We received the product for review and all opinions are our own. Some links are affiliate links meaning at no additional cost to you, this site may get a small commission if you make a purchase.Reliable wine refrigerators are essential tools for any “wino” who enjoys collecting and aging wines but may not have a dedicated cellar space in their home. Wine fridges make it possible to store fine wine for long durations in proper storage conditions and are great additions to the homes of any casual wine drinker who wants to keep an assortment of their favorite wines accessible and service ready. They can also add a bit of modern beauty to a room, with many seamlessly integrating into kitchen designs. I personally love to explore the contents of my friends’ wine fridges to see what unique gems they may be hiding.
When purchasing a wine refrigerator customers should consider its function, form, and design. I recently acquired the Ca’Lefort 15” Wine Refrigerator (Model Clf-WS15) which now sits in my dining room. Standing at 34” tall, 14.8” wide, and 22.4” deep, this fridge is a compact unit that can fit into many smaller spaces. Weighing in at 71 pounds, this unit is robust but compact enough to make it relatively easy to move around a room. The fridge features a single temperature zone with a typical range of 40°F-65°F controlled by a digital touch display, a well-sealing double tempered glass door, six removable carbonized wooden shelves, and internal LED lights that can be adjusted between white, blue, and amber colors. The door can be positioned to swing out from either the left or the right and the unit is reported to have a storage capacity of 33 bottles. The fridge comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor and a three-year warranty on the compressor.
The fridge was delivered promptly after ordering and was well packaged to withstand the rigors of shipping. The fridge was received with no damage to the box and the unit was flawless and easy to unpack. A detailed user manual was included, as well as a “thank you” note from the Ca’Lefort team that added a nice personal touch. No setup was required other than attaching the stainless-steel handle to the door and leveling the fridge which was easily accomplished using the four adjustable feet accessible with the unit standing upright. Visually the fridge is sleek and modern with a stainless-steel finish and walnut colored racking. The unit is quiet, and I enjoy the “cool blue” setting of the internal lights that add more ambiance to the room. Overall, the unit is a beautiful addition to the space.
As someone who typically has sufficient wine on hand to always keep my wine fridges full, maximizing storage is a priority consideration. The company’s user manual states “While bottles may vary in size and dimension, approximately 33 traditional Bordeaux 750ml bottles can be stored in the wine cellar” (my emphasis added). It took me a while to find the optimal arrangement for the wines, and despite some limitations, I was ultimately able to fit 33 bottles across a mix of styles and shapes into the fridge.
Certain styles of bottles did prove to be less ideal for storage in this fridge if your purpose is to maximize capacity. Large heavyweight Bordeaux bottles presented the most significant challenges and made it impossible to fit more than three or four wines to a rack. (Sorry, you won’t be able to store 33 bottles of Ben Calais’s wines in this fridge!). Due to the extra width of Burgundy and Champagne glass, I also found it difficult to fit five of these stouter bottles onto a single rack. Instead, these wines fit more comfortably at the front of racks, on the top rack, or on the floor of the unit which both provide slightly more room than the middle racks. The flexibility to remove shelves is a plus if you wish to use the fridge to store odd-shaped or larger format bottles such as magnums, although this would limit the carrying capacity of the unit further.
While the user manual suggests you store wines three to the back and two to the front on each rack, I found more success maximizing its capacity by reversing this format every other rack. Users should also be conscious to fill the racks back to front first to prevent the rack from tipping and becoming unsecure when it is pulled forward. I would also advise storing wines that clearly mark the brand name on the top of the capsule into the back of the rack with the capsule facing towards the door to identify these wines more easily.
While managing the position and styles of bottles to maximize the unit’s capacity requires some getting used to, the Ca’Lefort 15” Wine Refrigerator (Clf-WS15) is a visually attractive and fairly priced option for wine drinkers looking to keep a selection of wines chilled for enjoyment on demand or for longer term storage.
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