Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Client Finds Joy In His DIY Redwood Wine Bottle Grids

December 14th, 2017

It’s really true that sometimes, great things come in small packages. In our experience, this certainly applies to wine cellars as well. We have today’s Testimonial Thursday to prove that point! A client was kind enough to send this beautiful snap of his completed wine racking. It’s certainly a great example of how small wine racks can still do great things to one’s wine cellar project:

Redwood Wine Bottle Grids

Our client Chris purchased some of our Redwood Wine Bottle Grids for his under stairwell cellar. As far as our small wine racking units go, these Redwood Wine Bottle Grids are worth a two thumbs-up. The unit itself combines functionality and affordability into one attractive package. As a background, note that this type of racking was specifically designed to focus on maximizing individual wine bottle storage capacity at an economical price point. That’s why it’s a perfect choice for small or entry-level wine cellars, especially DIY ones. The rack is crafted from one of the most popular wood options for custom wine cellar projects: Premium Redwood. It comes in several configurations, namely, 17, 30, 44, and 115-bottle individual format.

But here comes a very nice add-on with the bottle grids. Included with this small wine rack kit are mounting brackets necessary for securing the wine rack to your wall. That means you can also have the option of wall-mounting the racks for even greater space-efficiency. And of course, the installation and assembly process is hassle-free. Our client Chris can vouch for that since he did everything by himself. Utilizing a brad nailer is highly recommended, particularly for first-time DIY-ers. You can check out our installation and assembly video in our Learning Videos gallery for all different ways of putting together our wine racks. Naturally, the use of a brad nailer is still top choice and watching the video will make you understand why.

Shop the full small wine racking collection in this section of the WCI website. We’re pretty sure that no matter the size and style of your wine cellar, these small but awesome racking options will be able to answer your storage needs.

“I’m really enjoying the wine racks.  I purchased  one small wine rack and another medium-sized one.  I have converted the closet space under my stairwell into a wine cellar. Per recommendation, I used a brad nailer for the installation. It definitely made it go so much faster and easier.”

~Chris S.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Top Christmas Wine Picks

December 13th, 2017

Only ten more days to go to Christmas eve! What’s your Christmas dinner menu looking like? We’ll give you some hints with ours – red, white, and sparkling. Yup, yup! It seems like the holiday colors will be all over the dining table this year as we trot out our top wine picks for the season. Check our list out and share with us yours as well:

Cheers to a good year!

Pour on the Pinot!

Ham will definitely on the menu come Christmas eve. So what would we be pouring alongside that? Experience tells us that whether they are baked, smoked, or honeyed, hams beg for wines with a dash of sweet.  A German Riesling with a touch of residual sugar, made lighter in style and a bit lower in alcohol, is one of the popular pairing choices. Riesling comes with plenty of food-friendly acidity and crowd-pleasing palate appeal. But this year, we’re going to pour on the Pinot instead. Why so? Good Pinot Noir has subtle tannins that make for an easier going pairing profile. It’s a crowd-pleaser, apart from a palate one. If you’re going to be having a variety of tastebuds over for dinner, Pinot is the bottle you’d want to pop open.

Style with Sauvignon Blanc!

If we have our reds, then we’re certainly lining up the whites this Christmas eve as well. Turkey will also be on the menu and this savory dish deserves a suitable partner. Sauvignon Blanc is a time-tested favorite pick for turkey and savory sides. This white wine will bring its own herbal tones to the table, enhancing one’s turkey dinner experience. Note that it will also go well with duck compared to reds, particularly if you’re serving one with a fruity type sauce.

We love our dessert wines!

Bring on the Dessert Wines!

Naturally, the meal won’t be complete without an array of lip-smacking desserts to end Christmas dinner with an extra “ho” to the “ho, ho, ho.” And for us, dessert won’t be complete unless there’s the right wine pairing for it as well. You have to be careful though not to overdo the sweetness intensity on the palate. Ice Wine is one of our favorite picks, especially with bite-sized truffles and other chocolate-covered goodies. If you’re serving cheesecake, tortes, or other similar cakes, the Moscato d’Asti will make for the perfect wine partner.


Technical Tuesday Episode #362: Statuesque Vintner 8-Foot Wine Racks

December 12th, 2017

What’s up, Tech Tuesday buddies? Second to the last Tech Tuesday before Christmas! Vintner is on a roll here and we wouldn’t want it any other way. This year, our Vintner Series has gone through so many upgrades, it’s nothing short of amazing. We actually haven’t featured all of those upgrades yet which means there’s going to be a lot to expect in 2018. But for today, we’re showcasing this fantastic use of our 8-foot Vintner racks in this beautiful Tech Tuesday project:

Project #: 299429
Wood: Vintner/ All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: n/a

8-foot Vintner Wine Racks

To start off, we’d like to reacquaint you guys with the Vintner Series wine racking units. Did you know that they come available in 6 different height configurations? Because we’ve been working hard to make our “kits” collection more versatile, Vintner became our pet project. The stackable racking units come in 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 feet height options. This makes Vintner the most flexible out of all our wine rack kits. It also puts in on par with some of our custom racking lines.

For this Tech Tuesday showcase, our design team utilized the 8-foot Vintner racks to complete this super spacious wine room. Note that this 8-foot height option is available with and our Individuals, including the Bottom Stack and Top Stack with Display Rows. Moreover, you can also have this height option with our Concave Individuals, one of the newest upgrades to the Vintner line. And what about for bulk bottle storage? Yes, you can get the 8-foot height configuration with those, too! Our Vintner Diamonds and Cases, the Vintner Stacks, and even our Elite Cabinetry.

Beautiful wine cellar layout

So here we have some truly great shots of the completed racking arrangement. See how there are tons of bottle storage available, in a variety of storage options. Just by looking at this wine cellar, it can certainly pass of as a custom creation, don’t you agree? The flow of the racking arrangement is seamless and the layout is professionally done. Who would have thought that such an assembly can be done using just wine rack “kits”? Well, with Vintner, you totally can! It’s not dubbed as the “next best thing to custom racking” for nothing. And speaking of custom, keep in mind that extensive selections are also available with wood, stains and finishes for this series. If you want a statuesque racking assembly like this Tech Tuesday beauty today, Vintner is the way to go. *Cheers*

Vintner Individual Bottle Columns

The WCI Superior Price Match Policy And Other Guarantees

December 11th, 2017

In this season of frenzied holiday shopping, you cannot afford to lose your head. Or to put in more succinctly, your hard-earned money. So you’ll be thrilled to learn that when you do your shopping at WCI, we’ve got you covered – in more ways than one. Allow us to spell them out for you!

Our Superior Price Match Policy

When you purchase qualifying WCI products, you’re immediately covered by our “Superior Price Match Policy.” Take note – it’s not just any price match policy. It’s a notch above the rest. How so? If you buy a qualifying item from us and later on find the identical item for sale at a lower price, we will credit you back with the difference upon request. There’s no catch! You just have to make sure you found the identical item within 14 days of purchase online.

Now let’s say you found the item/s somewhere else. What happens then? We’ve actually got that covered as well! Here’s how it works: For any racks you see advertised that are 12″ in depth or greater, we will match any legitimate advertised offer to that price, plus 5% lower for your choice of either our Designer Series or Vintner Series. But from your end, we will need you to provide us with proof of advertised pricing. This must show that it is one our stock material of Rustic Pine, Premium Redwood, Prime Mahogany, or All Heart-Redwood.

For any racks you see advertised that are less than 12″ in depth, we will match any legitimate advertised offer to that price, plus 5% lower for your choice of either our Winemaker or Traditional Series. You will need to provide proof of advertised pricing and it must be of one our stock material of Rustic Pine or Premium Redwood.

Our Residential Racking Warranty

WCI really values the quality and craftsmanship of our products. We will never shortchange our customers and we work hard to give that assurance. Our residential racking warranty assures them that the wine racking products they purchase are free from defects due to workmanship or material under normal use and service. The duration is throughout the lifetime that the owner remains in the residence. In the event that the product is defective due to workmanship or materials, WCI will, at its option, repair or replace the product free of charge. Moreover, the mechanical components utilized in the wine cellar will have a one year warranty. This includes components like the hinges or magnetic catches.

And take note – our guarantees don’t stop here! Yes, there is definitely more and you definitely need to know them. Tune in next wMonday for part 2. *Cheers*