Tips for Choosing the Best Wine Cellar Door

Tips for Choosing the Best Wine Cellar Door

For an oenophile, having a personal wine cellar is thrilling. The myriad of wine cellar design features that can be part of your wine storage include presentation shelving, a custom ceiling, a cascading wine bottle display, bin storage, a tasting niche, and so much more. The feature that can stand out with more singularity than any other is the door. Your wine cellar door contributes to the ideal climate-controlled environment inside. The following are some helpful tips for choosing the ideal wine cellar door.

Qualities of a Proper Wine Cellar Door

Wine cellarsYour wine cellar door is the entryway into your custom-made wine storage space. It is also a part of the overall design in that it contributes to achieving the ideal temperature and humidity level inside. Functionality is the top consideration for your wine cellar door.

The design of the entryway should complement the overall style of your home and the wine cellar. If you have a wine room, you may want a glass door to create a nice view of your wine storage area that flows seamlessly with home décor. The options for wine cellar doors are practically endless.

Materials for Wine Cellar Doors

There are several types of materials you can choose from for your cellar door.  Ultimately, however, there is no end to the possibilities of how your door can look.  The following is about the two most common wine cellar door materials.  The door can have the exact type of design that matches the cellar, your home décor, or both.

Wood Wine Cellar Doors

Wood is traditionally the top choice for wine cellar doors. This makes sense, since wood is also the top choice for materials used in wine cellars and wine rooms, as well.  Mahogany, redwood, and pine are top choices. They can be stained and include elaborate external carvings.

Glass Wine Cellar Doors

For a glass door to serve with the proper functionality for a wine cellar, it must be an insulated glass door or thermal glass door panel. For the fit to be as air tight as it needs to be and maintain the correct interior environment for wine, the door must be double or triple pane with either a vacuum between panes or gas between the panels.

The Function of a Wine Cellar Door

There must be an airtight fit between door and frame. A sweep at the bottom of the door and weather stripping around the frame are standard. With the airtight fit, your door ensures the environment inside is perfect for wine

The door also provides security, to protect your investment. Your wine cellar door should have some type of secure locking system, such as a keypad locking system.  Fingerprint recognition technology provides another great option.

Food & Wine Pairings for Chardonnay in Summer

Food & Wine Pairings for Chardonnay in Summer

The anticipation of opening a decade-old Chardonnay or even one that is recently released is enhanced by serving the fine wine with just the right menu selections. The tasting notes of the particular bottle of Chardonnay you are drinking can vary widely, including the added variable of whether it is oaked or unoaked. Although there are many differences in Chardonnay types and labels, one thing they typically have in common is voluptuousness. One of the only possible reasons such a pleasure might, instead, be a letdown is if the wine was not kept in the ideal conditions of a climate-controlled wine cellar with a wine cooling unit from a major manufacturer such as Wine Guardian. Wine that is aged especially needs the ideal storage environment before enjoying it with the perfect entrees.

Food Pairings with Chardonnay

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Chardonnay wines are perfect with various food pairings.

Chardonnays are velvety wines rich with citrusy flavors such as grapefruit and lemon. When fermented in new oak barrels, there is usually a distinct buttery tone, with the flavors of vanilla, coconut, toffee, and toast. Summer is a wonderful season to pair it with certain foods. The following are some helpful tips:

Oak-aged Chardonnays

Open a barrel-fermented Chardonnay within a year to three years of purchase. Serve with cheddar cheese and late summer vegetables such as pumpkin, butternut squash, corn, and red peppers. Ideal main entrées include grilled veal chops and turbot, a sumptuous fish.

Barrel-fermented Chardonnays

You’ll need a wine cellar or wine cabinet with a reliable cooling unit from Wine Guardian or another top manufacturer to keep barrel-fermented Chardonnay protected during an aging process of 3 to 8 years. This wine develops a creamy texture and a nutty taste, which is best served with delicate dishes. Some suggestions include roast chicken or guinea fowl with white truffles and slow roast tomatoes.

Young Unoaked Chardonnay

Chablis is an example of a young, unoaked Chardonnay from a cool climate. Good food pairings include delicate dishes such as prawns, grilled fish, spring vegetables, and pasta. Creamy vegetables soups are also perfect.

Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars

Looking forward to your next meal with Chardonnay? Make sure everything turns out well by keeping your fine wines stored in your own custom wine cellar or wine cabinet. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we recommend wine cooling units by top manufacturers, including Wine Guardian.

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.

2 Reasons to Lock the Wine Cellar

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Lock your wine cabinet or lock by the bottle.

Wine drinking is a pleasure and wine collecting a joy, but the fun and games are over when someone who shouldn’t sneaks into your wine cellar. Yours doesn’t have to be a cache of the world’s most expensive wines to be a collection others covet or find to be an irresistible curiosity. A security system comes standard with custom wine cellars from Rosehill Wine Cellars, and every wine cabinet should be secured under lock and key. The following are two good reasons to keep your wine in a locked wine cabinet or a secured wine cellar.

The kids, of course

Some parents have the opinion that allowing children to sip wine or other forms of alcohol when they’re young will prevent alcohol abuse later on. Unfortunately, studies don’t support this argument. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. A child who is allowed to taste alcohol at age 10 is much more likely than other kids to have a drinking problem by age 14.

All of the health experts agree that alcohol and kids don’t mix. Children can’t handle the short-term effects of drinking, and the long-term health risks are serious.

Children are no dummies. They see how much adults enjoy decanting, swirling, smelling, and drinking wine. Parents do well to have a discussion with children, to help them realize the importance of saying “no” to alcohol until they reach the legal age—and then, it’s important to drink responsibly.

Party folks

When you have friends over, there could be someone in the crowd who gets so tipsy they excuse themselves for nabbing a bottle or more for themselves from your wine cabinet. This is just a bad idea, and it’s a good reason to keep up with the bottles you’re storing. You don’t want to reach for that perfect bottle of Cabernet one day and discover that it has been removed. Besides, real friends don’t steal friends’ wine. Be careful who you invite over for a wine and poker party.

There is so much to enjoy about wine, it’s not hard to forget that there are many serious reasons to keep your collection under lock and key. A secured cellar or wine cabinet is the best way to avoid any of these potential problems. Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars for a locked wine fridge, locking wine cabinet, or a custom wine cellar with a locked door and a security system.

Are These Your Favorite Wine Cellar Features?

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There are many design elements to choose from for your custom wine cellar.

Wine cellars are awesome, to anyone with an appreciation for wine. Wine must be stored “just so,” and wine cellars are the best places to create that specific environment. Once the decision is made and you’re going to have a wine cellar built, call Rosehill Wine Cellars. We will go over with you the many exciting options that can make your wine cellar distinctly ideal to match your design preferences and your needs. The following are some of many features you could choose for your personal or commercial wine cellar.

Wine Rack Arches

Your wine cellar can be whatever you want or need it to be, as opposed to rows of cabinets with individual wine cubicles. If you would like to have some countertop space for the purpose of creating a wine tasting or decanting area, creating an arch within the wine cabinet is a beautiful way to achieve that. Arches with bead board or slats are among the options. You can also choose to have a true full-radius arch or soffit arches.

Type of Wood

The most significant decision you will make in the design of your wine cellar is the type of wood to be used in building it. There are only a few types of wood that are truly suitable for building wine racks. Mahogany and redwood are the best choices. Redwood is more resistant to mildew, rot, and insects than other species. Mahogany is resistant to warping, shrinking, and decay; plus it has the same qualities listed for the redwood. Another significant quality is that these types of wood do not emit odors. Oak can be used, but it’s more difficult to work with because of its extreme density. Pine is less stable and sturdy; although it can be used for wine racks, it’s not something we recommend at Rosehill Wine Cellars.

Display Row

There are numerous options for showcasing wine so that the bottle isn’t tucked away in seclusion. A nice way to display numerous bottles is with a row of angled display racks across the length of the wine cabinets. This adds a beautiful design element and allows for lighting of individual bottles that have labels deserving of the spotlight.

Custom Wine Cellar Door

The entryway and exit to your wine cellar can be as beautiful as it is functional. Wine cellar doors need to be insulated and properly sealed in order to protect the wine bottles stored inside. There are many options to choose from, including having an original design built.

Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars

Having a wine cellar is every true wine lover’s dream. Which features will you choose for your custom wine cellar? Contact us a Rosehill Wine Cellars today to discuss the many possibilities for distinctive wine storage.