Once in a while, the team at Vintage Cellars gets to take part in a unique custom wine cellar project with one of our clients. We always enjoy getting to stretch our creative minds while solving client needs. One of the ways a client with custom cellar needs can find us is through Houzz.com. After browsing our previous work for other clients and by seeing the variety of builds we have done in the past, our Chino Hills approached us to help design a custom wine cellar for their home.
One of the unique aspects of this custom cellars build was a curved wall that would feature the wine collection. The room is located on the first floor off of the client’s bar area and the walls of the room follow the curve underneath their staircase. The client wanted to make use of the space while having it be an attractive display for their wine collection. To accommodate the uniqueness of the cellar’s location and pre-existing architecture of the space, we utilized the customizable Fontenay Vintique product line in order for this project to be completed. These custom racking systems are hand-crafted from new and reclaimed materials, embedding deep history into every new cellar.
Here is a link to the Chino Hills Final CAD where you can view the plans we drew up for this challenging custom cellar project.
We loved that our client requested that this project take on a more “green” and environmentally friendly approach in design. To satisfy this request, we decided to go forward with this project by using Vintique recycled wine barrels to construct the racks. Even though the materials were recycled, this had no impact on the cellar’s ability to have racking that can hold approximately 450 wine bottles in storage. By turning the horizontal barrel staves inward, we were able to create a natural curve of the wines barrel to follow the curve of the wall. Here you can see the unique design of the lower bins called “spider bins”.
Enclosed with a beautiful glass door and a large window looking into the space, we are happy to say this custom project was completed successfully and to the clients needs. Now when friends and family walk down the stairs in this Chino Hills home, they can peer through the window to see this gorgeous custom wine cellar design storing the client’s full wine collection.
Thinking of having custom wine storage built, but overwhelmed by design options? You’re not alone. With dozens of materials and styles available for everything from flooring to wine racks, finding a place to start can be overwhelming. To get your creativity jump-started, here are five of our favorite custom wine storage design ideas:
We’re crazy for this wine cellar’s incredible cascading shelves. As well as adding tons of storage space, the shelves give the room a focal point and an opulent feel.
This wine cellar is gorgeous in every way, but what inspires us most design-wise is the contrast between the floor’s chunky stone flooring and the ceilings more elegant brickwork. The unique mix brings tons of texture and interest to the space.
We love this super-modern take on a wine cellar. Glass doors highlight the beautiful bottles rather than hiding them away, and the clean lines of the design make the cellar fit effortlessly into the room.
If you have big wine cellar dreams but a small amount of space to work with, take inspiration from this photo. Builders transformed a small breakfast nook in a beach house into a spacious wine cellar. Those beautiful glass-and-wrought-iron doors add a unique touch.
We love the lower drawers in this cellar designed to hold wine crates. Besides adding interest by visually breaking up the rows of racks, this design idea offers a great place to store those cases you picked up from your last Napa trip, giving your wine cellar a personal touch.
Drinking good wine with good friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures. If you love to entertain, but hesitate at the work and expense of hosting a dinner party, try a wine-tasting party for your next get-together. With just a few glasses, some bottles of wine, and perhaps a snack or two, you’ve got the makings of a memorable night. Here are our favorite tips for hosting a successful wine-tasting party:
- Start by choosing a theme. Try tasting all wines from Tuscany, or comparing Cabernet Sauvignons from different parts of the world.
- When shopping for the wines you’ll taste, look for a wine merchant that displays staff tasting notes, or hosts tastings itself–both good indications that the employees are knowledgeable wine enthusiasts who can make good recommendations.
- Limit your tasting to five or six wines. More will overwhelm the palate.
- Keep it simple by providing one Bordeaux glass for each guest to use for the whole tasting.
- Cover the table with white tablecloth–it’s the best background against which to judge the wine color.
- Traditionally, a tasting pour is two ounces. A standard-size bottle will provide a taste for eight to 10 guests.
- Make sure to provide a bucket into which guests can to dump unwanted wine.
- A good rule of thumb: put reds in the refrigerator 15 to 30 minutes before guests arrive. Take whites out of the refrigerator a few minutes before you pour them to take the chill off.
- To help your guests cleanse their palate between tastings, set out bread and water. In case they want a little something more to nibble on, serve a few snacks, too. A few ideas: a plate of olives, a charcuterie board, a few cheeses, a selection of crostini.
- Work from dry to sweet white wines, and from light to heavy reds. It’s also best to start with younger wines and progress to more mature ones.
- Make a tasting card (or print out this one from Epicurious.com) that lists the type of wine, the year, the vineyard that made it, and a brief description of the wine’s attributes. Or keep the cards blank and put each wine in a bag (or cover it with foil) to create a blind wine tasting.
- Serve a popular wine from the tasting to guests who want to linger afterwards.
Do you have any tips for hosting a great wine-tasting that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments!