Multiple-bottle wine racks play to a more serious, committed crowd. “Whether classical or modern, these say, ‘I’m into wine,’” Brown says, adding that the art and science of enjoying wine begins with a striking presentation. “There is a certain cachet about wine. You pour it, swish it around, enjoy the aroma. The taste, smell and presentation all work together.”
Ron Jones, owner of the Valley’s Stone Creek Furniture (stonecreekfurniture.com), agrees. “If you go to Napa or Sonoma, you love the ambience and you want to recreate that. You’re combining the visual with taste and scent.”
The fully committed wine connoisseur will want to invest in a dark, temperature- and humidity-controlled closet or cellar where wine is stored level to keep corks moist. Stone Creek (four Valley locations) has built everything from cave-like, Tuscan wine cellars to the custom coat-closet-turned-wine-closet pictured above.
1. Grapevine Wine Bottle Holder
This black powder-coated, compact wine holder is perfect for elegant dinner presentation ($58, glasses not included). Available at the Surprise-based online retailer Winerackboutique.com, 623-298-4538
2. Bamboo Six-Bottle Wine Rack
Manufactured with non-forested bamboo by Sustainable Wine Cellars, this six-bottle rack ($48) adheres to the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council. After the Vine Wine Cellars, (located inside Best Home Appliances, 4727 E. Bell Road, Ste. 47, 480-365-8200, afterthevine.com).
3. Iron Wine Rack
This wrought-iron grapevine six-bottle holder ($104) will attract the attention of your friends while storing wine with compact, distinctive presentation. Winerackboutique.com, 623-298-4538
4. Flow Wall Mount
Clean, quirky and functional, the space-saving wall-mount design of the Flow wine rack ($65) accommodates up to eight bottles. Artafax, 8230 E. Raintree Drive, Ste. 109, Scottsdale, 480-951-8484,
5. Distress Black Wine Cabinet
The embodiment of simple elegance, this black 16-bottle wine cabinet ($299) features a removable wood serving tray and a small drawer. Stool & Dinette Factory, two Valley locations: Chandler, 480-834-8555 or Peoria, 623-776-1640, azstoolanddinette.com.
From quick gifts to custom closets, wine storage is a matter of, well, taste. Whether you buy $10 bottles of wine from the grocer or $1,000 cases from the grower, the artful display of wine can enhance any collection. And these days, even bot...
Raise a Mai Tai to these tropical totems and Polynesian-inspired patios. As with B-movie memorabilia collectors and ‘50s fashion fiends, modern tiki enthusiasts must have an appreciation for kitsch ...
Embrace el estilo Mexicano in fresh, modern ways. Mexican design – much like Mexican cuisine – is una mezcla, a mix of vibrant influences, from pre-colonial Indian crafts to territorial architecture to last year’s trend of “M...
Home Away from Home
Bring the comforts of your casa with you on the road. Even ramblin’ men want to be comfortable when they’re on the road again. That’s the overwhelming consensus Danny Graham gets from his customers. Graham is a sales manager at Lit...
Road to Morocco
Add exotic touches to your home oasis. For the past 20 years, the Van Lith family has made an annual pilgrimage to Morocco to source products directly from craftspeople and artisans for their Scottsdale home furnishings and décor shop, Tierra...