As you may remember, we recently added a wine cellar to the unfinished basement in our Chicago home. It is finally time to reveal the finished project.
Peter started collecting wine about 10 years ago. Before we knew it, his collection had grown from one bottle
The time had come to make a proper home for our wine.
We contacted a local wine shop for recommendations and found a fabulous wine cellar designer who turned our dream into reality.
Starting with this blank slate,
pretty soon the walls were framed out
and the room was done.
By the way, don’t you just love the chandelier? From the Wine Country Craftsman on Etsy, it is made from reclaimed wine barrels. Just perfect!
I took this panoramic picture with my iPhone. I promise that the walls and floors are not warped and any depiction to the contrary is purely the fault of the photographer.
So let’s see, what are we missing?
In the quintessential labor of love, Peter unpacked and organized about 1,300 bottles of wine to fill his new playroom.
We keep a detailed inventory on Excel, listing information about each bottle including the “drink by” date and ratings. We have looked into fancier wine inventory programs (I was hoping for one with a bar code scanner because who doesn’t love to make that “beep” happen?) but this really works best. We can sort the list in a variety of different ways so finding a particular selection – say, a Chardonnay that should be consumed this year – is a snap.
Peter has set up a brilliant system in the cellar so that once we pick out a bottle on the inventory list, we can go straight to right section and slot in the wine cellar. It’s a beautiful thing.
So here is the finished and stocked wine cellar. Truly Peter’s pride and joy (after his wife, children and grandchildren, of course…).
Isn’t it lovely?
We are looking forward to being back in Chicago on a permanent basis so that we can fully enjoy our wine cellar and, obviously, our wine!Thanks for stopping by,
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