Wine racks are crucial for displaying amazing wine bottle practically, and improving home decor!

As well, wine racks offer a place to store one’s favorite bottles while adding a touch of personal flair to the room. Furthermore, wine racks also come in a wide array of styles, ensuring they fit with any home decor. Therefore, whether you’re looking for something small that can fit in your kitchen or a behemoth wine rack fit for a wine cellar, your options are plentiful.

Regardless of which style or size of wine rack you choose, there are some traits that you need to be aware of. These traits run in all high-quality wine racks, so you don’t want to skip over these!

Traits to Look for When Choosing Wine Racks

Your personal style and home décor preferences will influence what your chosen wine rack looks like. Before you get to shopping, however, you must understand that all wine racks should have these practical traits in common. No matter how lovely a wine rack looks, if it lacks these qualities then it is not a quality wine rack for serious collectors.

Niche Size

First and foremost, you need to consider the size of the bottles that you would like to store. Standard 750mL bottles need wine racks with 3.5’’ niches. Larger bottles will, as you’d expect, demand larger niches. Since 750mL is the “standard” size of a wine bottle, it makes sense that wine racks often cater to this size.

Construction Material

The material that you choose for your wine rack matters as much as the size. If you’re opting for wood, consider the use of redwood and mahogany. Both options stand up well to humidity and varying temperatures. They are less prone to developing problems like mildew and distortion. You know your redwood or mahogany wine rack will last.

Metal is another popular wine rack construction material due to its durability and more modern aesthetic. As with wooden wine racks, metal racks vary in any number of ways to suit your needs.

Learn More about the perfect Anatomy Of A Wine Bottle!

A vintner wine rack is a modular one wherein the components stack vertically as the wine collection grows.

Criteria For Awards

The international wine competition has four award levels, including Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Judges give wine awards based on merit by a majority vote and use the following criteria;

  • Phenomenal wines receive the Double Gold medal.
  • The Gold medal goes to the wine judges love.
  • A Silver medal goes to the wine judges like.
  • If the judges agree that buyers would buy a particular wine, it receives a Bronze award.
  • Double Gold winners are eligible to receive “A Best of Category award” based on price. The judges re-taste the wines to establish the brand to endorse for the award.

NYIWC is open to all wine from all over the world, produced for commercial use. Furthermore, in 2018 because of the growing interest from consumers, NYIWC introduced a new division of wines. In particular, Certified Biodynamic wine, Certified Organic wine, Natural Biodynamic wine, and Natural wine. Also, the competition included Sake, which judges appraised together with the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association.

The notable winners in the 8th Annual NYIWC, which took place on May 06th 2018 in New York City, include;

Blanc de Blancs Traditional grape varieties (Cheurlin Thomas Champagne NV Celebrite– Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut.)

An elegant wine that is both complex and refined, it’s no wonder it received a Double Gold award. It has a beautiful sunglow gold with amber highlights, exquisite fine bubbles, and a fruity aroma. On the palate, it is crisp with white fruit notes and a citrus finish, a perfect accompaniment for Shellfish.

Chardonnay, Sonoma County(Outlot 2015 Chardonnay)

Another Double Gold award winner, this full-bodied wine is creamy and complex. Furthermore, it has a light golden yellow color with an impressive aroma of cardamom and toffee notes. The palate is smooth with notes of apple and peach notes and a rich vanilla finish. It’s a splendid wine to drink on its own or paired with mushrooms or Butternut squash risotto.

Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Sonoma County (Blagden 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon)

This bold and structured wine also received a Double Gold award. It has an intense ruby color and a nose with hints of sandalwood, cloves, and black cherry. On the palate, it is juicy with hints of spice and acidity. The finish is long and exquisite, a perfect wine to have with venison or beef.

Upcoming New York International Wine Competition

The 9th Annual New York wine awards will take place at the 3- West Club on 5th May 2019. New York is an ideal city for the awards since it’s one of the largest wine buying capitals of the world. Also, a lot of the top rated wine professionals recognized both nationally and internationally live and work in the city. And, it’s a media capital, which is important because NYIWC works with the media to share the results of the competition. Finally, New York City is a fabulous travel destination with fantastic restaurants and entertainment spots.