Why Install A Wine Cellar?
From our earliest childhood, the place we grew up, our eating habits and our olfactory memory all influence the way we taste wines. Wine tasting helps us recall memories through our senses of sight, smell and taste.
Having a home wine cellar allows us to store our own bottles, to have the pleasure of watching them grow old and to share them for special occasions. However, it especially allows us to taste a fine wine at the perfect temperature anytime we would like.
Respect Your Wine with the Help of a Wine Cellar
Wine must be treated with respect, which is why it is important to store it in temperatures between 11° and 15° Celsius. The temperature varies depending if the wine is white, rosé, red or champagne. Your cellar should have good ventilation, maximum darkness, without too much vibration or odor. Keep the humidity level at about 70%. Also, beware of drafts, avoid cementing the ground and opt for clay or sand instead.
Dedicate a Room to the Wine Cellar
Today, thanks to new technologies, you can choose where to place your cellar. Whether you would like it in the basement, near the kitchen, in the garage or you would prefer a vaulted cellar; it’s up to you to determine the right place. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:
- Don’t spend more on cellar material than on bottles.
- Determine the location and space you will assign to your cellar.
- Check the temperature of the room and adapt it.
- Check its humidity level and make sure it is dark and well ventilated.
Certain requirements must be met in order to allow your bottles to age in the best conditions. Don’t hesitate to consult a specialist.
The Cabinet Type Wine Cellar
This is undoubtedly the easiest solution. Designers and manufacturers are now adapting their services and offering wine cellars with multiple functions. There are two main types:
- The aging cellar that allows the wine to age to optimum maturity,
- The service cellar, which offers an optimal tasting temperature depending on the wine you are tasting,
In any case, you will find cellars of different sizes, capacities and styles. Some models can hold between 20 and 200 bottles. On average, the cost is of $400 to $3000 (or more depending on the size) for a quality cellar. Ask a professional for their advice.
The Wine Cellar Sets The Tone!
Do you want to enjoy wine tasting moments and discover the oenophile that lies within you? Choose a unique location and create a wine cellar atmosphere by setting up a barrel, crates or a bar, for example. You can also install a glass cabinet. Play with the lighting and make a few glasses available for enjoying a small wine or a grand cru. Whichever room you choose, make it stand out.
Wine-lovers or enlightened amateurs; treat yourselves and enjoy the benefits of a home wine cellar!