Wine has been a staple beverage in the Western world since the beginning of civilization. Its discovery dates back to around 6000 BC in Georgia. Nope, it’s not the state in the southeastern US. Rather, it’s the republic that sits between the borders of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. By 4500 BC, the widely consumed drink has made it to Greece and Rome. The Romans were mainly credited for spreading wine across Europe. They planted vineyards in strategic towns to minimize the cost of trade. The Roman Catholic Church also used it in a portion of the Mass called Eucharist. Interestingly, the propagation of wine from the central part of the world to the west was believed to be due to the Phoenicians whose trade routes were westward. For those who didn’t know, the Phoenicians brought the alphabet to the world.
There’s no question that an overwhelming number of households in the United States and Europe have wines in stock. But wines are not just stored in refrigerators and left there to be cooled. There’s a common practice when storing wines. A wine cellar would be appropriate, but not everyone has the means to build one. Here’s where wine racks come in. They’re ideal for the typical home. A wine rack can be in any form or size. It can be built under a table or custom made from metal or wood. Vintage ones with intricate designs can cost a lot while those that can be found in furniture stores like IKEA can cost much less.
If you want to save more, you can build your own. A DIY wine rack can be a fun project for your home. Before we go into the details, we should know how to store wine the right way.
Storing Wine Properly
The most important thing to know about wine storage is the position of the bottle. Unlike soda and water bottles, wines are stored horizontally. The cork plays a crucial role in this process. The cork is an impenetrable, buoyant and fire resistant material. Placing the bottle in a horizontal position allows the liquid to be always in contact with the cork which then prevents the wine from drying out. It also puts a stop to the spread of bacteria, fungi and yeast.
Temperature is another important thing to know when storing wine. Under no circumstances should the wine be kept under extreme conditions. An ideal temperature would be something that doesn’t cause the wine to freeze or boil. Here’s a solid number: going above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (17.78 degrees Celsius) would be excessive. In addition, sunlight can also affect the wine’s scent. Make sure that the wine rack is not placed in an area of the house that’s under direct sunlight. That’s why cellars are fantastic. They are situated underground – away from sunlight and other factors that directly affect the flavor.
Do It Yourself Wine Rack
Now that you know the basics of wine storage, it’s time to build your own wine rack. Here’s a video of a DIY wine rack that’s certainly doable.
Here’s another one that holds three bottles. It’s simple enough that you can do it on a weekend.
Here’s one that makes use of recycled cans. Very easy! Even grandma can do it.
Benefits of a DIY Wine Rack
Zero labor cost. When you can do it yourself, there’s hardly any reason for you to buy a similar one from somebody else. The labor of love is also a plus. If you need help, there’s surely someone in the household who’s generous enough to lend a hand.
It encourages creativity. Doing it yourself means that you should also come up with a workable plan. That’s just half the fun, though. Coming up with a design is where it really gets exciting. There’s no limit when it comes to creativity. It’s even better when there’s two of you. Here’s a challenge: See what you can put together with a bunch of leftover plywood and PVC pipes.
You’ll end up spending less in the long run. If you think about it, the bulk of your spending should be in your wines. As long as you can store them properly, a DIY wine rack should be all you need. On another note, you might even be able to trade your skills someday. A bottle of wine from your neighbor for a homemade wine rack, perhaps?