I have to share my favorite storage idea right off the bat. Is this not ingenious??? It must be the old librarian in me. Remember the days before the internet...if you wanted to find the answer to something, you had to get in your car, drive down to the library and look up the information in a book. But before you could find the book, you usually had to consult the "card catalog." The cards were always filed according to title, author or subject. Well, in this card catalog, the subject is always, WINE. What a wonderful new use for all those now obsolete card catalogs. I love that the drawers could even be labeled with the names and dates of the wine stored inside.
A lovely bar area like this is always a convenient idea. If we opened up the doors, do you think we'd find bottles of vintage wines, all stored on their sides? It turns out, that's the ideal way to store all of your wine. It keeps the cork moist which ensures a good, tight seal, which in turn, preserves the flavor of the wine.
While we are on our search for economical ways to store wine, it doesn't get much simpler than this. A few holes drilled out in just the right size and you're all set.
You could even mount this type of storage unit right on the wall.
If you normally only keep a few bottles of wine on hand, here's a great idea. Do you see the wine storage in this kitchen? I believe I see room for 10 bottles. The cabinet in the center would be great for holding a nice opener like we saw on Kim's cute bar area above?
Looking for an environment that's a bit more stable for your wine, but don't want to spend your whole paycheck? A small wine refrigerator will do the job nicely, and they are much more affordable than you might think.
Smaller wine coolers that hold approximately 12 bottles of wine, start in the $120 range. I had no idea they were so affordable! One thing to keep in mind when designing or renovating a kitchen that will include a wine refrigerator, it's best to buy a wine cooler that is vented in the front. If it's not vented in the front, you will need to design the space leaving several inches all the way around the unit to allow for air circulation.
Larger wine coolers that can hold 35+ bottles start around the $350+ range. They run a bit more if designed with separate cooling zones for different types of wine. White wine is best stored between 45ºF- 50ºF, while red wine is best kept at 52ºF - 65ºF.
How about a storage unit that's mobile? You could wheel this unit to wherever it might be needed...even right out onto the patio when dining alfresco.
Even kitchens designed with a sleeker, modern vibe can beautifully house your collection of wine.
If your collection of wine is rather extensive, but doesn't require the need of a wine cooler, here's a great idea for storage. What a great way to take advantage of an area that is normally just wasted space.
If you have a fairly large collection of white wines or sparkling wines, which happen to be the most vulnerable to change when exposed to light and heat, consider building several coolers into a large island.
And when the wine is all gone, don't throw those bottles away. They will serve beautifully as candleholders in the center of your tablescape! :-)