A Gentleman’s At-Home Retreat

Some spaces have the power to transport us from the quiet confines of our day-to-day lives. When Sue Pike, senior design consultant at Closet Factory, first met with the homeowner of the Wine & Bourbon Tasting Room, their vision included the desire to create a destination, an area where family and close friends could be transported while sampling their collection of fine wines and bourbons. 

Often traveling during the week for work, the homeowner sought a warm and inviting space within his home to spend downtime. An unfinished basement offered the perfect area to create this space. The first step of the design process began with determining the needs and wants of the room. Sue discovered they wanted to evoke a Tuscan feel, allow space for at least 600 bottles of wine (with room to add on) as well as showcase the fine bourbon collection on glass and lighted shelves, plan for a large counter area and construct a sink cabinet in the already plumbed sink space. Sue created the final design, and the homeowners approved it, allowing them to place the order and the factory to begin fabrication. 

The completed room is furnished with Grove Myrtle Melamine with a stained wood edge; stained wood raised panel doors; crown molding; custom scalloped, slanted “X” and lattice wine racks; bulk wine cabinets; glassware holders; and glass shelves.

“Custom trim work was created around existing soffits and ceiling obstructions by our expert installers,” Sue says. “The homeowner wanted to us to build around the existing obstructions without too many other modifications being completed by other contractors beforehand.”

Each step of the process takes the clients’ needs into consideration, resulting in a finished project that pairs superior craftsmanship with functionality, meeting all expectations. 

The Tasting Room embodies a sense of grandeur, capturing the refinement and elegance of the fine spirits hosted within its alcoves. Overall, the transformation demonstrates the limitless possibilities of an unfinished space; the only constraint is one’s own creativity and vision. 

Old-Fashioned Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg shares a twist on an Old-Fashioned bourbon cocktail. For those who like the sweeter things in life, this combination of smooth and delicious will have you possibly making more than just one!


2 ounces Bowman Brothers Bourbon

1/4 ounce maple syrup

4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Orange peel for garnish


Combine bourbon, maple syrup and bitters. Stir until maple syrup is dissolved. Add ice. Garnish with orange peel.