Oenophiles’ Delight

Personal wine spaces bring the restaurant home

By Becca Hensley & Drew Limsky


While some homeowners came to the realization during quarantine that they wished they had built that dream pool, extensive terrace overlooking the sea or media room, others sought to celebrate their love of riesling, pinot noir, and cabernet by commissioning stylish spaces for bottle storage.

“We’re getting that a lot. We’re really busy,” says Jacob Duquette, founder of Wine Cellar International in Fort Lauderdale. “What we’ve found is that people who previously had the view of ‘Someday a wine room would be cool’ are now dipping their toes in the water. With a lot of people working from home, they feel that they can really be part of the oversight of the project.” And because people aren’t really dining out much these days, they’re even more apt to import the restaurant experience. Duquette says he’s getting at least twice as many inquiries as he did before the pandemic. “I can’t say it’s all covid-driven, but it certainly has had a multiplier effect.”

Read the whole article in the upcoming October 2020 issue of SFBW.

Drew Limsky
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