Raleigh Kitchen Design Trends
Adding a Built-in Wine Rack to Your Custom Home Kitchen
Where should I place a wine rack in my kitchen?
Built-in wine racks can be designed as a bold centerpiece of the kitchen, or as a descrete storage area.
The NC custom home pictured to the left, the Worthington, includes an espresso wine storage cabinet with stem glass holders built-in below and open glass cabinet doors on either side.
Keep in mind: both light and excessive heat can damage a bottle of wine.
So, if you are planning to store wine in a rack or open cabinet (versus a climate controlled refrigerator or basement/cellar storage area), try to place the built-in rack on a wall receiving as little natural light (and heat) exposure as possible.
My kitchen is already packed with cabinets and appliances. Where else can a wine rack be integrated into my new home?
If you already love your kitchen floor plan, another favorite location for a built-in wine rack and/or refrigerator is a butler's pantry.
A butler's pantry can be located in the dining room, a hallway, an alcove underneath a staricase, or a transition area between a kitchen and dining room.
The NC custom home pictured to the right, the Kessler, features an optional dining room butler's pantry with built-in wine rack and wine cooler.
Why are racks designed to store wine sideways?
Wine racks are designed to store bottles sideways to ensure the wine stays in contact with the cork.
A moist cork maintains a tight seal, keeping wine fresh. A dried out cork can shrink, allowing oxygen to spoil and age the wine.
The NC custom home pictured to the left, the Almodovar, freatures a Tahoe Cherry Java built-in wine rack with liquor cabinet above.
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