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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. The Wine Cellar: New favorite room

    The Wine Cellar: New favorite room

    Before - The Cellar After - The Cellar   The Stan Story Stan's basement was a room fit for lawn equipment, a ladder and boxes filled with holiday decorations, but hardly a place to properly cellar over 2500 bottles of wine.  Wine is a delicate matter here at Vintage Cellars and cellaring wine at an improper temperature in an...
  6. A Vintage Cellars Custom Wine Cellar in the Wine Spectator

    A Vintage Cellars Custom Wine Cellar in the Wine Spectator

    Vintage Cellars just had a unique custom wine cellar featured in the Wine Spectator. Actually, Jeff Strauss of the Pamplemousse in Solana Beach, Ca was the true feature of the article, but it was a Vintage Cellars design and build. This was a totally unique custom wine cellar project. There are curved display features, 3 rows of high reveal display...
  7. The Almost-Custom Wine Cellar

    The Almost-Custom Wine Cellar

    The wine and wine storage industries are not immune to tough economic times. I read a statistic not long ago that showed the consumption of wine is up (by volume) while revenue is down roughly 25%. Basically that means we are all drinking more wine--that’s a plus. The bad news for the wine industry: the market has moved to less...
  8. Custom Wine Cellar Photo Tour

    Custom Wine Cellar Photo Tour

    Sometimes, even the best-chosen words fall short.  When you're talking about some of the incredible wine cellars that Vintage Cellars has designed in the past, the pictures really are worth a thousand words.  Today, rather than waxing philosophical about wine tasting or discussing at length the benefits of wines from a particular climate, let's take a pictorial tour of some...
  9. eSommelier Wine Collection Management System

    eSommelier Wine Collection Management System

    If you have a growing wine collection, there's one thing you can't do without: a system for keeping track of your bottles.  Ok, you need a proper storage space and a climate-controlled environment too, but once you have those things, organization really is essential.  If you don't know what's in your cellar, your collection can quickly turn into chaos. Keeping...
  10. Vintage Cellars Featured in Wine Spectator!

    Vintage Cellars Featured in Wine Spectator!

    Vintage Cellars was delighted to be featured in Wine Spectator's November 30th issue (on sale now). The article featured Vintage Cellars wine cellar projects in Escondido and San Diego, one of which is pictured above in high resolution. More from the article (click for larger images): The Gilliland's 750-bottle wine cellar in San Diego, completed in '09, features large-format storage...
  11. Featured in Wine Spectator: The Gilliland Wine Cellar

    Featured in Wine Spectator: The Gilliland Wine Cellar

    Three Vintage Cellars custom wine cellar projects were recently featured in Wine Spectator magazine. You can click that link to see the original article; in this post we are focusing on the details of one of the cellars. Click the photos for larger versions. The Gilliland wine cellar in San Diego, built in 2009, was designed to be the focal...
  12. A Wine Cellar from Scratch (and Vintner Wine Racking Kits)

    A Wine Cellar from Scratch (and Vintner Wine Racking Kits)

    After moving from Midtown Manhattan to a home in upstate New York, Rick Fraser finally had the necessary space to create his own wine cellar capable of housing 2,000 bottles.  He consulted Vintage Cellars, and decided to use approximately 61 Vintner wine racking kits to construct the cellar he envisioned.  When complete, he wrote us with photographs of his elegant...
  13. Cellar Space for Wine Cases

    Cellar Space for Wine Cases

    If purchased by the case, most people want to keep their wines stored in their original cases.  Unpacking and storing identical bottles on regular racks can be a waste of precious bottle space.  Therefore, if you plan to purchase wine by the case, it’s important that your wine cellar be able to accommodate wine cases.  Because wine cases vary in...
  14. Meet Our New Custom Cellar Design Request Form!

    Meet Our New Custom Cellar Design Request Form!

    Have you always dreamed of having your own wine cellar? Or, if you're new to collecting, is your cabinet filling up faster than you expected? It might be time to look into building a custom wine cellar—and Vintage Cellars is the exact right place to come. Use the new Custom Cellar Design Request form, easily accessible from our Custom Wine...
  15. Wine Collections: Fantastic Investments in Uncertain Times

    Wine Collections: Fantastic Investments in Uncertain Times

    To date, the most expensive bottle of wine sold at auction was a 1787 label-less bottle with “Lafite” and “Th. J.” etched on its front; it was a bottle of wine which some believe to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson.  (The controversy surrounding this claim continues.)  Though the value of the wine was listed as “inestimable,” it sold for 105,000...
  16. Wine Bottle History

    Wine Bottle History

    When we talk about aging wine, rarely do we realize just how recent a phenomenon wine aging actually is.  As mentioned in a previous post (Fun Wine Trivia), wine was not originally stored in bottles.  And when wine was not transported in animal wineskins, it was stored in large clay containers and secured with sealants called terracotta amphorae. While these 7000...
  17. Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Doors

    Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Doors

    If you're thinking about installing a custom wine cellar in your home, you know that you want the space to be functional, but also beautiful. After all, your collection will represent wines from around the world, careful hand-picked by you, and aged to their utmost in the perfect conditions. Shouldn't you show them off a little? Much of what goes...
  18. Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Wine Racks

    Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Wine Racks

    Whether you're a casual collector who keeps a couple of bottles around for special occasions, or a serious aficionado who has a custom cellar packed with carefully-catalogued wine bottles, one of the keys to maintaining your wine collection is learning about the different types of wine rack styles available. Wine racks hold bottles, of course, but they can also help...
  19. Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Artwork

    Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Artwork

    Collectors building custom wine cellars often struggle with a question: "How do I make my wine cellar reflect me?" Wine is your true passion, so you want your wine cellar to be more than just rows and rows of bottles. You want it to reflect your personal style, and say a little something about you and your love of wine...
  20. Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Fontenay Flooring

    Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Fontenay Flooring

    Beautiful Cooperage floor from Fontenay Looking to add a subtle, yet show-stopping accent to your wine cellar? Consider a gorgeous, custom wood floor...made entirely from reclaimed barrels and tanks. Fontenay, the world's original source of reclaimed wine barrel flooring, installs one-of-a-kind wood flooring that tells a story of winemaking in the very grain of the wood. Imagine a floor...

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