Wine Cooler Buying Guide


Do you love wine? If the answer is yes, you may have thought about purchasing a wine cooler before. Whether your hobby is to collect exotic or rare vintages, or you just enjoy having plenty of wine on hand for impromptu guests, proper wine storage is a smart investment for you.  Wine is a beverage that, when not maintained properly, can turn into vinegar.  If you are serious about the quality of your wine, a wine cooler will help support its preservation.

Here are some quick tips to help you decide which wine cooler is best for you!

Bottle Capacity

This should be the first thing you consider. Are you a big-time wine collector or are you just a casual wine lover? Wine coolers come in various capacities. The depth of your collection ultimately determines what cooler you should be looking at.  Small coolers can store as low as 6 bottles, while larger models can accommodate around 100 to 200 bottles. Generally, it is a good idea to buy a wine cooler that can hold at least double the number of wine bottles you currently have.  Once you purchase a wine cooler you will find yourself purchasing wine more often.

You also need to consider the space you have in your home. Think about where you are planning on keeping your wine cooler and be sure the one you would like to purchase will fit in that space.

Single vs. Dual Zone Wine Coolers

Are you looking to exclusively store away wines of one color? If yes, the single zone cooler is what you’re looking for. Single zone wine coolers have one cooling temperature and a storage space that’s undivided. This kind of cooler is ideal for storing either red or white wine, but not both. White wine is stored at a temperature ranging 46-56 degrees F, while  red needs to be stored at temperature between 58-68 degrees F.

If your collection is made up of a mixture of red and white wines then a dual zone wine cooler is a better choice for you.  Dual zone wine coolers feature two separate compartments; therefore, you can maintain two distinct and separate temperature zones inside the cooler.

Built-in vs. Free Standing Wine Coolers

If you are looking for a chiller that will fit perfectly under your kitchen cabinet with no ventilation issues, a built-in wine cooler is what you want. If you are looking to show off your wine collection in the dining area, the free-standing wine cooler is the right choice for you.


Most wine coolers are standalone units that can be built-in later on. Larger wine fridges have front-exhaust capabilities, but those that do not have a compressor need to have airflow around the unit so as to operate efficiently and not overheat (at least 3” all around).

Exterior Construction

Stainless steel products complement most kitchen appliances even if they are black or white. Most wine cooler doors are comprised of UV-filtered double-paned glass. The UV filter prevents wine from seeing direct sunlight and altering the biology of the wine by heat exposure. Double-paned glass helps keep the internal temperature at a desired output. Despite internal cooling mechanisms, the unit should not be stored in direct sunlight or in temperatures exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit, as this will cause the motor on the wine cooler to work harder and more often.

Interior Construction

Wine coolers have various types of shelving. Basic fridges tend to have fixed chrome-wire shelves, while higher-end ones use sturdier wood racks or wood-framed wire grids. Some shelves even roll out to make it easier to read labels and remove bottles.

Most wine coolers have an interior light just like a refrigerator would have. Having an interior light is beneficial when trying to read wine labels. Some coolers even light up when the door is closed, allowing your collection to be displayed.

Thermoelectric vs. Compressor

Thermoelectric coolers are vibration free, which results in less instability among the sediments within the wine bottles you’re storing. Thermoelectric wine coolers are not completely silent as internal fans are needed to distribute the cold air within the cooler. These fans produce some noise, but they are substantially quieter than compressor units.

Thermoelectric wine coolers are more energy efficient as well. Since there are less moving parts, there is less energy drawn. However, this cooling system does have its limitations: they can only cool the wine about 20 degrees less than the room temperature where the unit will be kept, and their compressor coolers are not restricted by temperature surrounding the unit.

The type you choose should depend on how you plan to use it. If you are going to purchase a free standing cooler, that holds two cases or less, and plan on keeping it in a room that doesn’t get too warm, then thermoelectric cooling is a good choice for you. If the room you’re using is warmer and you want a larger collection, you should use a compressor cooler. Most built-in models are compressor cooled.

Security Locks

Several higher-end models offer locking capabilities on wine coolers. Whether it’s with a keypad or a physical key, wine is secured inside a fridge and cannot be tampered with. Private collections, reserves, and rare vintages are best kept under lock and key so they are never confused with common table wines or everyday varieties.


Buying a wine cooler can be exciting. Whether it’s being able to finally display your wine safely, or simply having a practical unit to store your bottles, there are dozens of factors to consider and models to compare.  At P.C. Richard and Son we have a great selection of quality wine coolers ranging from 12  to 160 bottle capacity. Just stop into anyone of our P.C. Richard and Son Superstores and one of our expert sales representatives can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!


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How to Mount Your Flat Screen TV

Mounted TV

Mounting a TV on the wall frees up space in the home and gives a much cleaner appearance, but it can be an intimidating task. To help you out, we have put together a how-to guide with tips to mounting your TV so you can avoid the most common mistakes.

Things you should know before you get started. . .


  • Be sure you have all the necessary hardware, mounting kit, and cables required to complete the installation.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for both the TV and the wall mount. If you have not purchased a wall-mounting bracket yet, check your TV’s owner manual for mounting guidelines. Always check the screen size and the weight that a bracket can hold.
  • Think about what you want your bracket to be able to do as well. You may want to get a bracket that enables you to swivel your TV left and right to avoid glare, or get a better view from different seats.
  • Decide whether you will leave the cables showing or hide them in the wall behind your TV.
  • Arrange to have at least one other person present to help you hang the TV on the wall bracket.
  • Determine the best wall location for mounting your TV. Check for a location with no glare and good visibility from all sitting areas in the room. For optimal viewing, plan to mount your TV at a height on the wall that corresponds to the viewers eye level when seated.
  • Choose a location that is also close to an electrical outlet and measure the length of the TV’s power cord to be sure it will reach. Please see the safety tips section below for additional requirements on choosing the optimal place to mount your TV.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure the area behind the wall where the TV will hang is clear of obstructions by using a cable-wire tester/locator before drilling. This will avoid damage to house wiring.
  • Turn off power in the area you will be drilling/cutting to avoid electric shock.
  • Make sure that you understand local building and fire codes. If you are routing cables inside your wall, use models that are rated for in-wall installation. Do NOT route cables through your wall that lack this safety rating. If you want to keep cables not rated for in-wall hidden, you will need to hire an electrician or purchase an easy-to-install cable management raceway, which will hide your cables on the outside of the wall.

Get started . . .

Step 1

  • Attach the TV mounting bracket to the television.  If there is a stand on your TV frame, remove it by unbolting it.
  • Locate your mounting holes on the back of your TV. Most flat panel TVs do not have their mounting holes exposed. If necessary, use a screwdriver to pry off the plastic caps that cover the holes.
  • The TV portion of the bracket comes in two pieces. Make sure you line up the screw holes on each side so that the mount is level. Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on TV, using the bolts provided with your mounting kit. Do not use a power drill for this and be careful not to over-tighten.
  • Set your TV to the side. It’s best to not keep your TV lying face-down as this could cause damage to your screen.

Step 2

Note: Not all brackets are mountable on concrete or brick, and only some will include the appropriate hardware. You may need to order additional materials from the manufacturer or purchase some supplies from your local hardware store, such as concrete wall anchors. Be sure to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual.

  • Use a stud finder to locate nearby studs at your mounting location. To safely and securely mount your TV to the wall, you’ll need to drill the bracket into these wooden studs. Once you have located each stud, mark the center of each with a pencil or masking tape.
  • Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV mounting arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud, corresponding to these holes. Use a level to verify that the bracket is level before securing it to the wall.
  • Have your helper keep it stable while you screw it into the wall to make sure it stays level. After securing the bracket to the wall, check the level again. NOTE:  Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they CANNOT support TV wall mounts.

Step 3

  • Connect the cables. If you are attaching your TV to a fixed mount laying flat on the wall, you may find it easier to connect the cables to the television before attaching to wall bracket.
  • Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged.
  • Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the audio and video to the television per the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • If you route your cables along the outside of your wall, you’ll want to keep the power and A/V cables separate to avoid interference. Don’t bundle them together, and try to keep a couple of inches of distance between them throughout the run. Some cable management raceways include two separate wiring channels for this purpose.
  • If you are going to run the A/V cables inside the wall, follow these instructions:
    • Shut off the power to the area you’re working in.
    • You’ll need to cut holes for the A/V cables to enter and exit the wall. Use your stud finder to check for obstacles behind the wall, then drill a pilot hole. This is a small exploratory hole, drilled in the center of the space. Use caution when drilling pilot holes, so you don’t plunge your bit into a pipe or electrical conduit. Next, insert a sturdy wire (such as a bent coat hanger) into the pilot hole, and explore the space behind the wall where you’d like to cut. You should also explore nearby crawlspaces or review your electrical and plumbing plans (available from your builder) to make sure you know what’s behind the drywall before you cut. Don’t cut unless you know that the area behind the wall is clear.
    • When cutting drywall, use a hand-held drywall saw (not an electric one) and cut slowly. Cut the drywall in one piece, on an inward slant, so that it’s easier to patch later if necessary.

Step 4

  • Hang the TV. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ALONE.  You will need another person to help you lift and secure to the bracket.
  • Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure the connections.
  • Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your installation with a few light tugs.
  • If your bracket allows for tilting or swiveling, make those adjustments.
  • Test and troubleshoot connections and TV functions to be sure they all work. Make adjustments as necessary.

Step 5

  • Sit back and relax, you’re done!

Not comfortable with mounting your television yourself? No worries, just call a professional.  P.C. Richard & Son has professional electronic installers available in the NY, NJ, PA and CT areas.  Learn more about our installation packages here.


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Top 10 Dorm Room Essentials


Back to school, whether you are preparing to go away for the first time or preparing to go back, it’s time to make a list of what you need.  We did a friendly poll and asked the question “What do you need when you go back to school?” – below are the top 10 answers.

#1 Laptop

 Laptops are essential to campus life.  When looking to purchase a laptop it is good to keep a few things in mind.

  • Size – pick a portable size, something  light that can be stored easily
  • Processors – faster is always better. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a processor either, there are less expensive processors that will easily handle students’ web, email, word processor, and spreadsheet requirements.
  • Memory and Hard Drive – You may want to talk to university about minimum requirements of memory and what size Hard Drive you may need.  Your university may offer shared space on a network server for student files.
  • Battery Life – It may not always be easy to plug in on the go, so you may want to find a battery that can last at least 5 hours.

On a budget, check out Samsung Chromebook 11.6” Exynos Dual Core Processor Chromebook Computer for $229.99.

#2 Printer

You may not have time to stop by the library before class to print out that paper that’s due. Having your own printer can come in handy. You do not need anything fancy, just something reliable. The HP Wireless All-In-One Printer can easily handle printing out papers and other assignments.

#3 TV

Every student enjoys downtime in their dorm room watching their favorite TV shows. Dorm rooms tend to be small so no need for a big screen, a screen between 24” and 39” should be fine. You can get a Proscan 32” Class LED HDTV for under $200. I would suggest, if possible, mounting your TV to the wall instead of buying a TV stand, you will save money and space.

#4 Mini Fridge

Anybody who has lived on campus will tell you, you need a mini fridge. It is perfect for storing drinks and small snacks. A mini fridge will save you a little cash too. Instead of buying an individual drink every day, you can buy a 6 or 12 pack of your favorite drink, buying in bulk is much cheaper. Same goes for small snacks like fruit. When you are on the go and have no time to sit and have breakfast, grabbing an apple or orange from your mini fridge on the way out the door can be a great convenience.

#5 Microwave

So much for home cooking you’re in college now! Don’t be too worried you will be amazed how many recipes you can find for cooking with a microwave online. This is one of my favorite sites for awesome microwave recipes. Just like the mini fridge having a microwave will save you money as well. Going out for meals everyday can be costly, having the option to make a few of your own meals will minimize how much you eat out.

#6 Desk

Sometimes you can’t always get to the library having a place to do your school work is key. When looking for a desk you want to find a size that will easily fit in the space you will be occupying and also room for your laptop to sit. The Bell’O Computer Desk/Workcenter is perfect for the dorm, with a built in shelf you can store some of books as well.

#7 Chair

Well you can’t have a desk without a chair. Besides personal use, an extra sitting area other than the bed can come in handy when you have guests. We have an excellent suggestion for you, Office Star Task Chair, wheels, adjustable height, and on sale right now!

#8 Fan

So it seems even when it’s not summer time a fan is a dorm room essential. You will most likely have no control over the temperature of your dorm room and a fan can help keep a comfortable temperature as well as circulate the air. Fans are inexpensive and take up little room so they are perfect for small spaces.


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Watch HDTV Wirelessly, at an Unbeatable Price!

Those with an LG HDTV with NetCast (or those looking to purchase one) may want to take advantage of the unbeatable price we have on this LG TV Wireless Media Box!

Let LG’s Wireless Media Kit set your TV free from connection clutter. The kit sends a full, uncompressed HD 1080p signal to a compatible LG TV from up to 50 feet away, even through walls and doors. It also includes 4 HDMI inputs that provide 10.2 Gbps of bandwidth for deeper colors and more to take advantage of the best full HD experience.

This wireless kit is especially good for those with mounted televisions in difficult places to run wires to, or for those who simply hate the mess of wires usually attached to their TV. You can also connect it to your TiVO or other recording device to use it in an additional room!

Right now you can save $250 on this device and get it for just $99.97 with free shipping. This is the perfect addition to any LG HDTV with NetCast internet streaming service. A wireless dongle is also required.


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Cablevision Subscribers: How to Watch FOX and the World Series

If you’re a Cablevision subscriber hurting for your favorite FOX shows or are just curious about the dispute, you’ve probably seen the notifications Cablevision is now broadcasting mentioning that FOX is free over the air. Over-the-air channels like FOX are easily accessible with a TV antenna and still comes in HD with surround sound, so you can still enjoy Glee, the World Series, and other FOX programming at no additional cost and with the same quality as a Cablevision cable box.

We have several antenna models available in store (with a slightly larger selection) and online. Before you purchase a TV antenna, check this website to see which direction to point your antenna to based on your address. Make sure to select towers broadcasting FOX on the right-hand side and uncheck everything else. If you live further than 70 miles from a tower or have obstructions around your home, note that it may be difficult to pick up a clear signal. Ask your favorite P.C. Richard & Son sales associate which TV antenna is right for you. This is currently our most popular model.

Do you feel like you’re taking a step back in time by installing a TV antenna? It’s probably appropriate to note here that Sony recently announced that they will no longer be manufacturing the cassette Walkman, so get one of those while you can too!


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P.C. Richard & Son has the Best Mother’s Day Deals for Cameras & Camcorders

We’ve already discussed some great Mother’s Day gift ideas for less than $100, but now you can make your dollar go even further. You can save up to 50% off select cameras and camcorders at P.C. Richard just in time for Mother’s Day!

We have the best prices around, including the Coby SD Camcorder for 50% off at $29.94 with FREE shipping. This camcorder is perfect for capturing home movies. It captures files in AVI format, so they’re easily shareable to friends and family and they’ll be able to view them without special software. Mom can view her recorded videos on her TV with the included AV cable that’s easy to hook up. The camcorder can also be used as a web cam and comes with ArcSoft media impression software that allows you to edit your creations and upload them onto YouTube. It doesn’t get much easier for Mom to make great movies than with this Coby SD camcorder!

You’ll find the second lowest sale price for this item at Amazon for $44, so you can get this product for $15 cheaper and shipped free from us. If you’re thinking of getting your mother a camcorder, I recommend jumping on this offer now before they’re sold out.

We’re also offering a great deal on the Samsung Compact Full HD SD/DHC Camcorder, now 45% off at $98.88 with free shipping. This camcorder records in full High Definition quality that will amaze her. For the mom that’ll appreciate a digital camera more than a camcorder, check out the Olympus 10MP digital camera, which is 46% off at $68.97 and also includes free shipping. To view all of our great Mother’s Day camera/camcorder deals, check out our Facebook Offers & Deals page.

Tip: When you purchase a camcorder or camera, make sure to always check for how much built-in memory the product has and see if it’s expandable. We recommend that anything with a built-in memory of less than 2GB (especially anything with only a few MB) be coupled with a memory card so your mom can get the most out of her gift. A memory card can mean the difference between the ability to take a 30 second clip and a 10 minute masterpiece, so it’s an accessory she’ll really need!

Will you be getting Mom a camcorder? Let us know in the comments.


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Coby Folding Headphones are Awesome for the Office

As I’m writing this blog post at our corporate headquarters, I’m streaming Pandora radio and listening to it through blue Coby sound isolation headphones. I HAD to write about them, because they’re really great quality and only $19.99!

Before buying these headphones, I couldn’t listen to music as much as I wanted throughout the day with my Apple iPod earbuds because they got really uncomfortable in my ears after a while. I normally prefer earbuds over regular headphones because they tend to drown out more outside noise, but I thought that it was time to try out regular headphones anyway. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on headphones I’d only wear at the office and potentially not like wearing, so these inexpensive noise-canceling folding headphones really caught my eye. I was sold when I saw they also had an earbud combo, just in case I really didn’t end up liking big, regular headphones on my head.

Much to my surprise, the larger headphones are lightweight, really comfortable, and great at drowning out surrounding noise. Plus, they fit my tiny head, so I’m really happy with them. I find myself using the earbuds in place of my Apple iPod ones on the go, because their soft noise-canceling padding fits in my ear perfectly. I can comfortably wear both Coby pairs for a lot longer than I could my Apple headphones, so my headphone-buying mission was successful.

They’re also great for the office because both sets are really easy to fit in my desk drawer. The large headphones fold right up and the earbuds come with a really convenient case (with extra noise-cancelling pads!), so they don’t take up much room. And, most importantly, you’ll be blown away by the sound quality for $19.99 headphones ($9.99 each, considering there are two sets in the package). They’re obviously not for professional DJs, but they sound outstanding coming from an MP3 player or computer.

I bought these on a whim and I’m really glad I did. I bought the blue ones, but we also carry them in black, red and silver. You can get a pair to match every outfit!

What are your favorite headphones to use at the office? Let us know!


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