Magazine article Sunset

Angles of Repose: Storage Options

Magazine article Sunset

Angles of Repose: Storage Options

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CARDBOARD WINE CARTONS. Easy and free. A section of Sunset's wine cellar has unopened boxes of wine stacked on their sides. These wines are the ones we plan to serve within a few months, so it doesn't make sense to unpack, inventory, and stack them. Each box has all the information we need written on its side.

Others in the wine business feel the same way. Wiegand stacks his wines in their cardboard boxes. Hunt Patterson, regional sales manager for Pine Ridge Winery in Napa, cuts the tops off the boxes, lays the bottles on their sides, and sets the cartons on inexpensive but sturdy shelves. For stability, Patterson doesn't stack boxes on top of each other.

ABS PLASTIC PIPE. Norman Kiken, proprietor of Reverie Winery and Vineyards in Calistoga, California, uses low-cost ABS plastic drainpipe (from the plumbing section of the hardware store) cut into sections the length of a wine bottle. He uses 3and 4-inch-diameter pipes to accommodate various bottle dimensions. He stacks the bottle-filled pipes in a box-shaped wood frame to keep them in place. ABS plastic pipe costs $1 to $1.80 per foot.

MODULAR WINE RACKS. Experts and amateurs alike agree that fabricated wine racks and bins that stack and fit together in a variety of configurations are one of the easiest ways to organize wine. …

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