12-bottle wine rack for a small space
I'm searching for a 12-bottle wine rack that's roughly the size of a case of wine. I have a few spaces in my small apartment's kitchen and dining room (namely, a hutch and a china cabinet) in which a cardboard box of a case of wine will fit.
I'd like to replace these cardboard boxes with a wine rack (wood, metal, or a combination), but I can't find any that fit my dimensions. All the 12-bottle wine racks I've found on Amazon and elsewhere are too large to fit in these spaces just big enough for a cardboard box.
Sadly, the (many!) bookshelves prevent me from using a wine cabinet or a wine fridge to store my wine out in the open.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
What about a little 12 bottle fridge? I have one in my basement that is about the size of a case of wine. It's tiny really, and works well. I wouldn't keep any of my first growths in it, but I have no problem throwing $50 bottles in there when I have no room in the other cellars. Food for thought. -mJ
Or, why not spend nothing and just keep your wine in the cardboard box, or ask your wine retailer for a wooden 12 bottle box. Not very sexy, but very functional. And cheap.
More important than what storage method is where it's stored. Always under 70 degrees if possible, and in the dark. If you cannot keep it like this, be sure to drink sooner rather than later.
Great suggestion. Several, usually imported (French or Italian), better wines are shipped in 12-bottle wooden boxes. They're about the same dimension as the cardboard ones. The only problem you're going to have is that the wooden crates usually have dividers in them that are not the full height of the bottles. You're going to turn the crate on it's side, I would think, and the bottles most likely not be supported properly using the included dividers. You may have to just lay the bottles on each other, which makes access more difficult (and not great if the bottles are Pinot-shaped). If you know someone handy with woodworking, give them a bottle to figure something out for you.