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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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Humidity in Wine Cellars

    Humidity in Wine Cellars

    We know that wine has to be kept at a low temperature in order to age well.  It’s logical—we keep our perishable items cool so that they don’t spoil as quickly, and wine is, of course, a perishable item.  But what’s with the humidity thing?  Does wine really need to be kept at a certain level of humidity in order...
  5. Sustainable Wine Storage

    Sustainable Wine Storage

    As we've previously discussed here on the blog, green is in! More than ever, people are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to the products they use in their daily lives. Using sustainable wood products is an important part of this effort. The forests of our planet are our oxygen factories, and we can't live without them. Dwindling forests make for...
  6. Wine Storage Tips

    Wine Storage Tips

    1. If the conditions aren’t right, the wine will rot.  There’s nothing worse than opening a bottle after years of storage, only to discover that instead of aging gracefully, it’s turned to vinegar.  Keep the temperature of your wine cellar, wine refrigerator, wine closet, or wine cabinet between 50 and 65 degrees F for red wine and 45 to 60...
  7. Our Top Five Wine Storage Product Obsessions

    Our Top Five Wine Storage Product Obsessions

    These Diamond Cube wine racks.  You can stack them to fit your space perfectly, and the shape is so unique and cool. 2.  This Vinotheque Wine Credenza.  It's a beautiful place to display your family photos, it's a buffet table, and it's top-of-the-line, climate-controlled wine cabinet. 3.  This 8-bottle Monterey WineKeeper system.  Ok, so you'd probably have to be a...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Sensaphone Wine Cellar Monitoring System

    Sensaphone Wine Cellar Monitoring System

    If you're a wine collector, you know that maintaining a constant humidity and temperature in your cellar is essential.  Your cellar is fitted with high-tech temperature and humidity controls that keep your bottles in the environment they need.  And those bottles represent a significant investment But what happens if your power goes out?  The conditions in your cellar could shift...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. What’s the Optimal Wine Storage Temperature?

    What’s the Optimal Wine Storage Temperature?

    As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, the temperature at which a wine is stored (and served) can bring out the best (or worst) of a given bottle, but an entire wine collection can be at stake if “ideal” storage temperatures are not maintained.  Many big collections have been unnecessarily damaged because of such unstable temperatures.  For example, temperatures above 65ºF...
  16. 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...
  17. Creative Wine Racking 101

    Creative Wine Racking 101

    If you and your significant other have talked about creating your own wine cellar, why wait?  Though Vintage Cellars' wine racks are designed by experts, they can be assembled by novices in little time.  This means, with any of the Vintage Cellars wine racking kits, you’re destined for success!  Racks are designed to last a lifetime, and you can...
  18. Haunted Happenings at Charles Krug Winery

    Haunted Happenings at Charles Krug Winery

    If you're inclined to believe in ghosts, St. Helena’s Charles Krug/Peter Mondavi Family Winery has been a “hot spot” for paranormal activity for years.  In fact, the winery’s founder, Charles Krug, claimed to have seen ghosts himself!  (To put this in perspective, the winery was founded in 1861.)  Current “sightings” have occurred most frequently in the winery’s Redwood Cellars...
  19. Spotlight: The Vintage Series Wine Room 2600

    Spotlight: The Vintage Series Wine Room 2600

    Looking for an alternative to an actual wine cellar in your basement?  Ever consider a freestanding, walk-in wine cellar?  That’s right!  Vintage Series wine rooms are easy-to-assemble, walk-in wine rooms that are all-in-one wine cooling and storage facilities.  Made from reinforced panels to prevent warping, and featuring a built-in Breezaire cooling unit to ensure precise wine storage temperature control...
  20. 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...

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