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Vintage Cellars Sponsors San Diego BBB Mixer

November 15th, 2011 No comments

Founded in 1921, the San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been at the forefront of advancing marketplace trust.  By providing carefully-researched information to the public, the BBB helps consumers make informed purchase decisions, and informs them of businesses they can trust.  Searching for businesses that meet the high demands of BBB accreditation is easy, and you can browse through over 125,000 local businesses, charities, and organizations online.  Recently, the San Diego BBB hosted a November mixer which Vintage Cellars was proud to sponsor (Vintage Cellars has been a BBB accredited business since 2007).  Held at Dave & Buster’s, the event featured some of the finest area businesses.  Vintage Cellars was well represented, and below is a photo of our table at the event.  You can tell we were all having a great time!

Vintage Cellars at the San Diego BBB Mixer

Vintage Cellars' table at the San Diego BBB Mixer in November, 2011. From Left: Chris, Jake, and founder Gene Walder.

Wine Collections: Fantastic Investments in Uncertain Times

October 13th, 2011 No comments
A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (image from Wikipedia)

To date, the most expensive bottle of wine sold at auction was a 1787 label-less bottle with “Lafite” and “Th. J.” etched on its front; it was a bottle of wine which some believe to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson.  (The controversy surrounding this claim continues.)  Though the value of the wine was listed as “inestimable,” it sold for 105,000 pound sterling on December 5th, 1985.

With today’s economic uncertainties, instead of investing in stocks, several people are deciding to invest in tangible items like rare works of art, original manuscripts by famous authors and composers, clocks, watches, gemstones, old cars, and… wines!  Much of today’s “wine investment” focuses on old and rare wines, similar to the “Jefferson” bottle (mentioned above, and purchased by Christopher Forbes).  Earlier in 2011, a collection of 300 bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild sold in Hong Kong for $540,000, making the record books for the highest-valued lot at any wine auction this year (so far).

Wine collections, unlike many equities, have value that appreciates quickly because of continued (and growing) interest of collectors worldwide.  And since investing in various financial services has become less-than-promising for many people (low interest rates, stock markets too temperamental, etc.), purchasing wine allows collectors to invest in something that is not completely dependent on the state of the global marketplace.

So if, like many others, you’ve been burned by the stock market, perhaps investing a small portion of your net worth in a wine collection may be worth considering.  You’ll have a tangible product in your cellar that, if stored properly, will most likely appreciate.  Plus, if wine is your hobby, you’ll have a great deal of fun searching for those elusive bottles!  If you do decide to invest in a serious wine collection, and do not yet have a wine cellar, visit Vintage Cellar’s custom wine cellar page to learn how easy it is to have a professional cellar designed to house the treasures you acquire.  Who knows?  Perhaps your collection will make the record books for being a high-valued lot, too?

Jake Austad to Attend 3rd Annual Trump Wine & Beer Festival

August 27th, 2011 No comments
Trump Wine and Beer Festival Poster

The 3rd Annual Trump Wine & Beer Festival

What’s Donald Trump’s favorite wine?  We’ll soon be able to ask Jake Austad!  Remember Jake?  (He’s the guy who toured California’s wine country earlier this year, giving Vintage Cellars fun updates about his travels and tastings!)  Well, the same Jake Austad is now going to be representing Vintage Cellars at the 3rd Annual Trump Wine & Beer Festival this Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Held at the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, CA, the list of represented wineries, breweries, and additional exhibitors is quite impressive!  In addition to live entertainment and food concessions, general admission also includes unlimited wine and beer sampling.  Mmmmm…  Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit two worthy organizations: the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, and the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital.  If you’re nearby, check it out!  We can’t guarantee you’ll meet Donald Trump, but we’re pretty confident you’ll be able to strike up a conversation with Jake Austad.

Meet Our New Custom Cellar Design Request Form!

August 22nd, 2011 No comments

Custom Wine Cellar Design

Have you always dreamed of having your own wine cellar? Or, if you’re new to collecting, is your cabinet filling up faster than you expected? It might be time to look into building a custom wine cellar—and Vintage Cellars is the exact right place to come.

Use the new Custom Cellar Design Request form, easily accessible from our Custom Wine Cellar Design page, to tell us all about your dream wine cellar. You’ll need to have an idea about the size of your collection, your desired cooling system, and your budget, as well as the intended location of your wine cellar. Once we have all of your information, we will contact you about your cellar design. We will do our best to meet your budget needs and timeline by incorporating our racking kit styles into your design.

Just look for this button (or just click this one!):

Custom Cellar Design Request Button

And get ready to discuss the luxury custom wine cellar you’ve been wishing for!

Introducing the New WineMaker Wine Racks

August 12th, 2011 No comments

A wine cellar outfitted with WineMaker wine racks.The Vintner Wine Rack Series has always been popular here at Vintage Cellars, but we realized many customers are seeking the most affordable, economical option when it comes to outfitting their wine cellars. Our new WineMaker Wine Rack Series offers many of the same options as the Vintner Series, but at a lower price point.

The WineMaker Wine Rack Kits were created with customization in mind. They are made of Premium Redwood and have a variety of staining options to help you match them to your wine cellar’s current furniture and décor, and they stack easily on top of each other to maximize storage space for a variety of ceiling heights. This helps you create a flawless floor-to-ceiling look, which is both visually appealing and practical.

WineMaker 10-Column Wine Rack with Display Row

They also help you showcase your favorite bottles of wine. Most WineMaker Wine Rack styles come with a display row option, which increases visibility of your prized wine bottle labels. WineMaker’s sheer number of racking and display choices allow you to create a wine cellar that shows off your personal style and taste, all while keeping your wine bottles snug and secure behind the rails’ rounded edges.

If you’re looking for unique, beautiful wine cellar racking and storage that won’t break the bank, Vintage Cellars’ WineMaker Wine Rack Kits are the way to go. Check out our online catalog, or give us a call at 1-800-876-8789 to start designing your wine cellar’s custom interior.

ETL-Certified Monterey WineKeepers: The Safest Way to Preserve & Dispense Wine

July 18th, 2011 No comments

ETL Product logo

Several of Vintage Cellars’ products are ETL-certified (see our Education Center article about ETL for more information about the certification), but three of the new Monterey WineKeeper products are our first WineKeeper Wine Preservers & Dispensers to be tested and approved by Intertek‘s Electrical Testing Labs!

Feel confident that our Monterey 4-Bottle ETL WineKeeper, Monterey 8-Bottle ETL WineKeeper, and Monterey 12-Bottle ETL WineKeeper offer the safest way to preserve and dispense wine in your restaurant or bar. These products can cool several bottles of wine at once and they make dispensing both reds and whites a snap, especially during parties or wine tasting events. Monterey ETL WineKeepers keep your wine tasting fresh for weeks, so you never have to worry when you’re too tired for more than a single glass of wine before bed, and they reduce the risk of you filling up your fridge with half-consumed bottles.

So, consider an ETL-Certified Monterey WineKeeper. You’ll know that Intertek independently tested it for safety, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how perfect each and every glass of wine will taste and feel.

ETL Magnum 12 Bottle Wine Keeper

Visit Vintage Cellars’ Wine Storage Education Center!

June 27th, 2011 No comments

Wine Cellar

Have a question about how wine cooling systems work?  Wondering about the similarities and differences between various wine racks and wine racking kits?  Need help choosing the right wine cabinet for your needs and living space?  Perhaps you simply want to learn more about how wine preservation systems work to keep your open bottles as fresh as possible?  Now is the time to take advantage of Vintage Cellars’ own Wine Storage Education Center.  Packed with information about these topics, plus additional information pertaining to various wines, opening and serving wine, wine cellars, humidity control, thermoelectric and vapor compression cooling, the science of aging wine, wine glasses, decanters, and much more, the Wine Storage Education Center is your source for information concerning all things wine-related.  With technical, historical, and even scientific articles,  you’re bound to come away learning something new about the wine you love.  And perhaps you’ll be inspired to try some of the tips you read at home?

  • An example of a versatile article that covers much ground is Stephanie Warren’s The Science of Wine Aging.  In this engaging composition, Stephanie succinctly provides a brief history of wine aging, delves into the chemistry of wine aging discussing compounds like esters and tannins, explains how oxidation impacts wine, and reveals the ideal conditions in which wines age the best.  That’s quite a bit!
  • Wine Opener: A step-by-step article on how to properly present and open a bottle of wine at the table.
  • In Decanters & Decanting, decanting procedures are discussed in detail along with how decanting varies for wines of various ages, how quickly to serve wines after decanting, etc.

The Wine Storage Education Center is designed to be a valuable resource to enhance your wine enjoyment.  Visit often to learn about the latest developments in wine technology, as well as wine basics!

Introducing The Next Generation of WhisperKOOL Cooling Units

June 3rd, 2011 No comments

WhisperKOOL 5000ti Platinum Extreme Cooling System

Just in at Vintage Cellars are the powerful WhisperKOOL 5000ti Platinum Extreme Cooling System and the WhisperKOOL 5000ti Platinum Extreme Fully Ducted Cooling System.  Both of these advanced products are high-end, self-contained cooling units at the very top of the WhisperKOOL line.  These state-of-the-art cooling units are brand new, replacing the earlier WhisperKOOL 4000 Platinum Extreme models, which were also exceptionally dependable.   Easy to install, and ready to work immediately afterward, the WhisperKOOL 5000ti Platinum Extreme upgrades are the next generation of cellar temperature control technology.  Complete with an advanced electronic control system, a remote digital LED readout, liquid bottle probe, humidity control, energy saving mode, and a 55° temperature differential–not to mention a two year parts and labor warranty–these nearly-noise-free cooling units are designed to work in any cellar space, even in extreme environments.  We’re very excited about these fantastic WhisperKOOL upgrades, and hope you’ll be, too!  Free standard shipping is offered on all WhisperKOOL units, and you’ll even receive a free set of two Riedel “O” Series Cabernet Wine Glasses with your order.  With WhisperKOOL technology, creating ideal cellar temperatures has never been easier!

WhisperKOOL 5000ti Platinum Extreme Fully Ducted Cooling System

A Wine Cellar from Scratch (and Vintner Wine Racking Kits)

April 29th, 2011 No comments

Back Wall

After moving from Midtown Manhattan to a home in upstate New York, Rick Fraser finally had the necessary space to create his own wine cellar capable of housing 2,000 bottles.  He consulted Vintage Cellars, and decided to use approximately 61 Vintner wine racking kits to construct the cellar he envisioned.  When complete, he wrote us with photographs of his elegant, finished cellar that we would like to share with you.

Once Rick embarked on the project, it took him about 200 hours to complete.  Rick tells us he believes his time was actually extended because of additional “effort to ensure the room was properly sealed,” as well as extra time “required to install the 16×16 [inch] slate tiles, Tuscan accent walls, and raised panel tin ceilings.”   He also tells us he is sure the project would have been finished far more quickly if he had only to assemble the wine racks.

Right Wall

“The installation of the racks was actually one of the less time consuming efforts, and no special tools were required,” says Rick, although he also recommends using a 2″ pneumatic brad nailer to speed up assembly time.  Looking at the photographs, you can see how well the Vintner racks easily accommodated to the shape of Rick’s cellar.  “The quality of the Vintner racks was outstanding and each piece required no additional cuts during assembly,” Rick recalls.

Left Wall

It’s amazing that such a professional-looking cellar was created using easy-to-assemble wine racking kits that did not require any trimming or professional assistance. Rick thinks so, too.  “Once the project was complete, I stepped back and looked at the beauty of the Vintner racks.  I was very surprised that this was something I was able to create myself.” And we’re happy to have helped you, Rick!

Perhaps Rick Fraser’s project will inspire you to create or spruce up your own wine cellar?  If so, we’d love to hear from you, too.  And thank you, Rick, for sharing your beautiful work with us.

While the Vintage Cellars team is well-known for our custom wine cellar projects, we are also delighted to assist with semi-custom projects like this one. Wine racking kits are, as you can see, an excellent option for getting a custom cellar look without a professional build team. Contact us with your questions; we’re always happy to help you design and construct the wine cellar you’ve been dreaming about.

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!