Wineries, restaurants, and wine bars have made wine tasting an exciting adventure. Tasting flights now allow oenophiles the opportunity to open their senses to the tastes and aromas of three different wines at a time. This allows flight goers to savor different kinds of lovely grapes instead of be limited to a single glass of house wine.
Never ones to let a good thing pass them by, New Yorkers have taken up the hobby of collecting wine favorites to enjoy and share with company in their own personal tasting flights at home. The only problem is that unless there is space in the home or apartment for a wine cellar, it becomes a quandary to decide the best spots in which to store and showcase the lovely bottles. Instead of bunched together taking up valuable counter space, wine deserves to be displayed. Whether the home only has room to showcase the collection in an understated manner on a table top or there’s available square footage to display wine bottles as the center of attention in a prominent location, there are plenty of local options available to help get those wines off the kitchen counter and into their own lovely space.
Best Versatile Wine Rack: Houdini Wine Rack
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Hours: Sat to Sun- 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fri- 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Open until 9:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month
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A wonderful and versatile modular wine rack, the Houdini Wine Rack expands to hold four bottles of wine neatly on a counter or even in the fridge. Additional Houdinis can be purchased and connected to accommodate a growing wine collection. When not in use, like magic, the Houdini will disappear by folding flat for easy storage.
Best Wall-Mounted Wine Rack: Horizontal Wine Rack
Hours: Mon to Sat- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Five bottles of wine fit line up in the Horizontal Wine Rack in order to neatly display in an attractive mounted fixture on your wall. The rack comes in black, so it is sure to blend in nicely in any décor. The small size makes it perfect to mount on the wall of a standard 18” high kitchen backsplash.
Best Artistic Wine Rack: Wine Knot Wine Rack
Hours: Mon to Fri- Noon to 7:30 p.m., Sat- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun- Noon to 6:30 p.m.
The Wine Knot Wine Rack is so artistically crafted, it’s just as worthy of showing off as a sculpture. This rack is a bentwood creation sculpted with plywood made from birch and walnut that intersects into a flower-like design. It is made to hold six bottles of your favorite wines with a bonus spot in the center for a champagne-sized bottle.
It stands 13″ wide by 8″ deep, by 12″ high.
Best Compact Wine Rack: Menu Wine Runner
Hours: Mon to Fri- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A very innovative design by Jakob Wagner, one of Scandinavia’s foremost designers, the Menu Wine Runner keeps bottles of wine neatly and horizontally stored on any surface to prevent them from rolling off the counter. Perfect for smaller spaces and New York lofts, the flat design enables the holding of up to four bottles without taking up much needed space, or up to six bottles if stacked in a pyramid. Made out of stainless steel and rubber, it is even dishwasher safe. The Wine Runner is a compact sized, 11” wide, and is simply only the width of four bottles. When not in use, it rolls up for easy storage in any drawer.
Best Wine Cooler: Kalorik 18-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Bar
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Hours: Mon to Sat- 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun- 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Serious wine aficionados may want to consider investing in a wine cooler. A wonderful option is the Kaloik Wine Bar; it allows for storage of up to 18 bottles in two compartments. The dual compartments can be set at different temperatures, allowing oenophiles to store both reds and whites in one space-saving cooler. Whites should be kept between 44 degrees and 54 degrees Fahrenheit, while reds do best 54 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooler comes in a black casing with stainless accents, and the glass door and low lighting allows for showing off the wines. The dimensions are 13 1/2” wide, by 26” high.
Carol Ruth Weber began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. As an interior designer she has twenty-eight years of experience in all phases of the business. You can read more of her work on Examiner.com and she can also be contacted at WeberLifeDesign.