Newport Beach, Calif., real estate developer John Hamilton started his wine cellar in 1971 as a simple room dug into the hillside on which his house is built. But since Hamilton is not a casual type of collector-a cache of sports memorabilia he began gathering at age 12 grew so large he eventually built an 8,000-square-foot museum in Newport to hold it-his cellar didn't stay small for long. After three expansions deeper into the hillside, each overseen by Hamilton himself, the cellar now covers an area of 1,000 square feet, stuffed with antiques and outfitted with an elevator and a tasting room.
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