The first step in the design process is choosing the center of interest and activity that in turn becomes the focal point for the cellar. Suitable refrigeration and bin size must be determined to accommodate the client’s needs for storage of half bottles, 750ml bottles, champagne, magnums and larger sizes. The lighting, type of doors, and the general style of the environment are all taken into consideration during the design process.
After the design is completed and the wood has been selected, the wood is taken to the milling plant where it is surfaced and milled according to specific dimensions of the racking. It then moves to the manufacturing plant where special sizing and boring is prepared. All of Stellar Cellars’ racking is manufactured using a patented no-nail locking system, giving them maximum strength and durability along with an attractive appearance.
The frames are assembled in a manner that makes the racks earthquake resistant and then installed in the cellar along with all of the connecting trim, base, and crown molding. Other elements may also be installed according to the needs and wishes of the client.
Although any type of hardwood and redwood can be used, Stellar Cellars’ preferred wood is Jatobá, also known as Brazilian cherry. The Jatobá tree is one of the few trees in the rain forest that has a completely clean bark without any of the usual mold or fungus found on other trees. It is unique in that it is 150 percent stronger than red oak, another popular racking material.
Stellar Cellars also provides custom faux finishes, venetian plaster murals, flooring, etched glass and custom doors to add dimension and interest to the completed project.
Aside from showcasing some of your most treasured investments, age can make a pleasant difference to the taste of wine.
For instance, although a young Cabernet Sauvignon may abound in fruit flavors it can be virtually undrinkable due to a formidable amount of tannins. Over time, however, the tannins will soften lending to the wine a velvety texture and delicious flavor. Similar results occur with a fine Pinot Noir. It can develop multiple layers of flavor in just 2 or 3 years, even more layers in 6 or 7.
Although not all wines are intended to be aged before consuming, many high quality and tannic wines will improve and gain complexity over time.