wine wednesday - riddling rack storage

two of my favorite things in the whole world - wine and storage - come together so perfectly in this magical piece of multi-tasting furniture. several years ago i fell in love with a wine rack similar to this at simon pearce. i just thought it was the perfect piece of furniture/wine storage/home decor and i wanted it immediately. unfortunately, it wasn't for sale, so i walked away empty handied and have been on a quest ever since.

and in my extensive research i have learned that this wine rack is actually something called a riddling rack and it dates back to the early 1800s and the champagne region of france. riddling is the part of the champagne making process when the the yeast and sediment collects and is concentrated near the mouth of the bottle. after initial fermentation, the bottles are inclined at a 45-degree angle on a riddling rack, which is made up of two simple rectangular boards hinged at the top (see bel0w) the riddler puts the neck of a bottle of champagne in each of the holes and on a daily basis over the next few weeks, the riddler rotates every bottle a few degrees and after a few weeks bottles that started at a 45-degree angle are now slanted to a 60-degree angle.

and while this might have been a long, painstacking and exhausting process, we get to reap the rewards of their efforts by enjoying the wonderful taste of sparkling champagne and using the racks as functional, and decorative wine storage in our homes today! seems a unfair, doesn't it?

now i just need to find someone to recreate a rack for me out of antique vermont barn wood... hmm...wherever will i find such a person?

michelle  – (May 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM)  

i need one, too. ask that person ;) if he'll make me one, too!!

Lady Grey  – (May 19, 2010 at 11:31 PM)  

i love the wall mounted one!

a whole lotta love  – (May 20, 2010 at 8:43 AM)  

they have these actually quite a few places i know of. i don't know of any true antique ones, but they look old. there's one at a store in manchester, vt. there's one in peterborough, nh. and i saw a few at the brimfield antique fair last weekend. i've seen them for around $300. if you can have it made cheaper, go with that though. we're putting in a wine cellar so i'm thinking of getting one as well... so that's why i've noticed :)

kate  – (May 20, 2010 at 8:47 AM)  

ok - you went to brimfield AND are building a wine cellar?! i want to be YOU in my next life (or atleast come over to visit!)

what store in manchester? i'm thinking there may be a road trip in my future!

Tineka –   – (May 21, 2010 at 3:46 PM)  

You can get a riddling rack at The Uncommon Home in White River Jct. VT!! I think you have been there before:)

Lindsay  – (May 24, 2010 at 10:23 PM)  

My fiance just made some of those from some old boards he had in his barn...I'll see if he has more

Matthew  – (February 7, 2011 at 6:17 PM)  

If anyone is interested, I have some of the wall mounted riddling racks for sale just like the picture. They are made of natural cedar wood and can be stained if necessary or can be natural. Please let me know via email if you would like pics. Thank you

Decorative Chalkboards  – (September 20, 2011 at 3:16 AM)  

Hello friends,

The wine racks are designed to allow a wine to be stored on its side. It protects alcoholic beverages from potentially harmful external influences, providing darkness and a constant temperature. Thanks a lot...

Wine Decorations

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