Retail Wine Storage

| July 1, 2011

wine storage for wine stores

Wine storage is as important as display in restaurants and retail wine stores. Keeping wine at a constant temperature and humidity level is essential. In addition, wine needs to be kept away from dramatic temperature fluctuations. This can be a challenge for a store owner with a large quantity of wine.

Ideally, wine should be kept at approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 70 percent humidity. Wine served in restaurants can be chilled or brought up to room temperature just before serving.

A variety of retail wine storage products can help business owners preserve their wine inventory. Among these are:

  • Walk-in commercial wine coolers – For wine stores and restaurants that carry a large — and expensive — wine inventory, a walk-in cooler, in the back of the restaurant or store, allows for easy access in a controlled environment.
  • Free-standing commercial wine coolers – Wine coolers, with glass doors, are a good way for a wine store to display its finer wines while still maintaining a proper storage temperature.
  • Wine tasting rooms for restaurants – A wine tasting room displays a restaurant’s wine acumen to diners, keeps the wine inventory secure, and allows wine to be stored at the proper temperature and humidity.

How to Host a Wine Tasting

| June 10, 2011

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Interested in hosting a wine tasting but not sure where to start? Here are some tips on how to hold a successful event, along with some options.

Varietal Tasting
A varietal tasting showcases the same grape from different regions. For example, taste Chardonnays from California, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Choose wines that are about the same age and provide guests with some characteristics of each region so they can learn about how a varietal changes depending upon where it’s grown.

Regional/Country-Specific Tasting
Choose wines from a specific country or wine region, like Italy (which can also be broken down into regions), Chile or the western coast (Oregon, California and Washington State). Here you can choose a few whites and a few reds.

Guests’ Choice
Sometimes guests like to bring a wine to share and this allows you to try wines you may never buy or sample on your own. If you have friends you meet up with on regular occasions, try taking turns bringing a wine for the rest of the group to share and evaluate.

Horizontal Tasting
A horizontal tasting is the most challenging, involving wines from a single varietal and vintage, such as 1993 Bordeaux or 2007 Chardonnay. Purchase wines from different wine producers to taste and compare their differences. This tasting may be harder and more frustrating for beginners, as there may be more subtle differences. Consider your guests before choosing this kind of tasting.

Setting Up the Bottles
To have a blind tasting, wrap the bottles in aluminum foil and number each bottle. Give each guest a piece of paper and pencil to keep notes. A blind tasting prevents tasters from making judgment about the wine just from the label.

Use all-purpose tasting glasses if you have them to allow for swirling and sipping. Use different glasses for reds and whites.

Other Notes
Here are a few things to do to prepare for guests.
Minimize scents in the room from flowers, candles or air fresheners as they can compromise the taste and aromas of the wine. Chill drier whites to 50-55 degrees and reds between 60-65 degrees. Lay out crackers or bread for guests to snack on in between wines; this will also help cleanse the palate. Supply dump buckets for guests and water to rinse out glasses. Guests may also appreciate paper and pencils to take notes.

Tasting Time
When tasting the wines, remember to use the senses to evaluate each wine by examining it in the glass for color and viscosity; smell the aromas; sip and swirl it in your mouth. You do not have to be a wine connoisseur nor do you have to agree with everyone else on what you smell and taste. A wine tasting should be about enjoyment and good company so first and foremost, have fun!

(See this article from Food & Wine Magazine for more tips)

New Wine Cellar Project – Naperville, IL

| February 3, 2010

The Ingraffia wine cellar is quite amazing. Being well decorated, and perfectly enhanced with lights only tells a part of the story. This wine cellar contains both kit wine racks and stackable wine cabinets with custom wine cellar components.

Additionally, the wine cellar has a set of Vigilant classic french wine doors and utilizes 5 sidelights around the exterior as windows.

Ingraffia Wine Cellar Ingraffia Wine Cellar

Total Capacity: 3,500 bottles

“I love my new wine cellar thanks to Vigilant. You made it easy to install and I love the design. The customer service was great! I’ve attached my photos so you can see how beautiful it turned out. I get a lot of compliments on it. You guys are the best. “

-Linda Ingraffia

Product Features

  • Accented with stone flooring
  • Kit and custom cabinetry and bin storage
  • High reveal displays throughout the wine cellar
  • Grand french wine cellar door entrance with 5 sidelights throughout

Vigilant’s New “Design Your Own Wine Cellar”

| April 14, 2009

Vigilant’s new “Design Your Own Wine Cellar” tool is launching soon. Stay tuned for more details.