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Functional And Elegant Vintner Wine Cellar

February 4th, 2016 by

There’s a lot to love about our wine rack kits, but what really stands out most in our books is the way these wine rack kits can outfit any kind of wine cellar. And by that, we refer to the way these wine rack kits can really maximize the available space and create more than enough bottle storage for one’s collection.

Wine room equipped with Vintner racks

Let’s look into this recently completed wine room of our client Ed. With the ample floor space, it was a matter of ensuring that the chosen racks will be able to properly utilize such space and give the client sufficient bottle storage. The Vintner Series rose to the challenge beautifully. The Individual Bottle Columns with Displays provided tons of storage in a neat manner while at the same time complementing the other wood components of the wine room, such as the glass-paneled doors. It’s all thanks to the fact that even if Vintner is part of our “kits” series, one can still customize the appearance of the racks with the selection of wood, stain, and finish options available. In this case, Classic Mahogany stain was chosen to match the dark hues of the other wood accents. They also worked extremely well against the white stone materials of the room’s walls. We love the way the wine racks appear more prominent and eye-catching owing to the color contrast.

Individual Bottle Columns in Classic Mahogany Stain

Below is a closer look at Vintner’s Individual Bottle Columns. Note that each wine bottle stored on this type of wine racking unit is cradled on customized rails that are carefully manufactured with beveled ends and rounded edges. This ensures that your wine labels will not tear when the bottles are removed or replaced. The columns are so easy to stack on top of the other in order to accommodate just about any ceiling height. And of course, with the addition of custom crown and base moldings, you get a truly professional appearance for your wine racking assembly. Check out some of our Learning Videos on how to assembly and install our Vintner wine rack kits!

“The wine racks are working out well.  I had a contractor assemble them for me and they did use a nail gun.”

~Ed G.~

Tons of bottle storage space

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring

February 3rd, 2016 by

A wine cellar that can give you that feel of being right in the heart of wine country is definitely a goal worth working for. But if you’re worried that it’s going to cost you a small fortune in terms of outfitting your wine cellar with the most appropriate accents, we’re here to wipe those budget blues away. This week’s wine cellar inspirations is none other than WCI’s Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring – the custom hand-finished product that will give your cellar that authentic vintage charm you seek.

Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring and Cooperage

Cooperage Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring – learn more about it!

So what exactly is this “vintage wine barrel flooring” we’re pitching? It’s actually “cooperage vintage wine barrel flooring.” Cooperage is the outside portion of a wine barrelhead. It bears the distinct markings of each barrel, thereby identifying the original contents. Our Cooperage flooring must be purchased in increments of  12 square feet with two (2) “Cooperage” stamps per every three (3) feet.

Going into further detail,  the flooring is made out 5/8″ thick engineered planks. This thickness includes an integrated plywood platform designed to improve dimensional stability and ease of installation. All the boards come pre-finished and sealed with a UV water base sealant. Note that each piece is very unique, with no two planks exactly alike. WCI is quite proud to reveal that each reclaimed wood component in this line is carefully inspected for quality, color, and structural integrity.

Gorgeous wine-stained colors

Now apart from the “Cooperage,” this custom flooring also features “Infusion”on material. Infusion basically refers to the inside pieces of the wine barrel material. So what you have are these aged barrels sporting the unique patina of the wine infused permanently into the wood. In the case of our tabletops which also carry the Vintage Wine Barrel option, they become dressed with a bold and beautiful burgundy color owing to the fact they have been stained by wine. It should be kept in mind, nonetheless, that these “infusion” pieces do not have the “cooperage” stamps on them.

So what about the installation aspect of the flooring? We recommend a sub-floor or a raised foundation as the best options. Essentially, the flooring may be glued, nailed, or floated over sub-floor surfaces. But if it is over concrete, you will need to install a vapor barrier and glue the flooring to the vapor barrier. We recommend Bostik’s Best Adhesive in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Chat with our design consultants and we can provide more detailed guidelines on the installation process.

All in all, the Vintage Wine Barrel flooring will surely bring about distinctive and timeless charm to your wine cellar. And take note – it’s eco-friendly, too! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #268: Optimum Versatility With Platinum Series

February 2nd, 2016 by

Looks like the Platinum Series is on a roll! It’s our first Tech Tuesday showcase for the month of L-O-V-E and our Platinum Series wine racks are really cranking up on that leaderboard. Today, we’re bringing you a project that illustrates just how versatile these wine racking units are, from function down to form:

Project # 264291
Wood: Platinum / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2501
Where: Anne Arundel, MD

All-Platinum wine cellar

This is quite a large project, considering the bottle capacity of a little over 2500. The client had an impressive floor area to work with and it was indeed a challenge for our design team to outfit the cellar and really maximize all that available space. Needless to say, the Platinum Series brought out the desired results with flying colors.

Quarter Round Shelf

Just feast your eyes on this set-up: Individual Bottle Columns for Wine, Small/Medium Champagne and/or Split bottles, Open Diamond Cubes with “X” Interlocks, 15 Degree Displays for Wine, Small/Medium Champagne and/or Split bottles,  Rectangular Bins, and Curved Corner racks to nicely wrap around the room’s sharp corners. Our team also installed Magnum and/or Large Champagne Individual Bottle racks to accommodate larger-format bottles. Quarter Round Shelves were incorporated as well to finish off the racking assembly and tone down the sharp silhouettes of the Individual Bottle Columns. But the focal point of this wine cellar is really the this – the Wine Bottle Waterfall:

Beautiful Wine Bottle Waterfall racks

If you want your wine cellar to have that “wow” factor without compromising on bottle storage capacity, the Wine Bottle Waterfall is the way to go. This racking unit’s cascading configuration allows you to display those prized wine bottles in a dramatic manner. Plus, these waterfalls can be easily combined with other racking elements, such as wine display islands and peninsulas, to really maximize on the storage space of your wine room. It’s certainly safe to say that the Wine Bottle Waterfall is one of our most sought-after accent pieces because apart from being highly functional, it provides an aesthetic facelift to any wine racking arrangement.

Wine racks in Classic Mahogany Stain

Now this entire racking assembly is done in All-Heart Redwood (classic combo again!) and finished off with a gorgeous Classic Mahogany Stain. The boldness of the stained racks make them stand out against the plain light hues of the walls and floors. Once the racks are filled up, the bottles will definitely be the stars of this wine cellar! *Cheers*

Classic Platinum x All-Heart combo

Cigar Humidors And Why You Should Have One

February 1st, 2016 by

More than just a few wine lovers out there are also cigar collectors. So there’s also a need to whip up the proper storage for  these babies!  Fortunately, WCI is a few steps ahead on that with our custom cigar humidors. With our cigar humidors, your valued cigars can receive proper storage, preserving them and extending their lifespan.


Why it’s a must to have one

What exactly is a “cigar humidor?” It’s basically a specialized box that is used to store cigars. But what makes it different from standard storage drawers and cabinets is its ability to maintain the perfect balance of temperature and humidity for extending the life of cigars. It must be always kept in mind that storing your cigars in a refrigerator is a big no-no. The temperature in the refrigerator will just dry them out and ruin them. With a cigar humidor, you get a climate controlled environment that will keep your cigars fresh for a long period of time, preserving both their look and taste.

Now the next question would be: “How much does a cigar humidor cost?” You’d be surprised to learn that they can actually be quite pricey. Some can cost a little below a hundred bucks, but there are customized ones that set you back a couple of thousand. That’s because it’s not just an ordinary cabinet but a “humidor.” It can automatically heat, cool, dehumidify and humidify your cigars according to changes in the outside environment.

But here’s the good news: WCI now offers custom-designed cigar humidors, including walk-in humidors, complete with environmental controls. Our cigar humidors are generally available in All-Heart Redwood, but you can also request other wood options. The  humidors are styled with angled shelves purposely made to showcase cigar boxes or individual cigars. Plus, they are also equipped with pull-out shelves to store additional loose cigars or accessories. Moreover, you get to enjoy several other customization options, such as the size of the humidor, the stain and finish options on the wood, and even accents on the glass doors, such as custom etchings.

And that’s not all! Since we customize all the way, you can even have your cigar humidor designed in such a way so that it will look built-in in an existing wine cellar. You can have the humidor match with your wine cellar’s wine racking arrangement, shelving, and cabinetry. Visit this section of the website and contact us for a quote. It’s time to give your cigar collection the home it deserves – just like your wine bottles!