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August 4th, 2009 by , under , , , , , .
WineRacks.com began more than 15 years ago as The Wine Rack Company, a part-time venture by company president Michael Babcock. After helping his brother-in-law, who had just built a wine store, Michael began building custom wooden wine racks in addition to his day job in industrial construction. When big accounts from places like the Seagram Company began to pay off, he decided in 1995 that creating wine racks was better than construction. We started on the web that same year and have been selling our wooden racks all over the world.
Most of the wooden racks that you see on our website are manufactured in our plant in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Our website has grown to encompass not only wine racking, but fine stemware and other wine related accessories and gift items. WineRacks.com, Inc services not just the home wine enthusiast, but retail wine and liquor establisments as well as restaurants worldwide.
In 2001, WineRacks.com founded the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, now one of New York State’s largest wine and food events that takes place annually in September. Throughout the year, WineRacks.com continues to support the Fest’s designated charity, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, a division of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY and a member of America’s Second Harvest, a national food bank network.
August 4th, 2009 by , under , , , , , , .
Nitida Hand Made Wines
Our most recent recruits RJ and Getha have both demonstrated true Nitida tenacity in their first year with us. RJ has just returned from a harvest at Chateau Angelus, a Premier Grand Cru Clesse in ST Emilion, France. It sounds like a life-altering experience “everybody lives for wine” and “the food is just fantastic”. On the red wine side, this area specialises (like Durbanville) in Merlot led Bordeaux blends to produce elegant fruit driven styles with only a touch of cabernet. Adding to this “intravenous” learning curve, he had to cope with the consequences of recurring downpours during his first harvest. Despite a hard year, he finds himself head-over-heels in love with Durbanville and with working on a small farm where he can be involved in every aspect of the vineyard and cellar.
Getha has had just as hectic an initiation, running our farm events including a monthly “farmer’s market”, a once-off African cultural circus show, our spring sauvignon blanc festival and hosting a number of duathlons and cycling races. She has fended off the “harvest grumbles”, braved our sopping wet and treacherous dirt roads all winter and even managed to remain fairly relaxed as she sneezed her way through the high pollen counts of spring. After all of this she still declares herself to be happy.
Jacus and Elrina’s children are growing up so quickly. Their Christmas present last year is crawling at high speed and showing keen intent to walk and talk. Liebe is very excited about starting at big school on the farm next year.
Henriette paid a short visit to Southern Africa to see her family and arrange her wedding.
The Vellers have had an “interesting” year and have considered writing “Durbanville does Dallas” if the right publisher appears. Our children have all worked really hard and reaped the rewards they deserve, they are all healthy and remind us daily how lucky we are. If we ever forget this, a beautiful sunset with a glass of Nitida sauvignon blanc in hand is not to be sneezed at.
August 4th, 2009 by , under , , , , , , , .
Swartland Wine Route Western Cape
Swartland Wine Route Western Cape
Close enough to get to, yet far enough to get away….Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and discover one of the wine gems of the country – the Swartland Santam Wine Route. Located within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, visitors will be enchanted by the warm hospitality, award-winning wines and great cuisine.
The route was established in 1986 and stretches from Paardeberg in the south to the Berg River in the north and encompasses the beautiful Riebeek Valley and the towns of Malmesbury, Piketberg and Porterville. The Swartland Santam Wine Route is an ideal day trip destination from Cape Town, while tourists heading towards the West Coast, Northern Cape or Namibia along the N7 will also find a detour along the Swartland Wine Route a delightful journey of discovery.
With its rolling hills and sweeping vistas of wheat fields and vineyards, the vastness of the Swartland provides visitors with the opportunity to relax and absorb the essence of this region.
In the Swartland, visitors are welcomed as family and are guaranteed to leave with a story to pass along.
Each producer offers guests a uniquely different experience due to the geographical diversity of the area. The route currently has a total of 20 members, including co-operatives, private cellars, garagistes and wine merchants. Explore the winemaking history of the region at some of the historic estates or enjoy exquisite wine experiences at modern tasting rooms. Smaller wineries present intimate wine tastings in rustic cellars, while family concerns dating back generations will welcome visitors with the customary Swartland hospitality.
The Swartland not only offers sublime wines, but also plenty of exciting outdoor activities, value for money accommodation options and exemplary cuisine at a diverse selection of restaurants in the region. Olive production forms an important part of agricultural activities in the region and many wineries offer a variety of olive products for sale.
July 29th, 2009 by , under , , , .
Stellenbosch and its Wine Routes
Stellenbosch and its Wine Routes
Welcome to the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes, one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Western Cape. The original Stellenbosch Wine Route was founded in 1971 and has been promoting its members for more than 30 years.
Today the new Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes represent more than 200 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification. The Wine Route is divided into five sub-routes.
Our new, improved MAPS will guide you on your tasting tour. You may start at any cellar of your choice and include as many as you like. The entrance to each cellar is clearly signposted with the Wine Route logo.
Daily wine tasting, cellar tours and sales are offered at most cellars and many of these have restaurant and picnic facilities. Some cellars offer tasting by appointment only. Please refer to each of the member listings to view the facilities offered by individual cellars. Wine can be purchased at the cellar door. Your purchases of any given quantity can be delivered locally or internationally.
We have been preparing for your visit for more than 320 years! Visit us now and experience the finest wines, warm hospitality and memorable moments. The Greek philosopher Plato remarked : ‘Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine has even been granted by the gods to man’.
Enjoy your Stellenbosch Wine Routes experience!
July 28th, 2009 by , under , , , .
Echelon Wine Racks
This is a unique solution to bottle storage. The elegant flow of this modular system is ideal for locations where appearance and presentation matter – restaurants and wine stores, clubs and bars, kitchens and home cellars.
The racks are made from extruded aluminium and coated with a natural satin anodising. It is a compact system with a capacity of over 90 bottles per square metre. For a detailed description go to How It Works
Cabinet makers and joiners find the system convenient because they can simply build a rectangular carcass – the racks are then assembled on site and slid into the recess.
At Echelon we strive to be practical. We believe that the simplest designs are often the best. Excellence in design is about finding the elegant solution – but it is also about manufacturing the product in an affordable and sustainable way. Cost efficiency is as important as form and function.
Rohan Macarthur-Onslow is the company principal. Rohan has been involved in product design since 1992 and prior to that he gained practical experience in the field of motor sport. Aside from customer projects, he has, through the development of proprietary products, gained skills and knowledge in areas as diverse as intellectual property, product marketing and distribution.
William Rhodes is an industrial designer and grazier based in Tasmania. William is the designer of our modular wine rack. His use of aluminium extrusion is a fine example of applying existing manufacturing techniques in an innovative way to create a beautiful product. The wine rack is patented in the US with other patents pending. Detail design and engineering of the wine rack was conducted by Echelon.
Vanessa Gillan is a graphic designer based in Singapore. When Vanessa could not find an attractive rack to hang her coat and accessories – she set out to rectify the problem. She teamed with Echelon to find a solution. This collaboration resulted in our wall mounted and free standing coat racks. Vanessa also designed our company logo.