Setting the Wine Bar

Introducing the latest member of the Sommi Credenza Series — the perfect solution for storing and protecting that coveted Domaine Serene "Monogram" Pinot Noir vintage 2005, while giving you a place to enjoy it with friends (if you're willing to share, that is). 

 
  Harvesting wood for the wine bar from the family's 100-year-old barn in Oregon.

Harvesting wood for the wine bar from the family's 100-year-old barn in Oregon.

the story — from barn to bar

We love when our clients ask us to create a wine cellar to fit their unique collection and space — in fact, custom is what we’re all about.

So when a client asked us to transform our Credenza cellar into a wine bar fit for their Las Vegas pad, we were thrilled. Built out of 100-year-old barn wood we reclaimed from the client's family property in Oregon, the wine bar is a new piece of history that we hope they’ll enjoy and pass down for the next 100 years. 

The bar is accessible from both sides and will house 153 bottles of rare and collectible wines within its refrigerated compartments, while stashing stemware for everything from Champagne to Pinot Noir safely above. 

To make the journey from Oregon to Las Vegas, we knew we'd need to design this large-scale show stopper to contend with the elevators and narrow doorways common to urban homes, so we built it in sections that can easily maneuver those obstacles before final assembly on site. 

Like all of our cellars, the steel hardware is hand-forged in Bend, Oregon — in the case of the wine bar, that means the handles and latches, as well as the impressive beams for the stemware rack. 

We loved the results so much, we just had to add it to the Credenza Series, and we hope its new owners enjoy many a glass and a gathering around their new wine bar. 


interested in creating your own custom cellar or wine bar? 

All Sommi Wine Cellars begin with a free design consultation and are:

  • Fully customizable for your space and collection
  • Built with a universal racking system
  • Handcrafted with wood and high-quality finishes sourced directly from Northwest suppliers
  • Cooled with professional grade refrigeration 
  • Designed with delivery in mind — including locations with elevators, narrow doorways and stairs

The Winemaker's cellar with Jackson Holstein of Granville Wine Co.

One of our favorite things at Sommi Wine Cellars is discovering a new winemaker or bottle that we just can’t get enough of. So when we get a chance to talk to the people responsible for the liquid we’ve fallen in love with, we always ask what’s in their cellar. 

Granville Wine Company - an artisanal producer of top notch Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is our latest obsession. While Granville may be a newcomer to the local market shelves, owner, farmer and winemaker Jackson Holstein is no stranger to the Dundee Hills. Born and raised on Holstein Vineyard, which has produced amazing Pinot Noirs for Argyle Winery, Arterberry Maresh, Purple Hands Winery, Walter Scott and now Granville, wine seems to run in his veins.

Sommi's Cellar Pick  

 

2014 Pinot Noir HOLSTEIN VINEYARD BARREL SELECT by Granville Wine Co.

Bottled from only three barrels hand-picked by Holstein, this is the belle of the ball and she’ll age like a beauty queen. Wild berries, floral notes and tobacco open on the nose, then give way to raspberry and minerality on the mid-palette with a lingering finish. 

 

Jackson's Cellar Pick

 

2012 Lonesome Rock Ranch Pinot Noir by DePonte Cellars

“This great wine shows a different side of Oregon Pinot Noir with plenty of spice, earth, and fruit purée. What makes it special is the unique location of the vineyard. This wine is sourced from Scott Baldwin's estate vineyard. Several years back he planted a few acres of Pinot Noir at this high elevation site in the Oregon coastal range that many growers would shy away from due to the heavier rainfall and frost prone microclimate. The challenging conditions make for very interesting wines that see plenty of hang time late into the fall.” 

 

A Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

We’re officially in the thick of the holiday season which means parties, meals and opportunities to toast galore. In between glasses, we may also do some holiday shopping for all the wine lovers in our lives. 

Unfortunately wine related gifts aren’t always as elegant as the wines we drink and collect, which you know if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of bedazzled wine decor. While it’s always the thought that counts, this holiday season we decided to round up some luxurious presents — from stocking stuffers to splurges — that we’d love to receive. And we promise there’s not a sequin in sight. 

1. Corvi Cement Wine Cooler - $85
Sculptural lines in earthen colored cement mean this chiller does double duty on the dinette or the dinner table.

2. Menagerie Wine Aerators - $29-$49
Slurp in style with your spirit animal cast in silver or gold. Our favorite for pouring everything from Albariño to Zinfandel is the gold titanium stag. 

3. Josef Hoffman Wine Decanter - $1,330
We’re in lust with this unique and elegant Art Deco decanter by design icon Josef Hoffman. 

4. Olive and Poppy Bracelet - $60
Created by two friends in Napa, Olive and Poppy crafts jewelry and other pieces from repurposed Cabernet wine barrels including this hip, geometric bangle.

5. Tom Dixon Copper Hex Champagne bucket - $260
A classy champagne like Krug Grande Cuvée calls for a blockbuster bucket. You’ll want to use this copper one on the regular just for the chance to admire it. 

6. Rewined Soaps - $9 each
With scents inspired by wines from Champagne to Pinot Noir, we wouldn’t say no to washing our mouths out with these soapy delights. 

7. Monique Lhuillier Waterford Atelier Decanter - $260
A crystal decanter never goes out of style. We love this classic beauty by Monique Lhuillier for Waterford.

8. The Durand Bottle Opener - $125
Made especially to remove delicate vintage corks, like the one from your favorite vintage Chateau Latour, this opener is an essential for any true collector.