Wine Storage Questions and Answers

Wine Cellars

How much does it cost to build a wine cellar?

Several factors go into the cost of building a wine cellar. Cellar size, custom or kit rack, refrigeration/cooling option. We are here to help you build a cellar to meet your budget. Contact Us Now!

Why do people have wine cellars?

Are wine cellars a luxury or a necessity? This really depends on the individual’s needs. If you are a wine collector with lofty goals, you will definitely need proper storage for your collection. And if you have a fast-growing one, then all the more reason why you should invest in a wine cellar. Keep in mind that wines should be kept under ideal storage conditions 24/7. There are specific temperature and humidity levels to maintain in order for your bottles to age gracefully. This is why it is essential that a wine cellar should be equipped with appropriate wine cooling system.

But these “essential” reasons aside, there is also another driving force why more and more homeowners are putting their dollars into a wine cellar project. Believe it or not, it actually contributes to the marketability of one’s home. Real estate experts have shared professional insights on this. It seems that having a wine cellar in your home also has a significant an impact on the market value of the same. Of course, with larger properties, this is oftentimes an expected perk. But with smaller to average-sized residences, the presence of a well-constructed wine storage gives added value. That’s why if you have the space for a wine cellar in your home, it’s worth considering the same!

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a veteran wine collector, you will need to decide on how you should organize your wine cellar. It’s not rocket science and there are no hard and fast rules to it. But there are some essential points you’ll need to consider. These will help you in deciding what will be the most efficient method of organization for your collection. Perhaps one of the most useful tips is the one made highly popular by the “Queen of Organization” herself, Marie Kondo. Ask yourself, “Does it spark joy” when going over your collection. Brands that you rarely pick up anymore even for immediate consumption should be separated from your collection.

As for those bottles that do “spark joy,” you can start organizing them by wine type. You can start with the most generic classifications: red, white, and sparkling. For small collections, this is actually an efficient way of sorting your wine bottles and easily locating your favorite ones. For larger collections, this will be a great starting point and you can proceed to group the bottles further into more specific categories. One of the most recommended sub-categories is by grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and so on. It is also recommended to invest in a wine app for those with collections that are approaching or going over the thousand mark. Wine tags and labels are a wonderful method, but these won’t be too efficient if you have a larger and fast-growing collection.

How much does wine and design cost?

How much will it cost to have a wine cellar design to your specifications? There is actually no hard and fast rule in working out a budget for this. But the very first thing you should consider is whether you are going to have everything customized, have only some elements customized, or just work with “standard” wine cellar products. It goes without saying that having a customized design for your wine cellar will cost more. Nonetheless, other details also need to be considered such as the size of the project and its location.
 
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that there are free initial design consultations usually offered by a lot of wine cellar companies. Here are WCI, not only do you get that free initial consultation, but you can also request for a free design. The website provides two options: the design request short form and the design request long form. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a free 2D rendering of your project. This, coupled with the consultation, will allow you to work within your desired budget. You can also request for the complete pricing catalog to compare how much you can save with wine rack kits if that is the route you decide to go. Also don’t forget that you can go for the more affordable wine cabinet solution if a wine room does not fit your space or your budget.
 

What is a wine holder called?

History will tell us that wine storage began centuries ago in the underground caves of ancient Europe. These caves provided for the best environment for wine to achieve its peak taste. Wines were stored in either barrels or bottles. But later on, the need for a contraption to keep wine bottles together also gave birth to wine “holders”. These eventually became known as “wine racks.”  Wood wine storage racks are the pioneers of wine racks. They are strongly connected to the fist usage of cork for sealing wine bottles. History will tell us that is is the French wine makers who were the first to use cork stoppers in late 1600s. 
Over time, wood wine racks evolved in both function and design. At first, these wine racks were nothing but stacks of shelves to hold wine bottles and thicker wood material for crates and barrels. Eventually, the racks became more structured, with details crafted to secure bottles individually. Individual bottle storage became the norm, with each wine bottle cradled in rails to protect from breakage. Later on, with the advent of more modern wine cellars, these wine racks also evolved into more than just mere “storage” of wine bottles. They were now also seen as essential elements to showcase wine collections in the most aesthetic way possible. These days, you can even have your wine bottles look like they’re “floating”on suspended racking platforms. Moreover, materials other than wood were also sourced for wine racking units. Metal was the second most popular material, particularly for wall-mount racking. Acrylic also gradually gained popularity. One thing’s for sure: these wine “holders” have more than just a practical role to play the wine industry and it is wonderful watching wine racks evolve through the years.

 

Refrigeration 

Do you need a wine fridge for red wine?

Should different kinds of wine be stored at different temperatures? Or does the standard “ideal” wine cellar temperature range at 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity apply across the board? What about red wine in particular? Would you need a wine fridge for bottles that are for immediate consumption or are half-finished? All wines, whether red or white, should be stored at a consistent temperature in a cool, dry place. Wine cellars are recommended to be built in basements to be away from natural light. That’s because the sun’s UV rays can be detrimental to wine. If you don’t have the space or budget for a wine cellar, then a wine fridge is the next alternative.

So when it comes to wine storage, heat is really your worst enemy. Experts will always recommend the best temperature to store red wine which will be at the range between 45°F and 65°F. Now if you are looking for “ideal” storage temperature for your reds, then it will be at 55°F. Nonetheless, there will always be variations depending on the type of red wine you are storing. For example, full-bodied reds are best kept at 63-66°F. Light to medium bodied reds are recommended to be stored at 54-61°F. But in general, the best way to keep your red wines from aging prematurely is to stay below 70°F. If the temperature rises above that, your reds will be “cooked,” making them lose their peak taste.

 

What is the best brand of wine fridge?

A wine lover may not always need a wine cellar, but they sure do need a proper wine fridge. Your standard refrigerator at home may not be able to provide the right kind of storing conditions for your bottles, whether they are unopened or half-finished. Another good reason to get a wine fridge is if you’re getting into collecting more serious vintages and don’t have access to a cool, dry cellar for safe, long-term storage. So in choosing your wine fridge, what brands should you consider? What do experts consider as the best brand? 

Wine Enthusiast seems to top the list when it comes to reasonably priced wine cooling units. These fridges offer the best combination of storage, features, and price. The Wine Enthusiast line has always received solid reviews and comes highly recommended by experts. They also carry a line of compact wine fridges for those with small spaces and/or collections. Now for those who want something a bit more upgraded, EuroCave is the brand to check out. The brand’s wine fridges are the top favorite of sommeliers, top chefs, and wine lovers. EuroCave units can usually be found in posh hotels and prestigious restaurants. Their units have a global reputation for maintaining excellent wine storage conditions. But these high-gradw features do come at a cost. EuroCave wine fridges are quite pricey. If budget is not an issue, we recommend checking out the 74-bottle EuroCave Premiere S. It is one of the best fridges for protecting a small collection.

What is the ideal humidity level for a wine cellar?

Most cellar construction experts will tell you that building a wine cellar in the coolest and most humid place in your home comes highly recommended. You can actually build a wine cellar anywhere in your home, but doing it in a more ideal location is preferred. That’s because you will be saving a lot of expenses needed to maintain the proper wine storage conditions. That is why the basement is always the first choice in terms of location. Nonetheless, if that is not possible, then the alternative would be to ensure that your budget will be sufficient to establish the right wine cellar cooling environment. 

So what is the ideal humidity level for a wine cellar? It is best to keep on mind that wine storage actually began in the underground caves of Europe. These caves provided the consistent storing conditions that allowed wine to age at an elegant pace. By convention, these conditions have become the standard for modern wine cellars. The ideal wine storage conditions  should  be at 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity. The closer you are to these conditions, the lower the overall cost of maintaining your wine cellar will be. Sudden changes in these temperature and/or humidity levels will be detrimental to the aging process of your wines. That is why investing in the most suitable wine cellar cooling unit is very important, especially if you’re constructing a wine cellar in a location other than the basement.

What temperature is too cold for wine?

The Golden Rule when it comes to wine bottles is that they should always be kept under the ideal storage conditions. Sudden fluctuations in temperature can be very detrimental to the aging of your wine. But thankfully, it seems that cool temperatures are not nearly as dangerous to wine as heat. So those living in colder climates should probably not worry much. But what temperature is considered as “too cold” for wine? Essentially, as long as the wine is gradually cooled and does not experience a sharp drop in temperature, the cold will not affect the aging process. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind that when subjected to the cold, the wine will expand and put pressure on both the cork and the bottle. Moreover, the wine will crystalize and freeze between 15-20â—¦F. This may cause the bottle to crack or the cork to pop, both of which will cause oxidization. If your wine has been exposed to cold temperatures, the first thing you need to do is to check for a sticky cork or any wine stains beneath the capsule. This is the protective wrap around the neck and cork of the bottle. Try to see if there is any leakage.

So how do you prevent your wine bottles from freezing, especially when living in much colder climates? We highly recommend storing your bottles inside an insulated and sealed space that has temperature and humidity control. A wine refrigerator is the best solution. Wine refrigerators are designed to ensure that ideal wine storage conditions are maintained 24/7. Another solution would be to invest in a wine cabinet. We recommend a refrigerated wine cabinet which you can also customize. Here at WCI, we offer custom refrigerated wine cabinets with our WineZone catalog. Now if you do not have a designated storage area, it’s imperative that you should keep your wines in an insulated room in the house. Make sure that the temperature does not drop below 45â—¦F during the winter to keep your wine bottles from deteriorating.

What temperature do you set a wine cooler?

Wine storage has its origins centuries ago in the underground caves of Europe. These caves provided the consistent storing conditions for wine bottles. By convention, these conditions have become the standard for modern wine cellars. That’s why if you talk about ideal wine cooling temperature, the range is 55-58 degrees with 55-75% relative humidity. It only makes sense that your wine cellar will be able to emulate these similar conditions. That’s why wine cooler temperature should be set on the same or as close to these ideal numbers.

So how do you choose the right wine cellar cooling unit? One of the most important concepts you’ll need to understand in choosing a wine cooling unit that’s the right fit for your project is “heat load calculation.” The kind of wine refrigeration unit your wine cellar will need will depends largely on this heat load calculation. Some essential details need to be factored in, such as the specific room size and geographical needs. Once the BTU analysis on your wine cellar is done, then that’s the time to shop around for your wine cellar cooling unit. In this regard, keep in mind that WCI actually offers free heat load or BTU cooling unit analysis on wine cellar projects.

 

Wood

What are the three types of wood?

How well do you know your wood? There are actually three major types of wood: softwoods, hardwoods, and engineered wood. Each of these has its own distinct features. Each wood type can be used in different ways and will have specific pros and cons, depending on what you need the wood for. Let’s get more into the finer details, starting with softwoods.

Softwoods are the wood and lumber which are milled from conifer trees. Conifer trees are scientifically known as Gymnosperms. These are trees which have needles and produce cones. You might be familiar with some of the popular softwood trees used in woodworking, construction, and furniture. Some examples are Pine, Cedar, Fir, Spruce, and Redwood. Redwood, of course, is a very popular wood option here at WCI for custom wine racks and other wine cellar furniture.

Next up are the hardwoods. Hardwoods come from any trees which do not produce needles or cones. You might say that it is the opposite of softwoods. These trees are most commonly are known as deciduous trees. They are scientifically known as angiosperms. Hardwoods are trees that produce leaves and seeds. Some of the more common hardwood species include oak, maple, cherry, mahogany, and walnut. 

The third and last major type of woods are the engineered woods. Per its namesake, engineered woods do not occur naturally in the environment, but are instead manufactured. They usually take on the appearance of “boards.” These boards are made with wood which is manipulated to have certain qualities or features. We also call them as “composite wood.”  Products of composite wood are often made from the waste wood of sawmills.

What is the best wood to make a humidor?

Humidors are for cigar lovers just as wine cellars are for wine enthusiasts. In case you are still wondering whether or not a cigar humidor is a worthy investment, we’re here to tell you that they certainly are. A humidor is specifically designed to help you store and preserve your cigars for a long time. This translates not just to weeks or months, but to many years of keeping that fresh, tobacco taste. Pretty much like wine cellars, cigar humidors keep your cigarettes in peak condition by regulating internal humidity and temperature. And one of the most instrumental elements in helping maintain ideal humidity and temperature levels is your wood choice.

Keep in mind that some woods are not that resilient when it comes to withstanding high humidity levels. Because of this, the moisture inside humidors fluctuates. That is why you have to be careful with your wood option since this is not a scenario that you want to happen. So what is the best wood to make a cigar humidor? A quick online search will give you the obvious answer: Spanish cedar. This wood is considered to be the best wood for cigar humidors. Why is this so? First and foremost, Spanish cedar is top-notch when it comes to withstanding humidity and maintaining temperature levels. That’s why a lot of higher-quality humidor models are built from this wood Secondly, the wood does a terrific job in preserving cigar flavor. Spanish cedar is quite famous for preserving the freshness of tobacco for long periods of time. Lastly, there is a component in the wood that helps fend off tobacco beetles. The natural spicy smell of Spanish cedar drives away these pests from laying eggs in your precious cigars.

What type of wood should I use for a desk?

You will find desks in just about all shapes and sizes these days. Of course, the kind of desk that will suit you is still very much an individual preference. It’s not just about the size and how it will fit into the space, but also about the kind of material for the desk. In addition, more and more people are taking the DIY route with desks. That way, they get to choose the materials they want for the project, as well as the size and design of the desk. As far as materials are concerned, the question now turns to what type of wood one should use for a desk. There are so many options out there so you should choose with care.

Quality hardwoods are one of the best types of lumber to build a desk. Hardwoods play key role in the construction of fine furniture which makes perfect sense as to why they will also be good for building desks. Hardwoods are often prized for their beauty and grain patterns. As for cost, this may vary depending on the supply and demand for the wood and of course, its quality.

Cherry wood is one of the top options for furniture making, and that definitely includes desks. The wood exudes either a light brown or a deeper reddish-brown color. Note that the color of the wood will actually deepen over time. This is what makes Cherry a popular specialty wood product. It also has a close, distinctive grain compared to other types. Another popular hardwood for desks is Black Walnut. It sports a rich, dark color which is currently quite in demand. It is widely regarded as one of the most easily machined wood species. 

Next up is Ash wood. Ash is characterized by a light colors that makes the wood highly attractive. This wood is both strong and easy to machine. It lends itself to beautiful projects with a clean, modern look. Moreover, it is a very economical choice as the supply is quite abundant and it is quite easy to manufacture. Last but not the least, we have Maple. This wood is also very strong and comes in an elegant reddish or light brown color. The wood grain pattern is attractive, varying from straight, curly, wavy, quilted, or bird’s eye.

What is the most durable type of wood? 

There are tons of types of wood commercially available. The two general categories are hardwood and softwood and depending upon the kind of wood, they are available in the market. Each type comes with a different set of characteristics in terms of color, density, grain, and finishing. Selecting the right wood type will depend a lot on the kind of project you’re undertaking. Are you looking into wood for furniture, for flooring, or for general construction purposes? Obviously, you would have to research which wood would suit your purposes the most. Most hardwood species are pretty durable, but depending on the use, some perform better for certain projects compared to others. 

Let’s take the case of flooring. Oak, Maple, and Cherry are some of the more popular options for hardwood floors. They are highly resistant to rot and moisture, as well as warping and checking. How about for furniture making? There are lots of hardwood choices when it comes to this. But you should take into account first if the furniture will be used indoors or outdoors or a mix of both. Outdoor furniture will be exposed to the elements more. So the durability of the wood will be measured against how well it can stand up to exposure to the elements. Some of the more recommended hardwoods for furniture are Mahogany, Pine, Bamboo, Walnut, Maple, and Cherry. Now what about for wine racks? The wood should be highly resistant to moisture, mildew, and rot. Top wood options for custom wine cellar projects include Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany.

What kind of wood should I use?

Let’s narrow down this very broad question by talking exclusively about wine racks and other wine cellar furniture. For your racks, shelving, and cabinetry, what kind of wood would be best? Obviously, there are so many commercially manufactured wood choices out there. You have to select one that best suits the needs of your wine cellar as well as your budget. Keep in mind that not all of the expensive types of wood will work for you. There are actually reasonably priced ones that are also top tier in quality. All these being said, we’ve narrowed the options to four: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany.

Redwood in general is a highly regarded wood choice for construction, furniture making, and cabinetry. But it is even more greatly recommended for wine cellar projects. Redwood is very resilient. Of all North American woods, it is most resistant to moisture, mildew, and rot. Bot All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood exhibit outstanding resistance to shrinking, warping and checking. Your racks and furniture will age beautifully with this wood, just like your wines.

Rustic Pine, on the other hand, is the most reasonably priced among these top wood choices for wine cellars. It is not a clear grade of wood due to its structurally sound knots. But these knots combined with the soft, creamy color of the wood make for the beautiful and rustic appearance of wine cellars. Rustic Pine also absorbs stains and finishes exceedingly well, in case you’d want a bolder look to your wine cellar. Grand Mahogany is the most expensive option among these hardwoods. But it is worth the steeper price tag, especially if you have the budget for it. This wood is right up there with the likes of Cherry, Sapele and Oak and will give you a wine cellar that is truly timeless.

Is ash wood expensive?

Ash wood quite obviously comes from ash trees. It is pretty well-known as material for flooring. Ash trees have been viewed to be a bit unusual compared to their counterparts, like oak and mahogany. That’s because within the family of ash trees, there are both evergreen and deciduous trees. This means that there is the potential for both soft and hardwoods to emanate from this species.  Ash trees are largely found in Europe and some parts of north West Asia. Studies show that there’s somewhere between 45 and 65 different types of ash tree. Hence, if you do want to use ash wood, you need to do your homework to find out which type works best for your needs.

There’s also the question of cost. Is ash wood expensive or is it reasonably priced? Would it be worth spending your money on or will a cheaper type of wood yield the same results? Just like other woods, ash comes in a range of grades. Consequently, the price of the wood varies according to grade and quality. As an extremely hard wood, it is highly durable which is why it is such a desirable material for flooring. The beautiful, light color of the wood is also one of its attractive features. Note that there is a tendency in commonly available ash wood flooring for colors to be on the light side of the spectrum. All these being said, ash wood does lean towards the pricier side. It is typically more expensive than oak.

What is the best quality wood for furniture?

What wood is the best for furniture? The answer may not be as cut and dry as you think. Essential characteristics of the wood such as durability, resiliency, and stability, of course, come into play. But the price and expected usage should also be factored in. In addition to the wood type and quality used in a furniture piece, the process used to create the piece is another factor that greatly impacts the quality-level of the wood furniture you are considering.  

Here are some of our most recommended wood options for furniture-making. Note that these are all hardwoods:

Maple

Maple is usually one of the top picks when you talk about wood for furniture making purposes. Maple comes in several varieties, but almost all are very durable. This wood wears extremely well. It is also naturally non-toxic so it is often used to make kitchen cutting boards. 

Mahogany

Appearance-wise, Mahogany is one of the most attractive woods for furniture-making. But its beauty is not all skin-deep. The wood is lighter in weight than some of the other wood types it is comparable in strength to Oak. Mahogany sports beautiful reddish-brown hues. But you will also find that there are lighter colors of the wood as well. Genuine mahogany is sourced from Latin American and is becoming harder and harder to find. That’s why it can be pricier compared to others.

Oak 

Oak is a popular wood, particularly for its durability. It is usually used for flooring and kitchen furniture. Note, however, that the wood can yellow over time. By contrast, red oak is slightly darker and porous. It also looks beautiful and is fairly inexpensive compared to Maple and Mahogany.

Cherry

Cherry is a top favorite among furniture makers. The wood actually darkens with time, giving it a very rich look as it continues to age. This is what gives Cherry furniture that really elegant appearance. Moreover, it is very durable and resilient. The wood is relatively hard it can be resistant to scratches and dents. It has an even grain and is non-toxic.

 

What kind of wood is the cheapest?

It goes without saying that wood is an integral part of the construction industry. Whether if it’s for residential or commercial purposes, building and construction projects, wood is an essential material. It comes in so many different types and the various characteristics of wood species spell the difference in pricing. So what kind of wood is the cheapest? There are actually two main categories of wood: hardwood and softwood. Softwood is the one that is used a lot in construction projects. It is ideal because it’s easy to saw. That means it is less costly to manufacture. Hardwood, on the other hand, is ideal for both decorative and utilitarian uses. You’ll see it used in cabinetry, flooring and furniture. 

How is the pricing for wood determined? Wood is typically priced per pound. But for some applications, the pricing is done per linear foot. Some of the least expensive wood in the world is soft. Examples of these are  pine, spruce and fir. These wood types are ideal for framing buildings and outdoor applications. They usually come in abundant supply which is also another reason for the more affordable price point. In addition, the ease with which it is harvested and processed, and its versatility make these woods less costly. Note that their designation as “soft” woods don’t have much to do with their density. These woods are from evergreen trees and their closed grain and fast-growing tendencies make them an ideal construction material.

 

What is Intergrain DWD?

You may have heard of the term “Intergrain DWD” when talking about stains and finishes. But what sort of finish is this exactly? Intergrain DWD is a high performance, low sheen, transparent water based exterior finish. This was formulated to retain the natural appearance of timber decking and all other exterior timber. DWD is designed to protect timber with a tough, weather resistant finish of superior durability. It was specifically manufactured to stand up against weather conditions in countries like Australia and New Zealand. DWD has excellent UV, water and mold resistance, is low odor, and available in a range of tinted colors. 

There are some significant details that one should know about Intergrain DWD before actually deciding on using the same. First off, the UV absorber system in DWD will impart a transparent, golden orange-brown tint. We highly recommend doing an initial swatch review for color suitability before proceeding. Experts advice against using Intergrain DWD on reeded or grooved decks. In applying this finish, one should observe the enhanced DWD trishield application system. It is recommended to always apply in accordance with this process to ensure maximum lifespan from the coating. One of the best features of Intergrain DWD is that is is a water based stain. That means it emits significantly less VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into the atmosphere compared to oil based finishes. It is one of the most eco-friendly products you can use in your construction or renovation projects.

What color is Redwood?

There are two main categories that need to be distinguished when talking about colors of the Redwood tree. The first is Clear All-heart Redwood and the second is Premium Redwood. Clear All-Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the redwood tree. The wood comes exclusively from the center of the log. As far as color is concerned, the wood displays consistent reddish hues tinged with gold. The color is not only very attractive, but quite uniform. That’s why there are those who opt for the unstained version of the wood in their furniture, including wine racks. Of course, apart from being aesthetically pleasing, Clear All-Heart Redwood is also very durable and highly resistant to shrinking, warping, and checking.

Now let’s move on to Premium Redwood. This wood is clear, bereft of the presence of knots, just like Clear All-Heart Redwood. Premium Redwood typically includes wood from all part of the log. The colors are significantly lighter than Clear All-Heart Redwood, varying from white to pink to red and reddish brown. This variety of colors make Premium Redwood quite the eye-candy. That’s why there are those who prefer it over the more uniform hues of Clear All-Heart Redwood. Just like Clear All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood is inherently beautiful unstained. Nonetheless, it also adapts to stains and finishes extremely well, particularly darker ones. In general, Redwood is well-suited to the humid, cool conditions of a wine cellar, and endures extremely well in these conditions. That’s why it’s a top choice for custom wine cellar projects.

Does Redwood need to be treated?

Redwood is a very durable and resilient type of wood. Its two popular sub-species are All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood. Both are clear species of wood with hardly any knots. That’s why they also cost a bit more compares to other types of wood. However, the price is worth it considering the impressive features. Redwood exhibits high resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking. If you have furniture made from Redwood or wine racks for your wine cellars, they will age beautifully even when unstained. And that brings us to another quite common question regarding this wood option: Does it need to be treated?

Treatment of Redwood is required if you want your redwood to last longer and retain its beautiful hue and finish. Indeed, the wood even when unstained will age gracefully, akin to your wine bottles. However, if you have furniture or plan on using the wood with more exposure to the elements (like your deck or patio), proper staining and care will prevent it from cracking and rotting. This is especially the case if you live in a place with tropical climate. Exposure to water will still damage the wood in the long run if left untreated. The recommended sealant for maximum protection of any Redwood for outdoor use is a semi-transparent stain.

 

Stains

What is stain color?

Custom stains and finishes are possibly the best and most practical way you can “style” your wine racks and achieve the ambiance that you want for your wine cellar project. By dressing your racks up with these custom stains and finishes, you can either match them with the room’s existing décor or set them apart to become the focal point thereof.

A stain is a semi-transparent coverage available for all WCI wood products. Wood is a natural product, so when stained, all grain patterns in the wood will still be apparent. 

By staining or putting finishes on your wine racks, what you’re essentially doing is accentuating the color variations of the wood, especially the grain patterns. So, for example, if you want the “rustic” vibe from your Rustic Pine wine racks to really come through, staining them even with soft shades like a Light Danish or the tad richer Classic Mahogany stain will enhance those structurally sound knots even more. Or, if you want to go for a contemporary charm, jet-black stains like Midnight Black Stain will most definitely do the trick. In most cases, adding a stain to a wood will enhance the natural colors of the wood, or the grain patterns. Note that this is not a defect in the wood, but an attribute enhanced through the staining process.

 

What color is mahogany stain?

In finishing a piece of furniture, including wine racks, it’s quite important to choose the right color of wood stain is. There are so many options available out there but not all of them can give you the results you want. So it’s essential that you know more about the variations in color and tone for different finishes. It’s also highly recommended to learn how specific wood types adapt to these stains and finishes. Note that some woods absorb stains and finishes very well while others may not yield the results you want. Let’s take mahogany stain as an example. It is a very popular stain option, along with walnut.

Classic Mahogany stain sports a rich, reddish-brown color that is very elegant. It can give your wood a dramatic appearance that is indeed eye-catching. It is especially popular with cabinetry and wine racks.

Mahogany wood stain can vary in depth. But you will notice that in general, it sports a burgundy or dark red color, much like the color of red wine. There are often undertones of brown within the red. Mahogany is considered to be a warm-colored wood, so it would be best paired with warm paint colors and decor items. Contrast also works well with the mahogany finish. You can actually incorporate lighter colors such as ivory and cream in your walls and other decor to create a stark but stunning contrast.

Can wood stain be tinted?

Choosing a wood stain for your home project can be quite the challenge if you have little to no idea of what you’re dealing with. If you’re after a specific color or look for your wood, then you need to research well. Wood and stain combinations can be tricky. Moreover, to get the color you want, you can also add tint to a clear or pre-tinted wood stain base. That’s why it’s essential to get acquainted with the properties of various stains so you’ll know what you’re going to get as a result.

A pigment-based tint is usually recommended with water-based or oil-based wood stains. Use a clear wood stain or a pre-tinted wood stain as a base. Just make sure the pre-tinted stain is also pigment-based. Mix the tint thoroughly to add or deepen the color. Take note that pigment-based tints are not easy to correct. That’s why it’s best to first test the stain in an inconspicuous spot before applying to the full surface. Also, pigment-based tints do not penetrate the wood. They tend to rest on top, so you will need to sand the wood surface before applying./p>

Then you also have dye-based tint. These tints are easier to work with compared to the pigment-based ones. They are often used in DIY home renovation projects. Dye-based tints are most commonly purchased in powder form to be dissolved in water and used with water-based wood stains. However, oil-soluble dye tints are also available for use with oil-based wood stains. Make sure to check the packaging carefully and ensure that the tint is correct for the stain you choose.

​​When can you stain a new Redwood deck?

More often than not, homeowners would pop the question as to whether or not a newly installed deck should be stained. There are some who would say that you should wait around three to twelve months to let the wood dry before doing anything with it. But there are also others who recommend staining the deck right away. So when exactly can you stain a new Redwood deck? The answer is that you can actually do it both ways. You can choose to either wait for a few months before staining or just do it right away. However, you need to make sure that you prep the new wood properly for an application of the stain. Also take note that between these two recommendations, waiting for about three to twelve months is the more common route.

New wood such as Redwood will usually have high moisture content. This reduces the stains ability to penetrate. That’s why it is more recommended by manufacturers to wait for a couple of months before doing anything with it. After three to twelve months have passed, apply wood cleaner to remove the greyed out wood cells. This can easily be done with scrubbing and or light pressure washing. Once the deck is cleaned, you will need to neutralize the wood deck cleaner with a wood brightener. Allow 24-48 hours for drying then you can apply your stain of choice.

Can Redwood be stained?

Redwood is one of the most popular wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. That is why it’s a best-seller here at Wine Cellar Innovations. This wood is very versatile, with two main sub-species: All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood. Both possess the same outstanding features such as a high resistance to moisture, mildew and rot. For these reasons, Redwood was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented. But how does this wood take to stains and finishes? Can Redwood be stained? The answer is yes. Unstained, Redwood already possesses a natural beauty that is very attractive. 

Both All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood also adapt to stains and finishes extremely well. Note that Redwood grows exclusively in California, from the northern tip to half way down the coast in a band averaging 30 miles wide along the Pacific Coast. This makes it well-suited to the humid, cool conditions, particularly of wine cellars. Redwood endures extremely well in these conditions. Whether you stain Redwood or not, it will still thrive in these conditions. Stains and finishes serve an aesthetic purpose more than anything else with this wood. Redwood’s grain patterns are more or less uniform and innately beautiful. Darker stains can really bring out these gorgeous grain patterns.

When should I oil my new Merbau deck?

Thinking about oiling your new Merbau deck? Don’t be hasty and just dive into it. One of the most common mistakes when people apply decking oil onto new Merbau timber is thinking they can just go ahead and do it. They get overexcited at the thought of applying the final touches to their deck. But keep in mind that it’s not exactly cheap to build a brand-new deck so you need to ensure that you follow proper timber decking maintenance procedures. This will save you a lot of money in repair costs. So before using or oiling a new deck, there are a few things that need to be observed.

First is weathering your deck. Professionals are of the opinion that you should leave it exposed for about 3-6 months. This will give the timber time for the tannins to leach which will prevent staining caused by extractive runoff when you oil it. Note that tropical woods such as Merbau are prone to excessive leaching. Next up is cleaning your deck. You can use a general deck cleaner but be sure to follow the directions to ensure your dilution is correct. Do a thorough job and make it sit for the recommended amount of time after cleaning. Then, you can now pour additional cleaner over the timber and with astiff-bristled decking brush scrub. This will bring a lot of dirt, oil and tannins up to the surface. Last but not the least, do your oiling on a good weather. Lots of sunshine is needed for the drying time. Dampness caused by rain or dew could result in the oil and water forming a skin. This will be detrimental to your project so try to avoid it as much as possible.

What is the best stain for wood?

They say that the best stains should last about three to five years on a deck. It’s also supposed to last longer if you apply it to siding or fences, and also to wine racks. That’s because these surfaces don’t get as much exposure to the elements. So how do you go about choosing the best stain for your wood? Examining the different types of stains is the way to go about it. Then you will be able to find out which type of stain will work best for your project. There are actually three main types of stain: solid, semi-transparent, and clear sealant.

Solid stains act just like regular paint. They hide the grain of wood, and the best should last three to five years on a deck. This is the one that lasts the longest of the three types of stains. However, the paintlike qualities of solid stains have a drawback. They have a tendency to build up a film, especially after several coats, which can peel, chip, and crack,

Next up is the semi-transparent stain. This type of stain will give color to the wood, but the grain pattern will still be visible. If you want to show off the natural appearance of your wood, then this is the stain for you. Just take note that this stain is not quite as long-lasting as solid stains. It will probably last only two to three years on a deck that gets the most exposure to the elements. But with indoor furniture and wine racks, it shouldn’t be a problem.

The last type of stain is clear sealant. This type of stain contains water repellents but little or no pigment. They're ideal for accentuating the beauty of the natural grain of wood. But without anything to reflect off UV rays, the wood itself will turn gray over time. That means you will need to reapply the stain after short periods of time.

Can you stain wood with acrylic paint?

With all the available products available in the market today, it is possible to do the things you thought you couldn’t do before. That includes staining your furniture  with various stain and finish options to achieve the most unique looks. But is it possible to stain wood with acrylic paint? The answer is yes! Acrylic paint can be diluted to create a beautiful tinted wood stain. The natural appearance of the wood is shown through the light coloration of staining. The wood grain is thereby accentuated and not covered up by opaque paint.

The process in staining wood with acrylic paint is not that complicated. You can totally DIY your wood furniture even with minimal DIY experience. First, sand your wood to smooth away any rough edges. Focus specifically on the ends of the wood where the color is likely to penetrate much more deeply and stain darker than the rest of the wood. Then clean away any dust, dirt or debris which remains on the wood.

Next, pour your choice of acrylic paint into the paint mixing cup to the 1/4 full mark. Dilute the acrylic paint with tap water by adding half as much water as you added paint. Use a sponge to completely coat the wood to be stained with the acrylic color. Saturate the color completely into the wood, but make sure to do it before the arcylic color begins to dry. Wipe away the excess paint before it dries onto the wood. If you want a darker color, apply more of the acrylic paint in another coat, and wipe it down again.

Is there a white stain?

Can you stain, instead of paint, your wood white? Is there a stain available that will give you a full white appearance for your wood? Let’s try to tackle this question by exploring the different options available in the market. “Whitewashing” is one of the most popular techniques to brighten the appearance of wood and give it that “white” appearance. One of the great things about this technique is that you can freshen up the look of your wood without hiding the grain pattern. Keep in mind that methods for staining woods white vary according to the type wood you're planning to finish. Whitewashing is best suited for pine. 

Here at WCI, we offer a Whitewash stain option which is one of our newer selections. This gives a whitish cast to the wood and is a semi-transparent stain. That means that the beauty of the wood grain will still show through. That’s why pine will work very well with this stain option, like Rustic Pine. This wood has structurally sound knots and will keep that “rustic vibe” going. Also, our whitewash stain adds a definitive 'texture' to the wood, giving the end product a 'rustic elegant' character. Whitewash stain has become a popular product because of its versatility. It complements the clean, open themes of modern décor as well as a rustic, seaside appeal.

What wood is best dark?

Different species of wood have different features. Even those coming from the sane family will still have characteristics that are unique to them. Take the case of Redwood. All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood may both be at par with each other when it comes to durability and resiliency, but each still has characteristics that make it distinct. One of these is how the wood takes in stains and finishes. 

Some types of wood work very well with darker stains and finishes. Others are more attractive with lighter shades. So what wood would be best for dark colored stains and finishes? Four of the most popular wood options for custom wine cellar projects here at WCI have proven to work well with dark hues. These are All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. Premium Redwood and Rustic Pine are lighter in color in their natural unstained state. But they work extremely well with dark stains and finishes such as Dark Walnut and Midnight Black. All-Heart Redwood is so versatile that it looks good in almost anything. And Grand Mahogany with its uniform grain pattern takes on a luxurious look with darker stains and finishes.

Can oak be stained dark?

Are you itching to revamp the look of your oak wood furniture? Applying a new stain color can do wonders. Oak is very durable and will last you for years and years to come. So it doesn’t make sense to replace furniture and spend an unnecessary amount of money. You can change things up with the right stain option. If you want your wood to have a fresh appearance but still retain that elegant vibe, a dark stain option is your best bet. Note that oak has a pronounced grain. That means staining the wood will cover the honey, old-fashioned look. However, the grain patterns will still show through. If you are okay with this, then one or two coats of dark stain will get the job done. But if you want a less grainy and a more smooth and modern look, we recommend applying more coats until the grain is less visible.

f your oak furniture already has an existing stain, you’ll need a varnish-stripping compound to take the same off. Typically, oak has a clear coat finish. If it is not removed, the stain will not penetrate the wood. Brush on your varnish solution on the wood and let it sit for an hour or so. Then you can scrape off the varnish with steel wool and repeat the process until the stain is removed. Once you have the desired results, wash the wood with soapy water. Finish by cleaning the wood with a coat of paint thinner and steel wool and let the wood dry. Finally, you will need to sand the wood before applying your dark stain.

How do you graywash painted furniture?

Gray tones are such a big hit these days. You’ll see various shades of this popular color in both residential and commercial projects. Graywash, in particular, is a sought-after finish for furniture. The graywash finish pairs particularly well with popping jewel tones and soft yellows and pinks. It creates a neutral backdrop but has a more character compared to just the standard whites, blacks, and earth tones. That’s why more and more homeowners are venturing to graywash their furniture. If you are one of the interested ones, you should know how to go about it. There are tons of online tutorials and learning videos on Youtube on DIY graywash stain. But what about if you’re going to do it on painted furniture? Is it still going to turn out okay when it’s painted?

First off, it should be taken note that graywash originated from white washing wood which has been around for centuries. This wash effect brightens up furniture and adds interesting depth and dimension. Now make sure to prep your furniture first for whatever method you are using for it’s base coat. A brushed on finish is ideal for graywash waxing technique. Cleaning, sanding, priming and painting may be needed for a regular latex paint. After you finish painting, apply a clear coat of wax. It’s recommended mixing in some black or dark grey paint into the wax to create a DIY tinted wax. Use a clean rag to apply the wax and wipe off excess. You will need to work in small sections to get the desired wash effect. Lastly, sand and buff your furniture until you achieve the desired sheen.

Can you whitewash stained wood?

Whitewash is a very attractive finish which is ideal to apply over new, unstained wood. Pine or other similar light-colored wood usually takes well to this type of finish. It allows you to appreciate the wood grain without the yellow tint that you get from natural wood. Whitewash is actually one of then newer stain and finish options being offered at WCI. It is quite popular, especially with more contemporary wine cellar projects. The finish gives a whitish cast to the wood. Since it is a semi-transparent stain, the beauty of the wood grain still shows through. 

You will also notice that it adds a definitive texture to the wood. The wood exudes a “rustic elegance” appeal that is refreshing and unique. But you will not be able to see these results if you’re going to apply Whitewash to wood that’s already been stained. The previous coating will prevent the wood from attaining the kind of texture only Whitewash can give. Take note that this is a versatile finish that can work with a lot of styles. It complements the clean, open themes of modern décor as well as a rustic, seaside appeal. 

What is Greywash?

Different shades of grey make for a very attractive monochrome palette. Grey itself is a popular color, especially with homes and furniture. But more than just the regular shades, people have been hooked to the “greywash” color trend. It is widely treated as a neutral backdrop that can bring out other shades such as jewel tones and pastels. You probably have seen lots of home construction or renovation projects in magazines  or television shows using greywash in the walls, floors, and furniture.

As far as DIY greywash is concerned, its origins hail from whitewashing wood that has been around for a fairly long time. The wash effect brightens up the natural colors of the wood. It also adds interesting depth and dimension which adds more character to the wood. Of course, different types of wood will yield different results when stained with a greywash stain option. But because it is a semi-transparent stain, you won’t see any texture coming through. The end result is usually a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it.

How do you stain wood Grey Wash?

The practice of white washing wood is not an entirely new concept. It has been done to doors, furniture, and even wood wine racks. But grey washing wood is a newer concept that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Lots of people have been wanting that grey tint in their wood. This is quite understandable because this stain color lends a classy yet modern feel to the wood. 

So how do you go about achieving this Grey Wash stain? Sanding your wood is usually the first step. Use a coarse sandpaper all over the surface of the wood you plan to apply the wash to. If you’re not using new wood, the prior paint needs to be removed completely. It’s important to sand off any imperfections or rough spots. Next is to apply a wood stain with a foam brush. The stain will provide the undertone for the finished wood. Now you’ll need to select a grey latex paint for the wash. We suggest using water-based paint as it is also more eco-friendly.

It’s recommended to mix your wash solution in a disposable container. The suggested ration should be four parts water to one part paint. For smaller pieces of furniture, start with about 1 cup (0.2 L) of water and mix more as needed. Lastly, use another foam brush to paint your wood with the wash solution. Apply as many coats as needed to achieve the kind if grey shade you want. Just be sure to let each side dry properly first before re-applying another coat.

Can you stain oak to look like mahogany?

One of the best ways to change up the look of your wooden furniture or make it work with your chosen design theme is staining it. Staining your wood can accomplish a lot, particularly in the style department. It’s also a lot less expensive than doing a complete overhaul and replacing your existing furniture. Now here’s an interesting question though: Is it possible to stain one type of wood to make it resemble another? To put it more specifically, can you stain oak to make it look like mahogany wood? Don’t be too surprised that the answer is a big YES. Like we said earlier, staining your wood can help you achieve a lot of things - and this is one of them. Of course, it goes without saying that you have to use the right kind of stain to get the desired results.

An interactive swatch viewer like the one we have on the WCI website is a terrific way to check what the wood will look like when stained with a particular color. This way, you will eliminate error and the expense of buying the wrong type of stain. Nothing can be more frustrating that commencing your staining project and ending up with unsatisfactory results. You’ll either have to redo the entire thing by buying another stain color or worse, scrap the project entirely. Oak is a type of wood that absorbs stains and finishes quite well. Since there are many brands of stain of choose from, consider talking to an expert before making your purchase. The “red mahogany” stain is a popular option to make your oak take on a mahogany appearance. Red Cherry is another color to consider. But a lot of experts agree that combining stain colors and topcoats is the best way to achieve a mahogany effect. Since the grain patterns of these two wood species are quite different, don’t expect a perfect mahogany look for your oak furniture.

How much does wood stain cost?

Staining wood has a bunch of benefits. First off, it will help protect the wood from mildew, stains and damaging ultraviolet rays from sunlight. Second, it will help you achieve different looks for your wood. This is especially important in home construction or renovation projects where you are seeking a certain theme. For example, if you want a fresh, contemporary appearance for your home, then staining your wood with the right shade can bring about the desired results.

But how much does it cost to stain your wood? The price will greatly vary depending on a number of factors. The area in your home or commercial project is one of these factors. If you are going to stain a substantial portion of your home like the deck or flooring, then it will cost relatively more compared to just staining a piece of furniture or two. Another factor that would come into play would be the type of stain you’ll want to use. In general, there are three categories of stain: toner (the lightest amount of color), semi-transparent (some wood grain show through) and solid stain (no grain shows through). However, as far as types of stain goes, you will encounter plenty of choices. Here at WCI, we offer a plethora of options, from basic stains such as Classic Mahogany, Light Danish, and Dark Walnut to more contemporary choices such as Whitewash, White Opaque, and Graywash. You can also have a more customized stain option with our Blended Stains offering.

 

Storage

What is the best way to store red wine?

When we delve into the discussion of wine storage, there are two situations that we must look at. The first is involving unopened bottles of wine that are kept either for immediate consumption or to age at a graceful pace. The second involves opened bottles that are not finished in one sitting. The first scenario is easy enough to figure out. Wine bottles, be they reds or whites, need to be kept under ideal storage conditions. The ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. If the bottles are for immediate consumption, they can be stored in a wine fridge even after they have been opened. 

But what about red wine? What is the best way to store your reds when they have been opened? There are several methods that you can try. One is recorking. This is the most common method, but it is likely the least effective. It can be an excellent way to preserve white and rosé wines for a short time. Plastic and silicone stoppers are another option, but with more or less the same results. Another method is the use of a wine preserver. This includes using sealers and a pump. The sealer features a coloured indicator to let you know whether your opened bottle of wine is protected from the air. Lastly, you can also use a wine shield. It involves a plastic disc that floats on any opened wine bottle.The thin plastic disc creates a barrier to oxidation and preserves the wine to a maximum of five days from opening.

Can you store cigars in Tupperware?

As a cigar aficionado, it’s a must that you are aware of the essentials of cigar storage. Keep in mind that cigars, particularly fine cigars, are like wine. They are natural, organic and sensitive to their environment. That means they are also sensitive to abrupt changes in environmental conditions. Factors such as humidity, temperature, and moisture need to be maintained 24/7 in order to allow your cigars to remain “fresh” for a long period of time. That being said, it is certainly not recommended to store cigars in Tupperware unless you plan on consuming them immediately. 

A cigar humidor is the best storage solution for the true-blue cigar aficionado. A humidor is a device built especially to keep cigars at their peak taste, much like wine cellars and wine. It maintains cigars in ideal conditions similar to how tobacco is fermented and rolled. Note that if you leave cigars out in the open in either a hot or air-conditioned room, they will a quickly dry out. But when you invest in a good quality humidor, you can enjoy your cigars for years to come.  If you are spending a small fortune on those cigars, don’t let all that money to waste. Get a humidor - not a Tupperware.

Where should you store red wine?

As a wine lover, it’s a must to be knowledgeable about wine storage. There is a difference between storing unopened and opened wine bottles after all. There are also some slight but significant differences between storing your reds and whites. Let’s talk about how and where to store your unopened red wine. Knowing how to properly store your reds will be instrumental in giving you the best tasting experience when you pop that cork. Storing red wine bottles the right way will prevent damage, enhance the notes and complexity of your wine, and help in aging the wine at a graceful pace. Fortunately, it’s not a complicated process at all! It just requires investing in the right equipment and being diligent.

So how do you store your unopened bottles of red wine? The typical storage conditions for red wine is around 55° F and 55-75 % relative humidity. If you have a wine cellar, you will need to invest in the right wine cellar cooling unit to achieve these conditions. If you don’t have any space for one in your home, a climate-controlled wine refrigerator can be great alternative. You can also look into investing in a custom refrigerated wine cabinet like the Wine Sentinel. If your home has a basement but you are not interested or do not have a budget for a formal wine cellar, you can also keep your unopened reds in there, securely stashed in wine racks. Make sure to consult first what wine racks are the most functional because you would want to keep your reds stored at the desired angel in order to keep their corks wet.

Can you store wine in the garage?

It seems that you can create wine storage anywhere in your home these days. But would that include the garage? You absolutely can! There are just some additional considerations to be taken when building in a different location than the basement. It’s important to note that the basement has the closest conditions to ideal wine storage in terms of temperature and humidity levels. That only means that if you are thinking of constructing your wine cellar somewhere else, the necessary adjustments have to be made. One of these is ensuring that you select the proper wine cellar cooling unit.

So what is the most suitable type of wine cellar cooling unit for a garage wine cellar? There are lots of units of varying sizes and brands available in the market. But you need to choose one that will cater to your wine storage needs, taking into account the location of your collection. There are three main types of wine cellar cooling units to consider: ducted, ductless, and through-the-wall units. Which one will work best for you? Do you need to do a heat load calculation? If you have little to no experience with wine cellar cooling, it is highly recommended to seek the advice of an experienced professional wine cellar consultant. Also think about the other materials that you will be using for your wine storage. Keep in mind that metal and glass are not recommended for garage wine cellars. Both materials are not good insulators and you will run the risk of water condensation which is detrimental to your wine bottles.

 

What is the best way to store wine?

Tracing back on the history of wine storage, we’ll find ourselves going as far back as the underground caves of Europe. The early winos learned that these caves provided the consistent storing conditions that allowed wine to age at an elegant pace. Over time, the conditions in these caves become the standard for modern wine cellars. So if we were to talk about the best way to store wine, it should be under these ideal conditions. And what would those conditions be? Note that the ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. This environment has to be maintained 24/7 in order for your wine bottles to age gracefully. 

In these modern times, it seems that basement wine cellars provide the closest environment to that of those underground European caves. But of course, not everyone can or has the luxury of space and finances to build a basement wine cellar. This is where wine cellar cooling units play an indispensable role. Thanks to technology, these amazing inventions are able to let us emulate ideal wine storage conditions. That’s why it’s possible yo construct a wine cellar anywhere in your home, not just the basement. Naturally, there are lots of different models and brands of these wine cellar cooling units. Through-the-wall, ductless, and ducted systems are the main classifications. If you are unsure of the kind of unit your wine cellar needs, it is highly recommended to seek the advice of an experienced wine cellar consultant before purchasing.

How do you organize wine?

Wine collectors have different ways of organizing their wine bottles. There is really no hard and fast rule for it. But there are indeed essential factors that need to be taken into consideration. One of this is the size of your collection. Another would be the space in your wine cellar. If you are just starting, it’s best to keep things simple. Organize your bottles by type: reds, whites, and sparkling. You can put bottle types together in rows in your racking units. Now you easily monitor which category is growing faster. You can then proceed on to the next level of organization. 

So let’s say that you have accumulated a lot of reds over the past months. You can now classify the bottles further by grape and/or vintage. If you have reached the thousand-bottle mark, you go even further by using terroir as a sub-category in organizing your wine bottles. Of course, it is also highly recommended to factor in the consumption date of wines. This is another sub-category that will prove to be very useful in streamlining your collection. You can also add price as a sub-category, but this may be better applied to much larger collections. If we’re talking about a few thousand or more bottles, it’s also in a collector’s best interests to invest in a reliable wine app.

How do you store wine at home?

No matter the size of your home, there will always be a place to store your wine bottles. Thanks to the evolution of wine storage, you can start your wine collection even when in compact living spaces. In fact, there are wine racking lines developed specifically for condos, apartments, and other similar residential structures. But whether you have a full blown wine cellar or or a compact one, your wine bottles have to be properly stored. So how do you store them in your home?

One of the best things about modern racking arrangements is the fact that you can store wine anywhere in your home. You can do it in your dining area, kitchen, living area, and even in your garage. It’s not limited to just the basement anymore. But you’ll have to ensure that proper wine storage conditions are met. This is why investing in a wine refrigeration unit is essential. You also have to make sure that the wine racks you choose can keep your bottles secure while maximizing on bottle storage space. We highly recommend looking into wall-mount wine racks, especially for wine storage. If you have a formal wine cellar, you also have to consider the flooring, walls, and entryways. Using the right materials will help in reducing maintenance costs, particularly those related to preserving ideal wine storage conditions.

How do you store wine bottles?

Wine collectors have different ways of storing their wine bottles. There are those who would go all the way and have a formal wine cellar built in their homes. Some prefer to have wine storage in their dining area or kitchen. Others like to really showcase their collection and have them displayed in their living spaces. One thing is consistent though - the wine racks. Wine bottles are really best kept in some sort of racking arrangement. That way, they are kept safe and organized. So as a collector, how would you store your wine bottles?
 
There are actually lots of ways to do this. You can go the easy and practical route, especially if you’re a beginner. Store your bottles according to color and type. That means all your reds are in one spot and your whites in another. You can also put all your “sparkling” wines together. Another efficient method would be to categorize the bottles by brand and/or price. This is especially helpful if your collection is quickly growing. For larger collections, storing wine bottles by region or varietal is definitely a smart move. For instance, all types of Pinot Noir would be stored in the same area while the Cabs variety in another separate area.  One very essential thing to keep in mind is that your wine cellar wine storage area should be kept in ideal storage conditions. Make sure the temperature and humidity levels necessary to help your bottles age gracefully are maintained 24/7.
 

Other Wine Questions

What is a basement door called?

How tall is a 1.5 litre bottle?

Wine bottles aren’t a one-size-fits-all formula. From the miniature split to the herculean Nebuchadnezzar, wine comes in quite a variety of bottle sizes. Each one, of course, holds a specific volume of wine, in standard measurements utilized for liquids. But that’s not all. These wine bottles derive their names from biblical kings and other historical figures. That makes learning about the all the more interesting. So, for example, if you want to know how tall a 1.5 litre bottle of wine is, try to get acquainted with the name that bottle size is usually called.

The most generic sized wine bottle is usually just called a “standard” It can hold up to approximately five 5-ounce glasses of wine. The split or “Piccolo” is the smallest measurement around. This is the ideal single-serve bottle, used almost exclusively for sparkling wines. It is followed by the half or demi which holds about 375 ml or equivalent to 2.5 glass of wine. Naturally, there are also larger-format bottles. These are the ones that to age more gracefully, as they have less oxygen exposure. They are also the ones you’d want to keep for a period of time, instead of for immediate consumption. A “magnum” holds 1.5 litres of wine and is about 14 inches in height. The Jeroboam brings twice the volume, or can pour about 20 glasses of wine. 

How many bottles of wine does Bern’s Steakhouse have?

Hailed as one of the most iconic restaurants Tampa Bay, the story of Bern’s Steak House begins way back in 1923 when founder Bern Laxer was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He and his wife Gert started from scratch, buying small luncheonette called The Gator Juice Bar. Later on, the couple purchased the Beer Haven bar and moved their operation to 1208 South Howard Avenue. They would later on meet with around 10-20 investors in the hopes of fulfilling their long-time restaurant goals. Finally, Bern and Gert were able to realize their dreams with the birth of what is now the Bordeaux Room of Bern’s Steak House. Following that success, the world famous Harry Waugh Dessert Room also came to life. This was built in 1985 using redwood wine casks to create 48 private rooms where guests to this day enjoy nearly 50 desserts, wines, ports, sherries, and madeiras.

Bern’s Steakhouse founder, Bern Laxer, was a passionate lover of cuisine and wine. During his time, he traveled the globe extensively exploring, researching and tasting wines that he could bring back and introduce to his guests back home. This is the big reason why Bern’s Steakhouse wine cellar also became a household name for winos all over the globe. Over time, the cellar grew to be one of the most respected and largest collections in the world. So how many wine bottles does Bern’s Steakhouse have? At present, the wine cellar contains more than 6,800 different selections with more than half a million bottles. Whether you are an oenophile or a novice, Bern’s Wine Cellar will truly impress you. The collection is massive, with more than 6,800 unique wine labels, 5,500 red wines, 1,000 white wines and more than 200 sparkling wines. 

How tall is a bourbon barrel?

Barrels come in various shapes and sizes. It goes without saying that they also have different dimensions. Wine barrels, oil, barrels, whiskey barrels, and so on - one will be considerably larger or smaller than the other. But while there are a lot of different sizes, there are also consistent standards in size based on the barrel's function. It’s quite beneficial if you are knowledgeable about barrel sizes. It will be much easier to figure out the use/s of a barrel when you know the finer details, specifically the dimensions. That brings us to the question: how tall is a Bourbon barrel?

The ASB (American Standard Barrel), or Bourbon Barrel, is actually known as such due to its role as the principal size of cask used in the American Bourbon Whiskey Industry. Barrels used for maturing bourbon are required by American law to be made from American white oak. The oak also needs to be charred prior to usage. Note that these casks cannot be re-used to make bourbon. As such, they are also utilized for maturing Scotch Whisky. The Bourbon barrel has an approximate capacity of 200 Litres or 40 gallons.The standard height is 880mm or approximately 35 inches. The barrel has also been used as a standard measuring size, referring to a set capacity or weight of a given commodity. This is why it is also more or less used in a generic manner for a wooden cask of any size. At present, the adjustment in dimensions has pegged the typical bourbon barrel capacity at 53 US gallons. This is the de facto standard whiskey barrel size worldwide. 

How much is a Wine and Design franchise?

You may have heard of this before, but what exactly is involved in a Wine & Design franchise? First off, Wine & Design is one of the leading paint 'n sip franchise organizations in the country. It is actually a great franchise opportunity, particularly for those who really love wine and all the fun activities wine tasting brings. It is a creative business venture and the reviews from franchisees have been pretty solid. But the bigger question is: how much are the franchise fees? This is certainly something one needs to look into before anything else. Franchise fees involve a number of expense items and it really pays to be diligent and know the finer details.

The initial franchise fee for a Wine & Design franchise is $25,000. This cost is upfront. That means you immediately have to fork over this amount when you sign the Franchise Agreement.

Wine & Design may offer discounts to its existing franchisees for each additional franchise that they wish to open. The current discount is 50% off of the initial franchise fee. But there are conditions. First and foremost, this discount can be availed only if you are a then-existing Wine & Design franchisee that: (a) has an operating studio that has been continuously open for at least 12 months, (b) has been in full compliance with your Franchise Agreement for at least 12 consecutive months, (c) meets Wine & Design’s qualifications for expansion as set forth in its operations manual, and (d) the new franchise is for a studio outside of the exclusive or protected area granted to you in your previous franchise. If the franchise to be purchased will be in a state where Wine & Design does not have an operating franchise, the discount for the franchise fee is at 10%.

How long is a barrel stave?

A barrel or cask is a hollow cylindrical container that is primarily used to hold oil, liquor, and other liquids. Wine enthusiasts would surely be familiar with then. Wine barrels are made up of wooden staves bound by wood or metal hoops. While “barrel” or “cask” is usually the term used for large containers of alcoholic beverages, the smaller version of it is more widely known as a “keg”. As for the make, most modern wooden barrels used for wine storage are usually manufactured from French common oak, white oak, or American white oak. But throughout the years, other materials were also experimented with and eventually utilized, such as aluminum, stainless steel, and some types of plastic.

In general, barrels have a convex shape and bulge at their center. This is called a bilge. This is what makes it possible for a barrel to be rolled and moved from one place to the other. It is also said to help distribute stress evenly in the material by making the container more curved. Barrels have reinforced edges to enable safe displacement by rolling them at an angle. The wooden parts that make up the body of the barrel are called “staves.” So how long is a barrel stave? What are the standard dimensions? Bourbon and similar staves usually measure at 3/4 inch, 7/8 inch, or 1 inch in thickness when finished. They average about 4-1/2 inches wide at the bilge.

How many litres are in a barrel?

A barrel has a multitude of uses when it comes to storage. Usually, we think of oil when a barrel is involved. A barrel of oil is the equivalent of 159 litres or 42 gallons of liquid. But what if the barrel is filled with wine? There are actually different types of barrels when it comes to liquor. In different regions in France, for example, the shape and volume of the barrels tend to be individual. In Burgundy, the “standard” size is a barrel with a capacity of 228 litres. They are called “Burgundy type”. For Scotch whiskey, on the other hand, several types of barrels are used. You have the Butt which can approximately hold 475-500 litres. Then you have the Puncheon that has capacity for approximately 450-500 litres. You also have the Hogshead which can hold around 225-250 litres.

There is really no exact number of litres for a wine barrel if you are going to be very technical about it. However, keep in mind that most barrels can hold anywhere from 200 litres to 650 litres of liquor, whether it’s wine or something else entirely. A wine manufacturer usually has some essential considerations as to the kind of barrel they’d want to use. For example, if they want to make a wine that has a very distinctive oak taste, a small oak barrel is usually preferred. This is because the liquid can absorb the flavor and it will spread around in a smaller amount. The oak taste will then be more distinct.

What are the dimensions of a 60 gallon wine barrel?

Just like the human body, a wine barrel is also composed of several parts. Of course, it’s significantly way less, but each part also has a role to play.  First up is the Head. This is the flat circular top and bottom of the barrel. It is generally stamped with the cooper’s badge and sometimes the winery’s logo. Then you have the Chime. This is the beveled edge of the barrel made up of the ends of the staves. Then, of course, you have the staves. These are the narrow strips of wood or planks that form the sides of a barrel. Next up are the Hoops. These are the metal parts around the barrel that hold the staves together. The Bung Hole, on the other hand, is the hole in one of the staves used to fill up and empty the barrels. Then you have widest part of the barrel: the Bilge. Last but not the least, the Bung. This is the stopper used to close the bung hole and can be made of either wood or silicone material.

Now the next question is: what are the dimensions of a wine barrel? Specifically, what are the dimensions of a 60 gallon wine barrel? Note that different regions will have slightly different barrel capacities. The Bordelaise and the Bourguigone barrel sizes have the most common or “standard” sizes, particularly where winemaking is concerned. For a 60 gallon wine barrel, the typical length is around 95 cm (37.4 inches) with the head diameter at 56 cm (22 inches). The barrel weight is usually around 50 kg and can reach up to 275 kg (600 pounds) when full.

How many litres is a standard wine barrel?

As wine lovers, there are certain pieces of information that we must be aware of. One of those is how many litres can a standard wine barrel hold. While you may not be thinking into going into the commercial route with wine, learning tidbits like this can still be useful. After all, what true blue wine connoisseur would say no to gaining more wine knowledge. Now with wine barrels, the numbers used to fluctuate because there were no set standards. Even today, there is no exact number, but there is definitely an approximate one. 

Statistics has shown that most barrels can hold anywhere from 200 liters to 650 liters of wine. That is around 53 to 172 gallons. But with “standard” sized wine barrels, the numbers dance around 200 to 300 liters. Note that there are a couple of things that go into how big of a barrel a manufacturer puts the wine in. For example, with wine that will have that distinctive oak taste, manufacturers tend to use the smaller sized oak barrels. This is because the liquid can absorb the flavor and it will spread around in a smaller amount. The taste will then become more distinct and potent. But if we’re really going to nitpick on the best approximation, the “standard” wine barrel will likely hold 250 liters or 55 gallons of wine. We call these barrels “hogsheads” and they are indeed the more common ones in wine storage.

What is the standard size of a wine bottle?

When it comes to wine bottle sizes, you’ll find that these usually vary, depending on the dimension and shape. But as far as a “standard” wine bottle size goes, the typical measurements usually come to around 3-3.2 inches in diameter and 12 inches in height. That’s why when building your wine storage, you have to take into account the bottle sizes you already own or will be acquiring. It’s recommended to make allowances for smaller or larger than standard sized wine bottles. Usually, adjustable racking units and/or shelves will be able to get the job done. Now let’s go over the more common wine bottle sizes:

The standard wine bottle size for most distributed wines is usually at 750 ml (25 oz.). You will find measurements ranging from 11.5 to 13"L x 3 and 3.375"W. Most wine racks are designed to hold wine bottles with these dimensions. Smaller wine bottles are often described as “split-sized” or “piccolo.” Piccolo means "small" in Italian. These bottles are also known as a quarter bottle, pony or snipe and are typically used for a single serving of Champagne. A split-sized bottle holds up to approximately 187 ml (6 oz.). Standard “split” dimensions are 7"L x 2 - 2.5"w. Then you also have the “Demi” or “Half" as it is known in French language. This is what we call in layman’s terms as the “half bottle”. These bottles are distinctly slimmer and you will notice that they are often used for dessert wines. Half bottle generally holds around 375 ml (13 oz.) of liquor with 9.5"L x 2.25"W. Lastly, the Magnum/Champagne bottles. This is what we call the larger sized bottles. Wine racks have also been named to accommodate them: “magnum wine racks”. A Magnum can hold around1.5 liters (50 oz.) of liquor and generally measures 13.5"L x 4 - 4 1/2"W.

What is the diameter of a wine bottle neck?

Wine bottles, like wine barrels, vary in size and height. But there is also a set “standard” when it comes to their dimensions. Knowing these standard dimensions can prove to be highly useful, particularly when selecting the right type of wine racks to store one’s collection. Most wine bottles have a bore or inner neck diameter of 18.5 mm at the mouth of the bottle. You can say that this is the “standard” measurement for standard-sized wine bottles. It usually increases to 21 mm before expanding into the full bottle. 

Wine bottle dimensions depend a lot on the wine bottle size. That’s why you have to be careful with non-standard bottles such as splits, halves, magnums, and Jeroboams. Naturally, the wine bottle neck diameter will also be different with each one. Wine bottles typically measure 3 to 3.2 inches in diameter and are about 12 inches tall. But champagne comes in slightly larger containers. These ones measure up to 3.5 inches in diameter and closer to 12.5 inches tall in 750-milliliter amounts. So what about the bottle’s opening? Take note that the higher the number, the larger the diameter of the cork. The opening of a standard, 750 ml wine bottle is 3/4 of an inch. For corking purposes, we recommend going for the the size #8 or size #9 corks.

What is a wine curator?

Sommeliers, wine directors, wine curators - all these terms somehow refer to someone who is very knowledgeable with wine. But do they mean the same thing? You may have heard some sommeliers or wine directors also referring to themselves as “curators” of their wine lists. So what exactly is a wine curator then? Note that the verb “curate” and the noun “curator” is more often than not associated to the person in an art museum who is responsible for selecting the art for exhibitions. A wine curator can be equated to this as well. Think along the lines of someone who can draw up particularly good wine lists. Even better, ones that reflect a tightly focused and sharply selective point of view.

In a general sense, one of the jobs of a curator is to offer written interpretations of a collection’s contents. Now try look at this definition in the context of a wine curator. It’s also someone who can add well researched descriptions to wines on a list after carefully categorizing them. These descriptions can be either broad or specific, down to the nitty gritty details such as provenance, terroir, and vintage, among others. But going even further than that, a wine curator can tailor these “lists” to suit the wine preferences of a certain person or groups of persons. That is why in order to be properly called one, that person has to possess an extensive knowledge of various categories of wine brought about by research and experience. Essentially, a wine curator will be able to pull up “wine recommendations” on the fly, especially when requested for such purpose.

How wide is a wine bottle?

As a wine collector, it’s important to purchase wine racks that can store your bottles properly. But even though there are “standard” wine bottle sizes, not all of them are consistent. The sizes and dimensions vary which makes it challenging. The most common wine bottle dimensions are 3 – 3.2 inches in diameter and roughly 12 inches in height. But take note that Champagne bottles usually go slightly larger. Their sizes usually come to 3.5 inches in diameter and 12.5 inches in height.

If you do some more research, you’ll discover that there are at least 16 different wine bottle sizes. The smallest is called the Piccolo while the largest size is called the Maximus. While many bottle measurements are easily found and measured for height, it's difficult to get bottle sizing for the specialty bottles. These usually start at the Melchior size. If you want a Melchior bottle, you will have to really search for one. You’ll also have to either customize your racking arrangement to accommodate these gigantic bottles or store them in adjustable shelving.

How much does a wooden barrel cost?

Is a wooden wine barrel a costly investment? Would it be worth the expense? Let’s try to delve more into this. A lot of wine proprietors and enthusiasts will say that the true cost of a wine barrel goes far beyond its price tag. There are several factors that go into the total cost of ownership of a wine barrel. These include the lifespan of the barrel, loss of wine due to evaporation, and labor needs. The creation of the wooden barrel is perhaps one of the biggest leaps for wine commerce. These barrels are highly durable and moving around wine in larger quantities has never been more safe and convenient. But of course, the ingenuity came at a price. Wood wine barrels were considerably more expensive. The hefty price tag unfortunately remains more or less unchanged more than two millennia after the barrel’s invention. 

Let’s take an oak barrel as an example as it is probably the most popular one, even in these modern times. New American oak barrels are priced at approximately $380 apiece. French oak, on the other hand, can cost more than twice that amount. This means that acquiring more wood wine barrels can requires a really generous and flexible budget. For standard-sized oak barrels, these can range in price from $900 all the way up to $2,000. The cost is heavily dependent on the material: whether it’s from American Oak or French Oak. But take note that an oak barrel will only  continue to give your wine that oak flavor for, at most, 8 fills.  Over the course of 30 years you can expect to shell out at least $4,500 replacing that barrel.

How do I add wine to my cellar in Vivino?

So how do you add wine to your wine cellar in Vivino? The steps are actually pretty simple. First, scan or search for the wine you wish to add to your cellar. Once you are on the wine page, scroll down and click on “Actions.” Then click on “Add to Cellar.” Lastly, you’ll have to select “Add” and fill out the numerical, date and note information. Go back to your cellar by clicking the profile icon in the lower right corner of the app and selecting “Cellar.” You will now be able to see your newly added wine/wines.

How much does an empty wine barrel weigh?

Barrels come in a variety of sizes. So it also goes without saying that they will have different dimensions. To illustrate, a wine barrel will have different dimensions compared to a whiskey or an oil barrel. Wine barrels and whiskey barrels also serve other purposes than just storage of liquor. For example, some barrels are simply used for storage while others are used to ferment large amounts of alcohol. You will find that the dimensions of the latter will be considerably larger. Moreover, barrels come in various materials nowadays and not just built with wood. The type of material used will certainly affect the weight of the barrel even when empty. Of course, while there are a lot of different sizes, there are also consistent standards in size based on the barrel's function. So how much does an empty wine barrel weigh? 

A standard-sized empty barrel is said to weigh approximately 110 lbs. When full, expect it to weigh somewhere between 520 to 600 lbs. Note that the average 53 gallon barrel has 32 to 35 staves per barrel. Furthermore, the stave thickness usually measures at 1 inch to 1 1/8 inch. Then you also have the 6 metal 16-gauge steel bands that are 1.75 inches wide and hold the barrel together. Now let’s look at a typical French oak barrel. This type of barrel has slightly smaller dimensions and  weighs roughly 90 pounds when empty. Compare this with the the more dense American oak barrel or the “industry standard” that weighs about 110 pounds. Each holds 225 liters or 60 US gallons, enough to make 25 cases or 300 bottles of wine.

How tall is a 59 gallon wine barrel?

The term “wine barrel” varies from country to country. For example, wine barrels are called “barriques” in France. The Italians and Germans that have borrowed the term from France also use this term. But in Spain, people call it “barricas.” That leads us to the question as to whether standard wine barrel sizes also differ according to country or region. Oak barrels are probably the most common and assembling it is the art of the “cooper.” The cooper’s workshop is in turn called a “cooperage.” Because the copper’s tradition of building wine barrels is ancient, different regions had slightly different barrel capacities.

When it comes to winemaking, the Bordelaise and the Bourguigone barrel sizes have been by far the most common sizes. Bordelaise or Bordeaux is estimated at 59.4 US gallons. Bourguigone or Burgundy is slightly larger at 60 US gallons. Length is usually the term used instead of height in measuring the dimensions of Bordelaise or Bourguigone barrels. The typical length is from 37 to 37.4 inches. This is pretty much standard all over the United States with little variations. When full, the 59-60 gallon wine barrel can weigh up to 600 pounds.

Is Vivino app free?

Whether you’re a veteran wino or a newbie enthusiast, you will definitely find wine apps highly useful in helping you on your wine journey. There are so many apps that popped out of the woodwork so you might get confused. You obviously cannot download all those apps. Moreover, not all of them will be for free. So you have to decide which choice ones suit your needs the most. That brings us to the Vivino app. It is all the rage since its launch in 2019. So is this the wine app for you?

In a nutshell, Vivino is a wine app that scans wine labels and provides details about that wine. This includes other features such user and expert ratings, prices, and more. What’s pretty amazing is that it will even show you the nearest store where you can purchase the wine. But Vivino also allows you to order directly on your phone if you are not up to going to the store. This wine app is a fantastic personal wine guide for newbies and connoisseurs alike. The Vivino app is free but the premium version at $4.99 a month which grants users access to the full features.

 

Which wine app is best?

Deciding on which wine app is the best one really depends on the needs of the wine enthusiast. There are so many apps available these days and each one seems to so much to offer. But if you do your homework right, you will see that a lot of them actually have similar features. Moreover, there are those that focus on specific needs and can generate faster and more accurate results. So choosing the wine app that works best for you ultimately depends on what you want to get out of it. For example, if you’re a regular shopper and buy wine as part of your grocery list, you’d want an app that will simplify your options. Hello Vino is one of the top favorites of the everyday shopper. This app has a label scanner, personal wine journal and food pairing recommendations. Simply tell Hello Vino what you'll be eating or some general taste preferences, and the app will recommend wine varieties to go with the meal or occasion. 

If you are more conscientious with your wine choices and a stickler for details, you’ll need an app that can you delve deeper into a bottle’s history. Delectable is one of those apps. It has some of the best wine label recognition in the field, allowing users to easily pull up ratings, reviews and tasting notes for a particular vintage. The app can actually do this just from a photograph of a wine's label. Another is Wine Searcher. This app is perfect for the hardcore collector. It has a powerful search tool to assist the wine enthusiast in their hunt for specific labels. The wine label recognition feature can provide extensive information such as vintage ratings, grape varieties and critical ratings. Plus, the app carries such as a personal wine journal, a GPS-based store finder, and pricing and tasting notes.

What are the dimensions of a barrel?

There are several types of barrels out there and it’s only natural that they will have different dimensions. For example, a wine barrel would be a different size to an oil barrel. A wine barrel will also have different dimensions compared to a whiskey barrel. Note as well that the variations in sizes may also be attributed to the fact that some barrels are simply used for storage while others are used to ferment large amounts of alcohol. The ones used for the latter purpose will have considerably larger dimensions. Nonetheless, while there are a lot of options in sizes, there are also “standards” as far as these barrels are concerned. This helps a lot when picking out the barrel that one needs.

More often than not, the dimensions are usually based on the barrel's function. Keep in mind that there are also barrels that don’t serve any storage purposes at all, such as those utilized for decorative applications. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, the first thing you’d want to know is the barrel’s dimensions. That way, you’d know whether or not it’ll fit into the designated space. When we talk of a wine barrel in particular, it also actually refers to any barrel which stores spirits such as brandy or burgundy. The standard burgundy barrel dimensions are at around 23 inches in diameter. As for barrel widths, these can vary from between 25 inches and 28 inches. A small barrel will only have a 21-inch head. If you compare this to a large barrel like the 65 gallon drum, you will see a very significant difference in size. Larger barrels usually have a 28-inch belly, with 23 inches at either end. Per standard, a large barrel also measures around 35 inches tall. But do take note that height does not normally vary between sizes of barrel. If you are planning DIY projects involving barrels, we recommend focusing on the measurements for the belly of the barrel to get the best fit.

How many staves are in a wine barrel?

Before we go into the details, let’s delve into a little history lesson on wine barrels and how they actually came to be. This all dates back to ancient Egypt and Rome. Egyptians and Romans were using clay amphorae rather than wooden containers. They found out soon enough though that those were fragile and unpractical. It was when the Romans conquered the Gaul (France) before 100 BC that they had a lightbulb moment. They saw the locals transporting beer in wood barrels so they started applying the idea to the transportation of their wine. It This proved to be the more practical way to transport wine. Later on, it was also discovered that oak wood is the best material for these barrels. Apart from being sturdy and easy to work with, oak wood also gives positive characteristics to wines. This is why today many wines are aged in oak barrels.

 Essentially, a barrel or cask is a hollow cylindrical container with a bulging center. It is usually longer than it is wide. Barrels are traditionally made of wooden staves and bound by wood or metal hoops. Someone who makes barrels is called a "barrel maker" or cooper. Note that barrels are only one product of cooperage. The starting point in barrel construction are long pieces of oak called staves. These are seasoned outdoors for two or three years before being carefully shaped. So how many staves are there in a wine barrel? In general, a barrel has 32 staves carefully arranged in a specific pattern. But depending on the size, there are now barrels that have 25 staves as the minimum and 31-33 staves as the maximum.

How tall is a 750 ml bottle of wine?

What is the best free wine app?

Whether you’re an old hand or a newbie to the wonderful world of wine, wine apps can bring you tons of benefits. These days, there are quite a number of mobile apps out there that can help you with your wine information needs. That includes help with wine and food pairings as well. Best of all, a lot of these mobile wine apps are free! The question now is what is the best free wine app out there? That actually depends on your needs. But below are some of the ones that are not just popular but very useful as well:

First up is Decanter's Know Your Wine app. For the wine enthusiast, this app is a must-have. It’s designed as a learning tool to aid oenophiles and budding sommeliers alike. Using the spaced repetition teaching method, Know Your Wine provides short informational modules about a variety of wine topics, from definitions to grape and regional varieties and more. You get 10 free modules, with others available as in-app purchases or through a premium subscription. Not a bad deal at all!

Next up is Delectable (AndroidiOS). This app has one of the best wine label recognition tools ever. You can easily pull up ratings, reviews and tasting notes for a particular vintage all from a photograph of a wine's label. Moreover, users can also keep a personal wine journal of their favorite wines with tasting notes. The app also emulates your favorite social media apps like Twitter, with newsfeeds and exploring curated lists of vintages.

 

The third app on our “recommend” list is Wine-Searcher (AndroidiOS). It is one of the most user-friendly apps out there since it focuses squarely on wine searches. You also get wine label recognition but with a much wider range of of information such as vintage ratings, grape varieties and critical ratings. Users love it for its pricing and availability database, allowing them find out where to get a particular vintage and how much it's likely to cost them. The free tier brings up the first 50 search results, while a premium search tier removes search limits and adds filters and other features

 

Last but not the least, there’s the Vivino (Android, iOS) app. This one boasts of a photo label recognition system that can quickly bring up information for a given wine. But that’s not all. It also comes with reviews, ratings and tasting notes. Now here’s an added feature: in case the the app can't automatically identify a particular vintage, Vivino's own team of wine experts will manually identify it. Of course, that won’t be done in an instant but still within a reasonable amount of time. You can also browse a pretty extensive database of wine reviews, save your favorite wines, and more.

 

How do I sell my wine collection?

Thinking of parting with your wine collection? Don’t be too hasty, even if you may be strapped for cash. Selling wine bottles that you have painstakingly collected over time is not just all about putting a price on them and putting up an ad in the marketplace. You also have to know the best way/ways to sell your collection. You never know when one or two or more bottles in your possession are actually rare vintages. So before selling, consider taking the following steps:

First, you have to determine when it’s time to sell your wine. Do your research first, especially with your wines that are approaching maturity. It’s recommended to sell them about one year before this date. Note that buyers typically pay more for a fully mature wine that is ready to drink. Second, do a calculation of the exact value of the bottles in your collection. To find the exact value of a wine bottle, all you need to do is research thoroughly. Online resources can help you determine the average prices of most wines. 

Third, make sure to use a reliable selling platform. This means a selling platform that will attract the right buyers. In-person selling used to be the only way to go, but in the recent years, the virtual marketplace has become the more popular and competitive venue for selling. Lastly, sell your bottles during peak market months as much as possible. 

 

How big is a 75cl bottle of wine?

If you are not that knowledgeable of wine bottle sizes, what comes to mind when you hear someone say “standard” bottle of wine?Let’s say you want to bring a bottle of wine to a housewarming or some other similar occasion. How would you go about picking up a “standard” bottle of wine from the liquor store? How would you be able to tell that you’re not picking up something significantly smaller than the “standard” size or in the alternative, something magnum-sized instead?

Wine bottle sizes and names are surprisingly varied. But over the great number of years, it seems that the so-called “standard” bottle size has been more or leas established at 75cl. This is equivalent to six glasses of wine. Note that a dozen bottles usually make up a case. However, the “half-sizes” or six-bottle cases have gradually gained popularity due the increase in demand. But why 750cl? There is actually no very specific reasoning for the establishment of 750cl wine bottles as the “standard” size. Some believe it has to do with the old measure of 1/5 of a gallon. Others opine that it may be the maximum size a glass-blower could blow in one go. Whatever the case, it just happened that the vast majority of wines over the years were manufactured in the regular 75cl bottle size.

 

What is the size of a standard wine barrel?

As wine aficionados, we are quite familiar with wine barrels. But how many of us know what is the size of a standard one? Why is this information important? Obviously, it is quite a helpful detail to let us know how much wine a standard sized barrel can hold. In general, wine barrels vary in size. However, the average size is around 34 5/8" high by 27" in diameter. That being said, how thick is a wine barrel? This actually depends on the type of wine barrel as they come in several classifications as well.

 

Wine barrels were traditionally made of wooden staves and bound by wood or metal hoops. The word vat is often used for large containers for liquids, usually alcoholic beverages. A smaller barrel with a capacity of not more than ten gallons is called a “keg”.  But “wine barrel” is also used for any barrel which stores spirits such as brandy or burgundy. The standard burgundy barrel measures around 23 inches in diameter. Basically, barrel widths can range from between 25 inches and 28 inches. On the other hand, a smaller barrel which is sometimes also called a “cask” usually has a 21-inch head.

 

There are also whiskey barrels being manufactured in the market. These can store around 53 gallons or 200 liters of liquor. Most whiskey barrels sport dimensions of 22 inches in diameter for the head and bottom and 36 inches in height. The circumference of the bilge is usually around 26 to 28 inches. As for the weight, an empty barrel is approximately 110 lbs. whereas a full barrel weighs approximately 520 lbs.

 

How tall is a 187 ml bottle of wine?

How well can you tell the height of wine bottles? If you’re a true blue wine lover, this is a detail you definitely shouldn’t be missing out. It’s not all about getting your proverbial money’s worth when buying that bottle of wine. It’s more on how you will be able to create proper storage for your wine bottles. You’d want to make sure that your collection is stored safely while at the same time, displayed to maximum potential. Naturally, you’d also want to purchase wine racks that would be able to securely hold the bottle sizes you have.

 

It’s a no-brainer that wine bottle dimensions and wine bottle shapes vary. The average wine bottle typically measure 3 to 3.2 inches in diameter and is about 12 inches tall. As for champagne, the bottles generally come in slightly larger containers that measure up to 3.5 inches in diameter and closer to 12.5 inches tall in 750-milliliter amounts. Now what about a 187 ml bottle of wine? Does this also fall within the “standard” wine bottle size?

 

A lot of sources show that a 187 ml wine bottle may be corked with a #7 cork, or capped using standard beer caps. This is the ideal size for small samples of wine, particularly for ice wines and barley wines. The size187 ml bottle size is approximately 6.3 oz. The bottle height will then be around 7.5 inches tall which is a few inches shy of the standard-sized wine bottle. That means you can fit more of these in your bulk bottle storage units, like diamond bins, adjustable shelves, and adjustable wall-mount wine racks.