INSPIRED LIFESTYLE & DESIGN TRENDS
A WINE CELLAR– T O C A L L YOU R OWN –
othing showcases your wine right at hand is part of the con-
impeccable taste better than venience as well as the chic of hosting.
your own private wine cellar – There’s also a certain economy at play.
and what better surrounding for such The same bottle of wine that might
a luxury than a Cachet Estate home? sell in a restaurant for $100, can be
This latest trend in today’s upscale purchased at the liquor store for $40.
housing market is becoming more For people who entertain often, a
popular all the time. According to wine cellar is the perfect accou-
Frank Montanaro, Ontario Sales trement.
Manager of Dionysus Brands – a pri- Enter Frank Montanaro. Should
vate agency for exclusive brands of you be in the market for a wine cellar,
wines and spirits – more and more this is where you might begin.
people who have some background Montanaro would meet with you in
and love for wine are adding wine cel- your home to determine your needs
lars to their homes. Montanaro has and to explain the process of building
created many fine cellars for private a wine cellar in detail. The next step
users and collectors alike; designing would be for you to design or work
and stocking cellars that hold as few with a designer or your builder to cre-
as 500 to 600 bottles to as many as ate the room itself. Once the room
15,000 bottles. itself has been created, Montanaro
Whatever the size, all wine cellars takes care of the racking, the tempera-
share the same features – a separate ture control and the installation. A
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room that is insulated to R20 with a modest wine cellar, once the room
temperature control compressor and a As distinctive entertaining at has been built and decorated, costs
racking system. Within the category around $2500. And that’s before a sin-
however, are rooms from the very home has continued to rise in gle bottle of wine has been lovingly
modest to the absolutely elaborate – popularity, so too has the placed inside.
rooms that are stunning retreats with At this point, Montanaro would
granite floors, impeccable wood walls, demand for private wine cellars. provide you with advice about the var-
with comfortable tasting areas sub- ious wines to stock inside the cellar in
limely furnished. Most people find your Cachet Estate home. He bases his
that a basement wine cellar is ideal – and history. Today’s consumer thinks nothing advice on your personal preferences as
this location is particularly popular in at all about spending $18 for a bottle of well as classic choices. Working from cat-
many Cachet Estate Homes that come wine and $48 or $50 for a bottle of alogues of wines from all over the word –
standard with a finished basement. liquor. New World and Old World, selections
So how do you go about getting your So why the popularity of home wine befitting your personal tastes would be
own private wine cellar? The first step, is to cellars? There are basically two groups of ordered and delivered to your very own
find an expert, like Frank Montanaro to people who want wine cellars; collectors wine cellar, awaiting just the right
help. Montanaro has an extensive back- of fine wines and connoisseurs who like moment for you to decant it and share it
ground in wine that started with a career to entertain at home. Just as the trend in with friends and family.
with the LCBO between 1984 and 1991. Cachet Estate Homes has been for bigger
In those days, consumers were wont to and better kitchens with built-in appli- Frank Montanaro is the Ontario Sales Manager
spend between $5.50 and $6.00 for a ances, granite countertops and separate of Dionysus Brands Premium Wines, Spirits &
Beers, located at 173 Finch Ave., West Toronto,
bottle of wine. But the times have serveries, so too has demand for person- Ontario M2R 1M2.
changed. Consumers today are more al wine cellars increased. It’s all about
For more information about stocking the wine
educated about the finer qualities of providing quality entertainment at cellar in your Cachet Estate home, contact
wine. This year alone, wine sales have home. Consumers today are into gour- Frank Montanaro at (416) 804-3753 or send
overtaken beer sales for the first time in met cooking – and having the perfect email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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