The term “second-hand Sally” has a negative connotation, but not when it comes to wine cellar projects. “Secondhand” doesn’t translate to something used or old, especially if you’re talking about WCI’s factory “second” racks. This Testimonial Thursday feature will show us the beauty of discounted factory second racking, not just in terms of the awesome price tag!
The client this time around only had a small collection but they still wanted to create a proper storage set-up for their select bottles. A small corner in their home offered the right space for a compact racking arrangement. However, they also wanted to get the best deal possible, price-wise since they didn’t need anything really fancy. Imagine their delight when they managed to hit two birds with one stone after stumbling into this gorgeous Factory Second Designer Series. It’s comprised of a Half-Height Individual Bottle Rack with Tabletop and dressed up in Mahogany Stain. The style and color of the rack meshed perfectly with the vintage-inspired decor of the home!
As it was a “factory second,” the client was also a bit apprehensive of the purchase at first. Nonetheless, when the racks arrived and were accordingly assembled, they had THIS to say about the finished product:
“We love the wine rack, it was easy to assemble and fit perfectly where we wanted it to go. Great prompt shipping and for a factory second you would never know. Just perfect for us!!!”
It’s worthy to note that when we talk of “factory seconds” here at WCI, they are usually classified as such under specific circumstances. For example, a rack is manufactured with an extra knot in the wood, was stained a wrong color, the order was cancelled half way through production, or it becomes discontinued due to lack of popularity. Nothing is diminished in terms of quality and craftsmanship of the product. That’s why our loss is your savings!
WCI needs to mark down these racks to almost rock-bottom prices since they need to be disposed of quickly to make room for items we regularly manufacture. In other words, “It’s a steal!” and you’d be crazy to pass it up. The client definitely recognized a bargain when they saw one and the result is a vintage masterpiece at a cost they totally loved. Check out this section of our page for more fantastic deals and load up those shopping carts ASAP! ^_^
Two more days to go before Thanksgiving! We’re pretty sure you guys have your food and wine selections for the dinner table all ready to go. But we’ve also come up with some really interesting concepts on how you can have twice the fun on your Thanksgiving wine parties. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a formal or informal set-up. Try squeezing in these cute ideas and give your guests more reason to say “thanks” on this wonderful occasion.
1. One, have a wine tasting game with a twist!
Put out a couple of bottles and have your guests guess the label. Take a leaf out of the very popular Japanese wine manga Kami no Shizuku and ask them to describe the taste by relating the same to memorable experiences in their lives or special people they are reminded of. It’s a great way of recalling great memories or remembering precious moments with family and friends. Plus, put up a nice prize like a bottle of wine or wine basket for the winner.
2. Two, play some wine trivia and do a “taste-do-or-dare.”
How does this work? Simple! Prepare some wine trivia beforehand, like fun and interesting wine facts to get your guests’ intellectual juices flowing. Each correct answer gets a point. The one with the lowest score will do a “taste do-or-dare.” He or she will have to taste the “mystery drink or dish” you’ve prepared. It’ll be tons of fun especially when you unveil what the “secret ingredient” is in your drink or dish (like having just plain water look like an exotic port with food coloring!).
3. Three, have a singing contest with wine gifts up for grabs!
This is particularly fun when it’s an informal set-up with relatives and friends around as your guests. Break out the karaoke set and let them sing their hearts out. But for added fun, throw in a prize, like a WCI gift certificate. It’ll be your way of showing “thanks” for the love and camaraderie you shared with them over the years. Also, it’s a nice way of celebrating your love for wine and wine cellars with fellow wine buddies.
4. Lastly, shower your guests with unique but inexpensive thanksgiving wine gifts!
Generosity is the name of the game during Thanksgiving. Just the mere fact that your guests spared valuable time to spend with you is something to be grateful for. If you’re hosting a small to average-sized party of let’s say 10-15 people, some unique but inexpensive wine gifts to serve as souvenirs of the occasion would double the fun. Some examples would be wine charms, wine bottle tags, or wine label coasters.
There are still lots more ways to have more fun on Thanksgiving. Just never forget that the essence of this celebration is to celebrate the spirit of generosity and reciprocity. Have an awesome Thanksgiving ahead and don’t forget to share your wine stories with us on Twitter or Facebook. ^_^
“In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent, and there is no place to hide a dark heart.”
~Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration~
Glass reflects even the slightest imperfections, but then again, it can also enhance the beauty of an object tenfold. That’s why when it comes to custom wine cellar projects, a glass-enclosed living space is definitely a top pick. A glass wine cellar will be able to showcase one’s collection to maximum advantage, bringing about that sought-after timeless elegance.
What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 237591
Wood: Vintage View/ Metal
Bottle Capacity: 504
Where: Sagaponack, NY
Glass-enclosed wine cellars can very well be the next home icon. They are definite attention-grabbers and in a growing number of home renovation projects, they have been the focal point as well. The aesthetic appeal of a glass-enclosed wine cellar is unmatched, particularly if the right racking elements are utilized along with it. Today’s Tech Tuesday is a testament to that concept since the client chose to play up glass and metal elements exclusively for this beautiful custom number.
So here you can see couple of great shots of the installation process in progress. Keep in mind that when it comes to glass installation in your wine cellars, it’s essential to have experienced professionals handle the task because this requires specific construction requirements. But you’d be very reassured to learn that here at WCI, we have factory certified installers with over 60 years of construction experience and 99% satisfaction rate with installs. Moreover, we always make it a point to leave every project in a clean state by doing a thorough clean-up job after every assembly.
Now let’s move on to the finished product! As earlier mentioned, this project focused on the combination of glass and metal elements. Vintage View wine racks were incorporated to create a storage space that can accommodate a little over 500 bottles. And of course, wine cellar lighting was also installed to properly highlight the play between glass and metal. The simplicity of the layout combined with the high-quality materials resulted in a space-efficient and absolutely elegant custom wine cellar worthy of a magazine feature, don’t you think?
We cannot wait to see how this glass-enclosed beauty will look like after it’s all filled up with the client’s collection! We’ll be sure to showcase the “completed” images once we get our hands of them (because we’re pretty excited about it!) in the near future. In the meantime, check out our other glass-enclosed projects and see if you can envision having one in your home, too! *Cheers*
A marvelous Monday to all you wine cellar fans out there! We’ve got something truly special to start your week right, so let’s get a move on ^_^. Remember how we’ve always advocated that location is no longer a major consideration when it comes to building custom wine cellars? That’s because you can build it just about anywhere in your home.
We’ve featured a great number of projects emphasizing this point, from wine cellar closets to under stairwell transformations, garage wine cellars, home tasting bars, glass-enclosed living spaces and more. And today, we have yet another awesome concept to share with everyone, thanks to the ingenuity of our clients. Take a peek at their gorgeous wine storage space, built just beneath the front porch stoop!
“I had empty space beneath the front porch stoop that was never filled in from the time we had built our home. The space was held for a dream of mine to have a wine cellar. After 20 years I decided it was time to undertake the project. I had explored many options until I came across Wine Cellar Innovations. I sent in my rough draft of what I wanted and the dimensions of the small room. We went back and forth numerous times until I had a plan that I wanted. There was no pressure to hurry the process along, no hard sell.
As the room was surrounded by 1 foot thick cinder blocks with 2 1/2 to 3 dirt surrounded outer walls, I had a lot of work cut out for me. After I finished the room preparation (vapor seal, insulation, framing, electrical, green board, finishing, painting, and laying the floor tiles) I ordered the custom made wine rack kit from Wine Cellar Innovations. It was shipped in the expected time and I went to work. I want to announce that assembled the kit myself, easily, following the instructions included with the kit, using only a nail gun I received from Wine Cellar Innovations, a tape measure, and a mitre saw. Having never done this level of work before I was uncertain as to the final results.”
To go a little more into the details of this project, the client actually purchased the Vintner Series wine racks kit. This, of course, was a very wise choice since the layout of the room was a bit irregular. The Vintner Series enabled the client to create a custom fit for their wine room while giving it a truly elegant appearance. See how the racks come together seamlessly in the pictures with the help of custom crown and base moldings? In addition, the Quarter Round Display Shelf caps of the arrangement nicely, completing the set-up. Note that the shelf enables one to showcase not just wine bottles but also choice glassware, wine cellar accessories, and other specialty decor.
Quality craftsmanship of the racks aside, the client also gave high praise to the no-fuss installation as well as the very professional manner of the WCI team in handling a few contingencies that cropped up during the assembly process.
“I was more than pleased as the wine racks went together quickly and beautifully. Everyone that has seen the cellar has been full of complements, as I am with the professionalism and service I received from Wine Cellar Innovations. For example, I incorrectly cut a couple of items and the nail gun blew others apart. Wine Cellar Innovations quickly shipped me out replacement parts, and no additional cost.
My wife and I couldn’t be more pleased as to the outcome of this project. 5 stars for Wine Cellar Innovations.”
And if this can’t get our week off to a fantastic start, we don’t know what will! Thanks for putting your faith in WCI’s products and services and we’ll be sure to set the spotlight on more wine cellar transformations to inspire wine and wine cellar fans everywhere. ^_^