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Stellar Wine Cellars

Author: Terri Feder
Issue: November, 2013, Page 56
Photo by Art Holeman

Stepping into this subterranean cellar in Tucson, with its trove of chambers and dirt floor, is like being transported to a centuries’ old winery in Tuscany. Composed of two rooms—one set at 55 degrees F for fine vintages; the other at 58 degrees F for house wines—it is representative of an authentic Italian wine cellar, right down to the straw that lines its stone and brick shelves. Cotto-clad walls and ceilings, a walnut riddling rack for sparkling wines, Italian wine barrels, and an antique wine press are other features. It was designed by the homeowner and fabricated by Clement Enterprises.

For wine aficionados, aside from owning a vineyard, producing one’s own blend, or acquiring a rare bottle of 1966 Château Lafite Rothschild, there is perhaps no greater sense of “having arrived” than obtaining private wine storage for one’s most treasured vintages. In addition to providing the perfect environment for storage and aging, in-home wine cellars, wine rooms and wine walls present the opportunity to create a unique focal point and sometimes even an enjoyable place in which to sample the beloved beverage.

And homeowners are embracing this trend with accommodations that express their personalities and stimulate conversation. On the pages ahead, we share an array of wine storage options—some small and intimate; others so grand as to befit an actual château. They just might stir the wine lover in you.

This charming 472-bottle cellar was choreographed by interior designer Sue Calvin, Allied ASID, of Wiseman and Gale Interiors, and fabricated and installed by Cullum Homes. With its split travertine stone walls, brick flooring, arched niche, richly hued rug, adjustable Italian pendant light, and wine table made with a barrel from the homeowners’ vineyard, the space emanates a sense of warmth and coziness.
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Designed and built by Cellar Masters Inc., with furnishings by interior designer Susan Hersker, ASID, this cellar boasts Brèche de Vendôme marble countertops and a floor of antique terra-cotta pavers set in a herringbone pattern. It offers housing for more than 1,000 bottles. To create Old World ambience, the walls and ceiling were layered with Venetian plaster and straw. The iron-base table is custom, and the open shelving behind it was built around an antique window grate. The framed print depicts the Italian countryside and reminds the lady of the house of her Italian heritage.
Says the owner of this wine cellar, “It reminds me of small cellars in family restaurants in Italy. It’s not big, only 900 bottles, but I enjoy going in and picking a special bottle to share with friends. For that night, I get to play sommelier.” Designed by Finely Designed Inc., and the lady of the house, it features hand-carved alder cabinetry, a vaulted ceiling composed of reclaimed Italian bricks, and a floor of reclaimed French pavers. The painting is by Rose Ann Day.
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Devised by interior designer Esther Boivin, ASID, and the homeowner, this 500-bottle wine room has a cave-like feel, thanks to walls that are clad in Texas sandstone. A dramatic glass wall separates the space from the dining room. Heritage Vine Custom Wine Cellars fabricated and installed the cellar.

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