Wine rack kits are affordable, high-quality options for setting up home storage for your wine collection. Any true wine lover will set up proper wine storage space, creating the option to buy in bulk and take advantage of other opportunities to cut the cost of…
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Wine storage is widely known to be best in cellar-like conditions, but far fewer wine drinkers understand the importance of the cork. The idea behind creating a wine cellar is to provide the perfect environment for wine to be stored so that it ages properly.…
Large format wine bottles offer notable benefits over standard 750mL bottles, making large format wine storage important. The standard size, equal to about six glasses of wine, is by far and away the most commonly distributed wine. Perhaps surprisingly, the standard wine bottle is only one of at least 17 available sizes—3 being smaller than standard and the rest larger. Many wine collectors recognize that large format bottles of wine offer coveted benefits. Sizeable bottles, however, don’t fit on standard wine racks. With a custom wine cellar, you can choose wine racking that accommodates bottles of all sizes. The decision to make special wine storage considerations is duck soup for those who invest in large format bottles of wine for any of the following reasons and more.
1-The Wine Tastes Better
For various reasons, wine in large format bottles usually tastes better than wine stored in smaller counterparts. There is less oxygen relative to the volume of wine, for example. As a result, the wine oxidizes more slowly, resulting in a longer aging period and improved maturation. Overall wine stability and aroma are among the characteristics of the wine that are improved when properly stored in a large format bottle. The wine should be maintained in ideal cellar conditions, which can largely be achieved with a wine cellar cooling unit from a top manufacturer, such as WhisperKOOL, Koolspace, or Wine Guardian. Large format bottles are also more resistant to irregularities in temperature that may be caused by moving the wine to a different wine cellar or by power outages.
Large bottles of wine provide delightful “wow moments” at large gatherings, including anniversaries and weddings. Everyone gets to share in the experience of drinking from the same bottle containing wine that has aged gracefully and has better maturation than wine in smaller bottles. Bringing out a large format bottle of wine is an upgrade to any event.
3-Rare = Valuable
Small production historically increases wine value. There are usually very few large-format bottles of any vintage that wineries produce. Whether a Magnum bottle with double the standard volume or the massive Melchizedek, equal to 40 standard bottles of wine, large format bottles are rare. They are usually reserved for special occasions, such as a winery’s anniversary; charity auctions; special collectors; winery displays; or private collections, whether for proprietors or their family and friends. Although large format bottles of quality wine tend to be very expensive, they are also sometimes offered at prices friendlier to those less wealthy.
The wine in a large format bottle isn’t the only part of the bargain. The wine bottle itself can be considered a real treasure. It’s not unusual to see large bottles of wine on display in fine restaurants and as dinner table centerpieces. There are many craft and décor ideas for large format wine bottles on Pinterest, in which the bottles are used as gorgeous lamps, vases, candle holders, and much more.
Don’t Forget Large Format Wine Storage
Some consider the size of large format wine bottles a downside, due to potential storage challenges. Rosehill Wine Cellars specializes in wine cellar construction and can help with all wine racking needs, from custom wine racking to adaptable wine kits. Rosehill also offers wine cellar cooling units from all of the top manufacturers, such as Koolspace, Wine Guardian, and WhisperKOOL.
The wine collection you keep in your custom wine cellar can help you cut the cost of buying wine, but only as long as you properly manage the collection. Many new wine cellar owners have made the mistake of placing bottles on assorted 10ft tall…
You know that the type of wine rack you probably want is horizontal, if you read Part 1 of this series. Once you know the angle of the rack you want, you can move on to choosing a wine rack that matches your needs and décor or setting. Whether you are buying custom wine racks for your wine cellar or for use in your home, there are several basic options in the materials used. The primary choices for wine racks are wood and metal.
Wood Wine Racks
The traditional material for wine racks is wood, which is a sophisticated and timeless choice. Of course, custom wine cellars are also typically made of wood, with wine racks to complete the look. The most popular types of wood used for custom wine racks are redwood and mahogany, and they can come with a variety of wood stains. Quality wood wine racks are extremely durable and won’t bend or break. More about specific types of wood for wood wine racks follows:
Redwood Wine Racks
Natural oils in redwood wine racks make this timber species an excellent choice for wine racks because the oils are preservatives that protect wood against mildew and moisture. Unstained redwood is as beautiful as when it is stained. The many color variations provide a way to choose a style that fits with your particular taste.
Pine Wine Racks
The least expensive type of wood for wine racks is pine. Another benefit of pine is that it can be stained to a color that matches just about any type of wood finish. This can assure nice coordination with your other furnishings and upholstery.
Mahogany is a very popular wood to use in the construction of wine racks, wine shelves, rooms, and custom wine cellars. It resists warping, swelling, and moisture decay. To prevent mildew from forming and deterioration caused by temperature fluctuations, mahogany is often stained and lacquer-finished. Mahogany is the wood of choice for many high-end wine storage designs.
Metal Wine Racks and More
Metal wine racks offer a contemporary alternative to wooden wine racks. The possibilities with metal are endless. When buying metal wine racks, be sure there is sturdy construction. Other than that, you have a wide range of choices, from ornate designs to sleek, modern styles. Metal wine racks can potentially add distinct sophistication, style, and/or an artistic touch to your wine storage.
There’s no reason to limit the type of material used to store wine, as long as the structure is sturdy and won’t bend or break, causing harm to your wine collection. You can find glass wine racks, plastic wine racks, and perhaps other materials used for wine storage. It’s all a matter of taste and preference.
More to Come
In the next installment of our series on recommendations for wine racks, learn about types of wine racks. For beautiful custom wine racks, contact Rosehill Wine Cellars. We specialize in custom wine cellars, and they can include many different kinds of wine storage shelving.