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Snooth User: A Oak A

Lets see your AWESOME wine cellar!!

Original post by A Oak A, Jan 28, 2015.

I spearheaded this incredible custom design last month. The ambient temperature in my region is approximately 55 degrees throughout the day; ideal for harnessing the explosive potential lurking within this vast selection. The tight seal on this cellar door makes for the perfect, dank environment. 

I have plans to expand later this year.

 

Okay, enough silliness. Show me a cellar worth being proud of (Or any collection of wine. Lets just have some fun!)

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Reply by rckr1951, May 24, 2016.

It sure does.

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Reply by MJET, May 24, 2016.

Look's great VV! When is the wine cooling party?

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Reply by dmcker, May 24, 2016.

Can't remember asking before, Vino--what's between the ceiling and the roof?

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Reply by outthere, May 24, 2016.

Loving the progress reports vinO! Can't wait to see it filled?

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Reply by EMark, May 24, 2016.

 Can't wait to see it filled?

Then, some of us can't wait to help you empty it.

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 24, 2016.

DM, this is in the upstairs corner room, above the room is a well insulated attic space, the contractor also added extra insulation immediately above the wine closet.

I'd love to host any/all Snoothers for the grand opening, date to be determined.

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Reply by dmcker, May 24, 2016.

Nice to see someone aiming for four figures in bottle count, Vino. Fox's 3~400 capacity was the number at which I always started getting nervous about the remainder just plain evaporating before I could get replacements. Probably like a good friend of mine who gets antsy whenever her GT drops below half a glass and starts looking for the wait person...

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 25, 2016.

More progress, the end is in sight!

DM, looking at our wine consumption over the last 2-3 years, I'm almost embarrassed at the amount of wine we drink.  I just hope I don't run out of space any time soon ; )

Entry door (exterior grade, double paned):

Looking left:

Looking back toward the door, cooling unit in upper right (hard to see):

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Reply by MJET, May 25, 2016.

Look's great. What brand of racks are they and where did you purchase them?

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 25, 2016.

Looking good.  I'll be starting on my set up in a couple weeks, I hope. 

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Reply by JonDerry, May 26, 2016.

Nice VV, color me envious. I suppose I'll start on mine in 10-15 years.

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 26, 2016.

MJET, purchase the racks online at Wine Racks America. I found through some searches either here, on WineBeserkers or CellarTracker. My contractor is very impressed with the service and knowledge of the rep he has been dealing with.

Next big thing to work on is how to arrange everything. The vast majority of my current holdings are from California. I'm thinking about: Country - Region - Variety - vintage. So Cali syrahs will be separate from the Northern Rhone syrahs, but if anyone has a better scheme let me know.

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Reply by dvogler, May 26, 2016.

Looks great VV.  I'm envious of the disposable income that will fill that baby!  I'm caught in this cyclical debate with my wife about my wine expenditures and her hair-dos.  It's endless!  I have a decent 170 bottle fridge and although it's mostly in order of country, I sometimes go through and find a few rogues I don't even remember buying!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 31, 2016.

VV, do whatever works for you.  I do mine by type, not country, in part because the bottle sizes are more likely to match for shelf spacing since I have used different kinds of racks.  I also do it that way because I like to choose by grape type and then decide on a maker/country and because I often do N. Rhone v. Syrah from Cali, Bord v. Napa Cab, Burg v. New World PN type tastings.  So I keep all my Syrah and N. Rhone together; Cabs, a couple merlots, and Bords in another area.  You get the picture.  It also allows me to just look and see how my inventory of a certain kind of wine is doing. Some stuff, like nebbiolo and sangiovese, might as well be by country because I have no non-Italian holdings of those to speak of.

But if I'm needing a sparkling wine, why look for France, Cali, Oregon, separately?

Of course, right now, I just look at the Magic Marker scribbles on the boxes while I finish unpacking from the renovation...

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Reply by EMark, May 31, 2016.

I do not have nearly the storage capacity that v v will soon have--my storage locations are, roughly, 95% utilized.  Since new acquisitions have little correlation to consumption, any attempt to "organize" my storage is futile.  If, I drink a bottle of Zinfandel, and create a hole in my storage, I don't necessarily fill that hole with another Zinfandel.  So, in goes a Syrah or Carignane, or blend.

Now, because of this randomly assigned storage strategy, I am very diligent about logging my bottles into and out of CellarTracker.

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 31, 2016.

Fox, that's the way mine were organized when I had my 200 bottle wine fridge (before it bit the dust). I had a shelf for pinot (Oregon, CA, Burgundy ...), syrah (CA, N. Rhone, Aussie ...), cabs and so on. With so much more space and that nice array setup (can't help the engineer coming out) I feel compelled to "organize" (EM) things. We'll see what pans out after we get back home.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 31, 2016.

Emark, VV could lose minutes of precious drinking time in the vastness of 1k bottles.  Something needs to happen here.

Since new acquisitions have little correlation to consumption,.. I hear you, loud and clear.  But don't you make hypothetical allocation tables?  Like, if I have room for 360 bottles, I want to have 1/4 Cab/Bordo, 1/8 Rioja, etc?  So that I know that I have too much CdP (ok, y'all can volunteer to help, but I have it pretty well under control)  I won't buy more, just drink it down to where I want it (might be very very low).  Then I go and look for what I think I could stand to have more of, besides "everything."  Like there's lots of good Syrah at reasonable prices, but I don't drink it every night or even once a week, so I have to restrain myself a bit and work harder to find some Barolo that I can afford instead of falling for every bottle of Syrah OT recommends. 

VV, within your PN/Syrah, etc organization you can subsort by location.  I've got, for instance, a bunch of Cornas in one place, some Cote Rotie together, and those four precious bottles (or is it 6?) of Hermitage within the Syrah.  I have one 24 bottle rack of just Halcon right now, and two cases marked "Las Madres Syrah" with Apsara, Myriad, and Eric Kent over in their area.  Brunello is grouped by vintage, the Chiantis are separated from those. 

It's like playing with baseball cards, to keep it family friendly.  Right down to the "don't trade/give away unless you have doubles." 

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 31, 2016.

What a terrific cellar VV. I'm building out my basement soon. I'll try and post regular updates but for the moment I've leave you with this. Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the basement itself, which would just offer evidence for the cellar expansion.

it looks a little like this:

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Reply by dmcker, May 31, 2016.

GDP, yours looks like a proper 'working' cellar! How much greater expansion you aiming for? Still having the damp-labels issue?

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 1, 2016.

When are we going to fly in and drink more of GdP's wine?  He can't be expected to consume all that himself!  Not to mention he needs some working room if he plans to do any renovation down there...

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