“Living with wine”! My neighbor brought to my attention a neat article about wine cellars in a section of a local newspaper, Newsday LI Home. Wine cellars are no longer found underground or in basements. With modern technology and building supplies the wine cellar is now on the “main level” and has now become the “focal point” or “centerpiece” (or just incorporated in the “main” living area). If nothing else just looking at the gorgeous pictures and reading how some of he collectors or winelovers got interested in wine in the first place was just so pleasurable and pleasing.
Being an amateur home winemaker all I ask of my passive wine cellar basement is to be functional and consistent (with only a gradual swing in temperature). Not only does my basement house my wines on various types of homemade rustic-looking wine racks (enough to accommodate 1000 bottles) but its also houses several oak barrels, 25 five gallon carboys, 1 fifteen gallon demijohn, three Italian fermentation vats (capable of holding 500 lbs of crushed fruit each), 2 20 gallon and several smaller fermentation vats, and an assortment of various winemaking equipment and accessories.
Basically from the very beginning our “set-up” was geared to make gravity siphon racking from various holding vessel easy. Therefore the oak barrels are held on moveable “dollies” 24 (plus) inches off the ground to assist in gravity racking from barrels to carboys. There is enough “shelving” to accommodate 25 five-gallon carboys to “hold” them “high enough” and at “rest” to rack from “glass” to barrels.
My wine cellar looks nothing like any of the featured cellars in the article but it suits my needs just fine and I never get tired just hanging out down there. Two of the featured cellars in the Newsday article I believe was featured in the book “Living with Wine” by Samantha Nestor with Alice Feiring.
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