Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Classic Wine Crate Project Ideas and Pictures

If your looking to add an organic touch to your decor Classic Wine Crates are a great option. They can be used for all kinds of projects and ideas around the home, bar or wine cellar. Restaurants and stores use them to give a wine-themed accent to their displays. Here are some cool and interesting ways to decorate with them:

Fun and Easy Wall shelvingRemodelista

Pull-Out Wine Cellar Cubby Drawers

Neutral Tones to Match the Decor - Door Sixteen

DIY Dinnerware Crate for the Kitchen - The Kitchn

Add Some Shadow Boxes to Your Home Office - Apartment Therapy

How About a Vintage Bar Decoration? - Cape of Dreams

Give Your Bathroom Vanity a Wine Theme

Create Your Own Wine Crate Coffee Table - Offbeat Home & Life

Roll-Out Wine Shelving for Large Wine Cellars - The Green Head

A Perfect Way to Bring Customers to Your Pop-Up Store - Design Chaser

A Gorgeous Custom Dresser

Perfect Place for the Linens - Infarrantly Creative

A Bed for Your Furry Friend.. Indulgy

A Great Way to Store Your Books - A Beautiful Mess

Ikeahack a Custom Living Room Cabinet

Make Your Own Square Foot Garden - llhdesign

Organize your shed - Martha Stewart

A Fun DIY Hauppauge Design - Popsugar

Add a Southwestern Flavor to Your Foyer - Coco and Kelley

Last but not Least, Make a Wine Crate Guitar! - Wine Julia

Inspired? Visit Winepine and buy Classic Wine Crates for your own special project!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chateauneuf Du Pape Beaucastel

Chateauneuf Du Pape Beaucastel Wooden Wine Box

Beaucastel brings back fond memories. It was the first wine box we sold when Winepine started 11 years ago. The beautifully decorated cote of arms design always takes me back to that time.

Chateaneuf Du Pape Beaucastel is among the most revered vineyard in all of Rhone. Not much has changed throughout the near millennia since it's land has been producing wine in modern France. Although the Beaucastel name wasn't truly established until the 14th century, it's quite likely that it's land was producing wine well before the 1st century. When you look at this wine box your looking at a tiny piece of recorded history.

Many of the ancient vines were destroyed by Phylloxera in the 19th century, but since the replanting a few decades later the vines were restored to their former glory. I purchased a few bottles of 2007 for a Thanksgiving party and they were finished in the blink of an eye. Although it would've been nice to experience wine from vines dating back hundreds of years, I can't imagine the legendary Beaucastel quality to be that much more significant during any period of time.

Country: France

Region: Rhone

Sub-Region: Chateauneuf Du Pape

Established: 1321

Production: 8,000 cases averaged among 5 different single vineyard plots

Grape: Makes both Rhone grape varietal reds and whites

Box design: Historic Beaucastel Cote of Arms engraved on the front side

Rarity: Fairly. Some vintages are made without wooden wine boxes

Crate designation: Collector's ($35.00)

Our opinion/history: Chateauneuf means "New Castle of the Popes" and Beaucastel was the first Rhone vineyard in which the Vatican acquired to make Sacramental wine. There's a deep and rich history of this vineyard that dates back 1,000 years or more, and most of the wines from the region pair well with hearty meats.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The 8 Best Wooden Wine Box Pictures from Spain

Spanish wooden wine boxes are rare. Very few vineyards make them and the ones that do have either tiny productions or only make them for special vintages. They are one of my favorite regions for wine boxes.

Some have highly detailed pictures or designs. Others have a unique text/font and that's it. For some reason I find them captivating. Maybe it's the smooth Spanish wood or the architecture displayed on some of them. Perhaps it's just because there's so few of them which makes each one a treasure.

Spain as a wine making country is one of the few "hybrid" producers of both old and new world styles. This is seen clearly in their wine crates and boxes/ Some have that charming vintage look and some have a sleek modern appeal.

To be fair, alot of the crates displayed below only came in once so we have none in stock at the moment. I seem to have a penchant of creating blog posts of crates we aren't able to sell...

In any event I want to share these with you and hopefully one day we'll be able to supply you with some!

Prado Enea: Vintage class style large 12 bottle crate with an old world style lid and long side panel engraving 

Aalto: Modern style single bottle crate with a slide-top lid and two long side design engravings.

Numanthia: Hybrid style medium 6 bottle wine box with a highly detailed picture of the winery's old Spanish architecture

*Numanthia: The oak stain finish version of the Numanthia wine box

Termanthia: Modern style oversized medium 6 bottle wine box with a deeply engraved branding of the vineyard's design

Finca El Bosque: Hybrid medium oversized 6 bottle wine box with a delicate engraving of the logo and design

La Nieta: Modern style medium wine box with the winery's estate engraved on the lid, front and back sides

Bodegas Vega Sicilia: One of my all-time favorites. The Bodegas is lightly engraved with a very high detail picture of the vineyard estate on the front and back sides. The lid has an old world logo design. This is a hybrid 3 bottle wine case.

Remelluri: This is a very old world vineyard with a modern style design wooden wine box. Normally I'd call this a hybrid, but the Remelluri vineyard dates back to the 14th century so no dice on that. I love the elegantly designed picture of the vineyard and estate on the front and back sides. This is a medium 6 bottle wine box, and I've only seen two of these in my life.

If you have any questions about Spanish wine boxes or would like to get on our waiting list feel free to give me a call or shoot me an e-mail. Also, we get alot of e-mails from people looking to identify some of the crates they have. If you have a wine box or crate you'd like more info on i'd be happy to help with that.


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Sunday, January 17, 2016

The 9 Best Wine Room Decorations List

These spectacular wine rooms all have one thing in common: They were all decorated with original wine boxes and crates. All have either custom shelving or plenty of room to display them. Hopefully they'll give you some inspiration!

Design Interiors Inc

Decolust Wine Room

Houzz Wine Room

Rosehill Wine Cellars

Simmonsbuilding Wine Room

Looking for your wine boxes or crates for your own project? Visit Winepine

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How Wine Crates Increase the Value of Your Home

Throughout history wine was considered "The Drink of the Gods". You'd be hard-pressed to find a person anywhere that isn't familiar with wine and wouldn't enjoy a glass as you spoke with them. The soldiers of the Roman Empire considered it food, and drank it instead of water because it was a safer way to hydrate.

It's widely known by real estate agents and experts that a wine cellar increases the value of your home. Wine isn't just a drink, but is often a way to connect with friends and loved ones making a wine cellar a perfect place to entertain. Hosting social events in your cellar gives an aesthetic value but not necessarily a monetary one. Collecting wine however can quickly become a way to invest, and that's a big reason why having a wine cellar often makes your home more valuable.

In order to invest in wine you'll need a place to store it. Hearty Bordeaux and Burgundy wines are the most commonly collectible wines. This is because the grapes used in Bordeaux take many years to peak. You can drink them young but won't get the best experience until they reach full maturity. That can take as long as 15-30 years. Keeping the wine in it's best possible storage condition is the only way to get maximum value. This is called provenance.

There are 3 key characteristics to achieve the best in provenance for fine wine:
  • Darkness
  • Temperature control
  • Keeping the bottles flat on their sides
Once you have a steady temperature-control room the rest of these needs are covered with original wooden wine crates and boxes. Wine crates are designed for bottle storage because they're built to keep bottles on their sides, while maintaining darkness and a slightly cooler temperature than if the bottles were held in traditional racks and exposed to light. They also make moving wine much easier because your moving 12 bottles at a time instead of one-by-one with your hands. When your ready to sell your prized wines at a profit you can simply give the full case to the wine appraiser for sale. Not only will the wine be valued for what it is, but the complete collection of wine in it's original crate will fetch more at auction. 

Wine investing and collecting can be fun but sometimes it's all about business. The aesthetic quality of a wine cellar is also important too.

Most wine cellars are in basements where the temperature is cooler. This is usually the most cost-effective option. Basements are often not selling points when buying a house. A wine cellar with a bar or entertainment area there takes an unused space and turn it into a huge benefit. The moment your buyer steps into the gorgeous wine room you've built it'll take their breath away...

Wine crates have a vintage appeal that adds a special charm to a wine room or cellar. They captivate the imagination while matching both modern and old world decor styles beautifully. A wine room is never quite complete unless it's adorned with them. The above picture is one of my favorites, and everytime I look at this space I get inspired. That's what a wine cellar or room should do for everyone.

If your looking for original wine boxes crates for your own wine room or cellar decoration visit Winepine 


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wine Crate Interior Design Highlights of 2015

Every year I like to showcase our favorite client wine crate DIY projects right after the holidays. This year for 2015 we had many more projects with wine panels than we did with wine boxes or crates. Nevertheless we were given some truly stunning pictures!

This is the 319 Wine and Cheese shop in Tallahassee FL. The back wall of the shop has nearly 200 original wooden wine crate panels representing dozens of different vineyards from all over the world.

The assortment of panels shown was part Classic style and part Collectors

The special piece shown above was designed for an Italian restaurant in Boston. The wine panels on the base wall are mostly from Napa and Italian vineyards, and were all deeply finished with a natural lacquer. All of these panels were from the Premier line of Collector's panels.

A lovely wine cellar with a base trim wainscot of Collector's panels. A light strip was placed above the base for illumination. This is one of the more innovative designs that I've seen in 2015.


This is a bar table for a wine room which was covered in wine panels and epoxied to create a glass-like finish covering the table-top. All are Collector's style and this is easily one of my all-time favorites.

The picture above is an old world style wine cellar with rope bottle display. The back wall has a random wainscot trim collector's and First Growth backdrop.  This space took over a year to design and is full of vintage character!

We featured this storied wine art piece called "Reminiscence" earlier in the year. It's a montage of original Collector's wine panels mixed with wine corks and memorabilia from the travels of a lovely couple through different wine countries. Even the custom hanging bottle lights were part of the experience.

Lastly we have the very popular industrial-style layered shelving designed by the renowned Etsy seller Urban Farmhouse Group with Medium Collector's Wine Boxes from Winepine. It's a work of art which gets lots of re-pins and likes on our social media sites.

And that sums up the client project highlights for 2015. Hope you have a Happy New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2016!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wine Boxes for Vinyl Record Storage

Record store owners and vinyl enthusiasts are always looking for a unique way to store and display their musical treasures. You can always go with a leather flip-top case or some other standard option, but that isn't nearly as fun as going with something eye-catching and different. If you happen to be a wine enthusiast or enjoy a vintage style look, the most attractive option for vinyl display would be an original wooden wine box.

Vinyl record storage in wine boxes is tricky though because most records average 12 1/4"

Most original wooden wine boxes or crates are 12" in width on the inside dimensions, so they're just a touch too small

In the past what we'd do is disassemble the wine box and shave down the sides with a surface planer. We'd then put the box back together. This became a problem because the shaved-down sides decreased the durability of the crates, and it also increased the cost of them because it took so much time to do. Over time the sides would crack from use and we'd have to re-make them.

Because of this issue we told customers that asked for crates large enough to hold vinyl that we couldn't do it. The solution to this problem was right underneath our noses...

The best format for vinyl ended up being a fairly rare format of wine box called a 6 bottle magnum size. They're oversized, stack-able and square shaped designed to hold 6 magnum sized wine bottles, and are perfect for record display/storage. Ever since this discovery we've been getting more and more requests for them. Unfortunately we don't get many of them in because most vineyards don't make them. They're almost exclusively from select French wineries, and only a few dozen are made per vintage/per winery. We may be able to offer them on the Winepine website at some point, but at the moment we don't have enough in stock to maintain a regular supply. If your interested in one or more for your own record collection give me a call or shoot me an e-mail: These also make perfect gifts for music lovers.

Happy Holidays!