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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Introducing the WhisperKOOL Slimline Cooling System

    Introducing the WhisperKOOL Slimline Cooling System

    Have a wine cellar, but not enough room to install a proper cellar cooling unit?  That’s what some people believe. Avoid a big wine storage mistake in your small cellar by investing in the WhisperKOOL Slimline cooling system; it’s designed to fit in that frequently-unused space above your cellar door! Even if your cellar is small, the WhisperKOOL Slimline’s over-the-door...
  12. High-Tech Wine Cellar Management

    High-Tech Wine Cellar Management

    You're hosting a dinner party. You've wined and dined your guests--important clients of yours--through the appetizer course, and things are going without a hitch. You head down to your wine cellar to grab the bottle of very special Cabernet you've been saving for an occasion just like this one. But the bottle isn't there. You scan your shelves, growing increasingly...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Vintage Cellars Wins Customer Satisfaction Award

    Vintage Cellars Wins Customer Satisfaction Award

    Every year, the design website Houzz.com selects from its long list of contractors and designers to award professionals for outstanding customer service. This year, that award went to Vintage Cellars! Houzz selected Vintage Cellars for its "Best Of Houzz" 2013 award based on our excellent customer reviews given by their users, which number more than 11 million each month. Users rates...
  17. Featured Project: Contemporary La Costa Wine Cellar

    Featured Project: Contemporary La Costa Wine Cellar

    Curious about the process of building a wine cellar start-to-finish? Today we're showcasing a new 800 bottle contemporary wine cellar we built in La Costa, California. The client, Don, presented us with a challenge: convert a study in his new home into a wine cellar with a unique design. Read on to find out how we did it. The Client...
  18. Custom Cellar Inspiration

    Custom Cellar Inspiration

    Vintage Cellars' specialty is custom wine cellar designs. All wine cellars have to have functionality, of course. Racking and a cooling system are the bones any wine cellar must be built on. But when building a custom wine cellar, most clients have something more in mind than just mere functionality. Beyond storing their wine in perfect conditions for aging, a...
  19. Wine Cellars for Small Spaces

    Wine Cellars for Small Spaces

    You’re a wine lover who’s dying to start a collection. You drool over photos of others peoples’ expansive wine cellars, with their rows upon rows of bottles just waiting for the perfect day to be opened. But you don’t have a handy underground space, or an extra room that can be converted into the wine cellar you covet. You might...
  20. Creative Wine Storage

    Creative Wine Storage

    A cellar customized with Vintner wine racks Lately, your wine collection has grown too ambitious for your storage space. You have bottles in the refrigerator, in the panty, and grouped on every countertop. Clearly, you need a better system. Your ultimate dream is to own a state-of-the-art wine cellar. It will showcase an eclectic collection from all corners of...

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