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New WhisperKOOL SC Series Wine Cellar Cooling Systems

May 22nd, 2012 No comments

whisperkool sc seriesVintage Cellars is proud to now offer WhisperKOOL SC Series Cooling Systems. The SC Series, which replaces WhisperKOOL’s popular XLT Series, offers wine collectors the latest in wine cooling technology, providing both quality and value in durable wine cellar cooling units.

Having incorporated feedback from WhisperKOOL customers and installers, this new line of wine cellar coolers includes an updated housing design and the latest system technologies. The new SC Series comes in five models: SC 2000i, SC 3000i, SC 4000i, SC 6000i, and SC 8000i.

Contained within the compact structure of the WhisperKOOL SC Series is highly powerful and sophisticated wine cooling technology. The SC Series offers vibration-free cooling for up 2,000 cubic feet of storage space while maintaining a 30°F temperature differential. Furthermore, the SC Series’ advanced digital controller and liquid temperature probe ensures that a stable temperature is maintained for the bottle contents rather than the air in the room.

One of the most outstanding features of this new line of wine cellar coolers is its convenient installation. The SC Series compact structure fits perfectly between standard wall studs, reducing installation time and costs.

To learn more about the WhisperKOOL SC Series wine cooling system, check out our brand new SC Series page. If you’d like assistance in selecting the best unit for your needs, please call us at 1-800-876-8789.

A Custom Wine Cellar Built for a Yacht

September 5th, 2009 No comments

A Wine Cellar on a Yacht

In late 2008, Vintage Cellars was contacted about building a wine cellar on a 124-foot motor yacht. After several meetings with the captain & the owner, we decided to take out an existing steam shower (just outside of the rec room) and create a temperature controlled wine room.

After the contract was awarded, there were still many issues and obstacles to over come:

  • What is behind the steam shower?
  • How are we going to insulate, vapor barrier and prepare the room properly (since the soon to be wine cellar was on the lowest deck down a narrow spiral staircase)?
  • How are the bottles going to remain stable in a wine cellar on a yacht that encounters rough seas?
  • Where do we get cooling equipment for a yacht with European power specs now in dry dock in San Diego?
  • How do we maximize the bottle capacity while keeping safety and the highest quality standards in mind?

The Vintage Cellars design team, wine cabinet maker and carpentry team spent the next several weeks developing a design and a plan. Due to the tight space and location on the yacht, we decided to prefabricate an interior shell in our shop. Each wall would be built out of marine grade plywood with each section vapor barriered and insulated properly. Basically, we created a modular wall, floor and ceiling to seal the room. From there, we could line the room with cherry wood to keep the high quality finish consistent with the rest of the yacht.

Cooling… well there was another mountain that we had to climb. With over 20 years experience, Vintage Cellars has developed relationships with companies all over the world. These relationships were crucial for us to secure a ceiling mounted evaporator coil and compressor with enough BTUs to cool the room properly. It took several long discussions with the yacht engineer to create a mounting bracket in the bilge to support the compressor. We finally had the proper cooling for a complete wine cellar.

As the design continued, we tested and retested ways to secure the bottles in high seas. Based on that testing, we decided building individual storage on a 5 degree cant with a horizontal spacer bar at every space. We don’t ever want to test this in action, but we believe the yacht would have to flip on its side for that wine to come out. To maximize the space, and create show storage for large champagne, we developed a horizontal display cabinet on the same 5 degree cant with a face frame to hold the bottle in place. Its amazing what you can come up with when you put your mind to it. Each piece of racking was built in high grade cherry wood with a clear lacquer finish, all to maintain the same look on the yacht.

The carpentry team had to create the look, the pizazz of the cellar. Notice the sky light on the left hand side and the glass door. Each piece was custom built with dual pane thermal insulated glass. The hardware was secured from a marine hardware company specifically to match the rest of the cellar.

All in all, this wine cellar on a yacht was a fabulous success.

Check out a video of this transformation here: