Hey everyone...Glad to be here!
Have been interested in wine for a number of years, but finally decided to start really learning about it instead of just blindly drinking it (though there was always great joy in the blinding drinking also!). Took my first trip to the Napa Valley last week and fell in love...suprisingly reminded me of summers on my grandfather's farm in Ohio...go figure!
Purchased a number of bottles ranging from Cabarnets to Viogners, that are now stored in a cool dark linen closet in my hallway. Because I live in an upper apartment in the San Fernando Valley, however, it promises to get quite warm at times during the summer...oh sometimes 85-95 degrees (when the air isn't on)! So I thought I might purchase a small affordable wine cooler/cellar for my apartment so that I don't fry some of my lovely purchases from Napa...and don't fry any of my wine in the future.
Both space and money are an issue. Thinking of a 24-36 bottle unit (I know bigger is better, so I'll aim for the 36). Since I live in So. California, I live fairly close to some manufacturers/dealers and thought I would just pick it up my self to save on shipping.
Any thoughts on these smaller units? Vinotemp is located fairly close to me...so is Westside Wine Cellars. Both have scratch & dent models available at very reasonable prices(purchasing for function, not looks). The names for the smaller units I have seen are Vinotemp, Avanti, Sanyo, Danby, Haier...any thoughts on any of these (Target, Costco, Home Depot, etc.). They are all the smaller glass door refrigeration units. I think the scratch & dent models currently available are all Vinotemps.
My purchases have not been too lofty...ave. $18-$35 per bottle. But I think because of the temperature situation in my residence, a small unit might be advisable.
Any bad choices out there? Anything to look out for? I read through the forum entries on home wine cellars and found most dealt with larger more sophisticated units...any help for newbie me would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks very much for your time!