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What Are The Best Woods for Wine Racks?

At Vigilant Woodworks, we choose the best materials for our wine storage products so they will last a long time. Our individual wine racks, wine cellar doors, Tuscan tables and modular wine cabinets are made from mahogany, a wood known not only for its beauty but its durability. We also offer our wine racks in pine, which accepts stain well and can be sourced locally. Here is a closer look at these materials.

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Added by Stefanie Phillips on September 27, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Wine Cellar Organization Tips

Keeping track of your wine collection in a wine cellar  can be a daunting task. Here are some tips on how to organize your wine so you can easily locate your favorite bottle when you need it.

Q: How can I manage my wine storage?

A: Even if you have a small collection, it can be daunting to remember where every bottle is, and just what vintages you have in your collection. There…

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Added by Stefanie Phillips on August 30, 2011 at 8:48am — No Comments

IT’S HARVEST TIME IN CHAMPAGNE !

 

The 2011 Champagne harvest has begun. With the combination of early flowering, low rain levels in the spring, and abundance of summer sun has led to one of the earliest picking seasons since 1822, the Champagne Bureau said…

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Added by Liz Palmer on August 26, 2011 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Peaches and wine

One of my great joys of late summer is biting into a juicy, succulent peach and experiencing that expression of sun and soil. It doesn't happen with each one. All too often, they have been picked before their prime. The flesh is too solid and barely enough juice to wet my palate, much less dribble down my… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on August 1, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Fresh white wines to try

Maybe summer makes wine drinkers itch to try something new and fun. We're all looking for a little entertainment and distraction during these long, hot days, just like when we were kids.



Lately, I have heard from readers who are tired of the wines they usually drink and want something fresh and exciting.…

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Added by Lisa Englert on July 23, 2011 at 7:56am — No Comments

Free delivery of wine by bike

News & Observer food blogger, Andrea Weigl, recently reported on this unique new entrepreneurial venture in Raleigh, North Carolina:



The Wine Feed, a new Raleigh-based Internet wine retailer, is offering free delivery of bottles of wine within a two-mile radius of its Glenwood South…

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Added by Lisa Englert on July 13, 2011 at 2:03pm — No Comments

For summer, pretty -- and flavorful -- in pink

It's time to celebrate summer. What better way than with a glass of pink wine?

Head to your local wine shop and gather an armload of pretty rosés. Revel in the colors, ranging from palest salmon to petal pink to almost vibrant fuchsia. A refreshing glass of one of these crisp, delicate wines is like summer…

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Added by Lisa Englert on July 12, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

Roald Dahl's Guide to Selecting Wine Glassware

Roald Dahl, the late and famed writer of books such as "Matilda" and "James and the Giant Peach," had a great affinity for wine. His passion once inspired a purchase of 1000 cases of 1982 Bordeaux, which later grew into an even larger collection of cases in his family's cellar. Dahl's particular soft…

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Added by Maggie Moulatsiotis on July 1, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Summer sipping

Summertime wine drinking provides plenty of opportunities for a diverse range of selections. The heat of North Carolina’s summers almost demands light, crisp, refreshing whites, but the indispensible grilling favorites of burgers, ribs, and steak offers a chance to crack open some big, robust reds as…

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Added by Lisa Englert on June 29, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

A better wine-tasting experience!

Recently I made an appointment at 'The Library' in Woodinville WA, a region where over 70 wineries have their tasting rooms.  As you likely know, most tasting rooms pour about 1 ounce of wine and you sample through their offerings.

 

Not so at 'The Library', and the experience was one that other venues may want to consider!  First, they do have a fee of $15, but don't let that scare you.  This is a unique place: they are home to the wines of Boudreaux Cellars, Long Shadows and…

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Added by John Von Lossow on June 28, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments

Trust wines with track records

The hunt for an inexpensive, tasty bottle of wine is usually fun, but a recent string of bad luck made Catherine Rabb, an instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, ponder the issue of wine reliability: What if you just want a bottle that delivers every time with no… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on June 9, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

What Are The Steps In Designing My Own Wine Cellar?

A home wine cellar can be a useful — and stylish — addition to any home.  It can also add significant value. Taking a few minutes to consider the process of a custom wine cellar construction will go a long way in insuring that you will be happy with your new room for years to come.
The basic steps to designing your own wine cellar are as…
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Added by Stefanie Phillips on May 25, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

What Is Proper Wine Storage?

Proper wine storage is essential for keeping your wine at its best and from aging prematurely. Below are some things you should know about proper wine storage:

1. The best temperature for storing wine is a constant 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid dramatic fluctuations in temperature.

2. Wine is…

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Added by Stefanie Phillips on May 18, 2011 at 11:37am — No Comments

A Sunday kind of wine: simple, easy pairings

Catherine Rabb, owner of Fenwick's Restaurant and a senior instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina says Sundays are a little tough for her since she cooks brunch at her restaurant.  She says the last thing she wants to do when she gets home is cook more.  So she's developed a couple…

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Added by Lisa Englert on May 10, 2011 at 7:32pm — No Comments

How Do I Design a Wall Wine Rack Display?

Wall wine racks are the major component in a home wine cellar. The racks display the wine, allow you to keep track of your inventory and keep the wine horizontal (the ideal position for wine storage). There are many different types of wall racks, however.

Combining a few different kinds will give you flexibility in your storage area as well as create an interesting display. Some types of wall wine racks…

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Added by Stefanie Phillips on May 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Controlling Wine Cellar Temperature

Maintaining a constant, cool temperature is the best way to preserve your wine collection. After all, wine is an investment and certain conditions are needed to keep it that way.

Temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit should be avoided, as that will age wine too rapidly. If heat is trapped in your wine storage area or wine cellar, it can have an effect on the taste of the wine. Also stay away from drastic changes in temperature. The rapid change from heat to air conditioning will…

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Added by Stefanie Phillips on April 26, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

CONTEST IS ON FOR PORTLAND INDIE WINE & FOOD FEST TICKETS

We got our hands on two free passes to the Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival, which will be held in NE PDX on Saturday, May 14th.  It's a fantastic way to taste the wines of small, independent producers (who were picked to appear in the festival by juried tastings), as well as several wineries that used to be tiny and have since grown.  Several restaurants also participate with food bites during the event.

 

Tickets are $75, but we've got two to give away, and have paired…

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Added by Jim Gullo on April 23, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Red, White or Green?

Boxed wines have come of age. A number of wineries are now boxing some of their higher end wines in boxes. According to April Schlanger, owner of Sip...A Wine Store in Cary, North Carolina, boxes can have a smaller carbon…

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Added by Lisa Englert on April 21, 2011 at 7:17am — No Comments

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Wine Cellars and Tasting Rooms

 

As a decorative artisan concerned with improving indoor air quality, I would like to re-introduce you to the lovely attributes of lime and clay plaster wall finishes for…

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Added by Johanna Annable on April 15, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Making a case for sustainable wines

There's a lot of interest in — and a lot of confusion about — what makes a wine sustainable in today's increasingly eco-conscious world. Does organic mean sustainable, and vice versa? What does it mean to be biodynamic? After talking with some area experts in the field, Danielle Jackson, editor of Wake… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on April 14, 2011 at 11:19am — No Comments

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