Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Where Wine Meets Decor

We're coming up on the 10th year of Winepine, so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a picture montage of our favorite pictures. Included below are client projects, some of the types of wine crates and wine boxes we offer, and several custom-made crates and boxes we personalized for clients:

Padres wine bar with wine panels surrounded by a hardwood frame and marble countertop
A wine panel tray, with three finished semi-gloss panels and an alder wood frame

Wedding reception dance floor covered with 600 different wooden wine panels!

Bathroom vanity sink with original wine crates as drawers

Wine store that used wooden wine crate panels to showcase and match specific wines

Cork-framed wine panel artwork. Took two years (and a lot of wine bottles) for our client to make! Every cork is from a different vineyard.

Nearly complete kitchen wainscot with wine crate panels

Small wet bar covered in all kinds of finished wine panels

One of our first major projects. The wall of the rare wines room in Grapes the Wine Co.

A beautifully finished high-gloss Petrus wine box

Twenty-Five 12 bottle wine crates from different vineyards

Davanti Enoteca Restaurant Bar Wall featured in Look! magazine

Wine-themed stairs complete with Grand Cru panels and wine corks

Eat, Drink and Be Married personalized wine crate

Assorted Original 6 bottle wine boxes from various countries

Custom wine boxes made for Aloft Hotel's "Live in the Vineyard"

Three Domaine Romanee Conti 12 bottle wine crates. The most revered vineyard in the world.

1975 Dom Perignon Single Bottle Wine Crate

Double-Decker Doggy Bed

Custom Two Bottle Crate made for Santa Cruz Mountains

Gorgeous wine store using wine crates exclusively for display and storage
In celebration of our 10th year, we're introducing new lines (and expanding our current lines). We're also working on an e-mail list so we can give our clients exclusive deals, and a first look at our latest stock of crates as they come in.
Visit www.winepine.com to take a look at some of our additions, and feel free to e-mail me if you'd like to be added to our exclusive offer e-mail list.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bitcoin and a Special Wine Crate Offer

If you haven't heard of Bitcoin yet, it's a fairly new and very unique digital currency. I learned about it last year, and thought it may be the right time to add it to the Winepine website as a form of payment.  It's had a lot of mixed press lately, but I really believe that it's going to be revolutionary in the next few years.

What's really interesting about it is that you can produce Bitcoin yourself, from your home, and you can basically become your own bank. It's all legal because the IRS considers Bitcoin as property.

The problem you'll face with producing Bitcoin is that you need to purchase a lot of computer equipment to do it. The Bitcoin community calls this "Mining". You can also buy Bitcoin in the open market, and most people do just that.

When you mine Bitcoin, your computer equipment is doing tons of mathematical problems every second. Once the computer solves one of these problems you get a little (or a lot) of Bitcoin. The amount of Bitcoin you get is based on how advanced your computer equipment is (Or rather how fast it can solve the problems). The Bitcoin your computer earns is then sent to your digital wallet. You can actually link your smartphone to your digital wallet, and spend the Bitcoin by simply scanning it to anyone that accepts it (The list of vendors who accept Bitcoin is growing exponentially). You can also buy things online with Bitcoin really easily. The transfer is almost instantaneous.

The current issue with mining Bitcoin is that the computer equipment you need is specialized and very expensive. Plus your electric bill doubles if not more! I had a small Bitcoin mining rig and the electric bill jumped quite a bit. On top of this, the mathematical problems that your computer needs to solve gets more and more difficult, so you get less and less Bitcoin every day.

So why bother mining or buying Bitcoin? A lot of people say it's a pain in the neck to have to buy or mine Bitcoin first, and then spend it. For starters, the dollar bill is inflationary, and Bitcoin is deflationary. The value of the dollar goes down every year because more and more dollars are constantly being created. Bitcoin on the other hand will only have a total of 21 million in circulation. This is great opportunity for savers, and if the value of Bitcoin goes up, you'll be able to buy more things for less Bitcoin in the future.

Secondly, Bitcoin is really easy to transfer, and has incredibly low fees (Under 1%). Credit cards, Paypal etc., have very high fees so Bitcoin is great for business. They can be transferred instantly to anyone with a digital wallet, anywhere in the world

So we're seriously considering accepting it on the Winepine website. I'm looking for comments/thoughts on this, so please let me know what you think. Overstock and Tiger Direct currently accept them, and eBay may be adding Bitcoin wallets to Paypal, so I think we should start accepting it too.

In the spirit of Bitcoin, we're offering this Casa Lapostolle single bottle wine crate from Spain:

Flip top style w/ hinge

Deep engraving on the lid

Built-in bottle holding inserts

Dimensions: 17" L X 4 3/4" W X 5" H
This is the perfect crate to decorate your home, wine cellar or office with. It's made of unfinished solid pine, and has a nice, vintage kind of appeal to it.

Please e-mail me with the shipping address if your interested, or if you'd like purchase the crate without using Bitcoin - winepine@optonline.net

For the Casa Lapostolle wine crate, send .07 Bitcoin to the address below:
Thank you, and feel free to visit www.winepine.com to take a look at some of the other wine crates, wine boxes and wine panels we have in stock! Hopefully we'll be adding Bitcoin to the Winepine site soon.

Patrick -

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Beautifully Finished Wine Crates & Panels

Our new line of luxuriously finished wine crates and panels!

Smooth-sanded original wine crates + Professional finish = Just gorgeous!

The finishes we use are all imported from Italy. They come in different stain colors and styles such as:

Black Satin



Vintage Starburst

And many more different variations.

Semi-Gloss Cherry Walnut Exterior with a Mahogany Interior

Cherry Walnut w/ Dark Cherry Satin Interior - Lid is finished with both

Vintage Style Semi-Gloss Cherry Walnut - Corners gently finished in a slightly different tone

Every piece is designed to last for generations. The finishes are highly resistant to aging, and completely seals the crates from moisture. They look fantastic in wine cellars, and we can even match the hardwood schemes!

Take a look at how these pieces shine when they're completed:

We also can even finish the wine panels too. Currently we offer three styles:

And these panels will deliver this kind of look to your bar, restaurant, wine cellar or home:

Osteria Restaurant in Philadelphia
So what do you think? Our clients are getting more business, and creating new connections with their gorgeous new wall d├ęcor. Contact us for finished wine crates and panels to create an amazing, conversation-starting wall for yourself!
Call Patrick
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Friday, May 2, 2014

7 Easy Wine Crate Storage Projects

Wooden wine crates are large, highly durable and look great in any setting. They don't just store wine, but can also be made to hold books, kitchen items such as spices, DVD's, Blu-Rays, vinyl records and even shoes. They're also stackable so they make for smart organizing.

Quaint reading nook - These are painted on the inside for decoration, but this isn't necessary

Modern pantry - This is a one piece that's a bit more professional and involved, but as a DIY work-around you can center the crates and drill them into the wall - www.remodelista.com

Wine Crate Nightstand - Here's a how-to on how to make a decorative bed side nightstand - http://theborrowedabode.com/

Shabby-chic style end table with a small cabinet

Burgundy style bike rack - Just drill holes in the bottom of the crate to match the rack screws

Wine crate bookshelf

Wine crate storage for vinyl records - Just add records! Please note that these particular crates need to be from wineries that make slightly oversized bottles. Vinyl records are 13" wide, and most wine crates are 12 1/2" wide. Some wine crates are 13 1/4" wide. Those are the ones you need.
These are the fairly easy projects you can do with original wine crates and boxes. Projects can get much more involved. You can paint crates all different colors, stain or finish them, add wall paper to the bottoms to create Limoges or shadow boxes, and even make spice racks and cabinets out of them. There are lots of creative things you can do.
Visit us at www.winepine.com to get some wine crates or boxes for your own unique project!
Patrick -
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wedding Ideas with Wine Boxes and Crates

Wine Themed Wedding Crates & Boxes

Wooden wine crates and boxes compliment a wedding perfectly. From wedding table centerpieces, wedding party gifts, floral decorations and even part of the ceremony itself, wine crates are instant attention-getters and conversation pieces. My personal favorite are the wedding wine boxes with a carved slot for gift cards:

The lid has a slide-top style, and we can be engrave the piece with your own logo, design or decorative text

Another favorite is the floral succulents wine case. This is a longer piece that can be engraved on the front side:

This type of piece can hold small flowers or a good amount of succulents/herbs as part of a table centerpiece. Surrounding candles can make this an eye-catching presentation.

If you want the best of both worlds, you can mix the card box with the floral patterns like this:

The above is a 6 bottle sized crate with a carved slot on the front. The floral setting is on top.

So we have pictures of floral crates, gift card boxes and the two together. What other decorations do they add to?

Cake stands:

You can do everything custom wine crates or use an original wooden wine box like this:

or like this..

There have been some very creative ideas in the past like these:
Wine crate invitations table

Dance floor made of wine crate panels

Buffet table with wine crates
How about some gifts for the wedding party?
And much more. The possibilities are fun, and will get your creative juices flowing. Themes that mix wine crates, wine barrels and wine corks together can be used to create very different looks. Fine wine is elegant, classy and sets the stage for a truly memorable event:
Add some wine accents, and watch your perfect reception become the talk of the town!
We have years of experience working with both brides and grooms, and can assist on creative additions to compliment your ideas. Give us a call or shoot me an e-mail:
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Drink Good Wines without Breaking the Bank

    Wine is a time-honored part of the culinary experience, with a complete science dedicated to finding its deeper tones and subtle fragrances. The presentation of a bottle of wine at a table or dinner is seen as a sign of respect for those you are serving, and the selection of just the right wine can make or break an otherwise spectacular impression upon your guests. I'd like to help you select just the right wine for your dining occasion.

There is a piece of wisdom about wines that says that good wine must be expensive, with the age of the wine representing a large part of its value. The problem, of course, is that a well-known vintage wine can weigh heavily on the pocketbook, so what is the frugal entertainer to do? Below we will present a selection of red wines that have their own lovely bouquet, and can serve just as well as more expensive wines in making an impression on those important guests and clients. Even better, they're all available in most places for under $20.
2009 HYPERLINK "http://www.wespeakwine.com/products/Bodegas-Nekeas-Vega-Sindoa-Tempranillo-Navarra-2008-750ML.html"Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Tempranillo

Harkening from the sun dappled vineyards of the Navarra region in northern Spain, this wine carried with it a noble heritage in the grapes used to produce it. The luxurious color of the Tempranillo grape, a rich vibrant purple with red undertones whispers promises of the libation it is central in producing. Its flavor will be warm and comfortable, while its aroma produces a distinctive and varied bouquet for those fortunate enough to enjoy its flavor. Underneath and around the flavor and fragrance offered by its base grape, this wine spins in a bit of spice that makes it an unparalleled addition to a barbecue spread.

 2009 Hardys Nottage Hill Pinot Noir
This wine is an inexpensive little number with a lot of bang for your buck. Coming in the gate on the first sip you're going to be greeted by a sassy tart cherry flavor that likes to stick around and make itself known. Followed on the heels of this is a panorama of flavors that will leave you wanting more. Some of the flavors noted in this bold wine are watermelon and tart raspberry, giving it an overall sweet and tangy tone.
2009 Esser Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine carries with it the respectable pedigree of the Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. This combination is of such popularity that wines containing these flavors can be found the world over. This delicious wine comes out of the California region of vineyards, benefiting from the abundant sun and long growing seasons of this respected part of wine culture. The flavors this will bring to the table area firm burst of black-currant and bell pepper, providing a generous palette of fruit flavors and a nice weight on the tongue. The oak cask aging process is just one more note in the orchestra of its bouquet, adding the subtle tones of cedar, smoke, and spice with a brief trill of vanilla and coconut.
All three of these wines bring great value for the cost, and can serve as an excellent accompaniment to heartier, red meat based meals from many cultures. From European dishes such as boeuf a la moelle, to a simpler ravioli with white truffle sauce, to the more traditional American dishes like the simple classic that is Salisbury steak, these wines will serve as either the perfect appertif, or as a wonderful digestif after the meal. 

When entertaining, never underestimate the power of a carefully chosen wine, it can turn that evening with your guests from a simple dinner, to a memorable dining experience they will walk about for years to come. But remember: with all of these fantastically tasty wines around, beware! Make sure you prevent the hangovers red wine is infamous for by snacking on dark chocolate for a scrumptious dessert.

Should you decide that you wish to be truly intrepid, the vinting connoisseur could always attempt to make their own wines, label them, put them in a dark cellar and enjoy them for years to come… Oh who are we kidding? Good wine never lasts!