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With good friends, sunshine, a Wine Rack Cooler Seat and a stock of great Washington wines, every day is a celebration!
Summer living is relaxed and everything seems so much easier, including entertaining. Living in a small house with 5 people can make socializing difficult so when the weather is warm I’m all about using my outdoor space to the max!
Winter social time usually revolves around elaborate holiday parties but once the weather gets warm, everything is slower and easier. Summer time entertaining at my house is often as simple as an impromptu knock on the door followed by an invitation to enjoy a glass or two of wine on my patio.
My husband recently made me a Wine Rack Cooler Seat that makes enjoying spur of the moment down time with my girlfriends effortless.
The enclosed cooler keeps white wines chilled and red wines are within reach in two wine racks on either side. I just love how cute and functional it is! The perfect multi purpose seating for my small patio space.
I feel so lucky to live in a state with over 900 wineries and 350 vineyards. Amongst all the other things I love about the Pacific Northwest, Washington is a premium wine lover’s dream and I’ll be dreaming wine all month because August is Washington Wine Month where local wineries and vineyards run special and events. You should get in on the action! #WAWineMonth calls on you to explore and support local award-winning brands that put Washington winemaking on the map. To learn more, visit www.WaWineMonth.com
One local winemaker fits my low key summer mantra to a T. Charles Smith, a former rock band manager, debuted his first wine in 2001 and within 15 years was awarded Winemaker of the Year by both Food & Wine and Wine Enthusiast. Charles Smith believes that drinking wine should be relaxing and enjoyable whenever rather than just for special occasions.
Award winning, relaxed wine AND a beautiful label? I’ll take 10! Seriously, they labels are so good. When my wine rack is stocked with Charles Smith Wines the graphic black and white labels fit with my modern home décor seamlessly.
My friend stopped by after I had just stocked my cooler for the first time and we broke it in with a simple evening on the patio. A cooler stocked with Eve Chardonnay, with a label featuring the official fruit of Washington hinting at the fresh, crispness of the wine inside and a nod to Adam and Eve and the purity of the 100% chardonnay, things are bound to be relaxed and carefree. Eve Chardonnay has consistently rated top scores by leading wine publications. A wine rack stocked with Boom Boom! Syrah, the full-bodied, soft and dry red wine with complex flavors of blackberry and boysenberry. I reach for Boom Boom! Syrah often because it is a great complement to the seasonal dishes I make with fresh fruit all summer long. Boom Boom! Syrah is the top selling Syrah backed by top wine publications.
Including fresh flowers in the cooler make every day a bit more special. For gifts, I stock a disposable cooler with flowers and wine and it’s a nice surprise when entertaining. Simply snip stems and place down in the ice, the cool water keeps flowers looking great all day long.
To make your own Wine Rack Cooler Seat follow the directions below and relax your days a bit. After all summer, like wine, is meant to be enjoyed.
This post was made in collaboration with Charles Smith Wines. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me!
Gather your supplies:
1 cooler, any size, 1″x4″ cedar boards, wood glue, 1 1/4″ construction screws, and a large hinge.
Remove handle and measure dimensions of the cooler. Add 10″ to the length, and 2” to the width. Using the new dimensions, create three frames that will be the seat top, bottom and lid.
Attach boards cut to the height of the cooler, equally spaced between the upper and lower frame.
Create the lid by attaching boards to the top of the last frame.
Attach boards across the bottom to create a base and insert cooler. Attach the lid to the seat using the long hinge. Add a divider on either side of the cooler and insert a board to create two shelves.
Using a 1 ½” paddle bit, drill a hole from the front of the bench above each of the four shelves to hold the wine bottles.
Stock with your favorite beverages and enjoy!