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Wine Storage Systems To Upgrade Your Home

Those of us who enjoy a crisp, chilled white wine on a summer evening, or sipping a full-bodied red in front of the fireplace usually keep a few bottles of wine on hand. A true wine connoisseur may even be in the market for a home with custom wine storage or a built-in wine cellar.


�Architect: Robert A.M. Stern

Of course, a dedicated wine cellar (and tasting room) is a luxury that requires a lot of space, as well as a large budget. When it comes to getting the best out of our wines, there are plenty of affordable storage options. We know you can do better than that shelf above the stove! First, let’s look at the best ways to store wine, and why it matters.


Tips for Wine Storage

Unless you’re a serious collector putting up bottles for years of aging, you probably don’t need a custom cellar. However, wine does need to be stored at a consistent temperature, ideally between 45 and 65 degrees. Large temperature swings must be avoided, and temperatures over 70 degrees will “cook” a wine and destroy its complex flavors.

For long-term storage, your kitchen refrigerator is too cold – although it’s fine for wine you’ll drink in a week or two. To preserve your wines’ subtle flavors and have them ready to serve, follow these tips:

  • Heat is very bad for wine, so a kitchen shelf is not ideal. Your laundry room or pantry are probably too warm as well.
  • Avoid locating wine racks in direct sunlight or under fluorescent lights. Exposure to light is very damaging, hence the dark color of wine bottles.
  • Storage in a cool spot in your home (consistently under 70 degrees) is fine for wines you’ll drink in a year or two.
  • Store bottles on their sides to keep the liquid against the cork – this keeps the cork from drying out and letting air in.
  • Artificial corks and plastic caps don’t require horizontal storage.
  • A wine refrigerator set at 55° F is perfect for storage and keeps your wine at what many experts believe is the ideal serving temperature.

 

Do You Need A Wine Cellar?

The short answer to this question is no – you can create good conditions to store wine at home in a number of ways. However, if you’re investing in wines to be opened after several years, you’ll need optimal storage conditions in order for them to mature properly. And if you’re a gourmet cook and want to have a large selection on hand to complement your menu, good storage will ensure that your wines maintain their flavors.

Traditional underground cellars were created in ancient times to provide the consistent temperature and humidity levels required for long-term wine storage. Modern wineries still use underground cellars for aging. If your home has a cellar, it may be the ideal location to store your wine collection. Humidity levels of 50%-80% are thought to be best to keep corks from drying out. Too much humidity can encourage mold, so it’s important to test your cellar area. A cool basement that’s not too damp can be used to create an excellent cellar just by adding horizontal wine racks.


What’s The Best Wine Storage System For Your Home?

If your home isn’t blessed with a basement that can also work as a cellar, there are plenty of ways to incorporate good storage practices into your home. Interior designers have unique and creative ways to turn wasted space into wine storage.

�Photo Courtesy of The Renovation Spot
 Photo Courtesy of The Renovation Spot


Wine Storage in Bar Furniture

Wine connoisseurs may advise against keeping your wine in a bar cabinet, but for short term storage (a few months to a few years) it’s just fine. Look for a cabinet with horizontal racks, and place it in a cool room away from direct sunlight.

�Wine Storage Cabinet, Wayfair
 Wine Storage Cabinet, Wayfair


Modular Wine Racks

Modular wine racks are available in many styles. A modular system can fit into tight spaces and lets you add additional racks as your collection grows. Create a wine storage area by re-purposing unused space in a cooler area of your home, like an empty closet or outdated wet bar.

Modular racks by Vinotemp
Modular racks by Vinotemp

 

Cabinet-style modular units can be added to built-ins, hung above a piece of furniture, or stacked in a closet for a custom look.

Modular storage by Kessick
 Modular storage by Kessick


Wine Refrigerators

The next step up from racks and cabinets is refrigerated wine storage. From small, countertop wine refrigerators to large dual-zone units that hold hundreds of bottles, a wine refrigerator is the easiest way to create cellar-like conditions in your home. Specially-designed wine buffets are even available with refrigerators built-in.

Under-counter wine refrigerators have become popular additions to modern kitchens. They’re an affordable way to keep your collection conveniently at hand. A dual-zone model provides ideal storage conditions for reds and whites, and the best serving temperatures for both.

�Undercounter Wine Refrigerator by Subzero
 Undercounter Wine Refrigerator by Subzero

 

If your enthusiasm for fine wines turns you into a collector, you may indeed need a cellar of your own. WineEnthusiast.com has refrigerators that accommodate 300 bottles. Beautifully-designed custom storage can even become a focal point in your interior design:

�Custom Storage by Kessick
 Custom Storage by Kessick
Photo by Eric Cucciaioni

 

Are you looking for a home with wine storage? Whether you’d like a kitchen with a wine refrigerator or a deluxe wine cellar, Sagan Harborside Realty is your best resource for Marblehead, Swampscott, or North Shore luxury homes. Just give us a call at 781-593-6111.

 

Our Favorite Summer Events In Marblehead & Swampscott

Our Marblehead Summer 2019 is in full swing at last, and Boston’s North Shore is brimming with options for outdoor fun. Sunny beach days, sailing afternoons, and casual cook-outs are summertime favorites. But look around Marblehead and Swampscott, and you’ll find local music concerts, outdoor festivals, family getaways and history-inspired events that bring even more excitement to these lazy, hazy days.

The Marblehead Great Picnic

Bring the kids and head over to Reynolds Playground in Marblehead on Sunday, July 14 for a family-friendly picnic. Enjoy a free hamburger or hot dog, or sample chowder recipes from Three Cod Tavern, The Landing Restaurant Marblehead and The Barnacle Restaurant Inc. Save room for dessert from Coffey Ice Cream. Sponsored by the Marblehead Old Car Club, the Great Picnic features hundreds of vintage and antique cars on display. There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy too.

The Marblehead Great Picnic

 

Fort Sewall Revolutionary War Camp

History buffs will love visiting the recreation of an 18th century Revolutionary War encampment, presented by the reenactors of Glover’s Marblehead Regiment. This living history event takes place at Fort Sewall the weekend of July 13-14. Learn about 18th-century life from demonstrations of musket ball making, navigation, marlin-spike work, medicine, candle making, cooking, and militia musket drills as part of tours of historic Fort Sewall. Listen to fife and drum concerts throughout the day, sample some 18th-century snacks, or shop for historic goods at the sutler.

Fort Sewall Revolutionary War Camp
 Photo Courtesy of Wicked Local

The Marblehead volunteer militia will be called upon to fight for liberty when the Forces of the Crown (also known as the Redcoats) land in Marblehead to stop the colonial rebels. You’ll see history in action as the two regiments battle it out. Kids can even sign up with the regiment and learn to drill and march to the beat of a drum. Everyone is invited to join our soldier sailors in singing traditional sea-chanteys. This family-friendly event is a hands-on history lesson for the kids that everyone will love.


The Marblehead Open Golf Tournament

The Marblehead Open Golf Tournament � 

Golfers will love the opportunity to play a round at the Tedesco Country Club on Monday, July 15. This Chamber of Commerce fundraiser starts at 11:30 am with registration and a lunch buffet, followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. Join us afterwards to celebrate with cocktails and a barbeque.

 

Family Camping Weekends on Childrens’ Island

Make summer-camp memories with your kids on Children’s Island, a beautiful kids summer camp in the middle of Marblehead Harbor. While the day camp is open to kids all summer, Family Camping weekends (July 20th and August 17) pack all kinds of summer-camp fun into two days. Just a 15 minute Hannah Glover Ferry ride, the rustic island is a great way to explore the coast while swimming, sailing, and kayaking with your kids. There’s a barn stocked with arts and crafts activities, a saltwater pool, and evening campfire.

 

Family Camping Weekends on Childrens Island

 

Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert Series

The Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert Series is an annual summer tradition that invites locals and tourists alike to listen to crowd-pleasing music on Swampscott’s beautiful Town Hall Lawn. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic Wednesdays from 6-8 pm.

Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert Series
 Photo Courtesy of SwampscottConcerts.com

Here’s this summer’s lineup:

  •     July 17 - Amy Kucharik & Friends With Benefits – Swing & Blues
  •     July 31 - Southern City Band – Country
  •     July 24 - Stan Strickland – Jazz
  •     August 14 - Karen K and the Jitterbugs – Family and Kids

 

2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

Photo Courtesy of Revere Beach Partnership

Head down to America’s first public beach to take in the world-class International Sand Sculpting Festival on July 26th – July 28th. With over a million visitors each year, this fun-in-the-sun event is centered around a magnificent sand sculpting competition. Grab a gourmet meal from one of the food trucks, shop the unique vendors and enjoy old-fashioned beach town amusements.

 

Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta

Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just like messing about, you’ll love watching classic wooden sailing yachts racing across the harbor. Hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club, the regatta celebrates “Classic Yachts and Characters” this year from Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11.

“There are only a few occasions where exquisite wooden sailboats of impressive pedigree actually get together and sail. They aren’t mooring mermaids. They love to duke it out with sailors onboard who know how to extract the type of performance their boats were designed to get.” --CCYC

 

 Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta

Image Courtesy of Panerai

 

With its exceptional port so close to Boston, Marblehead has long been known as the birthplace of the American Navy. Classic yacht regattas have been celebrating this sailing heritage every summer since the early ‘80s. Take a picnic up to Castle Rock or Chandler Hovey Park for great views of the sailing fleet in action.

You don’t need to live in Marblehead year round to enjoy our local events – it’s easy to plan your summer trip to see the regatta or have a family camping trip. But owning a home on the North Shore makes you part of this vibrant community, where every summer is special. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem, or on the beautiful North Shore waterfront, we’re your local experts – just give Sagan Harborside a call at 781-593-6111.
 

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