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Texas Wine Cellars – Storage Closet Conversion Project

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Texas Wine Cellars – Storage Closet Conversion Project

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Texas Wine Cellar Closet Conversion

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Pantry Storage Closet

The Williams wine cellar project.

Walk with me on a journey where we took a storage closet pantry and turned it into a beautiful Texas wine cellar.

Our clients had a closet they wanted to turn into a wine cellar. The door was a solid door.

The interior included shelves on the three walls. The left wall was exterior wall and the ceiling was nearly 11 feet tall.

The 3D Drawings

We discussed racking, cooling, and doors with the customer, and created a drawing for their approval. He overhead view shows the room, and the doorway, which is on an angle. We have three elevations of wine racks – elevation A (the left wall), elevation B (the back wall), and elevation C (the right wall).

Elevation A

Elevation A - Williams Texas Wine Cellar

Elevation A (Left Wall)

On elevation A, we positioned the RM 2600 ductless split system at the top. We created a grill cover and box to incorporate the unit into the racking.

This wall is made up of all individual bottle racking for 750-sized bottles. It has a high reveal display row with a light valance where we positioned our LED lighting. The crown molding around the entire room is a 4-inch crown. The base molding is a standard 1 ½ inch base.

Elevation B

Elevation B - Williams Texas Wine Cellar

Elevation B (Back Wall)

Elevation B includes more individual bottle storage at the top and a solid arch with puck light opening. Here, we will install an LED puck light. The tabletop will be created out of reclaimed wine barrels. The area below the tabletop is double deep to accommodate room for six wood cases.

Elevation C

Elevation C (Right Wall) - Williams Texas Wine Cellar

Elevation C (Right Wall)

Elevation C is all solid horizontal racking. The entire upper is made to hold 750-sized bottles. The bottom section from the tabletop level down can hold Magnum size bottles. The Magnum racks can also accommodate 750-sized bottles if needed.

On the end of this rack, we have placed the mini quarter round unit end the row nicely before the door. The 3D views will better show how the wine racks will look upon install. This is the overhead, the left wall and back, the right wall and back.

Wine Racks and Door

11 Left and back wall show racks in unfinished knotty alder

Wine Rack Design for the Williams Wine Cellar Texas

Here you can the small shelves in the quarter round section at the end. This is the back wall and the view of the Coto door from the outside. We made this door square with arched glass instead of a fully arched door as shown on our website. On to the completed project and our after photos.

Wine Cellar Door in Knotty Alder with Chappo Stain and Lacquer

Wine Cellar Door in Knotty Alder with Chappo Stain and Lacquer

Here, we are walking to the cellar, and first see the Coto door. This wine cellar door is created with knotty alder wood, stained with Chappo stain and lacquer.

The color was chosen to work well with the current cabinetry next to the door. The door has a square top with arched glass. The great design in the center of the door is hand carved.

Racking and Door Features

The handle set and lock is a French colonial egg and dart from the hardware catalog on our website. It is in oil-rubbed bronze. The iron on the door is black. Both the upper and lower sections of the iron is operable. It opens for ease of cleaning the glass behind.

As we enter the room, we see the individual racks on the left side. They were created from knotty alder wood and were left unfinished. The display was a high reveal without posts. This means, there is not a divider between every bottle. The display row has a light valance above to hide the LED ribbon lighting. The upper section includes a grill cover and box, which hides the RM 2600 split wine cooling system.

Horizontal racking holds 750 size bottles above the tabletop level

Horizontal Wooden Wine Racking

The upper back wall includes more individual bottle storage above the arch. The back wall includes the individual bottles and arch tabletop, and double deep case storage. The arch is a solid arch with an LED puck light.

Here’s a view showing the arch area with racking on both the left and the right. The case storage below the tabletop is double deep. The reclaimed wine barrel tabletop is the cooperage style with cooperage markings. The right wall has horizontal wine racks to hold 750-sized bottles at the top, and it accommodates Magnum size bottles at the bottom.

The horizontal racks are solid and have a dimple base to hold the bottles in place. The mini quarter round at the end has shelves, which can hold bottles standing up. The center inside of the Coto door is a solid wood piece. The great design is on the front side only. Here’s the view from the other end of the hall with the door open to the cellar.

Work with a Trusted Builder to Transform Your Room Into a Lovely Wine Cellar

The Williams are enjoying their new climate-controlled wine cellar. We were able to take a simple close pantry space and transform it into a functional and beautiful Texas wine cellar.

Call Wine Cellar Specialists today to begin a wine cellar for your home.

Save Yourself from a Tedious Task. Organize Your Texas Home Wine Cellar the Right Way

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Proper Management of Your Texas Wine Cellar is Important

Most wine collectors may have experienced a difficult time finding a specific vintage from their residential wine cellar. If you are looking through each row of your wine racks, and pulling out every bottle to check the labels every time you search for a specific wine, you have an unorganized home wine cellar.

Don’t let your guests wait for a long time while you’re finding a particular vintage. Using the most suitable organization and tracking system for your collection will help you find a specific bottle in your wine racks easily and conveniently.

Wine Cellar Management Software from eSommelier

You want to avoid opening an expensive bottle of wine that is too early to drink or has aged longer than it should have. Drinking wine that has not matured properly will not let you enjoy its desirable flavors and aroma to the fullest extent.

The right wine cellar management software will help you achieve this. Some wine collectors may not see the need for a wine cellar management software until their collection is really out of hand.

Why wait for the time when you get stuck searching through the mess, when you want to drink or serve to your guests? If you have plans of growing your collection in the future, it is recommended that you invest in an inventory system that will save you from that tedious task.

The eSommelier wine inventory system, not only allows you to keep track of the wines you have, where you bought them, their price, vintage or producer; it also allows you to keep track of the wine’s maturation period.

Wine Cellar Specialists, an experienced wine cellar designer and builder in Texas, offers the eSommelier private cellar management system. Their aim is for their clients to manage their collection effectively in a simple way.

The eSommelier Wine Inventory System

The eSommelier wine management system is designed and engineered by Media Access Solutions. It is perfect for wine collectors who have large collections of unusual or rare vintages, and those who want to ensure that wine is consumed at its peak.

The eSommelier wine inventory system has 3 components – the touch screen terminal, wine barcode printer, and bar code scanner. The touch screen monitor is 12½” high, 15½” wide and 2″ deep.

It only takes take 2 minutes to enter new information for of a wine bottle. After entering the necessary information into the system, a customized barcode is printed. This unique barcode is affixed to the bottle.

Easy to Use Barcode Scanner

The barcode scanner allows easy removal of bottles from your home wine cellar. When you grab a bottle of wine from the wine rack, simply run it under the bar code scanner, and that particular wine will be erased from your inventory. You can opt to enter your own tasting notes and score after you mark a bottle as consumed. Very simple!

Software installation can be done in minutes after you receive the kit. You will need a wired or wireless Internet connection to be able to install the software.

Investing in a wine inventory system may not be possible for some because of budget constraints. If budget is a problem, you can still organize your wine cellar by using a logical organization system.

Logical Ways to Organize Your Texas Home Wine Cellar

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When budget hinders you from purchasing wine cellar management software, you can create your own organization system such as arranging bottles by region, brand, varietal or price. With dedication and consistency, a system can also help you have easy access to the right wines without having to spend more.

By Region 

If you love to collect wines from different parts of the world, group those that are produced from the same region in one section of your wine racks. The region from where the wine came from has a big influence on the wine’s taste because of the variation in soils and climate. For many wine enthusiasts, the region of origin matters a lot when deciding which wine to pair with a certain dish.

By Brand 

Another way to organize your Texas home wine cellar is storing your wines by brand. This is most useful if you buy wine in bulk. After categorizing your wines by brand, you can break down each brand by vintage, varietal, region and price.

By Varietal 

Separating the red and white wines in wine racks is common for collectors who want to find the perfect vintage to pair with their meal. Others choose to arrange their collection by grape varietal. This way, Chardonnays, Shirazes, Cabernets and other varieties are grouped separately.

By Price 

Less expensive wines are usually meant to be consumed earlier than more expensive ones. By storing vintages with similar price range, you will know which wines are meant for short term storage, and which ones require longer aging periods.

Other Wine Cellar Organization Tips

If you think the two wine cellar organization options mentioned above won’t work for you, there are other simple ways to organize your wine cellar.

You can place the youngest wines at the top of your wine racks, and the older wines at the bottom. You may also choose a section in your storage racks for wines that you drink everyday.

Make sure to place them separately from wines that are expensive and meant for long-term storage. Everyday wines should be stored in accessible areas, such as in an eye-level section of your wine racking, or near your wine cellar door, while those that require aging can be stored higher.

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When storing wines in double-deep wine racks, the same bottles should be stacked at the front and back. This way, you won’t need to pull the bottle at the front to know what’s next to it.

For wine collectors who live in earthquake-prone areas, it is best to place expensive wines on the bottom section of your wine racks to prevent the impact that would result from a high fall off the rack.

Invest in an Effective Wine Inventory System and Get the Right Wine from Your Wine Cellar in Seconds

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Organizing your wine should be fun. It shouldn’t feel like you’re at work maintaining a spreadsheet (although that would be a very effective way to do it if you had way too much time on your hand.)

If you’re like most of us, without oodles of time, go for eSommelier’s wine cellar management system to ensure effective inventory of your collection and ease of access to your wines.

For more information on this product, call Wine Cellar Specialists today at 866-646-7089. Don’t have a Texas home wine cellar yet? Request a FREE 3D custom wine cellar design  now!