Zinfandel Wine Information Blog

7:46 AM

Wednesday 03/11/09 - Wine Reviews-

A Featured Wine Reviews Article

The Ideal Wine Cellar: Everything You Need to Get Started

So you've decided to take a large step, and move from wine lover to wine
connoisseur. You are going to buy a wine cellar. This guide will give you all
the information you need to make this purchase.

<STRONG>Wine Bottle Storage
</STRONG>The ideal location for storing wine
is a dark, draftless area that stays at a constant 50-60 degrees, with 60-70
percent humidity. The bottles should be kept on their sides to keep the corks
moist, and should be exposed to limited vibrations. This will ensure that you
will be able to keep bottles at their best for years to come.
thing to consider if you decide to purchase a large wine cellar: make sure the
unit will fit! This sounds obvious, but many times stand-alone wine cellars are
much wider than a standard door. Another thing to think about is weight.
Consider not only the weight of the storage unit, but be sure to calculate 3
pounds each for a standard bottle of wine. You might not want to store your wine
upstairs. This is another reason that wine is typically stored in a cellar.

<STRONG>Types of Wine Cellars</STRONG>
If you are lucky enough to live in
a house, maybe you can use the existing cellar or a spare room, or have one
built. Just be sure not to skimp on building materials - it would be silly to
have 400 bottles of wine crashing to the floor because you wanted to save a few
bucks on thinner wood. Also, be sure the condensation will be able to evaporate;
otherwise, the humidity will increase beyond ideal levels.

<STRONG>Consider the cellar as an investment.
</STRONG>If you don't have a
large amount of space, you can buy a freestanding wine cellar. While not
actually a cellar in the traditional sense, these are large units that can be
stored in a house or apartment. They are available commercially for a wide
variety of prices. Always consider where you are going to be storing the wine.
If it will be kept in your home, you will not need to have as much insulation or
as strong of a cooling unit, but a unit kept in the garage will have to be much
higher quality.

<STRONG>Building Your Own Wine Cellar</STRONG>
best location for the cellar is below the level of the house. If your basement
has outside walls, keep in mind that north-facing walls will get the least
amount of light. Some smaller crawl spaces may not work very well if they
experience extreme changes in temperature. The same goes for a garage. The first
floor of the house can also be used, and as long as the house stays at a fairly
constant room temperature, the cooling unit will not have to work too

The first step in building a wine
cellar is the framing. The outer walls of the basement or room should be framed
with 2" by 6" wood studs. If the floors are cold, use 2" by 4"

The next step in the creation of a
wine cellar is insulation. The room needs to be kept at the most constant
temperature possible. The best type to use is sprayed 2 pound polyurethane,
although less expensive methods can used, especially if the cellar is on the
first floor of the house. Once again, consider the cellar to be an

Don't forget about the door! It needs to have
weather stripping and also be insulated.  Otherwise all the work done to
insulate the walls will be wasted.

</STRONG>To finish
the walls, use a drywall that is resistant to moisture. Other wall material can
be used, but make sure that it will not soak up moisture and that it will not
impart an odor on the wine.

</STRONG>Don't leave the design of the racks until the end.
Start first with this design to make sure that you have enough space for the
number of bottles you'd like to store. A good place to start would be to look at
the smaller racks available at your local wine store. These will give you ideas
on the design you would like. Once again, make sure the construction is sturdy
enough for the weight of the wine.

<STRONG>Temperature and Humidity and Wine
</STRONG>As mentioned before,
the ideal temperature for wine is between 50 and 60 degrees. If the temperature
is too high, it will spoil quickly. If it is too low, it will not age properly.
If the temperature changes often, the cork will expand and contract. This may
lead to air getting into the wine. Keeping this in mind, never buy wine chilled
at a store, as you have no idea how long it has been that way. Also, don't keep
wine in your own refrigerator for more than 1 or 2 days.

Humidity can also damage wine. If the humidity is too low, the cork can dry
out. While a tipped bottle will keep one side moist, the rest of the cork can
become cracked and brittle.

Also, ensure the wine will be kept in a dark place, away from vibrations.
Colored bottles help keep the light out to some extent, but don't rely on the
bottle to keep the light out. Movement may cause the bottles to shift. Wine
needs to stay in contact with the cork so it will not dry out and crack, so
limit the movement the bottles are exposed to.

<STRONG>Wine Cellar Cooling Units</STRONG>
After you cellar is complete,
you can purchase a commercial wine cooling unit. Many of these work similarly to
a window AC unit. They vent through a wall rather than being installed in the
ceiling. However, if you are below ground or for some other reason cannot use a
window unit, there are commercial units that can be installed. These are
slightly more costly, but work well in those situations.

Every wine has an ideal aging time. If your wine cellar is built properly, it
will keep your wine for years to come.

About the Author

Jason Connors is a successful writer and wine connoisseur providing valuable tips and advice on wine cellar design, wine making, and wine basics. http://www.about-wine.net

A synopsis on Wine Reviews.

Wine Clubs - A Convenient Way to Know Wine

Wine clubs have been sprouting up in recent years as a result of an increased
interest in wine and greater wine consumption. In fact, according to f...

Click Here to Read More About Wine ...

There is no such thing as a best wine.

It is possible to pay astronomical money for very special wines, but you can also get very nearly the same taste for really very little if you know a ...

Click Here to Read More About Wine ...

Wine Reviews Items For Viewing

Wine Decanter Washing Brush

Soft, flexible foam wand reaches every corner to clean decanters & ready them for the next bottle.

Customer Review: PERFECT for cleaning the decanter

The wand bends to get around in the crevices of the decanter. I would recommend this brush!

Customer Review: Great product

I bought this as a gift for my dad and have used it several times in his decanter (as shown on the advert). I have found the brush to be exceptional. It easily bends to the contour of the decanter while staying put when exerting some pressure for the cleaning. He has been very happy with the brush as well.
More product information

Fireside Chat

Cane Market BasketBV Coastal Estates - Vintner's Selection - Choice of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Port, Dessert Wine, or Moet & Chandon ChampagneGourmet Cashew NutsAmerican Gourmet Carmel PopcornEast Shore PretzelsCrunchie Munchie Snack MixNikki's Shortbread Amaretto CookiesMacy's Cheesesticks

Price: 79.95

Mouse Pad with grapes, sign, leaves, "California wines", advertisement

Professional "Brite White" fabric mouse pads are among the most versatile and durable, providing brilliant graphic reproduction for spot color or full color imprints. This durable polyester surface is above industry standards and provides a superior product value overall. Designed to reproduce vibrant detailed images. Our mouse pads have white fabric top with the 100% genuine black rubber base (not the cheap foam your seen on other advertisements).
More product information

Quikpull Professional Metal Wine Opener in Wood Box

Cooking Pleasures Bunny Wine Plunge Puller Set

A great gift for wine lovers, this powerful, award-winning tool effortlessly extracts the cork from any wine bottle with simple lever action.
Gripping handles clamp on the bottle neck; pushing down the lever drives the tough corkscrew into the cork, and raising the lever pulls the cork out cleanly.

Releasing the cork from the screw involves the same action, only with the gripping handles clamped on the cork.

For strength and longevity this model is ruggedly constructed of die-cast metal and reinforced nylon, giving it the heft of a fine, precise high-tech tool.

The device owes its name to handles and levers resembling rabbit ears, and gear housing shaped like the head of a bunny. Cooking Pleasres corkscrews are independently tested for 20,000 cork pulls; tests assume replacement of the spiral after 1,000 pulls.

Accompanying the cork puller is a foilcutter that strips away the foil covering a cork.

Both the cork puller and foilcutter fit into a handsome storage case with a hinged lid.

The cork puller carries a 10-year warranty against failure.


Strikingly-designed, easy-to-use, powerful wine-cork puller

Ruggedly constructed of die-cast metal and reinforced nylon

Independently tested for 20,000 cork pulls

Foilcutter and hinge-top storage case included
More product information

News about Wine Reviews

Vineyard Golf Course in New Jersey a great addition to Renault Winery resor

Tue, 22 May 2007 11:21:10 -0700
Vineyard golf" is a phrase familiar to those who travel through the Napa Valley of California, but it's not something associated with golf on the East Coast — at least until now. The Renault Winery, 16 miles west of Atlantic City, has opened its Vineyard Golf Course and a new way to look at the game in South Jersey.

Medlock Ames Winery Announces Solar Power as Pillar of Sustainable Business Philosophy

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 00:00:01 -0700

The Barnburners to Perform at the Great Aussie BBQ at the Kalyra Winery

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 00:00:01 -0700

Renault F1 Team and Processia Solutions Conclude Official Supplier Agreement

Sat, 04 Jun 2005 00:00:01 -0700
(PRWEB) June 4, 2005 -- The Renault F1 Team is delighted to announce the conclusion of an agreement with Processia Solutions as an official supplier to the team. Processia Solutions, based in...

The Morrison Dublin: Hotel watch (Daily Telegraph)

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 05:22:04 -0700
Oliver Smith reviews The Morrison a stylish escape offering bold design close to the main sights in Dublin.

London News and Reviews (Evening Standard)

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 05:18:00 -0700
It is a marvellous thing, the eradication of fascism. Apart from ending torture, the taking of political prisoners and the worship of short, fat men in military uniforms, it enables a country to turn the world’s view of it completely around.

Preparing a Fresh Batch of Chefs (New York Times)

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 03:52:10 -0700
?The Chopping Block,? a cooking reality show starring the British chef Marco Pierre White, has its premiere on NBC on Wednesday.

Wine Vino


AddThis Social Bookmark Button Add to Any Social Bookmark onlywire Socializer socialize it
6:47 AM

March 2009 - Wine Appraisal-

Today's Wine Appraisal Article

Understanding Wine Grapes

You will find that one of the easiest ways to get to know your way around wine flavors is through grape varieties. Each grape variety has specific characteristics. In some regions, one grape variety is used to make a wine; in others, winemakers blend several varieties in a single wine. To help you identify grape varieties, below is an overview of each of the major red grapes and their characteristics.

You will find that one of the easiest ways to get to know your way around wine flavors is through grape varieties. Each grape variety has specific characteristics. In some regions, one grape variety is used to make a wine; in others, winemakers blend several varieties in a single wine. To help you identify grape varieties, below is an overview of each of the major red grapes and their characteristics.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is the big daddy of the red wine world. It is like the Chardonnay, as it is widely planted and distributed. The result of this is that there are so many versions of this grape. Many people think of Cabernet Sauvignon as being a wine that needs to age, but that is only because the best red Bordeaux need age. Most non-premium varieties are ready to go right away.
Under ideal conditions, it produces an aromatic, tannic wine that ages and evolves to be both elegant and powerful. Perfectly balanced Bordeaux is one that has classic notes of black-currants, cedar, cigar boxes, pencils, mint and dark chocolate. Sounds delicious!

For the most part, you will find Gamay produced as Beaujolais. It mainly grows on the hills in south Burgundy. The aroma of a young Gamay is described as a wave of cherry and strawberry fruit. On the palate, Gamay wines are bright and crisp. They are moderate in alcohol and have very little tannin. Wines from Gamay grapes are ideal for all kinds of foods.

Merlot started out as a Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux and has risen to international popularity. The great wines of Pomerol and St. Emilion in Bordeaux are based on Merlot with Cabernet in the blend. These wines show Merlot at its toughest and most intense. Merlots popularity is because it is softer, fruiter, and earlier maturing than Cabernet Sauvignon and displays some of the same aromas along with mint, and tobacco. In general, drink Merlot young.

Pinot Noir
At its best Pinot Noir is beautiful with a seductive silky texture and at its worst, it is heavy or flat. A good mature Pinot Noir has complex flavors of strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, violets, all-spice, tobacco and hay. Pinot Noir is relatively low in tannin and acidity and needs a cool climate to grow. Too much warmth, Pinot Noir can develop baked together flavors, losing its elegance.

A taste of Sangiovese and you will immediately conjure images of Italy. The name of the grape may not seem familiar, but it is the principal variety behind Chianti, Italys most famous red wine. It is taken very seriously in Tuscany, and you will find it in California, Australia, and Argentina. It is naturally tannic and is best used in a blend, usually with Cabernet Sauvignon. It requires a hot climate in order to produce its required richness and alcohol content. In cooler climates, it tends to have sharp and bitter tannins.

Called Shiraz in Australia and South Africa, Syrah is one of the greats of southeastern France's Rhone Valley grape. At home in France, it produces wines that are smoky, herby, and austere. Australian Shiraz tends to be richer, softer with a leathery quality and personally one of my favorites. All Syrah/Shiraz need a year or two from the vintage to hit its stride. Top wines will last about ten years.

It is disputable where this grape originated, but it is indisputably California's grape today, with almost no winemakers in other places producing it. The best Zinfandel is spicy and heartwarming. Other styles range from off white to high intensity sweet wines. Try a bottle not more than three or four years old, because that's when the Zinfandel character is strongest.

Contributor: Stuart Glasure [Designer, Fashion Artist, Creator: "Zany Wearables", Wine Enthusiast]


Stuart Glasure [Designer, Fashion Artist, Creator: "Zany Wearables", Wine Enthusiast]

A synopsis on Wine Appraisal.

The Advantages of Wooden Wine Racks

Wood wine racks provide the best storage system for a large collection, cheaply and efficiently. They are easy to assemble, study, stackable, attracti...

Click Here to Read More About Wine ...

Featured Wine Appraisal Items


Special Order Item
More product information

Turtle Fur Turtle's Neck Warmer for Adults

Turtle Fur Turtle's Neck Warmer for Adults: Turtle Fur The Turtle's Neck Warmer gives you the added dimension of luxury along with exceptional warmth, comfort and wear. The process through which Turtle Fur acrylic fleece is made gives it an incredible loft and a plush, luxurious feel. Plus, Turtle Fur products have unsurpassed heat retention, incredible wicking properties, are fast drying, durable, itch resistant, color fast and machine washable! Made in USA .

Customer Review: so soft and warm!

This is the perfect size and keeps you very warm...i use it when working outside on cool days and its ideal.

Customer Review: Perfect!

I bought this for colder weather motorcycle riding - and it works perfect! I picked one up for my husband as well and he likes his too.
More product information

Waring Pro PC100 Wine Chiller

This professional quality wine cooler features a streamlined body and cooling provided by a thermo-electric Peltier module with CPU control to maintain a constant temperature. An LCD backlit screen shows entries from the microprocessor internal database of 26 types of red wine, white wine, and champagne.

Customer Review: one star is too good!

After 3 1/2 hours and the chardonnay was still not chilled I placed it in the freezer. This was not the first bottle that took way too long. This is a total rip-off and should not be given even 1 star.

Customer Review: great concept, poor performance

takes about 90 minutes to get it to desired temp. who wants to wait that long
More product information

Premium Viscose Pashmina Shawl Stole Bandana Scarf (28"x78") - 42 Vibrant Colors CLEARANCE SALE

We offer the finest quality viscose shawls and scarves. The premium quaity viscose gives you the luxurious feel. They can be worn all around the year. Note : Our shawls are completely hand dyed with experienced dyers. Very slight variations in color may occur as compared to the swatches displayed in products. Undoubtedly we carry the largest collection of shawl/stole/scarves in pashmina viscose & other blends. Check our storefront "Legend Collections Inc" for latest collection in Apparels Department at Amazon.com

Customer Review: Great quality and fast service!

I was very amazed by the quality of the product when I received it. I love them and cannot wait to give them to my bridesmaids!!!

Customer Review: Beautiful Shawl

Excellent buy! After I received the first one, I loved it so much i ordered 3 more.
More product information

Wine Appraisal in the news

The World Is Not Ever Going To Be Like It Was

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 12:48:00 -0700
The San Francisco Chronicle reports from California. “ACORN, an advocacy organization representing low-income communities, staged a rally at a Wachovia branch at Mission and First streets in San Francisco on Wednesday, with about 30 people calling on the bank to be more flexible in adjusting loan terms to prevent foreclosures. Wachovia is aggressively trying to get homes in or near foreclosure off its books, by quickly initiating the repossession process and aggressively selling them.” “Susan

Consumer Confidence Takes a Giant Step UP

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:45:26 -0700
For those of you who believe what you read in the newspapers, you can climb off the ledge now. Its safe, come inside, have a glass of wine an relax. It looks as if the great depression of 2008 is about to go the way of the threatened Y2K economic collapse, into obscurity. Consumer confidence in the economy took a giant 10% step upwards today, it is the second straight month that it has risen, this is on top of a good report on existing home sales released the other day. Read the report below a

THE GODS RETURN — snippet 1

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 22:00:58 -0700
THE GODS RETURN – snippet 1: THE GODS RETURN by David Drake DEDICATION To Dan Breen As sort of a bookend, for making this series much better than it would've been without his help. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS When I'm deep into writing a novel, everything else sort of blurs. On my own, I'd eat whatever's simplest to grab. I don't have much sense of serial time on my best day, and when the book takes over I'm likely to be off by a week or more on when things have to be d


Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:10:00 -0700
CLICK ON PICTURE FOR A LARGER VIEWObama Engaged In Deal With Convicted Felon To Get REALLY SWEET Deal On House That Had Four Fireplaces And A Wine CellarObama Paid $300,000 Less Than The Asking Price For His Mansion, While Tony Rezko's Wife Paid Full Price For A Vacant Lot Next Door On The Very Same Day.Meanwhile, Obama's 26-year old brother (same father but different mother) survives on less than TWELVE DOLLARS A YEAR! Living in a 6x9 foot SHANTY shack!Do you think Obama, who earned more than F

McCain says Obama has his own "housing problem"-- Tony Rezko.

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:43:23 -0700
The McCain campaign, zinged by Obama as rich, out-of-touch to the point he does not know how many homes he owns, roars back that Obama bought his mansion only with the help of Tony Rezko--now awaiting sentencing for his conviction on corruption charges. As part of the strong, aggresive rebuttal, the RNC launched a Obama Rezko "Shady Deal" web site. From the McCain campaign... "Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii a

Understanding Wine: A Beginners Guide

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 13:59:45 -0800
Why is wine so good for you? Find out here. Pick up lots of wine facts and info on different varieties of wine. Do you know all the Champagne bottle names and sizes? Full guide on how to taste and appraise wine, and so much more interesting stuff.

Wine Vineyards


AddThis Social Bookmark Button Add to Any Social Bookmark onlywire Socializer socialize it