The Home Wine Cellar: A complete guide to design and construction (March 3, 2005)
by Dean Tudor
The Home Wine Cellar: A complete guide to design and construction
(Running Press, 2004; distr. HarperCollins, 176 pages, ISBN 0-7624-2084-7,
$49.95 hard covers) is by Perry Sims, a contractor who has been specializing
in wine cellar design and construction for over ten years. This is the
latest hot trend in home renos; it is number two after the kitchen gets
This book is a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to designing and
building one's own wine cellar, for both small and large projects. There
is even material on purchased and free-standing closets, for these have
to be maintained. Along the way, Sims discusses racking, organization
styles, and techniques for temperature and humidity controls.
Throughout, there are 270 (mostly) colour photos for 17 DIY projects,
ranging from the modest to the expensive. But before beginning, Sims asks
readers to consider their goals, such as storage considerations for the
aging process (not enough room? Lots of room? Bin systems? Wine racking
solutions? Wine appliances?). Some of his erstwhile projects include converting
a bookcase (I've done this; it works well), building wooden racks and
diamonds, a wardrobe closet cellar, interior-wall vapour barriers, full-blown
cellars with tasting rooms, etc.
Audience and level of use: Wine collectors in for the long haul.
Some interesting or unusual facts: A wardrobe closet cellar is
the best bet (wholly contained, air conditioning derived from the house,
no exterior walls) for 200250 bottles in a typical closet space
(walk-ins will hold more bottles). It is very easy to do, and the wife
will love getting a new free-standing wardrobe for herself.
What I don't like about this book: It needs more detail for software
inventory systems (pretty sketchy in this book). Most of Chapter 7 on
the wine market is superfluous: if you don't know how to buy, open, decant,
and taste wines, then why do you have a cellar at all?).
What I do like about this book: Very complete book; plans are
Quality/Price Ratio: 93