2 Popular Wine Cellar Features

2 Popular Wine Cellar Features

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An island in this customer wine cellar can serve as a wine tasting nook.

Building and accommodating appropriate wine storage for our commercial and residential customers is our passion. Wine is a one-of-a-kind beverage that deserves of all the attention it gets from genuine wine connoisseurs. We support wine hobbies such as wine collecting by ensuring that wine has an opportunity to mature in an ideal environment.  Wine cooling units are essential components of modern wine cellars.

Wine cellar, wine room, or wine cabinet

The amount of space you have to work with determines how many great features you can incorporate into a custom wine cellar or wine room. For smaller areas, such as built-in wine cabinets, the same features can potentially be incorporated, though on a limited basis.

For a wine lover, a modern wine cellar or wine room is a place that can be an absolute thrill. We recommend adding the features that will be most meaningful for you. The possibilities are practically limitless, considering all the potential combinations.

Wine rack lockers

Every wine cellar should have a security lock, to ensure that the proper environment inside is maintained and valuable investments are guarded behind lock and key. In many situations, you may want to allow people access to your wine cellar but not necessarily to your entire stock. Options that may be ideal for you are wine rack lockers. Whether you need a small amount of inventory in a wine locker or numerous bottles of wine, secure wine locker storage can be added to your wine cellar or wine room.

Tasting Nook

The best modern wine cellars include a wine tasting nook. It’s an added pleasure to have another reason to stick around for a while amidst the many bottles of wine stored in your custom wine room or wine cellar. You could simply add some extra cabinet space for wine tastings. Get comfortable with chairs and a table, to taste the wine right there where it’s stored.

Add your favorite wine cellar features

You can choose every aspect of your custom modern wine cellar in Toronto, when you work with the experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Your favorite wine cellar design may include wine rack lockers, a tasting nook, and a wide range of other exciting possibilities.

Wine Storage Toronto Needed for Jackson-Triggs Wine

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Store Jackson-Triggs and other fine Canadian wines with wine storage from Rosehill Wine Cellars.

The Jackson-Triggs winery on the Niagara Peninsula provides plenty of reasons wine lovers need wine storage Toronto. The atmosphere has warming and cooling influences from Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment that causes premium quality grapes to flourish. The world-class wines compete with similar regions, including Oregon, New Zealand, and Burgundy. The terroir, however, is unique, possessing its own matchless and distinctive qualities. To your wine storage Toronto you can add Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir varieties from the Jackson-Triggs vineyards, plus much more.

A winery with an outdoor amphitheater

The most unique aspect of a visit to Jackson-Triggs winery is that one of the activities you can enjoy while there is entertainment featured in an outdoor amphitheater. Various relatively big-name musicians are featured every summer. For those who love hanging out at a winery, a concert in the midst of a vineyard is an exciting highlight of the summer season.

Red wines

Jackson-Triggs has the distinction of being the most awarded winery in all of Canada, making it a great reason to contact Rosehill Wine Cellars for an upgrade in wine storage Toronto. The following is information about some of the red wines from Jackson-Triggs:

  • The Merlot is rich, robust, smooth, and medium to full-bodied. Flavors include, cherry, strawberry, plum, and black currant along with smoke, leather, mint, and baking spices.
  • Cabernet Franc blends reflect the minerality of the soil and also showcase distinct flavors of cherry, blackcurrant leaves, and red raspberry. Cabernet Franc is one of the stars of the Niagara vineyard, and it’s one of the red grape varieties most widely planted.
  • Pinot Noir is a grape that hails from Burgundy, and the cool climate at the Niagara vineyard helps the grape thrive. More than all other grape varieties, this grape displays the distinctiveness of its terroir. Meticulous viticulture and winemaking technicians are required. For fans of Jackson-Triggs Pinot Noir, the success of the winemaker is a huge reward. This is a sensuous wine with cherry and fresh berry aromas and earthy minerality.

White wines

The following are among the wonderful white wines from Jackson-Triggs:

Bold and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the Niagara vineyard is bursting with gooseberry, citrus, and grass aromas. This wine is ideal for pairing with herb salads and fresh seafood.

Pinot Grigio is an excellent remedy on hot summer days in Canada. This crispy, spicy light wine is delightfully refreshing. It’s an unbeatable summer sipper and goes well with a wide range of foods, from cool salads to fish.

The Chardonnay from Jackson-Triggs comes in different varieties. Some of the white wines are fermented and/or aged in oak barrels, taking on ripe orchard fruit flavors, nuttiness, and notes of creamy butter. The Chardonnay is crisp, lively and mineral when fermented and aged in stainless steel. The acidity and structure of this popular grape is retained perfectly in the cool climate.

Wine storage Toronto for Jackson-Triggs wine, please

There is so much to love about wine, and that’s why we love what we do at Rosehill Wine Cellars. For every type of wine storage Toronto and to store Jackson-Triggs plus all of your other favor wines in the perfect environment, contact us at Rosehill Wine Cellars today.


3 More Reasons to Lock the Wine Cabinet

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Custom cellars from Rosehill WIne Cellars have secure locks.

There are countless reasons to love wine. There’s nothing else quite like it. The aroma, the terroir, food pairings, and wonderful variety are all part of the wine experience. Some say one of the beauties of wine is that you can travel the world through bottles of wine from vineyards across our planet. If you collect wine, you are among a large population of oenophiles. There’s one thing that might be easy to forget about wine, and it’s the importance of keeping it behind lock and key or perhaps combination lock. See Part 1 of this two-part series for reasons to keep your wine cellar, your wine fridge, and/or your wine cabinet securely locked. Here are three more reasons to lock up the wine:


Many people have discovered that alcohol is a great drug. Alcohol content is higher in wine than in beer, making it more attractive to many who abuse alcohol. Those with an alcohol problem often find their lives in the pits, and many resort to getting alcohol any way they can. It could be, on the other hand, that a thief is aware you have a wine collection that’s worth a lot, and that could be the reason they case your house. Your wine cellar or under-the-fridge wine cabinet could become a target for theft. A good security system could protect your collection.

Drunk uncle

Sometimes it’s not so-called friends you need to worry about. You may have a drunk uncle or someone else in your family that has a problem with alcohol abuse. You’ll do your relative a favor by keeping your stash locked away securely.

Wine is an investment

The number one motivation to lock up your wine may be that you don’t someone to steal what you spent your hard-earned money on. Wine collections usually represent a significant sum of money, even if there are no thousand-dollar bottles of wine or other extremely rare wines from vineyards around the world.

Contact us at Rosehill Wine Cellars for a custom wine cellar and for all of the wine accessories you may need. We will fix you up with locking wine cabinets, a secure wine fridge, and a cellar door that will keep out unwelcome visitors.

How to Start up a Wine Tasting Club

How to Start up a Wine Tasting Club

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Invite your friends and favorite family members to your wine tasting club.

If you enjoy wine and the company of friends, why not initiate a wine tasting club? This type of club shouldn’t be confused with the wine clubs focused on the marketing of wine. Instead, a wine tasting club is a social gathering that has a focus on tasting, judging, and discussing wine.

Rosehill Wine Storage Blog has a lovely piece outlining some best practice wisdom and ideas for how to organize a wine tasting event at home or in a restaurant.

Wine Clubs are Like Book Clubs with Refrigerators

A good comparison as to what it takes to start a wine club is starting a book club.  Everyone loves books and once a month you decide to share what you’ve found and force it on others to experience. This is the same idea behind a wine club. At book club, you try to impress everyone with your literary insights and you often leave wondering if you sounded like an idiot. At wine club, it doesn’t matter if you sound like an idiot because everyone was too tipsy to ever remember what you said!

silver wine tasting spittoon, tasting silverwareOne thing we learned after our first meeting was actually not to pour everyone full glasses of wine. They don’t need regular portions. It’s smarter to pour smaller portions and at tastings, two ounces is a standard pour.  Smaller portions will allow participants to taste more bottles. Get a silver wine tasting spittoon as spitting wine is semi – disgusting but the having the proper silverware ennobles this otherwise base act.

How should the event be organized? Go through each bottle of wine and let the person who brought it share why they like the wine as well as few little facts that they picked up from the wine merchant or by doing research on the internet. Once you’ve tasted each bottle, have the group vote on their favorite and let the winner choose the next theme.

Every wine tasting club can have its own particular flair.  Generally it’s a good way to learn about wine without all the pomp and pretension. Some are more educational than others.

Some groups have mentors and lean toward helping members become serious wine connoisseurs, much like the club Frasier and his brother Niles attended in the popular television series Frasier, which ran for 11 seasons, each involving wine.  The scene below is where Frasier demands that Miles stop swishing and procrastinating and give his opinion of the wine. He says “Oh come on Miles, that wine spent less less time in the bottle!” That’s the best line in the scene.

Other wine tasting clubs are intended more to provide opportunities for plenty of routine fun. Lots of wine is also needed, which means proper wine storage is a necessity. You don’t need to hire an expert or even have someone in your midst who knows much (or anything) about wine. To start, you just need someone who’s organized and willing to take the reins, get the ball rolling and help guide the club. They need not be a wine connoisseur but willing to accept that they are on a path to learn more about their own palettes.

If you don’t have your own custom wine cellar, such as we build at Rosehill Wine Cellars, you can get a wine fridge or wine cabinet to provide wines for tasting that have been stored in the proper environment.

Tips for starting a wine tasting club

Outside of the wine storage consideration, there are a few things recommended when starting up a wine tasting club. The following are helpful tips on what to do during a wine tasting club start-up meeting:

  • Plan for a membership total of 8 to 16 people, which can start with a few and build up.
  • Make plans to host the very first wine tasting party.
  • Designate a recorder or secretary for the first meeting. Their primary duty is ultimately to keep track of wine scoring results and share them with club members.
  • Provide details about the event, when sending invitations. Put an emphasis on fun more than on education, careful not to intimidate anyone into thinking they need to be a wine specialist to attend.
  • Decide on the following: A club name; theme for the next meeting; hosting assignments; meeting dates; and whether food pairings will accompany appetizers or dinner.
  • Make a determination about how to choose and purchase the wine featured at the club meetings. Each person, as one example, could bring one bottle and the favorite could be named as the evening’s winning wine. The most common approach is for the host to purchase the wine for the meeting and then get reimbursed.
  • Determine the scoring method to be used consistently, and bring score cards to every meeting.
  • After scoring of wine, discuss the wine with a focus on various comments. This should be a fun, light-hearted debate, based on each individual’s opinion of the various wines served.

Everyone in a wine tasting club will probably end up needing a wine fridge or wine cabinet and wanting their own wine cellar. Rosehill Wine Cellars would love to build the cellars that store the wine for your wine tasting club. Contact us today for the wine storage of your dreams.

From the Sandy Soil to Custom Wine Cabinet

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A custom wine cabinet from Rosehill Wine Cellars is perfect for wine with grapes originating in sandy soil.

At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we appreciate wine stories. Every wine happens to have its beginning in soil conducive to making certain types of wine grapes. It is our pleasure to build custom wine cabinets so that as fine wines are aging to perfection, they are handsomely and properly situated.

Soils for Wine Grapes Differ

Soil is a favorite topic among wine lovers. Not every region is good for growing wine grapes. On the other hand, some parts of the world have ideal conditions for vineyards. It is generally true that the greater the struggle for a grapevine, the better the grapes for winemaking.

Delving into the issue of soil is very much a geological venture. Tuscany, Italy, is widely known as a wine-growing region. Terroir is a wine term all oenophiles should be familiar with. The combined role of climate, geology, and culture is terroir, and Tuscany has the right terroir. There are different sub-soils in Tuscany, making it an excellent region for individual grape varieties. Some areas have ore clay and alluvial deposits. ”Alluvial” is a combination of sand, gravel, clay, and silt that has formed over time as a result of mineral deposits left by running water. Tuscany also has sandy sub-soils.

Wine from Sandy Soils

An interesting thing about soil is that it has a distinct effect on the grapes that are grown. Sandy soils retain heat and are well-drained. These soils make wines that have less color and are lighter in tannin and acidity. Wines derived from grapes grown in sandy soils are elegant with high aromatics. One of the benefits of this type of soil is that there is better resistance to pests, and this encourages more organic production.

Among the noted wines that come from sandy soils are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cannubi, and Zinfandel.

From the Start to the Finish

Ultimately, wines best for aging end up in wine cellars. Whatever type of soil the wine grapes started out in, it is a nice journey when the wine produced from those grapes ends up in custom wine cabinets built by Rosehill Wine Cellars. We are as passionate about creating the right atmosphere for wine collectors as vintners are about terroir, including soil type.