving temp for Guinness, but I like most beer colder.  So for cold beer we have the minifridge under the bar in the back room.  Or cold beer on tap from the kegerator/beermeister.  But yes, we have a wine fridge.  And wine racks for red wines, since Mrs. Rufus likes her reds at room temperature.

\ we like beer
\\ and wine
/ and whiskey
 
2019-04-15 02:43:50 PM  

markie_farkie: Had some bonus spiff points from work, and ordered one that holds 48 bottles.  It's mostly used to keep some sparkling wines my wife drinks, as well as some overflow for beer, mixers, etc.  I'm drinking mostly reds now, with a very rare beer (kicked most carbs to the curb last month).

About 6 months after it arrived, the thermostat went nuts and it froze everything inside.  One of the Prosecco bottles exploded, and made a huge mess.  Danby repaired it under warranty and sent me a $50 visa gift card for the lost booze, which was pretty nice, considering it was maybe a $10 bottle.

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Is that Zing Zang's margarita mix?  I LOVE their bloody mary mix.
 
2019-04-15 02:45:28 PM  

Cyberluddite: Sort of.  I call it a "basement."  And I currently have probably 350 to 400 bottles of wine down there.

My house is almost 100 years old, and it's one of the very small percentage of California homes with basement space (in this case, a small "quarter basement" perfect for storing wine, which is pretty much all I used it for).  Quite a number of homes in my early-1920s-vintage neighborhood have basements, but elsewhere in California they're quite rare.  Twelve months out of the year the temperature down there stays within about a 10 degree range; even on 100 degree days in the summer, the temperature almost never gets above the upper 60s, and on the coldest winter days it never goes below the upper 50s. I've kept some bottles down there for 15 years or more and when I've finally popped the cork, they've done quite nicely (assuming, obviously, that they're the kinds of wine that are age-worthy in the first place).


Your basement probably housed the original coal fired furnace. Is there any remnants of a coal bin or shoot?
 
2019-04-15 02:54:50 PM  

markie_farkie: Does everyone hang out in it and listen to Donald Fagen's New Frontier?


No, but will you introduce me to that big blonde? She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld.
 
2019-04-15 03:03:42 PM  

FlashHarry: She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld.


I can see why she was held in such high regard after GISing her..
 
2019-04-15 03:04:21 PM  

LL316: Is that Zing Zang's margarita mix?  I LOVE their bloody mary mix.


Both are in there.. The Bloody Mary mix is behind it.
 
2019-04-15 03:05:40 PM  

max_pooper: Cyberluddite: Sort of.  I call it a "basement."  And I currently have probably 350 to 400 bottles of wine down there.

My house is almost 100 years old, and it's one of the very small percentage of California homes with basement space (in this case, a small "quarter basement" perfect for storing wine, which is pretty much all I used it for).  Quite a number of homes in my early-1920s-vintage neighborhood have basements, but elsewhere in California they're quite rare.  Twelve months out of the year the temperature down there stays within about a 10 degree range; even on 100 degree days in the summer, the temperature almost never gets above the upper 60s, and on the coldest winter days it never goes below the upper 50s. I've kept some bottles down there for 15 years or more and when I've finally popped the cork, they've done quite nicely (assuming, obviously, that they're the kinds of wine that are age-worthy in the first place).

Your basement probably housed the original coal fired furnace. Is there any remnants of a coal bin or shoot?


No.  Coal heat was never a thing in California, I don't think--some old houses originally had oil heat, but I've never seen one with evidence of coal heat.  I'm pretty sure my house has always had gas heat, and then A/C was added sometime later.  About half of the houses in my neighborhood were built with small basements for storage (like mine), and some happen to have water heaters and/or furnaces down there too, but mine doesn't--my water heater is in the utility room upstairs, and my gas furnace is in the crawlspace next to the basement.
 
2019-04-15 03:16:40 PM  

markie_farkie: FlashHarry: She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld.

I can see why she was held in such high regard after GISing her..


Several years after she was most popular, in the 1980s when she was no longer a young star, in the comedy "Serial" with Martin Mull she played a Marin County MILF housewife, and as I recall showed off her boobs in that movie.  I don't know how old she was at the time (early 40s maybe?), but was still a very attractive woman:

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2019-04-15 03:35:26 PM  
I have a 56 bottle wine cellar in the kitchen, the other 600+ bottles are stored in an offsite cellar.

Note: if you are going to store wine offsite, make sure you update your home insurance policy to cover it. My cellar was hit by the Esquin thieves here in Seattle a few years back and insurance paid out in 2 weeks.
 
2019-04-15 04:08:12 PM  
We have a 40 something bottle fridge. It has mostly big reds, cabs a few pinots.
We let our home collection go down just because we live in a great wine area. It's fun to go to the grocery store and pick out something new.
 
2019-04-15 05:57:41 PM  
My parents got me one for a Christmas present a few years ago.  I guess you're supposed to drink red wine chilled.

I prefer it room temp and don't drink white.

Anyone wanna buy one for $50?
 
2019-04-15 06:00:37 PM  
I used to love a good cigar and a glass of Malbec on a Sunday afternoon.  No more.

fark heartburn
 
2019-04-15 06:09:16 PM  
I keep my wine in a boz like a philistine, thank you very much.
 
2019-04-15 06:19:09 PM  

Diamond Joe Biden: I keep my wine in a boz like a philistine, thank you very much.


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2019-04-15 06:48:51 PM  

FlashHarry: Nope. I do have a large closet under my porch that's been converted to a wine cellar, however. Its surrounded by soil on three sides, so it stays pretty cool.


Lucky bastard. Where I live no one has basements or even cellars. Soil's too rocky, so they say.
 
2019-04-15 08:09:24 PM  

Diamond Joe Biden: I keep my wine in a boz like a philistine, thank you very much.


*box
Damn it Swype!
 
2019-04-15 08:49:05 PM  
If you're storing a couple dozen bottles at home and won't drink them within the month, definitely consider a wine fridge.

So... no, then.
 
2019-04-15 08:49:55 PM  

badcommand: Note: if you are going to store wine offsite


I do that, but I call it a liquor store. The retrieval fees are pretty hefty, though.
 
2019-04-15 08:53:35 PM  
No.

I keep whites in the beer fridge, which I keep around 50, it works reasonably well for both.  The reds do well enough in the corner cabinet, it rarely gets over 65 or below 58 in there.  It wasn't really designed to do that, just a happy accident of the kitchen ventilation.

And I'm not a collector, I rarely have more than a few dozen bottles.
 
2019-04-15 11:08:32 PM  
I have a wine chiller. I use it for making sauerkraut.
 
kab
2019-04-16 12:34:15 AM  
Nope.  Reds at room temp, and it never lasts long enough to age.  I dont care for white wine at all
 
2019-04-16 06:57:20 AM  

The_Sponge: nhdjoseywales: I have a couple of regular humidors and i also used to do the plastic container with boveda packs thing. I got the coolerdor because it gets hot here in the summer and i fear beetles. i keep the cubans and opus x type stuff in it. i have a couple boxes of the #2 petit, had one last night for GoT, great smokes.


Yeah buddy.  IIRC, I've never had a #2 petit.  Thankfully, I only had a tobacco beetle problem once....back in college.  A friend of mine who had gone on an overseas program brought one back for me.  One day, I opened my small humidor, and this beetle had burrowed out, and was proudly standing on top of that cigar.  I squished it, and then immediately killed his/her brothers and sisters by smoking it.

/Glad the embargo has been peeled back a little bit so I can fly home with a full box.
//One of those boxes of Monte #2s was given to me after my parents went to Cuba.
///Gave them some money and a cigar list....and they had a hard time finding a full box of #2s.
////Thankfully, they found one at a hotel's cigar shop during their last day in Havana.


The Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa has some great cigar shops. My dear old departed dad used to smoke cigars (I think his favorites were Royal Jamaicans and 10 Downing St., if memory serves). Most women loathe the cigar smell, but I love it because it reminds me of my father.
 
2019-04-16 09:15:04 AM  

Thosw: Went to buy a table from a guy who was having a moving sale. Jokingly, I told him I'd give him $10 for his 55 bottle fridge. He agreed and here we are.


I have a similar story. My wife was looking for a wine fridge on a neighborhood forum, and found this rich person who was remodeling their kitchen. Well the handles on their nice wine fridge just didn't match the new appliances, so OF COURSE it had to go. They were asking next to nothing for it. My wife wanted to see if  sparkling bottles fit properly in it so she took a local bottle (that we had received as a gift) with her. The woman said she loved that winery and basically just traded the fridge for the bottle of wine.
 
2019-04-16 12:48:13 PM  
Yes, it holds 50 bottles, though it mostly stays under 20 or so. We love our wine fridge and we love our wine.
 
2019-04-16 01:15:24 PM  
Mine is turning into a wine/liquor/champagne fridge
 
2019-04-16 01:37:59 PM  
my buddy Terry has a huge wine fridge like this plus a temp controlled cellar.
for a quarter million dollar wine collection.
me I won't pay more than $20

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