Archive

Posts Tagged ‘wine cabinets’

Wine Cellars for Small Spaces

June 14th, 2013 No comments

You’re a wine lover who’s dying to start a collection. You drool over photos of others peoples’ expansive wine cellars, with their rows upon rows of bottles just waiting for the perfect day to be opened. But you don’t have a handy underground space, or an extra room that can be converted into the wine cellar you covet. You might live in a small house or even an apartment. But just because you have a small living space doesn’t mean you have to give up your big wine cellar dreams.

 

Vintage Cellars is no stranger to the challenges of building a fully-functioning, temperature- and humidity-controlled wine cellar in a small space. For homeowners in San Diego, CA, Vintage Cellars had just 80 square feet to work with, but managed to build the perfect space to neatly house 750 bottles.

 

Of course, no space, no matter the size, can be a successful wine cellar without the proper sealing, vapor barriers, and installation. Vintage Cellars experts took the care to outfit this small space just like they would a more traditionally-sized wine cellar. And just because the cellar is small doesn’t mean it’s lacking in the looks department. Clean-lined glass doors both show off the wine and open up the relatively small space. Vintage Cellars also installed adjustable shelving to house the homeowners’ special collection of large-format bottles. The shelving allows the clients to showcase this unique aspect of their collection, giving it a personal touch.

 

But what if you don’t have the ability to knock out a wall to build the small-scale wine cellar of your dreams? Even if you’re renting a small apartment, you still have options. One great space-conscious choice is a wine refrigerator. This wine cabinet by Vinotheque holds 448 bottles, and can be housed in an out-of-the-way corner or even a garage. Still too large? This credenza-style wine cabinet holds 216 bottles, and can double as a buffet in a dining room, or even act as a console table in a hallway. Still don’t have room? This small-scale wine refrigerator from Marvel slides right underneath a kitchen counter, and takes up just 15 inches of space, while holding an impressive 23 bottles.

It may seem like you need an enormous mansion to house a wine collection. But that isn’t true. With a little imagination, you can store your bottles no matter what your living situation, whether by building a small-scale cellar into your house, or by simply sliding a tiny refrigerator underneath an existing counter.

Picking the Perfect Wine Credenza

February 27th, 2013 No comments

Many wine lovers face a dilemma. They’d love to start a collection (or have already begun one!), but they don’t have an out-of-the-way space for a wine refrigerator, and they’d rather not put that piece of equipment in their perfectly-decorated dining rooms. What they need is a wine storage solution that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. But does such a thing exist?

Budding wine collectors will be happy to know that the perfect solution does indeed exist. It’s called a wine credenza. A wine credenza is a piece of furniture that also has climate-controlled wine storage. Wine credenzas are often used in the place of a traditional buffet in a dining room. Instead of dishes stored inside, the cupboards are filled with your favorite vintages, aging away under ideal conditions. The top of the wine credenza can be used to display art, serve as a bar area, or hold dishes during gatherings like Thanksgiving.

Don’t have space in your dining room for a wine credenza? Think outside the box. Since wine credenzas don’t take up too much space–they’re only about 30 inches deep, they are also a perfect fit for hallways. Wine credenzas can also work in family rooms…you could even replace your TV stand with one!

From a design standpoint, the best thing about wine credenzas is that they can be completely customized to fit in to your existing decor. For those with traditional taste, there are credenzas like this Provance 3-door credenza from Vinotheque, available in light, medium and dark stains to blend it into your existing furniture. For those with a bolder aesthetic, there is this Vinotheque Boxed Up 4-door credenza, with a wooden exterior mosaic made of traditional wine shipping boxes. (This design would be great in a wine cellar!) For those homes with an industrial feel, try the clean, modern look of this Vinotheque AlumaSteel 3-door credenza.

Besides being beautiful, these wine credenzas really work to store and age your wine properly. Vinotheque credenzas are designed with your growing collection in mind–they all maximize the number of bottles they can hold while minimizing the overall size of the cabinet. These credenzas have top-of-the line cooling systems and insulation, along with UV-resistant glass that blocks harmful rays from damaging your wine. Many of these credenzas can also be made with a front venting option that allows the credenza to be custom-built into existing furniture.

Whatever your style, if you’re a serious collector who is looking for a storage option that will fit seamlessly into your home, a wine credenza might be the right choice for you.

Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Furniture

January 2nd, 2013 No comments

console

You’re a wine connoisseur. You spend every spare moment reading up on the greatest vintages and hunting down that perfect bottle. But do you ever feel like your hobby is confined to the wine cellar? With your collection shut away, it’s easy to feel like your passion takes a backseat. How to integrate your love of wine into your home?

One great option is to use specialty wine furniture. Howard Miller designs stylish furniture that is a great way to showcase your love of wine. From inviting bar stools to ornate wine cabinets, wine furniture allows you to bring your passion out of the cellar and into the most lived-in areas of your home.

Bars and Bar Stools

No wine lover’s home is completely without an elegant bar area. A bar is a great place to open and decant wine bottles and of course, mix up the occasional cocktail. Howard Miller bars have luxurious Italian marble tops, and are adorned with carved details. The bars offer chilling drawers perfect for storing wine, wine racks, and a variety of finishes to complement your decor. And no bar would be complete without a place to sit and enjoy your cocktail, so Howard Miller offers a variety of bar stools as well. Built to seamlessly match the bar, these bar stools truly complete the look.

Cabinets 

Wine cabinets are a great way to make your wine collection fit seamlessly into your home.
Wine cabinets come in a choice of high-quality finishes, with details such as carved feet, built-in wine racks, and lighting. For a wine cabinet that doubles as a bar, choose a model with stemware storage built right in. With so many customizable options, you can find a wine cabinet that both houses your collection and makes a beautiful design statement.

Consoles

If you’re looking for a piece of wine furniture that is both functional and practical, look no further than a
Howard Miller wine console. Consoles offer the storage of a wine cabinet with the counter space of a bar. Use a large console in your dining room: it doubles as an place perfect for holding a holiday-worthy buffet. Use a small console to fit that empty corner: the top can display photos from your travels to wine country, while the storage space holds your bottles from the trip. With a variety of models available, it’s easy to find the one that perfectly fits your collection’s needs.

Wine Storage for Small Spaces

October 9th, 2012 1 comment

Do you have dreams of a wine cellar, but a shoebox-sized living space? Luckily for you, new wine storage options can help you make the most of small spaces. Small wine cabinets can hold a treasure trove of bottles, even if your abode is closer to a one-bedroom apartment than a castle.

If you’re seriously space-challenged, a small wine refrigerator is the way to do. Wine refrigerators like this Marvel model hold 23 bottles in a space only 34 inches high by 15 inches wide. Wine refrigerators can be built right in under a kitchen countertop, so they don’t take up extra space like a stand-alone model would. These wine refrigerators hold the bottles at the correct position and temperature, creating ideal aging conditions.

Another option for someone with limited space is a wine credenza. Wine credenzas are meant to fit right in your dining room like a sideboard or regular credenza, but they hold your wine collection. Credenzas can be glass-fronted to show off your collection, or wood-paneled to fit right in with the rest of your furniture. At about 40 inches high and topped with a tabletop, wine credenzas make the perfect place to hold serving platters during the holidays, or bar equipment during a party.

Don’t let your small space hamper your big wine-collector dreams. Modern wine storage solutions can work for a space of any size.

 

Spotlight: The Vintage Series Wine Room 2600

March 8th, 2012 No comments
Vintage Series Wine Room 2600

Vintage Series Wine Room 2600

Looking for an alternative to an actual wine cellar in your basement?  Ever consider a freestanding, walk-in wine cellar?  That’s right!  Vintage Series wine rooms are easy-to-assemble, walk-in wine rooms that are all-in-one wine cooling and storage facilities.  Made from reinforced panels to prevent warping, and featuring a built-in Breezaire cooling unit to ensure precise wine storage temperature control, the Vintage Series Wine Room 2600 is an excellent, self-contained alternative to a traditional wine cellar.

You’re even able to customize your Vintage Series Wine Room by selecting an appropriate wood type and stain of your choice.  Your unit’s door can be made of solid wood, or you may opt for a door with a window.  You’re also able to add split panels, interior lighting, double insulation, and a security lock to your wine room, if desired.  The Vintage Series Wine Room 2600 features a premium Breezaire cooling unit, a natural oak and mahogany interior, quality redwood racking, empty floor space to stake cases of wine, and a 3-year warranty on the cooling unit and cabinet.  What is more, this wine room can hold up to 2,540 bottles of wine.  For a freestanding wine room, a capacity like this is fantastic!

For less than half the cost of having your boiler and hot water tank replaced (based on average replacement costs), you can have an attractive, fully-functional wine room in your own home! Consider this, or one of our many other wine room options, as a practical option for nearly any home. Need more information? Give us a call at 1-800-876-8789 and one of our wine storage experts will be delighted to help.

Wine Review: Block Nine Caiden’s Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009

October 11th, 2011 No comments

Wine bottle of Block 9 Pinot Noir 2009

This relatively inexpensive Pinot Noir is quite a treat!  Beautiful garnet in color, its nose consists of violet, iris, strawberries, and black cherries.  Its velvet-like texture is soothing to the tongue, and its body is solid.  For fans of sweeter Pinot Noirs, the Block Nine 2009 is a good find; the typical earthiness that turns people off from many Pinots is very subdued in this one.  Flavors of semi-sweet black cherries delight the tongue, and the spicy finish is very satisfying.  Though not an extremely complex wine, it is incredibly well-balanced (which is quite nice, considering its low price).  Because of its well-integrated taste, plus its balanced tannins and acidity, this is a wine that really “works.”  It’s a sure winner, and is guaranteed to please most wine and non-wine drinkers, alike.  Consider storing a few bottles in a 23-Bottle Wine Grotto Wine Cellar, or an elegant Vinotheque Boxed Up-3 Door Double Deep Credenza, to pull out for unexpected company.  No matter the occasion, this wine will help make it memorable.  Cheers!

When the Lights Go Out: Keeping Your Wine Safe in Hurricanes & Other Power Outages

August 31st, 2011 No comments

Road Damage from Hurricane Irene (image from iBerkshires.com)

Residents of the East Coast recently experienced the wrath of Hurricane Irene.  For the fortunate individuals who did not incur serious property damage and flooding, there were other issues to contend with: power outages.  Some storms can leave areas without power for days, meaning your wine cooling units will not operate.  And who wants to see a multi-thousand dollar investment ruined because of a power outage?  Aside from hooking your wine cooling units up to a generator, which is an option only if your personal survival is not dependent upon the same generator, there are a few things you can do to keep your wine safe (if you can still access your cellar!)  If you own a wine cabinet, like the Vinotheque Wine Reservoir, or a  N’Finity two temperature cooling unit, obtain a large block of dry ice and, while wearing work gloves, wrap it in clear cellophane (plastic wrap.)  Position it just above the top of the unit, and your wine will remain cool for about two days.  If most of your bottles are racked and you don’t have a wine cabinet, choose your most valuable wines and stand them upright in a large cooler or plastic storage tub.  Fill the container with ice.  Drain and re-ice as necessary. (Standing the bottles upright is okay in this emergency situation.  It helps minimize water/ice damage to labels, and also keeps the corks from being exposed to a fast temperature change.)  If your wines do happen rise above their typical storage temperature, they will age a bit quicker than anticipated.  This may mean that some will be ready to drink much sooner.  Keep this in mind when restocking them after the disaster, and consider using bottle tags to mark any questionable wines.  This way, you’ll remember to enjoy them before it’s too late.

Wine Review: Oracle of the Wind Western Cape Sauvignon Blanc 2009

August 10th, 2011 No comments

Oracle of the Wind Western Cape Sauvignon Blanc 2009This delicate white hails “from the sun, the rain, the wind, and the soil” of South Africa.  Though described as a “light yellow with flashes of green,” my glass appeared a surprising golden yellow of medium intensity, usually indicative of mature, concentrated whites.  Being a very affordable wine (I only paid $7.99 for a bottle), I knew not what to expect.  Although the nose is pleasant-but-weak, and somewhat plain, the wine makes up for it with a soft, creamy body and light crispness.  Flavors are subtle and playfully elusive.  They include guava, gooseberry, subdued mango, and other tropical flavors.  There are even light hints of lime and lemon.  This is not a “big” wine, and so it must be remembered that although this wine is well-structured, it is very delicate.  It will take many sips to appreciate and, like all wine, it gets better as it opens.  It is also a wine that can only be fully appreciated when chilled.  Serving this wine at room temperature will ruin it.  We recommend serving this wine between 46ºF and 48ºF.  For wines such as this, a Marvel Wine Refridgerator like the 23-Bottle Wine Grotto Wine Cellar  will help you attain the perfect serving temperature.  As a final note, if you’ve been following our blog, remember that long-term storage temperatures differ from serving temperatures, so don’t confuse the two!  Enjoy!

30 Bottle Marvel Wine Grotto wine refrigerator

What’s the Optimal Wine Storage Temperature?

August 1st, 2011 No comments

Designer Wine Rack Series Veneer Diamond Cube With Face TrimAs we’ve discussed in previous blogs, the temperature at which a wine is stored (and served) can bring out the best (or Traditional Redwood 2 Column Individual Wine Rack With Displayworst) of a given bottle, but an entire wine collection can be at stake if “ideal” storage temperatures are not maintained.  Many big collections have been unnecessarily damaged because of such unstable temperatures.  For example, temperatures above 65ºF encourage wine to age too quickly, causing their flavor and balance to suffer in the process.  Contrariwise, cellars that are too cold cause wines to lose their characteristic aromas and flavors. Rapid temperature fluctuations, too, can damage a wine’s cork and, thus, the wine as well.

Though the common temperature range for storing red wine has been between 50ºF and 55ºF, with whites stored as low as 45ºF, wine cellar expert David Spon (and Vintage Cellars!) recommends keeping a cellar at  55ºF, and at 60% to 75% humidity.  If the air is too humid, mold can grow and even damage your cellar’s wood.  If too dry, corks can crack.  David also notes that some people keep their cellars a little bit warmer if they store mostly young wines, and slightly cooler if their collections consist of older ones (since wines age more slowly in colder temperatures.)

If you don’t want to see your wine collection ruined, it’s a good idea to invest in a decent wine cellar or specially-crafted wine storage cabinet.  Stylish wine cellars can be built easily and affordably using designer wine racks or traditional redwood wine racks. Wine storage cabinets, like regal wine credenzas, also offer affordable (and classy) options.  Remember to store wine horizontally to keep the cork moist, and never freeze a bottle of wine!  When stored properly, and at the ideal temperature, your wine collection will age gracefully and provide anticipated delight.

Want to learn more about the correct storage conditions for your wine? Head over to the Wine Storage Education Center to read more about temperature, humidity, cooling systems and more. We’ve even done separate articles on the right storage conditions for red wine, white wine and sparkling wine/Champagne.

Vintage Series 4 Door Single Deep Credenza Wine Storage Console

Wine Review: Le Grand Pinot Noir 2009

June 6th, 2011 No comments

This rich, dark red hails from the Limoux region of Southern France.  With sufficient aroma, the Le Grand Pinot Noir 2009’s nose consists of delightful red berries, cherries, raspberries, currants, and a note of fig.  The wine is rounded, and delights the taste buds with exploding flavors of red berries, cherries, and currants.  Its semi-spicy kick is nicely countered by its smooth, balanced, satisfying finish rich with tannins.  Though not an extremely complex wine, the Le Grand Pinot Noir 2009 is quite good considering its average low price of $8.99 a bottle.  In fact, I find the wine to be better than some higher-priced red Burgundies.  Pairing well with salads, various cheese platters, game birds, and fish dishes including salmon and tuna, this is a good wine to enjoy with light, summertime fare, as well as with hearty pork!  Although Le Grand Pinot Noir’s logo may contain a black sheep, this wine is certainly an inexpensive winner in my book!

Because this is a such an inexpensive, versatile wine, this would be an excellent choice to purchase by the case when throwing a party. To really impress your guests, store and serve from an elegant wine credenza, a combination wine storage cabinet and serving table!

Le Grand Pinot Noir 2009