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An in-house wine cellar used to be basic wine racking installed in a basement.

An in-house wine cellar used to be basic wine racking installed in a basement. Over the past few decades, wine cellars have evolved into a luxurious addition that will add value to your home while making a distinct statement about one’s personal style. When it comes to design, anything goes. Some may prefer a traditional style wine cellar, while others want a more modern look. Today we are rounding up some of our favorite design trends to provide you with some inspiration.

Luxe Modern

Modern wine cellars break from traditional wood wine racking to incorporate acrylic cubicles, glass, suspended cable racking, and metal pegs. Bottles appear to be floating, giving the cellar some airy appeal. The overall look is luxurious, like each wine is a jewel on display.

 

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Custom Acrylic Wine Cellar by Vinotemp

 

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Wine Merchandising Basics

5/15/2019 9:11 AM

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Custom Wine Storage by Vinotemp at Gunter Seeger NY Restaurant, New York (photo by: Oleg March)

 

Whether opening a new wine shop, setting up bottles in the tasting room of a winery, restaurant, or thinking about how to arrange bottles in your personal cellar, learning how to properly merchandise wine can help you stay organized, add to the aesthetics of your space, and drive sales. Vinotemp has gathered the basics to help you get started.

 

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Having the correct balance of temperature and humidity is vital in the proper storage and aging of wine.

This means that, during the winter months, wine should be protected from sub-freezing temperatures. Due to its alcohol content, wine has a lower freezing temperature than most other fluids, but it can still happen in extreme conditions. Have you ever placed a bottle of wine in the freezer only to forget that it was in there? You may have returned to find that your beautiful bottle of chardonnay had transformed into a bit of a “Winecicle”. The same thing can happen when the ambient temperature of a cellar drops too low.

 

 

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Make the most out of your wine cellar and create your wine racking system for maximum storage, functionality, and visual appeal.

Whether you have a large basement cellar or a small space within your home transformed for your wine collection, no cellar is complete or functional without wine racks. From all-wood wine racking built for bulk storage to wall-mounted racks that display your finest labels, the right racking design can help you maximize your storage space and cellar functionality while adding to the ambiance and visual appeal of your space.

 

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Custom Cable Wine Racking by Vinotemp

 

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If you’ve made the leap into becoming a wine cellar owner, then you know that it is a long-term commitment that, when executed properly, is worthy of your time.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 mistakes made when cellaring (and their solutions) so that you can maximize your investment and experience the joy of tasting a well-aged wine.

1. The Wrong Location

Some cellar owners make the mistake of locating their cellar in the wrong place where their collection is susceptible to movement from a neighboring railroad track, in a room with windows, or right next to a kitchen. To ensure your collection has the proper location, here are some factors to consider:

Dangerous Movement. Vibration can disturb a wine’s sediment. It may agitate it and accelerate the aging process. Make sure your bottles are in a safe place with very little movement.

Lights Out! In addition to vibration, bright light should be avoided at all costs, particularly harmful UV rays or fluorescent lights. Wine packaged in clear or blue bottles is especially susceptible to light damage. Even wine housed in darker bottles is vulnerable.

 

 

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Is Drinking Wine Healthy?

5/8/2019 9:43 AM

Wine consumption has a long and rich history that precedes the time of the Greeks.

Wine consumption has a long and rich history that precedes the time of the Greeks. The wine consumed during ancient times would hardly be considered palatable by today’s standards. Transported in earthen or wood vessels, it was known to have a vinegar-like quality. Wine was consumed not out of pleasure, but necessity as water and milk were often filled with disease. People believed the alcohol in wine was a natural antiseptic. During the 18th century wine experienced a revolution as it was produced in a more sophisticated manner. The supply of water also became safer to drink, so wine evolved into a drink for occasions, rather than something that was consumed daily.

 

 

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Stocking Your Wine Cellar

5/8/2019 9:07 AM

The final paperwork has been signed, the construction crew has left and you finally have the wine cellar that you have always dreamed of having.

Now what? How do you go about filling all of those brand new wine racks? Here are some helpful tips for stocking your wine cellar with wine that you can enjoy for years to come.

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Residential Wine Room by Vinotemp

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Wood Wine Cabinet Placement

5/7/2019 12:43 PM

Wood wine cabinets are beautiful custom creations and it is important to install your new cellar in the proper location to ensure it continues to deliver excellent service to you and your collection.

Wood wine cabinets are beautiful custom creations and it is important to install your new cellar in the proper location to ensure it continues to deliver excellent service to you and your collection. There are several considerations which need to be made in order to receive the best performance results from your unit; weight factor, ambient temperature, humidity control, proper ventilation, noise factor, and electrical requirements.

 

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Custom Vinotemp Wine Cabinets at The Hilton in Tucson, Arizona

 

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Wine cellar lighting is an important feature of the cellar as a whole, and it can often be one of the trickiest aspects to incorporate.

Wine cellar lighting is an important feature of the cellar as a whole, and it can often be one of the trickiest aspects to incorporate. Too much light in a cellar can spoil your collection by creating heat and exposing your wine to damaging UV light. Too little light, while better for your wine, can make your cellar feel drab, gloomy and impractical. The right wine cellar lighting system will provide ample light for functionality, determine the ambiance of the cellar and protect your collection from excessive heat and damaging light sources.

 

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Custom Wine Cellar by Vinotemp in the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point, CA

 

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A healthy wine cellar mimics the legendary wine caves of France; a sturdy base provided by strong wine racks and an ideal balance of temperature and humidity within a controlled environment.

The temperature within these caves is 55 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 60%; perfect for the aging of wine. If you are not lucky enough to own an underground cave in France (most of us are not), then the alternative solution is to add a cooling system to your cellar.

Some cellar owners may be tempted to purchase a standard air conditioner to cool their cellar, but this is strongly discouraged. In general, an air conditioner does not maintain humidity; creating a dry environment that can dry out corks, allowing air to leak into the bottles.

Wine cellar cooling systems are like special air conditioners for cellars. They have the basic parts; an evaporator coil to cool the air and condense as well as a condenser coil which uses a compressor to remove the heat in the room. Programmed to operate within a designated range, they turn on when the room is too warm and switch off when the temperature is low. Hot air is exchanged for cool air, allowing wine to age gracefully at the right temperature. Below we explore the different types of wine cellar cooling systems.

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