I am proud to say that while I have cut down on my swollen book collection, gotten rid of my CD's (they've all been ripped and the CD's sold off), and given a lot of old clothes away, I love collecting wine bottles (full). It's not that I INVEST in wine or anything as snooty as that, but I really like (insert guilty smile here) having racks of them so that we don't have to run out to the store every week and can have that feeling of ABUNDANCE in our home.
BTW, for those of you who are wary of wine storage like this that leaves bottle vulnerable to the light, I asked a really knowledgeable fellow about this and he said that, yes, direct light is bad for wine. But if you're storing wine there to consume on a regular basis and not doing any aging, it is fine in this kind of rack. Wine is a lot sturdier than most people think. If you expose wine to drastic temperature changes, like from fridge to warm outdoor conditions, back in fridge, back outside, etc., that can take its toll. Ideally, wine should be kept in a darker place, but we all don't have perfect scenarios for storing wine and for a short period of time, this kind of storage is fine. Just about every wine store has similar lighting, and those bottles are kept out.
Here's a view of our family's house in Springs. You can see the whole wall of Vintage View racks I installed during the last Cure on the right.
With stuff you care about, put it in the bottom of your closet....
...or put in in one of these amazing wine cellars (I just HAD to include this link) from Spiral Wine Cellars.
>> DIY Wine Rack Idea from Framework Design - Recently blogged by Regina, this is a very, very nice solution that can be copied, but be CAREFUL.
>> Classic 12-Bottle Hardwood Wine Rack (expandable) - these really are great and we've used these many times with a dab of glue in the joints
>> Shesham Wine Rack from Crate & Barrel - Love the wood and these can be wall mounted and expanded to cover as much space you you've got.
>> Cellar Wine Rack from CB2 - I really liked their metal take on this classic four triangle design
>> Built-In Mailing Tube Wine Rack from Readymade (no good link) - who can argue with DIY that looks like Shiguru Ban?
>> Float Wall Shelf by Modern Cellar - I liked this for the wood and the fact that it displayed single bottles nicely at the same time (not for those with cats or children)
>> SPORADIC Wall Panel - just supercool
>> HUTTEN Wine Rack from Ikea - This is another classic Ikea simple design that costs very little and can expand a lot.
>> CRU Wine Rack from UMBRA - While I'm not usually fond of this sort of standalone, table-top rack, I love that these can be wall mounted and added together to make one big rack.
Other Good Rack Sources to Troll Around In for Pricing:
>> International Wine Accessories
>> Beverage Factory
Our Past Wine Rack Posts:
>> How To: Create Vertical Wine Racks
>> Best Wine Racks for the Home 2008
>> 12 Small Space Wine Racks - Chicago
>> Best Wine Racks - San Francisco