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A Simple New Jersey Wine Cellar Project

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Hi, welcome you to visiting Custom Wine Cellars New Jersey! We are a humble wine installation company that has always prided ourselves in providing New Jersey wine cellar work for our clients, and we are also confident in saying that we have strived to meet every challenging project handed our way. This article you are reading right now should make it clear to you how “tough” some of our projects can be!

With the permission of our client, we are taking you on a short tour of one of the jobs we completed recently. Do you see the picture above? Now, imagine FITTING an entire wine cellar underneath it. Sounds impossible, right? Well, if that was the case, then the client would not have contracted our services!

Of course, we understood why our client chose that space for installing a wine cellar: just like any good homeowner, he wanted his home to not only look inviting to his guests, but to also serve a highly functional purpose too. We accepted the challenge, and we set about working on it.

The Process of Cooling

New Jersey wine cellar blueprint

This is the blueprint for this New Jersey wine cellar project.

Originally, the thought we had for the unused space was to simply enclose it by putting it in a seamless glass wall and have the front of it refrigerated. However, since this space also occupies the “common area” of the household, it would prove to be wholly impractical for anyone living there. On another note, pushing through with this original idea would have been too cost-prohibitive for the client. Thankfully, we then realized that the solution we were looking for was in front of us the entire time.

As it turned out, that “solution” came in the form of a self-contained refrigeration system by Le Cache, which the client had already owned for a couple of years. He was using that refrigeration cabinet to store 200 of his 348 wine bottle collection. So, we then arrived at this conclusion: rather than installing a new bulky refrigerator to hold all 348 bottles in that space, we suggested that he use the space underneath the stairs as a passive display for his “everyday” wines. We laid out the plan on how we would be able to do so (which you can see in the picture posted above), and he liked it.

After that came the “highlight” of the whole job: installing the New Jersey wine cellar racks themselves!

Wood, Diamond, and Everything in Between

Under the stairs New Jersey wine cellar before completion

This was the New Jersey wine cellar under the stairs before completion.

The purpose of the wine cellar plan was to serve as a space for displaying the client’s wine collection and storing them. So, for this purpose, we designed a high-reveal display row which was pitched at a fifteen-degree angle so that it follows the contours of the stairs pressing against it. It proved to be a good choice too, since it allowed the liquid contents of the wine bottles to maintain contact with their respective corks. In addition, it opened up the option of installing ribbon lighting above the display row.

As for the remaining wine racks, these are all single-bottle storage, universal openings, that we designed to hold even large bottles like magnums or champagnes. We also included wood storage bins in a couple of rectangular openings below, a diamond bin for bulk storage,  and even an extended tabletop spanning the width of the entire wine rack. After all, it’s not a dedicated wine space If there’s no surface to place a wine glass on!

Finally, the Alder wood wine rack, if you’re curious to know about it, was painted with a rustic stain. We chose to leave the lacquer off, since it looked like the natural color of the rack, and fitted very well with the color scheme of the floor.

A Functional Wine Cellar for the Modern Home

Under the stairs New Jersey wine cellar after completion

This is the New Jersey wine cellar under the stairs after completion.

The client was very pleased with the appearance of the finished New Jersey wine cellar project. If anything, the design you have just read about here is indicative of the quality we give to the rest of our clients. It certainly proved to be a fun project for us, and we’re looking forward to the next client wanting to provide us with another challenging job!

Do you think you can be that client? Well, please do contact us at +1 (888) 735-8889 and get a free 3D wine cellar design for FREE!

Red & White Wine in Your New Jersey Custom Wine Cellar

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The beauty of having a residential custom wine cellar is that it provides easy accessibility to the finest wines at any given time.  This means never having to make a last minute trip to the local wine shop when you have guests to entertain or feel like pairing your meal with a refreshing glass of wine.

For many wine lovers around the world (including New Jersey) a home wine cellar is a great source of personal enjoyment and an excellent investment. There are various styles of wines that connoisseurs can store in their New Jersey wine cellars, but the most popular types are red and white wines.

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Red Wine 

RED WINE1Red wines are produced from black grape varieties whose skins remain intact during the fermentation process.  Grape skins are what give red wines their red or blue tint.  These skins also contain tannins which provide a biting sensation in the back of the throat.

Red wines contain high amounts of antioxidants called resveratrols which come from grape skins.  Resveratrols helps combat blood clots as well as minimize cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Some of the famous red wine varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Zinfandel.  Food and wine pairings can enhance the gastronomic experience because the combination can potentially unlock layers of texture and flavors.  In the case of red wines, they pair perfectly with red meat.

Serving and storage temperatures for wines vary.  The ideal temperature for serving red wines should be room temperature, between 60 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keep in mind that red wine needs to be aerated before serving in order to improve its characteristics, flavor, and aroma.

White Wine 

WHITE WINEWhite wine is produced from white grapes.  Its color can range from straw-yellow to yellow-gold.  White wines are light in texture and taste.  Because of their refreshing quality, white wines are best when drunk during spring or summer time.  This light drink goes well with lighter meals like fish.  White wines also taste good when paired with cheese.

Popular types of white wines are Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Moscato.  The optimal serving temperature for white wine is 45 degrees Fahrenheit.  White wines are best served in glasses with smaller bowls to enhance their characteristics.

There are some health benefits from consuming white wines.  One is that they contain high levels of tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol which help prevent artery blockage and other heart ailments.

Proper Wine Storage  

In order for both red wines and white wines to mature nicely, they should be stored in rooms where climate conditions are regulated by wine cellar cooling units. Ideal temperatures for storing wines are between 50 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit.  Constant temperature swings can accelerate the aging process and ruin the taste and flavor of wines.


Maintaining humidity levels is also an important factor.  The humidity range inside New Jersey custom wine cellars should be at 60% – 75%.   Going below or in excess of those levels can dry out the corks or promote mold growth that can damage the overall quality of wines.

Most importantly, wines should be laid on their side during storage to keep the cork in constant contact with the wine.  This prevents the cork from drying out.  High quality wine cellar racks are great tools for managing a large collection and they are designed to facilitate the correct positioning of wine bottles.

Don’t have a custom wine cellar yet? Contact Coastal Custom Wine Cellars at Toll-Free (888) 735-8889 or simply click here to request for a FREE 3D wine cellar design.

Primary Considerations in Installing New Jersey Wine Cellars

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New Jersey wine cellars are designed to provide the best possible environment for storing and aging wines for a long period of time.  They are equipped with wine cooling systems that help regulate temperature and humidity levels.  Modern wine cellars not only function as storage spaces for wines but also serve as ideal locations for conducting wine tasting parties.

Deciding to install a wine cellar requires looking into several important things that can greatly enhance the efficiency and aesthetic quality of the New Jersey wine storage room.  Among the primary elements to consider are the size and location of the wine cellar, type of racking systems, flooring material, type of entry door, and lighting system.

The actual physical location of the wine cellar is essential to the project because this will help determine the amount of insulation and the type of refrigeration system to install.  The size and dimensions of the wine cellar depends entirely on the number of wine bottles the owner intends to have and whether or not the storage room should also double as an entertainment area.


The Wine Racking Systems 

Racking systems are storage devices that allow owners to display and organize their wine collection.  Wine racks are designed to facilitate proper positioning of wine bottles.  Wines are stored on their side to keep the cork in contact with the wine, which prevents it from drying out.  A dried out cork can promote oxidation and cause the wine to spoil.

Wine racks come in a variety of pre-constructed styles and configurations.  Custom built racking systems are also available.  Compared to their pre-made counterparts, custom wine racks are usually built on site and are designed to adapt to the architectural constraints of the storage space.

The Wine Cellar Flooring 

The flooring material should be durable enough to hold the weight of the storage furniture and the entire wine collection.  Carpets are not a good flooring option and must be avoided because they can promote mold growth. Some of the most popular materials in wine cellar flooring are cork, wood, stone, and recycled oak wine barrel.


The Wine Cellar Door & Lighting System 

Installing an exterior grade New Jersey wine cellar door is one way to keep the desired climate conditions inside the wine room.  In order to maintain an airtight seal, the entry door must have an automatic door bottom and weather stripping on all sides.  Common types of wine cellar doors are solid wood, wrought iron, and glass.


Light sources in the wine cellar should be bright enough to allow owners to read wine labels and move about the room, but not too bright to generate heat that can cause temperature swings.

LED based lighting is highly recommended for wine cellar use.  These bulbs are energy efficient and emit less heat.  Adding dimmer switches and light timers not only reduce energy costs but also minimize exposure of wines to light.

New Jersey custom wine cellars are not only designed to keep wines safe from external elements but also showcase the homeowner’s personality and lifestyle.  The overall appearance of a wine cellar is as important as its functionality.

Consulting with a professional wine cellar specialists will help you design and install the wine cellar of your dreams. Get your FREE 3D wine cellar design and consultation by contacting Coastal Custom Wine Cellars at