Over half of our staff attended the BC Wood Wine Cellar Seminar on Tuesday at Vin de Gardes Cellar Systems Inc. on West 2nd. It was absolutely an enjoyable afternoon with energy, as well as education.
We were one of the first ones who arrived as guests. Greeting us was Roy Manion of BC Wood, accompanied by the owner and founder of Vin de Garde Billy Carpenter. They served wine, cheese and some cold-cuts, the selection was amazing. Our topics circled anywhere amongst the lines of interiors design, wood science and forestry.. to the names of the cheese! Other guests started to arrived, it gathered at a group of around 12 people from different design firms.
“What you think you know now about wine cellars will be completely different when we reach the end of this workshop,” is the introduction Roy gave to start the talk. Billy, who had started his business because he was looking for a customed wine cellar built for his home and couldn’t find one anywhere in North America, is now the only distributor in Canada and most of North America. He now has at least 4 proejcts shipping to the States every month. Possibilities of expansion to Europe is Billy’s in-progress development.
Many home owners think they can add a wine cellar in any room in the house near the end of the construction progress. Wrong. The wine cellar should be designed in the first stages, best of which I think is in the concept stage. The size, materials, millwork and plumbing shall all correspond to best conditions for a wine cellar.
Vin de Garde offers consultation, and custom-built sizes of cellars. Visit Billy’s website for a better understanding and range of products.
BC Wood supports and promotes anything to be built with wood from BC that’s larger than the common 4×4. Go BC!