Building A Wine Cellar Into Your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen renovation is the most popular room to makeover in our domestic abodes. In the 2014/15 financial year, we as a nation, spent $7.2 billion dollars on building renovations. It seems the kitchen has captured our imaginations, having been fed a diet rich on TV celebrity chefs and reality cooking shows. Every mum and dad wannabe ‘supercook’ wants to strut their stuff in a designer kitchen that looks like it belongs in a restaurant. They want to rattle the pans and bang out some seriously fine fare for their nearest and dearest.

Building A Wine Cellar Into Your Kitchen Renovation

Well, if you are going to spend bucks on building a better kitchen, why not consider, building a wine cellar into your kitchen renovation. If it doesn’t work out, you can always get drunk instead! Just joking, of course, folks. Most great chefs know that there is a synergy between good food and fine wine. Sure some of them have a problem with over indulging in the sauce; but wine stimulates the taste buds. A matched wine makes a dish taste better, and wine helps our bodies digest. Putting a wine cellar into your kitchen makeover plans, makes sense.

There are kitchen home improvement companies, which specialise in innovative renovations. Australians can click here to see an example of this kind of thing. Why not think outside of the square and bring design brilliance to your house or apartment? Be bold and push back the boundaries to reveal your own stylishly unique lifestyle plan. Capture the culinary world in your own backyard. Put all the building blocks together and make your home the palace of food and wine. Imagine the fortune that you will save on fine dining at home, instead of wasting money at less than impressive dining establishments.

Bring the mountain to Mohammed; and ‘if you build it, they will come’. Building a wine cellar into your kitchen renovation will increase the value of your property. It will make your home something special, that prospective buyers will salivate over. Step outside of the hum drum world that your friends and neighbours live in and enter the pleasure dome. A new designer kitchen with a cellar attached, will put the ‘I am’ in ambience into your home. Imagine yourself, or your partner, preparing a truly memorable meal in your newly renovated gourmet kitchen, sipping a glass of sensational shiraz from Riedel glassware. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Taste it? Well, be it!

Wine Racks: Elegance vs Function

wine racksIf you love your wine, but haven’t started stocking up your own wine collection, you will see its appeal sooner or later. Throwing a party only to find out that you are freshed out of wine is a real party pooper. A true wine enthusiast knows the importance of well-crafted old-school wooden wine racks. These do not only keep your wine at the optimum, but also help in ageing it just right.

The best solution in storing your wine is to invest in a wine rack. Wine coolers are also a good alternative. However, wine refrigerators can only hold up a limited number of wine bottles. Plus, they consume a lot of space in your house. On the other hand, wine racks are loved for their functionality and elegance. That said, wine enthusiasts should find the right balance between elegance and functionality when choosing a wine rack. This way, they can organise and store the wine bottles while staying stylish.

Wine Racks: Elegance vs Function

Wine enthusiasts are confronted with a lot of factors to consider when choosing a wine rack. They should weigh up the style and design; the number of wine bottles to be kept; the materials of the wine rack; and the location of the wine rack.

Where to Install Your Wine Racks

Before you decide to buy a wine rack, you should have at least a place in mind where you will install your wine rack. One common mistake among wine enthusiasts is that they place their wine racks in their kitchen. This is a big no-no since the sunlight and the temperature adjustments affect the taste of your wine. It is advised to fix your wine racks in the coolest area of your home. Moreover, you should only store your wine in a wine rack if you think that it will be consumed within a couple of months. Even the coolest part of your home can reach high temperatures and high humidity levels.

Capacity Limit of Your Wine Racks

It is logical to buy wine racks that have room for your wine collection. For instance, if you own a couple bottle of wines and you think this number will double or triple in the future, a countertop wine rack might be what you’re looking for. But if you have, say fifty to a hundred bottles, a wine rack that can be mounted on your wall is right for you.

Materials of Your Wine Racks

Various types of materials are being used in building a wine rack. It can be made with stones, concrete, wrought iron, plastic and wood. Among them, wood is the most commonly used because of its qualities. For instance, wine racks made of wood are easy to form and assemble. Moreover, they are more lightweight, durable, and can complement any design or colour. That said, one major drawback of wooden wine racks is that it is not fireproof.

Design of Your Wine Racks

The last thing to consider when choosing a wine rack is its design. Never sacrifice the functionality of your wine rack for its design. Wine racks are meant as a storage space, and not as an adornment for your home.

There are different wine rack designs that you can choose from. A stackable wine rack is ideal for people with small wine collection, while a wall-mounted wine rack is best for those with a growing stockpile. Other designs, such as table top, floor wine and wine furniture, can also be considered. The style of your wine rack still depends on its purpose.

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Sexy Wine Labels

It is always what’s inside that matters. Having said that, the appeal of sexy wine labels does influence why people tend to buy a wine based on its look, and not on its taste. If a wine label looks phenomenal and sexy, one can’t help but think that it also tastes good. When you get right down to it, wine companies that made an effort on their sexy wine labels must have devoted more work on the wine itself.

In the wine industry, sexy wine labels are just as important as the wine. It all boils down to the marketability of the product and in making the impression to the right customer. For instance, the millennials are more inclined to buy brightly coloured wine labels. Well-thought-out names and the use of sans serif font on the label also add to the market appeal of the wine. Listed here are examples of sexy wine labels, most of which are delicately sipped by upmarket escorts. 

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Sexy Wine Labels

  • Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir

The Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir is a playful vino that harmonises the intense flavour and the rich, fruity redolence. It has traces of vanilla that dally in the mouth after one sip. Meanwhile, the image on the bottle is similar to a Belle Époque-era advertisement of a bicycle of the same name.

Originally, the poster was created in France in 1895. It shows a nude nymph drifting side by side with a winged bicycle. The image also represented women’s liberation, prompting them to travel easily and on their own.

  • Sogno Uno

Sogno Uno is a red wine conceptualised by the porn star, Savana Samson. The wine comes from the line of Sogno Uno, Due and Tre red wine. Because of her brilliant marketing gimmick, her initial 400 cases of Sogno Uno were sold out. That said, a wine guru thinks that Sogno Uno is more than its smart packaging. The vino fared 91 out of 100 on its overall taste.

As what is expected from a porn star, the wine label of Sogno Uno features Samson in a see-through frock. However, her pose is more playful than racy, and resembles the popular pin-up art of the 40s and 50s.

  • Marilyn Wines

The Marilyn wines are a brilliant idea of Bob and Donna Holder from Rutherford. Using Marilyn Monroe, the famed sex goddess, in their sexy wine label apparently worked. The Holders have been marketing the Marilyn wines for over two decades, and made quite a fortune out of it.

Marilyn Monroe’s name alone implies sexiness and sultriness. In the early 1950’s, the sex icon became a Playboy cover model. And after half a century, Monroe made her way as the main figure of sexy wine labels. The bottle of Marilyn wines features the unclad Monroe, whose sexy parts are covered with a shiny, garland-like peeling sticker. The wine label is the first “peel and peek” of its kind.

  • Sexy Wine Bomb

Sexy Wine Bomb is an exciting mix of Merlot, Zinfande, Syrah and Petite Sarah. A bottle of the wine offers a mouthful of fruity flavours with a hint of vanilla and butterscotch. Its wine label is eye catching enough to attract your attention and sway you to buy it.

The graphics on the label depicts a woman in a risqué position. She is holding a bottle of wine as if that there is an occasion to drink at. The gigantic bomb, which supports the woman’s weight, is lit and about to explode. Since women are almost synonymous to pleasure, maybe the winemaker is aiming for a discharge of extreme sensation while sipping the Sexy Wine Bomb.

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Injuries People Receive While Intoxicated

When you party and drink all night, chances are you will wake up all sore. Worst case scenario, you will be in total pain due to unknown bruises and injuries. Believe it or not, even the safest places can pose particular danger to people under the influence of alcohol.

Here are the most common injuries people receive while intoxicated.

Let’s start with slight injuries like slips and falls. These are pretty common in settings where alcohol is being served. Alcohol impairs your senses and your judgment. Therefore, the likelihood of falling also increases. A simple massage for these types of injuries solves it.

According to the analysis, head and face injuries are most common, especially for people in their late teens and old age. Interestingly enough, men are suggestively more likely to hurt themselves while drinking. At certain times in life, they have more than double the rate of injury compared to women, and according to surveys over 70 percent of overall injuries happened to men.

Club fights frequently happen. Customers who consume excessive amounts of alcohol often start fights. The extreme force they apply can result in unnecessary injuries. Speaking of which, domestic violence can also arise. Partners or family members are more likely assaulted by men while drunk or high on other drugs.

Moving up a notch higher, too much alcohol consumption can in the long run cause blood and organ injuries. Several ailments linked to alcohol abuse include liver cirrhosis, blood poisoning, blood capillary failure, and several types of cancer.

Lastly, the most common and serious type of injuries resulting from the over consumption of alcohol can be fatal. Drunk driving accidents are the consequence of intoxicated drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Their incapacity to see and/or correctly understand traffic signs causes many drunk driving accidents. Drowning is another outcome of alcohol consumption around pools and beaches. The effects of alcohol can cause a person to fall hitting his or her head on any perimeter surfaces. Their inability to see clearly, can cause them to fall hard. They usually fall on diving boards or any solid objects around the water.

When individuals drink too much on one instance it can cause alcohol-related accidents. Drinking too much on one occasion, causes too many complications and these problems are avoidable. These problems include injury, violence, burns and falls. Anti-social behaviour and problems can also occur with friends, family and third parties. So think before you drink.

Disability in the Family

Whatever business or industry your family might be involved in (for us it is the wine industry), when one of your own has special needs, you do whatever you can for them. Disability in the family is not a curse, we have moved on from those primitive and barbaric views, it is actually an opportunity. It opens you up to experiences and feelings that you would never have had without it. When people say, it has enriched their lives, they are not speaking, merely sentimentally, it is true. Your heart is opened not only to your own child with disability, but to all people in similar circumstances.

Disability in the Family

Disability breaks you out of the selfish prison that locks up most people and their families in a ‘me and mine’ only attitude. Siblings who have a disabled brother or sister, become greater people in their own right. Their views are broadened and they empathise with a much wider section of the community. They have championed their sibling through the harsh playground of childhood and schools. They have seen beyond the vacuous world of celebrity and cosmetic beauty. Their eyes have been opened to the true nature of what it means to be a human being.

All of these qualities are not always easily come by. There is suffering to go through and to come out of. Wisdom and compassion are qualities that must be earned. Disability is not only challenging for the disabled; it affects family and carers too. We do not cry, poor me, however, we grin and bear it most of the time. We put our child first and foremost; handling a disability is their test. We provide as much support as we possibly can. There are times when it does seem like the whole world is against us.

At those times, we look for support where we can find it. Extended family and friends are called upon. If there are community support groups or networks of families with disabled members, we explore those possibilities as well. Because living with disability can be isolating sometimes, when that disability pushes your family to the fringes of society in terms of what we can and cannot do. Exclusion from entertainments and recreations, because they cannot accommodate those with a disability. Exhaustion from going it alone without support for too long. We all need some help at times. Disability in the family demands a lot of that family in the long run.



Food and Wine: Familiar Bedfellows

There are three sisters and their names are Food, Wine and Sex. These lusty girls like nothing more than to hang out together in a concert of gratification. Sensual and earthy, they sing from the same hymn sheet, songs to satisfy you. For where would either be without the others? A meal without wine is missing something essential. Wine without tasty victuals is unbalanced at the core. Sex is the culmination of the other two, the icing on the cake. A generous serving of each sister is a diet worth living for. Too much of either without the others is a crying shame and a recipe for obsession.

Food and Wine: Familiar Bedfellows

There are fakirs who claim to live on fresh air, without the help of food or water. What is the point of that my friend? Where is the deliciousness in denial? We are human beings, big brained mammals, who walk on two legs. Still we are animals, with monkeys as ancestors; and our bodies are designed to consume food. The material that longs to be spirit is a disease of the mind. Those Qumranites, those Yogis, those Cathars and all their ilk, are lost in their spiritual egos, so far up their irrigated colons they miss the point.

Food and wine: Familiar bedfellows for the flesh. Accept yourself, do not seek perfection, for it does not exist. Celebrate your humanity with a fine meal and a glass of wine. Remember Dionysus and the irrational chorus that sings from our hearts. Where have our celibate priests led us? What have they done with our children? Religious behaviour like this is a sickness of the soul. Deny the flesh, deny the natural, and you are ensnared by more evil thoughts – a corruption in a cassock.

The kitchen renovation, involves replacing the old with the new. In a similar vein we must dump the superstitious mumbo jumbo of the old religions and replace it with a more enlightened humanistic philosophy. Renovate your beliefs and design a new reality based on the real and the tangible. The earthy and the sensual in balance with the scientific. Put away these invisible gods and their strange priests. Sit down at table and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a glass of wine. Eat, drink and laugh a little every day. Remember how ridiculous you look when you are making love. Honour those three sisters and sacrifice some of your seriousness at their altar.


Viticulture: Common Injuries in the Industry

The winemaking industry is a very hands-on workplace. Because of this, cellar hands and wine making staffs incur many injuries. They are also exposed to health risks that are related to their line of work. Like your typical agricultural laborers, viticulture workers are prone to farm-related injuries and medical conditions. In addition, their working environment presents hazards that accompany their job. These include insect bites, thermal stress, exposure to UV rays and harsh weather conditions. Moreover, there’s a good chance that these laborers acquire musculoskeletal disorders, asthma and ailments due to pesticides.

Viticulture: Common Injuries in the Industry

There are some wineries that manually prune their vineyards by hand. Unfortunately, hand pruning has adverse effects, which usually cause pain and injury. One of which is plantar fasciitis. This medical condition results to heel pain due to swollen plantar fascia, the ligament that connects our toes and heel bones. Luckily, this can be treated via low level laser therapy.

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders

Viticulture workers are vulnerable from being struck down with musculoskeletal disorders, mainly because of the nature of their tasks. These include straining of the back and neck, tendinopathy and neuropathy. In a study, French vineyard workers were found to develop 20 percent of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. There is said to be a relationship between suffering from the injury with the intensity of their pruning activity. Workers also experienced pain in their hands and wrists, and had nocturnal hand paresthesia.

Pruning injuries also involve muscle and tendon fatigue. These types of injuries are normally caused by monotonous movements, bad posture and forceful hand activities.

  • Mesothelioma

Although not considered as an injury, winemakers and workers are susceptible to mesothelioma and other conditions stemming from exposure to asbestos. According to Asbestos Justice, there are reported cases of mesothelioma among Italian winemakers. Mesothelioma is a cancer in the mesothelial tissue that is normally associated with exposure to asbestos.

Personal Protection While Working

It is advised that workers pack their body with good food, especially during breakfast. This will give them enough energy to perform their chores in the vineyard. Moreover, they should also wear appropriate clothing and protection from the sun. It is also highly suggested that they do stretches, primarily on their backs, forearms and shoulders in between breaks. Lastly, they should rehydrate their body by drinking enough fluids.

Selling Wine Online: Cellars & Networks

An analysis of secondary market sales channels for selling wine online in Australia for private individuals or business charged with the disposal of assets. Finding where to sell your wine can be a tricky proposition. There are a number of options (online and otherwise) and each have their positives and negatives. When it comes time for you to sell your wine online , you want to ensure you get the best price in the right time frame. If you have rare and valuable wines to sell then you need to ensure you entrust it to the right place, one that will give you a true but realistic valuation (nobody likes their time wasted) and who will have a ready congregation of eager wine enthusiasts and wine lovers willing to make an offer on it.

How do I sell my wine online?

Choose from various private, retail and auction options below for one that best suits you and your wine. Send a list of your wine to be valued. You will then normally be sent an offer and a list of reserves. Most places will suggest reserves within 10% of each other, anything too high or low should be queried. If you choose to accept, they will either arrange to pick up your wine or you can drop it off to them. Once it is sold you will get paid, minus any commission that was agreed on. 

Where can I sell my wine?

There are a number of channels open to you for selling wines online. It is important to understand how the buyers perceive these sales channels as well.

Private. The best option if you want to see your prized collection go a good home and you have the time to offer after sales support (so to speak). Beware of how you announce your intentions as most social media sites have very strict rules about selling or promoting alcohol on them, and you may also attract the attention of the authorities and the tax man.

Retail. Some corner bottle shops may take your wine on consignment and sell it in their shop. Just keep in mind that their specialty and market is to sell current release wine and your bottle may languish on the shelf for some time before it sells and can cost you as much as 40% commission. Also enquire where they will display your wine, you don’t want it sitting on a warm shelf for months on end.

EBay and other self-service auctions. Because you are selling direct to the consumer you require a liquor licence or you will find your listing removed and/or it will be reported to the authorities.

Wine storage facilities. Some wine storage facilities offer to sell your wine while you store it with them. The prices that are suggested are usually significantly higher than secondary market prices which can make it hard to find a buyer in the short term and often leaves your wine sitting in a managed facility for far longer than you may be comfortable with while you continue to pay storage, insurance and handling fees.

Wine Auctions are your best option if you have good quality wine of any quantity to sell. In Australia, there are only a few traditional, wine-only, auction houses, such as Wickman’s, whose only business is to sell wine through auction. General auctioneers may not completely understand the worth of your wine and typically draw only from a pool of buyers who are looking for inexpensive, current release wines.

How is wine valued on the secondary market?

The true market price is determined by the buyer and not the seller, unless the item in question is rare and desired by multiple buyers. Because retailers specialise in recent release wines rather than aged and uncommon wines, the retail prices for secondary market wines are highly exaggerated and rarely based on any realistic volume of recent sales.

What is the value of my wine?

Most wines typically fall in value by as much as 40% as soon as you pay for it. The amount it falls depends on the marketing hype surrounding the wine, how good the wine actually is and how well that quality is known amongst the wine drinking community. A winery can only guess what the wine is worth when it is first released and it is usually a marketing decision that sets the final price you pay in the bottle shop or cellar door. Then over time, as the wine circulates and is opened, the wines reputation is solidified through wine shows, tasting panels, wine reviewers and, more and more importantly, through social media chatter. The subsequent price being demanded for the wine then becomes a matter to settle on the open market via traditional auctions. Good vintages, in the least tend to hold their initial release price even as the current release price rises with annual inflation. Very good vintages tend to bubble up to the current release price as it changes over time and exceptional vintages sometimes tend to exceed even the current release price.

Do I need a liquor licence to sell wine?

Only if you intend to sell the wine through eBay or another type of online self service facility, otherwise you can sell it through an auction house or retailer who will act on your behalf as your agent.

Are reverse auctions good for selling wine?

Reverse auctions favour the buyer rather than the seller and have traditionally been used to move distressed or excess stock at the cheapest possible price with sellers, not buyers, competing against each other.

What wines are worth more than cellar door price?

There are only a handful of Australian wines that you can buy at the cellar door that rise in price immediately or very soon after release, worth more on the auction market. However, because these wines are generally strictly controlled on release, it is impossible to actively collect them in any sufficient quantity that could classify the purchase as an investment:

What is provenance and how does it affect the price I get at auction?

Many buyers are wary of buying secondary market wine as they don’t know where it has been. Since adverse storage conditions can affect the quality of the wine, buyers like to know the history of where is has been purchased and stored. The greater the level of buyer comfort about how well you have looked after your wine, then the higher a buyer will value your wine against wines of unknown origin. Wickman’s offer a guaranteed provenance system for qualifying sellers.

When should I sell my wine?

Whilst there has not been any conclusive evidence put forward that good quality wine sells better online at any particular time of year, logic suggests that selling prior to Christmas and other festivals or occasions may yield slightly better volume returns. Also, significant birthday vintages may cause prices to temporarily rocket up in price.

Trade vendors – How to sell wines online through auctions

Many wineries have a stigma about their older vintages appearing for sale on the auction market. Actually it is an excellent way to promote a brand and maintain a reputation over the years. When a wine is out of circulation for many years and it is not talked about through the wine drinking community then its value falls at auction which in turn can reflect on current release price. The larger companies understand this as a viable marketing strategy for their brand and ensure that past vintages are always available (in minute quantities) for circulation through the wine community via auctions.

The World’s Most Expensive Wines

Wine is already a favorite drink of the early civilization, dating back as early as 4100 B.C. Due to meager ingredients and controlled growing conditions of grapes, wine is among the most arduous drinks to produce. Over the years, the highly talked up vintage wines have, in fact, been auctioned and bought at sky-high prices. But what makes this draught that expensive?

The Daily Mail reported that the selling price of a wine depends on the supply and the need for it, the economic situation of the wine-producing region, age and maturation, and whether if it’s a vintage classic or not. Some of the most sought wines by the elites are the kinds of wines you drink with high class escorts. Here is a list of some of the world’s most expensive wines:

1. Château D’Yquem

According to the Thrillist, Château D’Yquem is “the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold.” The winery is actually one of the favourites of Thomas Jefferson (yes, that Jefferson). The Château has also the reputation of the only sweet wine to have been given the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. No wonder that a bottle of D’Yquem was sold at a whopping $117,000 in 2011.

2. Château Lafite Rothschild

The Rothschilds are one of the richest families in the world, mainly because of their bank ventures. Chateau Lafite Rothschild, a bottle owned by the family, was sold at a staggering $156, 000 in 1985.

3. Château Margaux

This is the only wine that made our list that wasn’t exactly sold. Château Margaux is among the wine collection of Thomas Jefferson and was presumed to have a value to the tune of $500,000. However, a waiter accidentally knocked over a bottle in 1989. The merchant, a New Yorker named William Sokolin, received $225,000 from the insurance.

4. Jeroboam of Château Mouton-Rothschild

Produced during World War II, this bottle of wine was sold at $310,000 in 2007. That being said, a glass of Jeroboam of Château Mouton-Rothschild only costs $8,631 since the wine is not in a standard 750-mL wine bottle. Nevertheless, big bottle or not, a sip from this wine does not come cheap!

5. Screaming Eagle Cabernet

This 1992 wine classic is the most expensive wine in our list. This six-liter bottle was auctioned at $500,000. You can basically buy 25,000 boxes of the cheap stuff with that kind of money. A good thing about this Cabernet is that the proceeds from the auction went to charity.

Organic and Biodynamic Pest Control in Wineries

In ensuring a bountiful harvest, wine farmers make certain that their vineyards are not teeming with weeds or swarmed with bugs and other pests. Nowadays, crop farmers are depending on commercially produced herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers. Meanwhile, organic farmers avoid chemical mixtures but instead use compost or mulch, and employ biodynamic farming.

The application of organic and biodynamic farming in vineyards will allow the grapes to exude more varietal character and have a deeper tang and flavour. Steering clear your winery from pesticides will also yield quality harvest. Moreover, studies show that over reliance to insect repellents or bug killers that are chemical in nature can be harmful to your vineyard.

Fighting the Pests

Problems involving wasp control or managing other pests are among the reasons why some farmers opt for chemical pesticides. That being said, there are a lot of ways on how crop growers can a wage a war against these harmful insects without the use of chemical substances. For instance, farmers can use beneficial insects in combating other insects. This can be done by encouraging a sustainable number of diverse insects, such as lacewings, predatory wasps, and thrips, to grow on vineyards or insectaries. To further intensify the efficiency of this method, crop growers utilise cover crops. Here, insect-friendly and flower-rich crops are being planted on sections of the vineyard. Instead of using pesticides and herbicides, the beneficial insects thriving in the cover crops will act as your natural bug killers or insect repellents.

One of the most common threat in growing crops, such as grapes, are leafhoppers. These pests draw off the liquid from the vines, thereby draining the vine’s strength. In controlling these leafhoppers, farmers introduce lacewings. If the occurrence of leafhoppers on crops can’t be managed, crop growers spray the grapevines with organic oils.

In getting rid of spider mites and aphids, it is recommended to concoct your own organic pesticide. To do this, just mix a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap with a cup of vegetable oil. Stir the mixture until it became an emulsion. Then, add a quart of water. Your homemade pesticide should be sprayed every 10 days to your crops.

The methods discussed here are just among the numerous alternatives that winegrowers can employ in pest management. We are optimistic that these approaches will ensure a productive and profitable organic winery.