Technical Tuesday Episode #133: Uniqueness In Simplicity With The Platinum Series And Unstained All-Heart Redwood
Hey there, Tech Tuesday fans! How did your Mother’s Day weekend celebration go? It may be a little late for a Mother’s Day gift inspiration, but today’s episode features a bevy of wine racking products which your wine-loving mom or any wine lover in your family will surely adore:
What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 233881
Wood: Platinum/All-Heart Redwood
Maximum Capacity: 533
Where: Mount Kisco, NY
This project is all about simplicity, space-efficiency, and understated elegance in a wine cellar. You can say it’s basically the stuff that most moms (or parents in general!) would love. So if you plan ahead for that next special occasion, this would definitely make for a fabulous gift idea, particularly if your giftee is someone who treasures his or her wine collection just like you ^_^.
While this is not an actual, full-blown wine room but more of a wine tasting center, the racking assembly can still hold over 500 bottles in a variety of storage options. The secret to this amazing flexibility is in the type of custom racking utilized. This is where the Platinum Series really lives up to its name as WCI’s top-of-the line product, providing extensive storage options all in full-depth style. But the great thing about the Platinum Series is that it’s pretty reasonably priced, considering the quality of the racks and custom features they sport such as beveled rails and eased edges.
So here you can actually see the reflection of such variety in the compact racking system consisting of individual bottle storage, Diamond Bins, wine displays, and Quarter Round Shelf Cabinet. Moreover, the design consultants for this project chose unstained All-Heart Redwood as the main material to work with which served to enhance the superb craftsmanship of the racks even more. It goes without saying that All-Heart Redwood is one of the best wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. But the unstained version of the wood has recently become more popular because it reflects a timeless appeal and allows one to appreciate the fine qualities of the Redwood specie even more.
For those who are just starting out with their collection or those who are not yet ready to spring for a bigger, more ambitious wine cellar project, something like this can definitely make for perfect compromise. This wine tasting center fits squarely within the budget, is practical without being too ordinary, and a total space saver to boot. Learn more about the specific products utilized in this project by subscribing to our mailing list today and following us on Twitter and Facebook. *Cheers*
Top of the week to our wine cellar buddies out there! We’ve got something quite special for you guys today. Now remember how we love to talk from time to time about how the right kind of accessories can really liven up the look of any wine cellar. Well, it’s quite lucky that we actually have a completed project that is a perfect example of this concept!
Check out this quaint, compact wine room we designed for one of our clients. He initially purchased some individual bottle storage racks from the Designer Series wine racks kit as well as a wine display to hold the larger-sized bottles. But additionally, the client also requested for a custom tabletop to give him some space to prepare his drinks as well as provide a place for some bric-a-bracs.
Needless to say, our design specialists rose to the occasion and came up with this lovely mosaic creation. You can see that the mosaic design goes extremely well with the vintage and eclectic decors. Note that these mosaic pieces are entirely hand-crafted which makes every product such as this tabletop highly unique and a true masterpiece.
Basically, mosaic products are culled from a blend of antique fine china, stained glass, and porcelain tiles. But as far as tabletops are concerned, they are formed from hand-cut pieces of stained glass that form a vibrant, colorful design. Moreover, Antique Fine China and Porcelain tile pieces are also used on certain designs such as TTM4. You can choose from several existing design templates available in the WCI online store or you can actually request for your very own design. However, take note that this will require some time to finish on the part of WCI’s artists, especially when high-detail work will be involved.
It’s also good to keep in mind that mosaics are very flexible and can also be utilized for wall art for your wine cellars. They are absolutely attractive and durable to boot. WCI usually adds a protective glaze for mosaic flooring and a clear gloss for mosaic tabletops. Hence, the design is preserved for a very long period of time and the colors don’t lose their vibrance unlike ordinary paintings or murals. Want this beautiful tabletop for your wine cellar project as well? Then just get in touch with our specialists or simply fill out the design request form now! ^_^
How would you define an elegant wine cellar? Must it be one that has flawless racking symmetry? Or is it one that exudes a polished overall design? Or perhaps it’s one with a vintagey appeal that reeks of a timeless charm. Well, if we delve into the technical definition of “elegance,” we’ll come to find that all these concepts are pretty much accurate. After all, elegance is, in its most basic definition, a representation of refinement, grace, or tasteful opulence in form, decoration or presentation. Translating this into wine cellars, we’ll let today’s Testimonial Thursday feature define that term for us!
What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 227509
Wood: Gold/Vintner/Premium Redwood
Maximum Capacity: 1122
Where: Napa, CA
Now this beauty of a residential project was actually completed in the client’s home in Napa, CA. And when we say Napa, the very first thing that comes to any connoisseur’s mind is definitely, “the wine country.” So it’s only fitting that the cellar should be designed in such a way as to reflect authentic old wine country elegance. In order to achieve this result, WCI’s design specialists worked with the Gold Series custom wine racks in combination with the versatile Vintner wine rack kit.
“We recently relocated to Napa from Chicago. Being huge wine lovers, we have always wanted to build a wine cellar. After exploring our options, we decided to use Wine Cellar Innovations because they were able to provide a complete end to end solution. We worked with Trish Stokes, who helped us with the design and stayed involved throughout the entire process. Trish is very knowledgeable, and made great recommendations that allowed us to leverage standard racking while mixing in some custom components so we could create the wine cellar we wanted while staying within our budget. She also referred us to contractors to install the refrigeration and assemble and install the racking.
As the contractor began assembling the racking, he identified a few missing parts. He took care of ordering replacements, which were quickly shipped to us. It took two very long days for him to put it all together, but we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The room is gorgeous! The racking is high quality, and the service we’ve received from start to finish has been impeccable. We highly recommend using Wine Cellar innovations.”
The initial cellar design consisted of individual bottle storage racks, a standard archway, and Open Vertical Displays for the larger-format bottles. Then, our experienced specialists added in some artistic touches to create a more unique appearance for the wine cellar. So a Circular Display Cabinet with Tabletop for 96 bottles and Vintner’s Quarter Round Shelf cabinet were thrown in, as well as custom LED Downlights and a gorgeous custom wine cellar art from the Classic Moments collection. Specifically, it’s the Mystic Mountain mural mounted into the All-Heart arch which is totally perfect theme for the Spring season.
The wood choice for this project is Premium Redwood. But in order to bring out the wood’s natural pale reddish-gold hues and beautiful grain patterns, the specialists opted to dress the racks up in Classic Mahogany stain. The result is a richer, more luxurious appearance for the wine cellar which reeks elegance in every way.
Needless to say, the client was pleased at the outcome and grateful for the prompt and personalized services provided by WCI’s design consultants. And of course, a happy customer always makes our Thursdays, and for that matter, our entire week a fabulous one. Tune in next week for more design inspirations from our completed projects! ^_^
It goes without saying that having the right wine refrigeration unit installed is indispensable to any kind of wine cellar. It doesn’t matter if you have a residential or commercial wine cellar, a full-blown wine room or just a wine closet or cabinet. It is still imperative that you maintain the ideal storage conditions therein. But of course, achieving total environment control in your wine cellars is not that easy, especially if it’s your very first time to take on a wine cellar project. So how do you go about selecting the most suitable wine refrigeration unit? We just have the tips to help you out!
1. First, consider the location of your wine cellar.
Remember that wine storage initially began in the underground caves of Europe and by convention, the conditions in these caves provided the standard for today’s modern wine cellars. So basically, we’d want our wine cellars to maintain an ideal temperature range of 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. Some areas of the home are not as conducive as the others in bringing about such ideal conditions. For example, the basement is probably one of the best places to build your cellar, although you can always build it anywhere. Nonetheless, if you construct it say in the garage or as a glass-enclosed living space, you’ll need a wine refrigeration unit which can let you maintain proper temperature and humidity levels 24/7. One good choice would be the WineZone Ductless Split Refrigeration systems which can create the right storage conditions for just about any type of wine cellar.
2. Second, take into account the size of your wine cellar versus the size of the unit.
These wine refrigeration systems come in so many different shapes and sizes and each one will have its distinct set of features. Some of them may be compact, but they can do a pretty amazing job of cooling an average to moderately expansive wine room. However, there are also those which may appear bulky, but do not pack in that much power, so to speak. You also have to consider whether you’ll be utilizing one with an indoor or an outdoor condenser depending on both the location and size of your cellar. WCI offers a very extensive selection of these units which can answer to any wine storage need, such as CellarPro. CellarPro boasts of a complete line of wine cooling systems for wine cellars up to 2000 cubic feet and all of them are UL certified, too.
3. Third, don’t forget to consider your cellar’s storage capacity.
This is a highly important consideration, particularly for commercial wine establishments. Even if you have a fairly-sized cellar, the wine refrigeration unit you choose must be one which can age all of your bottles stored at a graceful pace. For example, WCI is quite famous for fitting more storage space than anyone would think possible into limited floor areas. Hence, even a wine cellar closet or under stairwell transformation can accommodate hundreds of bottles. But the more bottles you store, then your cooling needs go along with that as well. Wine Guardian is one of the brands WCI carries that is very flexible when it comes to accommodating wine cooling needs, taking into account the cellar’s bottle capacity.
Now here’s something pretty awesome you guys shouldn’t forget! At WCI, we actually offer complimentary wine cooling needs analysis. All you need to do is contact us and we’ll do our best to provide all the right answers to your wine storage needs. So hook up with our experienced consultants today and let your precious bottles have the ideal storage conditions they deserve. ^_^