„Tis the season to be jolly. And to many people that means Christmas with a good bottle of wine nearby. The key word here is “good” wine. When it comes to cultivating the very best wines, proper storage is essential. There are many factors that go into storing wine properly and many questions to ask storage facilities when considering wine storage. One storage facility who has figured out the art of wine storage is Wine Storage Bellevue, which has just been named “Specialty Storage Facility of the Year” by Mini-Storage Messenger, a prestigious monthly publication for the self storage industry.
The company, located in Bellevue, Wash., is celebrating its distinction by offering two months free storage with the purchase of a custom wine racking system. The offer includes free shipping and installation. Another option is one month free wine storage and free use of its move-in truck. Both offers expire Jan. 30th. For more information visit: www. Winestoragebellevue.com.
The publication reveals Annual Facility of the Year awards with one winner in each category. Wine Storage Bellevue was up against RV, boat storage, and more in its category.
“After putting in the time and effort to create this unique space, and with the wonderful response we have had from our customers and the local wine community, it’s great to have the national recognition from our peers in the self-storage industry,” said co-owner Dick Gilroy, who founded Wine Storage Bellevue with son Patrick and wife Loraine after 40 years in residential and commercial development.
The storage facility was judged on site selection, unique design, features and amenities, challenges overcome during development, marketing, security, customer service, and occupancy numbers.
There are top questions a wine connoisseur should ask a facility operator when searching for outstanding storage. What is the exact address of my bottles? This means will the storage facility house them in the cellar or a warehouse? What are the physical conditions my wines will be kept in? Cellars can be either above ground or underground. Underground cellars are considered better. All storage facilities should have a weather-controlled temperature system inside. What is the insurance policy? Storage facilities typically insure wine at an extra cost. Comprehensive plans will cover the market value of your wines. What‟s the price? Don‟t overpay. Compare the rates in your area while considering the quality of service offered.
Many people store a personal wine collection in storage units. And they want to know how to do it right and know that the storage facility they choose is informed about the art of wine storage. Wine needs to be stored in high humidity or else the taste will be spoiled. It should be kept between 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. A higher temperature will age the wine to fast and affect the taste. Wine bottles should not be moved so make sure the storage facility you choose will keep it in one place. Vibrations from movement can affect aging. Wine should be stored lying down to keep the cork moist. and therefore keep air out of the bottle.
The units at Wine Storage Bellevue are available by elevator and each steel locker is reinforced with a steel latch and bezel, as well as a secured cylinder lock. The facility is available from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year. The wine lockers are elegant in design and the facility features a Tuscan-style, 1,000 sq. ft. Wine Resource Center and Tasting Room available to only wine-storing customers. Prices for units begin at $24 per month.
“We didn’t set out to win national recognition; we set out to draw on our combined construction, design and wine expertise to build the best off-site wine storage possible – something worthy of our greater Eastside and Seattle wine storage clientele. This award shows that it definitely benefitted us to put our efforts into building a state-of-the-art facility while remaining focused on the customers and their needs, ensuring that they’re not only thrilled with the service and amenities, but increase the likelihood they’ll introduce Wine Storage Bellevue to their friends,” said Patrick Gilroy.
“Wine Storage Bellevue Named 2010 ‘Specialty Storage of the Year’ by Mini-Storage Messenger.” PR Newswire. Dec. 17, 2010.
“Wine 101: Shopping for Storage.” The Wall Street Journal. Dec. 22, 2010.