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Tempranillo and My [Successful!] DIY Experience

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I guess you are wondering what is the relation between Tempranillo and Do-It-Yourself, and if I started making my own wine. Rest assured – there are no plans for “Chateau Talk-a-Vino” in foreseeable future, no need to be scared. But – my “successful DIY experience” has a direct relationship with wine, so let me tell you about it first, despite the fact that today is International Tempranillo Day and we actually have to be talking about Tempranillo wines.

About a week ago I noticed a strange clicking sound in the kitchen. Something clicks, not too loud. A few minutes later, another click, and then again – I think you got the picture. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like any unexplained sounds in the house. If you hear something which you are not supposed to hear, that often means trouble. And somehow this clicking sound is associated in my mind with electricity, which I like even less.

Next day – the same story. I’m puzzled, but still, I have to let it go, as I have no idea what this can be.

Then, while sitting at the table, my eyesight stops at the wine fridge, and I see the temperature. A big red sign reads “75”.

75! Do you know the proper storage temperature for the wine? Yes, it is 55, not 75 at all! Do you want to guess the first word which comes to my mind? Yes, you are absolutely correct, that one and you are right about the second one too.

I unplug the fridge, wait a few minutes, plug it back – no effect, and then I hear the clicking sound. Okay, so as it always goes in life, I just got good news and bad news at the same time. Good news – the source of the clicking noise is discovered. Bad news – my wine fridge is busted. It is not new, okay, but it holds about 60 bottles of wine… And the new fridge is definitely not budgeted 😦

Okay, google to the rescue. The fridge is unloaded, and I start trying different suggestions from the internet. I even found an official troubleshooting guide for my Vinotemp VT-60 and went step by step as recommended. No, it is not the control card, and it seems that the next suggestion from the troubleshooting guide simply recommends replacing the compressor, which not only requires a new compressor, but also some good welding skills and equipment, which is definitely out of my league. Not good. Need better advice, please!

I decided to start looking for just troubleshooting around different parts. LG compressor. Found full spec and the manual – no help. Okay, what is this little cover on the side? I guess it is the relay some people referred to in the posts I saw. I see the part number (P6R8MC), put it in google, and… this blog post comes up, where someone named Chad Munkers is talking exactly about my fridge! Okay, step by step, similar to what I did, yes, the relay and overload protector, and if I will disassemble this small part, take a little disk out, flip, and put it back it will magically work? Seriously? Another 15 minutes, put the plug back in – ahh, I love that sound! This is what a working wine fridge sounds like! Here are some pictures for you  – these are just random, and all the actually useful pictures can be found in the blog post shown above:

Wine fridge – view from the back

some tools


and some parts…

Sorry for sharing in such detail – a lot of my DIY, or maybe rather FIY (Fix-It-Yourself) projects are not so successful – for instance, I fully disassembled our Nintendo Wii (twice), cleaned it up, and then even replaced the laser head – only to throw it out later, still not working. So you can see how successfully revitalizing the wine fridge made me happy.

And now – to the wine! My Tempranillo wine for today’s International Tempranillo Day was 2004 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva DOC ($16.98, 13.5% ABV). 2004 was an outstanding year for Rioja, one of the best vintages ever. This wine was perfectly drinkable from the get-go – nice dark fruit on the nose, the same on the palate with some cherries, raspberries, a touch of plums and cedar box notes, perfect acidity, and soft tannins. Very balanced and enjoyable. The wine was practically unchanged on the second day, so I’m sure it will last quite well in the cellar. Drinkability: 8-.

That’s all for today, folks. Hope your Tempranillo Day experience was great, and I would love to hear about it. Cheers!

September 2022 update: 10 years later, as you can tell, the fridge stopped working again. I decided that the only reason for it to stop working can be that same relay. As the disk was used now on both sides, my only option was to get a new relay, which luckily was readily available on Amazon for only $6. I didn’t disassemble much, just removed the cover, pulled off the old relay, installed the new one, and voila – the fridge is working again! I really hope it will last for many more years, especially considering the prices of the new wine fridges… 

  1. November 9, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Good to hear that you enjoyed Tempranillo Day!

    I’m glad you fixed were able to fix your wine fridge. Would have been pretty expensive to get a new one for sure..

    Unfortunately I was not home yesterday and so I was unable to open my Rioja 2005 which I planned to use for Tempranillo Day.. I had some other Rioja which was probably not as “worthy” as your wine was but in the next days I want to open that 2005 Rioja.

    • talkavino
      November 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Yes, I’m glad I was able to fix it! And as far as the Rioja goes, I’m sure you will have an opportunity to enjoy that bottle later on

  2. November 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Looks like quite the challenge. Not sure I would have been up to it 🙂 For Tempranillo Day I went with a blend Parraleta blend. Salud!


    • talkavino
      November 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

      As the saying goes, “necessity is mother of invention” – no, I didn’t invent anything, but I had to really try fixing the fridge.
      I had a few other wines from Bodegas Pirineos, their Mesache Blanco was particularly good, if I remember correctly.

  3. PSsquared
    November 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Congratulations! I can imagine your panic at the sight of 75 degrees. Happy Tempranillo Day to you. I participated while enjoying pizza out at one of our favorite places. Happy Friday!

    • talkavino
      November 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

      thank you! yes, this was a scary sight : ) Happy Friday!

  4. November 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    If you are ever in Philly, I have a few projects for you….

    • talkavino
      November 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      sure – but note that my hourly rate is pretty high…
      : )

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