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Choosing a Wine Cellar Contractor: 10 Questions to Ask

 
Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 4:09:51 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar Design

After you’ve spent time working with one of our Wine Storage Consultants to design the perfect wine cellar for your space, the next step is to choose a suitable contractor to handle the job. It is important to find someone who has ample expertise in building wine cellars. Here is a list of questions, courtesy of John Seitz, our Master Cellar Builder, which serves as a great road map on your journey:

1. How many climate controlled wine rooms have you built and can I talk to some of your clients?
You want someone that has experience with the issues involved with a climate controlled room. It is one thing to build a deck or remodel a kitchen, but another to correctly build a climate-controlled room.

2. What materials will you use for the vapor & moisture barriers? How will you install this material?
The product used to create these very important barriers is just as important as the installation. The right products installed incorrectly are just as bad for you as the wrong products.

3. Do you know why the barriers are required and what happens if they are not installed correctly?
This question may be a stretch for your average contractor but one never knows. If he/she does know the reasons behind the barriers, then they probably know how to do the work correctly.

4. Does the refrigeration equipment that you are installing make noise and does it exhaust hot air?
Most of the self-contained units are noisy and exhaust hot air. It is not a good sign if your person does not know this or tries to convince you that they do not.

5. What is the process for repairing the refrigeration equipment if it fails?
You do not want equipment that has to be returned to the manufacturer for service. This is a huge hassle and could leave you with no refrigeration in your wine room for weeks.

6. Does your refrigeration equipment increase the humidity in the room without any additional equipment?
This is a tricky question and will really show if your guy knows anything about the equipment and climate-controlled rooms. Most refrigeration does not increase humidity unless you add a humidifier.

7. Does your insurance cover the repairs if mold develops?
Mold will develop if the wine room is not constructed correctly. Your contractor should have insurance that will cover the cost of the repair if the room develops mold.

8. Are you building the racks yourself or buying kits?
How the racks are built is up to you. The idea behind the question is to make sure that there are no surprises.

9. What kind of door are you installing?
The door needs to be exterior grade with weather stripping and a threshold. If your guy does not know this, beware.

10. How much does a bottle of wine weigh?
This might be another trick question but think about it. You are asking them to build a room designed specifically to hold one thing – wine bottles. Is it too much to ask that they know some basic details? Additionally, they might not build the racks correctly if they do not know the weight of the bottles.

The specific answers to these questions are important but so is the contractors’ response. If they get defensive and shifty with their answers, beware. On the other hand, it is not necessarily a bad thing if they admit to some lack of knowledge.

For more advice on building your cellar, complete this form or call one of our wine storage consultants at 800.377.3330

Cheers!

Where’s John and Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Cellar RV? At Ruth’s Chris

 
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 5:13:30 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

One of the most exciting things about having Wine Enthusiast design and build a custom wine cellar in your home, is a personal visit from John Seitz. John is not only one of our Master Wine Cellar Builders, but he travels across the country in the famous Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RV. We’ve been highlighting John’s exciting travels here on Winston’s Wisdoms. His latest project has been a beautiful custom wine cellar design at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in St. Louis.

Ruth’s Chris Wine Cellar Design

 

Ruth’s Chris Wine Cellar Design

Ruth’s Chris was so pleased with John’s work, they chose to write a piece on him:

The man Behind the Cellar
If you were looking to build your own customized wine cellar, and called any of the top cellar builders in the U.S., it would most likely lead to a visit from John Seitz.  His is the master cellar builder for Wine Enthusiast.  His is also the man responsible for the beautiful work done here at Ruth’s Chris in Rogers. He stopped in recently after finishing the new Ruth’s in St. Louis and I was fortunate to learn some about his line of work.
A carpenter by trade, Mr. Seitz was turned on to the idea of building wine cellars by a friend and has now been in the business for twelve years.  I like to think of him as a wine gypsy, as he travels approximately ten months out of the year.  He drives from job to job, very comfortably, in his luxury-laden American Eagle motor home.
Once on site, to create a room, John will plan and design every detail.  He takes into account what the owner likes to drink, collect, and save as well as the budget for the project.  Three to four days after the room is ready, John will go into production, usually installing storage for about 1,000 bottles per day.  His attention to detail is meticulous and the end result is always impeccable.  The tongue in groove woodwork spanning the walls is as much a work of art as the bottles it will soon store.
John Seitz’s work has introduced him to numerous celebrities, professional athletes, and CEOs.  He is given the VIP treatment when visiting wineries around the globe and his daily duties often include drinking wine on the job.  It is possible that he has found the perfect occupation for a wine lover.  John is truly a craftsman who has built a career that is tied to one of his passions.

To book your own appointment with John, fill out our Design Consultation Form or call us today at 800.377.3330.

Where’s John and Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Cellar RV?

 
Monday, August 25th, 2008 at 11:34:56 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

When we last left you, our Master Wine Cellar Builder, John was cruising the west coast, making wine cellar dreams come true in Riverside and San Francisco, California. Now he’s back East, making stops everywhere from Livingston, New Jersey to Tallahassee, Florida. Here is the latest schedule, hot off the presses. If you’d like to catch him in your neighborhood, fill out our Design Consultation Form or call us today at 800.377.3330.

August 25th: Livingston, New Jersey
August 27th : Traveling towards Tallahassee Florida by way of Washington D.C, Raleigh North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia
Sept 2nd : Tallahassee Florida
Sept 8th : Lake Wylie, South Carolina
Sept 15th: Sag Harbor, N.Y
Sept 22nd: New Wine Enthusiast Mt. Kisco Office

Now for fun, can you guess where John was when this photo was taken?

Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RV Airplane

Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Cellar RV Meets Superman

 
Thursday, June 12th, 2008 at 11:21:37 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Superman RV

Currently, John and the Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RV are en route from Riverside, California, to San Francisco. He is making personal visits to various West Coast customers, defining full-service wine cellar consultation and design.

As wonderful as we think John is, it looks like he’s parked himself next to a real “Super Man” in this picture. Can you guess where in the country he was when he took this photo?

To book your own appointment with John, fill out our Design Consultation Form or call us today at 800.377.3330.

Where’s John and Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Cellar RV?

 
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 3:38:29 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RVLast week, we told you a little bit about our traveling wine storage consultant, John Seitz. John goes across the country in our Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RV, making personal visits to people’s homes, and giving private wine storage consultations. If you’re considering building a custom wine cellar in your home, you may be wondering where John is. Calling all Californians, John is in your neighborhood!

He is currently traveling from Virginia Beach to…
June 1st- Los Angeles, California
June 8th-Riverside, California
June 15th- San Francisco, California

Give us a call at 1-800-377-3330 to make an appointment for John to visit you!

Honk If You See Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Cellar RV

 
Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 10:50:01 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

John and Buster

One of the most exciting things about having Wine Enthusiast design and build a custom wine cellar in your home, is a personal visit from John Seitz. John is not only one of our Master Wine Cellar Builders, but he travels across the country in the famous Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RV. Just to give you an idea of John’s travel schedule, between April 21st to May 26th, he’ll have traveled from Illinois to New York, down to Virginia, and back across the country to California, all in the name of wine cellar installation.

Check this page often to see when John’s going to be in your area. While on the road, between wine cellar jobs, John will come directly to your home, by request, to make a professional wine storage house call. He’ll take measurements and evaluate your space to determine the best wine cellar design for you. After 10 years and hundreds of wine cellars, John has literally defined full-service wine cellar consultation and design in America.


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