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Cheap Cellars

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If you’ve recently started up a beer cellar, or perhaps just recently overflowed your existing cellaring fridge, then you might be in the market for a deal on a cheap wine cellar. And boy have I got a deal for you. Costco carries a line of discount wine cellars from Chigo and they occasionally put them on sale. Today is one of those occasions.

Here’s the link. There you will find an option to buy a 36, 60 or 96 bottle cellar for $400, $580, or $780 respectively ($130, $150 and $200 off regular). For reference, here is a link to local wine cellar company Vin de Garde’s online store where comparably sized fridges routinely hit the $3000 or $4000 mark.

Note, however, that I said “comparably sized” and not “generally comparable.” The reason is that Chigo fridges, quite frankly, are shit. I have one, and it’s a love-hate relationship. It struggles to keep a +/-9F temperature, the bottom is frequently at or below freezing, and it drains its condensation… no where. It just puddles up on the bottom and grows algae.

However, it sure is much better than storing 96 bottles of beer at room temperature, which is basically a perfect recipe for destroying your precious malty darlings. So if you’re on a budget, and looking to improve over the daily heat/thaw cycle that is the average living room, then yeah, go pick up a Chigo shit-o-matic. You will not find a cheaper cellaring fridge.

If you have a bit more money, Vin de Garde has some of the best prices online for better cellars. You don’t have to go all the way up to this puppy (at least if you don’t want to be fucking awesome), but a Cavavin Urbania (54 bottle, $1,370) is a decent middle ground. It will keep your beer (and wine) at a much more consistent temperature, and I highly doubt the bottom shelf will slowly turn into a block of solid ice.

Now I just need to convince them to give me a discount for this blatant plug. Hey, I never said I had morals.

Written by chuck

January 20th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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