the party we attended on saturday night was at the home of the woman who used to head up the start-up the hippie was working for until it went belly-up last april. she's an amazingly smart woman, very driven, very opinionated, sarcastic and a tad caustic at times, and i really like her! she and her husband have made some wise decisions along the way, and they have the house to prove it! their wine cellar was the most amazing thing i have ever seen in a private home, and i spent so much time drooling on it that i decided it deserved its own blog post.
the shelving throughout the cellar is handmade redwood, the floor is stone tile, and there is a triple-paned glass wall between the cellar and the rest of the basement, which consisted of a den, a bar, a game room, and a larger porch/patio where live music was playing. (i admit to not paying much attention to the music--i was way too distracted by the wine and by talking to people--two of my favorite things. but i digress...) there are a number of larger format bottles of wine from magnum sized up to 9 liters (!!!), and the area behind the large bottles is covered with crate tops from wines they have ordered in the past, which is just lovely--probably my favorite part of the whole thing. the doors to the cellar are stained glass in a grape vine pattern, and there are also a number of paintings in evidence. the whole thing is kept at a cool, humid 53 degrees. in all, there are about 4000 bottles of wine. we're operating on a slightly smaller scale at our house. we tend to drink wine as it comes through the door with only a few notable exceptions. these live in our four wall-mounted stainless steel ikea wine racks. we dream of one day having this in our future dining room, but for now, we're good. if we ever DO get around to building a proper cellar, i know where i'm going for advice!
more pictures from this awesome cellar can be found here.