Cranville wine racks the wine rack specialists


Cranville wine racks specialise in the manufacture, wholesale, distribution and retail of wine racks and wine storage systems.

We offer our own brand of bespoke wine racks, and in collaboration with other wine rack manufacturers globally an unparalleled range of wine storage products. We stock a large selection of standard size wood and metal wine racks and wine rack kits, for other sizes we are pleased to build custom wine rack systems to our client’s specifications. Also we can also offer a wide selection of wall mounted wine racks for both commercial and private use. Especially for the home or a commercial display area we hold a large range of wood, cast aluminium, chrome, wrought iron and feature decorative wine racks.

All wine rack products displayed are stock items and are available for next day dispatch. In the majority of cases custom made wine rack units can be available within 2 working days. We are constantly adding to our product range, if you would like to be kept informed please subscribe to our quarterly wine rack news letter.

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Wine and Food Pairings

Wine tasting, food pairings and understanding how your palate works can often be misconstrued as something that is the reserved for wine connoisseurs and experts. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, with our simple guide to wine and food pairings. Never again will you feel like an amateur when it comes to buying the right wine for your dinner party.

Taste Sensation

First of all, you need to learn about the flavours within wines. Take a mouthful of a prospective wine, roll it around in your mouth to get a sense of the flavour and then swallow. Make a note of the tastes and flavours you recognised, whether it was a heavy or light wine and if it was sweeter or more acidic. Does the wine remind you of a particular dish? Try your food. If it tastes pleasant, then you may well have got a winning combination. If not, keep trying.

Knowing how to match and compliment flavours, or contrast them appropriately is the key to getting a wine and food pairing perfect. Let the food enhance the flavour of the wine and experience a new level of taste sensation. Stick to simple flavours when pairing food with wine so as not to confuse and overwhelm your palate.

Match Made

With so much more to wine and food pairing than just knowing to have white with fish and chicken and red with meat and cheese; it’s time to break it down and recommend wines for every occasion. You’ll never look lost in the wine aisle again.

Light and dry white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are perfect for meals with vegetables and fish.

Sweet white wines like Riesling and Chenin Blanc are suitable for soft cheese, carbohydrate heavy meals and cured meats, as well as desserts.

Richer white wines like Chardonnay and Viognier are more suited to white meat, rich fish and carbohydrate-rich dishes with cream - such as pasta dishes.

Sparkling wines like Champagne, Cava and Prosecco are perfectly paired with veggies, carbs, fish and all types of cheese.

Rose wine and blushes work well with Mediterranean and spiced foods, as well as salads.

Light red wines such as Pinot Noir and Grenache work well with rich fish and white meat meals.

Medium reds like Merlot and Tempranillo work best when paired with hard cheese, white and red meat, as well as cured and smoked meats.

Big red flavours such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz work well with hard cheese, cured meats and red meat.

Dessert wines such as Port and Sherry work well with fruit, soft cheese and all desserts.

This is, of course, a basic guide to wine and food pairings, but it should be enough to help you on your way to filling your wine rack just in time for the holiday season. For more information on wine racks, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Cranville Wine Racks – we’re more than happy to help.

The Basics of Stemware

For the budding wine connoisseurs out there, knowing the basics is essential. Following on from our blog about getting food and wine pairings correct, we decided it was time to introduce the different styles of stemware available, and which wines they are best suited to. When considering expanding your wine collection for dinner parties, you might also want to show them off correctly.

Different by Design

There are different styles of glass for white, red, sparkling and dessert wines, respectively, and each type of wine also has numerous variants of glass. These glasses are designed to allow flavours to develop, to capture aromas and for your palate to experience the full flavour of the wine.

Glass Vs. Crystal

For those searching for affordable, manageable stemware, look for a decent set made from glass. These glasses are easy to replace should they break, are sturdy enough for use in the dishwasher and are much more durable.

Crystal stemware is made from glass, with added lead monoxide in to make it much more sparkly due to refracting light. Crystal glassware is much more delicate and needs TLC. It requires careful storage, should be free from watermarks and must be hand washed with minimal detergent.

Stylish Demeanour

Not just for aesthetics, the various styles of wine glass are shaped for specific flavours and tastes. An excellent visual infographic on the varying styles of wine glasses can be found here.

Red wine glasses are larger and pear shaped to allow flavours to react with air and release aromas. The full, round bowl is perfect for this and directs wine to the back of the mouth.

White wine glasses have U-shaped bowls and are more upright. This helps maintain temperature, and directs the wine to the tip and side of the tongue for maximum flavour.

Sparkling wine glasses come in the shape of flutes, and are narrow and upright. This design maintains the fizz of the wine and best captures the flavour.

Rose glasses have a short bowl and have either tapered or flared lips. Flared lips work better for younger wines as they direct flavours to the tip of the tongue. Tapered lips allow flavours to hit your palate instantly.

Dessert glasses are short and smaller, as they are designed for small servings and the shape directs wine to the back of the mouth, so as to not distract from the food flavour.

The Full Collection

While owning different styles of wine glasses isn't essential – you can certainly get by with just a set of standard red glasses and a handful of flutes – it will add a certain something to your wine collection, and also adds a touch of class to match your bespoke wine rack.

Now you have your stemware in order; it’s time to make sure your wine rack is equally as stylish. Browse our full range today for more information.