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 ""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!




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

8 Beautiful Wine Cellars Accented with Wine Crates

This is a collection of beautiful wine cellars that have been decorated with original wooden wine crates and boxes. All have been uploaded from

Revel Wine Cellar, Slide-out Drawers


Glass Encased w/ Stone Trim

Victorian Style

Kevin White Cellar

Stone Frame and Arched Ceiling
Eclectic Contemporary

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Top 10 Italian Wine Boxes and Crates

The 10 best Italian wine boxes from Tuscany, Piedmont and Montalcino

Sassicaia - Simple yet elegant design with a branded lid

Ornellaia - Branded on the front, back side and lid with an engraved design of the vineyard
Castel Giocondo - Flip-top lid with beautifully designed embellishments on all four sides

Tiburzi Taccalite - Rare 12 bottle Italian crate, with unique style font text on all four sides
Poliziano - Branded engraved on all four sides with a small Baroque style design

Pieve Santa Restituta - Unique piece with Pergola style sides and lid
Bruno Giacosa - Another rare 12 bottle Italian crate made of Tuscan pine and tongue and groove corners
Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello Montalcino - Large and highly detailed engraved design on the flip-top lid

Michele Castellani - Classy font with imperial logo on the front and back sides as well as the lid


 Falletto - The only other 12 bottle Italian wine crate I know of. The front and back long sides are embossed with the large picture of the wineries vineyard
There are a lot of 6 bottle wine boxes, but not that many 12 bottle Italian crates. If you'd like to see our current selection visit


Saturday, March 22, 2014

9 Georgeous Wine Crate Panel Surface Coverings

Wine crate panels and wine box ends are perfect for wine-themed surface coverings. They can be installed on walls, tables, ceilings and even floors. Below are 9 projects done with wine crate panels:

San Diego Padres Stadium Wine Bar

Dallas Ritz Carlton Penthouse Wine Cellar

Private Collector's Wine Library

Staircase Easing Decorated w/ Wine Panels

Wine Crate Panel Wedding Dance Floor

Grapes the Wine Co. Rare Wines Vault
Private Wine Cellar. Trim and Walls Adorned with Wine Panels
Wine Panels as Drawers on Credenza. Designed for a Country Club in Texas
Wine Cellar w/ Glass Door Enclosure
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chateau Y'quem Wine Crates and Boxes

Country: France

Region: Suternes

Production: Approx. 5,000 - 9.000 cases per vintage

Grape: Mostly Semillion

Crate design: Until recently, the Y'quem logo has been the classic Cote of Arms design. Some of the last and latest vintages have introduced a new, more simple logo which is a large Y with a crown above it.

Rarity: Fairly rare, as Y'quem has a very small production. Crates come in based on when they are released. This is generally once or twice a year.

Crate designation: Exclusive Class ($50.00)

Our opinion/history: Y'quem is one of two wineries designated as "Superier Grand Cru". The other winery with this designation is Cheval Blanc. Most of the clients that purchase wine crates and boxes of Yquem are private investors looking to complete their collection, but oftentimes people enjoy the previous Y'quem Cote of Arms logo for it's design. Since it's a highly esteemed and recognized winery, Bordeaux style wine cellar enhancements can also benefit as well.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Cakebread Cellars Wine Box

The above picture is the Cakebread signature wooden wine box. I like it for a few lot of reasons:

  • The name: Wouldn't you love to eat a piece of Cakebread? It just sounds like it will be the perfect balance between sweet and scrumptious.
  • The grapes logo engravings are gorgeous: The grapes logos are deeply burned in, and give a satisfying feeling when you touch them. They are intricately designed grapes pictures in juicy little bunches.
  • The rarity. We get truckloads of wine crates every month. If we're lucky, maybe one Cakebread box will come in. When one does, it's immediately prepared for sale. We're usually backlogged on them. Everyone loves Cakebread, and all the private investors keep the boxes when they buy their cases.
These are the reasons I try to own as many of them as I can, but our director never lets me keep any because there's always a client that wants one. The Cakebread wine itself is great too, but you have to be a really heavy buyer of Cakebread, specifically Benchland Select (The most expensive bottle) until you get the original box. Buying a bottle or two every once in a while won't cut it unfortunately. Going to the winery itself with your order is probably the best bet to secure a Cakebread wine box for yourself. It's going to cost a pretty penny though..

The Cakebread wine box has thick sides of wood like most wine boxes from Napa so no surprise there. It's highly durable, and can withstand many years of shipping, handling and storage before it starts to break down. This is a major plus, because one day you may want to sell your Cakebread wine collection, and your going to do better at auction if you have the wine bottles inside the original crate.

If you'd like to purchase one from Winepine, your looking at the only one in stock at the moment. I e-mailed some of our usual buyers to see if they're interested,  but the current weather conditions has everyone just wanting to end winter. They're removing wine bottles from their collection to indulge themselves during these icy cold conditions.

Feel free to e-mail me if your interested in the piece. The cost is $100, and shipping is on me.

First come, first serve.

Dimensions: 13 /12" L X 11" W X 8" H

Includes: Lid and removable wood inserts

Thank you and stay warm!


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What Are Wine Crate Panels?

Wooden Wine Panels are the engraved sides of wine crate boxes, crates and cases.

We offer two types of Wine Panels: Collector's and Classic styles.

The difference between the two:

Collector's panels have the designs and pictures of the winery engraved on them, and are all pretty much the same size.

Classic panels are all different sizes, and have only winery lettering on them. There's two types of them:

-Winery Branded

Below is a picture of 13 Border panels. As you can see, they're thin and can be installed next to each other on a wall to create a picture frame look.

Border panels are from flat 6 bottle cases. Here's a picture of the inside of one:

Average Border panel dimensions: 9" L X 4" H (Some are larger)

The other classic panel style are the Winery Branded. These are lightly decorated pieces that display winery lettering and importer numbers. They are ideal for French Provincial or vintage d├ęcor styles. They are simple yet elegant, and are around the same size as Collector's Panels (see below).

Average Winery Branded panels: 12" L X 6" H

Collector's panels are best sellers. They are attractive and highly unique. All have a design artwork or pictures engraved on them. Almost every major wine making country produces them, and you'll see a variety of decorative looks depending on which region or country they're from.


How are wine panels made:

Wine panels are the dismantled and removed sides of wine crates, wine boxes or wine cases. They are also known as wine box ends or wine crate faceplates.

The process of making them:

We first inspect the wine boxes, crates or wine cases before determining whether or not they work for panels. They need to be straight and in an excellent condition. Once the first inspection is complete, we remove the sides which become the first "draft" of panels.

Once the panels are removed, they are inspected again for condition and straightness. Looks can be deceiving, and you won't know if the panel will be bent until it's fully removed. Once the second inspection is complete, we begin the sanding process.

The video on how we sand wine panels:

Once the sanding process is completed, the panel will be in a better-than-new condition, with a smooth feel and texture. It will be ready for a first coat of any kind of wood stain or finish.


Wine crate panels can be applied to walls, ceilings, floors, tables and furniture. Where would you like to decorate with them? You first and foremost need to determine how large the space that your decorating is. Approx. two panels covers one square foot, so if you have 100 square feet to cover; your going to roughly need 200 panels to cover the space. Wine panels can vary a bit in size, so we recommend working with a woodworker/contractor for cuts and installation.


The recommended adhesive is liquid nails in a can. We recommend applying the liquid nails evenly across the back of the panel with a notched trawl. This application is very similar to tile installation, except your using liquid nails instead of grout. Once the adhesive is placed on the back of a panel, the panel can be placed onto the desired surface.


Any style of wood finish can be applied to wine panels. The vast majority of wine panels are made of solid, unfinished pine. You can use different color stains, or any type of polyurethane. They can also be weather-proofed if you'd like to do something nice on your deck, grill-bar or garden.

There are thousands of different wine panels so the possibilities are endless. You can even choose wine panels from specific countries such as all from Italy or a mix from everywhere!

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