Wine Handyman Needs Advise
I’m not much of Handyman or Do-it-Yourselfer. I can mow a lawn like nobody’s business and hammer a nail. But taking a space and creating something in it? Not me. I didn’t get the "spacial" or "engineering" genes.
So it’s with great trepidation that I have decided to attack the space you see in this post and create a place to store up to 10-15 cases of wine. However, before I begin and potentially dislodge the house from its foundation, I thought I’d run it by readers of FERMENTATION.
My thought is a simple one: nail pre-made wire wine racks against one side of this skinny space under the stairs and put a few lights (battery powered—I wouldn’t touch wires if my life depended upon it) on the walls. As for that funky space way in the back…maybe an unbroken case or two can be slid back there. The key is being able to access whatever wine goes into this space.
So here’s my question. Is there any reasonable way to assure this space does not get over 65 degrees?
The closet is in the middle of the house and under a flight of stairs. The furthest back part of the space where the case goods go backs up to the outer wall of the house that faces northwest.
This is really the only problem with wine isn’t it? It’s so damn temperamental. It’s not enough that you get
nice little racks for the bottles to lay down comfortable upon. It’s not enough that you inventory the stuff and keep track of it. It’s not enough that you organize it so you can find what you want and so that the Chardonnays aren’t forced to mingle uncomfortably with the merlot (what would they talk about about?). No. You also have to keep the stuff at a fairly constant temperature or they’ll go and die on you…or
at least ripen quickly into old age. They are very ungrateful guests.
I figure I could buy some fancy refrigerated unit that might fit into this weird space, but it would block access to the back of the space and not hold the amount of wine I need to place in here. Or I could invest in turning an entire room in to a place to store wine. But I’m not that nice of a host and not all the wines that will be staying with me have proven themselves worthy. So, it’s this little closet and simple wire racks.
Anyway, I’m building these guests their own home and want to see if I can accommodate their basic needs while they are at rest.
Any advice would be appreciated.