BECOME A MEMBER

Thousands of wines at your fingertips

Search database of wine reviews
Read about wines BEFORE they hit the stores
Match wines with foods

FREE MEMBERSHIP



GET TONY'S NEW EBOOK


TONY'S NOVELS
A gift for the literate wine-lover in your life – who may be you. Tony's murder mystery novels, set in the world of wine, are now available at a discount – autographed.

Find out more...

TUNE IN TO TONY
Listen to Tony

Listen to Tony talk about wine on 680 NEWS radio on Fridays at 10:48 am, on Saturdays at 2:48 am and 9:48 am, and on Sundays at 12:48 am and 1:48 pm.
Tony Aspler
Wine Reviews
Food & Wine Match
Personal Wine Cellar
Pocket Wine Cellar
Articles
Gourmet Recipes
Cocktails
Wine Primer
Links
More Tony Aspler
Tony's Books Tony's Books
Ontario Wine Awards
About Us About Us
Contact
Advertise

MEMBER LOGIN
E-mail Address or
Username
Password
 
Forget Password?
 

FREE MEMBERSHIP

POPULAR ARTICLES
All about sparkling wine Port wine 101 Pairing food and wine Pairing wine and cheese What wine to serve with chocolate Why we like to visit wine country A wine tour of Italy Germany and German wines Wine touring France: Cognac and Bordeaux Wine touring France: Burgundy A tour of California wine country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TONY'S BLOG

More Tony's Blog  

The Home Wine Cellar: A complete guide to design and construction (March 3, 2005)

book review
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 made over.

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 200–250 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 explicit.

Quality/Price Ratio: 93

 

 

 

More Tony's Blog  
 
ALL MATERIAL © TONY ASPLER   WEBSITE BY MEDIRESOURCE INC.
PRIVACY POLICY