Minnesota's coziest wine cellar?

  • Blog Post by: Kim Palmer
  • March 25, 2013 - 11:25 AM


I was on my way home from church, and the time was closer to noon than to "happy hour."  But after I visited a home on the Remodelers Showcase tour, I felt like popping a cork and pulling up a chair. 


It was a wine cellar, maybe the cutest, coziest wine cellar I've ever been inside. With barrel-vault ceilings, stone walls and a granite tasting table, built-in racks, a wine-glass "chandelier" and even a stained-glass window, it was an oenophile's dream hangout.

Tucked into the corner of a walkout basement in Eden Prairie, in a former toy-storage space, the wine cellar was just one part of a much larger remodeling project by Murphy Bros. Design Build ( and designer Cherie Poissant. The new kitchen, mud room and master suite were beautiful, too, but the wine celler was the spot that I most coveted. 


It wasn't climate-controlled, so it's not a cellar for a serious wine connoisseur and collector, who wants to age and preserve valuable vintages. 


But for the casual wine afficionado who just wants a fun place to sip with a few friends, it was perfect.

I've never seriously considered adding a wine cellar -- I was trolling for master-bathroom ideas -- but a spot like this is now on my home fantasy wish list.


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