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The book just begs you to open it.
--Steve Bachmann, Vinfolio.com

"A gorgeous photographic trip to the cellars of our dreams"
--Eric Asimov, The New York Times

"Bottom Line: Every wine collector would love to have this book."
--Steve Bachmann, CEO Vinfolio

"From Napa Valley to Massachusetts, they’ve cultivated a mix of some
of the most dynamic uses of space (an under-the-staircase wine
cellar?) and the most incredible wine collections (20,000 bottles
owned by one person?)."
--Wall Street Journal Magazine

"Highly recommended for all wine aficionados!"
--Vicente Wolf Blog

About the Author

SAMANTHA NESTOR is the special projects editor at Metropolitan Home magazine and a contributor to POINTCLICKHOME.com. She regularly lectures on a variety of topics relating to interior design and architecture, and has appeared on television and radio and in publications, including the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Architectural Record, and Gotham. The author of The Luxury Bathroom and a graduate of Cornell University, Nestor lives in Weston, Connecticut, with her husband and son.

ALICE FEIRING is a James Beard Award—winning wine writer, author of The Battle for Wine and Love, and creator of the wine blog Veritas in Vino. She is the wine editor for the Los Angeles Times, and writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, the New York Times, and other publications.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1 edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307407896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307407894
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicente Wolf on November 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For wine aficionados, this is the ultimate guide to create fabulous wine rooms that can rival the best of high end wine stores. To me, it will be a good guide for showing clients the possibilities of how to approach a wine room with commercial and residential applications. Definitely one for the wine connoisseur.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rusty Gaffney MD on January 5, 2010
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This book offers the wine lover a voyeuristic peek into thirty of the most extravagant and spectacular wine cellars in the United States. One cannot help but marvel at the grandeur of some of these rooms and the impressive wine collections contained therein. The stories behind the passionate wine collectors and their distinctive cellars is told by James Beard Award-winning wine writer, Alice Feiring, in conjunction with noted interior design and architecture writer, Samantha Nestor. The color photography of Andrew French is stunning and amplified by the large size of this volume.

The book is divided into five parts: the Entertaining Pair's Lair, the Gentlemen's Haven, the Sybarite's Sanctuary, the Modernist Refuge, and Urban Retreats and Inspiring Spaces. The size of most of these cellars indicates the zeal with which wine connoisseurs will pursue their collection. While most of the featured cellars royally display 2,000 to 3,000 bottles, more than enough wine for most imbibers, one mind-boggling cellar houses 60,000 bottles of fine wine.

Most readers can only dream about having such lavish cellars for their beloved wine collections. The book does not give any estimates of the cost of designing and building these eye-popping wine cellars, but clearly these architectural marvels came at a considerable expense, in some cases exceeding the value of the wines resting inside.

This work is a coffee table book at heart that will please those who delight in marveling at what extremes collectors will go to in displaying their beloved wines. It will be particularly appealing to those who find admiration in the creative designs that the owners and artisans display in these distinctive wine cellars. The volume may even stimulate readers to embark on their own wine cellar project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Papuchis on July 4, 2010
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The most impressive and awe-inspiring private wine cellars in the country are featured in this gem -- the stories, the photos, and of course the wine are spectacular and makes for a great "coffee table book" or conversation piece. This book will make a perfect addition to any wine collector's library -- whether you are looking for ideas for your own cellar or just like to see "how the other half lives." Perfect for the wine lover or those who simply love luxury and elegance.
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By Aleea Major on March 5, 2012
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This book is beautiful! It is a large coffee table book; excellant photography, fine paper. The wine cellars and collections are all very high end; my dream-book. I pick it up and thumb through it at least a couple times a week. For wine lovers this is a must have. I will add that even though these photos and stories are all of high-end private and commercial (mostly private) cellars and collections -- I have gotten many ideas for my small space on how better to show-case my wines and wine accoutrement collections. I have also seen new collections to start... hint to those who enjoy collecting stuff...:)
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By Stan57 on February 6, 2014
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I got this for ideas on how to build a classy wine storage and tasting area in my house. It's filled with photos and the photography is first-rate. The locations covered are fairly varied--some modern and most traditional, but they all are great. I may not get around to building one for myself, but I appreciate this book.
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Wine is such a wonderful life enhancing topic that why shouldn't there fabulous books written about this romantic subject. As the story goes, a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou beside me sitting in the wilderness. If you like or love wine and are like me, than you have a tendency to look at all the new books that come out each year on the subject. It only takes a little bit of reading to develop an understanding of wine on a subject level that will blow you away and your friends with your new found knowledge.

This book is extraordinary addition to the wonderful books that have been written on the subject. It shows what can be done when a love of wine supplemented by a pocketful of cash can combine to develop a wine collector's wine cellar in the most dramatic way. The book is divided into five parts.

I) The Entertaining Pair's Lair

II) The Gentleman's Haven

III) The Sybarite's Sanctuary

IV) The Modernist Refuge

V) The Urban Retreats and Inspiring Spaces

Each section is devoted to an individual collection and the pictures are STUNNING. This is a book that you can go back to time after time. Unlike wine, this book will not age. The collections are timeless, and I find that on certain nights when it is cold outside, I can find refuge and fantasy in a book like this. Everything is tasteful in this book. The world elegant is very appropriate for this book is about beauty and lifestyle.

Anyone who collects wine is PASSIONATE about the subject, and such passion projects into their method of collection. As you enter these cellars, you are propelled into a different world. This book is about architects going wild into creativity and putting it into the designs they create for the wine connoisseurs.
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