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How and Why to Build a Wine Cellar 3rd Ed. Paperback – July 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Sandhill Publishers (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967159806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967159805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To Richard Gold - The wine cellar maven who has probably saved more fine wine from damaging temperature extremes than anyone alive. All the best, Bob Worried about your wine? Don't call 911. Buy Gold's wine cellar reference book and save your treasures from any damage. All the best, Bob -- Robert M. Parker, Jr., author of The Wine Advocate

About the Author

Dr. Gold's academic training is in biological psychology. PhD University of Chicago. Retired Professor, University of Massachusetts. Over 50 published articles and chapters in Psychology. As an avid amateur enophile and amateur carpenter, he sought a book to guide him through the design and construction of a home wine cellar, but found none. He gathered scientific information on the physics of deep soil temperatures and applied it,using current building styles and materials, to home wine cellar construction. A very specialized but pragmatic do-it-yourself guide.

Customer Reviews

D. and you know it when you read the graphs that explain the relation between humidity and temperature.
Random Joys
The second half of the book could have been spared considering it is supposed to be a book about cellar construction.
Larson
This book will intelligently guide you through the process of planning and constructing your own wine cellar.
"acornconsulting"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Random Joys on February 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Gold is a Ph.D. and you know it when you read the graphs that explain the relation between humidity and temperature. Despite the forbidding subject, Gold has produced an easy-to-read guide on how to build a wine cellar, but more importantly, on why to build it and what the goals of the design should be. I am building my secong wine-cellar now and what I learned from this book is invaluable. The book will also save you a lot of money that you would otherwise spend on cooling that not only you do not need, but is bad for humidity and constant temperature (I learned the expensive way, had to take mine out).
If I had to identify a drawback, it is the low-budget orientation of the book. Some can afford to spend more on wine cellars and it would be useful to know the more high-tech humidification and insulation alternatives, that the book does not cover. Then again, technology changes so fast, that such a segment would soon be outdated. Make sure to find a specialist insulation contractor.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've recently begun collecting wine, and decided that I'd turn a corner of my basement into a cellar. I've read Dr. Gold's book cover-to-cover BEFORE even designing the cellar, and I'm glad that I did. He goes into detail telling you why something needs to be done (or ought not to be done), and provides lots of example. His dry wit makes reading the book easy and enjoyable.
I can hardly wait to begin building so I can collect more wine! (ok, I want to drink some too :-) )
My only reason for not giving the book 5 stars is due to typographical issues. The fourth edition really does need someone to thoroughly proofread it - there's numerous instances of "is" being used instead of "in", or some repeated words (e.g., "it it"), and one page where some addresses should be, but instead 1/2 of the previous page is reproduced. Nothing that makes the book unreadable, just slightly more typographical flaws than you'd expect to find in a book - and especially given that the author is an extremely refined fellow.
If you want to build a cellar, or are even just curious about doing so - BUY THIS BOOK.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Enchanted Tiki Room on November 24, 2004
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This book appears to be full of good information. I used it to construct two small cellars, both using refrigeration. They measured up to 7' x 12'. For my third cellar (the collection just keeps growing) I hired a consultant, and discussed the cellar with several others. All disagreed with some of the very basic principles in Gold's book. He may have been first out with this information, but the book is not up to date. If you are undertaking a serious project, especially if it is underground, you are better off hiring a consultant with experience. As another reviewer pointed out, some of the information in the book is contradictatory. Some is just wrong. Some is useful only for cold weather climates.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2003
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My appreciation for this book increased dramatically with a second reading. It's part technical manual, part memoir, part pure entertainment.
While Dr. Gold gives us the most comprehensive how to guide I've seen on this subject, he also delves into the why. Not only the technical reasons to preserve your wine, but the reasons why it's an enjoyable hobby worth pursing.
With skillful prose, he interjects anecdote and humor to illustrate the process by which he accumulated the technical knowldege for building a wine cellar.
The main complaint I see in the reviews below is that people were expecting a book like the ones you buy at Home Depot giving you illustrated instructions on how to wire a wall socket. This is not that kind of book. You want to put some thought into what will work for you. Dr. Golds book guides you through this process and alerts you to some of the pitfalls.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
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I think Mr Gold's book is a good idea and his heart is in the right place but he will not win any awards for simple explanations. I've read this book cover to cover, some parts multiple times, in an attempt to decipher what he meant versus what he said. I find it confusing that Mr Gold discusses vapor barriers in two parts of the book and seems to say different things in each section, for example. I'm an intelligent person and can follow directions but Mr Gold's writing style does not sit well with me nor did it help to truly understand what I needed to do. If you are building a wine cellar in an unfinished old stink cellar, this may be for you, but if you are building a wine cellar in a finished basement or other portion of your house, obtain the "room preparation" documentation from a "wine enthusiast" type company instead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Rosebrugh on May 17, 2004
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I spent several months trying to determine what I should do about wine storage. I had accumulated about 300 bottles and was keeping them in our under-house dungeon, but was concerned about the long-term viability of that method.
This book promotes the idea of a passive cellar - no refrigeration/humidity unit. After reading it I set about building what really amounts to a "wine bunker" (the room is not for sitting about and sipping - only storage) based on its principles. The details are documented at [...]
I'm very happy with the results and am glad to have found such a tome on the science of wine storage. Worthwhile reading even if you don't decide to take this route.
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