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Announcing the WhisperKOOL SC Series

August 1st, 2012 No comments

WhisperKOOL SC replaces the WhisperKOOL XLT series
Vintage Cellars is pleased to announce the new WhisperKOOL SC series. The WhisperKOOL SC cooling units replace the WhisperKOOL XLT series, a long-time popular product for wine connoisseurs looking to provide their wine with the most consistent environment possible. The new WhisperKOOL SC series maintains all the features of the WhisperKOOL XLT products, with additional tweaks and adjustments based on years of customer feedback. The WhisperKOOL SC series is also housed in an all-new casing.

WhisperKOOL SC cooling units, like their XLT predecessors, come in five sizes to suit wine cellars up to 8000 cubic feet. The smallest SC cooling unit is designed for cellars up to 300 cubic feet, allowing you to select an efficient model for your smaller cellar.

If you have a WhisperKOOL XLT cooling unit in your wine cellar now, rest assured that you will still be able to purchase WhisperKOOL XLT parts and accessories for the foreseeable future. When your XLT cooling unit is in need of a replacement, the WhisperKOOL SC series cooling units are direct replacements for WhisperKOOL XLT cooling units, so the upgrade should be low-fuss.

If you have any questions about your cooling unit needs, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. The Vintage Cellars team is always pleased to work with wine lovers to get the ideal wine storage environment, whether you’re looking for a new WhisperKOOL SC unit, parts for your existing WhisperKOOL XLT cooling system, or other wine cooling needs.

Upcoming California Wine Events

July 24th, 2012 No comments

Good morning, wine lovers! At Vintage Cellars, we know you love wine, and we’re pretty sure you love California, too (we sure do!). There are dozens of fantastic wine events in California–in fact, you could probably go to a different California wine event every day for the rest of the summer if you really wanted to. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like us, you simply don’t have the time for a wine event per day. But we’re here to help. Here’s a list of some upcoming California wine events you might want to visit.

  1. Magic & Wine: Really! On August 5 in Malibu, you can hit a wine tasting followed by a David Minkin magic performance. This unusual wine event only has a few tickets left, but other dates are available.
  2. Make a Wish: Drink wine for a good cause. On August 12 in Ventura, you can taste from a list of 100+ wines and bid in a silent auction, all to benefit the Make A Wish foundation.
  3. Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival: From August 9-12, the LA Food & Wine festival will be dishing out fabulous food and wonderful wines. Wolfgang Puck is already sold out, but there’s lots of other options available including Asian themed and caviar events. Check out the lineup–this is about 15 wine events in one!
  4. San Diego Wine Classic: Right here in San Diego, this one’s a bit further off but that just gives you time to plan! November 14-18 in San Diego, it’s billed as being the largest Southern California wine event. There’s a detailed calendar on the website, and it looks like there’s something for everyone.
  5. Cabernet: If you’re into Cabernets, this one might be for you. It’s a pre-release tasting of two 96 point Cabs: the 2009 Robert Craig Mt. Veeder and Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignons. August 29 in Carlsbad.
  6. 5 Course Dinner Tasting: Also on the 29th, Groth Vineyards is having a 5 course dinner and wine tasting in the Normal Heights area of San Diego. Also heavy on Cabernets!
  7. Foxen Winemaker Dinner: August 12 in San Diego, Wine Vault & Bistro is hosting a tasting dinner. The food and wine menu are both available and it sounds like a truly delicious evening.

If you’re looking for a great wine event in southern California, these are all great picks. There’s also an extensive calendar of SoCal wine events (as well as other regions) at this website.

Have you been to a recent wine event in California, or know of a San Diego event we missed that’s a must-drink? Tell us about it in the comments!

Featured: EuroCave Wine Cabinets

February 17th, 2011 No comments

If you’ve ever wanted a way to put wine storage in your dining room, living room or other social space without altering the look and feel of your space, EuroCave‘s fine-furniture looks will definitely be to your liking. Today, I want to feature one of the most elegant wine cabinets on the market: the EuroCave Elite 283 with glass doors.

EuroCave Elite wine cabinet The EuroCave Elite series features solid beechwood cabinetry in a choice of 8 finish options, including the choice of leaving it unfinished so that you can have it custom finished to match other furniture. As you can see in the above photo, EuroCave’s finishes are rich and almost mirror-shiny. We have mahogany finished cabinets available on the website, but you can call us to order another finish. Our staff will be happy to help you choose the right options for your EuroCave cabinet.

eurocave elite finish colors

EuroCave Elite cabinets are available in 7 finish colors or unvarnished so you can have it finished to match other furniture.

Your EuroCave Elite 283 single-temperature cabinet comes with 2 adjustable shelves, one display shelf and four beech-trimmed rolling shelves. But if you like to customize, you’ll be pleased to know that you can order adjustable display shelves, rolling tasting shelves and presentation shelves as upgrades to your cabinet. Seen through the glass door, the wood-trimmed shelves add to the rich looks of this French-styled cabinet. But if you prefer, you can also get this cabinet with a solid wood door.

The EuroCave Elite 283 holds approximately 223 bottles, depending on shelf configuration and the size of your bottles. It will keep each and every bottle perfectly chilled, and with humidity management systems it will also keep the corks in great shape so you’re never disappointed by corked bottles. If you like to store both reds and whites, you may want to look at the multi-temperature version as well. Basically, EuroCave has thought of everything; the EuroCave Elite cabinets combine elegance and style with top of the line cooling and humidity management, along with enough options to ensure you get exactly what you want from your wine cabinet.

Oh, and did I mention: The EuroCave Elite wine cabinets are currently on sale for around $1000 off their regular retail price. Find a better price somewhere else? We’ll do our best to match it. Just give us a call at 1-800-876-8789.

Wine Storage Tourism?

February 10th, 2011 2 comments

Wine cellar in an old mine in Cricova, Moldova

Image source: www.sejur.com

This morning, I was doing something that you may very well have been doing just seconds ago: Browsing the web for wine-related news. I came across an article (a well-illustrated one, too!) about the underground wine cellars of Moldova.

Now odds are good that you can’t find Moldova on a map (I can’t), and you may never have even heard of this tiny eastern European country. However, Moldova is apparently the 7th largest wine exporter in the world, and the limestone-mines-turned-wine-cellar house hundreds of bottles of wine. These cellars have made the town of Cricova a tourist attraction worthy of being visited by wine enthusiasts in particular, although the beauty of the area attracts a variety of tourists.

This all got me thinking about wine storage tourism. We’re all pretty familiar with the idea of wine tourism–Napa Valley, French wine country–but you don’t hear about wine storage tourism, by which I mean travel aimed at seeing historic wine storage sites. The mine-cellars of Moldova cannot possibly be the only historic wine storage site worthy of tourist traffic.

Have you ever been on a wine-storage tourism jaunt, or included a wine storage site in your itinerary? We’d love to hear about where you went and what you saw!

New Arrival: CellarCool CX Cooling Units

February 3rd, 2011 No comments

CellarCool CX 2200 wine cellar cooling unit

CellarCool CX 2200, for wine cellars up to 265cf

We’re pleased to announce a new product line! The CellarCool wine cellar cooling units are now available. CellarCool’s cooling systems are designed to offer excellent cooling power and dependability, at a price that’s affordable for beginning collectors. They are available in sizes for cellars from 265 to 2000 cubic feet and start at under $1000. The CellarCool systems are designed for simple through the wall installation, but should not be vented into areas where the temperature may exceed 85 degrees since they have a 30 degree temperature differential. This makes them best suited for indoor installations. The CellarCool CX series maintains temperature with a digital thermostat control that’s easy to set and read. Four models are available for various cellar sizes, and since the units are built in the same size and shape as other popular brands, CellarCool CX cooling units are typically a direct replacement for Breezaire and Wine Mate cooling units.

So if you’re in the market for your first wine cellar cooling system, or you need a solid and affordable replacement for your aging cooling unit, check out the CellarCool CX line of cellar cooling systems. Have questions? Leave a comment or give us a call–the Vintage Cellars team is here to help!

It’s No ‘Dilemma’–Vintage View Wine Racks Are Fantastic!

January 27th, 2011 No comments

Have you seen The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn? Did you notice the wine racks? Check it out:

Vince Vaughn in the Dilemma

Photo credit Universal Pictures

The wine racks in The Dilemma are Vintage View sideways hanging wine racks, some of our absolute favorite wine racks. Their strength, ease of installation and attractive appearance have made them a superior choice for wine collectors everywhere–and clearly they caught the eye of The Dilemma’s set designers as well.

Investing in Wine Can Offer Great Returns

November 19th, 2010 No comments

…and as this infographic points our, you can always drink your failed investments, a pleasure that certainly doesn’t apply to failed real estate or stocks.

The best investment wines are almost always the higher-priced wines from longstanding winemakers. Those bottles are more likely to remain in high demand than are lower-priced wines. Wine is a market of tradition–pedigree and provenance are key.

When buying wine as an investment, it’s important to buy from a trustworthy source–just a few days in bad conditions can significantly damage a wine, and you won’t be able to tell by looking at the bottle. The web has become a massive marketplace for wine (and everything else!), but buy with care. The same applies for when you sell your investments, though–if you haven’t taken perfect care of your bottles, they won’t be worth top dollar. All the more reason to build a good wine cellar!

The infographic below covers some more details on the performance of investment wines (look how it compares to the stock market over the last few years), as well as a few other “alternative” investment options…none of which are drinkable, unfortunately!

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Infographic by GourmetGiftBaskets.com

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Featured in Wine Spectator: The Gilliland Wine Cellar

November 17th, 2010 1 comment

Three Vintage Cellars custom wine cellar projects were recently featured in Wine Spectator magazine. You can click that link to see the original article; in this post we are focusing on the details of one of the cellars. Click the photos for larger versions.

The Gilliland wine cellar in San Diego, built in 2009, was designed to be the focal point of the dining room. This is a small wine cellar, holding only 750 bottles or so, but it has a lot of personality. To create the space for the wine cellar, a bump-out was added to the wall. You can see the framing for this addition below:

Gilliland wine cellar framing

The framing for the bump-out to to create space for the Gilliland wine cellar.


This framing allowed for about 80 square feet of wine cellar space. After constructing the addition, the entire area was sealed, vapor-barriered and insulated to maintain temperature and prevent moisture build-up (you can read more about building a wine cellar on the main site).

The Gilliland cellar was outfitted with wine racks and display shelving, including a display area on the left side that isn’t shown in Wine Spectator:
Wine racks in the Gilliland wine cellar

There is also adjustable shelving for large-format bottles in the center of the room (you can also see a Rogar Estate bottle opener in the foreground; there is a 10% off coupon for these openers available on the Vintage Cellars Facebook, Twitter and email newsletter right now!):
Gilliland adjustable wine racks for large format bottles

The cellar is outfitted with insulated glass doors framed by a stone facade and opens into the dining room.

doors to the Gilliland wine cellar.

Small wine cellars can pack a surprising amount of wine and interesting features into a minimal space. This cellar, designed to enhance the owner’s enjoyment of their collection rather than to store investment wines, is a perfect example of how a small wine cellar can be a big enhancement to a home.

Ready to think about your own custom wine cellar project? Check out more Vintage Cellars custom wine cellars and call us for a free quote and design assistance.

Vintage Cellars Featured in Wine Spectator!

November 12th, 2010 No comments

inside a custom Vintage Cellars wine cellarVintage Cellars was delighted to be featured in Wine Spectator’s November 30th issue (on sale now). The article featured Vintage Cellars wine cellar projects in Escondido and San Diego, one of which is pictured above in high resolution. More from the article (click for larger images):

The Gilliland\'s 750-bottle wine cellar in San Diego, completed in \'09, features large-format storage.

The Gilliland’s 750-bottle wine cellar in San Diego, completed in ’09, features large-format storage.

More about the Gilliland wine cellar, including additional images.

Michael Thiemann\'s 4000-bottle San Diego wine cellar is the oldest featured--it was completed in \'03 and houses some lovely antique furniture in addition to wine.

Michael Thiemann’s 4000-bottle San Diego wine cellar is the oldest featured–it was completed in ’03 and houses some lovely antique furniture in addition to wine.

 

The Gerardy\'s Escondido wine cellar holds 4000 bottles and has a gorgeous slate floor.

The Gerardy’s Escondido wine cellar holds 4000 bottles and has a gorgeous slate floor.

 

Wine Spectator Cover

Look for this cover to pick up the issue!

You can pick up a copy at your favorite newsstand or wine shop to read more about these and other featured wine cellars. The article was split into sections on small, medium and large wine cellars, so it is worth a read for collectors of any scale.
For more photos of custom wine cellars, flip through the slideshows on our custom wine cellar design page. Thinking of building your own? We offer free design consultations and can work with you from sketches to finishing touches.

Manage Your Wine Cellar From Your iPad!

November 3rd, 2010 No comments
eSommelier wine cellar management system

The eSommelier touchscreen computer and barcode scanner & printer

We’ve talked before about eSommelier wine management systems, a fabulous barcode-based computerized organization system for wine cellars, but they have recently announced some upgrades that really kick up the value of this product. One of those new features is the iPad access.

eSommelier has optimized their web access for the iPad, so you can access your wine library on the go. If you save the “web app” as a favorite on your home screen, you have one-touch access to your wine library any time.

Now, I don’t see any particular reason why this experience should be limited to the iPad–it’s a web app, which means that it’s actually not an app at all. Apps, in the usual sense, are downloaded software and can be dependent on the particular hardware or software features of an iPad. “Web apps” are more like a saved bookmark in your web browser (like the bookmark you have for the VC blog. You DO have us bookmarked, right?) and are mostly dependent on the web browser (in the case of the iPad, it runs in Safari). So this should work the same-but-smaller on an iPhone, although I haven’t been able to test it myself. Remember, web access also works on any computer!

If you’re wondering when you’d ever use this go-anywhere access, consider the wine lover with over 1000 bottles in his or her cellar. When this wine lover goes shopping for more wine (because he was smart enough to build his cellar bigger than his collection!), he can now take his virtual wine catalog along with him on his iPad. If shopping from the web, he can call up the wine library in another browser window and compare his collection to his potential purchases, saving him a trip to the wine cellar. Less hassle, fewer cellar door openings to let out your perfectly chilled air, and none of the discomfort that would come from doing your wine shopping from a laptop while sitting in your 55 degree cellar. Chilly!

If you’re interested in other wine-related uses for your smartphone or tablet device, check out our technology and wine tag or the several posts on wine apps.