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A great wine fridge, quiet, stylish, and great for cheese making.
I'm an enthusiastic amateur cheese maker, so it might seem odd that I bought the Liebherr WKB4612 "Barrique" wine fridge. Having owned the fridge for roughly three weeks, I'd like to talk about my impressions. Particularly from a cheese makers perspective.
Wine fridges make ideal "cheese cave" substitutes, maintaining humidity to stop wine corks from cracking, and having the adjustable temperature range for different types of wine. This adjustable range, combined with humidity maintenance, makes a wine fridge a wildly better alternative to a...typical kitchen fridge for cheese making... or more specifically, cheese aging. This WKB4612 is a single-zone wine fridge, so the entire fridge is kept a single temperature. There are other wine fridges which do two, or even three different zones at once.. but they're so expensive, I found that it's actually cheaper to buy separate single zone wine fridges. Now, please note that when buying a wine fridge, all the brands that I've researched measure bottle capacity using "bordeau" bottles (which are only 3" wide) rather than many of the 3.2" wide bottles (with the same 750ml capacity) commonly found here in Australia. So unless you stick firmly to a "bordeau bottle only" policy, you'll be unable to reach that "ideal" maximum. The WKB4612 is an allegedly 195 bottle fridge. I'd probably put it at closer to 150-160 for a mixed bunch of bottles. Your mileage may vary. However, it's a little over 1.8m high, so it's a particularly tall fridge. Check the dimensions on the Liebherr site to make sure it fits in your space before buying.
Looks good, attractive display of wines.
We bought the LIEBHERR as the cheap STERLING wine fridge we bought from Aldi two years ago was not big enough. We paid just under $3000 for the LIEBHERR WKB4612 195 bottle capacity single zone wine fridge(although we don't expect to realistically get quite that many bottles in there). It looks great; sleek lines and a lovely LED light down the side when you open the glass door. The beech adjustable shelves are good quality. Our only complaint is that it is noisier than we expected. LIEBHERR were very quick to come out and check the excessive n...oise(Good customer service).They agreed it had a noisy rattle in it and replaced the fan and motor. It is definitely quieter since the service call but not as quiet as the one we saw in their showroom, and sadly not as quiet as our cheap STERLING wine fridge from Aldi(which is still going strong).
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