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Wine Review: 2008 Creō Clajeux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

August 30th, 2013 No comments

For many years, experts thought that the only worthwhile wines in the world came from Bordeaux, France. All that changed in 1976, at a wine competition in Paris known as the “Judgement of Paris.” There, French judges did a blind taste-test that pitted Bordeaux wines from France against Cabernet Sauvignons from California. Much to everyone’s surprise, the California wines blew away the competition.

Since the Judgement of Paris, California has been recognized as one of the world’s best wine regions. One grape California is especially known for is Cabernet Sauvignon. Different California regions produce different kinds of Cabernet Sauvignon. The hillside vineyards in areas like Howell Mountain and Mt. Veeder have thin, less rich soils, producing intense wines that, very like the wines of Bordeaux, need to be aged for years to come to maturity. In contrast, wines from the more mountainous vineyards are often big, bold, and fruity, with deep, dark colors and intense berry characteristics.

In Healdsburg, California, above the Russian River Valley, below the hills of the Mayacamas Mountains, and east of the ocean, sits Clajeux Vineyards. Well-drained, rocky, volcanic soils and cooling breezes late in the day make this area a fantastic producer of Cabernet Sauvignon.

One wine that truly showcases this area is the 2008 Creō Clajeux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has aromas of red licorice and black fruits that are sweet like jam or preserves. There is a hint of flowers: violets and roses. On the palate, the 2008 Creō Clajeux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with blackberry and black cherry. The finish is long and complex, with solid but soft tannins.

The 2008 Creō Clajeux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a rare wine that is suited to both be drunk while young, and also being aged for several years. If you want powerful fruit, drink it now. However, this is also an age-worthy Cab from the Mayacamas, and is likely to benefit from six to eight years in the cellar. For maximum enjoyment, purchase a case: drink one now, and open another every couple of years to experience how this wine changes with age and judge when it has matured to perfection.

 

Creative Wine Storage

August 13th, 2013 1 comment

A cellar customized with Vintner wine racks

Lately, your wine collection has grown too ambitious for your storage space. You have bottles in the refrigerator, in the panty, and grouped on every countertop. Clearly, you need a better system.

Your ultimate dream is to own a state-of-the-art wine cellar. It will showcase an eclectic collection from all corners of the world, and be perfectly organized so that you can always find the bottle to pair with tonight’s menu.

When creating the ideal wine cellar, one of the most important considerations is: What kind of racks will hold your precious collection? Since your cellar will be mostly made up of racks, the style you chose will make a big impact. But what options are out there, and what differentiates one from another? Here are six of the most popular types of wine cellar racks:

Vintner Series:

Many wine collectors love Vintner wine racks. Vintner wine racks are a modular system. The racks are available in a variety of heights and styles, so that you can mix and match them to get that high-end custom look at a much lower price. Crafted from premium redwood, Vintner wine racks are meant to last a lifetime. The racks can be constructed in unstained wood, which shows off the natural beauty of the material, or it can be stained in a variety of colors to perfectly match your decor.

WineMaker Series:

If you envision a cellar that is floor-to-ceiling bottles, WineMaker racks might be for you. These wine racks are available in three-foot and four-foot heights and are designed to stack on top of each other, so that you can create a seamless wall of racks, no matter the height of your ceilings.

Vintage View:

Vintage View racks are a great fit for wine collectors drawn to versatility. These metal wine racks are available in a variety of modern, innovative styles, all designed to display bottles with the labels out, making finding what you’re looking for a breeze. The new Evolution series incorporates acrylic panels and chrome-plated metal rods to give a unique, eye-catching look to your wine collection.

Designer Wine Racking:

If you crave that custom, designer look, with a variety of racks in interesting shapes and sizes that perfectly fill your space, look no further than designer wine racks. The best part? Though these racks look custom, they’re actually a modular system, with so many sizes, shapes and storage styles available that no one will ever guess they weren’t build just for your space by a master woodworker.

Rustic Pine Racking:

Crave a simple look for your racking system? Rustic pine racks are the perfect solution. Though there are many wood wine racks out there, some of them are coated in finishes and lacquers that may negatively affect the taste of your wine over time. Rustic pine racks are constructed in real, quality wood and left free of potentially-damaging finishes.

Traditional Redwood:

Redwood is one of the most beautiful unfinished wood choices out there. It’s not right for every environment, but luckily, the cool, dry conditions of a wine cellar are ideal for redwood, and will keep it looking pristine for years. Traditional redwood racks come in a kit system, so you can mix and match different rack heights and styles to give your space a custom look.

Custom Cellar: Poppa’s Wine and Spirits

August 6th, 2013 No comments

Poppa’s Wine & Spirits in Oxford, Mississippi had a business plan: to become the most high-end wine shop in the state. Poppa’s owners set off on an extensive search to find the perfect company to bring their vision to life.

Finally, Poppa’s owners found Vintage Cellars online, and saw that we offer commercial wine racking, and also free designs. They contacted us to come up with the perfect layout for their store.

When we visited, we were immediately struck by the size we were working with: the space was enormous! We immediately got down to the business of working out a design that utilized that huge space in a way that was both beautiful and functional. The room had to flow, with comfortable aisle width between the display racks, yet the wine had to be the main focus of the visit. In addition, wine is not the only thing Poppa’s offers. High end spirits is the second focus of the store. We had to make sure to work those bottles into the design in a fluid way.

Using the concepts we’d discussed and the space provided, we worked together to lay out a store that would allow for the maximum number of bottles possible to be on display, while also being comfortable and easy to navigate for the customer.The final design surpassed all of our goals. The racks hold more than 4,500 bottles. Unique circular racks catch the customers’ eyes and invite them to move farther into the store. Well-designed island racks make the wine easy to access, inviting customers to read the labels and pick up the bottles. We also designed a “high end” wine section using Vintage View racks that is temperature and humidity controlled, keeping the store’s (and customer’s) investment safe.

Not forgetting that wine wasn’t the store’s only focus, we created an area along one of the walls to showcase the store’s liquor collection. Poppa’s topped off the new space with an eclectic mix of art hung from the walls and displayed around the store. The final effect is at once both upscale and inviting. It’s a space we’d love to pop into for a few bottles and chat with the friendly staff, and we’re sure their customers feel the same way.Poppa's wine & spirits wine racking project