If you haven’t seen the Vinotemp 7-Bottle Mirrored Wine Cooler you’ll be glad to know there is finally a solution for building in a wine cooler when you’re tight on space. Continue reading “Narrow Vinotemp Wine Cooler”
The Vinotemp Cava credenza is the perfect solution for serving and storing your wine collection when you don’t like the look of a stainless steel and glass box.
The Cava Credenza has the ability to hold up to 36 bottles in two independently controlled refrigerated units, up to 18 wine glasses in the central hanging stemware racks, and all of your favorite wine accessories in its 3 storage drawers.
The Cava Credenza has dual thermoelectric cooling systems with 53° to 64°F temperature range and soft interior lighting to beautifully display your favorite wines without adding heat. It is available in two finishes: Espresso and Rich Maple.
The Credenza is 54″ wide, 22″ deep, 40″ high and weighs close to 250 pounds. Pricing is set at $1,780 plus $415 freight. It does not meet CA prop. 65 regulations.
While this credenza does not hold a lot of bottles, I think the use of furniture feet give it a lighter appearance than other models on the market. I’d prefer if one cooler could handle large or oddly shaped bottles. If you place a champagne bottle in this credenza you will most likely reduce the overall bottle capacity that can be stored.
The new Dacor Discovery WineStation is the first automated, temperature controlled, 4-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system designed specifically for the home market.
This innovative wine station allows you to choose the right wine and just the right amount with the simple touch of a button. The must-have for those who don’t always drink a full bottle of wine, the Dacor DYWS4 Discovery WineStation makes a perfect addition to your home.
The WineStation’s Argon gas preservation system allows you to open and enjoy a variety of wines and vintages for up to 60 days without the need to discard or consume unused portions.
Three pour sizes are offered – taste, half and full glass. Pours can also be adjusted from 1/4 to 8 ounces. The programmable display also allows you to show the wine type, wine year and variety – a great feature when you are entertaining.
The WineStation can sit on the counter as a free-standing element or can be built in to cabinetry using the optional DACOR WineStation trim kit.
The Discovery WineStation is also easy to clean. The CleanPour heads and pick up tubes can be rinsed for a quick clean but they are also dishwasher safe if you want to be more thorough.
MSRP is about $5,300.00. This unit looks like it is manufactured for Dacor by California-based Napa Technology, LLC.
The Wall Street Journal recently wrote a wonder guide on what a wine label can tell you.
I find the follow tips to be very helpful.
Vintage: Most stores stock wine that is meant to be drunk right away. So if you see a 5 year old Pinot Grigio you should move on to the next bin.
Alcohol Content: Look for wines with an alcohol content of 14% or less. Wines with higher alcohol content tend to be unbalanced.
Cute Critters: Inexpensive wines with cute animals should also be avoided – especially if the critter has a long story. There are some exceptions to this rule such as Stag’s Leap or Iron Horse.
Estate Bottled: It’s generally a good sign when the people who made the wine also had a hand in growing the grapes on their own land.
Phone Number: A highly personal winery will print their phone number on the label with an invitation to call. Be mindful that you may have to search some very fine print to find it.