Thursday, September 3, 2015

The 8 Best Wood Wine Box Pictures List from Burgundy

Top 8 Wooden Wine Boxes from Burgundy

It's no secret that Burgundy produces some of the world's finest wines. What is a secret is how few wooden wine boxes the region's vineyards make! It's in stark contrast to the amount of Bordeaux vineyards that make hundreds of them. 

Wooden wine boxes and crates from this region are simple yet elegant. None of them have ornate designs or pictures, and they remain gracefully in the old world. This has been the case for a thousand years, and I'm guessing it won't change for a thousand more. That's the special thing about Burgundy. 

I remain a loyal enthusiast of Burgundy wines. You can count on quality anywhere within that tiny part of France. It's extremely difficult to craft a comparable Pinot Noir anywhere else.

Admittedly, I have mixed feelings about the actual wine boxes from Burgundy though. I enjoy a nice and eye-catching Bordeaux design because it takes you back in time for a moment. The same thing applies to fancy Napa wine box artwork because it has more of a modern appeal. Burgundy on the other hand has very little artwork or designs on most of their crates. Perhaps the crates mirror the timeless quality of the wines. and if that's the case I'm ok with it never changing..


A couple of points about Burgundy wine boxes and crates:

  • Burgundy wine crates are typically larger than most other wine making regions
  • The AOC of Burgundy doesn't regulate bottle sizes like the Bordeaux AOC. This could be the reason why there's so few of them.
  • You can tell a wooden wine box is from Burgundy when you see Domaine (90% of the time). It's from Bordeaux when it says Chateau (99% of the time). 
  • Most Burgundy wine producers display the winemaker's name on the box as opposed to the name of the vineyard like you'd find with Bordeaux. The second most important characteristic branded on a Burgundy crate is the region in which the winery is from, and lastly the single vineyard of where the grapes were planted. The region developed an ancient tradition long ago that is often copied by wine makers in other countries.
  • The list below is probably 20% of all Burgundy vineyards that make wooden wine boxes & crates:

8. Vincent Girardin


In true Burgundy fashion, the Vincent Girardin crate has simple winery lettering. What a spectacular wine though.

7. Domaine d'Eugenie


Same simple design applies to Domaine d' Eugenie. The elegant lettering makes it quite pleasant though.

6. William Fevre


One of the more well-known Burgundy wineries of Grand Cru Chablis. The lid is slide-top style and has the William Fevre design and lettering on the front and back sides.

5. Patrick Javillier



Here's a Burgundy wooden wine box with a small yet fairly ornate design of the vineyard's chalice

4. Domaine Henri Boillot



A legendary Grand Cru producer who happens to be one of four Burgundy winemakers that I know of who produces a wooden wine crate that holds 12 bottles. Most Burgundies only make wooden wine boxes to hold 6 bottles. As you can imagine, this is a difficult crate to acquire.

3. Paul Jaboulet Aine


Nice wooden wine box with an ornate engraved picture of the winery's cote of arms. It's fancy, realistic and eye-catching rolled into one.

2. Olivier Leflave



My favorite Burgundy wooden wine box due to it's intricate red-colored picture of the vineyard. This crate is an exception to the Burgundy rule because of it's highly detailed design. The vineyard also produces a 12 bottle crate with a lid branding! It happens to be a completely different design than the one above, but it still red and still looks great.

1. Domaine Romanee Conti (DRC)



How can you make a list like this and not include the finest and most expensive wine on earth? Coming easily in at the #1 spot, this is the crown jewel of Burgundy. A nice front long-side design to boot!

Looking for a few Burgundy crates for yourself? Send me an e-mail at sales@winepine.com. We don't have a wide selection in stock at the moment, but a dozen or so come in every month so make sure to jump on them when they arrive.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wooden Wine Crate Profile: Screaming Eagle



Screaming Eagle

The Screaming Eagle vineyard has a tiny production and a long waiting list. Right now you can only buy Screaming Eagle new releases if you subscribe to the waiting list which is 2 years long. It is possible to buy a bottle at auction or in the open market, but the cost per bottle is over $1,000 for any given year. Much more for better vintages.

The winery only makes 3 bottle wooden wine cases, except for 2011 where they released the "Second Flight" which was the only 6 bottle wooden wine box ever made. It was a vertical of different vintages and the demand was extraordinary. There are a handful of double-magnums made every once in a while and those command significant prices as well.

The lids of all cases and boxes are branded with the iconic Eagle. All four sides of the crates are engraved as well. It's an eye-catching and artistically designed piece. Most vintages receive a perfect score.

Country: USA

Region: California

Sub-Region: Oakville, Napa Valley

Established: 1986

Production: Approx. 400 - 800 cases per year

Grape: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc

Crate design: Large iconic Eagle on both sides of the flip-top style lid, and the Screaming Eagle lettering logo on all four sides as well.

Rarity: Nearly impossible to acquire. Investors keep the crate because a complete collection of the case and wine yields more at auction.

Crate designation: Exclusive ($150.00) 

*We don't have any in stock

Our opinion/history: Not only is there a waiting list for the Screaming Eagle wine, but also for the wooden wine cases. Our waiting list surprisingly goes back about 2 years as well.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wooden Wine Crate Profile: Sin Qua Non (Napa Cult)

"Eleven Confessions" Oversized 6 Bottle Wine Box


Sin Qua Non

The Sin Qua Non winery wooden wine cases and boxes can be summed up as "Eclectic and Innovative". They are a renowned and limited Central Coast Napa cult vineyard, and their wine boxes and cases seem to change on a whim based on vintage and the 6 different grape varietals they craft. So far I was able to take a picture of 3 different wine boxes and cases which are: 
  • Eleven Confessions (Shown above), and there's actually two distinct designs for this box
  • Mr. K flat two bottle flat wine case
  • "Heart Chorea" 3 bottle wine case. 
These pictures can be found at the end of the post.

Sin Qua Non only makes flat wooden wine cases and wine boxes as of now. They don't make large wine crates. Their 750 ML bottles are over-sized, and they also make fairly tall half bottles (375 ML) 

Country: USA

Region: California

Sub-Region: Central Coast, Napa Valley

Established: 1994

Production: Approx. 3,500 cases per year.

Grape:


Reds: Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre

Whites: Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne         

Crate design: Varies a great deal. I believe different artists create graphics and designs for the vineyard on a regular basis.

Rarity: Very. Sin Qua Non is extremely limited and do very well at auction. The "Heart Chorea" wooden wine case and wine inside was numbered. Most investors keep the original wine in the original case to increase it's value.

Crate designation: Exclusive ($100.00) 

*We don't have any in stock

Our opinion/history: Sin Qua Non is one of my favorite producers of wooden wine boxes and cases. They are always very eye-catching and creative. The few that come in get sold within days and we currently have a waiting list on them. I always try to keep one for myself until a collector comes in and is willing to pay more than retail.


Mr. K Two Bottle Wine Case



"Heart of Chorea 3 Bottle Wine Case



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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wooden Wine Crate Profile: Chateau Ausone



Chateau Ausone

My original goal when I started writing was to complete the profiles on all the wine crates from every vineyard that ever made them. A difficult task I'll admit, but my direction on that changed over the years. I found most people were interested more in what can be done with wine crates as opposed to the history behind them. I think that's changing though..

What got me thinking that I should do profiles again was several clients called me today looking for specific wine crates for their cellars. One in particular told me that he found the history of wine crates so interesting, and he was looking for a Chateau Ausone crate or box. Well, unfortunately Ausone is an extremely rare crate because they have a tiny production that are bought up quickly when released. Investors put down virtually every Ausone for 20 or so years until they're peaked for auction (or personal consumption). Once that happens we sometimes end up with only a few every year.

So here's a quick profile on the Chateau Ausone winery from an older vintage we had a picture of. It's a fascinating winery with deep historical value. It happens to be only one of only four vineyards classified as Premier Grand Cru "A". This level is one step below First Growth,

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Sub-Region: St. Emilion

Established: Location was growing wine since the Roman Empire. Established as Chateau Ausone in the 1700's

Production: Less than 2,000 cases per year.

Grape: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot

Crate design: Changes every 10 years or so. Generally there's a large Chateau Ausone on the front side, and a very large Chateau Ausone logo on the long side.

Rarity: Very. Investors and Collectors generally buy out most vintages and keep the crates to store the wine. 

Crate designation: Exclusive ($50.00)

Our opinion/history: I'm a big fan of Ausone and would love to try any vintage. I went on wine searcher and found that there's only 4 wine stores in the US selling only 1 bottle each. They probably got these bottles from liquidated wine cellars, and it's quite shocking that virtually no Ausone is available.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

7 Wine Crate Furniture Ideas!

7 Wine Crate Furniture Ideas (And a little about how this post came to me)

Patrick - 
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I'll admit that I both read and listen alot. I'm always looking for new content ideas when it comes to wine boxes and crates. That being said, I'm in the middle of the latest marketing book I've purchased, and upon reading one of the pages it occurred to me to create this post.

Yesterday I was at one of our storage areas where we keep some of our excess crates. I do alot of manual labor work with the team to get myself out of the office and to keep myself active. I frequently questioned my time management skills in the past and often asked myself if I'm making the most of my time. I was happy to realize that the business investor Marcus Lemonis shares a good deal of his team's physical work from watching his show The Profit. Now I try not to think about the value of my time in terms of what I should be doing, but instead I try to focus on getting whatever I'm doing at the moment done right now.

Work in progress..

Anyway, back at the storage area, I was pulling out crates from our unit when one of our storage neighbors asked me: "What do you do with those wine crates?" I responded that we refurbish them, and she quickly came back with "Do you make wine crate furniture?" I said no, but we do have some partnerships with companies that do. She asked what the name of our company was and I told her Winepine. She ended the conversation with "Ill be in touch".

That brief chat stuck in my mind throughout the long day, but I forgot about it right before crashing into my bed from exhaustion. I worked a solid 16 hour day and was ready for rest.

I awoke the next morning fairly sore, but dragged myself to the kitchen for a cup of  coffee. As I looked out the window I had a keen desire to write something meaningful. So with a sip of coffee and a mission I set out to generate some great content. I was still a little blank on what I wanted to write about so I picked up that recently purchased marketing book. I had researched the book well before moving forward on it, as I've bought many marketing and e-commerce books in the past that did me little good. I wasn't about to pony up another $20 prior to at least having a good idea that I'll gain new insight from it. Surprisingly, after 40 pages, the wine crate furniture idea came rushing into my mind. Shortly after I was at my seat typing words and time was flying. The book explained simply that it's crucial to make your customers and readers part of your team. So for my storage area neighbor; this article is for you..

7. Industrial Chic Petrus Vineyard Wine Crate Table


I found this on Pinterest under an Etsy listing that was no longer available. I have no idea how they got that pipe to attach to or go through the crate. Looking at it gives me a bit of nostalgia for some reason.

6. Vintage-Style Wine Crate Coffee Table


Another Pinterest/Etsy find and it's called the "Slim Jim". I believe the crate was finished with a vintage stain and legs were built into the bottom. Lovely work.

5.Storage Wine Box with Casters


This piece is from www.frugelegance.com and is a 6 bottle Napa medium wine box with casters built into the bottom so it can be wheeled around easily.

4. Warres Vintage Port End Table w/ Glass Top


This is like artwork and it matches the surrounding decor brilliantly. The heavy glass top is a testament to the durability of wine crates

3. Man-Cave/Wine Bar



One of my personal favorites done by one of our clients, this bar top is professionally covered with dozen wine crate panels from all over Europe - www.winepine.com

2. Wine Crate Dresser with Table



Meticulously crafted dresser and table with wine crate shelves. Another piece found on Etsy, and sometimes I wonder why Etsy doesn't redirect to the stores that make these. A great deal of time and effort must go into these projects.

1. Wine Crate Ottoman


Yet another Etsy find, the Wine Crate Ottoman is quickly becoming one of the more sought after items in the wine crate world. They are not as easy as they look to make. Believe me..

In closing I want to point out that I'm looking for new content all the time. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions I'm very open to them. Feel free to leave a comment below and I'll get back to you and possibly write an article based on your comment. I'm aiming to get a new blog post out there every Wednesday so I can use all the help I can get!

Thank you again,

Patrick
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The 8 Most Historic Wine Cellars

I recently became very interested in finding wine crates or boxes shown on TV shows, movies and theater. We've sold many wine crates as television and movie props in the past so I thought this would be easy. After several hours of searching I wasn't having too much luck because most of the shows were on video. I did however, find a surprising amount of wine cellars from historic locations in the process of searching that had, well, wine crates in them..

I admit that I am a little obsessed with wine crates as I've been selling them for a third of my life. I do get great joy seeing them in beautiful houses. Because of this, I've compiled a small list of 8 wine cellars that have the following characteristics:
  • House is over 100 years old
  • Property owned by a famous person or brand
  • Have wooden wine crates or wine boxes in them
  • The wine cellar was especially attractive and unique
Without further ado, here is my favorite 8 historic wine cellars:

8. Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay


One of the most spectacular hotels ever, Ritz Carlton is known for large and ornate wine themed interior designs and cellars. This space has both a modern feel and an old world look

7. Ann Colgin Historic Converted Farmhouse featured in Architectural Digest


The Colgin vineyard is a staple in Napa Valley. This very old barn on the property was brilliantly re-made into a wine cellar, with stone pillars to hold bottles and a hardwood rack

6. The First Wine Cellar in Sonoma California circa 1870


I looked high and low to try to find the source of this picture to no avail. It was definitely modernized because of that brand-new looking Screaming Eagle wooden wine case on the table, and the racks look like they were recently put in. Other than that it's a mystery.

5. Historic Weathersfield Inn


Located in Vermont, this secluded and upscale inn has a southern colonial look. The cellar is elegant yet approachable

4. Rugby Road in the University of Virginia


Described as clean, modern and unpretentious, The Rugby Road Rotunda wine cellar will make you quickly forget that its well over 100 years old.

3. The Elysee Palace



This is the private wine cellar of the President of France. It is terribly unfortunate that they're in the process of liquidating for the austerity of France. This is where Napoleon kept his prized wines!

2. Mouton Rothschild



I found the 1st and 2nd spots to be especially difficult to choose between. If you read alot of my posts you'll know that I'm a huge fan of the Rothschild family. It pains me to put the magnificent Mouton Rothschild cellar in 2nd place, but when you see number 1 you'll know why

1. Historic Alverna Mansion


This unbelievable 2000 square foot space was the inspiration for the Downton Abbey's wine cellar. It's so big and I loved it so much that I had to put another picture of it below.


Here you can see that they also added drawers that fit wine crates. I have a hard time looking away from this space

Hope you enjoyed. I'm always looking for new content, so if you have any ideas, questions, comments etc. I encourage you to leave them below or contact me directly at sales@winepine.com

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My 10 Favorite Custom Wine Crates and Boxes

When Winepine started in 2004 we sold original wine crates and boxes. The originals have the logo of the winery that made them, and were mostly from high-end Bordeaux vineyards. We were offering the originals exclusively up until 2008, when a client approached us to customize a crate for his own vineyard in Napa. This client made us start thinking about how we could make that happen.

As Winepine grew we had many more vineyards approach us for a personalized option for their wooden wine boxes and crates. These constant questions put a fire under us because there was a market we weren't serving.

By 2009 we invested in a laser engraver that would allow us to take the logo of a business or vineyard and engrave it onto a wine box. It took a while to fine-tune this process, but by the time we had there were many more interested customers that we could now work with. In addition to wineries and vineyards, we were making custom wine crates for gifts, weddings, special events, retirement parties and anniversaries.

Today we have a large portfolio of custom wine crates made for all kinds of companies, industries and purposes. Below are some of my favorites:

10. Chateau Flynn


This is a 6 bottle wine box made to commemorate a family's new estate. The Flynn cote of arms is on the lid, and the front side has a picture of the estate

9. Expeller Virgin Olive Oils


This is a 3 bottle flip-top style wooden wine case made for Bunge. Although we no longer make flip-top style cases, this piece was lovely.

8. University of Virginia


We've made several custom wine boxes and crates for Universities. There isn't a clear picture of the logo on the front side but it came out beautifully

7. Rick and Lori 10th Year Anniversary


Our clients often have their wedding or anniversary logos made by graphic designers. This piece is an example of that and is a single bottle wine crate with the logo on the lid.

6. DNS Adventures


Staining and finishing is a fairly new venture started 2 years ago. It's been successful and growing. The DNS Adventures crate is a single bottle which is stained in a vintage-style oak finish

5. Santa Cruz


This is a 2 bottle flat wooden wine case for Santa Cruz Mountains. Their logo is ornate and eye-catching

4. Levi and Lisa Old Barn Style Finished


This project made me a little nervous in the beginning because I didn't think we could pull it off. The old barn door look was a mixture of 4 different stains that needed to come together perfectly. The end result was fabulous and the client was delighted. The company we work with for finishing are artists!

3. Fiore Wedding Floral Wine Crate w/ Slot


This was an oversized 6 bottle wine box crafted for the Fiore wedding. It was both a floral and gift card crate with the slot above.

2. Elizabeth and Ryan Gift Card Crate


During 2012 there was a big wedding trend going on with tree designs. We engraved dozens of different tree styles for clients, and the Elizabeth and Ryan piece with slot was the most ornate design.

Number one is a tough spot. There's a toss-up between 3 different ones: A 6 bottle wine box from Four Seasons, a 3 bottle flat wine case for the city of San Francisco and a two bottle wine case forTime Warner

Four Seasons:


The Four Seasons was a First Class 6 bottle wine box with a beautifully designed logo

City of San Francisco:


This was a 3 bottle sized flat wine case engraved with the seal of the City of San Francisco

Time Warner:


The Time Warner crate is a 2 bottle with two inserts. This was a fun project that was well planned.

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