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post #15721 of 18228
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Nope, I don't have one. Been stalling for a long time. Don't really know why. I guess because I keep hearing mixed reviews on most of them. The ones people like are crazy expensive.

i found shopping for one to be a pain in the ass. For some reason they were all too big, or too small, or right size but weird in shape, or perfect in all aspects but $$$$$, etc.

i settled with a 35 bottle or so fridge from Crate and Barrel that was like $350 that was delivered that day for a few bucks more.
post #15722 of 18228
Yeah, I was considering a smaller Wine Enthusiast one, however I hear that the most common gripe about the sub $1k fridges is that they crap out after a year.
post #15723 of 18228
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Yeah, I was considering a smaller Wine Enthusiast one, however I hear that the most common gripe about the sub $1k fridges is that they crap out after a year.
I have had a Franklin (a brand I never heard of) for ten years. I paid about 1K for it and have never had a problem with it. It's not fancy, holds about ten cases of wine, has a glass door, wire racks that don't really slide in and out easily, but it's been functional and been a huge asset for me, especially when I lived in Louisiana for three years. It's now sitting in my basement, mostly empty as I use it for overflow for my cellar. I'm not sure a wine storage cabinet, unless you live somewhere that gets really hot for long periods of time, and you own a bunch of really expensive long agers, is really something to be overthought. That said, I have also been drinking, so discount whatever I say. Also, I am on vacation, which is why I am drinking in the middle of the day. Drunk. Sorry.
post #15724 of 18228
excellent post!
post #15725 of 18228
Well, the idea for me is that I would totally buy some wines specifically to age, but I don't want it to crap out on me. Also a 10 case wine fridge is way too large for the shoebox that I live in. I am thinking like a 2 or 3 case fridge.
post #15726 of 18228
the intent of my fridge is not to age wines, per se, but to put some age on them.


does that make sense? Basically, not looking for it to maintain 10-15+ year wines. But within 5 or 6.
post #15727 of 18228
That's basically what I want.
post #15728 of 18228
PB- way back in this thread you'll find me shopping for one as well and what I bought.

Search for scratch and dent because a huge percentage of them get a MINOR ding in the grating at the very bottom front that you will never notice. I had my pick of several and got it for about 1/2 price new. A few hundred bucks. It's held steady temp ever since. No problems at all. I got a "Wine Chiller" that is one of those Enthusiast brands you mentioned. holds 10-12 cases, wood racks that slide out. Biggest issue as it is with all of these, is that rack space isn't great for burgundy bottles that are a little wider. They fit on a couple of shelves but most are too close. I've got maybe 70 bottles at the moment with room for many more.
post #15729 of 18228
Thanks for the tip, I will check out the scratch an dents.
post #15730 of 18228
I got a brand new, but scratched vinotemp off ebay for like $250 (including shipping) a couple of years ago. Granted, it died on me last summer, but still...
post #15731 of 18228
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First foray into old wines, won them at the auction. Very unusual and very fragile. The bottle once opened needs to be consumed , no decanting, no saving for later, else the wine oxidize into tarry liquid. But it is very complex and enjoyable in a matter of one evening.
Will definitely repeat.
post #15732 of 18228
Had a glass of this at a wine bar (photo not mine--found on the interwebz):



Was billed as a funky natural wine. I was mildly interested at first but, frankly, had a hard time finishing my glass. Kind of a mess. If this is what natural wine is like, I'm all for artifice and manipulation.
post #15733 of 18228
Pedro Ximenez - so good. Worth the diabetes.
post #15734 of 18228
Talking about the Solera? Yeah I like to drink a glass of it, then pour another half glass over some ice cream for dessert, and then drink another glass. Basically a full meal. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #15735 of 18228
The dry stuff is good too.
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