Whether your wine collection consists of a few bottles of wine you’ve gotten as gifts, or you are building a collection of carefully-chosen vintages, you need to store them somehow while keeping the corks wet and the bottles out of harm’s way. Try a few of these local metro Detroit options to help you keep the fruit of the vine safe.
Hours: Mon, Thurs & Fri: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.; Tues- Wed: Closed
This family-owned store, open since 1974 and a fixture in Royal Oak since 1983, specializes in contemporary home furnishings and has a variety of wine racks available, including those by La Dolce Vino and Alessi. The store is known for its wide selection of items with a modern style. Items are presented as part of whole room groups to give you an idea of how the items could work together. With all the attractive options here, you just might leave with more than a wine rack.
La Dolce Vino
La Dolce Vino wine racks hold either five or 10 bottles of wine and are made of mild steel, either plain, or with a clear or color automotive grade powder-coat finish. The racks can stand alone or can be hung on a wall. Mounting two of the patent-pending racks on a wall 8″ apart allows for five or 10 more bottles to be stored between them. The racks can be customized with either “Made in Detroit” or, for a slight extra charge, the text of your choice.
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Danto & Company
Hours: Mon: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tues-Wed: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thurs-Fri: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Danto’s has been in Southwest Detroit since 1940. The company offers several options for storing wine, including racks, tables with appropriately-angled shelves underneath the main surface, cabinets and bars from makers like Accessory 227, Pulaski Furniture, and Thomasville. They also carry a variety of baker’s racks and other cabinetry with hanging stemware storage.
Unique Wine Cellars
Hours: Mon: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tues-Wed: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thurs- Fri: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Unique Wine Cellars in Bloomfield Hills sells wine racking kits in metal or wood in a variety of finishes, ranging in price from around $28 to around $400, depending on the number of bottles and type of wine being stored. If you’re a serious oenophile and you have the space and cash to go custom with your collection, you may want to consult the company’s cellar design service. The service takes into account the types of wine you’ll be storing, the nature of the space, and your decorative preferences, and provides design, construction, and installation.
Art Van Furniture
Hours: Fri 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Both of these locally-based furniture chains offer wine racks in a variety of sizes, looks, finishes, and prices. Both carry baker’s racks with hanging stemware storage as well. Locations are conveniently located throughout the metro Detroit area. Art Van may be the best choice for oenophiles on a budget — check out the clearance centers in each store.
Paula Guthat is a freelance writer and a Detroit native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.