In this 2014 project at the Coto de Caza Golf Club in Orange County, California we installed a high profile wine cellar display with a contemporary glass enclosure that stands cleanly, nearly floor to ceiling. We used Wine Guardian Refrigeration equipment and racking from VintageView. Wine Cellars like this have to be impressive and practical.
Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club Orange County California
The Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club a 36-hole country club in Orange County, California is an example of the type of commercial location that we see a lot of that sells wine that in their case needed to upgrade their restaurant with a stunning wine display. One of the country’s finest country clubs, it prides itself on offering a fantastic experience for its guests.
The club has two courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., an aquatic center with three pools, a 44,000-square-foot clubhouse with a racquet club, 10 tennis courts, a 13,000 square foot fitness center, and a full service spa. The residents of this luxurious, gated community can find everything they need to enjoy a day of pampering, and a little bit of rest and relaxation.
So when it came to remodeling their dining area, they knew that building an efficient, picturesque wine storage area would fit into the overall standards of luxury that their clients expect. This is why working with an experienced commercial wine cellar builder like Coastal was paramount to their strategy.
Delawie ArchitectureIn Nov 2013 we were contacted by Delawie Architecture of San Diego, a full service firm with over five decades of design experience. They wanted to create a climate controlled, glass wine enclosure for the Coto De Caza Golf and Racquet Club’s newly remodeled Preserve Dining Room.
Here members have the opportunity to store and display some of their private collections at the club. After numerous consultations and site visits we had enough information to create a design that would resemble the color renderings of the enclosure.
Plans for Glass Enclosure Require the Right Cooling Unit
Seamless ½” tempered glass was used to create the enclosure while three pairs of glass doors allowed access to the wines. Because the glass has little if any R-Value we conducted a heat load to determine the BTU’s needed to refrigerate the wines.
To keep the enclosure at 58 °F degrees we recommended a self-contained ducted air handler by Wine Guardian. The heat load calculation determined the Model D088 1 Ton (8000 BTU) system would cool the enclosure effectively and efficiently.
Wine Guardian Refrigeration Systems Have a History of Innovation
Wine Guardian is a world-renowned leader in wine cellar climate control solutions.
They have continued to innovate through the years to provide the best wine cellar cooling product options. They strive to ensure the proper aging of fine wines for their clients. Wine Guardian has designed and built wine cellar cooling systems that not only provide superior performance, but also add to the aesthetic value of a wine cellar space.
All Wine Guardian wine cellar cooling units are designed to be whisper-quiet and energy efficient. They offer various types of wine cellar cooling systems, including through-the-wall units, split climate control systems, ducted cooling units, humidifiers, and humidification systems.
Wine Guardian Ducted System for Commercial Wine Cellars
For the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club project, Wine Guardian supplied the wine enclosure with their Model D088, a ducted air handler system that has a cooling capacity of up to 6,000 cubic feet. One of the advantages of using this wine cellar cooling product is the absence of visible mechanical equipment in the room, which not only adds to the visual quality of the display, but also helps maximize valuable wall space.
The D088 is one of their larger units. It is mounted in the ceiling of the wine enclosure, and requires a little clearance around it to allow the ductwork to be mounted into the various access panels. Cold air is supplied to and from the enclosure by the cooling system that is placed in the ceiling, while the hot air and drain line head outdoors. This unit is installed about 25 feet away from the enclosure, providing vibration-free and ultra-quiet operation.
A self-contained ducted air handler by Wine Guardian vents cold air to and from the cellar without the presence of an evaporator in the enclosure. An absolute must for most glass wine enclosures.
Metal Wine Rack Displays
An effective commercial wine storage method should be able to provide revenue enhancing display solutions, as well as promote ease of wine label recognition. Wine racks that provide optimum bottle capacity and visually appealing wine bottle presentation are keys to achieving sales goals and creating an impressive wine storage and display layout.
Vintage View Metal Wine Racks Make Your Wine Float in Air
The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club wine enclosure is equipped with metal wine racking systems designed and created by Vintage View out of Denver, Colorado.
Their wine racks come in a label forward horizontal display with an open airflow design that allows for even distribution of liquid temperature. This strategy promotes ease of wine recognition and retrieval of the product.
For this particular wine cellar project, we installed metal wine racks in a three deep configuration. This means two more bottles are stored behind the visible bottle, and thus increasing total bottle capacity of the wine enclosure.
The storage capacity of this particular wine cellar is 1,380 wine bottles, providing enough space for club members to store and display their favorite vintages.
Since the wine enclosure is encased in glass panels, club members have a stunning view of the different wine bottles that are on display. Vintage View metal wine racks are installed in such a way that make the bottles appear as if they are floating inside the enclosure. The wine racks also feature a presentation row where some of the finest wine bottles in the collection can be showcased.
To give the metal wine racks a stainless steel effect, a platinum finish was applied to the racking units. The contemporary appearance of the metal wine display, as well as the wine enclave, blended well with the modern interior of the newly renovated Preserve Dining Room of the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club.
Tempered Glass Panels
Tempered glass walls and doors of about 1/2″ thick surround the wine enclosure, delivering clear visibility of the different wine bottles that are on display.
Tempered glass is five times stronger than standard glass, and if broken it is designed to crumble into tiny, circular pebbles that help minimize the risk of injury.
Since the glass doors of this wine cellar are tall and heavy, the installers fitted commercial duty pivot hinges that are self-closing. Equipping the wine enclosure doors with a self-closing mechanism helps prevent damage to some of the wine bottles.
Commercial Wine Cellar Displays Are the New Standard!
All in all, the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club custom wine enclosure was a great project to work on. We were able to create an elegant yet functional wine storage application that also doubles as a display area.
This follows the growing trend for restaurants, clubs, resorts, wine stores, and other commercial companies that sell wine, not just here in Orange County, but worldwide. Commercial wine sellers are building high quality storage facilities for their employees and guests, showcasing their great collections.
The reasons for this growing trend are obvious. More and more people are developing a passion for wine. And smart businesses want to capitalize on this. Building a visible wine cellar that demonstrates your collection in a striking way is sure to increase sales in any commercial wine space.
Whether you’re a business seeking to magnify your wine storage space and display it properly, or you are a private collector wanting a nice wine tasting room in your home, call Coastal Custom Wine Cellars today to discuss your project. Working with an expert is what’s required when it comes to protecting a high quality investment like wine. And it’s certainly important if you’re trying to grow sales through a well-built wine presentation.