Wine Racking Storage in a Wine Cabinet

Wine Racking Storage in a Wine Cabinet

Wine racking storage can be in a cellar or cabinet.

Wine racking storage in a space-saving wine cabinet.

Wine cabinets are good solutions for oenophiles in urban settings with no access to a proper cellar spaces. If you have a limited space in your house, apartment or condo, or in your office space at work,  a wine cabinet could be the ideal solution.  There are many kinds of wine cabinets on the market today, including North American made pieces and several European imports.  Rosehill Wine Cellars has wine cabinets on display in our Etobicoke Showroom, and a list of brands we carry on the website. Not only can you select the style that is best suited to your home and your personal taste, you also have plenty of options regarding the amount of space available for your collection, and the layout of the storage.  There are more sophisticated features available in modern wine cabinets that make it possible to get the optimal wine racking storage system for you home or business space.

Wine Cooling Systems in Wine Cabinets

Wine cabinets with climate control allow for wine racking in an environment that’s specially made to be absolutely perfect for wine storage. Air temperature and humidity in the small space inside cabinets is much more easily controlled than wine cellars.  However it’s always best to go with a proven manufacturer known for providing quality products. The adage that you get what you pay for really applies with the wine cooling systems in wine cabinets.

Space for Wine Racking Storage

When a wine cellar is built, painstaking care is taken to ensure proper ventilation. A stand-alone wine cabinet for wine racking storage also needs the same considerations. Follow manufacturer’s specifications, which may include:

  • Clearance above and around the perimeter of the cabinet.
  • If a top-vented unit, there must be adequate clearance above and on the sides of the cabinet, but it can be placed flush against the wall.
  • Front-vent hoods make it possible to put have a wine cabinet entirely built in, with zero clearance on all but the front, where the unit opens.
  • An added need, space-wise, is that there should be enough room to allow the door to open at a 90-degree angle

It is important to understand that when a wine cabinet is not a built-in unit, there are certain conditions in the surrounding enclosure which must be met, to ensure that the cabinet is properly ventilated.

Consider your Collection

The wine racking in the cabinet you choose should be able to accommodate the kinds of bottles you purchase for your collection. If you buy large-format bottles, opt for a cabinet that has slots for oversized bottles.

Where to Buy a Wine Cabinet

Rosehill Wine Cellars offers a wide selection of quality wine cabinets of all sizes from top manufacturers. The best way to protect your growing collection of wine is by storing the bottles in a wine cellar or wine cabinet that provides the ideal environment and wine racking storage. .

How to Know if a Wine Refrigerator is Right for You

How to Know if a Wine Refrigerator is Right for You

EuroCave wine cabinet

EuroCave Wine Cabinet (Photo: Rosehill Wine Cellars)

If you’ve been wondering whether you should get a wine refrigerator, below are some answers to help you figure it out. Most people who ask this question have recently begun collecting bottles of wine for future enjoyment with their meals. Simply placing wine on a decorative wine rack in your home could ultimately diminish the flavor, since undesirable chemical reactions occur in the wine from too much heat or exposure to UV rays. In the absence of a wine cellar, a wine refrigerator may be just what you need, but it depends.

Length of Storage

A wine fridge is excellent for storing wine for the short-term or medium-term. Long-term storage, on the other hand, may not be ideal for a free-standing wine refrigerator or an under-the-counter wine fridge. Quality wine that is stored for five years or more will do better with the unique conditions in a wine cellar. The temperature fluctuations in a wine cellar are typically minimized, as are vibrations and exposure to UV rays. EuroCave now offers wine cabinets that are made especially for long-term storage. They have significantly fewer vibrations than the nearest competitors.

Ideal Setting

Wine is a unique beverage that benefits from being stored in a very specific temperature range, that being between 55°F and 60°F. If wine is stored for very long, there should be at least 50% humidity, so that the corks don’t dry out, shrink, allow air inside the bottle, and spoil the wine because of oxidation. As mentioned above, other considerations include stability and protection from UV rays. If you have more than a few bottles of wine to drink, a wine fridge could be perfect for you.

Why a Standard Refrigerator Won’t Work

The atmosphere in a standard kitchen refrigerator is not favorable to wine storage. One problem is that refrigerators are designed to remove humidity from the cold air. Humidity is an essential element of proper wine storage. The temperature in a refrigerator average 40°, which is considerably colder than the ideal temp for wine. Another problem is that refrigerators don’t have wine racks.

Where to Buy a Wine Fridge

Is a wine fridge right for you? At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we offer a wide range of quality wine refrigerators. Among our selections are EuroCave Wine Cabinets that mimic a wine cellar better than any other wine cooler. You can find wine fridges of all sizes as well as under-the-counter and stand-alone wine coolers on the Rosehill Wine Cellars website. If you grow out of your wine fridge, Rosehill is also the place to call for a custom-built wine cellar.

Wine Racks 101

Wine Racks 101

A custom wine cabinet by Rosehill Wine Cellars.

Every wine lover with a growing wine collection should become familiar with options in modular wine racks.  Although they can add beauty, class, whimsy, or elegance to your home or wine cellar, first and foremost, wine racks are functional. They can be small or large, metal or wood, and costly or affordable. In our catalog, you can see many different option for custom wine racks.

The Function of a Wine Rack

The primary function of a wine rack is to ensure that your wine is properly stored, to protect peak characteristics. Wine racks keep bottles of wine in the correct orientation, so that the cork stays wet. If the cork is not in contact with the wine inside, it can dry out. A shriveled cork allows too much oxygen into the bottle and results in undesirable oxidation that spoils the flavor of the wine. The following are more functions of wine racks:

·       Wine racks also help to reduce the amount of lighting on the bottles.

·       Proper temperature control for each bottle is easier when they are stored on wine racks.

·       Identifying your bottles can be easier when you organize them in a wine rack. You can hang labels on them or use software to keep up with the location of each bottle in your wine collection.

·       If you enjoy collecting oversized bottles of wine, you can choose wine racks built to accommodate various sizes. The large bottles of wine can serve as a reminder that wine racks must also be sturdy enough to hold the full weight of all bottles placed on it. It’s important to buy wine racks from a reputable source.

Types of Wine Racks

There are many types of wine racks to choose from, with styles available for all types of décor. Classic styles available from Rosehill Wine Cellars include 7-foot and 6.1-foot wood wine racks in Pine, Premium Redwood, or Malaysian Mahogany. These allow for wine to be showcased in angle displays and there are also individual bottle storage spaces in which wine bottles are completely submerged. More examples of options in racks for wine follow:

  • An “Evolution Wine Rack” is a free-standing wine rack with acrylic support panels and steel rods.
  • Designed for commercial and retail use, there are freestanding metal wine racks. For maximum product exposure, greater capacity in limited space, and convenient consumer access, there are Vintage View Island Displays and Point of Purchase commercial wine racks.
  • African Mahogany Wood retail wine racks designed for commercial use feature free-standing wine racks, an island display, and presentation perches.
  • A modern wine rack ideal for home use has a peg system, which displays wine bottles so that they appear to be floating. These are sold with or without backings. This system is often used with back lighting. The boards can include colored aluminum, wood, stainless steel, or acrylic.

Custom Wine Racks

The beauty of custom wine racks in a wine cellar is that you can choose a design that best suits your preferences for collecting wine. Whichever type of wine rack you need for your collection, Rosehill Wine Cellars has you covered.

Top 3 Tips for Enjoying Summer Wine Tours

Top 3 Tips for Enjoying Summer Wine Tours

Wine Tote Bag

Rosehill Wine Cellars has the accessories you need to protect your wine while on wine tours and back at home.

Summer is a great time to visit wineries. It’s the peak travel season, and tours are run more frequently. Many wineries schedule festivals and cultural events. You have a greater chance of meeting vintners, brewers, chefs, and artists at wineries during summertime, when revelry is at its peak. Whether it’s your first time to go wine touring or you could use a refresher, the following are helpful tips for getting the most out of wine tours. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we are happy to provide custom wine cellars, wine cabinets, wine fridges, and all of the things needed to enjoy wine and store it properly. We like to remind wine lovers to remember to protect the wine while it’s in transit from the winery to your wine cellar, wine cabinet, or wine fridge.

1 – First things first

The first step in enjoying wine tours is to designate a driver or make arrangements with a transportation company, for a stress-free day. Wine is higher in alcohol content than beer. For instance, the amount of alcohol in 12 ounces of beer is equivalent to approximately 5 ounces of wine.  It only takes 1.5 ounces of liquor in a shot glass to add up to the same amount of alcohol.

If you’re driving and still want to get in on the wine-tasting, be sure that you spit into the wine buckets at each winery you visit. In reality, though, what usually happens is more wine is tasted than intended. Be careful not to drive with an alcohol level above the legal limit.

2 – Taste without getting drunk

One of the major faux pas in etiquette at wine tastings is getting drunk. It’s not pleasant for others. Intake should be carefully moderated, to avoid being a drunk taster, the worst annoyance of tasting rooms everywhere.

3 – Protect your wine purchases

Summertime means the hot temperatures could spoil your wine. A short time of high temperatures might be okay, but it may not take long for wine to go past the point of no return. Be prepared on visits to wineries. Bring a wine carrier from a shipping store or from our selection of wine bags and backpacks at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Wine is ideally stored between 55 and 65 degrees. The threshold for damage to occur to wine begins at 70 degrees. Occasional spikes may be fine, but an entire day in a car that’s too warm will surely blight the wine.

More to come

Look for more tips for summer wine tours. If you don’t have the ideal place for storing your wine, contact Rosehill Wine Cellars for a custom wine cellar, wine fridge, or wine cabinet in your home.

Here Comes Santa Claus: The Rosehill Wine Cellars Version

Here Comes Santa Claus: The Rosehill Wine Cellars Version


Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,

Right down Santa Claus lane

Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer

Pullin’ on the reins

Bells are ringin’, children singin’

All is merry and bright

Hang your wine totes and grab your wine openers

‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!


Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,

Right down Santa Claus lane

He’s got a bag that’s filled with wine accessories

For all of the wine lovers again

Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle,

Oh what a beautiful sight

So grab your wine decanter

‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!


Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,

Right down Santa Claus lane

He’ll come around when the wine rings out

That it’s Christmas time again

Great wine cabinets will come to all

So let’s give thanks to wine cellar cooling units, because

Santa Claus comes tonight!


Happy Holidays from Rosehill Wine Cellars!

And don’t forget to check out Rosehill Wine Cellars for all of your wine storage and wine drinking needs!