A wine cellar isn’t just for fine restaurants or the wealthiest among us anymore. Custom wine cellars have become increasingly popular, largely because of the many advantages they provide. True wine lovers understand that there can be remarkable depth to wine. A wine cellar is …
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Multiple cases of 221-year-old Madeira wine were discovered last year behind a Prohibition-era walled-up section of Liberty Hall Museum, a former residence built in New Jersey in 1773. Although the Portugal press took great interest, since that’s where Madeira wine is from, the U.S. media …
A lot of challenge and excitement is involved in wine collecting. The best reason to have a custom wine cellar in the Toronto area is so that you can learn about the best wines and store them properly. Among the many aspects you can learn about, to enhance your appreciation of wine, is correctly interpreting wine labels. There is more to come about wine labels, such as the five basic bits of information found on most labels. Here, however, we continue what was started in Part 1 by learning more about appellation, which is one of the two primary ways wines are labeled.
Italy’s Appellation Credentials
In 1963, the appellation system in Italy was established. Originally, it was designed to champion the country’s indigenous grapes by raising wine made with grape varietals from Italy to the DOC system’s highest tiers, DOCG. This doesn’t mean there aren’t French grapes of high quality. However, French wines are usually – and quite arbitrarily – given a lesser IGT status.
The following terms assigned to Italian wine can be useful in choosing the best wines for your custom wine cellar:
- Classico is a wine denomination that signifies the original wine-making boundaries, which were smaller, prior to the changes made to many DOC boundaries in the 1960s and 1970s.
- Superiore is an indication of wine grapes with a superior quality and often a requirement for a minimum period of aging before wine can be sold.
- Riserva usually refers to aging wine for an extended period before being released. These are the types of wines frequently found in custom wine cellars. Many wine producers make only Riserva wines using grapes from vintages of exceptional quality.
Spain’s Appellation Credentials
In Spain, wine is qualified with the Denominación de Origen (DO) or Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP) system. An essential feature of Spanish wines is aging, which is why the country also has classifications for aging. The following are some basic guidelines for understanding Spanish wines, but they sometimes differ slightly from one region to another:
- Roble or Tinto wine has virtually no oak aging, even though “roble” literally means “oak.”
- Crianza wine has 9 to 12 months of aging in both oak and in the wine bottle.
- Reserva refers to Spanish wine with required oak and bottle aging. Reserva wine typically undergoes a year in oak and often two additional years in a bottle.
- Gran Reserva indicates prolonged aging in oak and bottle. This usually indicates up to 24 months in oak and four years in a wine bottle.
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Rosehill Wine Cellars builds custom wine cellars in Toronto and throughout the area. A custom wine cellar is the perfect place to store wine of all quality levels. See this continuing series to learn five basic types of information that can be found on a wine label.
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If you’ve recently become serious about wine, the first thing you may have realized is that you need to consider wine storage. Wine racks provide convenient, decorative storage for wine; and many styles are available. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we offer traditional and contemporary wine racks plus custom wine cellars, complete with wine cooling units that ensure a proper storage environment. Simply buying a wine rack for your home, without any type of wine refrigeration, is only a feasible solution in certain circumstances. Learn more below.
Short-term Wine Rack Storage
A wine rack should not be placed anywhere it will be exposed to direct sunlight. The kitchen is not the place, either, because of fluctuations in temperature. The coolest area of your home is best for a wine rack. For example, if you have a basement, that’s the best choice, even if you don’t have a custom wine cellar.
Choose racks according to the types of wine you drink. If the bottles aren’t standard, you may need a wine rack with larger openings. Wooden wine racks are most typical, but there are some elements in construction that should be considered when choosing from the wooden wine racks on the market. Be sure you don’t get a wine rack that uses staples in the construction because they easily begin to lean, buckle, or pancake. Wooden wine racks that are nailed, glued, and screwed together provide sufficient stability for extended use. Not all types of wood are recommended. Mahogany, redwood, and walnut are among the hardwoods ideal for wine racks.
Metal wine racks offer a more contemporary look. You can choose from a diamond-shaped wine rack or a wide range of styles that can be hung on the wall, placed on the floor, or situated on a tabletop.
Custom Wine Racks for your Wine Cellar
When you order a custom wine cellar from Rosehill Wine Cellars, you can choose wine racks that suit your style and your taste. Horizontal and vertical presentation shelves are among the options. Some wine racking designs make it possible to store a massive number of bottles in a small space. With that many bottles, the correct storage atmosphere is essential. A top quality wine cooling unit properly installed and of the correct size will maintain the right humidity level and the right temperature.
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Any wine that you store without a wine cooling unit should be consumed within a month or a few months, at most. You should only use a wine cellar for storage of fine wines that are best when they mature over time. In all circumstances, wine racks are the best way to store bottles of wine.