Nice cellar, John. What is that on the middle table? It appears to be a lot of whiskey or something, but I can’t make out the label.
Looks like Four Gates whiskey.
Four Gate Whiskey Company……I’m “ITB” with it. Not sure what the site will allow me to say.
Vapor barrier complete. (Finally!) Tomorrow I work on rodent-proofing, rough electrical, and maybe continue insulating if I have time.
Mine is a passive cellar in Eastern Washington, below grade on the left side, heavily insulated right and back walls, and ceiling. Temp ranges from ~55 F winter to ~68 F summer. Low humidity is my biggest issue since we are in a semi-arid desert. Corks tend to dry out, but so far after 10+ years no wines seems to have been affected negatively. Ceiling and side walls are a pine paneling, floor is constructed of wine corks on top of concrete. Capacity ~800 bottles not counting the stacks on the floor.
Do tell about that floor!
How long did that take you and did you accumulate the corks yourself?
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Always fun to look at pictures of wine cellars……SO….post a pic of YOURS!
Hey Chris, my in-laws live outside of Santa Fe and I was surprised how effective a 5 gallon bucket 3/4 full of water with a towel draped over the side (to act as a wick) is, pretty simple solution if want to try it.
I didn’t time myself, but remember many hours on my knees/butt with a glue gun. I did it mainly on Christmas breaks and with mostly my own corks. A friend from LA did send me a box of ~100. My first ~half was done in one “event”, then 3-4 other events once I had built up enough corks of our own drinking to make it worth the effort. Overall I think it took me 4-5 years total to complete. Around 3,000 corks total for a floor ~4 x 8. My cellar shape is a trapezoid shape, long story, so skinnier at the far end. I switched to a tube adhesive after the halfway point because the melty craft glue I started with tended to pop off under foot after a while. Rather than re-do the whole thing I repaired a bunch of loose corks and added the rug, which works well, cushiony, non-sticky and warm to bare feet. The cork floor has saved several bottles mostly Syrah shapes when tumbling from my lower rectangular bins.
These are (obviously) homemade racking and those bins aren’t as secure w those bottles. The strait side ones never any issues. My racks are left side Rhone/Pinot bottles size, right side Bordeaux/Italian bottle shape. My back wall rack was intended to be for magnums, but I outgrew that with more Pinot and Zin, so that’s its current occupants.
Thanks Craig. I have tried that a few times, but every time it gets situated, it’s immediately in the way on my relatively tiny footprint. Stacks of extra cases and rearranging things to make more fit are a common exercise. I have just been more conscious with older bottles, I have many still from the original move-in date, and since they all lay sideways, the wine side stays wet and the wine is always fine.
Totally utilitarian, and remarkably dense with a blend of shelving units accumulated over the years. Two sliding metro shelving units, one for bulk and the other for bottles, and several different magnum shelving units spread out over the space, because I love magnums! It’s tough to get any perspective because the free space is mostly 30-40 inch deep aisles.
Thats a lot of Elio Sandri!
Yup. I have a pretty big allocation!
Thanks – my old monitor has been broken for a long time. I’m going to check this out.
I’ve used a SensorPush to monitor my basement temperature when I was deciding whether I needed active cooling for my cellar. I got the wifi add-on, and it’s been a great tool. I recommend them.
Cellar pics included.
Many a bottle of Belle Glos has been enjoyed in those cellars.