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Snooth User: jamessulis

The Home wine rack

Original post by jamessulis, Oct 25, 2012.

I heard somewhere that white wines should be stored at the bottom of the home wine rack rather than at the top. Supposedly whites like it cooler (the old heat rises, cold falls theory), 

Now I know that wine's enemy is heat and changing temperatures, My wine rack is a 44 bottle system which stands about 4 feet high and I do keep the whites on the bottom racks and the reds on the top. For those of us that have a wall type system rack obviously the reds would be much higher. The area where my wine rack sits is a cool area subject to little heat or light. I would be interesting to see how others store their wine and what precautions if any they take. Attached is a picture of my wine rack and as you can see it's almost still full.

Thanks 

Lefty - the Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by zufrieden, Jan 11, 2013.

Too cool.  I am past the point where I would bother, but defend to the death those that have the energy to do this kind of thing - especially if I am invited to a look-through and possible tasting.  Nice.

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Reply by jamessulis, Jan 11, 2013.

In the case of the Spiral Wine Cellar, it's completely rad and I just love it. One note of caution, after consuming one of your favorites from the cellar, don't go back down for another. I suggest bringing up all you need for the day as a fall down those stairs would not only hurt you but would probably bust some good wine. One final note, that's the best damn wine cellar I ever laid my eyes on. 

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Reply by EMark, Jan 12, 2013.

Craig, I'm sure that if you have the financial wherewithal, you can get whatever size you want. ;-)

Lefty, I completely agree that you want to have a 0.000% BAC before trying those steps. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jan 14, 2013.

I think the spiral is so tight there's no room to fall. Bigger problem is putting on weight and getting stuck.  I'm inspired, and I actually think that it might be a really reasonable solution.  Basically, you drill a round hole into the ground with a great big augur.  That makes short work of the first phase of excavating--no squaring up the corners.  You don't have to pour a concrete structure, you just buy a couple sections of large concrete pipe, like they use for sewers and water projects.  They come with caps or can be capped (my father worked for a division of Ameron that made just these kinds of pipes), so you could drop it in with a cap in place and there's your bottom floor.  The pipes are fitted together at the ends to make smooth joints.  The tricky part is the storage along the sides--but you would have to prefab that outside and lower it in.  Then you drop a prefab spiral staircase in--they are common as heck. Or, you just follow the directions here.

My only problem is that I'm fairly claustrophobic.  Oh, and you can't really store stuff at the bottom because there's no room to bend over and reach for it.

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Reply by lingprof, Jan 20, 2013.

You all are hilarious!!  I really enjoyed everyone's pix.  The spiral staircase is definitely falls into the "creepy" category for me, luckily, because it also falls into the "massively out of my budget" category.

Am too lazy to put up photos of my own (maybe later), but I have a 3-part solution that works for me, and I think could be good for beginners (in CA, with no basements).

1) El cheapo rack near kitchen for $12 and under wines for daily consumption with dinner

2) Nicer cabinet rack with a tinted glass door, well insulated, for wines in the 12-25 range that I'm not 'aging' but want to take a little better care of.

3) Fairly cheap, small wine fridge from Home Depot (Vissani), that has held up well over the years.  Holds about 50-60 bottles, and that's where I keep anything over 30, or Bordeaux even if a bit less.

I love this forum, lol.

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Reply by Diego Andrés Díaz, Jan 19.

After seeing all your wine racks and cellars, some of them quite messy, others that look just like my dreams, I decided to dare to show you my humble and totally DIY Wine rack.

I made that inside an old crate that has been in my house at least 20 Years before i turned it in my first wine rack. It was used as a tool box, so father put it a little door; now that door keeps my wines in the darkness almost all the time, and it helps to mantain the temperature around 18 Celsius.

I made the shelf so it can handle bottles of different sizes and shapes: half and full bottles, Rhones, burgundies, Bordeaux and german bottles, as long as they were not too tall. 

It is not too pretty, but it's not about the appearance, it's about functionality.

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Reply by jamessulis, Jan 19.

Diego............................SWEET!!   When it fits your needs its more than perfect!

 

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Reply by JenniferT, Jan 19.

Just came across this now...we have been trying to figure out what to do for wine storage, and in the process of purchasing a rack (we have much more wine than I realized, and recently came to the realization that our ramshackle wine box/milk crate/shelf system is far from stable). So a replacement is needed asap! From there, an actual inventory will be the next step. One thing at a time, lol! 

I know this thread is an old one, but thanks to the posters - it was great to see your pics.  

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Reply by Diego Andrés Díaz, Jan 20.

JENNIFERT, I am quite sure that we all wine lovers have reach that point, when our little or huge wine racks start to seem too crowded and too messy. That's something no one told you when you fall in love with wines.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jan 21.

Diego is right about that.  When I posted that photo a year and change ago, my cellar was pretty neatly arranged.  But since then, I've bought quite a bit more wine than I have consumed. Really, I am trying, but so many bottles just need more time or are being held back for events with certain friends, like the 2010 CdP week that JD and I are planning. So now there are boxes piled up on the floor far beyond what you see there.  I could  fill another 72 bottle rack and still need a few boxes. 

So I better call the architect today and see if we can add a second story to the front of our house and just how much it will add to dig out a bigger basement. 

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