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Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Solving Space Issues With WineMaker

May 25th, 2020

It’s already the homestretch for the month of May, wine cellar fans! How has this month been for you? While there are lots of challenges in this “new normal,” we are still grateful. That’s because we can still enjoy the things that really make us happy, like wine. Our clients in Scarsdale, NY found happiness in their home wine cellar which was completed just before COVID-19 hit. Their compact but spacious wine room is indeed a blessing. Our design team worked with them in solving some space issues with the help of the WineMaker Series:

Project # 320052
Wood: Winemaker / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 518
Where: Scarsdale, NY

Solving space issues with WineMakerThese photos are the real deal: that is a formal wine room you’re seeing. It looks and feels bigger than it’s actual floor area. Plus, the bottle storage capacity is a little over 500 bottles – with wiggle room for more. Now if that isn’t impressive, we don’t know what is. Our WineMaker Series made all of this possible. The series is best known for its shallow depth racking units. So as far as solving space issues go, it grabs the top spot.

Our WineMaker racks are available in the same 3-foot and 4-foot configurations as our Vintner Series. But since they are created in shorter depth, the units use less wood. That makes them not just space-efficient, but also more affordable. Also, there is certainly no cause for worry as to the security of your collection. The body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks while the neck slightly sticks out. So on top of that, you also get an attractive popping display of wine bottles.

Rustic Pine wood in Light StainWineMaker is also quite famous for its stackable qualities, rivalling Vintner. The series allows you to buy these 3-foot and 4-foot units and stack them to any height you desire. You also get to choose from several add-ons to increase the height by a few more inches. These include stylish molding packages and base platforms. It’s also recommended to add a Center Seam Trim to hide the point where your two wine racks meet. These little gems will make even an ordinary racking arrangement look so professional! *Cheers*

Happy Client Says WCI Comes Highly Recommended!

May 21st, 2020

Don’t you just love it when your week ends on a high note? In these challenging times, words of encouragement and kindness can really do so much. In our case, it’s heartwarming testimonials from our satisfied clients. Our client Jon did just that and we’re proud to share with you his WCI experience:

Our racks and services come highly recommended!Jon purchased racking units from our Vintner Series collection. He was building his home wine cellar and wanted to maximize the space he had. He chose to work with the Vintner racks for this particular project. But he did not go at it alone. He got in touch with one of our experienced design consultants. The professional guidance resulted in the right choices for Jon. After the assembly and installation phase, this is how his wine cellar turned out:

Client recommended our Vintner Series!The space was indeed cleverly utilized. The Vintner Series enabled the client to create a seamless floor-to ceiling racking assembly. Notice that there are no awkward gaps between the racks and ceiling, as well as between the racks and flooring. Vintner comes highly recommended because of its versatility. You can build racking arrangements to match almost any ceiling height. You also get tons of styles to choose from. Whether it’s individual or bulk bottle storage, Vintner will let you do it with flair.

Vintner may be a “kit,” but it has so many options to make the design your own. That’s why it’s called as the “next best thing” to custom wine racks. In our client’s case, he was able to customize his wood, stain and finish options to suit his style. He went for Premium Redwood In Dark Walnut stain for his wine racks. The dark, classy colors complemented the ceiling while contrasting with the white flooring. This accentuated the different textures of the materials used in the wine cellar as well.

“I love my wine racks! My consultant was fantastic. I have recommended Wine Cellar Innovations.”

~Jon H.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ways To Protect Your Wine Bottles

May 20th, 2020

Whether you’re on the road or going hiking or camping, you’ll need to know how to protect your wine bottles. There are some pretty neat accessories that can help you out. If you haven’t tried them out yet, we recommend that you should. Here are some of the ways to protect your wine bottles:

Ways to protect your wine bottles

When bringing wine in your luggage…

If you’re going to be putting wine in your luggage, the safest way is to use a suitcase specifically designed for it. There are suitcases lined with foam inserts that can firmly hold the bottles in place. The slots are deep so the bottles can fit without bumps showing. However, you’ll need to make sure that each bottle is stored snugly. Put in additional foam or Styrofoam to keep the bottles from moving. Now if you only need to bring a bottle or two, a wine sleeve will do the job. These reusable protectors pack easily. They can help prevent breaks, as well as contain the spill if the worst happens.

Bring your favorite wine bottle outdoors & protect it

When bringing wine in the great outdoors…

Hiking, camping, biking, or exploring – these activities will make you thirsty. It’s not always that you can have a big cooler full of your favorite thirst quenchers with you. This won’t be a problem with longer camping trips. But overnight ones or day hikes can present a bit of a challenge. So how do you safely carry that bottle of wine with you? Small, cylindrical boxed wines can do the trick! Buy a boxed wine and remove the outer box. You can carry it in your pack by itself. Just don’t forget to keep it away from sharp edges. There are also resealable bags made especially for hiking. We recommend lining the bag with soft cloth, like used towels. You can either put the bag inside your pack or your bike’s storage unit.

Protect your wine bottles while driving

credits to: Ryan Liu

When bringing wine in your car…

It doesn’t matter if it’s a long or short drive – you’ll need to protect your wine bottles. You can also store them in a specifically designed suitcase like we mentioned earlier. But there are other ways as well. One easy method is to place cold packs in the base of a cooler large enough to hold your wine. But don’t put your bottles directly on top of the packs. Use Styrofoam holders designed for standard wine bottles. Set those holders on the ice packs.

Do you have other tips to share to help protect wine bottles? We’d love to hear them! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #475: Grand Mahogany In Blended Stain

May 19th, 2020

Warm Tech Tuesday greetings to all you wine folks out there! The great outdoors is calling with beautiful, sunnier days ahead. But kicking back and relaxing in your patio or backyard with a glass of wine or two isn’t that bad either. Plus, with a home wine cellar, it’s like bringing a piece of Naples to your front door. And that’s what we are here for! Helping you achieve your wine cellar goals is not just our business, but more so our passion. So today, we’re featuring another completed project from a satisfied client. This custom wine room has luxe details you will surely love:

Project # 321849
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1399
Where: Atlanta, GA

Grand Mahogany in blended stainGrand Mahogany makes a strong statement in this project as the wood of choice. It is a indeed a bit more pricey compared to other wood options, but for very good reasons. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood that is extremely attractive. One of its best features is its uniform color. It does have some slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. But all around, the wood sports a uniform color that looks amazing even when unstained. This hardwood also features a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight. But you will notice that it can be slightly interlocked in some cases. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, it is comparable to sapele and cherry. It is also no slouch when it comes to durability and stability. It easily matches up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood in these areas.

Luxe wine racks in blended stainYou will see from these photos that the racks have a really dark color to them. However, it’s not quite black, but more of a very rich, dark brown. Achieving these coffee hues was made possible by using blended stains. Here at WCI, we offer the “blended stain” option which is a whole other level of customization. It is exactly what the name stands for. WCI is able to blend any of our current stains together to create something super custom for clients. We can even take a custom match and match it up. Think of it as a color wheel with endless possibilities. Grand Mahogany wine racks in blended stain spell luxurious – and it shows! *Cheers*

Rich colors of Grand Mahogany in blended stain

Why Dark Walnut Stain Is The Epitome Of Elegance

May 14th, 2020

Achieving the style or theme that you want for your wine cellar project has never been easier. Thanks to stain and finish options, you don’t need to do a complete overhaul. There are a lot of choices and it all boils down to what really works for you. In the case of our clients for today’s feature, it’s all about a timeless style for their wine cellar project:

Dark Walnut stain is the epitome of eleganceOur clients were so lucky to have this space in their home for a formal wine cellar. The size and dimensions of the room are ideal to work with. They could have chosen just about any design for their wine cellar. But the clients wantes something simple, functional, yet classy. So what better combo to bring about such results than custom wine racking and Dark Walnut Stain. Dark Walnut stain option is the epitome of elegance. It is one of our most popular stain and finish products because you just can’t go wrong with it. It features a gorgeous golden-brown stain. Dark Walnut when applied will deepen almost all shades of wood. Light-colored woods such as Redwood and Rustic Pine take on beautiful, rich shades with this stain. In clients’ case, they chose Premium Redwood for their wine racks. Premium Redwood is lighter than All-Heart Redwood. Its colors range from pinkish to reddish brown. Now if you want a bit of a fancy touch to your wine racks, try adding some lacquer as well.

Seamless and the epitome of eleganceHere is a great full view shot of the racking assembly. Notice how the curved corner racks wrap around the room’s corners. This helps increase the bottle storage capacity of the wine cellar. It also makes the racking assembly flow seamlessly around the room. Center seam trim, as well a s crown and base moldings were also incorporated here. The end result is a polished project that is the epitome of elegance. The clients totally loved the finished product and proudly shared these photos with us. If you have used our racking products, we also hope to see them. Share your wine cellar or wine racking photos with us. We’d love to feature them here on the blog! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Summer Drinks To Beat The Heat

May 13th, 2020

 The days are getting longer and warmer as we get closer to the summer season. While it may be a bit of a different summer compared to what we’re used to, we can still have tons of fun. One of the things that can make it better is concocting some awesome summer drinks! We have some bang-on recipes for you to try out:

Summer drinks to beat the heat!

Bubbly Basil Lemonade

With the barbecue season in full swing, this will be the perfect drink to wash down those hot dogs and burgers with. This vodka + lemonade cocktail will give you that needed kick of booze with the tangy taste of lemonade. Those that don’t hold their alcohol well will appreciate this refreshing summer drink. It’s just enough to give you a bit of buzz to relax and enjoy the day. Let’s start with the lemonade. Place sugar and 1 cup of water into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. In a large pitcher, stir together the sugar syrup, lemon juice and 7 cups of water. Tear basil leaves in 2 or 3 pieces and add to the lemonade. Then, make your cocktail. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka and the lemonade. Shake and pour into a glass over ice. Top with lemon seltzer or club soda for some bubbles. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh basil leaves!

Sweet tea Sangria summer drinks

Sweet Tea Sangria Mix

Here’s one for the ladies! This sweet tea Sangria mix will be the perfect drink to sip while sitting out on your front porch. The recipe is super easy! Put 6 cups sweet tea in a pitcher. Add a bottle of white wine of your choice. Throw in some berries, also of your choice, and sliced peaches. Chill for a few hours or overnight. Serve in Mason jars and garnish with fresh mint for a summer touch!

Summer drinks call for island punch!

Maui Island Breeze Punch

For those of us who are longing for some beach action, don’t fret. A little patience goes a long way. The beaches will be there for us to enjoy soon enough. Meanwhile, we can have some delightful Maui Island Breeze Punch to give us the taste of the island life. It’s a no-brainer to prepare summer drinks like this one. You’ll need36 ounces pineapple juice. Next, prepare 10 ounces vodka or add more if you want it stronger. You’ll also need 1/2 cup cranberry juice. Lastly, have 1L Sparkling water or diet lemon-lime soda as a filler. Mix all ingredients over ice, stir & voila! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #474: Wine Cellar With Beachy Vibes

May 12th, 2020

When our design team was requested to do this project, we were not surprised at the clients’ style preference. Southampton is quite famous for its beaches and is a sought-after summer destination. Our clients wanted to bring some of those beachy vibes to their wine cellar. We’re happy to say that our team was able to achieve just that:

Project # 318015
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1532
Where: Southampton, NY

Beachy vibes with unstained Premium RedwoodThis project is a pretty spacious one. The clients had enough room for a formal wine cellar setup. The bottle storage capacity of the completed wine room is a little over 1500 bottles. That’s quite generous and will give clients a lot of leg room for future acquisitions. You can see from the photos that the racking assembly is really well laid out. Wall-to-wall racking ensures that the space is maximized without overcrowding:

Lovely light-colored wine racksTo achieve some beachy vibes, our team opted for light-colored racking units. Premium Redwood was chosen for this project, in its unstained glory. Premium Redwood is known for being a clear grade of hardwood. That means the wood has has no knots. It is also at times more preferred over All-Heart Redwood because of its variety of colors. Premium Redwood includes wood from all part of the log. The wood colors range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. Unstained, the lighter tones of the wood really come through:

Versatile racking assemblyThanks to the lighter colors of the wine racks, this wine cellar exudes a warm and open ambiance. It’s certainly reminiscent of warm, sunny days on the Southampton shorelines. These beachy vibes are exactly what the client wanted. Of course, let’s also not forget that Premium Redwood is an eco-friendly wood choice. Here at WCI, all of our Redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). What does this mean? The SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the Redwood purchased from WCI has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. While building your dream wine cellar, you’re also keeping Mother Nature happy.

So is this Tech Tuesday your wine cellar style or not? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below! *Cheers*

Clients’ Cellar Stands Out In Revue Series Wine Racks

May 7th, 2020

Nothing beats the feeling that comes from 1001% customer satisfaction. This recent testimonial from our clients really made our week and it’s definitely worth sharing. They sent us these snaps of their completed wine cellar with the help of the Revue Series:

Stand out in the Revue Series

We launched this new metal wine racks line just late last year. It has caught the eye of a lot of potential customers and these photos can show you why. The Revue Series is indeed a visual delight in wine storage. The units employ strong metal holders to create a label front wine bottle rack. The series is proudly made in the United States so there is no question as to the quality. It is currently offered in two finishes: black stain or silver metal. Any of these finishes can give your wine cellar that beautiful contemporary touch while keeping the design clean and neutral. Moreover, additional colors and configurations will soon be introduced. This makes the Revue Series a top contender when it comes to style as well.

Wall-mount Revue Series wine racks

So how does the series fare when it comes to assembly and installation? We can guarantee that the units are safe, secure, and easy to install. When purchasing them at a two or three bottle depth, there are gravity stops between bottles. This ensures that the wine bottles do not touch. The Revue metal wine racks are also naturally earthquake resistant. The unit has a 5 degree angle on the arms to keep the bottles angled back forward the wall in case of an earthquake. Each rack is mounted to the wall using brackets to create a floor to ceiling wine storage arrangement. With this, you can easily add more racks to grow your collection!

The Revue Series is up on our website and available for online purchase. It is currently offered in 3 and 4 foot increments and two finishes, as we earlier mentioned. And here’s a bonus! There is a “Buy More, Save More” option with affordable discounts. ^_^

Our clients can’t be happier with their wine cellar’s transformation. The Revue Series provided them generous bottle storage and stunning style to boot!

We love your wine racks!”
~Paul G.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What To Put In A Wine Lover’s Gift Basket

May 6th, 2020

Putting together a gift basket for a wine lover does have its share of challenges. Naturally, a bottle (or two) or wine is in order. But that’s obviously not enough to fill the entire basket or make the gift truly memorable. Adding a few more unique items can take things to another level. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful list for you:

Gift basket for wine lovers

Throw in the “sweet” stuff…

You can’t go wrong by pairing a bottle of wine with some sweets. So why not include that in your wine basket! Do a little bit of research on chocolates that work best with the wine you’re going to give. Usually, dark chocolates go best with Zinfandel, Shiraz, and port. White chocolates, on the other hand, pair super well with ice wines, moscato, and late harvest rieslings. Plain milk chocolates go best with Pinot noir, merlot, and Madeira.

Wine journal in your gift basket

Embellish with wine accessories…

What wine lover will say no to fancy wine accessories? You can choose to put in the usual wineglasses, but you can also be a little bit different. A set of coasters is one of our top recommendations. Coasters come in lots of beautiful designs and you can even have them personalized if you want to. Cork stoppers are another thoughtful item. But one of our favorites would definitely be a wine journal. Any wine lover will certainly appreciate this wonderful addition to their gift basket. To make it even more special, you can have the person’s name embossed on the cover.

Never underestimate the power of scents!

Never underestimate the power of scents…

Wine lovers have a keen sense of smell. They know how to appreciate things that tickle the nostrils, not just the tastebuds. So adding some items that will appeal to their sense of smell gets a big thumbs-up. Scented candles are at the top of the list. But be sure to choose a scent that’s not too overpowering. We find scents such as fresh linen, peppermint, lemon, and citrus are smart choices. You can also opt for essential or aromatherapy oils. If you’re feeling particularly generous, a bottle of perfume will be an elegant touch. But just make sure to do your research and get the right kind of perfume. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #473: Cottage Vibes With Graywash Stain

May 5th, 2020

Once upon a time, wine cellars looked very much alike. The colors of the racks and overall theme were more or less cookie cutter. Everyone wanted the “traditional” and elegant appeal. This is absolutely fine, of course. But over time, new styles also emerge and people develop different design preferences. That also applies to wine cellars. The last few decades showed some pretty innovative developments in wine cellar construction. Modern wine cellars have gradually taken the spotlight. But other styles also began gaining popularity. These include the rustic, architectural appeal and the old-country, cottage vibes.

Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1508
Where: Atlanta, GA

Cottage vibes with Graywash stainToday’s Tech Tuesday is quite a standout with its refreshing cottage vibes. You don’t see a lot of racking assemblies with this color scheme. However, we’ve noticed that more clients have been leaning towards this style in the recent years. Personally, we truly like the warm, open feel brought about by the lighter hued racks.

Light hued racks give off cottage vibesThe recipe for achieving these cottage vibes is the Rustic Pine x Graywash combo. We’ve featured this wood x stain pairing only a handful of times in the blog. But all those projects are visually appealing. Graywash is one of our newer stain offerings. It is such a beautiful stain that has been carefully tested over several months. The goal was to create wine cellars with a modern appeal, while still exuding traditional touches. Graywash stain was certainly able to draw those opposing style concepts. It was just a matter of matching it up with the right wood option. In this case, Rustic Pine provided the desired results!

Cottage vibes with contemporary vibesIt’s important to note that Graywash is quite similar to Whitewash in that it’s a semi-transparent stain. What does this mean? It means that no texture from the wood comes through. What you will get is a smooth finish to your wine racks. However, the natural beauty of the wood is still accentuated. Rustic Pine, for example, is a wood with structurally sound knots. But with Graywash stain, those knots will be more subdued. The end result is homey, yet with contemporary touches. It’s exactly what the clients wanted and we’re truly happy to have delivered! *Cheers*

 

What You Can Do With Our Designer Series Wine Racks Kit

April 30th, 2020

Only two more days till the weekend, wine cellar buddies! And we all know what that means – the wine weekend. Lockdown or no lockdown, there will always be ways to enjoy a bottle of wine or two during the weekends. So let’s look forward to that by getting inspired with this Testimonial Thursday feature. We’ll show you guys what you can do with our Designer Series wine rack kits:

What you can do with our Designer SeriesOur clients’ wine cellar looks so much larger than actual. That is certainly a compliment because it means the cellar won’t look cramped even when it’s filled up. But don’t underestimate the bottle storage capacity either. This compact project can actually host up to a little over 600 bottles. Spacious and seamless, our Designer Series takes full credit for this one.

Unstained Premium Redwood racksYou guys have seen tons of blog posts about our Vintner and WineMaker Series. But our Designer Series also has a lot to offer and it’s time to shine the spotlight on it more. Our Designer Series is best characterized by it’s full depth racking units. A Designer wine rack holds the full body of the wine bottle, along with the 6-foot height configuration. The units do not have the extensive racking and stacking features of Vintner and WineMaker. Nonetheless, the new and improved add-ons will allow you to reach another 20 inches high on your racks. This is perfect for smaller sized wine cellars, just like today’s feature:

Simple yet classy wine cellar doorNaturally, Designer Series is more affordable compared to Vintner. That’s why it comes highly recommended for smaller or entry-level wine cellars. It doesn’t scrimp on style though! This project is proof of that. The series offers fantastic selections of individual and bulk bottle storage options. This includes Open Diamond Cubes and Bins, Rectangular Bins, Vertical Displays, and more. You can even have your choice of tasting centers and Wine Bottle Waterfalls. And of course, you also get to choose from a variety of wood, stain and finish options. That’s inclusive of our newest stain offerings, such as Graywash and Whitewash. Last but not the least, our Designer Series also has its own set of accessories and finishes. These will help complete the look of your racking arrangement seamlessly. From molding packages to wine glass racks and more, Designer really has you covered!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Chill With Netflix & Wine Picks

April 29th, 2020

“Netflix and chill” has become a popular slogan during this time of COVID-19. But we’re going to go to it one better! For our wine-loving buddies, we’ve put together some must-watch Netflix shows. But that’s not all. We’ve also come up with some awesome wine picks to go with them. Who says staying home can’t be a blast? These Netflix and wine picks will definitely make your week:

Netflix and wine picks!

Uncorked

First up on the list is this 2020 American drama film, written and directed by Prentice Penny. The story focuses on Elijah who works at a wine business and at his family’s local barbecue restaurant. His parents Louis and Sylvia run the family restaurant. Louis expects Elijah to take over the business someday, but Elijah has other goals. On a date, Elijah tells his love interest Tanya about how he became interested in wine. He expresses his aspiration of becoming a master sommelier and works towards that dream. You’ll encounter a healthy list of wines in this inspiring film! So we suggest indulging in a bottle of Sauvignon Cabernet or Malbec while enjoying the show.

You Will Be My Son

While a bit of an older flick, this gem emulates a Greek tragedy. If you’re into films with plot twists, then this will be right up your alley. The plot pits Martin against his father, Paul, a Saint-Emilion winemaker and genuinely awful person. Martin is desperate for his father’s approval and wants to take over the family winery someday. However his dad thinks he’s a loser. Enter Philippe, Martin’s childhood friend and head winemaker at Francis Ford Coppola’s California vineyards. Paul thinks Philippe, not Martin, deserves to inherit the family business. Some Pinot Noir or Chardonnay is in order for this flick!

Wine Country

Want a good laugh with your favorite wine bottle? Then we recommend checking out this 2019 Netflix film. Wine Country was produced and directed by Amy Poehler and she stars in the movie alongside Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey. The queens of comedy in one show ought to give you a clue of what to expect. The plot follows a group of middle-aged women who go on a wine tasting tour of California. Enjoy their hilarious adventures with some Pinot Grigio or Merlot! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #472: Going Clean & Cozy With Rustic Pine

April 28th, 2020

A clean and cozy layout for a wine cellar can never go wrong. And when you don’t have enough space for a formal wine room, functionality and simplicity are key factors. Creating a warm and open feel to your wine cellar also becomes important in this situation. Just because it’s compact doesn’t mean it has to look that way. Our design team did a terrific job with today’s Tech Tuesday project. This smallish wine room is as clean and cozy as you can get:

Project # 317100
Wood: Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 642
Where: Southampton, NY

Clean & cozy with unstained Rustic PineWe just love how the racking arrangement was put together on this project. Our team used the Vintner Series to provide ample bottle storage for the clients. Even if the floor area is a little tight, they managed to create enough storage for just under 650 bottles. That was certainly more than enough for the clients’ collection. You can see from the photos that a lot of Individual Bottle Columns were utilized. Some Rectangular Bins were also added to accommodate bulk storage. To remove any awkward gaps between the racking units, some Center Seam Trim was incorporated. The result is a seamless layout that doesn’t look cramped in the compact space.

Vintner Racks in Rustic PineNow let’s move on to the wood option. We feel that this is what really gave this wine room that cozy feel. Both our design team and clients agreed on unstained Rustic Pine for the wine racks. Rustic Pine is one of our top four wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. It is also the most budget-friendly one among the four. The wood is characterized by a soft creamy color. This is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. The lighter shade of the wood helps to exude a warm and cozy aura.

The unstained state of Rustic Pine is highly attractive. This is what you’re seeing in this Tech Tuesday feature. But the wood also absorbs and retains all types of finishes extremely well. It is particularly suited for weather finishes. This is where we strip down the intergrain matter to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. The grain pattern also become more pronounced in the dark stained woods. It’s especially the case when you add lacquer to the stain or finish. *Cheers*

Rich Colors & Luxe Details With Black Walnut Wine Racks

April 23rd, 2020

If you were asked what type of wood you’d want for your wine racks, what would your choice be? A lot of our clients took their picks from the “big four.” These are our most popular wood options: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. But these are not the only choices you have. A wine cellar project only has your imagination as the limit. That means you can also explore your choice of materials. Our clients did just  and came up with a wonderful decision. They decided to go for the rich colors and luxe details of  Black Walnut:

Rich colors of Black WalnutThis is not the first time Black Walnut was featured in our blogs. But it does not make a frequent appearance as, say, All-Heart Redwood or Rustic Pine. However, the number of clients turning to this wood option has significantly increased. It’s not without good reasona though. Just check out the stunning colors of the wood. The rich brown tones with hints of red and gold lend a really luxe feel. And here’s something that will surprise you! These wine racks are unstained. What you are seeing is the natural, untouched beauty of the wood.

Luxe details on the racksCheck out the details of the racking arrangement. It’s a good mix of individual and bulk bottle storage. The use of the Open Diamond Bins is quite clever as it increases the bottle storage capacity. Moreover, it adds a fancy touch to the wine cellar, style-wise. Note that these racking units are all custom. That means they were built to the room’s specifications and, of course, the clients’ wishes. You can observe in the photos how seamless the racking arrangement is. There are no awkward gaps, particularly between the racks, flooring and ceiling. These may be little details, but they are essential in achieving the desired results. The clients wanted clean lines and rich colors. They also wanted the wine cellar to have something “special.” The combination of the non-standard wood choice and custom racking achieved that goal. ^_^

Beautiful and rich colors on the racksDid you like this wine cellar project as well? What would you change about it if ever? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Start Your Shopping For Mothers’ Day

April 22nd, 2020

Can’t go to the mall or shop in the stores this year for Mothers’ Day? Don’t fret! You can still get mom the perfect gift by shopping online. Even before the onset of this pandemic, online shopping has already become quite the trend. But these days, it’s become an absolute necessity in order to stay safe. We’re happy to say that we can help you guys out with your online shopping needs (and wants!). Here are some unique gift ideas you can get for mom on her special day:

Shopping for Revue Series

Revue Series for Mom’s wine collection

For sure, mom has her share of favorite taste teasers. So what better gift to give her than beautiful racking units to store her best bottles in. The Revue Series can give you all these and more.  These racks exude a modern and tranquil style that’s absolutely perfect for mom. Moreover, the racks will add beauty and serenity to any existing wine racking arrangement in the home. The wall-mount configuration will certainly hold the wine bottles securely. It will also allow mom to show off the labels to her best bottles while maximizing space.

Splurge on WCI certificates for mom!

Splurge on WCI gift certificates

Our moms deserve the very best. After all, this is the woman who willingly gives up everything for us. So splurging a little on her Mothers’ Day gift is in order. We recommend giving her a WCI gift certificate to get her started on her dream wine cellar. If you know that mom is ready to begin the process of building a wine cellar, or she’s interested in wine racking, this is a treat she’ll love. You can even request for us to do a special design of the wine room. This will let mom see how they might like their wine cellar constructed. The best part about this gift is that you can get everyone else to chip in as well!

Go shopping for beautiful wine cellar art!

Give mom a fancy wine art piece

What woman can say no to a timeless piece of artwork? And for your wine-loving mom, a fancy wine art piece will be just the ticket. Choose from a wide array of wine cellar paintings and murals here at WCI. Our pieces are hand painted and custom created to each customer’s taste and dimensions. These artistic custom themed wine art masterpieces are created on canvas and they can be painted in acrylics or oils. You can even commission our talented artists for a completely custom work!

Technical Tuesday Episode #471: The Wine Cellar Under The Stairs

April 21st, 2020

Weekend movie nights have become increasingly popular during this new normal. So what are you flick picks for this weekend? One of our top favorites is definitely the Harry Potter series. When we saw this Tech Tuesday project, we can’t help but make the connection. While Harry’s lodgings at the Dursleys was a cobwebbed-filled room under the stairs, this project is anything but. Check out our clients’ amazing “under the stairs” wine cellar:

Project # 313319
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Liberty Township, OH

Wine cellar under the stairs!We are truly enchanted with the way our design team transformed this space. If you look at it from the angle these photos are showing us, it seems like a pretty roomy wine cellar. But this is actually all thanks to a few gems that made that illusion possible. First off, our team had a beautiful, full-sized arched wine cellar door installed. This glass entryway helped make the room look more spacious. Indeed, utilizing glass elements is highly recommended in wine cellar construction. It’s even more so when you’re working with a compact area.

Another essential factor in creating a roomy atmosphere for this project is the wine racks. There are obviously lots of various styles and sizes to choose from. You’d want to pick units that will maximize bottle storage capacity. But, you’d also want the racking arrangement to look aesthetically pleasing. Since this is a small sized project, the clients had wiggle room with expenses. They opted for custom racking combined with Vintage View metal wine racks. The custom racks were a clever choice since they can be configured to fit perfectly into the space. This allows for the room’s bottle storage capacity to really be used to the fullest.

Apart from the custom racks, wall-mount metal racking units were also thrown in. Wall-mount racking is one of the best ways to conserve floor space. The Vintage View series is one of the best in the business. It comes in 3-feet and 4-feet height configurations. Also, can get it in four different finishes.  Last but not the least, it is available in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. *Cheers*

 

 

Clients’ Wine Tasting Center Has Everything They Need

April 16th, 2020

Never underestimate the capacity of a compact wine storage! Just because it occupies less space in the home doesn’t mean it can’t store more. Our clients were able to store everything and more in this wine tasting center purchased from our online store:

This Wine Tasting Center has everything!One of the best alternative solutions to a formal wine cellar is definitely a wine tasting center. You can build it anywhere in your home and customize it according to your storage needs. Here you can see that the client went for shorter depth racking units to conserve even more space. At WCI, we carry these shallow depth racks in our wine rack kits collection. Specifically, you can find them with our WineMaker Series .

But as far as wine tasting centers go, our other kits also have so much to offer, such as Vintner and Designer. Our top ranking Vintner Series offers several packages with further options to customize. Take note that these are “kits” and not even WCI’s custom line. That means they come at a very reasonable price point! Still, you have the option to select your wood, stain and finish options, including lacquer. You also get to choose the height of the racking units. In Vintner’s case, your tasting centers can go up to 9 feet. And that doesn’t end there. You can also add base platforms, as well as stacking and center trim. The base platforms are specifically designed and engineered to elevate each wine rack kit. The stacking and center trim help to get rid of those awkward gaps between racking styles, the flooring, and ceiling.

You may also have noticed in the photos that there is glassware storage as well. The tasting centers in our wine rack kits allow for this option. You can select either the Racking with Glass Rack Insert or Racking with Archway Insert. So even with limited space in your home, you can still have a complete wine storage for your collection. Our client Brian was certainly happy with how things turned out. ^_^

“Working great!”

~Brian M.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Gift Ideas For Your College Graduates

April 15th, 2020

In just a few months, 2020 will welcome a new wave of graduating university students. However, their graduation ceremonies might be a bit different given the new normal these days. But we can still make our beloved graduates enjoy the fruits their labor. There are tons of special gift ideas to choose from. What’s even better is that you can do your shopping online! WCI offers tons of products that will make for the perfect gift for your wine loving graduate:

Urban Living Series gift for graduates

Big surprise with Urban Living Series 

Graduating from university or college means our kids are really going to be on their own. They’ll move to different parts of the country or even abroad to pursue their chosen careers. They’ll also move into their own places. So getting them something truly special like WCI’s Urban Living Series will come as a wonderful surprise. The series was created to put together the perfect wine racking solution without waiting for a design. You can choose from a variety of “packages” that can suit any compact space. These include curved corner units, corner displays, as well as beautiful moldings to complete the look. The best part is you have the option to ship the entire thing assembled!

Curvy Cubes for your college graduates

Unique silhouettes with Curvy Cubes

Contemporary wine storage has never been this unique! The Curvy Cubes are one of our more popular products because they combine function and style. You can find a variety of units to choose from, as well as options for customization. These cubes will make for a fantastic graduation gift that your graduate can easily install in his or her new place. The cubes are designed to be either wall-mounted or stacked like the Wine Cubes Stacker. Select from a variety of wood, stain and finish options to personalize your gift!

WCI gift certificates

Special WCI gift certificates

Not sure of what to get? Then let your wine loving graduate buy what he or she wants! Treat them to a gift certificate to Wine Cellar Innovations. You can even request for us to do a special design of their room or wine storage. What better way to show them that you’re proud of them than with a generous gift certificate. WCI offers these gift certificates in several denominations to suit your budget! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #470: Vintner x Hard Maple Tandem

April 14th, 2020

Tech Tuesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! How did your Easter weekend go? It might be a bit different from the usual Easter celebrations that we’re used to. But there are still a lot of wonderful things to be thankful for. For one, the Spring weather is really in full gear now. You don’t need to go that far to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. In fact, this is one of the best seasons to sit back, relax & enjoy a glass of wine in our gardens, backyards, or even just in our balconies. Naturally, it helps if you have the proper wine storage for your bottles. So let’s check out today’s Tech Tuesday project for some inspiration:

Project # 316543
Wood: Vintner / Hard White Maple
Bottle Capacity: 526
Where: Greensboro, GA

Vintner x Hard Maple tandemThis compact wine room is nestled in the perfect spot in the clients’ home. It was built to host just a little over 500 bottles. That is more than enough for the client’s bottle storage needs. Indeed, the space was cleverly utilized to maximize bottle storage capacity. Our design team chose the Vintner Series to get things done for this project. It was obviously the right choice since it suited both the clients’ style and their budget.

Hard Maple in Dark Walnut StainOne interesting detail about this project is the wood option for the wine racks. The clients went with Hard Maple which is not a common choice. So let’s explore the qualities of this wood a bit more. We’ll start with the appearance and color of the wood. Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. The sapwood color ranges from nearly white to an off-white cream color. But there are times it is tinged with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood, on the other hand, sports a darker reddish brown color. As far as the grain pattern is concerned, Hard Maple has a generally straight one. It also boasts of a fine, even texture.

Beautiful Hard Maple wine racks

Now what about the wood’s workability? Experience shows that Hard Maple is fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Although, it is also said to be slightly more difficult to handle than Soft Maple to Hard Maple’s higher density. The wood also seems to adapt well to stains and finishes, particularly darker ones. Here you can see that the racks were stained in a rich Dark Walnut stain option:

Great variety in bottle storageOne important thing to note is that WCI owns a fully integrated mill. This means we take lumber from a rough sawn stage all the way through the finishing details. These capabilities enable us to manufacture wine cellars in any wood commercially available. That’s why less popular wood choices such as Hard Maple can still be made available to our clients! *Cheers*

 

Clients’ Wine Cellar Project Is “Amazingly Fun”

April 9th, 2020

With “shelter in place” or “stay at home” being the new normal, it pays to have a safe haven in your home. And what can be better than having a custom wine room to de-stress with your favorite wine bottles. We’re pretty sure a lockdown won’t seem too bad when you have a space like this to chill while doing your part to flatten the curve:

Clients enjoyed their amazingly fun wine cellar project!Our clients had the opportunity to work on their wine cellar using racking products our catalog.  They described the experience as an amazingly fun one. Judging by the results, we can also tell that they were highly satisfied. Their completed racking arrangement is so spacious and versatile. We especially love how the Quarter Round Shelves were incorporated into the assembly. They served as the perfect display corners for both wine bottles and accessories:

Beautiful details on amazingly fun wine cellar project Now the question you might ask is this: is it possible for WCI to help you build a custom wine cellar during these difficult times? Well, you’d be extremely pleased to know that we absolutely can! First off, our online store is chock full of racking units that are easy to configure and assemble. Our wine rack kits come highly recommended, especially for residential projects like this one. But if you want to go the custom route, that’s no problem as well. Our highly experienced design consultants can provide essential services remotely in all stages of the project.

Cozy and seamless wine room

We particularly like to highlight our design request services which you can complete online as well. Choose from either the short or long design form depending on your needs and design stage. Then our team will get in touch with you and assist you every step of the way. The products will be delivered straight to your doorstep and some even have the option to be shipped fully assembled. Everyone on our team, from our designers, sales reps and down to our office staff, are all fully trained to deliver remote services. Our clients can rest assured that they will get the results they want without having to leave their homes. After all, we provide wine cellar products and services on a global scale. There is no better time to start an “amazingly fun” wine cellar project than today. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you out! ^_^

“Thanks for all your help with this amazingly fun project!”

~Susan and Brent L.~

Easy Spring & Summer Cocktail Recipes You Can Recreate @Home

April 8th, 2020

Staying at home when you have to can sure be a real downer. You want to go back outside and enjoy the warm sunshine. But in the era of COVID-19, we all have to do our part and practice social distancing as much as possible. But that doesn’t mean we have to give up the things we love doing! We can still enjoy the thought of sunnier days ahead in the comfort of our back-yards, decks, patios, or balconies. It doesn’t matter if you have a large outdoor space or just an apartment-sized balcony. You can still enjoy the Spring and Summer seasons with these easy thirst-quenching cocktail recipes:

Easy Spring/Summer drink recipes

The Easter Bunny Cocktail

The Spruce Eats has put together delectable recipes that will surely liven up celebrations on Easter weekend. Even if we can’t have the usual large gatherings, we can still have lots of fun by making this cocktail and doing virtual toasts. That’s why we think pairing chocolate with the Easter Bunny cocktail is a very good idea. The recipe includes both a chocolate liqueur and syrup. Then all you need to do is pair that with the vodka of your choice to give it a little kick. It’s accented by a touch of cherry brandy to make it a memorable experience.

Cucumber mint gimlet

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Next up is a most refreshing concoction by Cookie and Kate that will wipe away those lockdown blues. This cucumber mint gimlet mix is definitely a mood changer. The best part is that it’s so easy to make. Grab and peel some cucumbers and slice them into quarters. Using a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber, some mint leaves (about ten of them) and agave nectar until the cucumber offers no more resistance. Fill the shaker with ice. Then pour in some lime juice and your choice of gin. Transfer everything into a shaker and shake until thoroughly chilled. Lastly, strain the mixture into a martini glass!

Recipes for spiked ombre lemondae

Spiked Ombre Lemonade

Delish delivers recipes like this baby that packs quite a punch! The Spiked Ombre Lemonade will be just what you need to liven it up this season. First up is to fill your blender with mango slices, 2 ounces vodka, 1 cup lemonade, and 1 cup ice. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a separate container and freeze for 30 minutes. Fill blender again with strawberries, 2 ounces vodka, 1 cup lemonade, and 1 cup ice. Blend until smooth and transfer mixture to a separate container. Freeze until ready to serve. Lastly, fill the blender with remaining vodka, lemonade, and ice, blend, transfer to another container and freeze until ready to serve. Now pour each mixture into serving glasses in layers starting with the mango mix, then the strawberry lemonade mix, and top it off with the lemonade mix. You can garnish with lemon slices and strawberries for added fun! ^_^

Please drink responsibly.

Technical Tuesday Episode #469: Mixing It Up W/ Custom Racks & Kits

April 7th, 2020

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! We’re committed to brighten up your week with inspiring design concepts and we promise to do just that. We all have been dealing with so much in the last few weeks. But one of the silver linings in this difficult reality we have right now is that we can all still enjoy a good glass of wine. That’s why having a wine cellar in your home is really a blessing! Whether it’s a small or large wine cellar project, WCI can get it done for you. Let’s take a look at today’s Tech Tuesday for some style inspirations:

Project # 316420
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 888
Where: Isle of Palms, SC

Mixing it up with custom and wine rack kitsOur design team decided on mixing it up with custom racks and kits on this wine cellar. It simply means then that this project didn’t break the budget. While custom pieces were used, the integration of wine rack kits really made a different in cost. However, the quality has not been diminished at all. This is something WCI is very proud of. Our wine rack kits offer an impressive variety of designs, as well as wood, stain and finish options. Even if they are just “kits,” you will still be able to achieve your desired wine cellar theme. In our clients’ case, they wanted something simple and seamless. Mixing it up with custom racks and pieces from the Vintner and Designer Series gave this stunning result:

Gorgeous Dark Walnut stain on the racksYou can see from these photos that the ceiling and flooring are all very light in color. So in order to create a striking contrast with the racks, a bold stain option was in order. Both the clients and our team agreed on the Dark Walnut Stain for the entire racking assembly. The clients were all for having that pop of color to make their wine cellar stand out. Since the wood choice is All-Heart Redwood, the dark colored stain worked extremely well.

Seamless details on the racksThis last photo is a terrific showcase of the variety in bottle storage options. You can also see how Curved Corner Racks and matching moldings were incorporated into the layout. This made the racking assembly flow really well, devoid of any awkward gaps. This wine cellar is indeed simple and seamless – just the way our clients wanted it! *Cheers*

All The Luxe Details With Unstained All-Heart Redwood

April 2nd, 2020

Even if it’s a small wine cellar project, there are so many things you can do with it. Case in point: the luxe details on our client David’s wine cellar. This compact project is simple yet seamless. The client chose well by going for fully customized wine racking units. You can see from the photo that bottle storage capacity has really been maximized. We especially love the use of the Curved Corner Racks. Also notice that there is ample space for a tasting area and glassware storage. Custom crown and base moldings and center seam trim were also thrown into the racking assembly. Observe how there are no awkward gaps whatsoever between the racks and flooring, as well as the ceiling. The transition between different racking styles is flawless as well:

Luxe details with All-Heart Redwood
One of featured really worth highlighting in this wine cellar is the uniform color of the wine racks. Usually, this can be achieved by staining or finishing them in the same shade. But not with this project. What you’re seeing here are all unstained racking units. So how come they all sport that similar, beautiful golden brown color? This is all thanks to the wood option: All-Heart Redwood.

We can’t help but shine the spotlight on All-Heart Redwood again and again. This wood has so much to offer that it is really a solid investment. It’s worth noting that All-Heart Redwood is actually the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log. This is the reason for the uniformity in the wood’s reddish hues. It is also hailed as having amazing resistance to moisture, mildew and rot. That’s why it was used in subterranean wine cellars many, many years ago.

In sum, All-Heart Redwood’s most outstanding features include resistance to shrinking, warping, checking, and durability. These are what makes it such a highly recommended investment. Your wood wine racks will age beautifully in your wine cellar, along with your bottles. Certainly, the luxe details in your wine cellar are both inside and out! ^_^

“We love it. Lidia was great to work with!”

~ David B.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Healthy Food x Wine Pairings

April 1st, 2020

Health experts worldwide are always quick to point out the health benefits of drinking wine. In particular, drinking red wine in moderation has been proven to reduce the risks of several diseases. These include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now what would even be more fantastic is if you paired wine with healthy food as well. In these trying times, health is indeed our greatest wealth. So let’s take care of our bodies with these healthy food and wine pairings:

Healthy food and wine pairings!

Your greens with wine

Wine with green salad? Absolutely! Some of you may raise an eyebrow at this, but it’s a pretty solid healthy pairing. If you haven’t tried it out yet, it’s about time you did. Mix a bowl of your favorite greens and add some baked or poached chicken breasts. Drizzle with some dressing. Then comes the good part: pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. The higher acidity in those wines won’t be overwhelmed by a tart vinaigrette.

Your fish with wine

What fish lover would say no to grilled salmon? As far as eating healthy goes, this is one dish that will always be on the list. The question now is what wine to pair it with.  Along with other oily and stronger-tasting types of fish, grilled salmon will pair well with both your whites and reds. That includes reds that are bigger in flavor. We recommend pairing salmon with an oaky Chardonnay or an earthy Pinot Noir. Serve the wine slightly chilled to bring out the best taste experience!

Your sweets with wine

Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to skip the sweets. There are lots of sweets that are both delicious and healthy. And when you pair them with the right wine choices, you get to enjoy everything guilt-free. One of our favorites are dark chocolate and strawberries. These are treats worth savoring, especially when accompanied by a late-harvest red wine. At the top of our list is Beaujolais or Merlot. The fruity notes in those wines pair superbly with the sweetness of chocolate and berries. It is indeed a treat worth indulging in! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #468: Vintner Diamonds For Days

March 31st, 2020

Diamonds shouldn’t just be on your fingers or ears – they should be in your wine cellars, too. Naturally, we’re talking of a different kind of diamond here.  Nonetheless, these are real gems as well and can turn your wine cellar project into a total showstopper:

Project # 319955
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2107
Where: Atlanta, GA

Vintner Diamonds for days!This stunning arrangement is thanks to the clever use of Open Diamond Bins with Face Trim from our Vintner Series. Vintner is hailed as the “next best thing to custom.” Even if it’s just a “kit,” it offers a plethora of racking choices for both individual and bulk bottle storage. The “Vintner Diamonds” is one of these, and even that comes in a number of styles. Apart from what was utilized in this project, there’s also the Open Diamond Cubes, Diamond Bins with Perimeter Trim, and Solid Diamond Cubes.

Achieve stylish bulk storage with Vintner Diamonds!As you can see from these photos, this wine cellar put a lot of focus into bulk bottle storage. Apart from the Vintner Diamonds, you also have the Rectangular Bins and shelving. But what really gives this wine cellar a unique vibe is the presence of the Vintner Diamonds. It’s also worth mentioning that the racks are all unstained. That means what you’re seeing in these photos is All-Heart Redwood in its natural state. All-Heart Redwood is the wood option for this project. Note that All-Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log. But choosing this wood is definitely worth every dollar you spend. Appearance wise, the wood is consistently in the reddish hues. That means you get an almost uniform color for your wine racks, just like what you see in this project. Moreover, Redwood is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot among all the North American woods. That’s why it was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented.

Beautifully structured racking layoutWe’d also like to give credit to the strategic lighting in this project. Because of these lighting elements, the natural pinkish gold hues of the wood have been enhanced. We can’t wait to see how this wine cellar will look when it’s all filled up! *Cheers*