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Upper East Side Wine Gallery

2017 August 31
by Curtis Dahl

Custom wine cellars are now a must have in NYC apartments . From reach-in wine cabinets to walk-in wine cellars. Every inch of the very expensive NY real estate must be carefully prioritized for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and a Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellar is now on that list of priorities.

We recently joined the gut/renovation of a spacious apt on New York’s upper east side. The apt boasts stunning views from every window. Pre-demolition there was an angular space off the living room that previously served as a wet bar.

The owner immediately saw this as an ideal spot to store his impressive wine collection. This New York residence is both modern and timeless at the same time. We designed this wood & metal custom wine cellar to echo that style.

We used the Joseph & Curtis Wine Gallery metal series wine cradles to show off his best bottles . Wine cellars are often found in basements. This NYC custom wine cellar is on the 31st floor. The NYC skyline and the stunning wine cellar will compete for the attention of guests visiting this amazing upper east side residence.

Miami Masterpiece – Contemporary Custom Wine Cellar in the Faena District

2017 August 28
by Curtis Dahl

The Faena district in Miami is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in South Florida and Faena House is the premier address.

Faena House Penthouse Terrace

Ceiling Framing

Blue Ceiling and Cabinet

Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars were asked to design & build two matching steel & glass custom wine cabinets to

announce the entry to the dining room of this stunning ocean front residence. The room took shape from the beginning with a groin vaulted ceiling that was finished in an appropriate aqua blue Venetian plaster.

The matching wine cabinets flow with the curves of the ceiling. There are steel & glass custom wine cabinets and then there are hand forged, hand finished steel and glass one of a kind custom wine cabinets and these are one of a kind. The decorative medallions are hand hammered and the door handles are hand carved (show photos of medallions & handles) The custom wine racks inside these cabinets are American Black Walnut.

More photos to come as these Miami custom wine cabinets are filled with fine wines, but for now enjoy the view!


Fiddlers Elbow Country Club Adds Stunning Custom Wine Cabinets

2017 July 17
by Curtis Dahl

Fiddlers Elbow Custom Wine Cabinets

Fiddlers Elbow adds two stunning custom wine cabinets in their main dining area. The custom black walnut wine cabinets were built to replace glass door dividers and feel as if they have been in the club since its 1965 founding. The members are able to rent their own individual tray where they can store over a case of wine to be used at their convenience – the trays sold out in minutes. The seamless glass double sided cabinets allow for the led lighting to set the mood on both the bar side and dining room for all of the guests to enjoy.

Purple LED Lights Set the Mood

Please keep Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars in mind and contact us if we can ever be of service!


Situated in scenic Bedminster Township, New Jersey, Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club showcases nearly 1,000 acres of spectacular countryside, world-class amenities and an array of unique member privileges. Since opening its doors in 1965, the Club continues to set the gold standard as the state’s only 54 hole club where family and business members thrive.

Since 1965, when it was founded as a private corporate country club, Fiddler’s Elbow has given executives and professionals an escape from the halls of industry and commerce to the amenities of fine dining, superior golf and business facilities.

Today, we provide members and their families with an atmosphere conducive to enjoy, relax and entertain while nurturing and developing important relationships. We have successfully evolved from a corporate only club into the area’s most desirable “hybrid” club with a blend of individuals of all ages, families and businesses making our membership the most unique in all of New Jersey.

Fiddlers Elbow Country Club

Learn more about Fiddlers Elbow Country Club

Short Hills New Jersey Lean & Mean Custom Wine Cellar

2017 June 12
by Curtis Dahl

We recently got a call from a Wine enthusiast in Short Hills New Jersey who was renovating his home office where he spends much of his day and wanted to take advantage of a closet within the office and convert to a modern glass and steel custom wine cellar.

Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars designed a climate controlled wine cellar that transformed this unused closet into a beautiful wine cellar which holds nearly 600 bottles of trophy wines. The contemporary glass & steel wine cellar blends in perfectly with the new home office and lends a whole new meaning to the phrase casual Friday.

Short Hills Lean & Mean Wine Cellar

Connecticut Detached Garage Turned Custom Wine Cellar Masterpiece

2017 May 22
by Curtis Dahl

Detached Garage Turned Custom Wine Cellar Masterpiece

What does an 8,000-bottle wine cellar look like? How about we show you! We converted a large detached garage into one of the most incredible wine rooms you will ever see. Everything in the room is custom built for an avid wine collector who has just over 7500 bottles in his collection.

The room is tiled with an oversized “Montauk blake slate” floor, two black walnut rolling library ladders, natural black walnut wine racking, two climate-controlled systems, a humidifier, heater (since the building is detached and temps drop below 55 degrees in the winter), and of course our signature Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars tasting and decanting station. The custom made wine racks took just over 8 weeks to build and include 750ml, 1.5 ltr, 3.0 ltr, and champagne storage. The wine racks were built to show bottles horizontally, cork forward,, in bin style which makes organizing a breeze. The ceiling is 10′, hence the library ladders can roll the entire room.

Overall, I have to say this is one of my personal favorites; it will be featured in Wine Spectator shortly.

Please keep J&C in mind and contact us if we can ever be of service!


The ‘Vintage Room’ at Vine Republic

2017 May 8
by Curtis Dahl

A few years ago we had the opportunity to build out a wine shop in the central Jersey area (read more here). The wine shop was previously a very small mom and pop store called Bliwise liquors and was being transformed into a big time shop called Vine Republic. The owner and his son built a tremendous following over the years and wanted to take it to the next level – that’s where Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars came into play.

We helped design, build, and install the entire wine store. With over 5,000 sku’s, cabinets, and displays Vine Republic is truly a powerhouse in the wine industry. One room was left vacant for “future development” after the owners recouped some of their investments into the new store. Fast forward to 2016-2017 and Russ Minio decided he wanted to make an incredible custom wine room which would highlight his amazing high end wine selections from around the world. Vine Republic offers a very deep selection from almost every region across the globe and their picks are second to none!

The “Vintage Room” was built in just under 90 days and includes, tile floor, seamless glass, climate control, natural black walnut wine racks, ledge stone, hand carved wine barrels, and of course led decorative lighting to highlight the displays.

Please take a look at these incredible pictures and please support our friends at Vine Republic 1267 US-22, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

Vintage Room at Vine Republic

Custom Built Wine Cabinets in New Jersey

2017 February 27
by Curtis Dahl

Custom built wine wall

We took an ordinary wall in a New Jersey family room (23′ wide) and created an amazing entertainment area just off of the homeowners kitchen. The entire wall was too big for wine cabinets as the owner was looking for 500 bottles in storage and also wanted a wow factor when entering the home. The client also didn’t want to have to “hide” in the basement but rather enjoy entertaining on his main living level. The design team at Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars came up with this incredible layout: (2) custom wine cabinets, a butlers pantry, wet bar area, (2) bookshelves and storage cabinets, and hidden modules for both the climate control and led lighting systems.

Here is what the owner stated in his review of Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars:

“We designed a 2 wine cabinet, sink, wine wall in a living room space, vs. in a stuffy basement. All walnut. Great process from start to finish. Creative ideas from Curt and his team. Always professional, and appreciated them cleaning up as they finished different stages. End product is a “wow” factor effect which we wanted in our house. Looks like a million bucks….”

With over 111 reviews on Houzz NOTHING brings a smile to our face more than a newly satisfied customer! Years of design experience, combined with the highest quality wine racks and wine storage systems, make J&C the logical choice for your next wine cellar project.

Please contact us and we will set up an appointment right away!


Baltusrol Golf Club Custom Wine Cellar

2017 February 7
by Curtis Dahl

Baltusrol Golf ClubBaltusrol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey, only a stone’s throw from New York City. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1895, Baltusrol is considered one of the country’s premier golf clubs. Its two championship courses, the Lower and Upper, have played distinguished roles on the national stage since their creation by Golden Age architect A.W. Tillinghast in 1922. Together, the courses have hosted 17 major championships, including seven U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships. (baltusrol.org)

The club is always looking for ways to make their amazing club even better. With that in mind, Baltusrol approached Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars to figure out a way to add an amazing wine cellar to meet the needs of its members. We designed, and built a 2500+ bottle custom made wine room built out of black walnut, brick flooring, and a climate control system. The wine room has many bells and whistles that must accompany such a prestigious club such as Baltusrol – with horizontal displays, baker racks, custom case bins, and of course textured ceiling and led lighting.

Baltusrol Golf Club Custom Wine Cellar

The project came in on time and as always on budget. In 15+ years in business we have never delivered a wine cellar over budget! We highly recommend the Baltusrol Golf Club for not only their amazing course, but their amazing wine room as well! Contact us today, cheers!

Glynallyn Castle Wine Room – Fit for a King

2017 January 16
by Curtis Dahl

glynallyn-castleThe Glynallyn Castle sold in 2014 for $4 million, one of the most expensive real estate transactions in the history of Morris Township. Constructed between 1913 and 1918, the castle was the dream of George Marshall Allen, a New York businessman, and his wife, Grace. They spent an estimated $500,000 to build their country estate in the Convent Station neighborhood then known as “Millionaires’ Row,” The 32,000 square-foot, 3-story Glynallyn Castle has 66 rooms, 19 fireplaces, 15 bedrooms, eight full baths and four powder rooms. (read more here)

With all its historic grandeur, clearly what the Glynallyn Castle lacked was a proper wine cellar.

Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars was commissioned to design a cellar with climate control, and a bottle capacity reaching upwards of 2500 bottles, fit for a modern-day king. The wine cellar space boasts some amazing 100% custom stone work and carpentry. The custom groin ceiling radius had to be templated to perfection so that each inch of the space could be utilized for wine storage. There are pull out trays for large capacity 1.5 liters as well as custom case bins for OWC (Original wood case bin).

Overall the “new” wine room blends as if it has been there since the beginning. The only thing we regret is we could not design a moat around the wine cellar (for security purposes), so the gargoyles will have to do!


Good Things Do Come In Small Packages

2016 November 22
by Curtis Dahl

Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars recently completed a one of a kind Steel & Glass wine cellar in a newly renovated duplex penthouse in Manhattan.

Steel & Glass modern wine cellar

The client has eclectic taste in furnishings, artwork, etc and wanted a custom wine cellar that would echo that style. We designed a sleek, modern glass wine cellar that although only 41″ wide x 39″ deep manages to not only store 250 bottles of wine, but is able to show off the clients impressive wine collection with 3 unique styles of bottle presentation.

Everything in the wine cellar is totally custom from the cantilevered stainless steel rods and the high reveal rows for both 750’s & magnums to the Patent Pending Joseph & Curtis Metal Series WINE GALLERY bottle cradles. We washed the wine cellar in a ultra cool sexy blue light that makes a statement in this amazing home.

The Melo Wine Cellar

2016 October 25
by Curtis Dahl

Carmelo Anthony with Joseph & Curtis

We work alongside some of the finest and brightest minds in the architectural and design world on a daily basis; this is what we do day in and day out. ALL of our clients are treated as MVP clients…but our recently completed “man cave” is truly an MVP wine cellar…and it simply goes by the name of MELO. Being a huge Syracuse and NY Knick fan, I was so happy we were able to make Carmelo Anthony‘s dream cellar come true.

We worked with designer Alicia LaMar to change one of his bedrooms into a room where Melo could chill before games, relax on the weekends, and of course store his favorite vino and cigars (he has incredible taste in both!). The design is modern, with clean lines and sexy lighting. Alicia decided to add a snake skin paint finish to the room which really makes the artwork and the racking “pop.”

Veronica Dagher of WSJ asks How To Build a Proper Wine Cellar

2016 August 8
by Curtis Dahl

Joseph and Curtis were recently approached by the Wall Street Journal to discuss How to Build a Proper Wine Cellar. We are so thankful and blessed to be considered experts in the wine cellar business by such an amazing business publication. Please share widely.

Listen to the podcast below or at WSJ:

Cathy Corison of Corison Winery Talks Wine with Joseph & Curtis

2016 July 13
by Curtis Dahl

Cathy Corison chatting with CurtCathy Corison has been a true pioneer in the winemaking industry for over 30 years.

She gained extensive experience from her work at Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin Family Vineyard, York Creek Vineyards, and Long Meadow Ranch, where she was constantly honing her skills. Cathy’s husband built the barn where there vineyard sits and they have been making wine ever since. They make about 3500 cases of wine and I can personally tell you it’s some of the best juice out there.




How did you get into the wine business?
I took a wine appreciation class on a complete whim when I was a sophomore studying Biology at Pomona College over 40 years ago. Wine grabbed me by the neck and ran with me and I’ve never looked back. Wine is a collaboration between many living systems, so I’m still studying Biology!

Was it harder being a woman?
It’s certainly been a ride. There have been obstacles, but I think woman have had a higher profile in the wine business, for better or worse.

What was Napa like in the “early days?”
When I arrived in Napa 41 years ago this month (!), it was rural and depressed, just starting to claw its way back from Prohibition. It was even a little redneck around the edges. There were only 30 wineries then (now there are around 500!) It’s been exciting to have an inside seat to watch it all.

Tell us about how you were able to acquire your vineyard.
Pulling on my bootstraps as hard as I could (and still am). Land priced were much lower in the ’70s and ’80s. When I got my job as the winemaker at Chappellet Vineyard, it came with housing and a professional salary so I bought a house in St. Helena. That real estate was the best thing I ever did. After a while I started buying grapes and barrels instead of cars and houses as a young adult. I did all the work and used other winery’s excess capacity for many years. After a while my husband and I were able to buy Kronos Vineyard. After some more time we built a winery barn – a winemaking home at last!

What is the “Corison style” for wine making?
My goal is to make Cabernet that is both powerful and elegant, speaks of place, graces the table and enjoys a long, interesting life in the bottle.

What are the 3 most important characteristics for a successful winemaker?
Attention to detail, patience, creativity.

Curt and friends at Corison WineryPlease tell us about Kronos.
Kronos is the estate vineyard and surrounds the winery on all four sides. It is one of the last old Cabernet vineyards in the Napa Valley. Planted in 1971 on St. George rootstock, the wise old vines produce miserly crops of tiny, delicious berries on scraggly clusters. Though it’s a disaster as a business, Kronos is a gift as a winemaker. I’m so fortunate to have these old vines to work with. The vineyard ripens slowly so the wines are juicy, concentrated and complex at very moderate alcohols. Good snappy acidity gives them life.

Favorite restaurants?
Too numerous to count. I look for restaurants with good sommeliers. They are such a help.

I know each year is different just like children but what are some of your favorites?

Spectacular view of the vineyardWhere do you see the wine industry in say 10 years?
I hope we’re still farmers. We can’t make a wine any better than the grapes that come through the winery door.

How nice is it to wake up in Napa everyday?
It’s a little slice of heaven. I just need to remember to look up every so often.

Where can our collectors purchase Corison and some of your special library bottles?
We can be found in small, fine wine shops and also sell wine online at www.corison.com. I have always held back nice libraries of older wines to re-release when they’re in a pretty spot.

Tenafly, NJ Tuscan Wine Room

2016 June 2
by Curtis Dahl

Tenafly, NJ Tuscan Wine Room

This recently completed Tuscan masterpiece holds just under 4,000 bottles. It has a barreled ceiling with custom brick niches and wrought iron. The floor is a terra cotta natural stone which pulls out the natural mahogany racking and wine barrel stave ceiling. This custom wine cellar is back-lit, and display row led lighting in over 25 colors sets the mood. The mahogany door features a touch pad locking system and custom wrought iron grill.

The highlight of the cellar for the owner are the hand carved wine barrels which are featured between the two rooms and displayed with led lighting.

Please contact Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars for any of your wine storage needs…and remember, at J&C, we dream in red and white!

Princeton NJ Custom Wine Cellar and Tasting Room

2016 May 16
by Curtis Dahl

Princeton NJ Custom Wine Cellar

This Princeton beauty boasts some pretty cool details such as seamless glass, custom arched seamless glass entry door, stone-back lit stained glass, wine barrel, LED display lighting, and a mega tasting room overlooking the entire cellar. This is the essence of the “restaurant” feel, with one of my favorite pieces (brought back from Napa by the owner, the skull and champagne glass art work.

The racks are made of knotty alder which matched the custom cabinets in the tasting room as well as the ceramic plank flooring which runs through both rooms (and the entire basement).

The owners love to entertain and this is the perfect setting. The tasting room has an entire butlers pantry, touch screen controls for music and lighting, and an enormous table where you can not only do tasting but full blown dinners. All while sitting amongst the wine, but not in 58 degrees!

Please let us know if we can help design, build, and install any and all of your wine cellar needs…and remember, at J&C, we dream in red and white!

Custom Wine Cabinet at Pod 51 and Salvation Burger

2016 April 27
by Curtis Dahl

Custom wine cabinet at Pod 51 Hotel

Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars recently completed a very custom wine cabinet in the much anticipated Pod 51 Hotel for April Bloomfiled and Ken Friedman — the chef and restaurateur behind The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory — in their new casual restaurant Salvation Burger.

The cabinet is made with a custom metal finish and holds just north of 800 bottles. As soon as you enter the Pod Hotel, you can’t help but notice the back of the custom wine cabinet, which was made in all glass so you could not only see the restaurant but the bottles as well. It’s a very clean and sleek design which fits very well amidst the bar, dining room and open kitchen. The LED lighting allows the wine to look as though each bottle is floating and ready to dance its way to your table!

Please contact J&C so we can create your wine cellar or custom cabinet…J & C, where we dream in red and white.

Custom New Jersey Tasting Room and Glass Wine Cellar

2016 April 8
by Curtis Dahl

17' x 17' custom tasting room

This particular client has an interesting story. We had built a wine cellar about 15 years ago (no frills) in their basement. 3 kids later and they simply lost the basement! This family loves to entertain and became sick and tired of everyone in the kitchen!

They decided to put an addition on the house to create a grown up “play room” with a new wine cellar, 17’x 17′ tasting room, butler’s pantry with dishwasher, and bathroom. This was everything the downstairs wasn’t – lots of glass, led lighting, custom metal wine pegs, gorgeous mill-work, and back-lit panels.

The wine cellar hold about 1,000 bottles and sits in a 12′ x 6′ niche just off of the tasting room. The wine cellar has custom wine racks which can hold 750 ml, 1.5 ml, 3 ltr, and 5 ltr wine bottles. Several baker racks are lit with led tape light as well as all of the metal pegs. The tasting room has a large rustic table and can comfortably sit 10-12 adults (the perfect spot to unwind and converse) and just in case there is a game on there is a flat screen as well as a sound system.

The butler’s pantry has custom cabinets for storage, a dishwasher, and marble top. You enter into the tasting room through 2 large rolling barn doors which are speak-easy style doors and do an incredible job announcing the space. The room has become the entertaining spot of the home and the kids didn’t have to lose their play areas in the basement. Once again there is no substitute for a great design team and why custom is always better!

Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars – where we always dream in Red and White.

Triple Threat Tuscan Wine Room

2016 March 1
by Curtis Dahl

Triple Threat Tuscan Wine Room

We call this wine cellar a triple threat, because it’s both modern and traditional, and has an awesome tasting area. Wine cellars come in all shapes and sizes, they also come in many different design elements, but this recent beauty has a little of everything.

The ultra modern glass facade is highlighted with stainless steel horizontal racking, softened with white oak wine racking, and a rolling library ladder with matching brushed stainless steel hardware. The clean lines suggest everything there is to love about modern design: simple, clean, and elegant. The back room welcomes you with custom wrought iron gates and a distressed plaster finish on the walls and ceiling. The “Tuscan Room” is built out of 100% black American walnut and holds upwards of 1500 bottles.

Each display is highlighted with led lighting and enables the collector to easily access his entire inventory. The wine room features a hidden ducted cooling system which not only maintains temperature and humidity in the front room but also the back “Tuscan Room” as well. So whether you’re in the mood for a contemporary evening, or a traditional one, help yourself to a bottle or two and unwind in the perfect setting just outside the wine room. Imagine you and your loved one entertaining like never before.

Please contact Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars so we can build the wine cellar of your dreams, and remember at Joseph & Curtis we dream in red and white!


Joseph & Curtis Win 2016 ‘Best of Houzz’ for Customer Service

2016 January 24
by Curtis Dahl

Remodeling and Home DesignJoseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars has won the ‘Best of Houzz®’ Customer Service 2016 designation. This marks the fourth year in a row winning this prestigious award that less than 3% of pros win.

Best Of Houzz awards are granted annually for Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. We just want to say thank you to our TREMENDOUS customers who are sincerely the best in the world! We would also like to thank our team because “individually we are one drop but together we are an ocean.”

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz. Hausman continued expressing “we’re so pleased that Joseph and Curtis was voted one of our ‘Best Of Houzz’ professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”


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Basking Ridge Wine Cellar

2016 January 18
by Curtis Dahl

The owners wanted to store around 1,000 bottles but did not want to detract from the rest of the basement, which has a very large 2nd kitchen, theater room, and sitting area. We decided to go wide and tall but only 48″ deep. Design-wise, the customer wanted to go traditional on the outside but more contemporary on the inside.

We kept the outside very proper with a rich traditional stain, 2 windows, and a glass door, but on the inside we used stainless steel for the displays and colored mosaics for the floor, topped off with a brushed aqua-paint finish. The climate controlled system is hidden behind a louvered grill and produces almost zero noise. Overall the bottle count came in at just under 1,100 bottles.

This particular custom wine cellar achieved every aspect of what the client was looking for: small footprint, transitional design, 1000-bottle storage, and the ability to blend in with the current basement. If we can help design, build and install your wine cellar dream, please contact Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars – where we always dream in red and white!