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Should You Keep Your Wine Cellar or Wine Closet Organized?

October 17th, 2010

This is a Guest Post from Gary Peterson:

A Wine To Die ForOk, I am one of the “Wine Guys” that finally figured out that he needed a wine cellar. I had a modest collection, which I was continuing to re-locate to cooler sections of my home, depending on the current weather. One day, a few years ago when I decided to get into the wine business, I realized it was time, and I built my wine cellar. It’s nothing spectacular, but it does have the insulation and cooling / humidity control needed to keep my collection properly. I have a capacity of about 1200 bottles, and presently, it contains roughly 500. I say “roughly” because I really don’t know exactly! That brings me to the point of this blog.

A couple of weeks ago, while entertaining a few friends, my lovely wife brought up the subject of what an excellent job I had done constructing our wine cellar, and how I had used a “free” program on the internet to categorize, and keep track of all our wines. She asked me to explain my system, and tell them about this program. So I, being the “willing partner”, explained to everyone how I had discovered “Cellar Tracker” and how it worked, keeping track of my wines, when I added them to my cellar, and subtracted them when I consumed them. It also kept track of the age of the wine, and suggested “drink by” dates. A very excellent system, very much like the one offered by Wine Spectator. She went on to tell them about the plastic tags that I used to identify each bottle, including specially marking the ones that were the “expensive” ones, which were over $100 per bottle and she told them she was “not allowed to touch”! Actually, I clarified that those were specially marked, so they wouldn’t end up out on the deck, being consumed by “The Ladies” on a Friday afternoon “Happy Hour”.

Now, let’s get to the point of this. I was afraid, very afraid, that she would invite them all into the wine cellar. Why you ask? Because over the last few months, I had let it go, opening many bottles, leaving multiple stacks of ID tabs in the wooden racks, and not canceling them in the computer program. I also had many new bottles of wine in the racks, and had not entered them in the program. My wine cellar was a mess!

I know that it is important to have a wine cellar, with controlled conditions, if you are keeping good quality wines for any length of time. If you have a good size collection of “drink now” and “drink later” it is a necessity. If you have bottles in closets, garages, under your bed and worse? You are being unfair to your wines, your wallet, and your palate. But, just as bad is the one who has the wine cellar, and the means to control it and its inventory, and doesn’t. I know I have some nice wines in there that I should have already consumed, and are probably past their time, shame on me. So, what am I doing this weekend? You guessed it: inventory control. Cheers,

Gary Peterson,  A Wine To Die For

Wine Storage 101 – Great Tips for your Wine Cellar

October 17th, 2010

Home and Wine StorageThere are a multitude of ways on how wine can be kept at home. Wine racks which are customized accordingly to your needs or a custom wine cellar, if you want to have one in the house, will both do very well. However, prior to building any of these two, keep in mind that the number of wine bottles significantly plays a very huge role in the whole process.

If you are just starting out with your collection, smaller wine racks are a practical choice. They could be stored in your pantry or garage where you keep your wine if you are an informal collector. But, once they grow in number and there is no longer extra room for storage, a wine cellar will keep them intact.

With regards to wine racks, there are various kinds and styles. They can be made in wood or metal. And, a good feature wine racks possess is they can be tailored accordingly to how you’d like them to appear. They do not only provide you storage for your wine bottles but also give additional aesthetic value to your home as well.

But, when it comes to wine cellar humidity, the temperatures are very critical. It is important that you store wine in a cool, dark place. High temperature destroys the wine that is why being certain to maintain appropriate temperature at all cost is significant. Humidity also affects the wine. Proper humidity prevents corks from drying out. Otherwise, the wines taste bad.

Another factor to consider when planning your custom wine cellar is to choose the place where you want to build it. If you have a basement in your home, it can serve as an appropriate space to convert to a wine cellar. According to the space you have, you can start and be creative about how you can take full advantage of space.

Whatever type of wine storage you think you need, what is important is that you give importance to the security of your collection. If you have trouble deciding what to use, you can always ask advice from people who are experts when it comes to wine racks and cellars.