Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 11.
America's love of wine has created an ancillary economy. People have jobs in the wine world without having to live on a vineyard. From sommeliers to wine app creators, from wine accessory inventors to wine clubs curators, tons jobs have been created thanks to one of our favorite drinks.
Take the wine cellar business.
Wine cellars have become increasingly common, especially in high-end homes.
And business is booming. "There are no market downturns or election issues here," says Curt Dahl, a co-founder of Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars.
To the contrary, they are building cellars that start at $30,000 in a residential home and go up from there.
So is this a statement on the economy?
After the market crash in 2008, "many people didn't want to be as showy and insisted on putting their wine cellars in their basements," says Dahl.
But that has changed. People want their cellars upstairs and visible - like in the kitchen or dining room. "Anywhere from 60% to 70% of the cellars we build are on the main floor," says Dahl. And forget the dark Tuscan wood and big thick doors. Now wine lovers want cellars made with glass and sleek metal so that everyone can see their favorite wines.
We've talked before about how tons of people are collecting are wine. And whether it's for the love of it or their desire to use wine as a wealth transfer, they still need a place to put it.