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Wine Cellars and Light
Rollin Fox, Sleeping Grape Wine Cellars
One of the valid concerns oenophiles have is that wine exposed to light will become "light-struck", developing a unpleasant papery taste. This risk is reduced by using lighting with little or no ultraviolet or infrared in the wine cellar. Lighting in the cellar is fine if you keep it subdued and use it infrequently. That said, we love the look of a cellar that's properly lit!
Backlit bottles and play of light on the walls
The client can choose to either light the archway or the glass magnum display area cut into the granite counter. Both Xenon lights can be dimmed and display the wine beautifully.
Light enough to read the labels, but dim enough to protect the wine. Light is provided by a grazing uplight and an intimate shelf light.
This wine cellar is located in the games room, behind glass. The cellar itself is kept minimally lit; the Xenon light above the painting is on a dimmer. The subdued light from the neighbouring games room is enough to allow the homeowner to read the labels on the wine.
A glass floor looking over a 2000 bottle acrylic wine cellar and it's LED lighting. This required the wiring to be hidden and surfaces to be finished on all sides. There is a screen that retracts to cover the ceiling when the entertaining is over, thus protecting the wine from too much light.
The restaurant lighting is very subtle and intimate, yet showcases the wine beautifully.