Celebrating the Grape

It’s that time of year…the Niagara Wine Festival is on. Running through September 30, the region is focusing on the wineries and vineyards, tastings and events, all with a local flair. The odds are good that you will come home with a bottle or several based on new discoveries. For those who are passionate about their wine, stowing it on a shelf somewhere is not appropriate. And kitchen trends over the past couple years have seen a sharp decline in wine fridges. So where should your new vintages be stored prior to consumption?

The wine cellar, naturally.

A home wine cellar is a great option, both for use of space and future resale. Before you say you do not have the space, consider an under-used closet, a spare bedroom, or an area of the basement. Important to note, natural light and wine are not friends, so if there are windows in your space, you will want to either block them or invest in great blackout window treatments.

Avoid the Heat. Heat prematurely ages wine and can even ruin it completely, so you do not want to store it near a heat source or in direct sunlight. A wine cellar with proper humidity and temperature settings will ensure your wine remains drinkable and ready for your enjoyment.

Convenience. Organization is key to keeping spaces (and homes, overall) feel comfortable and relaxed. Having everything in one place, rather than tucked away in multiple areas, simply makes sense.

Stocking Up. Have you come across a year and vintage you love? You could risk never finding it again. Or you could enjoy the luxury of knowing you have a space to store it and buy a case or several so that it is readily available to you in the future. Just as there are wines for all tastes and budgets, so too are there wine cellars for all investment levels.

Feel Good Space. Though a wine cellar does not make the “essential” room list within a home, which includes a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, it is certainly on the “nice to have” list along with the library or games room; it speaks to your interests and hobbies and passions. As an added bonus, they often act as additional entertaining space.

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