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There is Always Room for Wine…the Vinotemp Blog

Friday, December 23, 2016 10:09:29 AM America/Los_Angeles

There is Always Room for Wine…the Vinotemp Blog

Humans have been making, storing and drinking wine for over 8,000 years and today, we find that things  have changed little and that wine is still the cornerstone of modern life. 

For decades, collecting wine has been the privilege of the upper class, fine restaurants and luxury hotels.  Over the past few years we have seen a dramatic shift from the private and corporate collector to that of the everyday homeowner.  We have seen a change in the buying habits, as consumers have gone from purchasing one or two bottles for self consumption and entertaining to that of a serious collector or investor.  In a recent report from the Wine Market Council, millennials, people ages 21 to 38, purchased 159.6 million cases of wine last year, or about 42 percent of all the wine consumed in the United States.

Wine storage is one of the fastest growing segments in residential design, be it an under-counter wine cooler, built-in wine locker or custom wine cellar, how we care and present our collection has now become as important as the wine itself.

Vinotemp is a 30 year old, family business, based in Southern California.  Founder, Francis Ravel, was born in Casablanca, French Morocco, fought with the French Foreign Legion, landed in Hollywood as leading man.  After a lengthy movie career, Francis found his true passion of making and selling his own wine.  This simple turn of fate lead to the need to store his collection.  A man ahead of his time, he was the first to introduce the idea of placing a cooling unit into a sealed wine cabinet, and “viola”, Vinotemp was born.   From these humble beginnings, Vinotemp has grown to be recognized worldwide as designers and innovators of architectural wine solutions, including cooling systems, built-in wine-coolers and bespoke wine-furniture.

In this blog, I hope to share with you the art and science that reflects modern wine storage, through the proper care and handling of your small or large collection.  As the founder of Vinotemp, Francis Ravel, once said, “How you store and present your wine is a reflection of both you and your collection”.

I look forward to your questions, and comments.



Kevin Henry is an internationally recognized industry mentor, designing, writing and speaking on a variety of topics, including kitchen design, the art and science of wine storage and environmental issues.  Mr Henry can be reached for comment or questions at [email protected]

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Where Innovation Meets Reality

Monday, September 5, 2016 1:39:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

When it comes to building your dream cellar, Vinotemp International has you covered. Having been a leader in the wine storage industry for over 25 years, Vinotemp has seen it all. With a diverse catalog including everything from custom wine cellars to premium wine coolers, Vinotemp’s true mission is to turn your imagination into reality.

Having partnered with other leading innovators in the industry, Vinotemp’s WineMate cooling systems are American-made and built to last. The three different options for installation allow you a greater range of versatility than other leading brands. Ranging from 1500BTU to 8500BTU, WineMate’s various self-contained systems have the controls built into the unit, condensing the space needed for installation. If you prefer to monitor and control the temperature of your wine collection from outside your cellar, WineMate also offers various ducted systems that allow you to place the controls outside your unit while air ducts direct cool air right where it needs to be. Don’t like the look of your condenser? Not a problem! WineMate offers a split system that allows you to place the condenser up to 50 feet away. Each unit undergoes a series of rigorous tests to ensure only the best quality.

Vinotemp’s Apex wine racks are handcrafted in the USA and feature larger than average cubicles to best fit most bottles. According to India Hynes, President of Vinotemp, “Our mission is to provide a high quality product tailored to the customer’s desires” Apex also offers a variety of pre-set options to give you an idea of what they’re capable of. Shown below is an install of the Apex waterfall module with some standard racking to increase bottle capacity. The door is custom-made to the customer’s specifications and built into their den!

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Wine Racks

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:52:02 AM America/Los_Angeles

Provide stylish display and protection for your collection with our impressive selection of wine racking options. A leader in the wine storage industry, Vinotemp allows you to select from a wide array of styles, materials, and finishes for your custom wine racks. Whether you’re looking for the beauty and quality of all-heart Redwood wine racks or the convenience of wine rack kits for your home or business, you’re sure to find just the right wine racking solution for your storage needs. Consult with our experienced sales and design team for even more ideas to enhance your custom wine cellar project.

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Cooling Units

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:50:36 AM America/Los_Angeles

Protect your investment by providing the ideal cellar environment with a state-of-the-art Wine-Mate wine cellar refrigeration system. A balance of temperature and humidity is critical for the proper storage and aging of wine. Temperature affects the rate of maturation while the right humidity keeps corks in good shape. Ensure your wine cellar has the proper conditions with a Wine-Mate cooling system. Select from self-contained, split or ducted cooling systems, all designed specifically for proper wine storage. On each cooling unit product page you will find a link to our installation and instruction manuals. Please review before purchasing so you know what to expect when your cooling unit is installed. Cooling units must remain upright at all times.

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