888-681-5888 Best of Houzz 2014

Ponte Vedra Florida Wine Cellar

2014 November 2
by Curtis Dahl

Ponte Vedra is known for its beautiful beaches, world class golf course and something you may not know – an incredible passion for wine. We have built several wine cellars in the Ponte Vedra / Jacksonville FL area where we have 2 sales reps who handle the entire state of Florida for Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars.

We recently completed a one of a kind white oak wine room on the main floor of a beach front dream home. The owners wanted total privacy so we are only able to show photos of the wine room staged, but it is pretty easy to see the uniqueness to this particular cellar. The owners have several homes which do have other cellars and were able to make this cellar about design rather than just bottle capacity.

So we came up with a pirate themed wine room which was all glass and sitting along the billiard room and tiki bar, overlooking the pool, hot tub, and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. The great thing about being able to both design and build a cellar is the ability to pull off some pretty unique features; such as stainless steel, glass, acrylics, radius wine racks, and almost anything the mind can conceive. Uniqueness is why at J&C we say custom is always best! Please take a look at the process, and the finished project staged and ready for its deployment to the golden beaches of Ponte Vedra.

The wine cellars final capacity was 900+ wine bottles, an amount any pirate would be pleased with! :)

La Pizza Fresca Ristorante and Prunotto Wines

2014 October 10
by Curtis Dahl

La Pizza FrescaLa Pizza Fresca Ristorante (Union Square) has long been considered a wine and food industry hang out spot that very few people know about. We had the luxury of celebrating the debut release of Barolo Colonello Riserva from the historic Prunotto estate. We were the first in the US to taste the new single vineyard release (brought to fame by Aldo Conterno).Prunotto Barolo

The grapes derive from the benchmark and classic vintage of 2008 and a small one hectare plot in the prized Colonnello vineyard. For Prunotto, it is a return to the glory years of when pioneering winemaker Beppe Colla crafted cru Barolo and Barbaresco that became reference points for the noble wines during the sixties and seventies. We also tasted multiple BaWine with Friends at La Pizza Frescarolos, Barbaresco, and Barbera.

The wine was paired with several amazing dishes which included three amazing brick oven pizzas and several homemade pastas. The two pairings that really stood out were the Tagliolini all Antatra e Capperi (handmade pasta,shredded duck, ragu, and capers) with the Prunotto Barbareso 2Wine List at La Pizza Fresca010 and the Barbaresco Bric Turot 2010. I thought life could not be any better until the Agnolotti del Plin (handmade filled pasta, Veal, and Porcini mushrooms) with the incredible Prunotto Barolo 2009 and Bussia 07 simply amazing!

We finished off the night with some assorted cheese and the Prunotto Barolo Riserva,Colonnello 2008, Prunotto Barolo 94 and the Prunotto Prunotto Barolo WinesBarbaresco 1995 of which the Riserva 08 really stood out amongst the intense flavors of the cheese. La Pizza Fresca in its own right has an incredible wine list (which I pride myself on the fact that I have very good eyesight…even after several bottles :) but I would highly recommend bringing a magnifying glass to read this incredibly deep wine list.

MyPrunotto Wines friend Chris Deas likes to call La Pizza Fresca “the secret institution of Italian wine” and this wine list reads like War and Peace….so bring your magnifying glass, an incredible appetite, and a pair of sneakers because I have “heard” Pete’s Tavern is not far away (2 blocks) and its a great way to cap the night at one of the oldest taverns in New York City. Salute!

Cheers!

Amsterdam Wine Co Glass & Steel Custom Wine Enclosure

2014 September 29
by Curtis Dahl

The trend towards glass & steel wine cellars in residential, commercial and hospitality settings continues to grow. Classic wood custom wine cellars are still very much a staple of the wine cellar landscape and Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars enjoys designing and building both styles of custom wine storage.

We recently completed a glass & steel custom wine enclosure for Amsterdam Wine Co in New York City. This climate controlled wine cellar was designed to store and display the high end inventory. Floor to ceiling glass and metal wine racks that allow full views of the labels so customers can peruse the impressive selection.

Wine storage can be much more than storage. It can be a beautiful visual within a home, restaurant or wine store and this custom wine cellar with glass and metal is a perfect example of that style of contemporary wine display and storage.

One of a Kind Stainless Steel and Glass Wine Cabinet with Custom Humidor

2014 August 12
by Curtis Dahl

Glass Wine Cabinet with Custom Humidor
One of our favorite parts of our business is design…it’s one of the things that has separated Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars from any other firm out there. It’s something in which we take a tremendous amount of pride. A recently completed project was a monumental design, fabrication, and install.

It started as a simple photo of a wine cabinet that the designer had seen, and then asked if we could make but with ALOT more detail (glass and metal), oh, plus a custom humidor which could hold 100+ cigars. And by the way, it was on the 21st floor of a high rise in NYC….and there was a very strict timeline as well.

J&C are very proud to report that the project was an incredible success. This custom wine cabinet was built in the center of a 9 bedroom / 8 bath duplex in the heart of NYC. It would remind you of a giant aquarium, but for wine, not fish. The build was very tricky because of the fact it was glass on both sides which enabled the client to be able to see their $20 MILLION DOLLAR VIEW through the cabinet.

The wine cabinet was constructed in pieces, and I can’t really begin to describe the extent of detail (trade secrets), but once we were able to figure out how to get this 14′ x 9′ custom cabinet into the building (up 2 different elevators), the rest was a piece of cake (not really).

It has a hidden climate controlled system for the refrigerated cabinet, as well as humidification system in the Spanish cedar-lined humidor. The cabinet holds over 450 wine bottles and has the ability to hold 750ml, 1.5ltr, and 3ltr bottles on the custom stainless steel racks.

Please take a look at some of the photos and you’ll see why we are so proud of this custom engineering feat. Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars are able to build custom wine cellars, and cabinets around the country and world, so please give us a call to discuss your dream cellar/cabinet.

Eric Asimov New York Times Wine Critic Interviews with Joseph & Curtis

2014 July 21
by Curtis Dahl

Eric AsimovWe recently had the luxury to interview one of our favorite authors and wine critics from the New York Times, Mr. Eric Asimov. Eric is the chief wine critic of The New York Times, a position he assumed in June 2004 after having covered wine with The Times’s tasting panel and in his Tastings column for the Dining section, and is also the interim chief restaurant critic for the Times.

Asimov created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of “The New York Times Guide to Restaurants 2004,” the fifth edition of the guide. He has also reviewed takeout food for The Times in his To Go column and has offered commentary on food and wine on WQXR since 1999. His freelance work previously appeared in Food and Wine, Details, and Martha Stewart Living.

His first book, “$25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York,” was published annually by HarperCollins from 1995 to 1998. At The Times, he was editor of the Living section from 1991 to 1994 and editor of Styles of The Times from 1994 to 1995. Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University and did graduate work in American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to the editor of the New York Times Bestseller List, Deborah Hofmann, has two children, Jack and Peter, and lives in Manhattan.

We spent about 20 minutes discussing all aspects of the wine world, some of Eric’s background at the Times, and unique ways to look at your wine collection. Eric has a terrific book out called Wine with Food: Pairing notes and recipes, and one of my favorites How to Love a wine: A memoir and manifesto (scroll down below the video). So reach into that cellar and pour yourself something nice and enjoy this very interesting interview.

Don’t forget to check out Eric’s excellent books and follow him on Twitter @EricAsimov

 

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Canadian Wine Trail (Niagara on the Lake)

2014 July 11
by Curtis Dahl

Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide
Working up in Ontario led me to a very cool Canadian wine trail along Niagra on the Lake. I have never been a big fan of ice wine but thought I would give the region a shot…I am very glad that I did.

My family accompanied me on our day trip which began with a gorgeous drive along the lake. One of the highlights of the day trip was Inniskillin Vineyards which has been making wine for over 35 years. The tour consisted of the usual wine making walk through, a tour through the vineyard itself, and ended with a tasting in the wine cellar.

I learned a new found respect for the winemaking efforts up north eh….and learned a tremendous amount about how they harvest grapes in the winter, how the giant “fans” help keep the grapes warmer in long cold winters, and how impressed I was with several of the wines I tried. My two favorites were the East-West Riesling and the Pinot Noir Rose.

A visit to Inniskillin is a unique experience that blends tours, tasting award-winning vintages, and food into an unforgettable day spent in the Niagara wine region. I also recommend Peller Estates. Peller was much more commercial with a very new and large tasting room….Peller seemed to be more of a destination spot (not meant in a bad way) with a very large garden and outdoor seating area for lunch and tasting.

If planning a trip in the Niagra area I would highly recommend a visit to the Niagra on the Lake wine region. The views and small town are amazing and I also recommend grabbing a couple bikes and pedaling to each vineyard.

MoonStone Wine Cabinet in Great Neck Long Island

2014 June 30
by Curtis Dahl

Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars have designed and built many Long Island wine cellars. Residential and restaurant wine cellars and cabinets are our specialty. We recently designed and built a contemporary wine cabinet for a new Chinese restaurant in Great Neck, Long Island.

MoonStone is a newly renovated space at 14 Northern Blvd in Great Neck. Owner Tommy Lee met with Joseph & Curtis and asked us to design a contemporary glass and steel wine cabinet to cellar the restaurants impressive wine collection.

The new restaurant is stunning without being stuffy or pretentious. The menu is both traditional & eclectic, but make no mistake, this is Chinese cuisine at its best.

One highlight of the food we sampled was Jumbo Prawns cooked in a sweet & sour sauce in their shells. Peel the shell back to expose Lobster like meat that melts in your mouth. Traditional ‘soupy buns’ to which one of our guests commented ‘these are as good or better than what I’ve had in Shanghai.

A custom wine cabinet can be both wine storage and a beautiful way to display your wine list to guests. Make the trip to MoonStone Chinese Cuisine and sample their great food/wine and atmosphere.

Cheers!

Scarsdale New York Custom Wine Cellar

2014 April 26
by Curtis Dahl

Beautiful Brick ArchA recently completed 2500+ bottle wine cellar located in Scarsdale, NY was a true design, build, and install. The new wine room was being used as a home gym…but the homeowners and the design team at Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars were able to find another location for the gym equipment, and then utilize that large room for an exciting customized cellar.

Stunning brick cellarThe homeowner left every detail (except for the bottle capacity; he wanted a minimum of 2,000 bottles) to the unique vision of our design team. So we engineered the layout of the wine room on our 3D Cad software for the owners’ review…once approved, we created a timetable and a budget toward the overall completion…and then we went to work.

Steel beam disguisedThe room had a couple challenging areas (large metal beam across the front half of the space, and a mechanical room closet) which both became focal points of the space (the beam became a large brick arch with columns, and the mechanical room became an area to store one of the compressors for the ductless split, with a gorgeous wine case veneer over the door). The custom brick work was carried through the space on two columns, the front facing of the soffit, two sidewalls, and the backsplash in the arch.

Mixture of racks with archThe wine racks are made of natural Sapele wood and feature 750ml storage, large format storage, baker-style wine racks, display rows, cubes, and case-bin storage. The arch niche was designed and built with a double deep base cabinet area, so the owner would have more wine storage, a nice counter top to decant wines and to rest cases before they go into the wine racks.

Custom tasting table

 

We also built a custom tasting table which holds an additional 200+ bottles with a water-based clear lacquer finish on the counter top which matches the double glass door entrance way. The wine room boasts two ductless split cooling systems so that there is a natural backup in case either system fails. The owner has an incredible wine collection and this backup enables the owner (who does a lot of traveling) to rest more easily in case another Sandy-type storm struck again.

Brick and sapele, a magnificent matchThe wine cellar was completed on-time, on budget, and far exceeded all of the owners’ expectations…and what truly makes Joseph & Curtis proud is the fact the owners recently recommended us for two projects located in NYC and East Hampton. Please check out our testimonials page, or the 35 reviews we have on our Houzz page. Then call us!

Modern Wine Cabinet in Historic J. B. Lippincott Headquarters

2014 April 7
by Curtis Dahl

Joseph and Curtis recently completed a custom wine cabinet made of metal (brass), glass, and wood at the J. B. Lippincott & Co. Headquarters Building. It has (2) separate cooling systems for each side of the cabinet and is able to store over 400 bottles. Working in historic buildings is always a challenge (due to small elevators, doorways etc) but with proper design and engineering almost anything is possible. The cabinet is located in the hallway as you enter the expansive loft and is offset by a modern custom paint finish. J&C worked along side Delatorre Design to create a functional and one of a kind custom wine cabinet.

Please let us know how we can build the wine cabinet, or wine cellar of your dreams. At J&C we dream in RED and WHITE!

J. B. Lippincott & Co. was an American publishing house founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1836 by Joshua Ballinger Lippincott. … The J. B. Lippincott Headquarters Building, built in 1900 on S. 6th Street across from Washington Square has become one of the most prestigious residential lofts in all of Philadelphia. Read more

Tasting the ‘Great Wines of Bordeaux’ at City Winery

2014 March 27
by Curtis Dahl

We recently attended the James Suckling/Zachy’s Bordeaux tasting at City Winery, in NYC. I was truly excited to taste the wide depth of Bordeaux that was in attendance…and most did not disappoint. We started with the Chateau Smith Lafitte Grand Vin 2011 which ended up being one of my favorites on the night. The wine had hints of grapefruit, citrus, and vanilla. (priced around $110)

Some of my other favorites were La tour Carnet/ Haut Peyraguey, The Montrose, Latour, and the 06 Chateau Pavie Macquin Saint Emilion Grand Cru. If ever there was ever a wine specifically made to be cellared its Bordeaux. The wines all seamed to scream of youth, Bordeaux wine in its youth, tend to feel dry in the mouth. Bordeaux wines are produced to be enjoyed earlier in life today, but some Left bank producers should be aged for 15-30 years! Bordeaux wines tend to be the thinking man’s wine and are clearly more complex with bottle age. How much time each wine needs to age depends on the producer, and of course the vintage.

Keep in mind the Left bank tends to be Cabernet and the Right bank tends to be Merlot. The wines from Pomerol and St. Emilion are among my favorites (Right Bank)…silky, sexy, and downright amazing. City Winery turned out being a tremendous place to host the event. This was my second wine tasting at the venue (Last year was the Sokolin Brunello event which was also amazing) and would highly recommend City Winery for both music events and of course wine tastings.

Joseph and Curtis invited several of our VIP clients and was happy to comp all whom attended. Our in-house Sommelier recently discovered a hidden Bordeaux gem for less than $25….and we highly recommend it! Please give us a shout if interested in trying a sure-to-please Bordeaux gem.

Cheers!

One of the Greatest Wines from One of Wine’s Best Kept Secrets (and it’s New Jersey)

2014 March 2
by Chris Deas

Bern’s Steakhouse (Tampa, Fla). Tour d’Argent (Paris, France). Bodega 1860 (Basque, Spain). Graycliff Hotel (Nassau, Bahamas). Now add Restaurant Latour (Hamburg, NJ).

Chateau RayasThat’s right…one of the greatest wine cellars in the world is less than sixty miles from New York City. Certainly one indicator of the sheer enormity of the cellar is when the Sommelier asks, “Would you be interested in the Red or White book this evening?” Needless to say, each carry the thickness of my Accounting I college text book and kept me busy to point where more than one kick under the table was required to move on.

The purpose of this post, and the many to follow, is just this, Curt, Joe and I wanted to share some great Cellar Tips and Wine Finds on where to eat, what dish to order, what wine to look for, what to pair, how long to decant, what are some great values, and what’s drinking today. There is no more fitting way to begin than including the cellar at Restaurant Latour and the wine of Chateau Rayas.

Cellar Tips and Wine Finds v1

Restaurant Latour and Chateau Rayas 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape

For those unfamiliar with Restaurant Latour, and its great cavern-like cellar, it is located at Grand Cascades Lodge in the Crystal Springs Resort. This is a popular ski and golf destination consisting of various lodges and restaurants. However, with a cellar that consists of 135,000 bottles, more than 9,000 unique labels, and a signature vertical of Chateau Latour dating back to 1863, you might say it is safe to add wine destination to the list of attractions. What I found to be even more exceptional to the size of the cellar was the value and provenance they delivered.

As a wine enthusiast flipping through the pages it is hard not to notice the significance of Chateau Rayas 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape on the list. It is one of those wines you do not find in the US as allocations are minute and demand outweighs supply and to put the value in perspective, it is a wine that could easily command more than two to three times what was listed at Latour! This was not a mistake, value and selection are part of the initial vision in establishing Grand Cascades as a true wine destination, not price gouging. On top of that, I can say with more than a decade in the industry I have rarely come across a bottle with this level of provenance – the wine was simply perfect and is reason for the visit alone.

A Word on Chateau Rayas

Chateau Rayas represents the more Burgundy side to Chateauneuf du Pape (CdP) and is easily one of the most sought after wines in the world. It is a wine from the right vintage that can appreciate like few others. The 2007, which was released just three years ago, has already appreciated more than seventy percent. What makes the wine standout is its finesse and complexity as opposed to the signature dense fruit, low acidity, high alcohol wines that come out of the region. Additionally, Chateau Rayas is a monovarietal based on Grenache as opposed to the thirteen varietals that many CdP producers choose from or include. With age few wines deliver the spectrum of nuances and the 2001 is drinking perfectly now with a one to two hour decant – direct from the cellar which with preparation provides for the perfect serving temperature. The meatiness and smokiness of the wine paired perfectly with the charred Filet, and went on to include nuances of sweet tobacco, saddle leather, minerals, rosemary, prunes, dark berry fruit, and more. This is a wine to seek out and drink over the next eight years.

One additional recommendation is to seek out the more reasonably priced Pignan from Rayas for an introduction what this producer is about and if it is the right selection for you.

2014 Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction Award

2014 February 9
by Curtis Dahl

2014 Best of Houzz Customer SatisfactionThank you so much to our wonderful clients, Houzz and fellow Houzz lovers for this amazing award. According to the site, the Customer Satisfaction award winners are picked based on homeowner members who submitted ratings for the Wine Cellar builders based on their experience working with them.

We’re delighted to recognize Joseph and Curtis among our ‘Best Of’ professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes (Liza Hausman, Vice President of Community.

Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community.

We are humbled and honored. We have based our company on work ethic, innovative design, and integrity. We believe that superb customer service should be the core value of any business. We’ll continue delivering this to each and every client. Each time we are hired to embark on a new project we truly consider it a great honor to be asked into our clients home. We build our projects by hand with much thought, planning, and pride. by providing trendsetting designs of unparalleled beauty and refinement, uncompromising quality, and technologically superior products. We design, manufacture, finish & install each custom wine cellar /cabinet.

Check out our work on Houzz and please contact us to begin the journey!

2013’s Top 5 Custom Wine Cellars on Houzz

2014 February 1
by Curtis Dahl

#5: African Wenge Wow
#5 Most Popular Wine Cellars of 2013
This is photo #5 of the most popular wine cellar photo on Houzz. It’s made from African Wenge and stainless steel wine racks. It has (8) personalizes wine lockers for the homeowners guests to feel at home and store their personal wine. The entrance is floor to ceiling glass and metal which matched the (3) custom stainless steel wine racks.





#4: The Rustic Tuscan
#4 Most Popular Wine Cellars of 2013
This is photo #4 which is a traditional rustic wine cellar. The outside facade boasts (2) custom windows with (2) half barrels and a grand Mahogany wrought iron door. The inside is made of natural Mahogany wine racks and a custom mural of the families Tuscan estate. This wine cellar holds just over 1,000 bottles.





#3: A Big Boy’s Cellar
#3 Most Popular Wine Cellar
This 3,000+ Darien, CT wine room was built from the ground up and features a custom tasting table, rolling ladder, and stone wall. The wine racks are made from Sapele Mahogany and are finished with clear lacquer. The room has a gorgeous chandelier, sconces, and accent lighting. This is what we call a big boy’s wine cellar!




#2: Pocono’s Powerhouse
##2 Most Popular Wine Cellar
#2 is the log cabin wine cellar. This wine room was built in a gorgeous log cabin in the Poconos, PA. The custom wine cellar features a one of a kind wine barrel vaulted ceiling. The wine racks are made of Mahogany and sit on a custom blue stone ledge. The accent lighting and barrel tasting table are sure to delight all that enter. The overall bottle capacity is 1200.





#1: Hoboken No Jokin’
#1 Most Popular Wine Cellar
And the #1 wine cellar photo on Houzz is…………..smooth, sleek, and sexy! This custom wine cabinet was built in Hoboken, NJ and holds 800+ bottles. The wine cabinet is made of stainless steel and clear glass with stainless steel door pulls that match the racking. There is a custom cooling unit and digital thermostat for optimal climate. I think it’s fair to say wine has never been so pampered!





As you can see Joseph & Curtis can design and build in almost any style or material so please contact us so we can begin the buildout of your wine cellar dreams!

Curt Dahl Interviewed on Fox Business ‘Wine With Me’ Segment

2014 January 12
by Curtis Dahl

Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars just appeared on the Fox Business show with Tracy Byrnes. It was a four minute segment about some interesting design trends in the marketplace.

J&C would like to personally thank Fox Business and Tracy Byrnes for the amazing opportunity.

Custom Wine Cellar at The New York Athletic Club

2014 January 8
by Curtis Dahl

The Main Dining Room

Overlooking Central Park treats you and your guests to a special dining experience rarely encountered in a club environment. The menu ranges from hearty traditional fare to the most exciting and innovative cuisine, while the wine list invariably draws compliments from serious wine lovers.

One diminishing feature of the main dining room was the lack of wine storage…that’s where Joseph & Curtis expertise rallied!

We met with the club officials and began to detail their concerns and desires. The club was very specific about bottle capacity and the fact that the wine cabinets must match the two hundred year old ceiling in the main dining room.

Global Architectural firm, Woods Bagot, were commissioned to redesign the main dining room at NYAC and Joseph & Curtis worked closely with Woods Bagot to integrate our custom wine cabinet with the redesign of this historic space.

This formulated the master design of two 14′ tall x 11′ wide wine towers to be situated on the 11th floor; not an easy task in NYC landmark buildings which have historically small elevators! The engineering of the cabinets are a trade secret but what we can tell you is they fit like a glove! The wine cabinets hold a total of 800+ bottles with the left side being strictly for white wines and the right side for the red wines. The wine cabinets are built from walnut, metal, and glass with a custom finish matching the aesthetics on their magnificent ceiling.

It is impossible to detail all of the entire accomplishments – both sporting and commercial – of the New York Athletic Club and its members. Suffice it to say that the Club holds a unique place in the sporting pantheon, a position it bolsters with each passing year, but now with the incredible wine cabinets they can offer an incredible amenity few clubs or restaurants can offer.

At Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars we consider ourselves wine architects. Our designs are timeless, functional, durable and easy to maintain. We pride ourselves on delivering projects that are consistently on time and within budget. If you desire to build a wine cellar, wine cabinet , or any type of wine storage in New York City, The Hamptons, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago areas, please contact one of our design consultants. You will be pleased to know that both owners (Joe and myself, Curt) are personally dedicated in EVERY detail our firm designs, builds, and installs.

About The New York Athletic Club

The New York Athletic Club was voted the #1 Athletic club in the United States, the #1 Private Club in New York State and the distinguished Emerald Club 2013. NYAC has so many amenities for its distinguished members and guests boasts 21 floors which include: squash, boxing, judo, aquatics, gymnasium, exercise equipment, basketball courts and track just to name a few.

Visit their website to learn more about the club’s rich history and impact on the sports world.

Testimonials from Clients and Partners

2013 December 26
by Curtis Dahl

2013 has been a very memorable year for Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars…from winning the prestigious “Best of Houzz 2013″ award, (2) appearances on Fox Business, and (2) features in the Wall Street Journal, followed by a feature in Wine Spectator! But none of this would be possible without a great network of designers, wine merchants, builders, contractors, homeowners, and architects choosing J&C to be their wine storage provider. One thing Joe and I always stress is the importance of providing superior designs, service, and craftsmanship…so with that in mind we wish to say thank you for the opportunity to build a home for your wine and we want to wish everyone a happy new year and a blessed holiday season.

Until New Years, check out what people are saying about us, and contact us so we can bring your dream project to life in 2014:

Q&A with Master Sommelier Alpana Singh of The Boarding House

2013 December 9
by Curtis Dahl

Alpana pouring wineIn 2003, at just 26, American Alpana Singh became the world’s youngest female Master Sommelier. Singh is now co-owner of The Boarding House in Chicago and recently was awarded the Sommelier of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

She was kind enough to sit down a few moments and share stories about her life, wine, and of course her award winning restaurant.

Pour a glass, let’s chat with Alpana Singh.


Where did you grow up?
Monterey, CA but my family is from Fiji…they settled in the US in 1970 and began working in the restaurant industry. I grew up around the hospitality industry way before I ever got into wine.

How did you catch the wine bug?
My first job in Monterey at a restaurant…I first applied for the job and they turned me down because I didn’t know anything about wine…but I promised to learn and they took a flyer on me. William Shearer, who is now a Master Sommelier, was the wine director at that time. He had great classes – very engaging and fun – and I found myself paying more and more attention to it. I fell in love with it.Alpana looking through wine glasses

Tell me about the Air Force.
All of my cousins were in the Navy so I thought it would be a great way to see the world but at the last minute I was disqualified because of a hearing issue. I have great respect for the men and women who serve and it’s probably lucky for them I didn’t make it! :)

Tell me about The Master Sommelier.
I passed the advance level at 21 and the Masters at 26..I was one of 9 or 10 woman at that time. It was very hard but when your in the moment I was at the top of my game…flash cards, memory games etc…it was alot of information but I loved it.

Favorite winemakers?
Merry Edwards…love her Pinot and her approach to business. Also Laura Catena…she is a wonderful person.

Why did you move from Monterey to Chicago?
I took over the wine program at Everest with 1,300 selections which was a four-star restaurant at the age of 23 – How could Alpana SinghI say no to that!

What inspired you to open The Boarding House?
We found an incredible space and the rest is history! There’s really no good reason to open a restaurant…but I guess it’s in my blood!

Favorite Chicago restaurants?
Gibson’s and Publican

Person you would most like to have dinner with?
My great great Grandmother to find out more about why I am the way I am…and know what type of people they were like.

Hottest markets to keep an eye on?
The entire Balkan region. (Croatia,Turkey, and Chile will get better and better)

What’s the best-value region today?Alpana Singh in a cellar
Italy. I’m still discovering grape varieties from Italy – it has wines that are interesting and diverse. Spain has good values but can get too homogenous in the ripe fruit bombs.

Why is it important to cellar wine?
Wine is one of those great things where you can revisit pass moments…and I think when you cellar something your almost stopping time. It’s because it’s flavor and our sense of smell you can’t do that with a painting…cellaring wine allows us to connect with the past and go back in time…it’s the greatest form of time travel.

What’s your desert island wine?
Riesling! Because you’re going to be on the island a long time and it ages well. You could chill it in the water so it stays cold. There’s a lot of seafood and tropical fruit – it’s an island, right? You’ve got to think about food pairings with your desert-island wine.

Curtis Dahl Interviewed on WSJ Wealth Adviser

2013 November 3
by Curtis Dahl

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 Recently Interviewed at Borro.com

2013 October 22
by Joseph & Curtis

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.

Read more –  A Conversation on Wine Cellars

Glass Enclosed Wine Cellar Cabinets Becoming Popular

2013 October 11
by Curtis Dahl

Glass enclosed wine cabinet with metal racksGlass 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 Side view of glass enclosed wine cabinetwood, 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 fraCloseup view of glass wine cabinetmed 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.