Thank God for coal cellars
This is my little wine cellar which at one time was a coal bin in my basement.   It has two earthen walls (corner) and concrete block walls.  The temperatures inside usually are around 55 in the winter to 65 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months.
bulletConstant temperature
bulletPreferrably little or no sunlight

Click here to see a document on building your own wine cellar

 

Here are the amounts of wine I have in the working yet to be bottled:
I have held off bottling the Concord until around Thanksgiving so I can get it just the way I want it to taste.   That will be my Christmas gift wine.

bullet6 gallons of 2003 Cranberry
bullet6 gallons of 2003 Blackberry
bullet6 gallons of 2003 Merlot
bullet6 gallons of 2003 Chianti (Sherry's)
bullet6 gallons of 2002 Mulberry
bullet6 gallons of 2002 Apple Cinnamon
bullet6 gallons of 2002 Apple Cranberry
bullet10 gallons of 2002 Apple (Dale's)

 

Having a little wine cellar is a good way to keep your wines, either store bought or straight from the winery.  Consistent temperatures, quiet and darkness are a wine's friend.   Not to mention, your  friends will love it.

 

 

 

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Coal Cellar
Not everyone has one of these.  As you can see, I'm going to quickly outgrow mine.  

Prefab Cellars
You can buy prefabricated wine cellars for your unfinished basement from wineenthusiast.com I think.  They're not cheap.  If I had to, I think I'd just frame up a corner in a basement, insulate it, put in a dehumidifier in the basement, and possibly a small duct which can be closed.  This will allow you to pump in cold air from your AC in the summer time as temps in your basement rise to mid 70's.


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