January 13, 2016
Organizing the Wine Cellar, Part One
The beginning of a new year is always a nice time to get a jump start on spring cleaning.
I decided it was time to tackle another section of my large, beautifully set-up storage basement in the Winter House - my wine cellar. Over the years, it has become a bit disorganized - shelves are in disarray, and bottles are mixed up - making it all very challenging to find items when preparing for a party.
This week, we emptied the wine cellar and gave the space a good, thorough cleaning. Getting things back in order is always so energizing. Here are some photos… Enjoy.
1 I have amassed a huge collection of wine at my Bedford farm - thousands of bottles. And, this cold winter week was a perfect time to clean and reorganize the wine cellar.
2 I keep all my bottles in a cool, dark room located in one part of my basement. The ideal temperature range for wine is between 45 and 65-degrees Fahrenheit.
3 Most of the bottles are standard size, which is 750ml.
4 Some of the bottles are new, but some are also quite old.
5 And most are stand alone bottles, but there are also many in boxes.
6 On another side of this room, I also store a wide assortment of liquor and spirits.
7 Many of these bottles come in an array of shapes, sizes and cases.
8 As new bottles were added, some were placed in mixed bins.
9 And in the back, two more shelves filled with more wine - and a bin of mixed small bottles.
10 I have always kept all my wine stored on their sides. Horizontal racking is very space efficient, but it also keeps the liquid against the cork, so it doesn't dry out.
11 All the bottles were carefully carried into an adjacent room, where they could be re-sorted.
12 In this section, all the wine
13 In this corner, vodkas and rums
14 Here, all the champagne, sake, and gin
15 A group of miscellaneous bottles
16 It was quite a large collection - the floor space ran out quickly.
17 Some of the wine bottles were placed on other shelves, where they could be organized by label.
18 My sweet Princess Peony napped under the nearby laundry table - the moving and cleaning didn't seem to disturb her one bit.
19 It was definitely time for a good cleaning.
20 All the shelves and liners in the cellar were thoroughly wiped down with warm water and soap.
21 And well dried with a clean cloth.
22 It looked so much better already.
23 Now, to put it all back - I'll share more photos when the project is finished.
24 But first, back to categorizing all that wine.