Cellar Peeping

Wasting time in other people’s cellars.


It’s Monday. You've worked hard this morning catching up on the things that have backed up since you checked out Friday after lunch. Take a few minutes and fantasize about other people’s cellars. You’ve earned it. Right?

Curtis Dahl is an owner of Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars & Humidors. To add some daydreaming fodder to your Monday we’ve asked him to share some enviable cellar installation pics with us.

This custom wine cabinet was designed as the main feature in the 3-story brownstone in New Jersey. It was constructed on the main living floor in the dining room. We carved out a niche which sits between the kitchen and the living room. The dimensions of the wine cabinet are 10'h x 11'w and 24" deep. Climate-controlled with a digitalthermostat and equipped with a custom decanting area, which allows the homeowner to open wines for the evening and display them at the perfect temperature.

Custom Wine Cabinet

The custom wine cabinet also features case bin storage as well as a sliding drawer to hide knick-knacks and cork pulls. We take tremendous pride in hiding the cooling equipment so the homeowner can only see the beauty in the wine cabinet and, most importantly, the floating-style vintage view wine racks. 

Steel and Glass

The facade is stainless steel and glass. Inside one finds a  stainless steel back wall, and wine racks of mahogany wood to match the exterior dining room's millwork. 
Most of the construction was done offsite to ease the homeowner's everyday living hassles. Once the carcass of the wine cabinet was designed and built (with vapor barrier and insulation), it was installed into the homeowner's brownstone with the wine racks, cooling, and glass all completed within two weeks of delivery. 

Start Collecting

We also asked Curt to introduce us the collector who commissioned this work. Just to see what’s he’s collecting, and where he’s interested in this year.
C.D. Tell me how you got into wine and your collection?   
I really got into wine by going on my first trip to Napa Valley in 1998.  My collection started with  Napa Cabs and Russian River and Carneros Pinots.
C.D. Your focus is?  
To keep learning more about wine and to build a collection to be enjoyed by my family and friends. I really enjoy helping to widen the palette of other wine drinkers.
C.D. Most prized wines?  
I'm not about wine as an investment. I'm looking to consume it at the best possible time down the road.  I would say my most prized bottles are my 1997 BV George Latour and 1997 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabs.  I'm also quite fond of some of my Grand Cru Burgundy that I brought back from my trip to France.
C.D. Areas you're discovering or hoping to explore in the new year?  
I have been enjoying all types of reds from the south of France(Cote de Rhone, Chateaneuf de Pape) for a good year or so.  I intend to try and explore more of the nuances of Barolo in 2014.
Principal. Design & Cellar Concepts. 
We design, build, stock and manage.
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