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VintageView Wine Racks Named Best of the Year

October 8th, 2010 No comments

Apartment Therapy, the trendy website for design, technology, cooking, and other fun stuff, has just released its list of the best wine racks of the year. One favorite? VintageView wine racks. Good choice, Apartment Therapy–they’re one of our favorites too!

VintageView wine racks

VintageView wine racks use a unique design that allows you to store bottles label-forward rather than cork-forward, so that you can find out what’s in the bottle without disturbing the contents. Ingenious!

VintageView racks are meant to be customized.  You can purchase a single rack perfect for the corner of your studio apartment, or you can choose to outfit your entire wine cellar with floor-to-ceiling racks.  Racks come in single, double, or even triple-deep sizes, and magnum-sized racks are available too.  Whew!  With so many choices, it’s not wonder that VintageView racks are a designer’s dream.

Do you have VintageView wine racks in your home or business?

Sustainable Wine Storage

July 9th, 2010 No comments

Aerial view of a forested town

This town and the surrounding forest have benefitted from sustainable practices. (from wikipedia)

As we’ve previously discussed here on the blog, green is in! More than ever, people are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to the products they use in their daily lives. Using sustainable wood products is an important part of this effort. The forests of our planet are our oxygen factories, and we can’t live without them. Dwindling forests make for poor air quality, leave land open to being washed away by rainfall, and reduce the habitats of animals and humans.

Not using wood is an option, and if you want to go that route with your wine racks we have great metal wine racks available, including sideways racks that will display your wine labels. But many people strongly prefer the traditional look of wood, and for some applications there’s no good substitute. So what is the environmentally conscious person to do?

SFI Initiative

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

In recent years, several non-profit agencies have formed to certify the sustainability of wood suppliers. Their goal is to ensure that forests will continue to supply our needs for wood products, oxygen, animal habitats, etc for the present and future. Various agencies have different standards for certification, but they all share the goal of keeping our natural resources sustainably available. You can make a statement to forestry companies and make a commitment to the environment by purchasing wood products that come from sustainable-certified forests.
Here at Vintage Cellars, most of our wood wine racks are made from materials that are certified by either SFI or FSC, two major agencies that certify forests as sustainable. Click here for a comparison of these two agencies (PDF). Most of our Vintner wine racks, Designer wine racks and Redwood wine racks as well as our commercial wine racks are made from wood that is certified by one of these agencies.
More information on sustainable forestry is available on SFI’s site or you can get the Wikipedia overview here.

The Almost-Custom Wine Cellar

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Vintner Series 3 ft. Open Diamond Bin Wine RackThe wine and wine storage industries are not immune to tough economic times. I read a statistic not long ago that showed the consumption of wine is up (by volume) while revenue is down roughly 25%. Basically that means we are all drinking more wine–that’s a plus. The bad news for the wine industry: the market has moved to less expensive, lower quality wines. The even worse news for the wine storage industry: those wines are consumed and not moved to long term storage.

People still needs wine racks to store their wine.  The average wine collector still wants a quality place to store their wine. But in many cases, the luxury of a custom cellar is no longer attainable.  How can you get a custom-looking wine cellar at a kit price? The answer: Vintner Wine Racking Kits. The kit side of the wine storage has always been plagued by the lack of adaptability.   If a kit is 72 inches high, it’s 72 inches high.   There is no real design, spirit or imagination that accompanies a kit design.

Vintner Wine Racking Kits have solved that problem.   They come in 4 foot and 3 foot high sections to adapt to different ceiling heights. An individual or designer (like myself) can add some wine racking imagination with stackable kits. There are also different base heights, molding options and a center trim molding to create a custom wine cellar feel.  Recently, to help Vintage Cellars customers fit into a specific budget, I have designed a specific wine cellar using Vintner Kits. I’ve been impressed with the results. If your budget does not allow a complete high quality custom design, semi-custom wine racking kits are your next best option. It’s flexible, design-friendly and high quality. Sound like the solution for you? Call me and let’s discuss your new almost-custom wine cellar design.

jake

Go Green with Recycled Materials

August 14th, 2009 No comments

Vintage Cellars is proud to announce two new ways to move toward sustainability in the building industry.  Yes, we have taken wine racking and gone “green”.  As you know, over the past 20 years Vintage Cellars has been the Southern California leader in high end custom hand made wine racking.  Our quality and reputation are unmatched in the industry.  Now, it’s our turn to lead the wine storage industry into the future.

Recently, Vintage Cellars was presented with a unique opportunity.  In a complete home tear down and rebuild project in Beverly Hills, we took the existing cedar siding on the old home and hand milled new wine racks.  Not a step was skipped in the process.  We worked with the client to design their dream wine cellar, used an existing portion of the old home and built beautiful custom hand made wine racks.  We have the ability in the marketplace to produce a 100% recycled wine rack.

If you read the previous wine blog, you know Vintage Cellar also designs and builds wine cellars with unique wine racks known as the Vintique Collection.  Vintique wine racks are made from recycled wine barrels and fermentation tanks from the Napa Valley.  The wine barrels and tanks are dismantled and re-engineered into recycled wine racks, individual wine bottle storage, diamond bins, case storage, glass racks, archways and anything you can imagine.

As you can see, Vintage Cellars is leading wine cellars towards sustainability and green building.  For more information or to learn more about the release of these environmentally friendly recycled wine racks, please contact us.

Wine Barrels Become Unique Cellar Furnishings

July 21st, 2009 No comments
Vintique Collection

Vintique Collection

Custom wine racking has finally gone “green”.  Recently, I started working with the Vintique Collection of custom wine racks.  Vintique wine racks are made from recycled wine barrels and fermentation tanks.  The wine barrels and tanks are dismantled and re-engineered into individual wine bottle storage, diamond bins, case storage, glass racks, archways and anything you can imagine.  Barrel heads, outer and inner sides can be used in these unique one of a kind wine racks.  The natural beauty of the Vintique wine racks and other products is what engages me.  The inner sides can range from a light purple to a deep velvety red.  The outer sides have have distinct markings from the hoops of the barrel.  No two wine rooms will ever be the same.  Forget about stains and wood types when you look at the Vintique Collection and just let the natural beauty of these recycled barrels and tanks make its mark.  I’m currently designing several wine cellars in the Southern California area using the Vintique Collection, however, this is not limited locally.  Designs can be done around the country using any wine cellar space.

Browse our collection of Fontenay Vintique custom wine racks here.