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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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Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and we are ready to help you celebrate the mothers in your life

Today we are sharing popular gifts that are sure to please. If your mom loves to entertain and enjoys a delicious glass of wine, check out our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.



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The Epicureanist Cheese Tray Serving Set

Crafted from bamboo, this attractive set has everything mom needs to set out a delicious selection of cheese and small bites. Included is a glass surface for cutting and serving, cheese knives with a magnetic strip, and a ceramic bowl that is perfect for olives, crackers, hummus, and more.

Epicureanist Cheese Tray Serving Set, $49.95

 

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Wine storage is a layered topic to discuss because there are so many options available.

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Vinotemp Custom Wine Storage at Andiron Steak and Sea in Las Vegas, NV

 

Wine storage is a layered topic to discuss because there are so many options available. When selecting the best wine storage there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

• What is your vision for your wine cellar?

• Will you be storing your wine long term or short term?

• How many bottles are in your wine collection?

• How much space do you have available for storage?
 
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Many people dream of owning a wine cellar, but few have the extra space to create an elaborate design.

Many people dream of owning a wine cellar, but few have the extra space to create an elaborate design. Thankfully, Vinotemp has many wine storage solutions that will fit just about any space. Whether you want a custom cellar design under your stairs, a stylish cabinet in your dining room, a stunning wall-mounted wine display, or a wine refrigerator in your kitchen, Vinotemp has a storage option to fit your needs.

Wine Refrigerators

If you are short on space, then a wine chiller is an excellent option. Many wine coolers are designed to be compact; perfect for a tiny house, apartment, or condominium. Wine refrigerators are fantastic because despite their size, they still create the perfect environment in which to store your wine in the optimal position and temperature. Vinotemp’s 7-Bottle Wine Cooler has many of the same features as larger wine coolers including sturdy wire shelves, dual-paned glass door, and digital temperature control. A wine chiller adds an extra touch of luxury to any room.

 

 

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Wine bottles come in a myriad of sizes and shapes which can affect your wine cellar and storage needs.

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Bottle size chart by Vinotemp

 

Larger format wine bottles are increasing in popularity as wineries produce these sporadically to mark special occasions such as anniversaries or unique vintages. There are several benefits to the large format bottles; they age better which results in a higher quality wine and can be stored for a longer period due to the low oxygen to wine ratio inside the bottle. Conversely, smaller formats like half or quarter bottles age more quickly and should therefore be consumed almost immediately.

With the variety of shapes and sizes of wine bottles available, it is important to consider what type of wine you purchase most often when deciding on racking styles and options. That Nebuchadnezzar bottle of Champagne will add a dramatic element to your cellar, but it can be a difficult task determining the optimal place to store it.

Vinotemp offers many solutions for an array of bottles sizes and shapes while working to fit your budget. Below we have outlined the different products we have available with notes on how to use them for different bottle shapes and sizes.

 

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