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#1 Post by William Gladstone » July 13th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Sorry to trouble folks,
I've changed the headline, and body of the message, not sure if that is HOYLE?

I see so many people recommend VINOTEMP or Euro Cave, and folks have referred me to purchase at COSTCO,
which is excellent. If I can get the local Hawaii store to supply .
Before I do move forward - I wonder what folks will suggest.
Short term I'm thinking a single unit 100 - 200/btls..

I do appreciate your taking the time to share your experience.
Any thoughts which brand to go for.


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#2 Post by NED VALOIS » July 13th, 2019, 7:57 pm

Bill,
Go Eurocave !

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#3 Post by William Gladstone » July 13th, 2019, 8:35 pm

thank you,
I am much too frugal for my own good,
I think when my number is called I'll get to take my money with me
where ever it is I'm going to - very bad way I live my life

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#4 Post by julianseersmartin » July 13th, 2019, 9:05 pm

Do not go Vinotemp - the general feedback on their units and customer service is appalling. I recently bought a CellarPro as a replacement and was bowled over by the quality. Having got to know the insides of my vinotemp extensively during several attempts at self-repair, it's clear that CellarPros have a far superior build quality. Biggest step change is the humidity - the cellarpro controls it really well.

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#5 Post by William Gladstone » July 13th, 2019, 10:13 pm

thank you
I thought many people encouraged me to go for Vinotemp
and now I will avoid
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#6 Post by NED VALOIS » July 13th, 2019, 10:21 pm

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#7 Post by William Gladstone » July 13th, 2019, 10:37 pm

good wisdom,
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#8 Post by Bruce Rudman » July 13th, 2019, 10:54 pm

If you buy Vinotemp through Costco it can be returned at any time. If you’re in Hawaii see what the local warehouse sells. You cannot go wrong with that.
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#9 Post by William Gladstone » July 13th, 2019, 10:59 pm

ok... and it appears no one has purchased this Hisense unit...
I was at LOWES YESTERDAy and a woman was leaving with the unit and I saw it also on line at Costco and other stores at such a reasonable price..
I've no idea if I should go for a small unit - 60 - 100 /bt, or 200 bt.
my office is less than 5 minutes away with 2,000 cases and my former walk -in cellar locked with the expensive wines.
so it is for the home... and to keep some drinking wines and some bottles that will go out as tasting samples for appointments

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#10 Post by mike pobega » July 14th, 2019, 3:24 am

Eurocave. I have been buying since they first hit these shores in about 1981
As a matter of fact, THAT first unit is still in use in my buddy's garage. It only had one compressor change in about 1995. 28 years and that ain't so bad!

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#11 Post by YLee » July 14th, 2019, 4:46 am

Hisense is a low quality Chinese international company. If you are storing not so expensive wines for very short term, you could consider it. I look at it like buying a high end car but maintaining it with cheap parts. I would just pay more for peace of mind. Look into their customer service and warranty. I would also buy an accurate thermometer and see if you are getting accurate temperature and also temp isnt fluctuating too much and often. I use one that logs temp and humidity data.

One more thing. Since I don't know where you are planning to keep this cooler. Low end products can be noisy. Something to think about.
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#12 Post by William Gladstone » July 14th, 2019, 10:54 am

THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!
THAT Unit IS not for me. I cannot thank you enough.
The cooling unit will go in my condo which after 38 years of living in homes,
I am now in an air condition apartment.
Thank you again.

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#13 Post by John J » July 15th, 2019, 11:06 am

William Gladstone wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 10:54 am
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!
THAT Unit IS not for me. I cannot thank you enough.
The cooling unit will go in my condo which after 38 years of living in homes,
I am now in an air condition apartment.
Thank you again.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=29900&hilit=Vinotemp

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#14 Post by lleichtman » July 15th, 2019, 1:02 pm

I have two mid-size Eurocaves one bought in 2000 and one in 2010. Neither one has needed any maintenance. Run like a charm.
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#15 Post by Jason T » July 15th, 2019, 7:01 pm

John J wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 11:06 am
William Gladstone wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 10:54 am
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!
THAT Unit IS not for me. I cannot thank you enough.
The cooling unit will go in my condo which after 38 years of living in homes,
I am now in an air condition apartment.
Thank you again.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=29900&hilit=Vinotemp


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Thread can pretty much be locked at this point...
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#16 Post by RachelB » July 16th, 2019, 12:18 pm

please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We checked three bottles and all were cooked. Customer service has been appalling - its out of warranty, yes but no apology that their high end product destroyed the product we bought it to protect.
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#17 Post by William Gladstone » July 16th, 2019, 12:45 pm

Thank you for your caring. I've now heard this story quite a bit and on the other side several people have been kind enough to assure me that the investment in EUROCAVE is the way to go.... I'm fortunate to have so many informed caring people .. I have decided to purchase the EUROCAVE AND need to find out the best way how in the local market,
many thanks
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#18 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » July 16th, 2019, 3:32 pm

RachelB wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 12:18 pm
please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We checked three bottles and all were cooked. Customer service has been appalling - its out of warranty, yes but no apology that their high end product destroyed the product we bought it to protect.
No way I trust one of these units in a garage, vino temp or no vino temp.

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#19 Post by RachelB » July 16th, 2019, 8:13 pm

Tom - it was specifically built for the garage by Vino Temp.
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#20 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » July 17th, 2019, 6:21 am

RachelB wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Tom - it was specifically built for the garage by Vino Temp.
But is there redundancy built in? If it fails in summer and you don’t know it, you’re out of luck as you well know.

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#21 Post by RachelB » July 18th, 2019, 11:33 am

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 6:21 am
RachelB wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Tom - it was specifically built for the garage by Vino Temp.
But is there redundancy built in? If it fails in summer and you don’t know it, you’re out of luck as you well know.
Yep, we learned the hard way. Now debating if its worth the price to fix...
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#22 Post by brigcampbell » July 18th, 2019, 11:49 am

RachelB wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 12:18 pm
please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We checked three bottles and all were cooked. Customer service has been appalling - its out of warranty, yes but no apology that their high end product destroyed the product we bought it to protect.
No way the wine is bad at 84 degrees. I have a passive cellar, hall closet really, in southern California and it gets over 80 all the time in the summer. No problem

Vinotemp? Yes, they are the worst company on the planet

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#23 Post by RickieM » July 18th, 2019, 12:38 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 11:49 am


No way the wine is bad at 84 degrees. I have a passive cellar, hall closet really, in southern California and it gets over 80 all the time in the summer. No problem
Out of curiosity, what is the temperature range you get in that closet cellar? The coolest passive place I have in my house is under the bed in the bedroom away from direct sun but even then I'm too paranoid to ever store any wine there in the summer. I'm in the hot San Gabriel Valley.
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#24 Post by brigcampbell » July 18th, 2019, 12:53 pm

RickieM wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:38 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 11:49 am


No way the wine is bad at 84 degrees. I have a passive cellar, hall closet really, in southern California and it gets over 80 all the time in the summer. No problem
Out of curiosity, what is the temperature range you get in that closet cellar? The coolest passive place I have in my house is under the bed in the bedroom away from direct sun but even then I'm too paranoid to ever store any wine there in the summer. I'm in the hot San Gabriel Valley.
For reference: I live in Mission Viejo so it can get hot. And... my wife doesn't use the air conditioner. Ever. No true, when it gets over 100 then I'll pop it on for a few hours. I really need a whole house fan but I digress...

Closet is smack in the center of the house at the end of a narrow secluded hallway with a bathroom. It's definitely the coolest place in the house because there's never direct sunlight and there's a stone floor on the concrete slab. Winters, don't use the heater either... But it never gets below 50 in the house or I'll put the fireplace on.

i have a thermostat right next to the closet so I see the temperature all the time, it'll be above 75 for months at a time like in August and September. I'll check on it tonight and report back in.

I don't store stuff longer than about 10-12 years, I have some California cab in there from 05 but that's the older IIRC.

I think, no I know, that people think wine is way more delicate than it really is. Look at all the wine shops that aren't 58 degrees, why aren't all those bottles bad?

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#25 Post by RachelB » July 18th, 2019, 2:21 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 11:49 am
RachelB wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 12:18 pm
please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We checked three bottles and all were cooked. Customer service has been appalling - its out of warranty, yes but no apology that their high end product destroyed the product we bought it to protect.
No way the wine is bad at 84 degrees. I have a passive cellar, hall closet really, in southern California and it gets over 80 all the time in the summer. No problem

Vinotemp? Yes, they are the worst company on the planet
Brig - I am hoping you are right. A friend is lending us his Coravin to test out some of our other bottles.
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#26 Post by RickieM » July 18th, 2019, 5:27 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:53 pm
RickieM wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:38 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 11:49 am


No way the wine is bad at 84 degrees. I have a passive cellar, hall closet really, in southern California and it gets over 80 all the time in the summer. No problem
Out of curiosity, what is the temperature range you get in that closet cellar? The coolest passive place I have in my house is under the bed in the bedroom away from direct sun but even then I'm too paranoid to ever store any wine there in the summer. I'm in the hot San Gabriel Valley.
For reference: I live in Mission Viejo so it can get hot. And... my wife doesn't use the air conditioner. Ever. No true, when it gets over 100 then I'll pop it on for a few hours. I really need a whole house fan but I digress...

Closet is smack in the center of the house at the end of a narrow secluded hallway with a bathroom. It's definitely the coolest place in the house because there's never direct sunlight and there's a stone floor on the concrete slab. Winters, don't use the heater either... But it never gets below 50 in the house or I'll put the fireplace on.

i have a thermostat right next to the closet so I see the temperature all the time, it'll be above 75 for months at a time like in August and September. I'll check on it tonight and report back in.

I don't store stuff longer than about 10-12 years, I have some California cab in there from 05 but that's the older IIRC.

I think, no I know, that people think wine is way more delicate than it really is. Look at all the wine shops that aren't 58 degrees, why aren't all those bottles bad?
Thanks. I've wondered about that last question you posed, when people find a "treasure" at a wine shop, something that has been sitting there for a long time. The shop is a lot warmer than cellar temp, yet so often the reports are of how good the wine was. Or shops that have a lot of wines on display right by a window that gets sun during the day.
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#27 Post by brigcampbell » July 18th, 2019, 5:42 pm

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#28 Post by Poppy Davis » July 18th, 2019, 6:09 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:53 pm
RickieM wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:38 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 11:49 am


No way the wine is bad at 84 degrees. I have a passive cellar, hall closet really, in southern California and it gets over 80 all the time in the summer. No problem
Out of curiosity, what is the temperature range you get in that closet cellar? The coolest passive place I have in my house is under the bed in the bedroom away from direct sun but even then I'm too paranoid to ever store any wine there in the summer. I'm in the hot San Gabriel Valley.
For reference: I live in Mission Viejo so it can get hot. And... my wife doesn't use the air conditioner. Ever. No true, when it gets over 100 then I'll pop it on for a few hours. I really need a whole house fan but I digress...

Closet is smack in the center of the house at the end of a narrow secluded hallway with a bathroom. It's definitely the coolest place in the house because there's never direct sunlight and there's a stone floor on the concrete slab. Winters, don't use the heater either... But it never gets below 50 in the house or I'll put the fireplace on.

i have a thermostat right next to the closet so I see the temperature all the time, it'll be above 75 for months at a time like in August and September. I'll check on it tonight and report back in.

I don't store stuff longer than about 10-12 years, I have some California cab in there from 05 but that's the older IIRC.

I think, no I know, that people think wine is way more delicate than it really is. Look at all the wine shops that aren't 58 degrees, why aren't all those bottles bad?
Just know that it would be VERY difficult to ever sell that wine. I'm sure you don't ever intend to sell it, but circumstances change and sometimes liquidating the wine is necessary.
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#29 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » July 18th, 2019, 6:23 pm

Poppy Davis wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 6:09 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:53 pm
RickieM wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:38 pm


Out of curiosity, what is the temperature range you get in that closet cellar? The coolest passive place I have in my house is under the bed in the bedroom away from direct sun but even then I'm too paranoid to ever store any wine there in the summer. I'm in the hot San Gabriel Valley.
For reference: I live in Mission Viejo so it can get hot. And... my wife doesn't use the air conditioner. Ever. No true, when it gets over 100 then I'll pop it on for a few hours. I really need a whole house fan but I digress...

Closet is smack in the center of the house at the end of a narrow secluded hallway with a bathroom. It's definitely the coolest place in the house because there's never direct sunlight and there's a stone floor on the concrete slab. Winters, don't use the heater either... But it never gets below 50 in the house or I'll put the fireplace on.

i have a thermostat right next to the closet so I see the temperature all the time, it'll be above 75 for months at a time like in August and September. I'll check on it tonight and report back in.

I don't store stuff longer than about 10-12 years, I have some California cab in there from 05 but that's the older IIRC.

I think, no I know, that people think wine is way more delicate than it really is. Look at all the wine shops that aren't 58 degrees, why aren't all those bottles bad?
Just know that it would be VERY difficult to ever sell that wine. I'm sure you don't ever intend to sell it, but circumstances change and sometimes liquidating the wine is necessary.
Not a lot there to sell. Now we know why Brig doesn’t need to post in the cellar reduction thread.

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#30 Post by lleichtman » July 19th, 2019, 10:53 pm

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 3:32 pm
RachelB wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 12:18 pm
please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We checked three bottles and all were cooked. Customer service has been appalling - its out of warranty, yes but no apology that their high end product destroyed the product we bought it to protect.
No way I trust one of these units in a garage, vino temp or no vino temp.
One of my best friends keeps his 800 bottle side by side Eurocave in his garage in Eldorado NM. Garage has a swamp cooler but it still gets hot in there. He's had them in there for 10 years without issue. A Vinotemp, however dies in an air conditioned house. Stay away from Vinotemp.
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#31 Post by William Gladstone » July 19th, 2019, 11:58 pm

lleichtman wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 3:32 pm
RachelB wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 12:18 pm
please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We checked three bottles and all were cooked. Customer service has been appalling - its out of warranty, yes but no apology that their high end product destroyed the product we bought it to protect.
No way I trust one of these units in a garage, vino temp or no vino temp.
One of my best friends keeps his 800 bottle side by side Eurocave in his garage in Eldorado NM. Garage has a swamp cooler but it still gets hot in there. He's had them in there for 10 years without issue. A Vinotemp, however dies in an air conditioned house. Stay away from Vinotemp.

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#32 Post by NED VALOIS » July 20th, 2019, 7:59 am

William,
Whatever you are thinking, get one size bigger !
That is the usual recommendations from all of us here !
Best of luck.
I have 3 Eurocaves (6' X 3' X3' , one is a "Confort Duo")) plus a 60 bottle under counter U-line in kitchen and a walk-in refrigerated cellar underground.
The Confort Duo (2 zone) is an expensive one, but I purchased it from a gentleman that had to give up wine for $1800. The others I bought new 10+ years ago.The U-line has been working well for 25+ years.

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#33 Post by William Gladstone » July 20th, 2019, 10:52 am

NED VALOIS wrote:
July 20th, 2019, 7:59 am
William,
Whatever you are thinking, get one size bigger !
That is the usual recommendations from all of us here !
Best of luck.
I have 3 Eurocaves (6' X 3' X3' , one is a "Confort Duo")) plus a 60 bottle under counter U-line in kitchen and a walk-in refrigerated cellar underground.
The Confort Duo (2 zone) is an expensive one, but I purchased it from a gentleman that had to give up wine for $1800. The others I bought new 10+ years ago.The U-line has been working well for 25+ years.
I find that line of thinking beyond my ability, less than a 5 minute drive from my home is my office/warehouse. WE have over 10,000 cases stored there and I do not feel permanent in my mind about my living space and any plans beyond when I would no longer be in my business. Till the day would come that I would stop being involved with my business.. Then my life would change so sharply..

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#34 Post by Chris D » July 22nd, 2019, 10:37 am

Just loaded a new ArteVino III last weekend (Costco purchase) and, per other's comments on here, it doesn't hold 200 bottles as configured from the factory. I was able to get ~175 in there with all of the original shelving in. This coming weekend I will probably remove two or three of the shelves to be able to accomodate piles of three high per shelf- effectively 30 bottles each. Hoping that will get me closer to the 200. Not too much of a problem fitting larger cab bottles, just had to use the front or back as burgundy shaped bottles to fit on a flat shelf - that said, once I remove the single-layer shelving this could be a moot point. Now the only problem is where other other 150 bottles plus fall allocations are going to go [scratch.gif] Also, the wooden pins to prevent shelves from pulling too far out are definitely not optimal, as also mentioned by others. I am not sure what the process to remove the shelves or relocating them to different heights will look like.
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Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

#35 Post by William Gladstone » July 22nd, 2019, 11:32 am

Chris D wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 10:37 am
Just loaded a new ArteVino III last weekend (Costco purchase) and, per other's comments on here, it doesn't hold 200 bottles as configured from the factory. I was able to get ~175 in there with all of the original shelving in. This coming weekend I will probably remove two or three of the shelves to be able to accomodate piles of three high per shelf- effectively 30 bottles each. Hoping that will get me closer to the 200. Not too much of a problem fitting larger cab bottles, just had to use the front or back as burgundy shaped bottles to fit on a flat shelf - that said, once I remove the single-layer shelving this could be a moot point. Now the only problem is where other other 150 bottles plus fall allocations are going to go [scratch.gif] Also, the wooden pins to prevent shelves from pulling too far out are definitely not optimal, as also mentioned by others. I am not sure what the process to remove the shelves or relocating them to different heights will look like.
According to what I have learned via people on this thread, ArteVino is ... the way it has been explained to me, (I apologize for offence if there is any),
EUROCAVE produces a line of wine storage units compared to LEXUS or the other lines under their name are like Toyota, the ArteVino brands are the TOYOTA, which I'm certain is very good.
Or the EUROCAVE is the Lexus, if I am mistaken then please correct me.
This is exactly the spot I am at this morning, wishing I can purchase EUROCAVE at COSTCO, but they do not sell that product.
The Artevino appears to be considerably lower in price than the EUROCAVE.
Hopefully a knowledgeable person will set this straight or concur.
Wg

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Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

#36 Post by Chris D » July 22nd, 2019, 12:27 pm

William Gladstone wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 11:32 am
Chris D wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 10:37 am
Just loaded a new ArteVino III last weekend (Costco purchase) and, per other's comments on here, it doesn't hold 200 bottles as configured from the factory. I was able to get ~175 in there with all of the original shelving in. This coming weekend I will probably remove two or three of the shelves to be able to accomodate piles of three high per shelf- effectively 30 bottles each. Hoping that will get me closer to the 200. Not too much of a problem fitting larger cab bottles, just had to use the front or back as burgundy shaped bottles to fit on a flat shelf - that said, once I remove the single-layer shelving this could be a moot point. Now the only problem is where other other 150 bottles plus fall allocations are going to go [scratch.gif] Also, the wooden pins to prevent shelves from pulling too far out are definitely not optimal, as also mentioned by others. I am not sure what the process to remove the shelves or relocating them to different heights will look like.
According to what I have learned via people on this thread, ArteVino is ... the way it has been explained to me, (I apologize for offence if there is any),
EUROCAVE produces a line of wine storage units compared to LEXUS or the other lines under their name are like Toyota, the ArteVino brands are the TOYOTA, which I'm certain is very good.
Or the EUROCAVE is the Lexus, if I am mistaken then please correct me.
This is exactly the spot I am at this morning, wishing I can purchase EUROCAVE at COSTCO, but they do not sell that product.
The Artevino appears to be considerably lower in price than the EUROCAVE.
Hopefully a knowledgeable person will set this straight or concur.
Wg
No offense taken. My unit is in the basement, so no need to show off a "Lexus". Happy, as you suggest, with a Toyota that will run for 200,000 miles before giving up the ghost. On a price per bottle basis, I figure the $12 per for the ArteVino is pretty decent value for my particular collection.
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Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

#37 Post by William Gladstone » July 22nd, 2019, 12:29 pm

sounds good, I'm a very poor shopper, so frequently I purchase the wrong car and often end up with the wrong electronic equipment.

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#38 Post by Leonard Maran » August 11th, 2019, 5:38 pm

I'm curious about the ArteVino III; clearly it's much more affordable, but if the only difference is that it's a Toyota, I'm fine with that.

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#39 Post by William Gladstone » August 11th, 2019, 10:55 pm

It would be interesting to be in a showroom with someone knowledgeable and have the 2 units in front of me and have the opportunity to examine each. From the comments I've collected and what I can gather from my overall sense - I thought that I want a unit that is quiet, reliable and problem free. I purchased a EUROCAVE Premier M unit - which I have been led to believe will fit about 160 bottles. And will perform problem free.

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Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

#40 Post by Chris D » August 12th, 2019, 7:20 am

Leonard Maran wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 5:38 pm
I'm curious about the ArteVino III; clearly it's much more affordable, but if the only difference is that it's a Toyota, I'm fine with that.
Leonard, my Artevino III was just delivered theee weeks ago, so can’t opine on longevity. That said, it is very quiet, has maintained consistent temps and is reasonably well constructed.

After adjusting the shelving a bit (and removing two shelves completely) I have been able to shoehorn about 195 bottles in there - including a mix of tapered bdx, large burg and tall bdx shaped bottles, a couple cases much larger than average. They are layered two and three high where some on the second and third layers lean against the sidewalls - so will have to exercise great caution opening the two and three layer shelves - but they are in there and resting comfortably for the long haul.

IRO temps, I believe the thermostat may need calibrating as my Netatmo sensor is reading 60 while the unit is set at 55. Difference aside, it is maintaining a consistent 60. Not a big deal to me, I will just adjust the unit to get a trus temp I’m happy with.

As others have noted, the back wall is what chills the unit, so you’ll want to ensure that no bottles are touching the back wall directly. Also, the wooden pins are a pain both to install and then to remove to adjust shelves.

But... not sure whether the higher wnd model suffer from some of these same shortcomings as well. For what I need the unit for (aging, some for the long haul) it works for me and is pretty economical. Wouldn’t heaitate to get a second unit.

The Costco delivery service was good. They managed to get the unit sown a very narrow and ateep staircase with only inches on either side. No complaints there either.

Good luck!
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