Focusing on the Collector

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Focusing on the Collector Passion: A strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction. An object of desire or deep interest. (

Our collector has all of the above criteria and then some! His passion for wine has led to travels, crush (what's this?), books, tastings and a 1,000-bottle custom Sapele Mahogany wine cellar and tasting room. He decided to split a home office space into an equal size tasting room (8’ x 8’) and wine cellar (8’ x 8’),  so that he is be able to house his wine collection and share it amongst his friends.   

The wine room was built over a two month period, with slate flooring, wrought iron doors, ductless split cooling system and of course a magnificent wine barrel tasting table. The custom wine racks were built in six weeks and have such features as display rows, magnum storage, diamond bins and case bins. It’s always important to have the proper environment for your collection, but to build an "adult playroom" which enables the homeowner to slow the pace of life down and share an incredible passion for wine is priceless.

While our collector has one beautiful cellar, at this point he wishes to remain anonymous. Let's catch up with our owner and walk through some of his passions.

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  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 156

    Noted he mentioned that NY has a lot of BYOB spots. I live in Oakland, and I have never been to a restaurant that doesn't allow BYOB.... if they didn't, I wouldn't dine there... I'd leave. I have dined out with my own wine at least twice a week for decades and have never been refused. Wondering if that isn't customary elsewhere?


    Mar 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

  • Snooth User: johnmdjr
    779575 12

    I moved from CA to TX, and unfortunately in TX, BYOB is against the law if the restaurant has a liquor license. Very unfortunate!

    Mar 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

  • Same here in Tn. Only private parties allow byob

    Mar 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

  • Snooth User: Roanoke
    1003954 8

    Bob was just recently allowed here in Virginia. I always enjoy finding some good bottles and heading out when that is possible.

    Mar 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

  • Snooth User: Curt Dahl
    44176 12

    NYC has very few BYOB but NJ has tons.....glad everyone liked the interview!

    Mar 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

  • Plenty of BYOB in NE PA.

    Mar 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

  • Even in NYC, you may be able to BYOB. All you need to do is ask (and pay a corkage fee). I have brought my own wines to a number of TOP restaurants, first checking their wine list and picking a vintage they don't have in stock. Generally when I do that, I start with a cocktail and often order a bottle of their white wine.

    Of course it's a lot easier in NJ!

    Mar 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

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