Home Wine Racks: Rack Them Right

If you aren’t going to drink the bottle of wine tonight, you might consider some form of wine racking system to keep your wines at their peak of flavor. Matt Pelarcik, owner of The Wine Rack Shop in Downington, Pennsylvania, has a variety of solutions, ranging from simple display racks to custom systems used in large wine rooms and cellars.

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Pelarcik has been manufacturing and distributing quality wine racks for five years. Because he has a web interface, Pelarcik is able to ship racks anywhere in the world. “We send racks to Great Britain and the Caribbean. Everywhere.”

The Wine Rack Shop makes modular wooden wine racks out of maple. “I think we have the most heavy duty racks available just because they are all maple. It’s a hard wood,” Pelarcik says. “You’ll see a lot of pine and redwood racks.” Those are soft woods that are not as durable as maple, which is often the top choice for builders for flooring, cabinetry, and even fine furniture. Pelarcik uses Northeastern Maple for its natural beauty. “It’s also a very stable wood. It doesn’t move a lot, which wood has a tendency to do in someone’s home in certain conditions,” he adds. “And, all of our racks don’t need to be attached to floor, wall, or ceiling. They will stand alone.”

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This makes them very user friendly for apartments and other rentals. It also makes it easier to move around or adjust the size or configuration of your storage system.

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.

Most people order these racks unfinished, though you can get them turned out in cherry, mahogany, or in a clear varnish. This is an excellent choice for display racks that will be in a prominent place in a collector’s home. These racks are then used for short term storage for a dinner party or a week’s worth of wine or for young wines that will be enjoyed within a short time frame. Or, they may be excellent choices for the new synthetic corks or screw tops that are transforming the wine industry.

Nevertheless, for long term storage away from the eyes of guests, Pelarcik recommends unfinished wooden racks. Stain fumes can sometimes penetrate wine corks and compromise the wine.