Wine Cellars for Aficionados
Speaking of wine, wine cellars fit for oenophiles are making an appearance in extreme luxury homes for sale. Temperature and light-controlled cases are a must, but the most upscale wine cellars are works of art. From vaulted ceilings covered in Italian tile to shelving that evenly distributes the weight of thousands of bottles, these cellars are unexpectedly as beautiful as they are functional. If you have some particularly impressive empty bottles, designers like David Spon tell Food & Wine that display shelves can be created specifically to show off those noteworthy labels. Some, like the Darlington estate, have built adjacent wine tasting rooms where you can entertain special guests with your favorite wines as you relax on plush furnishings while listening to your favorite music. Alas, the wines don’t usually stay with the home when it sells, but with this kind of showcase in place, you might be inspired to start collecting. Do you already have a collection worth stealing? Luxury cellars now include biometric security and bottle authentication systems.