Dinner in the Wine Cellar


Creating a romantic dinner for two is so much fun to do. So I set up a table for two in our home wine cellar to surprise my husband!

Dinner in the Wine Cellar

I have been wanting to create a special yet simple dinner for my husband. I picked an unlikely location which just happened to be the coolest room in our entire home and I created a dinner for two in our home wine cellar.

Cellar Dinner

It has been really hot these past few weeks so why not?

We have never spent for than a few minutes in our wine cellar at a time. So I tackled the task of turning our wine cellar into a dining area.

This is what our home wine cellar looked like before I started creating my “midweek” dinner.

Our wine Cellar

As you can see, I had my work cut out for me.

Making the Table for Our Dinner in Our Home Wine Cellar

I needed to find a table to put in the wine cellar and I found one that was the perfect size. And I say it was the “perfect size” because I just happened to have two riddling racks that fit on top of the table perfectly.

In case you are wondering, riddling racks are pretty cool. Developed by Madame Clicquot of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne house in the early 1800s, they are a way to hold bottles of wine during the process of making sparkling wine in the traditional format in France. The bottles in the riddling racks are turned a quarter distance every few months to ensure proper storage. I have wanted to use my riddling racks in a fun way for a long time. This table was perfect.

Making the Wine Table

This table is a very cool vintage table. I knew I had to remove the metal top in order to make this work. But removing the top took hours. And hours. And hours. 

Taking Off the Metal Table Top

The only way to remove the metal top was with a pair of pliers and a lot of elbow grease. I had to bend the entire outside edge so that I could slip it off the vintage table.

Taking the Aluminum Top off of a Table

Once the metal top was off, I replaced it with the riddling racks. I love how it came out!

Riddling Rack Table

Making the Wine Cork Vases

How to Make Cork Vases

I came up with an idea to make wine cork vases. All you need is a vase, a small glass, and some wine corks.

Cork Vase

Just place the small glass in the middle of the vase. Surround the glass with plenty of wine corks.

Cork Vase

It should look like this. Fill the small glass with water (I used a turkey baster) and place fresh flowers in the vase.  Next, I added a few more corks to fill up the vase. I cut these hydrangeas from my garden.


Setting the Table in our Home Wine Cellar

Wine Table Dinner

After about a thousand trips up and down our basement stairs, the table was almost set. I decided to use my copper charges and copper candlesticks from Amazon. I added my favorite Spode Delamere plates and my “every day” sterling silver.

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Links to the Additional Items You May Need to Create a Fun Fall Table in Your Home Wine Cellar or Anywhere!

I had some fun choosing the wines. I went with two Pinot Noir bottles because I love Pinot!

The wines were perfect to enjoy with the dinner I had planned. 

Dinner with wine

The table was simple but the setting was even better!

Wine Cellar Dinner

I loved the intimate setting and the uniqueness of the location made it so romantic and special. 

Wine Dinner with Flat Top Hills

I can’t believe how important it is to think “outside of the box”. Whenever I push myself it ends up being better than I ever imagined.

I have a feeling we might be dining here a lot this fall. It’s quaint, cool, and very romantic, and perfect when it’s warm outside!

Hydrangeas on the Wine Table

I also never imagined this table would fit in our cellar. But I took a chance and moved it in there.  I am so glad I did.

Dinner in the Cellar with Flat Top Wine

Cheers to creating a fun dinner at your home. All you need is a fun location, flowers, and some candles, and you are set!

Oh wait,  I forgot you need food too. I am off to cook dinner now!

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Wine Cellar Dinner

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  1. Omg Leslie, how beautiful, intimate and romantic. I would love to create a dinner like that in our spot in the basement where we store the wine, but I’d have to create an extra spot at the table for the 5 lb. spider that has taken residence there in the dark corners.

  2. Good Morning Leslie,
    I enjoy reading about your home, but am beginning to feel this is not ‘real life’. definitely not in my world, lol.
    who has a zillion bottle wine cellar, not me! who has 3 houses, not me, but i sure can wish i did. who has dinner for 65 people in the back yard, or on the beach?
    i’m certain you and your husband earned all that you have, and you are truly blessed!
    but i just think some of these posts border on the absurd.
    that said, i guess we all ‘tune in’ daily to live vicariously through you!!

  3. looks beautiful we just returned from 2 week trip to Italy, Greece and Croatia –reminded me of some of the wine cellars we saw. Where did you get your dishes and also the wine bottle holders along the wall?

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