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Cool Your Wine!

April 18th, 2011 No comments

Eurocave Elite

Though you may have a “good” bottle of wine on your hands, serving it at an inappropriate temperature can completely ruin it.  As a rule, a wine should be served at a temperature where its flavors and aromas are most exposed.  This “ideal” temperature, of course, varies based on the wine.  Here are a few ballpark numbers:

Warm, spicy reds are often best served between 61° and 64°, while medium bodied reds often fall between 58° and 61°.  Fruity reds are nice usually around 53° and 55°.  Oaked white wines often open well at 52°, while medium-bodied and lighter wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc range between 48° and 52°.  Very sweet, sparkling whites are often ideal between 42° and 46°, and Champagne tends to be great at around 43°.

These numbers are general guidelines, based on personal taste, so be aware that every wine has its own ideal temperature that can deviate!  If you’re ever unsure about a wine’s correct serving temperature, serve it a little cooler than room temperature.  If it is too cold, it will still open up over time while it seeks room temperature.  For discriminating temperature control, consider investing in a wine cooling unit like the EuroCave Elite.  It’s amazing what a profound effect a few degrees can have on a glass of wine.  With a such a precise wine cooling cabinet at your disposal, you can have fun discovering the ideal  temperatures of your favorite wines.  (And no longer is your wine at the mercy of environmental temperature fluctuations!)

Classy Storage for Classy Wines: Go EuroCave!

March 25th, 2011 No comments

A Sleek and Modern EuroCave Wine Cabinet

It’s no secret that we love EuroCave wine cabinets!  Especially for someone living in a more contemporary home, these units fit seamlessly into virtually any space with a little bit of creativity.  Not only do they provide a perfect environment for wine, they also compliment your home environment. EuroCave cabinets are aesthetically pleasing pieces of furniture.  There are numerous options from which you can choose while customizing your EuroCave wine cabinet, and the customization process is a breeze when purchasing through Vintage Cellars (If you want to talk to a knowledgeable, friendly wine storage expert about your options, just give us a call!).  EuroCave cabinets are available in a variety of finishes to better match your household’s furnishings, and you can even opt for glass doors to show off your collection!  There aren’t many quality wine cabinets that perform as elegantly as they look; the EuroCave series looks gorgeous and functions just as beautifully.  These wine cabinets are truly gems.

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.

EuroCave Wine Cabinets

November 10th, 2010 No comments

Wine collectors used to have to settle for a cellar.  They had to leave the temperature and humidity up to nature, and as a result, they’d often end up with mold-covered corks and bad bottles.  But the modern wine collector doesn’t face these same challenges.  Available to him are sophisticated tools to help ensure that his wine collection ages to perfection.

One of the very best modern tools is the EuroCave wine cabinet.  EuroCave’s wine cabinets are so well-made that they can be found in over 70% of the UK’s Michelin-starred restaurants.  EuroCave has been one of the most well-respected wine cabinet makers for over 30 years.

Wine’s worst enemy is change.  Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can easily cause a bottle of wine to go bad, so a wine cabinet that provides consistency is a priceless tool to the modern wine collector.  EuroCave cabinets are constructed to withstand both low and high temperatures, so you could even keep your cabinet in a place like the garage–usually off-limits to collectors.

EuroCave cabinets also have a digital temperature readout that allow you to keep tabs on your wine’s environment with just a glance, and an alarm that lets you know if a door has been left open or the humidity has dropped too low.

EuroCave also offers customizable shelving, allowing you to fit in magnums, 3-liter bottles, Bordeaux bottles, and splits.  You can also opt for some bin storage that allows you to maximize the amount of bottles you can store.  EuroCave cabinets come in a variety of styles and finishes so that you can tailor this functional piece of furniture to you aesthetic specifications.

If you’re a serious wine collector, you need a serious wine cabinet.  EuroCave is one of the best out there….and Vintage Cellars has FREE SHIPPING on most EuroCave cabinets so it’s a great time to buy.

For the Perfect Custom Wine Cabinet, Go Vinotheque

September 19th, 2010 No comments

There’s no doubt about it: a high-quality wine cabinet large enough to fit a growing collection is quite an investment.  If you’re going to shell out the money, you want to make sure that it will be well-spent.  There are a lot of options out there, raising the question: what should I look for in a wine cabinet?

Vinotheque Cardinale wine cabinet

The Vinotheque Cardinale wine cabinet

Vinotheque wine cabinets are a very popular option.  The Vinotheque name has long been associated with wine cabinets that are both of high quality and aesthetic beauty.  There’s no doubt that this reputation is a deserved one.  But in our opinion, what really sets Vinotheque apart is its customizable options.

Wine cabinets have to go somewhere, which means that you can’t just plunk down any old wooden box in the dining room, no matter how well it controls temperature and humidity.  Wine cabinets need to be functional, of course, but they also need to be beautiful.

Vintotheque offers many different options, meaning that you can customize your wine cabinet to fit exactly into both the physical space you need it to go, and the visual space it needs to occupy to look like a part of the room that was always meant to be there.

One of the many things Vinotheque lets you customize is doors.  There are dozens of different Vinotheque doors to choose from.  Since the door is the most visible part of your wine cabinet, choosing the door that perfectly suits your decor can take your wine cabinet a long way towards making your dining room, entertainment room, or kitchen area look perfect.  A few of its unique options are:

wrought iron door for Vinotheque cabinet

Wrought iron doors.  They offer a variety, but this one, with its elegant grape clusters and intertwining vines, especially caught our eye.

Mission-inspired Vinotheque cabinet door

Southwest-style doors.  We love the traditional, classic Spanish look of these.

Hidden door with glass rack.

Secret doors.  So cool!  Artfully conceals your wine collection, and doubles as a perfect tasting area.  Vinotheque also offers sleek, modern glass doors and hand-carved wooden doors with old-world elegance.

Vinotheque offers a huge variety of racking styles.  You can customize a variety that maximizes storage and also beautifully displays bottles.  You can accommodate extra large bottles, magnums, and even splits.

Vinotheque cabinets are available in many different materials, from easy-to-clean stainless steel wine cabinets perfect for a modern kitchen to classic wood that can be stained the perfect shade to match your existing furniture.  The cabinets can be free-standing, or even built in to your existing cabinetry.  If you don’t like that option, Vinotheque can build extra cabinet space around your wine cabinet for a large, gorgeous unit that can make the room.  As a finishing touch, Vinotheque can light up your collection with LED lights that really add a touch of wow to your collection.

These are only a few of the ways that Vinotheque can customize the perfect wine cabinet for you.  There’s no doubt that with all the options, the cabinetmakers at Vinotheque can create a cabinet that is truly a piece of art. However, they are much more than just a pretty cabinet. Vinotheque offers a top-of-the line cooling system that comes with a digital readout and an in-bottle thermometer that maintains perfect accuracy by keeping track of the temperature of the actual wine inside the bottle.

In our opinion, there really aren’t enough nice things to say about the Vinotheque wine cabinets.  To house your collection and help it age gracefully, we think you can’t do better than Vinotheque.

Our Top Five Wine Storage Product Obsessions

September 4th, 2010 No comments
  1. These Diamond Cube wine racks.  You can stack them to fit your space perfectly, and the shape is so unique and cool.

2.  This Vinotheque Wine Credenza.  It’s a beautiful place to display your family photos, it’s a buffet table, and it’s top-of-the-line, climate-controlled wine cabinet.

3.  This 6-bottle Monterey WineKeeper system.  Ok, so you’d probably have to be a restaurant owner to need this model, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream, right?  This system would mean that you could open multiple bottles at once for a tasting, and then keep them fresh for weeks. And we have the more reasonably-sized ones, too, if you just can’t see giving up your microwave for this baby.

4.  This VintageView Floor-to-Ceiling Wine Rack.  There’s something to be said for the modern touches in wine cellars, and it’s pretty cool to be able to display all your bottle labels.

5.  This Eurocave Performance 3-Temperature Wine Cabinet.  The king of all wine cabinets. Three temperature zones. No bottle need ever be improperly chilled again.

Wine Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

July 8th, 2010 No comments

You love wine.  You spend a lot of time drinking it, thinking about it, and buying it.  You’d love to start a real collection rather than stashing the bottle haphazardly on a rack in your kitchen, but you live in a small loft apartment.  There’s hardly enough room for your stuff, let alone enough empty space for a wine cellar or even a wine refrigerator.  Your dreams of a great wine collection have been dashed against the rocks of your cramped reality.  Right?  Wrong.

Avanti Wine Cooler for built-in or freestanding use

This Avanti wine chiller holds 52 bottles and can be built into your cabinetry.

A lack of space doesn’t make collecting wine impossible.  You just have to get creative.  Many reputable wine refrigerator manufacturers also make small wine cabinets that are perfect for the collector with big dreams and small spaces.  These wine cabinets are just like their full-sized counterparts: they are outfitted with high-tech humidity and temperature controls designed for wine storage.  Storing your wine in the proper environment is what makes it age well.  The right climate will provide a cool, moist place for your bottles, letting the reactions between the chemicals in the wine, which give properly aged wine its rich, nuanced flavor, a chance to happen.  Wine cabinets keep these same chemicals from being adversely affected by light, humidity fluctuations, and vibrations, thus protecting your investment and helping ensure that when you finally open that bottle of Cabernet, it will have been worth the wait.

There are a variety of different wine cabinet sizes out there, each one perfect for a unique storage situation.  There are wine cabinets out there that hold 200 bottles or less.  For sincerely limited storage space, there are even wine cabinets that can fit under the counter in your home or restaurant—they’re only about 30 inches high, and they hold 30 bottles.  Avanti makes several wine refrigerators with a compact design that can be freestanding or be easily installed under a counter.  They have a sleek, modern look and digital controls that allow you to adjust the conditions inside the cabinet with the touch of a button.

Vinotheque Franciscan Credenza

This wine credenza by Vinotheque holds over 200 bottles

Another option for the space-challenged is a wine credenza.  A credenza is a long, low cabinet that is usually seen in a dining room.  Some companies make credenzas in luxurious woods with beautiful detailing—you can place them alongside a wall in your dining room and they are both a practical and beautiful way to show off your collection.  Since the credenza performs double duty, it is a great way to save space.  The top of the credenza can be used as a sideboard for serving food, as a bar area, or as a place to display your fine china or other kitchenware.  Vinotheque makes some of the most functional and aesthetically pleasing wine credenzas out there.

Moral of the story: don’t be deterred from collection because you don’t have the space.  Think outside the cellar and check out some of the great solutions for wine storage in small spaces that are out there.

Is it Time for a Wine Cabinet?

August 19th, 2009 No comments

Let me start by asking you a simple question; how much do you spend on wine each year?  For most people, the passion for wine starts with a bottle here and a bottle there.  The next thing you know, you have a wine rack on the kitchen counter with 8 bottles.  It might be time to start considering protecting the investment.  Wine purchased off your favorite 90 point scale for under $25 can still benefit and remain fresh under the proper conditions.

Ideal wine storage conditions are a constant 55 degrees with a relative humidity about 70%, away for direct sunlight, heat and vibration.  When you consider a wine storage cabinet, my first recommendation: stay within your budget.  My second: consider the space or location available.  Wine cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, from 6 bottles to 600 so my last recommendation: don’t undersize.

When I began collecting, I made that error.  I filled a 56 bottle Avanti cabinet within 6 months.  After gaining some experience in the matter, a 220 bottle cabinet was the perfect size to fit my wine collecting habit.  Wine tasting and collecting can quickly become an addiction.  Allow yourself room to grow.

Location and available space are very important factors.  Wine cabinets and wine refrigerators come in all physical sizes but they have something in common: cooling.  There are front, side and rear venting cabinets designed to fit just about any space.  Make sure you consultant with a wine cabinet specialist to make sure the cooling system in the cabinet will work in your environment.  Not all cabinets can operate in a garage setting due to extreme summer temperatures.   Many wine cabinets can only operate with exterior temperatures less then 80 degrees.  A top venting wine cabinet will need about 17 inches of head room for air exchange.  Side and rear venting cabinets also need space to exchange air.  Consult an expert.

Keeping budget in mind (like all “appliances” or “furniture”) you can go affordable to top of the line.  There is a simple formula to consider: take the number of bottles the cabinet stores and multiply it by the average price per bottle you would store.  The more expensive your bottles, the more you want to protect that investment with the highest quality product available.

You may be at the beginning, middle or maxed out your collection.  Either way, make sure you consider budget, location and size when purchasing a wine cabinet.