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  1. A Toast to Champagne!

    A Toast to Champagne!

    Happy New Year from the crew at Vintage Cellars!  We'd like to remind you that tonight, when you're raising your glass with family and friends, to not forget a small, personal toast for that beverage of celebration: champagne!  If you're looking for a great new bubbly to try, here's the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Top Wines list, headed by seven...
  2. Wine Screw Caps vs. Corks: Round 1 (USED ELSEWHERE)

    Wine Screw Caps vs. Corks: Round 1 (USED ELSEWHERE)

    Wines with screw caps are becoming more and more popular.  Though some purists hold fast to the idea that corks are the only appropriate wine stoppers, several connoisseurs have been greatly pleased by the benefits of screw caps in recent years. Not only do screw caps allow for the tightest seal, they completely eliminate “cork taint” (TCA contamination) and oxidation...
  3. Vintage Cellars Blog Reboot V.2020!

    Vintage Cellars Blog Reboot V.2020!

    Welcome to the Vintage Cellars Blog Reboot V.2020! We started the Vintage Cellars blog about wine storage and custom wine cellars way back in 2009. Originally, we were inspired by the members of the wine blogging community – those folks who enthusiastically blog about every subject from new and exciting wines being grown, to wine events happening around the country...
  4. Welcome to the Vintage Cellars Blog!

    Welcome to the Vintage Cellars Blog!

    Welcome to the Vintage Cellars Blog! Why start a blog about wine storage and custom wine cellars now? Well, we have been inspired by the members of the wine blogging community – those folks who enthusiastically blog about every subject from new and exciting wines being grown, to wine events happening around the country and the globe, to new laws...
  5. The Reason for Rose

    The Reason for Rose

    The first question one might ask is, “Why does anybody need a reason for wine?” Wine, whatever variety you prefer, is a reason unto itself. Having said this, there are those who might feel some wines need justification, namely roseʹ. This wasn't always the case, and it’s certainly not the case in southern France, now or at any time. Roseʹ...
  6. Do You Chill Wine Infographic

    Do You Chill Wine Infographic

  7. Making It Perfectly Clear: Considerations for Wine Cellar Windows

    Making It Perfectly Clear: Considerations for Wine Cellar Windows

    I have two examples I want to share with everyone currently planning on building a wine cellar.  Whether new construction, a remodel or an addition to the home, it is important to review all aspects of construction with a wine cellar specialist.  These two examples both have to do with heat load and wine cellar windows. The first example is...
  8. Something to Add to Your Wine Cellar

    Something to Add to Your Wine Cellar

    Vintage Cellars is not just about custom built wine cellars and wine storage equipment, it's about wine.  Though I have not yet made it to every wine region of the world (a lofty goal, I know), I like to have my palate travel to each region 1 bottle at a time. Currently, I'm spending the early summer months enjoying Zinfandels...
  9. Anywhere but the Garage!

    Anywhere but the Garage!

    I had a long conversation with a potential client who wanted to explore a new avenue to store his wine.  He was a self-admitted, "not really into wine guy" but his father had given him 20 cases, some Bordeaux, Burgundy, California Cabs and Champagne.  Over the past 2 years, the wine has taken up precious space in the garage.  Immediately...
  10. Taking A Wine Cellar Experience to Another Level

    Taking A Wine Cellar Experience to Another Level

    A shared passion for wine and designing a wine cellar can really close the gap between client and designer.  After several meetings at this client's home, reviewing several wine cellar designs and enjoying a few glasses of wine together we developed a beautiful wine tasting room & cellar.  This client and I often engaged in conversations about a full bodied...
  11. Plastic Wine Bottles?

    Plastic Wine Bottles?

    If you haven’t seen it, I’m sure you might be ready to jump out of your seat. On Saturday (8/8/09) I came across and article in the LA Times Business section, “Plastic bottles aim to remold wine industry”. This article has brought up recent memories for the cork versus screw top debate. Now, no one who knows me would consider...
  12. Dining Room Nook Becomes Wine Cellar

    Dining Room Nook Becomes Wine Cellar

    Creating the “Modern” Wine Cellar You’ve finally bought that house of your dreams and that 200 bottle Eurocave just can’t satisfy your desire to grow that wine collection.  Where are you going to build your personal wine cellar?  What about the 7 ft by 30 inch deep nook in your dining room?  Sure, we must consider how to cool the...
  13. Go Green with Recycled Materials

    Go Green with Recycled Materials

    Vintage Cellars is proud to announce two new ways to move toward sustainability in the building industry.  Yes, we have taken wine racking and gone “green”.  As you know, over the past 20 years Vintage Cellars has been the Southern California leader in high end custom hand made wine racking.  Our quality and reputation are unmatched in the industry.  Now...
  14. Discovering Sonoma County!

    Discovering Sonoma County!

    Good Laughs and Port As wine enthusiasts, I’m sure by now you have seen the movie Bottle Shock and the event that put California wines and the Napa Valley on the map. Since that time, Napa has evolved into a major wine destination, with busy tasting rooms and weekend traffic heading north through Yountville, Rutherford and St. Helena. Personally...
  15. Is it Time for a Wine Cabinet?

    Is it Time for a Wine Cabinet?

    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...
  16. The Case for Custom Wine Cellars

    The Case for Custom Wine Cellars

    Building a personal custom wine cellar has increased in popularity in recent years, but so have wine storage facilities.  There are many advantages to a storing your wine in such a facility, including 24 hour temperature monitoring, walk in or locker style storage and even pick up and delivery service.  There are equally as many disadvantages that may accompany such...
  17. Local Wine Events

    Local Wine Events

    Have you just moved to a new city?  Have you just started to cut your palate on some good wine?  Did you just purchase a 110 bottle wine cabinet and you want to experiment on some new wines?  Get on the internet and start searching for local or regional wine events.  Here in San Diego, there is an incredible event...
  18. Drink it, Preserve it or...Recycle it?

    Drink it, Preserve it or...Recycle it?

    As the world moves to a greener frame of mind, just recycle wine.  I’ve been in many discussions with clients and friends about the topic of an unfinished bottle.  In my opinion, you have 3 options: drink it, preserve it or recycle it.  For the sake of argument, let’s remove the drink it option and you are left with preserve...
  19. A Custom Wine Cellar Built for a Yacht

    A Custom Wine Cellar Built for a Yacht

    A Wine Cellar on a Yacht In late 2008, Vintage Cellars was contacted about building a wine cellar on a 124-foot motor yacht. After several meetings with the captain & the owner, we decided to take out an existing steam shower (just outside of the rec room) and create a temperature controlled wine room. After the contract was awarded, there...
  20. Wine and Cheese: Why and How

    Wine and Cheese: Why and How

    Look in your wine cellar or your wine cabinet and pick out a wine...  Read this wine blog and then go to the local market and pick out a cheese.  Enjoy your evening...  I wanted to revisit the classic pairing of wine and cheese to see why it's so popular and offer a few tips. Consider the things that these...

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