Have you already broken your new year's resolution? Here's one that's pretty simple to accomplish: organize your wine. Wouldn't it be great to have give some order to the bottles of wine that you have lying around? Or maybe you've secretly always wanted to have a wine cellar in your home?
There's no need to spend a ton of cash on a professional wine cellar system. Instead, build your very own "pseudo cellar." It's as simple as assembling modular wine racks to fit whatever free space that you might have available. Just follow these easy steps.
- Designate: First, pick the space for your mini cellar. If you have multiple levels in your house, make sure you choose the lowest one – either the ground floor or basement. Cool temperature is the name of the game. In order to protect your wines, you'll also want someplace that's fairly dark. Consider using the space along the bottom of a closet.
- Research: Do a little research online to figure out which type of modular wine rack you want to use – wood, metal, plastic, etc. Target has an industrial-style 12-bottle wine rack (as seen at right) that is stackable and sturdy, but some other configuration might better suit your needs. Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1, Wine Enthusiast, Amazon.com, IKEA and Walmart also offer some great wine rack options.
- Assemble: It's a given that you'll have to do at least some minimal assembly, but luckily most modular wine racks are fairly simple to build. Make sure you configure them to maximize your allotted space but at the same time leaving enough room to easily maneuver the bottles.
- Arrange: Start stacking your precious wine bottles. You can separate them by reds and whites, or by varietal, region or price range. The choice is yours.
Finally, you get to bask in the glow of your pseudo cellar. Your friends will surely be impressed!
Feel free to e-mail your pseudo cellar photos to Erica Streisfeld, Harrisburg Food and Wine Examiner, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she'll set up a slideshow for all to see.