No longer reserved just for fancy restaurant dinners, wine has enjoyed increased popularity across all demographics. Wine offers easy accessibility, a wide array of prices and a plethora of flavors and types. The increased popularity has brought wine into the home and people are installing home wine bars, cellars and coolers. Depending on your tastes and your home’s style, the choices for a home wine bar design are immense.
When designing a wine bar at home, first consider how many bottles of wine you want to store at any time and the types of wine you will keep. The number of bottles determines how big of an area and the type of storage you need. The type of wine, red or white, determines whether the wine needs to be stored cold or at room temperature, according to bettertastingwine.com.
Wine storage comes in a variety of types and sizes, including bars, racks, cabinets and cold storage. For smaller collections, consider a wine rack that can be placed on an existing counter, table or even hung on a wall. For a larger collection, consider purchasing a wine cabinet or cooler. Cabinets and coolers hold 50 or more bottles and also come in a variety of styles.
For the serious home wine buff, wine cellars hold hundreds of bottles and maintain proper wine temperature and humidity at all times.
To add more style to your home wine bar, consider using bar stools, a pub table or a sideboard to create a place to not only store your wine, but serve it as well. Bar stools and pub tables give you and your guests comfortable places to sit and enjoy your wine. Wine bar furniture can also include wine storage, so you can have style and functionality all in one piece.
Every home wine bar needs appropriate bar ware to serve the wine. Traditionally, white wines should be served in narrow glasses with smaller openings, and reds served in wider glasses with larger openings. However, the glass will not change the flavor or aroma of the wine, so choose glasses that fit your style. A wine decanter, a glass vessel that helps bring out the wine’s aroma by allowing it to breathe, makes serving wine easy and elegant. Every wine bar needs a good wine opener and bottle paper cutter. Other accessories that help round out your wine bar include wine coasters, stemware racks and stemware charms.
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