Wine storage is usually an elegant wood affair. Pretty, but heavy wood wine racks often take up a lot of space and may not work with modern decor. Boltz has taken their metal and glass, no frills aesthetic to the world of wine racks, creating simple utilitarian products that seem perfect for concrete floor lofts. The corner wine bar, shown here is made of solid steel and can hold 15 bottles as well as six to eight wine glasses in the rack above. It has has a glass shelf on the top rack and a triangular glass top. It sells for $299. Boltz also makes wine racks, wine towers and a countertop wine rack.
One of the problems of some wine racks is that you often can't see what you have and may have to root around to find the bottle you are looking for if you aren't the hyper-organized type. That isn't a problem with the VintageView racks. The racks mount directly onto a wall and cradle two bottles on each level so that the label is easily seen. There are also magnum/Champagne racks that are one deep. The racks can be used as decorative accents in a kitchen or can be used to outfit an entire cellar. Of course, if you want them in a kitchen or dining room you will need to keep them out of the light to protect your bottles. The three foot tall racks start at $61.99 each and there are also tabletop racks and single wine cradles available. They also do beautiful custom systems, residential examples appear here.
LifeTips has a great section dedicated to the storage of wine. Pretty much every topic is touched upon from building your own wine rack to wine cellar cooling tips. Some quick and important storing tips to keep in mind: keep bottles on their sides, store where there is little temperature fluctuation, high humidity is important for long term storage, and pay attention to the age worthiness of your wine before they go past their prime. Keep in mind wine cellars are not just meant to only be pleasing to the eye, but they must be just as functional as they are attractive. The need for a vapor barrier is commonly ignored when your designer doesn’t have the necessary knowledge of wine.
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