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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. The Wine Lifestyle Meets the Yachting Lifestyle:

    The Wine Lifestyle Meets the Yachting Lifestyle:

    Wine is not just an alcoholic drink poured into a glass, it’s a lifestyle.  Yachting is also a lifestyle that often runs parallel with the wine lifestyle.  One can only assume that people who own 100 foot yachts may have custom wine cellars in their home.  I wanted to bring them together… After engineering a seaworthy wine cellar at the...
  6. Vintage Cellars at the 2009 San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

    Vintage Cellars at the 2009 San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

    Yesterday, the Vintage Cellars gang got to enjoy some great wine and great people at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. This annual event attracts over 8,000 restaurateurs and wine experts who cater to more than 8,000 thousand hungry foodies with unlimited samples.  Held at the gorgeous Embarcadero Park North, which overlooks San Diego Bay, yesterday's event was the...
  7. Why We Store Wine

    Why We Store Wine

    Recently after a long day shooting wine cabinet education videos, selling cooling units and putting the finishing touches on some wine cellar designs, we needed a refresher course on why we are in this crazy business. In an after hours discussion of the business, new cooling units on the market and recent wine trends, we broke out 3 wines from...
  8. Vintage Cellars' Very Own Max Walder at New Restaurant Morimoto Napa

    Vintage Cellars' Very Own Max Walder at New Restaurant Morimoto Napa

    Masaharu Morimoto, the chef perhaps best known for his grim-faced determination on Food Network's Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, has recently opened up a new restaurant in the Napa Valley.  This latest venture, called Morimoto Napa, is the most recent in a long list of well -respected restaurants in New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Mumbai, and Tokyo.  Morimoto is known...
  9. Which Wines Age Well?

    Which Wines Age Well?

    Some VERY old bottles. Let's hope they have what it takes to open up well! Aging a bottle of wine has a very distinct, qualitative effect on the contents. But it's a very unpredictable effect. This leaves wine aficionados in a rough place--you don't want to spend the time and the money aging a nice bottle of wine, only to open...
  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. New Arrival: CellarCool CX Cooling Units

    New Arrival: CellarCool CX Cooling Units

    We're pleased to announce a new product line! The CellarCool wine cellar cooling units are now available. CellarCool's cooling systems are designed to offer excellent cooling power and dependability, at a price that's affordable for beginning collectors. They are available in sizes for cellars from 265 to 2000 cubic feet and start at under $1000. The CellarCool systems are designed...
  13. 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...
  14. Introducing The Next Generation of WhisperKOOL Cooling Units

    Introducing The Next Generation of WhisperKOOL Cooling Units

    Just in at Vintage Cellars are the powerful WhisperKOOL 5000ti Platinum Extreme Cooling System and the WhisperKOOL 5000ti Platinum Extreme Fully Ducted Cooling System.  Both of these advanced products are high-end, self-contained cooling units at the very top of the WhisperKOOL line.  These state-of-the-art cooling units are brand new, replacing the earlier WhisperKOOL 4000 Platinum Extreme models, which were also exceptionally...
  15. Visit Vintage Cellars' Wine Storage Education Center!

    Visit Vintage Cellars' Wine Storage Education Center!

    Have a question about how wine cooling systems work?  Wondering about the similarities and differences between various wine racks and wine racking kits?  Need help choosing the right wine cabinet for your needs and living space?  Perhaps you simply want to learn more about how wine preservation systems work to keep your open bottles as fresh as possible?  Now is...
  16. ETL-Certified Monterey WineKeepers: The Safest Way to Preserve & Dispense Wine

    ETL-Certified Monterey WineKeepers: The Safest Way to Preserve & Dispense Wine

    Several of Vintage Cellars' products are ETL-certified (see our Education Center article about ETL for more information about the certification), but three of the new Monterey WineKeeper products are our first WineKeeper Wine Preservers & Dispensers to be tested and approved by Intertek's Electrical Testing Labs! Feel confident that our Monterey 4-Bottle ETL WineKeeper, Monterey 8-Bottle ETL WineKeeper, and Monterey...
  17. Introducing the New WineMaker Wine Racks

    Introducing the New WineMaker Wine Racks

    The Vintner Wine Rack Series has always been popular here at Vintage Cellars, but we realized many customers are seeking the most affordable, economical option when it comes to outfitting their wine cellars. Our new WineMaker Wine Rack Series offers many of the same options as the Vintner Series, but at a lower price point. The WineMaker Wine Rack Kits...
  18. 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...
  19. Jake Austad to Attend 3rd Annual Trump Wine & Beer Festival

    Jake Austad to Attend 3rd Annual Trump Wine & Beer Festival

    What’s Donald Trump’s favorite wine?  We’ll soon be able to ask Jake Austad!  Remember Jake?  (He’s the guy who toured California’s wine country earlier this year, giving Vintage Cellars fun updates about his travels and tastings!)  Well, the same Jake Austad is now going to be representing Vintage Cellars at the 3rd Annual Trump Wine & Beer Festival this...
  20. 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...

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