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Prime Resi, the UK’s premium online and print journal of luxury property, have put together an impressive collection of photos from homes with those ‘x-factor’ features. The selection was chosen as a festive season showcase.

Cellar Maison are featured with one of our signature hybrid style Wine Walls, installed in a contemporary, cutting-edge home in Battersea, London. The clear trend for wine cellars being installed in  private homes is highlighted once again. Popularity of wine cellars has certainly been heightened by their accessibility now, in comparison to the past where a large, underground space was required.

The good news today for those wishing to enjoy a home wine cellar, is the freedom to find a solution to fit your available space and budget. This can be either above ground – even in apartments, or below ground.  Cellar Maison provide a tailored service to suit every customer’s requirements, based on any of our three signature styles: Wine Cellars, Wine Walls and Wine Pods.

The best way to start, is either to give us a call, or have a play on our unique Online Design Planner which allows you to experiment with dimensions and features. The Cellar Maison team of consultants are always on hand to assist with your initial design ideas, right through to full installation.

Our thanks to Prime Resi for the inclusion. Hope you enjoy the collection of photos they’ve put together here:

Cellar Maison in Prime Resi

Cellar Maison’s contact details are:

+44 (0)20 8242 4367
info@cellarmaison.com

Cellar Maison Wine Wall - Sketch Design

Cellar Maison Wine Wall – Sketch Design

 

 

As a desirable feature in homes, the wine cellar is now more accessible than ever. Home owners who want a private cellar can now have one whether they have an apartment or a house – and whatever their available space.

A great feature of Cellar Maison signature wine cellars, is they can be either above, or below ground. Being fully climate controlled, ensures storage of wine is in optimum conditions. Enjoying your wine in a visually stunning display that suits the style of your home and utilises your choice of materials makes this fully customised solution the first choice of home owners and trade professionals across London, the home counties and now within Europe by request.

Click on the link below to view the latest Cellar Maison’s Portfolio showing examples of Wine Cellars, Wine Walls and Wine Pods – plus details of some sought after materials and details of our integrated climate and temperature control solutions.

Cellar Maison – Portfolio Winter 2016

To experiment with designing your own cellar, go on to the unique Cellar Maison Online Design Planner to explore cellar styles and dimensions. For a chat about any aspect of our cellar design process, pricing, and installation, our professional consultants will be happy to speak to you. Call +44 (0)20 8242 4367 or email info@cellarmaison.com to arrange for a call.

Traditional Wine Cellar - Choose from Contemporary or Traditional Styles and Materials

Traditional Wine Cellar – Choose from Contemporary or Traditional Styles and Materials

Exclusively British Magazine is a high-end UK magazine focused on the height of luxury, style and the latest design trends. Cellar Maison are in the current issue with a Q&A with Managing Director, Andrew Speer.

Here you can see the full Q&A for Exclusively British Magazine – Very much relevant for anyone wishing to install a wine cellar in their new or existing house or apartment.

Detail of Wine Pod

Is there a trend for installing bespoke wine cellars currently in Britain?

Andrew: Yes, last year and during the course of 2015, we have we noticed at least a 30% increase in the number of enquiries from architects, developers and home owners looking for climate controlled wine cellars, wine walls and wine rooms. People want to have that special addition to their home – A wine cellar that is visually stunning, and stores their wine collection safely.

Our typical clients have a real passion for fine wine and food and simply enjoy collecting wine and having access to it for dinners and tastings with friends.

Are owners choosing to take out existing wine storage and install a more sophisticated solution?

Andrew: Definitely, we remove many existing wine storage racks to replace with our bespoke installations. Unfortunately many wine racks neglect the essential elements of climate control, humidity regulation and design aesthetics. All our cellars, wine walls and wine pods come with these components, as well as specialised lighting for display. We’ve also found that many wine lovers and investors who have previously kept their collections in bonded storage, are now wanting a bespoke wine cellar. They value and understand their wine and like to bring the mature ‘ready to drink’ wines home. Creating a unique environment for wine within their property allows them to appreciate their collection on a daily basis, it becomes a talking point when entertaining guests at home.

Do your clients perceive that having a bespoke wine cellar will add value to their property?

Andrew: We are working with high end property developers who, based on consumer research, are now incorporating a wine cellar or feature wine wall into their luxury new-build residential properties. This is a growing trend and I am confident that within the next decade, a climate controlled wine storage cellar or wall will become as common as a home theatre or a well-appointed kitchen is now in prime residences. The wine and food culture of Britain continues to evolve so rapidly.

Currently what are the most popular styles and features requested by your clients?

Andrew: Both our contemporary Wine Pods and our Wine Walls are proving to be in high demand. Walk-in Wine Pods are our most innovative signature cellar. They beautifully enclose a corner or section of a room in a specialised frameless glass “pod” and can be created with either a curved or square glass enclosure. They are sleek, visually stunning and allow optimum viewing of wine from outside, whilst maintaining the perfect storage conditions within. Wine Walls have the advantage of taking up very little floor space since they are fitted along an existing wall. The LED back-lighting is colour changeable to suit the individual style of the home. Our full Wine Cellar option is perfect when people have a whole room or large cupboard space to convert to a cellar.

How does it work when a home owner or designer want to find out more about your wine cellars?

Andrew: We offer innovative solutions that no other wine cellar company can provide, including a bespoke customer service. We have a team of consultants, designers, glass and refrigerator experts who work together to support home owners, high-end developers.

A new feature on our website we’re very pleased with is our Online Design Planner, it allows people to play with the styles and dimensions themselves or with the support of our consultants.

What size or bottle capacity can your cellar solutions house?

Andrew: It’s really unlimited in scope. Materials, features and dimensions are fully customisable and start with choosing from our three signature cellar designs. We are currently working on a 6m x 6m walk-in cellar to hold up to 2000 bottles; this is in a contemporary style with bronze metal-framed glass doors. Some of our smaller cellars, pods or walls can store as few as 200 bottles.

Contemporary Wine Wall - Client home in Esher

Contemporary Wine Wall – Client home in Esher

How was Cellar Maison born?

Andrew: Having been immersed in the bespoke furniture industry for 20 years, developing sound experience in the property market, the trade professionals I worked with identified a growing demand for a niche wine cellar specialist. Selecting a team of experts including a refrigeration engineer, architectural glass specialist, designer and joiner, Cellar Maison was formed.

I am a wine lover but I still have a lot to learn about viticulture. I grew up in the Marlborough region in New Zealand and this is the environment I was raised in. I wanted to get into the wine cellaring business because of personal interest and to support the huge cultural change that is happening in Britain with wine collection and investment.

Cellar Maison was inspired by acknowledging the French wine cave – paying homage to this ancient concept and combining it with modern technology.


Interior designers, property developers and architects work along side us with their home-owner clients too so that the whole process is professional and smooth.  If you have a home and would like to look at our three signature cellar solutions, Wine Cellars, Wine Walls and Wine Pods, you can try our unique Online Design Planner giving you the chance to play around with design and dimensions online.


 

Q&A-Exclusively-British

There’s nothing like a bit of fizz and sparkle for a celebration and why not get to know your Champagne with a one day course, on Saturday 16th of May.

Browns Brasserie and Bar in Covent Garden, London, are hosting a day learning about and sampling Champagne and sparkling wine with lunch included. You’ll learn about all aspects including, how to best cellar and store Champagne – a topic we are passionate about here at Cellar Maison.

Click through for details of the One Day Fizz School here

http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/576536/source-juice-email

We’d also like to pass on the link to The Juice Newsletter from Local Wine Events. It’s a great platform for bringing you wine and food events from all sorts of places in one, easy to access site. Check out their calendar and click through to the event host websites for full information.

For questions and inquires about how to have a wine cellar in your own home – whatever the space available, please contact us here.

Cellar Maison

champagne

 

Butterflying a whole chicken is really easy, reduces the cooking time and is attractive for serving at the table.

Here’s my simple recipe that has a tasty mix of dukkah spices rubbed into the skin, thyme and lemons in the roasting pan.

Served here with a cauliflower and rocket salad that looks beautiful with its jewels of pomegranate seeds scattered over to contrast with the white and green.

Ingredients:

1 whole free range chicken – organic if possible

60 grams of butter – at room temperature

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 bunch of fresh thyme

3 tablespoons of dukkah

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 lemons

Turn oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Butterfly the chicken by cutting down both sides of the backbone with strong scissors or a heavy knife. (I roast the backbone too and use later for stock.)

Open out the chicken and lay out flat in the roasting dish.

Mix the softened butter with the crushed garlic and some thyme leaves. Ease the skin gently away from the chicken flesh and carefully spread the butter mixture under the skin.

Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with sea salt, pepper and the dukkah. Put sprigs of thyme over the chicken. Cut the lemons into wedges and scatter around in the dish and under the chicken.

Roast for 45 minutes or until golden and the juices run clear from the thickest part of the thigh.

Serve on an attractive platter or board with the lemon piece to squeeze over.

While the chicken is roasting, prepare the salad.

Serves 4-6.

In terms of a wine match – roast chicken gives you a number of great choices. We quite like a Côtes-du Rhône with this or a Pinot Noir. If you prefer a white, perhaps a Viognier, white Burgundy or other oaked Chardonnay. Have a look too at Fiona Beckett’s excellent article – 8 great wine (and other) matches for roast chicken

CAULIFLOWER, ROCKET & POMEGRANATE SALAD

1 head of cauliflower – cut into florets

Rocket – approximately 1 handful per person

½ bunch of coriander and ½ bunch of mint, chopped – reserve some whole leaves to scatter on top to serve

1 pomegranate – seeds removed

1 lemon – juiced and rind grated or zested

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon of sesame seeds OR ¼ of a cup of almonds or pistachios

Steam the cauliflower until just tender. Drain and cool.

Toast the sesame seeds or nuts in a dry pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, 2 tablespoon of lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Just before serving, toss the cauliflower, rocket, seeds/nuts, coriander and mint in a large bowl with the dressing. Transfer to a serving bowl. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds.

Cellar Maison are always interested in hearing your food and wine stories. What’s your favourite for the new season? Come on over to our website to check out the latest in Wine Walls, Wine Cellars and Wine Pods for the home. Cellar Maison, London and the UK.

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Roast Chicken with Cauliflower, Pomegranate Salad

Roast Chicken with Cauliflower, Pomegranate SaladRoast Chicken

 

Roast Chicken with Cauliflower, Pomegranate Salad

Londoners’ quest for adventures of the palate are satiated with gusto and sophistication at the famous Cinnamon Club.

Mysterious wonders of Indian spices, exquisite cooking, presentation and service make this a dream destination. The Cinnamon Club’s focus on fine wine, special matched dinners and menus that explore and open up worlds of tastes and flavours are magnetic to those looking for something really special. Housed in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library, the setting is spectacular and steeped in history.

Today’s event Cellar Maison are letting you know about is something truly special – Think exceptional Italian wines, expertly matched with a menu tailored with passion and integrity to best showcase the exciting flavours and Eastern promise of the Cinnamon Club.

Cinnamon sticks

WINE AND SPICE AT THE CINNAMON CLUB:

“Our next event takes place on Friday 27th March at Indian restaurant Westminster, The Cinnamon Club. The Boutique Italian Wine Dinner will concentrate on the north and north-eastern winemaking provinces of Italy, among the styles of wine will be: Barbera d’Asti with its dark colour and bright cherry flavours; Amarone, a very rich, full-bodied, higher volume red with notes of syrupy raisin; and Malvasia, sweet and perfumed, made close to the Slovenian border. A floral dessert wine, Piccolit, will also be served bursting with juicy peach and apricot flavours.

Head Chef Rakesh Nair & Wine Buyer, Laurent Chaniac, have once again teamed up to produce a stunning selection of dishes and perfectly matched wines. The four course dinner will provide guests with the opportunity to sample such dishes as grilled Scottish king scallops with dried shrimp and ginger raita & tandoori breast of Anjou squab pigeon, beetroot tikki and sangri beans. Both Rakesh & Laurent will be on hand throughout the course of the evening to share their passion and knowledge for wine and spice pairings and of course answer any questions along the way!”

Cinnamon Club Italian Wine Dinner Information Link

 Cellar Maison are on the lookout for tips to pass on to our clients and readers about adding an Italian dimension to a great home wine collection. Cellared in climate controlled conditions, we of course give collectors the comfort of knowing their bottles are kept in the exact conditions necessary for longevity.

Come on through to our comments section to let us know any of your favourite Italian collectable wines or contact us here for questions or inquires about your own new home cellar, wine wall or wine pod.

Pommegranate - Flavours of the East

Pomegranate – Flavours of the East

 

As a continuation of our Nelson wine tour tales, we are sharing a very enjoyable excursion to the stunning Marlborough wine region at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. This was part of the break to the sunshine of the Southern Hemisphere some of us in the Cellar Maison enjoyed in January this year.

Marlborough had become synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc over many years of top quality, distinctive wine making with this grape varietal. Now there is a very exciting expansion into some wonderful wines that are generating significant interest world-wide. Riesling in particular and some of the aromatics such as stunning Gewurztraminer were favourites for us. We also enjoyed our fair share of Pinot Noir.

It wasn’t only about wine however. It was all about the food too. Marlborough offers a world-class winery and cellar door experience throughout its extensive grape growing region. And collectively as a region they make it very easy to enjoy with wine trails, tours, accommodation and of course, wonderful, regional produce that showcases the seasons and compliments the wine.

We had a day trip for tastings along the convenient few roads with vineyards dotted appealingly close together. The tastings were informative, often delivered by the wine maker or owner of the vineyard and therefore laced with true passion and grit that makes an event to truly enjoy. When it came to lunch, there were a few good options of cellar door venues that also offered restaurants. After much browsing and reviewing of menus in the days leading up to our trip, we settled on Allan Scott Family Winemakers and booked a table – sensibly as it’s very popular and we certainly didn’t want to risk the dreaded “Missing-Out-On-Chosen-Restaurant” crisis.

Allan Scott consistently produce impressive wine and they have created a stunning space to taste, buy wine and dine. We sat in the courtyard of their Twelve Trees restaurant, in the dappled shade with views onto their vegetable and herb garden and the elegant vines draping rustically above to provide reprieve from the dry summer heat.

The menu is heavily weighted towards local produce and seafood which is effortlessly compatible with the wine from grapes grown only metres away from where we sat. The entrée of local Havelock mussels presented as a taster was a sensation of lemongrass, red kimchi, capers and Japanese mayonnaise, respectively, was delightful and worked well with our glass of Gewurztraminer.

Unable to choose, we decided to share our main courses….solving possible food envy issues.

The steamed salmon fillet was divine. Soft, velvet flakes of perfect fish complimented by the seasonal, summer vegetables and herbs. The Pinot Gris definitely made a happy partnership.

Finally, the spectacular New Zealand lamb; Pilpelchuma marinated and smoked lamb shoulder rack, sweet & sour carrot, cous cous, almond sumac, yoghurt, and grass jelly – yes, grass jelly, which was delightful – surprising and not at all odd. A sleek Pinot Noir was a great choice and light enough to enjoy at lunch without leaving us in a slump for the afternoon.

It’s worth putting in some research before your Marlborough wine tour and there are some great resources to do this online such as this site http://www.wine-marlborough.co.nz/wineries/ that we used.

If you’re staying put in good old England for the moment, why not explore some Marlborough wine from your favourite local wine merchant. There are certainly some excellent Marlborough and Nelson wine choices to cellar as well. If you have suggestions please do share and tell us what you’re targeting at present.

Cellar Maison visit to Marlborough -Lamb at Allan Scott Vineyard

Lamb – Allan Scott’s Twelve Trees Restaurant, Marlborough

Salmon at Allan Scott Vineyard

Salmon at Allan Scott Vineyard

Cellar Maison Visit to Marlborough - Allan Scott Vineyard

Vegetable and herb garden at Allan Scott, Marlborough vineyard

Cellar Maison Tour - Stunning Marlborough Sounds

Cellar Maison Tour – Stunning Marlborough Sounds

Havelock - Marlborough

Havelock – Marlborough – Home of the mussels

Velvet-smooth roasted cauliflower soup, the Middle Eastern spices of cumin and coriander and a sprinkling of za-artar, a spoonful of fresh, organic yoghurt, fresh thyme and finished with a drizzle of stunning organic Moroccan argan oil.

I’ve long said that soup is one of the major saving graces of winter. This one is a winner and so easy. It’s beautiful as an entree to a winter dinner, or in a bigger bowl as a hearty lunch with crusty toast, warm flat bread or some sprouted bread, grilled crisp.

In terms of wine to match and compliment this healthy yet satisfying soup, a Pinot Grigio would work well, or a white Burgundy. A Chardonnay with subtle oak would also be lovely. Because of the spices in this soup, aromatic whites would be a good choice too. What might be on hand in your cellar that would be a good match? Cellar Maison are always talking to wine merchants and collectors about their wine cellars. It’s a fascinating past time whether for investment, or pure drinking pleasure.

Soup and wine matches is featured here in a good article by wine and food match expert, Fiona Beckett.

Enjoy the warming recipe for this soup below and remember that we’re nearly at the end of February, roll on spring!

Cauliflower Soup with Argan Oil

ROAST ORGANIC CAULIFLOWER, CUMIN & CORIANDER SOUP RECIPE

1 LARGE ORGANIC CAULIFLOWER

2 TABLESPOONS OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

1 LARGE ONION, FINELY DICED

5 CLOVES OF GARLIC, FINELY CHOPPED

1 TEASPOON OF GROUND CORIANDER

1 TEASPOON OF CUMIN POWDER

2 TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER OR COCONUT OIL

4 CUPS OF FILTERED WATER OR VEGETABLE STOCK

50 GRAMS OF PARMESAN RIND (OPTIONAL)

SALT AND PEPPER

TO FINISH THE SOUP:

ORGANIC PLAIN YOGHURT

EXTRA PARMESAN TO GRATE OR SHAVE OVER

ZA-ATAR SPICE MIX

SPRIGS OF THYME

ORGANIC ARGAN OIL – OR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4 – 6 Servings

Turn oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

Cut the cauliflower into even sized florets. Toss in olive oil to coat, season with sea salt and pepper.

Roast for about 30 minutes or until golden.
In a large, heavy based saucepan, gently cook the onion and garlic in butter or coconut oil until soft. Add the cumin and coriander and allow to toast slightly without burning. Add the water or stock, parmesan rind and the cauliflower. Simmer for about 20 minutes.

Take off the heat, remove the parmesan rind and blend in batches until velvet smooth.

Reheat gently to serve. Ladle into bowls.

Top with a spoonful of yoghurt, a sprinkle of za-artar, some thyme leaves and a good drizzle of argan or olive oil. Sprinkle over the parmesan if using for a more cheese-rich soup.

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Thyme

 

 

Winter has its good points…. no really it does! What about a hearty roast of succulent pork belly with crisp crackling and apples baked in their skins that make themselves into self-contained, apple sauce? This recipe delivers a great result and it’s so easy. All it requires is the best pork belly and some quality oven time.

Accompany with a fresh, fennel and mint salad with a zesty lemon juice and olive oil dressing – this is a great match for the rich meat. A big bowl of steamed kale or other greens alongside, simply dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and it’s a perfect winter feast.

CELLAR MAISON WINE MATCH:

Our friendly wine consultant from the excellent Oxford Wine Company, recommends a Beaujolais such as Fleurie, or a lighter Côtes du Rhône. If you prefer a white, a Clare Valley (South Australia) Riesling would be ideal.

Pork perfection

RECIPE

1.2kg pork belly – Check that it is high welfare, ethically farmed

1 tablespoon sea salt flakes

100 ml extra virgin olive oil

6 granny smith or other cooking apples

800g of Jerusalem artichokes

Sprigs of fresh thyme

1 bulb of garlic, cloves unpeeled

1 glass of Riesling (or wine of choice)

Turn the oven to the highest temperature you can get it to. Using a sharp knife, score the skin down to the meat but not into the flesh. Cut close together lines in one direction only. Place the meat in a roasting dish.

Rub the skin of the pork belly with half of the olive oil and the salt. Drizzle over the remaining oil and really rub it in.

Score a line around the circumference of each apple – this stops them from bursting during cooking. Put the pork into the very hot oven for 10-15 minutes or until the skin of the belly starts to bubble and is golden brown.

Remove and scatter the artichokes around the meat as well as the prepared apples sitting stalk end down. Throw in the thyme and the unpeeled garlic cloves. Add a glass of wine – you can choose either red or white.

Turn the oven temperature down to 170°C/325°F/gas 3 then roast for 2.5 hours. Check after 1.5 hours and continue cooking until the meat easily pulls apart.

Note: If the apples or vegetables are cook too fast, remove and set aside. Add back in the last 10 minute of cooking.

Take the meat out of the oven when cooked and rest in a warm place.

Serve thick slices or remove and divide up the crackling and pull the meat apart with a fork and share. Make sure everyone gets a whole baked apple to compliment the meat.

A bowl of fresh, fennel salad and some steamed greens is all you need alongside.

Bon appetite!

Roast Pork with Crackling and Apples

Fennel mint salad

Steamed Kale with olive oil

Some of us in the Cellar Maison team were lucky enough to escape the chills of London this January for the hot summer days of Nelson, New Zealand.

The Nelson region is at the top of the South Island of NZ. The district enjoys a marvelous Mediterranean climate with high sunshine hours, cold, crisp winters and particular soil conditions that make it an ideal wine growing terroir.

It’s a dream destination for wine lovers.  Boutique wineries, surrounded by rows of manicured grape vines; open to the public for wine tasting and local gourmet treats. The winery styles range from rustic, rambling farmhouses, through to stunning, cutting edge, eco-architecture. Well designed wine trails mean you can meander through a selection of wineries taking in the varietals that are doing so well in the Nelson region including pinot noir, chardonnay, a range of Rieslings and aromatic Gewurztraminer. Winery cellar door tastings are often conducted by the wine makers themselves; a chance to gain a real understanding of the hard work and passion that goes into producing such quality wines.

Exquisite restaurants are onsite in a few of the local wineries. They offer an ideal opportunity to enjoy the culinary specialties of the Nelson region. Perfectly matched with the wines of the vineyard, diners can sample the best of freshly caught fish, locally harvested mussels, and scallops. The artisan cheeses, quality breads and preserves lend themselves perfectly to generous platters and picnics paired with wines. Freshly picked produce is abundant and the famous lamb, beef and venison that New Zealand is so well known for features proudly on the menus.

One of the Cellar Maison team’s favourite visits was Neudorf Vineyards. A winery established back in 1978 and consistently high quality with owners and wine makers, Tim and Judy Finn at the helm.

Cellar Maison Visit Neudorf Vineyards

Neudorf Vineyards is a highly acclaimed, multi award winning winery. The cellar door is housed within beautiful, earthy farm buildings. The doors open out onto a lawn dotted with tables and spots for visitors to put down a rug under the trees and picnic on the grass. With a glass of wine and your own hamper or a selection of local artisan cheeses and crackers from the shop, it’s a decidedly fine way to spend an afternoon.

We enjoyed a well-presented wine tasting by the friendly staff and then settled on a bottle of the stunning Tom’s Block pinot noir and a chose patch of shade under a tree. With a selection of handmade, local cheeses and the late afternoon sunshine, it was the picture of Nelson’s best.

We’re back to the cold UK now, sigh… but a few bottles of good Nelson wine for the cellar better off.

Look out for our next posts featuring some more vineyards from the Nelson and Marlborough region.

Cellar Maison Visit Neudorf Vinyards - Garden