img_0295Did you know that by 2010, the U.S. consumer is expected to have become the largest consumer of wine on the earth? Even beating out the French and Italians!

This, in spite of an economic recession that’s deeper than most of us can remember. The average price of a bottle of wine trended down in 2008, but not the zeal to drink it (wine sales were up nearly 6% in the U.S.). Instead of going out, it appears we’re buying less expensive wine at the supermarket or discount clubs… and entertaining at home.

I saw the above buffet-wine cellar configuration from KraftMaid at the National Kitchen and Bath show last year and it’s one of the most interesting wine storage solutions I’ve seen… worthy of a kitchen, dining room, basement or den.

I love the combination of buffet or drink serving area with plenty of storage for party supplies, platters, etc.. And what a great wine cellar idea!  For those of us who don’t have room (or enough wine bottles) to merit our own cellar, this is a nice idea… with cool wine storage below and easy-access x-shelf wine storage above.

A nifty idea if you’re in the market for new cabinets or doing renovations to a dining, basement or family room.