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Choosing the Right Wine Cabinet

Woods and Stains 
R Factor
Construction
Hinges
Racking
Glass Doors
Venting
Cooling
Warranty
Shipping

A wine cabinet is an important investment and it is vital for the protection of your collection that you make a sound choice. Vinotemp has been building wine cabinets in Southern California for over 25 years. You’ll find that quality and experience shining through in every cabinet we sell.

Woods and Stains

Foreign manufacturers generally use synthetic wood or plastic wood laminates on their wine cabinet exteriors. Domestic manufacturers, like Vinotemp, primarily offer oak as the standard wood used on the exterior of their wine cabinets. White oak easily allows for the use of many different finishes so that you can have a very light or dark finish. When using a lighter grain wood like oak, colors like White Wash and Iced Oak are available to choose from, while with the darker grains your choices are more limited.

When you are not given a choice of finish or wood, this usually means that not only is your cabinet not being custom made for you, it is likely not even made in the USA. So, if you only have a choice of one or two woods, then they are probably made in China or other overseas country. When a product is made in China it has to come with a seal or finish already applied, thus further reducing your choice of options. You cannot import wood from China without paint or chemicals of some sort to seal the wood.

Luan Mahogany is a wood veneer that we use for Vinotemp Economy units. The wood has less grain and is darker and we offer five dark stains to choose from. Cherry is another veneer we offer, the grain of this wood is a little redder and we recommend a light colored stain to be able to appreciate the grain. Mahogany wood is a much higher end veneer, and is available as an option. The finishes that we use, such as Victorian Mahogany (on White Oak) or Dark Red Mahogany (on Luan Mahogany or White Oak) refers to the stain color used on the raw wood cabinet. Other wood choices such as maple or exotic woods such as Burl and Birch are available too. Most of our lines use White Oak primarily due to the choice from very light to very dark stains.

For further information, check the Comparison Sheet

 
Click image to see full-size color options. (Please remember that colors may look different on your monitor or other wood types.)

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R Factor

The insulation used in building our wine cabinets is the best insulation available, foil-covered polyisocyanurate foam with an R-Value of 7.2. Our wine cabinets have 1.5 inches of insulation, and the total R-Value of our cabinet walls is between 11 and 12 R factor. All the seams are sealed to create an airtight environment inside our wine cabinets.

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Construction

The materials we use in building and finishing Vinotemp wine cabinets are the best in the industry in every category, and our units age well over time. For example, we have had our “Louis” unit mistaken for an “antique.” After more than 20 years in the business, we have distributed over 250,000 units to happy customers, many repeat customers and referrals.

The better your wine cabinet is insulated and sealed, the more years of trouble-free operation your cooling system will provide. It is also important to have proper ventilation and to clean out any dust build up on a regular basis.

Vinotemp’s Economy Series of cabinets is perfect if you’re on a budget while the Reserve line is great for placement in very visible locations of the home. And the Sonoma line makes a beautiful showpiece. Our glass door units include double-paned glass which can artistically display your wine while protecting it, with better insulation and UV protection.

Most Vinotemp wine cabinets are constructed from white oak wood, glass and insulation materials. Standard features include premium wood, hardwood door trims, double-pane tinted glass windows, the quality insulation, and sealed seams throughout the wine cabinet.

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Hinges

Vinotemp is the only company that offers both continuous (or piano) hinges and refrigerator hinges. Continuous hinges are incredibly effective in sealing the door. The workmanship is more time consuming assembling a continuous hinge. Refrigerator hinges have similar costs for the manufacturer, and are also available, but the continuous hinge is more reliable. We are able install the hinges seamless or invisible as an option to show no sign of either a piano or refrigerator hinge.

While most units use continuous hinges, Vinotemp uses refrigerator hinges made of steel on our Sonoma Series of cabinets. This is an option on other units if you so choose.

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Racking

We offer three choices of wine racking for our cabinets: all Redwood, cellar trellis (redwood and powder coated metal), or wood and aluminum racking. None of our racking is glued. Standard wood and aluminum racking comes standard for the Economy Series, Redwood and aluminum for our Reserve Series, and all Redwood for our Sonoma Series. Having been manufacturing these for over 20 years, our Cellar Trellis racks have prevented many bottles from breaking during California earthquakes. The bottles rest on the wood in these cellar trellis cubicles. It should also be noted that upgrading to all-Redwood racking reduces the capacity if bottle capacity is a concern. Any of our cabinets can be customized to the type of racking you desire.

Cubicle racking comes in a variety of sizes. Universal racking with 3 3/4-inch cubicles will hold most sizes of wine bottle; most Vinotemp cabinets come standard with universal racking. For maximum storage capacity, the traditional 3 3/8 size is also available. However, with new vineyards and odd bottle sizes we recommend the larger size (3 3/4) or even 4 inch racking for those with a lot of champagne storage needs. Unlike most of our competitors, Vinotemp racking will be customized specifically for your storage needs. If desired, we could design your cabinet with three different sections each with its own cubicle size. Also, the very top of the cabinet can be useful for miscellaneous bottles, boxed champagne, fine chocolates, cigars or whatever else you can think of.

Our wood racks are constructed from unsealed wood which is preferred inside wine cabinets because wood sealing agents can damage the wine. The first choice in the type of wood that should be used inside a wine cabinet is Redwood. Redwood is rare and now very expensive to the manufacturer, so you will see it being used less and less by other wine cabinet manufacturers. Our Economy Series racking uses woods that are similar to the qualities of Redwood which is a mildew resistant unfinished soft wood.

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Glass Doors

Vinotemp uses high quality glass in our cabinet doors.  We also offer racking to cover the Wine-Mate cooling system to hide it from view.

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Venting

Unlike the competition, Vinotemp wine cabinets can be configured to your exact needs. Wine cabinets need clearance space in whatever direction the exhaust is venting. Our rear exhaust wine cabinets require at least six inches of space between the wall and the wine cabinet in order for the cooling system to operate properly. Top-vent cooling systems need 10-12 inches of clearance above the cabinet. Our front-venting wine cabinets can be completely built in with beautiful hand made wood louvers then the back of the cabinet can be placed right up against the wall. Any Vinotemp cabinet can easily be converted to vent from the rear, top, sides or front to best accommodate the environment you need it for. With Vinotemp, you have the choice!

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Cooling

Vinotemp wine cabinets feature custom Wine-Mate cooling systems that use electronic temperature control and have digital displays, thereby allowing you to precisely set the desired temperature inside your wine cabinet. Wine-Mate cooling systems are forced-air systems (as opposed to cold wall cooling systems). Forced air cooling units generally have lower temperature fluctuations and higher humidity levels than cold wall systems. They also tend to have less maintenance needs.

Made in the USA, Wine-Mate was the first UL-approved cooling unit for wine cabinets on the market. UL is the trusted source across the globe for product compliance. A UL symbol gives you reassurance, that the electrical inspectors approved the design of your unit.

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Warranty

We stand behind our wine cabinets with one of the best warranties in the industry. Each wine cabinet is backed by a five-year warranty on the cooling system and a one-year warranty on the cabinet.

Our standard cooling units plug into standard wall outlets, and draw 3 amps of power (4 amps for the 2500 cooling unit). Extension cords used should be 14-gauge and grounded.

Please refer to the owner’s manual available in the Owner's Manual section.

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Shipping

We generally ship our wine cabinets between 3 days to 6 weeks (depending on the unit) from the time we receive your order. Once shipped, it will take 7-10 working days for your cabinet to be delivered. When your wine cabinet arrives in your local market, the local delivery agent will call you at least 24 hours in advance to schedule your delivery. Vinotemp wine cabinets are delivered Preassembled, minimizing the setup effort and expertise necessary on your part. You are only responsible for ensuring that sufficient access exists for the cabinet to reach its final location.

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