There's a common myth out there that wine cellars have to be dark grungy places where no light appears. Popular culture hasn't helped with this stereotype, with wine cellars almost invariably being used as set pieces in horror movies, or as places where assassins hide behind dark corners.
The reason medieval and older wine cellars were so dark is because the difficulty of lighting such a deep and interior location. Wine cellars were traditionally underground because its cooler in most underground locations. Wine is ideally stored between 45 and 64 deg F. That means most above ground locations with drastic temperature variance were out of the question before the advent of modern heating and air conditioning. On the other hand, inteiror locations that are deep underground typically tend to have a stable cool temperature that is perfect for wine storage. This is the reason why wine cellars have typically been associated with dark underground locations.
However, in the modern day and age, there is absolutely no requirement for a wine cellar to be in a dark underground location. Many trendy restaurants store their wine above ground in view of the seating areas of customers. In fact, resturants that are located 50+ floors above the ground have wine cellars up in the air, in well lit locations. The wonders of modern temperature control makes it easy to have your wine cellar wherever its most conveniant. In fact, the CN Tower located in Toronto has their wine cellar located 351 meters above ground level! How crazy is that.
Why should you have a well lit wine cellar? Well, reason number 1 is safety. A dark wine cellar is a disaster waiting to happen, you will absolutely trip and hurt yourself in a badly lit cellar. It makes it near impossible to navigate it as well. I absolutely recommend hiring a commercial electrician in Toronto, ON for your restaurant or home's wine cellar as typical residential electricians aren't the best at dealing with wine cellars and the complexities they present.
Another reason is because having a well lit cellar allows you to find the wine you want quickly without much messing around. This is very important when you have guests over and you need to grab a nice bottle of wine. Also, a lighted wine cellar allows you to appreciate it because you can actually see it.
A wine cellar isn’t just for storage, because if it’s well designed, it becomes an extension of your home and a topic for conversation as well. Now there are a lot of good wine cellars around, but these 5 epitomize coolness and creativity.
Note the common usage of high quality paints in each of these cellars. The colour of the walls actually play a hugely underrated role in building an impressive wine cellar, and we strongly suggest hiring a high quality painting company that specializes in cellars. I recommend GTA Painters Mississauga, which also provides service to Toronto area citizens.
1. Farrar Wine Cellar
Designed by architect Peter Bohlin, Dennis and Vicki Farrar’s home in Park City, Utah has a wine cellar set in the hillside with a redwood table and built in wine racks, giving it a classic look and feel you won’t find in modern designs.
2. Dawkins Wine Cellar
The Dawkins Rumson, New Jersey wine cellar was designed by Bernard Wharton and Arthur Hanlon, and in true Shingle Style fashion, has separate tasting and sitting areas. One of the strongest characteristics of the cellar is its use of colors, which emphasizes the need for hiring a professional painting company to do the job. In the hands of a professional painter, getting the colors right for your wine cellar will be easy.
3. Sanchez Wine Cellar
Architect Henry Sanchez, his son Conrad and Ron Mann created a spacious wine cellar complete with a wine cave and the latest accoutrement. This masterpiece was drilled out of a mountain and comes complete with lounging, tasting, and dining rooms.
4. Perlmutter Wine Cellar
The Perlmutter wine cellar was redesigned by Donna Livingston and is one of the centerpieces in her 6,000 acre Beverly Hills home. Together with husband John Elgin Wolf, the wine cellar was revamped so the interior has a vaulted ceiling and a stone floor, and it is now a freestanding structure in the garden. While the wine cellar stands out on its own, it somehow manages to blend in harmoniously with their home’s exterior motif.
5. Wender Wine Cellar
Illya Hendrix and Thomas Allardyce were contacted by Joe Wender and his wife Ann Colgin to redesign their Napa Valley, California farmhouse. According to Ann, who is an architect herself, what she was looking for was a wine cellar with a personality, and that is what pervades in this design. By far, the most conspicuous element is the George III brass-bound japanned cellarette before the cherry table.
Just like other wine collectors, I take pride in my wine collection, and I make sure that my wine cellar is protected at all times. It might seem like the only threat to wines would be thirst and a corkscrew, but there are a lot of things you need to consider including security.
Importance of Wine Cellar Security
I know a lot of people who have wine cellars here in Toronto, and one thing I notice is most of them don’t pay enough attention to security and just focus on temperature and space. But I can’t stress enough the importance of hiring a Toronto locksmith firm to protect your collection.
For starters, a locksmith can provide you with a duplicate key in case you get locked out of the cellar and you can’t get in because you lost the key. That’s happened to me before and I can’t tell you how frustrating it can be. If it wasn’t for the duplicate key the locksmith made for me, I would’ve had no choice but to break down the door, something I wasn’t looking forward to.
Second, Toronto locksmiths today offer more than just duplicate key service, as they also know how to set up a security system for wine cellars. I once thought of setting up the security system myself, but we’re talking wine cellars here, so factors like temperature and light come into play. I needed help.
Wine Cellar Protection
I did some research and got in touch with a Toronto locksmith service, and thankfully they knew exactly what I needed. I was actually expecting them to just provide me with a duplicate key, but they installed a complete security system for my wine cellar. And when I say complete security, I mean the system includes protection from break-ins, power outages, temperature fluctuations, light exposure, you name it.
Before the locksmith installed the system, they provided me with information about wine cellar protection, and it’s proved very useful. Basically, wine cellar protection services provided by Toronto locksmiths focus on theft, humidity, light and temperature. Each aspect of this was covered in detail by the locksmith, and he showed how the protection system works, neat.
Finally, I want to say that protection is not limited to locks and keys anymore, as they also provide electronic keypads and other security mechanisms. And the best thing about it is the system didn’t take too long to install, and once in place I felt peace of mind.