We are so proud and humbled to be highlighted in the prestigious Wall Street Journal. We would like to thank all of the architects, designers, clients, and of course our special staff. At Joseph and Curtis, we take tremendous pride in our design capabilities and stand ready to create the wine feature of your dreams.
Watch the video interview below, and read the story full story From Traders to Cellars:
Curt was recently interviewed by Elin Huws, of Borro.com where he explained how proper wine storage adds value – not only to the price of wine, but even to real estate.
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Glass and wood wine cabinets have been extremely popular over the years, but never has there been as many options as today. The wine cabinet can be an expression of your love of both wine and design, or simply a way to store more wine in constrained areas.
We are working on wine cabinets for projects in Miami, Philadelphia, NYC, New Jersey, Connecticut, Jacksonville and Tampa FL, and California, to simply name a few places. These wine cabinets range from stainless steel and glass, solid wood, white oak fumed wood and glass, African wenge and glass etc, etc. The wine racks can be either wood or metal, or both!
Vintage View J&C custom “spines” or metal rods enable the design team to allow the wine storage to simply “float,” and to include all types of LED lighting which allows for incredible design elements. Seamless glass or wood framed doors allow the wine to be seen from all angles of the space, and with many new cooling options the choices can be limitless.
We would love to design the wine cabinet of your dreams. Please contact us to set up an appointment.
We would also like to announce a new customer, the prestigious NY Athletic Club, where we will build two glass towers similar to the photos here.
Being one of the largest designers and builders of custom wine cellars in the USA, Joseph & Curtis is always looking to add extra value to our clients’ needs. Our design team stands ready to lay out the wine cellar of your dreams.
Our 3D Cad drawings present a variety of layouts to meet your wine storage requirements. They are very specific and leave nothing to the imagination. Our drawings will calculate the exact bottle count, and show specific custom elements such as stained glass, sconces, stone work, etc. Our software also shows the exact number of case bins, 750 ml storage, horizontal displays, large format, and any specific feature you may want.
The cellar design process is pretty seamless. You send us the dimensions, layout, and specific features you want in your wine cellar or wine cabinet and we will create the wine cellar of your dreams! Be it a contemporary wine cellar with glass and metal wine racks, or traditional wood storage with crown and toe kicks, in Miami, New York, Aspen, or Boston…let the design team at Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars make your dreams become a reality!
J&C will be featured in the Wall Street Journal in October for one of our award winning designs which is a 14′H x 11′W stainless steel wine cabinet, designed, delivered, and installed in a New York City apartment.
Simply send us your dimensions and desires and we will take care of the rest!
The definition of a log cabin is “a house built from logs.” It is a fairly simple type of log house. A distinction should be drawn between the traditional meanings of “log cabin” and “log house.” Historically, most “log cabins” are simple ones- 1½-story structures, somewhat impermanent, and less finished or less architecturally sophisticated than a proper log house (wikpedia).
The Poconos PA is where Joseph & Curtis designed and built a beautiful extremely detailed wine cellar which is in a one-of-a-kind “log cabin”. The owner is anything but ordinary and reached out to J&C to design a unique wine cellar which would fit the motif of his amazing custom built log cabin.
J&C visited the log cabin to get a true picture of the flow and some of the materials used in the space…and mind you, this log cabin has a kitchen that would make any chef die to work in it…a custom movie theater room, 10+ flat screens, 4 car garage with 3 lifts, boats, four wheelers and, of course. Sculptured bears at every turn…but what it did not have was a signature wine room.
We decided to build the custom wine racks from Sapele wood and designed them to sit on a stone ledge, and to have accent lighting throughout the wine cellar. We also designed and installed a 1/2 barrel one-of-a-kind barrel ceiling with a chandelier. The wine room boasts over 1250 bottles of storage and features horizontal displays to show off some of the client’s magnums and premier bottles.
At Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars, we simply do not build wine cellars or wine rooms…but rather wine masterpieces. So please send us your specs and have J&C design and build the wine feature of your dreams.
We’re starting to see more demand for our customers for glass wine cellars. Why the shift? Here’s a few advantages for a glass wine cellar:
- Easy visibility and access to your collection. You can see your wine bottles easily — and show off their glorious bottles in a glass wine cellar installed off of your dining room or kitchen.
- No worries about damaging your wine collection anymore. Advances in glass technology means that we install UV-protective glass that will shield your wine collection from damaging UV rays.
- Sleek and contemporary. These glass wine cellars fit well with modern apartment living.
- Accomodates the traditional home too! We have installed glass wine cellars that have integrated nicely with more traditional home decor. Several of our clients have installed stone and glass wine cellars that worked wonderfully with their Tuscan interior style.
Some examples of our Custom Glass Wine Cellars:
Building a wine cellar in NYC is always a challenge but something we enjoy doing…one of our current wine cellar projects in River Terrace, NYC is currently under construction. It consists of a complete gut job and the conversion of a bathroom to a wine cellar.
We met with the other half of the design team, Riccardo and Flavia of Flavia Portugal Design, to work through cooling and humidity issues and the placement of equipment and trunk locations. The wine cellar will feature 2 walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and stainless steel wine racks….very slick and clean, yet still able to squeeze in over 700 bottles for storage. The feature wall will be (5) bottles deep of custom stainless wine racks to help reach that capacity, one more reason why custom is always better.
We also walked through LED lighting and locations which will help set the mood and highlight the owner’s incredible wine collection. And where is wine happiest? 14 stories above the ground with an incredible view and a perfect 60 degrees and 67% humidity!
We compiled some images of recent modern wine cellars we have built – enjoy this video with plenty of design ideas!
A video of our latest project, completed recently in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City:
Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars recently completed a 500+ bottle stainless steel and glass wine cabinet. This cabinet was designed by my business partner Joseph Kline. The cabinet measures 14′ tall and 10′ wide with metal wine racks in the lower portion and sapele mahogany wine racks in the upper portions.
The cabinet was designed to fit into a niche located next to the NYC apartment’s dining room with three objectives: presentation, presentation, and presentation. The cabinet is visible from the entire apartment. Add the glorious led lights at night and you have a sexy, and incredibly clean and sleek showpiece. The glass has a special tint to avoid UV rays from the sun which can be harmful to the preservation of wine longevity.
The stainless steel was selected to bring an “urban” restaurant feel into the client’s Chelsea NYC apartment. This stainless steel, refrigerated wine cabinet is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Working in the Big City can be quite a challenge, but that’s why you need a design team such as Joseph and Curtis.
Please give us a call and we will bring your dreams to reality.
Our clients – both residential and restaurant — have become more interested in contemporary custom wine cellar designs. Here’s some images of wine cellars we have built featuring glass walls and doors.
Jeff Gordon may be best known as one of the greatest Nascar drivers of all time, but you may be surprised to know he has that same passion for wine. So it’s only natural Jeff decided to dive into wine making.
The first vintage of the Jeff Gordon Collection – a 2004 Carneros Chardonnay- was released in late 2005, followed by a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Merlot, also of the 2004 vintage. In addition to Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot, they have introduced Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Rosé of Syrah and a signature red blend labeled “Joie de Vivre”. One of the highlights for Jeff has been naming two of the vintages after his children in the years they were born- the 2007 wines are dedicated to his daughter, Ella Sofia, and the 2010′s for his son Leo.
Let’s catch up with Jeff and see what he has been up to.
I think there are similarities to racing w every business and every walk of life. You have to enjoy it, and be passionate about it in order to be successful at it. If you get into the wine business you have to be experienced and have a great team around you and I am fortunate to be able to have that both on and off the race track.
How did you start w racing?
It first started w bmx but my step dad always wanted to get into racing as a kid which he never got a chance to do, so when I got older he bought a car for me and the rest is history.
Is growing up in California part of the reason why you developed a passion for wine?
For sure…we use to go to different race tracks and we would drive through Napa valley and I would always notice how different it was then everywhere else in the bay area. The vineyards were beautiful and I was always intrigued by it, so when I got older and had a chance to start enjoying wine and traveling I always had in the back of my mind that I would love to get into the wine world.
The one that really got me into wine was a bottle of Joseph Drouhin Batard-Montrachet…I had never seen a white decanted before. Gordon took one sip of the white burgundy and declared it “liquid gold”. It was then that his passion for fine wine began.
Favorite wine/food pairing?
Yes pretty simple…red wine and red meat! I love a big juicy steak, wild mushrooms, asparagus, but I will put wine with almost anything! I really do enjoy French food where I usually start w a French Burgundy, but I really enjoy red the most. Opus, and Harlan are two of my favorites. Kistler is also one of my favorites.
I been fortunate to get quite a few but the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 94…it really changed my life.
Dale Earnhardt Sr…I was the new kid on the block and he was the veteran…in 95 to battle him head to head and win was amazing!
Was Dale Sr nice to you?
Yes…but on the racetrack he wasn’t nice to anyone Off the track he was fantastic.
Daniel in NY is my favorite. Auberge du Soleil Restaurant in Napa and Barrington’s in Charlotte.
Tell us about the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation:
It came through meeting kids w cancer, and one of my crew chiefs had a son that was diagnosed when he was 1 and it really opened my eyes what these families go through. We have been able to do alot of good work over the years and we are really proud of it.
Tell me about your wine:
I could talk about them all day long, were pretty proud of them. We are young and new in the business and we plan on being here for a long time. It also makes for great gifts for my kids teachers,neighbors etc
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
I feel like I have a few more good years of driving left, I will always be a part of auto racing of some sort of fashion. I would like to do more with our foundation (since my schedule is so hectic now) and hopefully that is the same case with the wine.
Joseph and Curtis will be offering a limited amount of signed Jeff Gordon magnums $250 (and the wine is VERY good!) please email all orders to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Curt) Being a father of three I want to compliment you with how you have handled yourself with all of your success and the fact that you have made your faith be such an integral part of your life…you should really be proud of that.
(Jeff) Why thank you, I really try and work hard with that…so hearing that means alot. God Bless.
Many thanks to the Prime Living team, we thoroughly enjoyed working on the Grape Escape article.
Read the full magazine issue here.
It was a pleasure contributing my passion for wine cellars as an author of a Featured article in the May/June 2013 issue of Simply the Best.
We recently completed a 4,000+ bottle wine cellar in Princeton NJ. The wine cellar was made out of 100% natural Cherry wine racks, slate floor, double Mahogany doors, and (2) ultra-quiet J&C ductless split cooling systems. This was a complete build out which was on time, on budget, and a complete custom wine cellar.
Watch the video below for a tour of this Princeton wine cellar.
Joe and Curt were featured in an interview on Wine with Me, a Fox Business show with Tracy Byrnes. See more about the segment (“Why custom wine cellars are the new Lamborghini”) at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10684539.htm or the PDF : http://www.prweb.com/pdfdownload/10377829.pdf
Thanks so much to Megan Willett from Business Insider for mentioning our work with Leslie Alexander.
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Gregory Dal Piaz is one of the most influential people in the wine world. He is the Editor in Chief for Snooth which is considered one of the top sites for wine. Let’s catch up with Gregory.
Please tell me about Snooth:
Snooth has really been a moving target over the years. We started out as a wine comparison shopping site, a function that remains core to our business, but we’ve added many features that has made us much more than that. Today we can offer our users a personalized experience, telling them when wines they’re looking for are on sale, offering them seamless integration with our iPhone app that lets them add tasting notes and wines to their cellars from wherever they are. In addition we publish a daily newsletter that touches on all the things that are important to winelovers, such as reviews of new release wines as well as retrospective tasting, wine and food pairing guides, and travel tips.
How many wines are in Snooth’s database?
I don’t know for sure but it’s well over 1 million.
Why would Snooth be a valuable asset to our cellar collectors?
Snooth can be valuable to just about anybody interested in wine. The integration with our iPhone app is the key to our future. Everybody is doing things on the go these days, and the ability to add notes to your cellar, and check your wines, and see your previous reviews along with the reviews of others and the top critics scores is a great resource that can help you manage your cellar. Another great feature is our deals email. You select the wines, and the price points and we show you which wines are on sale each week. It’s a great way to discover new wines and pick up your favorites when they go on sale.
Favorite wine, region, and why?
Barolo, no doubt. Traditional produced Barolo evolves magically. There are so many layers to the nose and the palate, while being a challenge sometimes, just keeps me interested. All that tannin and acidity makes the wines exciting to drink, and they remain affordable, at least for the moment.
Hardest part of your job?
Writing every day. It sounds like fun, tasting wine and writing about it, but writing can be a challenge. There are some days when the words just don’t come and you need to be prepared for that.
Can you talk about the importance of cellaring wine?
A really good question, and for many people it’s not that important. You have to be interested in the wines that truly reward cellaring to fully appreciate the magic that happens in the bottle over the course of a decade or three. For me though a properly aged wines is so much more than what is in the bottle. It’s a historical time capsule full of the history of a region within the bottle, and a marker for my life. I can remember buying most for the bottles in my cellar, and just being surrounded by them fills me with happy thoughts when I’m rummaging around down there.
A tricky question. Surprisingly you could say that California’s North Coast is up and coming sine they have made some spectacularly disappointing wines over the past decade or so. A lot of winemakers have figured things out recently and I’m seeing more restraint there, which is something I applaud If you’re looking for real underdogs then Brazil would have to top my list. they’re producing some impressive cool-climate European styled wines down there, Merlot in particular, and are worth watching. Another surprising up and comer would be Portugal for their table wines. Their wine industry has suffered through two decades of benevolent neglect, and we are now just waking up to the fact that they have some great indigenous grapes producing wines in what I would call the classic European table wine style, which if you haven;t guessed yet i am a fan of.
If I have a question about wine…whom do I ask and will it be answered on Snooth?
I’m the resident wine guy so you would ask me and I’d love to answer you on Snooth.
Tell us about the Forum:
We have a lively and welcoming forum that is a blend of novice and oenophile all united by their love of wine. A small core of regular users generate a lot of chat, greeting new users and answering most questions before I can get there.
How did you get into the business?
I came from the restaurant industry, 16 years in it. I floated around for a few years before landing a job with Astor Wines here in NYC. I was fortunate to have the opportunity and became the Wine Director at Astor before moving on to Snooth.
Wine and cheese is the best because?
Umami and complexity.
Tell me about your Northern Italy experiences:
I spent every summer growing up in a small farming village in trentino, norther Italy. it was like stepping back in time and helped form who I became. In particular in introduced me to wine at a very young age, I bought my face case of wine when I was 10 years old, and instilled in me a lifelong passion for wine and simply prepared food that takes advantage of farm freshness.
Two true standouts for me are jerked chicken and lighter styled Petit Sirah and old Barolo with grilled octopus. weird I know but they work.
My friends Robbie and Mark. I’d rather get drunk and laugh with them than have to think about saying something interesting with people more interesting than I.
State of the wine world?
It was the best of times it was the worst of times. We’re really in the middle of things and I don’t know how we’re going to look when we come out of them. Increasing prices on the top wines, a glut at the bottom, decreasing wine consumption in the historical wine drinking capitols of the world, and climate change are all taking a toll on the status quo that we’ve been relatively comfortable with. I have sympathy for folks getting into wine today. It’s much more complex and vastly more expensive than when I really started diving in some 30 years ago. One of my biggest concerns is that people today can’t taste the greatest wines on earth because they’re too expensive. I don’t think it’s that important to drink these wines with any regularity but i do think it’s important to know the potential of Pinot Noir in Burgundy, or Nebbiolo in Barolo if you want to have a complete understanding of the various wines and terroirs that make up the world’s great wine regions. It’s up to us to help out. A little wine philanthropy is all it takes. All we need to do is to share a few bottles with the passionate young enthusiasts out there. That should help to put things right!
See more doors like this in a slideshare presentation about custom wine cellar doors:
One of my favorite programs is Wine with Me (Tracy Byrnes) who I have admired for years on Fox Business. We both found Tracy to be energetic, engaging, and very easy to talk to.
Please check out our recent interview on Fox News.