The current collection is challenged by several factors: the Vinotheque unit has racking that is not supporting wine bottles, causing them to drop down to the next row, the racking space is not sufficient for Burgundy format bottles, causing damage to the labels, and finally the cellar is very full. These three reasons are reasons enough for looking at improvements to the situation so it does not perpetuate damage or contribute to location confusion.
The racking situation is fundamental, and the only solution is to find racking that will hold Burgundy format bottles. If we look at our collection, Pinot comprises approximately two cases. However, we are expecting two cases from Burgundy to be shipped in the fall and we have one case from Salud! and approximately one case upstairs. So it would be best to anticipate at least five cases of Burgundy and one case of sparkling wine – this equals a storage capacity of six cases of larger bottle size.
There are several solution possibilities that could be used to solve the storage problem:
- Racking with no thermal management
- Small wine cooler unit
- Racking with thermal management in closet
There are pros and cons for each solution along several dimensions: cost, electrical consumption/management, quality of storage, space consumption in closet, and convenience of installation.