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Our Classic Wine Cellars are the economical solution. These no-frills, single-zone, free-standing cabinets are highly effective, protecting your investments with top-quality wine storing technology.
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Item # 269 01 66 03
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There is a small black container on the bottom back right hand side (if you are looking at the back). It has a clear tube going in to it and there is water in the container. What is this water from? Do I need to worry about it overflowing? Can I drain the black container?
krstfr on Sep 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a drain for condensate. The amount of condensate will depend on ambient conditions (relative humidity, temperature, etc.), refrigerator temperature setting, and frequency of cycling (high ambient temps, frequency of opening door, etc.). Most often, if condensate is produced it will eventually evaporate from this black container. Just check it every so often over the course of a full year of seasons to get an idea of how your system is running and reacting to conditions; I wouldn't worry about it otherwise.
Are there adjustable feet to level the unit?
Donald D on Dec 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: yes, the manual refers to front leveling feet, the manual is on wine Ent. Web site under the product you want. I don't know why they couldn't answer the question.
Does it hold champagne and Prosecco bottles?
Juliann G on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes and no... These somewhat larger bottles (including some pinot noir bottles) will not fit comfortably on the 'normal' shelves. However, the topmost shelf has greater height than the others, and it will accommodate about eight or nine champagne bottles. Also, the bottom portion of the cellar will allow you to stack oversize bottles on their sides; that portion has a height of about 8.75 inches, so these bottles might stack 2-high there. (I use this bottom portion for magnums.)
Is it suitable for the garage? Sr
Steve R on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This unit is not suitable f or a garage unless the garage is temperature controlled and stays between 60-80 degrees as far as temperature goes. For garage applications we highly suggest the Eurocave wine cellars.
How noisy is it?
Sarah B on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine is in the study right next to my bedroom probably 30ft from where my pillow is. I leave both doors open when I sleep. When running normally I can't hear the frig when I'm in the study on the computer 5ft away. The compressor will turn on I'm guessing for 5 minutes every 1 or 2 hours. I can hear that definitely in the study. Its a little more than a hum. I hunted everywhere making sure there wasn't a bottle rattling or a shelf touching something but it's definitely coming from inside the unit where I can't get to it. I can't hear the compressor in the bedroom though which is good.
Can you store the bottles neck out so they can be tagged? Pictures show them the other way.
Jim A on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you could but it will reduce the number of bottles you can store. The shelves are deep enough for two rows of bottles if the necks are overlapped in the middle of the shelf front to back. That's why you see the bottom of the bottles in the picture. Their necks are overlapping the necks of the bottles at the back.
Does the Classic maintain a constant temparutre through out or does the temparutre vary?
Dave257 on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have had this unit for about a year now, and I have been quite impressed with temperature stability; it does better than many of the more expensive units that I have experienced. I have measured differences between top, middle and bottom and there is a slight temperature gradient as you would expect, but not more than 1 to 1.5 degrees from my measurements. Temperature stability gets better with a full cellar, so don't expect rock steady temps if it's empty or only a quarter full. Also, I have learned from my measurements that you don't necessarily want to set the temp at 55 and assume that's best because of the gradient; the sensor is at the top of the cellar, so that reflects the temperature at the top. I have found a setting of 57 to give me 55 for the bulk of the center shelves. Temperature cycles when the compressor runs have been around 1 degree, which is a really nice and tight range. This may vary depending on location of the unit. I have mine in my basement, which is 62 - 68 ambient temp throughout the year. Great unit for the price.
can you quantify the noise level from this wine cooler in dB?
Stuart A on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, the answer is no. I have mine in my (three car) garage, where I also have a woodworking shop, so noise is not an issue. It's in a large space and although it makes some noise (probably about as much as my 10+ year old GE refrigerator), I don't find it noticeable or bothersome. I think things might be different if I had it in the house, especially in a relatively small space or a space where I expected quiet..
As you look at the wine cooler, which side is the power cord on?
Lawrence F on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It's in the back and can go to either side; mine goes to the right but there's plenty of cord length to go either way.
Does Item # 269 01 66 03 have humidity control?
thomas m on Aug 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No it does not have a humidity control. It does keep the wine at 55 degrees perfectly and they only time I have heard noise from it is after I have opened it and it is getting back to the set temperature. Very good value for the price.
Can the shelves be completely removed for bigger bottle storage ?
Juliann G on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, shelves can be removed. The standard shelves will hold bordeux bottles fine, but the larger pinot noir style are a very tight fit. So for magnum and pinot bottles, I have removed a few shelves quite easily. BTW, the unit itself is very quiet and does a good job keeping desired tempature.
will the unit automatically restart after a power outage or do you have to do it manually?
Gary M on Apr 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not know this for certain, but I recently moved to a very remote area of the Napa Valley.
in the past 3 months we have had no less than 5 power outages. I keep this unit in the garage and never thought to check on it, but it has come back on and I have never had to turn it back on manually, so I believe it will come back on with the power.
can the shelves be extended more?
curious on Aug 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not sure what you mean by "extending". We were able to put 11 bottles on every shelf no matter what the size with only one exception. We had one wine that the bottle was fat and long that did not fit well. Our solution was to put those in the bottom of the cooler along with our magnums. We have 4 magnum bottles and 9 other bottles in the bottom section. This section does not pull out, but is not all that difficult to access. If you are referring to how far the shelves pull out, what you get is what you get. To get 11 bottles on a shelf you put 6 in front and 5 behind them. The bottles in front are very visible when the shelf is pulled out. The ones behind are not vey visible because they have to be placed with the neck facing forward. We simply organized the placement of the wines so that al of the bottles of a label are grouped in the same front/back area.
Has anyone had issues with the power button not working to turn the unit off and on? I just had the unit delivered and delivery men said I could plug the unit in but not turn it on. Neither the delivery guys or myself can get the power button to work so I just unplugged it.
Terri B on Dec 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When I got this unit I read that it should be kept off for several days to allow the oil in the motor to settle to where it should be. I left it for a few days and had no problem when I turned it on and have had no problems at all during the past 2 years.
how long is the power plug?
Bryan C on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bryan, I am very happy with this product, which I keep in a garage with HVAC. I'm guessing, but the cord must be at least 4 feet because the receptacles in the garage are half way up the wall and I had no problem connecting. But again, just a guess. If necessary, couldn't you use a three-prong extension cord?
The cellar promo pictures shows 102 bottles through the door, but description says 166 regular size bottles. What does yours hold?
faye s on Jan 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bottles nest from the back facing forward and from the front facing toward the rear. Every advertisement shows the cork end of the bottle, they should be shown bottom toward the door
My collection is almost exclusively Oregon Pinot. For anyone that is familiar with the size/shape of these....will they fit without having to remove any of the shelves? I'm fine if they are too wide to fit 6 across, but I'm concerned about how muc the capactiy would go down if I started to take shelves out...
Matthew R on Jun 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You will lose 20% on that shelf maximum but not have to remove shelves. Only with Chateauneuf-du-Pape bottles will you be impacted. I have two of these fridges with Bevan Sugarloaf and Ontogeny, Hourgalss, Robert Foley, Siduri Pinot, Cn-du-P, Bordeauxs and Pingus... and only the Rhone impacts size. Fridges are dependable. This in context to me also owning two Vinotemps, the most expensive of which is less dependable.
Can this freestanding unit be pushed flush (not squashed, just flush) with a rear wall, or do you have to leave free space behind the bars at the back where the coolant circulates?
Joan W on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The unit can be placed against the wall. The coils on the back create enough space for it to work without needing additional space to do its job. I have it flush against a garage wall and have for almost two years. It works great.
The lock function is for the control panel only? Can a lock be added to door to secure the wine?
Ann R on Feb 20, 2016
The lock is for the control panel only on this model. We do not offer a lock that can be added on.
If you want a lock i recommend looking at our Classic 166 Dual Zone cellar.

Thank you.
Can the door be positioned to right OR left open?
Sam_I_Am on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for you question,on this wine cellar the door can only be opening to the right with handle on the left and hinge on the right as you face the cabinet.
Does this unit maintain relative humidity in the ~70% range for long term storage?
Ken T on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This cellar has no humidity control. It will maintain the humidity of the ambient air. The Eurocave series will allow for continual passive humidity in the cellar and on the Pure and Revelation series - has active humidity option.
Can I order the Wine Enthusiast Classic Wine Cellar (166 Bottle) with a lock? How much more is it?
Joan D on Nov 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Joan,
Unfortunately, the classic 166 does not come with a lock as an option.
You can take a look at our Classic L wine cellar that does come with a lock (item # 269 03 77 03).

Thank you.
my detached garage has a closet. can I place this in there without any issues?
jkalina on Dec 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Classic 166 should be placed in a conditioned space where temperature never exceeds 77 degrees.
Where is the filter on the back: as you look at the front of the unit, is it centered, or more to the right or left? Is the filter removable?
Lawrence F on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Lawrence,
There is no filter to replace on this cellar.
Thank you.
The classic 166 bottle wine cooler. How much space do I need behind the unit for ventilation. I have an opening in my basement that is 26" wide and 40" deep by 8 ' high. Would this allow enough ventilation?
Dan G on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The unit is only 28" deep but it does ventilate from the rear. Only having 2" clearance on the sides might be an issue even with the space behind. It is not meant to be a built in unit. If you have ok airflow over and behind it might be ok.
My bottles are very moldy after 6 months. Is this normal?
Peter E on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your feedback. Please contact us at 800-648-6058, so that we may further troubleshoot.
Hi - I'm moving condos and need to move the unit. Can it be shipped on it's side in transport?
NXL16 on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This should be moved in a full upright position . When it is placed in the new area , let it rest for 48 hours before turning it on .
Are the shelves on this unit interchangeable with the shelves on the 166-bottle dual zone unit?
kchen on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The shelves on this model are not interchangeable with the Classic dual temp or other models.
How much does it weigh?
Kenyakid on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's pretty heavy - required two guys to lift in getting it off the truck. 100-150lbs?
Could you please provide with the values of Amps and Horsepower. Also, is the plug a duplex receptacle?
Aismalaj on Aug 24, 2016
Customer Reviews

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A Real Classic
The Classic 166 is a compressor based one temp unit that has 14 slide out shelves and is affordable for the everyday collector. Perfect for the basement, pantry or game room, this unit comes with everything that you need to get started right out of the box.

The Classic 166 comes with 14 epoxy coated slide out shelves that can house all your standard 750ml's bottles and they are removable if you would like to store larger format bottles such as Champagne.

The sleek double paned tinted glass door allows one to see their collection on display while you turn on the LED lighting!

The temperature setting is ideal for all your entertainment needs as it has a range anywhere from 41-64 degrees. With an ambient temperature of 80 degrees, just be sure to place in a conditioned space and leave a few inches off the back wall for many years of enjoyment out of your new Wine Enthusiast Classic 166 Wine Cellar!!
April 5, 2013
Good value
Local delivery service was superb: on-time, very professional, moved unit up tight circular staircase with great care.
December 8, 2013
over 3 years ago
Good product, bad service, bad delivery
Even though I declined the extended warranty, Wine Entusiast kept houding me about it. I received 3 seperate emails that kept asking me about purchasing the warranty. "White Glove" delivery is misleading. They were just regular delivery men. They did a good job of placing the item in the right spot, but refused to adjust the legs or to balance the unit. They also left the power cord under the unit.
April 20, 2014
over 3 years ago
So far so good!
The cellar was delivered promptly and set up in our wine basement profesionally. However, we plugged it in on a Saturday and all of the buttons worked except the on/off switch. So we unplugged it and went through a tedious attempt at customer service, which had to wait until Monday. As it turns out, the on/off switch needs to be held down for a few seconds for it to work. Why in the world wasn't that simple instruction in the owner's manual? Especially when the service tech said "we hear that problem all the time". Sheesh.
February 4, 2014
over 3 years ago
Entry Level Wine Storage
If you are looking for an entry level storage cellar, this one will work. However, the unit is anything but quiet so plan on putting it in a closet or your basement. If I could do it over, I would spend the extra and purchase a Eurocave or the N'Finity series. For now, I have this one.
November 13, 2013
Revised review - this is a terrific unit
I had an issue with the legs, but after persisting a bit, this was swiftly dealt with
September 23, 2013
Beware hidden cost.
One of the factor in my decision was the free shipping and white glove set up. After a couple of weeks I received a call from Wine Enthusiast and was informed there was a stair charge. So the free delivery ended up costing me $130. The delivery people were polite and informative. They did count the stairs and I was lucky on the quantity. If there had been 2 more steps the free delivery would have cost me an additional $65.
October 31, 2014
over 2 years ago
Worst buying/ delivery
The disorganized and poor delivery service overshadows the product. Misinformation on delivery time and dates, delivery staff that did not speak English, packaging material left in our driveway, all after being required to pay for "white Glove" service. We will never do business with this organization again.
August 21, 2014
First wine cellar
I have only had my wine cellar a few weeks but I am very happy so far. The delivery was easy enough and the cellar has performed fine so far. It has kept a constant temperature and is simple to load and unload.
January 4, 2016
1 year ago
Great wine cellar !!
If you go look at past reviews of this unit you will find VERY good ones and VERY bad ones; so you have to interpret them and make your own decision ; my experience has been VERY good so far: delivery company called 5 days in advance to schedule date and 1/2 hour before they thought they would come: delivery people were outstanding in getting unit to placement area and taking ALL the recycle debris; I waited 48 hours per my rep, John's, instructions and turned on the unit; I set it at 57 and placed another thermometer inside ; both read the same; I personally am VERY pleased with it so far
Rick in Oregon
June 23, 2016
10 months ago