Stellar Cellars - Eagle Designs and Woodworking
Stellar Cellars - Eagle Designs and Woodworking
We pride ourselves in our design and craftsmanship. Every project receives the attention to detail and benefits from the years of experience providing a continuous improvement environment. Skills are shared among all team members allowing everyone to benefit from the unique skills they have.
Every job is measure to understand the best design and installation. When we are done we want the product to look like its been built for the specific purpose and as if it has been there forever.
Over 20 years ago Ron Cowan blended his skills as a craftsman and his passion for wine into a decades long quest to create a design and manufacturing process to deliver simply the best wine furniture cellars in the country. No other manufacture or builder can match the design, quality, durability and strength of our products. As an accomplished mountaineer Ron takes pleasure in literally climbing the racking to demonstrate the strength of the racks.
Originally Ron drilled every hole on a single bit drill press, a time consuming, tedious and expensive process.This led to today's manufacturing process which is at the center of the strength and sturdiness of the racking systems. Every piece is hand built to exacting and precise detail. Stellar Cellars has designed custom manufacturing machines that allow us to efficiently build the systems using doweling at load bearing joint. Doweling the joints instead of dado or pocket holes, common with our competitors, attains the strength of a mortise and tenon joint, considered the strongest type of joint for woodworking. Mortise and tenon are used when very large structures are created for even greater strength.
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Active-cooled wine cellars where an climate-control system maintains the temperature, humidity and other factors.
Advantages: You have assurance of temperature and humidity in spaces where the outside environment is not ideal.
Disadvantages: If the climate control system fails your wine may be subject to sub-optimal conditions
Passively-cooled wine cellars have no automated climate-control. They are usually built underground to protect against temperature variations.
Advantages: There is no maintenance and upkeep.
Disadvantages: Most modern homes do not have spaces that are ideal for a passive environment. These spaces are usually hidden away so displaying your collection and accessing your collections is not always ideal.
When stored under climate-controlled conditions, your wine can improve in flavor, aroma, and complexity as it matures in the bottle.
These are the critical storage factors that could make or break your wine collections quality.
Vibration has been found to affect the flavor and aroma of wine by passing that energy into the chemical aging process.
When your bottles vibrate, the sediments aren’t allowed to separate from the liquid. This lowers tartaric acid and succinic acid levels - the chemicals responsible for the delightful tasting flavors of fruit, berries, and others!
A temperature between 45-65 degrees is ideal for the storage and long term aging of wine. 50-58 degrees is where wines age at their normal (natural) pace.
Wine storage should be a a fairly consistent temperature, variations should not be sudden. Extreme variations will cause the wine to breathe through the cork, making it age faster.
Wine can tolerate only slight variations in humidity.
Low humidity can cause organic corks to dry up prematurely, compromising the quality of the seal. High humidity can cause mold to form on the cork and damage the labels as well.
Your wine storage solutions work best at around 57% humidity. It's best to maintain it in the 50-70% range.
If you need to store wines for more than a year, keep them away from strong, direct light sources.
Direct sunlight can spoil wine by reacting with its phenolic compounds, especially in light-bodied wines. That’s why they’re packaged in tinted bottles.
If you have wine bottles that come in clear packaging, then take extra care in storing them.
Pick the right spot for your home or commercial wine cellar based on the layout, light and footfall. Wherever it is, make sure you’re able to maintain climate-controlled conditions.
The basement is a neat spot to build your cellar as it’ll be easy to maintain consistent temperature and humidity there. Under-the-stairs is another smart space that you could utilize.
Insulate the cellar to maintain the right temperature range and to act as a good vapor barrier.
Large wine cellars may need wine cooling systems and an exhaust room to absorb the heat. Else choose a wine cooler or cabinet that comes with a proper cooling mechanism.
If your wine cellar is in a dry area, you’ll need a humidifier to maintain the right humidity.
Your wine cellar needs to provide vibration-free thermoelectric cooling.
A basement makes a perfect storage spot without excessive footfall and vibrations.
In a wine cabinet or cooler, remember to keep your bottles away from the door so that they don’t rattle each time you open to get a bottle out.
Also, store your bottles individually and not one over the other. So you won’t have to move one to take another out.
Your wine cellar door should be strong and adequately insulated. If you choose a glass door, make sure it is double-paned with exterior-grade insulation.
Store your bottles with corks horizontally so that the corks don’t dry out.
You can store other wine bottles anyway you like, but arranging them horizontally helps you maximize cellar space and easily access them.
An open wine bottle can last for around five days if you store it properly. Remember to recork it immediately and tightly. When you do that, place some wax paper around the cork and close it shut.
If you’ve lost the cork, use a rubber wine stopper to the same effect. Or use a wine vacuum pump to suck the air out of the bottle before you cork it.
Opt for hardwood, tile, vinyl, stone, or marble for your cellar flooring. A carpet is a big no-no as it will develop mold and mildew thanks to the high humidity levels.
If you have an extensive wine room, decide whether you prefer a warm, cozy vibe or a brighter ambiance. You could go for bright LED lights and track lights or chandeliers for a mood-lit vibe.
Highlight any specific areas or displays with overhead lighting, preferably low-voltage LED lights.
Remember that you cannot expose your wines to excessive light. Go for lighting that is low intensity and generates low amounts of heat. And, stay away from fluorescent, halogen, and incandescent lamps in your cellar.
Keep your cellar door locked always to prevent unauthorized use. Install safety alarms or monitoring systems and cameras to prevent any break-ins.
Insure your wine cellar with a wine cellar collectors insurance to protect against natural disasters or power failure or breakage.
Take a blanket policy to cover all bottles that are valued under $1,000 each. And, go for a standalone policy to insure your rare, expensive wines individually.