Entries from March 2009 ↓

Modern Wine Racks – For the Wall or Freestanding

Wine never goes out of style – I think we can all agree on that. But sometimes, home decor styles come and go. For instance, what about avocado colored kitchen appliances? Remember those? Or shag carpeting, in that peculiar burnt orange color? Or those weird dolls that were also toilet paper roll cozies? Those things were very odd, and I still don’t really understand the logic behind them. Somethings are better left in the mists of time, that’s for sure.

Trends may come and go, but some design elements remain timeless. Like modern style wine racks. What’s better than a tall wine rack, with bold lines and striking decor? How about a wine rack with those traits, that’s also a wall rack? Or it’s freestanding? And how about two of them? Sounds good, right? Let’s take a look.

wallHere’s the Blomus Wall Mounted Wine Holder. This wine rack holds the bottles vertically, so you can display the full range of your wine labels. If your labels are a little dull, you can always turn the bottles the other way to just show the bottle. This stainless steel wine rack holds up to eight bottles of wine. Standard sized bottles, that is. This wine rack looks great whether you alternate the directions of the bottles, or just keep them in one direction. The choice is yours! I love the striking look that the chromed steel has. It would be great in a kitchen that gets a lot of light – this rack would be gleaming!

There’s also this sleek wine rack. This tall wine rack is freestanding. A freestanding wine rack means that you can move it 135070around when you redecorate, and you don’t have to worry about putting holes in the wall. This wine rack holds up to 12 bottles, and features a walnut finish. This wooden wine rack also has silver colored accents.

So, as you see, modern design can be a great choice for your home. It’s versatile, and functional, and those are traits that ought never to go out of style.

Spiral Wine Racks

Sometimes I think it would be really cool to be a superhero. First – you have superpowers (By the way, choose quick! Flight or invisibility! You can’t have both, and whichever one you choose shows the character of your inner being.) Second – you have a cool costume, which really solves that ‘what should I wear today’ issue. Third – You get a cool superhero name. My superhero name would be Conflict Diamond. Fourth – you have an inner sanctum, with recessed areas only available to you. As a middle child, I would have greatly appreciated that while growing up.

Well, this is a wine cellar that is truly appropriate for any aspiring superhero. The Spiral Cellars will come to your home and create a custom wine cellar for you. They can create walk-down cellars, hidden door cellars and more. I’d want one where I pull a candle stick, and the fireplace moves away to reveal an epic wine cellar.

Check this one out!

spiral-staircase-wine-cellar-designPretty cool, eh? All you need is a loyal butler and you’re good to go.

But I must admit, stately Wine Racks Blog Manor isn’t quite – well – stately enough to accommodate a wine cellar of this size. That’s why people have taken the idea of a spiraling wine rack, and scaled it down. Way down. Down enough for your kitchen table. May I present Le Loop?

reg-11514Le Loop is a single bottle wine rack, perfect for a countertop or table. This stainless steel loop has pewter bead accents at the tips. Le Loop is tres chic, no? The good thing about this wine holder is that it’s perfect for the Fortress of Solitude, or that cheap one room apartment that Peter Parker lives in. In fact, it’s downright super. It will also be a great addition to a mere mortal’s home, and anyone who says otherwise is a villain.

Pleased to ‘Mead’ You

meadSt. Patrick’s Day is almost here! While it may be traditional to lift a pint of Guinness on March 17th, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a glass of wine on Tuesday. But don’t have your usual – branch out and enjoy a glass of mead.

Mead is a honey wine, that has been made for centuries. Traditionally, mead is comprised of honey, water and a touch of yeast. Aging and amounts used lead to many different variations in taste. Some mead is very sweet, and some are a touch on the dry side!

In Celtic cultures, mead enjoys a reputation as being quite the aphrodisiac. It became frequently used in wedding celebrations. In fact, some think that mead helped bring the word ‘honeymoon’ into the common lexicon. There was an old Irish tradition that newlyweds should drink a glass of honey wine each day during the first month of marriage. Since a ‘moon’ was a period of a month, and honey is the main ingredient of mead, well, it makes sense to me!

If you’re drinking a glass of mead (and you can have it chilled, or at room temperature), you should have a couple of good toasts up your sleeves.

May the dreams you hold dearest, be those which come true. The kindness you spread, keep returning to you.

And

May your pockets be heavy
Your heart be light
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night

So, you’ve got your mead, you’ve got a toast – what else do you need for St. Patrick’s Day? How about a little green?winetote Here’s the Estate Wine Tote. This kelly green bag holds a bottle of wine, two wine glasses, a bottle stopper and a corkscrew. Perfect for a picnic, or for sharing a moment with your sweetheart. Plus, this tote has an adjustable shoulder strap, so it’s great for hiking the rolling hills – or just walking through the neighborhood.

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day?