Thursday, November 27, 2008

By Request - Our Card Catalog/Wine Cellar

In a previous post, I mentioned we store our wine in a card catalog and several readers wrote in requesting details so here it is.

My husband Chach, found a posting on Craig's List where someone in Roger's Park was selling a card catalog. Being a writer he felt it was his duty to preserve a piece of biblio history and he became obsessed with getting one for our house. I said, "What the heck are we going to do with a card catalog?" He said, "I want to keep it as a pet!" By the time I gave in, someone beat him to the punch and scooped the Rogers Park piece from under him. Defeated yes but Chach is not the type of person to just give up. He was soon trolling Ebay for other possibilities and he finally found a seller, Anderson University in Indiana. This piece was in their library for fifty years. When the catalog arrived, I was surprised by how beautiful it was and it is exceptionally heavy and large but the question remained, what are we going to do with it? I realized the drawers were long and wide enough to fit wine bottles so we turned it into a makeshift wine cellar. It is a bit of a challenge to figure out where we put what but this is part of the fun. Since we don't age wine and drink what we buy within a month of purchase, this type of storage serves us well. If you are looking to age wines long term (1 year plus) then I would suggest using a space where the temperature is close to 55 degrees as possible and does not suffer from huge temperature spikes like a basement or cool closet. Don't ever store your wines long term in or on top of the refrigerator or near a heat source like a window, stove or heating unit. Cork finished wines should also be stored on their sides to keep the cork moist. Wine specific refrigerators can now be purchased at reasonable prices and can be useful if you don't have ideal storage conditions in your home. Both whites and reds can be stored at 55 degrees.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Your husband and I went through a similar phase...I have yet to purchase a big cabinet, but do have a small set of three drawers for junk. This, however, is a much better idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. That is amazing! I posted about it on blog.


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