leave your inhibitions at the door
We’ve been in the current Casa del Hedonist for a little over two years and finally am getting around to organizing my wine. The basement was completely empty and we’ve since finished it. Our architect is a good friend and, perhaps selfishly, carved out a section of the basement for a wine room.
Basement construction finished last year, but the wine room had to stay empty for a while.
It stayed empty because I was having a tough time figuring out what direction to go design-wise. Would it be modern, traditional, transitional, mid-century modern? I also couldn’t figure out what kind of racks to use –materials, colors, pre-made, etc.
But it mainly stayed empty because that stuff costs a fortune.
Fast-forward to a few weeks ago… Boom Boom’s brother was coming up for a week or two and offered to do some free work around the house – car repair, landscaping, carpentry, whatever. Key word – CARPENTRY. So I came up with a design, bought all the materials and put him to work on custom cabinets.
Here’s a the dry fitting …
Then it had to get primed….
There’s still some touch-ups I need to do as well as figure out storage for the areas above the cabinets. But it’s a start.
Here’s where I can use help from you Wine Ninjas out there. No, no, no – not DRINKING. I was planning on organizing by region, which is how wine shops commonly do it. But I’ve also seen some shops organize by varietal as well.
I also read that some people organize by the type of wine –
There’s also The Winegetter’s method – a bunch of boxes stacked in his basement each filled with different kinds of wines from different regions with absolutely no logic to it so that he and only he knows that the good stuff is in that one box at the bottom and any potential poachers will have to go through four others filled with obscure Reislings. That method.
So, Wine Ninjas, how should I organize it? Are there any other ways?