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The Official Wine Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by audiophilia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    I think 'dorm style' ones are totally fine. Most of my NYC friends use these with little trouble. Others I know with more money have either the larger units or rent out space for storage - both pay dearly.
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Too young, naturally, but really nice.
     


  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    I was thinking of getting one of those Monogram undercounter wine chillers. They look really nice on their website, but I have been wondering if I have to put it under my counter. I was thinking I could replace the current wine rack under my minibar with the chiller.
     


  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Chelsea wine cellar?
     


  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Was that a cellar dive or did you just buy it?
     


  6. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Cellar. Bought on release whenever that was. M tends to hold their wines longer than anyone else in Napa (along with Heitz) so probably bought in 2001.
     


  7. dhc905

    dhc905 Distinguished Member

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    I did quite a bit of research on wine fridges and for a $1,000 or so I thought U-Line was very presentable. I picked up a Wine Captain 1075 (their cheapest 40+ bottle capacity fridge) in stainless and it looks beautiful. There's a large premium to pay if you want under-counter capability because the cheap and easy cooling systems don't work unless there's plenty of ventilation - and even then I find they're pretty shitty.

    In the SF tradition, I called the U-Line Factory located in Milwaukee and they sold me their $1,400 1075 for $400, cash and carry. You could basically get any of their models for 30% of retail by calling the factory and offering to pick it up from Milwaukee.

    http://www.u-line.com/products/category/?pc_id=2
     
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  8. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    I have this one. Vino-Temp, 58 bottle capacity. Front-ventilation so you can mount it under the counter. It works great. Some variation in temp, but not too bad (2 degrees or so). I mainly use mine for the stock that I'm going to drink relatively soon and keep my long-term sleepers in an offsite storage locker anyway. This website has it for $857 with free shipping so right in your wheelhouse cost-wise.

    http://www.csnstores.com/Vinotemp-M...k-Matte-Finish-and-Front-Venting-VIN1107.html
     
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  9. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Distinguished Member

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    Vinotemp has a couple of scratch and dents around 150 bottle that look interesting. This will be down in the basement so looks don't bother me.

    Thanks for all the feedback.
     


  10. dhc905

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    Yeah mine will be noticeable, so I really wanted the wood bottle holders that slide out. The U-Line is a very nice looking fridge and doesn't hurt that it's designed and made in the USA.
     


  11. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    I got a 12 Vinotemp bottle that had cosmetic scratches for $150 shipped. Like you, the scratches don't bother me at all since they are cosmetic and my fridge isn't a display piece. I'm more than happy with it, although my vinotemp has given me a couple of bouts of trouble in the 2 years I've had it.
     


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  13. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    I would totally do were it not for the bitch that is shipping
     


  14. audiophilia

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    Ho hum.

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  15. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    the NY Times did a blind tasting of NorCal Sauv Blancs.
     


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