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After reading all the issues with various wine cellars, the question I have is why is EuroCave so much more than a Vinotemp?
I went to WE and found the EuroCave products. They are very nice and expensive!
At Costco.com, you can get a Vinotemp 450 bottle cellar delivered for $3800 while a 220 bottle Eurocave costs over $4000 delivered.
Any help in this area is welcome as I have already outgrown 2 seperate under-the-counter wine units.
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I’m looking into getting a vinotemp also. From what ive seen they look to be decent for the money. It will do the job until I move into a home and built a proper cellar.

Will they last 5+ years? I have no idea, and that’s not a concern for me. I’m upgrading mine to the winemate2500 and getting the extra insulation.
Kwak12r: There are a lot of posts about choosing a wine unit and discussing the different brands. Just do a search and you will get plenty of hits.
You mentioned the 220-bottle Eurocave, but I would suggest looking into the Eurocave Comfort 260 if you need a unit of that size. It is almost half the price of the Performance 220 (just doesn't have a lot of the extras, which I personally do not believe most people need). I purchased one this summer and have been very happy with it. Be sure to haggle with the sales people as well and be on the lookout for free shipping offers.
Also, buy bigger than you think you need. Good luck with the search!
My biggest beef with Vinotemp is the ridiculous label scraping racking. If you buy a new one, get the larger racking.

My Vinotheque with universal wood racking is sooo much better than my Vinotemp. As for the argument that you lose capacity with larger racking, what good is capacity if you need to use a rubber mallet to put bottles in and a winch to pull bottles out unless they're bordeaux style bottles.
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
My biggest beef with Vinotemp is the ridiculous label scraping racking. If you buy a new one, get the larger racking.

My Vinotheque with universal wood racking is sooo much better than my Vinotemp. As for the argument that you lose capacity with larger racking, what good is capacity if you need to use a rubber mallet to put bottles in and a winch to pull bottles out unless they're bordeaux style bottles.


Wise words GA. Vinotemp is great if you like Bordeaux, but next to useless if you like Pinot or Chard.
Next time round I'm definitely getting the wider racks.
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
My biggest beef with Vinotemp is the ridiculous label scraping racking. If you buy a new one, get the larger racking.




This is true. The "Bordeaux" racking in the Vinotemp does get caught on the labels and scrape and scuff them sometimes. If I were Vitotemp, I would offer a rubber/ plastic coating on the ends of the racking as an option. I will add them to mine at some point myself. That will solve that problem. I don't take them in and out enough to be motivated to do this asap. Cool I have had it about 5 years now.



Now let me tell you why I love my Vinotemp and why its better than the others. Because I ordered it from Vinotemp directly. So I designed my own racking. I have 4 rows of Burgundy bottles, spaces for magnums, and the rest Bordeaux bottles. The larger openings are nice for Pinots and Syrahs. Even Champange fits with lots of space. Also, being all wood it keeps the humidity up in a dry climate.

I also deleted the windows. I dont need to see the capsules of my wine to know I have it. I would rather it be light proof and not run as much because no light can get in. I know people say it's thermopane glass, UV etc, but I have never seen a window in a cave....

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