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These Wine Cellars Are the New Way to Store Wine

Not very many sheik urban condos come with a dank basement or root cellar. So what do you do?

Gone are the days of keeping wine in a dark, dusty vault. “Storage is taking a more prominent place in homes these days,” says Andee Hess of Osmose Design, who devised the sleek, mirrored cellar above, which is situated off the kitchen in a Portland, Oregon, condo. “Our clients wanted to be able to easily rotate and pull their bottles.” For large collections, Hess recommends linear shelving that allows bottles of varying sizes to be stored on their sides with labels facing out.

As for conditions, Jamie Ritchie, head of Sotheby’s global wine business, has some tips: “Fifty-five degrees is the ideal temperature,” he notes, also advising against direct sunlight or too much movement. “Wine should sit at rest until you’re ready to drink it,” he says. If you don’t have a cellar, Ritchie suggests a temperature-controlled unit, such as one of the options offered at Architectural Digest. See more…

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