Build your own Wine Closet
Matt and I ventured up to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto last weekend to do some tasting. Lompoc is about 50 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara and is home to Vandenberg AFB. It is adjacent to the world famous Santa Rita Hills appellation, and real estate is cheap compared to the rest of the area. This attracts many small production winemakers who are able to have a tasting room alongside their production facilities.
Attention Central Coast friends: While this post is not about the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, I would highly recommend it! It was very laid back, and they serve several varietals you don’t often see in the Santa Ynez Valley
At our first stop our bartender mentioned that she had just put together a wine closet. Lucky for us, our new apartment has THREE closets!
The proper way to store wine is always up for debate, but it really comes down to personal preference. I’ll probably be discredited for saying this but, personally, I do not like my red chilled at all. I find that drinking red wine at room temperature allows for a deeper flavor profile. Most central coast wines are made to last about 5-10 year max, and in our house they are made to last a few months, so I don’t have the need to properly age my wine. We had considered getting a wine fridge, but we really don’t have the space or electrical bandwidth. A wine closet seemed like the perfect solution.
I remembered that the Goodwill down the street had a 44 bottle wine rack originally from World Market. So after our visit, we stopped to see if they still had it. We were in luck! It was still there.
Goodwill tip: If your local Goodwill has a drop off on site, leave your donate-ables in your car! That way you can find what you are looking for, donate and get your 25% off coupon and you won’t have to worry about it expiring. After discovering the rack was still there, I donated some clothes. We walked out with a ‘like-new’ 44 bottle wine rack for $15.
When picking your closet the first thing to consider is space. Obviously no one wants to give up precious closet space, so pick a space that is maybe awkward, underutilized and easily accessible. We picked a space that didn’t have any built in storage or hanging space, and was just sort of awkward because it’s exposed to our living room. It also does not face an exterior wall, keeping the temperature fairly ambient (ideally 55 degrees).
The rest of the project is fairly self-explanatory! Here are the details: Total Time: < 1 hour Total Cost: $25 without the wine!
- Wine Rack
- Accessories to dress it up
- Don’t forget the wine!
- Clean out space (I’d really CLEAN it, like vacuum, but I’m a clean freak)
- Put in wine rack
- Decorate with your accessories
- FILL with WINE
- DRINK WINE
I’d love to hear from you and see your ideas!