Wall Mounted Wood Wine Rack – Taste With Your Eyes

Many experts seem to agree that wine dates back to 6000BC. For centuries European homes have chosen wine as their favorite dinner beverage. In America, it has now become their staple drink as well. Few environments are as potentially destructive to wines as the home. Too much humidity causes mold and damages labels. The current issue is where can we store our wine safely and display our favorite vintages. The wall mounted wood wine rack has come to consumers rescue.

It is a given that anyone interested in having a growing wine collection would not want to do so behind a kitchen cabinet. Whether you are a wine hobbyist or a wine aficionado, you wish to protect valuable vintages and wish to place a cherished wine collection on exhibit for others to view.

The wall mounted wood wine rack helps you taste the wine with your eyes. It is a gorgeous piece of furniture that will enhance any wall in any room. It is an excellent alternative to the expense of investing in the construction of a wine cellar. It will also save you space as well as money. The savings from the wine rack will allow you to have more money to expand on your wine collection. These wall mounted wood wine racks offer the consumer elegance, security, and advanced engineering that allows you to age your wine with confidence. This wall accessory is well worth the initial investment.

There are numerous styles, sizes and types of wood wine racks available. You can find wood wall wine racks that store from five bottles up to hundreds of bottles at full capacity. When making your selection, you will have many different types of woods to choose from. Some popular wood types are mahogany, maple, cedar, fir, birch, pine, redwood, oak and cherry.

You should choose a wood that fits in well with the rest of your decorating scheme. Wood offers beauty, warmth and function. It is strong enough to hold a lot of weight, yet it is easy to maintain or repair. Wood is also one of the best materials to absorb vibration. You are able to paint wood in a rainbow of colors or apply any finish or stain to match your existing decor.

This wall accessory should be hung in a cool dark slightly humid area. It is best to keep a consistent temperature between fifty and fifty nine degrees Fahrenheit. Never hang the rack in direct sunlight or heat. This would cause your wine to cook and spoil. Corked wine bottles should be stored horizontally to keep their corks moist and prevent shrinkage, which would allow air to penetrate the bottles and destroy the wine. Wax sealed bottles require vertical storage or their content will leak away.

As an additional touch, you can purchase racks with added features built in. Some of these features will automatically make this wall accessory the focal point of your room. It can be as simple as having lighted mirrors that shine on your collection.

Adding glass shelving always brings classic style. Tray storage is a great devise and is a covenant way to help serve your company. Adjustable shelves give you versatility to move your collection around for proper fit. Levelers ensure that your bottles are lying appropriately to keep the cork moist and holding the integrity of your investment.

There are some wall racks that have slide through slats that hold the bottom of the glass upside down.

You can purchase wall mounted wine racks that are already assembled and ready to hang. Just make certain when you mount the rack to the wall that it is tightly secured and it has good balance. The last thing you would want is your wine bottles to slip or fall to the ground.

There are also companies that will custom make a wood wine rack to your design and specifications. If you want that custom made look without the expense there are kits available that come with wood pre-drilled and all the tools needed for easy installation.

For most home users, when it comes to the investment in these wall mounted wood wine racks, you can expect to spend anywhere between twenty five and five hundred dollars. This all depends on the style, size, wood, and construction of the piece. Rest assured you have so many choices there is definitely a rack to fit anyone’s budget.

Enjoying your glass of wine is all about relaxing, celebrating, friendship and intimacy. So reach out for that special bottle from your wine rack and enjoy!

Build a Wine Cellar – Top 5 Mistakes Plus Some Great Tips

When you decide to build a wine cellar, it can be a huge elaborate room with ornate decorations, marble floors and furniture but it can also be a converted room, a small closet or even an unused space (i.e.. under the stairs). It might seem pretty simple and straight forward to build wine cellar… get some wine and store it in a cool dark place. But, there are a few things you should be aware of.

The top 5 mistakes that are made when people build a wine cellar are:

1. Poor choice of cooling system. The temperature of the cellar should be maintained at between 55 – 58 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. 12 – 14 degrees Celsius). This maintains the wine in a perfect condition and keeps the wine maturing at a slow and gradual pace. If it is too warm, the wine will age too quickly and, conversely, if it is too cold, the ageing process will be slowed down.

2. Inadequate (or no) vapour barrier. The humidity of the cellar needs to be maintained between 55 – 75%. This is important to ensure the heath and quality of the cork. If it is too humid, the cork will grow mould and the wine will be spoiled and if it is too dry, the cork will crack, allowing air to enter and spoiling the wine.

3. Poor insulation. This causes temperature variations, which degrades the quality of the wine. It also increases the energy and financial cost of having the cooling system running continuously.

4. Poor wine cellar air seal and choice of door. This causes air to travel in and out of the cellar resulting in temperature and humidity variations.

5. Poor wine racking and storage positioning. The majority of wine in your cellar should be laid down to keep the cork moist. This prevents the cork from drying out and cracking.

(There are a small amount of wines that are designed to be stored in an upright position – such as port – and others for which it doesn’t really matter how they are stored – such as wines with screw top caps). It would pay to read up a little on this. You should also plan where and how you stack and rack your wines, such that you don’t have to move them until they are ready to drink. This is important as stored wines create sediment in the bottle during the maturing process and if you move the bottle too much you mix and disturb this sediment, thus affecting the maturing process.

Finally, here are some extra tips for when you go to build a wine cellar:

- When using wood, use redwood or mahogany. It lasts longer and doesn’t have an odour. Don’t use cedar because it has a strong odour that can taint your wine.

- For the floor, don’t use carpet or vinyl. Carpets attract moisture and trap heat, which promotes mould growth. Vinyl isn’t good either as the under layer of rubber and glue can bunch up and change the shape of the vinyl tiles with the high humidity of the cellar. For floors, it is best to use tiles, wood, concrete, marble, stone or other solid flooring.

- For the door. Use an external grade door as it is better insulated. Avoid having glass inserts in the door as this adds to temperature variations. If you must have glass inserts (for decorative purposes), strongly consider using double-glazing, which will aid in eliminating temperature variations. Furthermore, make sure that the door is fully sealed on the top and sides and has a weather shield and threshold along the bottom… again, to prevent air movement.

- For lighting, avoid UV light. There is some evidence to suggest that UV light can damage your wine. Stick to a traditional incandescent or tungsten lamp (the kind with the pull cord). It looks better too and adds a little rustic charm to your cellar.

As you can see, there are a few things that you need to make sure of to ensure the integrity of your cellar and the quality of your wine. I would encourage you to spend a little time to plan adequately before you go to build a wine cellar.

Good luck!

Recycle or Re-Purpose Used Wine Corks

The United States became the world’s largest wine consuming nation in 2010 beating out France. 330 million cases were shipped to or within America. That equates to an estimated retail value of $30 billion in sales. That’s great, right but what happens to all those used corks, we’re talking almost 4 billion bottles in 2010? Sure some of these may be screw tops or synthetic corks but I’m guessing the many of these bottles have real corks.

More and more people are concerned about polluting our environment, which is why we recycle. You may already be aware that there are a number of companies in the business of recycling corks, just Google cork recycle and you will get an extensive list but this is not your only choice. Some wineries will take them as well and that gives you another reason for going to a winery, like you really needed that. These are some of the many ways to recycle or re-purpose used corks for yourself.

· Make a cork trivet, kits are available many places or use your wood working skills to make your own frame.

· Cork Bulletin Boards work great and you can get really creative

· Cork table markers or place holders are easy to make and are very unique

· Wine cork wreath (great gift idea)

· Wine cork table tops look really good and express your interest

· Cork Wall or cork chair rail in your wine room

· Cork Knife holder

· Cork Bath Mat or Welcome mat

· Cork Pin cushion

· Cork fishing bobber

· Cork ink stamp

· Design your own cork ornament

· Slice them up and use them to quiet noisy cabinet doors

· Protect your floor from scratches from chairs and tables

· Incorporate corks into your favorite hobby, be creative

· Crumble them up and sprinkle them on your salad…No, stop just kidding

· Char the end of the cork when it cools you can paint black marks on a friends face (wait until they’re sleeping)

· Take 2 bags of corks (1 big and 1 small) in to a car dealer and ask them what car can you buy for this big bag of corks, speak with thick accent (that will be more convincing or confusing) and tell them in your country wine corks are used as currency. Elaborate as much as needed. Make sure you have a friend recording this for YouTube. Tell them the small bag holds corks from premium wines and that’s for the options you want on the car. When the salesperson starts to usher you out the door have a couple of the premium corks in your hand and pass them to him or her with your palm down as if you were giving a tip, then say “Thanks, this for you.”

I guess I have run out of worthwhile ideas as you can tell, so come up with your own and send them to me if you like.

The whole point, here is recycle your corks either by reusing them in some creative way or give them to a business that will re-purpose them. You can also store or display corks in attractive cork cages until you are ready to use them.

Start Your Wine Cellar The Right Way

One of the great joys of wine is to be able to select a bottle from your own cellar, perhaps one that you’ve been storing for some years, draw the cork and enjoy it with friends. You can marvel at the changes brought on by maturity and, as a bonus, you can brag about the price you paid and congratulate yourself on picking up such a bargain!

However, wine is an ever-changing thing and how it is stored will directly affect how quickly and how well it ages!

Storing wine is very simple…

It requires a constant temperature, humidity, darkness, stillness and a well-ventilated and clean environment.

o Insulation

The first essential is to create a storage environment that provides the basics of stable temperature, no light and no vibration.

In general terms 4 inches (100mm) of polystyrene is the equivalent to 3 ft (1 meter) of ground. So if you’re trying to decide between an above ground construction and an underground cavern, you must be prepared to dig deep for the latter.

Your cupboard, indoor space or your outdoor construction must be well shaded, well insulated and with the minimum of air movement in and out.

o Temperature

The objective is to provide stored wines with a constant temperature of between 50ºF and 59ºF (10°C – 15°C).

Seasonal changes in temperature will not harm your wine, although fluctuations greater than one degree a week should be avoided. Wines subjected to temperatures over 77ºF (25°C) are in grave danger of rapid
deterioration.

Wines stored in less than ideal conditions will age at speeds quite different to those envisaged by winemakers when they offer suggested storage times. A hygro thermometer will provide you with accurate information as to both the temperature and humidity ranges within your cellar.

A well-constructed above ground cellar or a well dug underground cellar will require the minimum of additional temperature control although your climate or the position of your cellar may necessitate the use of a cooling device that will provide complete temperature stability.

Another alternative is a temperature controlled wine cabinet. Some of these can hold up to 800 bottles but be aware that some manufacturers’ suggested bottle capacity can be misleading and the racks may be smaller than you require. Champagne bottles are larger than riesling bottles!

Regard assembled wine as your best cooling block. A high density of wine bottles will considerably reduce wine temperature fluctuations.

Consider keeping your long-term wines in a professional storage facility if your cellar cannot conform to the optimum temperature ranges.

o Humidity

A dry atmosphere is an enemy of the natural cork seal. A natural cork is compressed and forced into the bottle as a 100% natural seal.

Low humidity combined with a defective cork results in the wine moving out of the bottle (increasing ullage) and air naturally moving into the bottle.

Moderate humidity is important to keep the cork in good resilient condition and prevent it shrinking. Screw capped bottles do not require humidity.

Excessive humidity will not harm the wine but can cause the labels to go moldy. The ideal humidity for your cellar is 70%, however anywhere between 50-80% is
acceptable.

o Darkness

Light will prematurely age a bottle of wine. Clear bottles are most susceptible to this problem, but ultraviolet light will penetrate even dark colored glass.

Ultraviolet light will damage wine by causing the degradation of the otherwise stable organic compounds, especially the tannins found in wine. These organic compounds contribute to the aroma, flavor and structure of the wine. Without them your wine would be flat and thin. So exposure to ultraviolet light results in unfavorable and irreversible changes in your wine.

Extra care should be given to sparkling wines as they are more sensitive to light than other wines.

o Lay it down!

Store your wine bottles horizontally so the wine is in contact with the cork. This will keep the cork wet. If the cork dries out and shrinks it will let air get to your wine. Store it with the label facing up. This will help in three ways:

You can easily see what the wine is. You don’t have to disturb the bottle to see what you’ve got in your cellar.

The sediment will form on the opposite side to the label and make it easier to see. The label is less likely to be damaged. If you’re storing wine as an investment, a damaged label will reduce the value.