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A Taste of the VineDecorative concrete for wine lovers
Libation Sensation: Perfect for entertaining, this outdoor countertop is lit from within by fiber-optic wine bottles that were melted down and inlaid, like tiles, in the countertop surface. A wall of illuminated wine bottles also lights up the countertop base. Learn how the countertop was made.
Wine Cubbies: These colorful, stackable wine cubbies, made by Concrete Revolution Studio, are precast concrete blocks with cylindrical holes cast through the middle. Not only do they look trendy, the cubbies also help keep wine cool naturally because of concrete's thermal properties.
This concrete floor in the hallway of the culinary institute of Metro Community College, Omaha, Neb., features an overlay colored with a blend of wine and dye. A local wine producer donated the varieties of wine used to color the floor. Learn how the wine and dye were mixed to achieve the distinctive variegated shading effects.
UK-based Spiral Cellars makes precast concrete wine cellars in units that can store from 770 to as many as 1,870 bottles of wine. The cylindrical system is watertight and can be embedded underground for precise temperature regulation.
To make this wine-themed concrete table, Phil Lampe of Lampe Concrete Studio, San Marcos, Calif., embedded thin cut sections of a wine bottle and a wine glass. Lampe is always on the lookout for objects that would work well cast into concrete. “Anytime I go anywhere, I'm always looking for things I can embed in concrete.”
These Humpty-Dumpty style concrete tanks, made by Sonoma Cast Stone, assist in the oxygenation of wine because the egg shape aids fluid movement and reduces pressure on the lees. The porous concrete also allows the fermenting wine to breathe without imparting oaky flavors.
Oenophiles everywhere are catching on to the perfect and seemingly unlikely pairing of wine and concrete. Why do wine and concrete work so well together? Let’s begin with the decorative possibilities. Wine-themed logos can be stenciled onto concrete floors in restaurants and bars. Or the empty wine bottles themselves can be melted down or cross-sectioned and then inlaid in concrete tables and bartops for serving wine at tasting parties. Even the wine itself, with its inherent staining abilities, can be used as an alternative, environmentally friendly stain for concrete floors. Wine and concrete pair well together in a practical sense as well. Concrete’s insulating properties make it an ideal material for building cellars and storage cubbies that will keep wine at the ideal temperature. Concrete can also be used to make fermentation tanks because it’s porous and will allow fermenting wine to breathe. Here are some “vintage” examples of using wine to enhance concrete, and using concrete to enhance wine.