Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Designer Series In Rustic Pine Brings Client Perfect Wine Storage

April 27th, 2017

Who doesn’t get thrilled over receiving high praise? Admittedly, WCI has received its rightful share of glowing customer reviews over the years. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make us feel any less accomplished when a client comes out and declares their 100% satisfaction over our products – especially when they say that everything was nothing less than “perfect.”

Here we are a tastefully designed wine room for a client in Nassau, NY. Nassau is one of the highest income counties in the United States and is actually the most affluent county in the state of New York. That also means it’s one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive, county in America. So when a client from this part of the state purchased some wine racking units from us, we definitely wanted to hear positive feedback.

The client, Hinda, sent in for some of our Designer Series wine racks in order to outfit their wine cellar. In particular, they purchased some Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Bins, Curved Corner Racks, and Wine Bottle Waterfalls. Rustic Pine was the wood of choice, dressed up in Classic Mahogany Stain. As you can see from the snapshot they sent, the racks really stood out against the lighter colored walls and white ceilings. The Classic Mahogany Stain option also complemented the design on the tile flooring.

Take note that Rustic Pine is one of the four most popular wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. Apart from the excellent quality of the wood, it also lends itself to a variety of stains and finishes and is particularly suited for weather finishes. In fact, the darker the stain or finish, the more prominent the wood’s grain patterns become. Rustic Pine is a knotty type of wood, but the subtle streaks and structurally sound knots are actually sought after since they lend a very authentic rustic architectural appearance to wine cellars.

“We got it and we are really enjoying. Everything was perfect. Yes we used a nail gun.”

~Hinda M.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine And Cheese Pairings For Spring

April 26th, 2017

Spring is definitely the season for entertaining. It’s also the season for appreciating flavors, from wine to food and other beverages. Naturally, when we talk of wine flavors, we will also definitely cross paths with wine and cheese pairings. After all, what’s a wine party without  some good old wine and cheese? For this season, we’ve whipped up a couple of  delish recommendations you’d want to try out for your next get together.

Wine and cheese pairings

Now before we go on to the actual pairings, it’s quite important to keep in mind a few pointers. First off, always remember this classic wine pairing rule that states: “When a wine is matched with a cheese that has a similar flavor profile, the flavors will cancel each other out on the taster’s palate and enhance the more subtle flavors in both the wine and the cheese that would otherwise go unnoticed.”

Here is an example: a crisp, acidic white wine paired with an acidic cheese. When the taster has both in her mouth – instead of being overwhelmed by a strong sour taste, the acidity will disappear because the flavors cancelled each other out.  What will be noticeable would be the subtle notes of fruit or floral from the wine and a creamy sweetness and other flavors associated with the cheese. These flavors won’t be easily noticeable had the cheese and the wine have been sampled separately.

Now on to the pairings! Here are a few that will tickle your guests’ tastebuds and really bring those bursts of flavors:

  • Shiraz and Asiago Cheese
  • Sauvignon Blanc and Havarti Cheese
  • White Zinfandel and Truffle Cheese
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Manchego Cheese
  • Bordeaux and Colby Jack Cheese

Spring wines and cheeses

The pairings may seem a bit traditional for some, so if you’re up for something different, we also recommend Chardonnay with Naked Goat Cheese. We recommend an unoaked style chardonnay like a Naked Chardonnay. Since both will have more or less the same acidity, the flavors will actually cancel each other out. Note that Naked Chardonnay focuses on the crisp acidity of the chardonnay grape with flavors of lemony citrus and tart green apple. Naked goat cheese, on the other hand, has a tangy finish. Eaten together, what will be enhanced are the flavors of pear and honey from the wine and the creamy and nutty flavors from the cheese.

Do you have your own favorite wine and cheese pairing for Spring? Share them with us as well! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #330: Just The Right Fit With Platinum x Vintner Racks

April 25th, 2017

Have you ever worked with irregular spaces in your home? Or to put it a more specific way – do you have these empty spaces in your home that you’d want to utilize, but cannot owing to the irregular layout? We know how frustrating that can be. That’s why we’re definitely sharing this pretty awesome Tech Tuesday project that’s all about conquering those stubborn nooks and crannies. Check this out:

Project # 291538
Series: Platinum/Vintner
Wood: Prime Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 275

Platinum x Vintner racks

It’s quite obvious that this room didn’t have the most straightforward of layouts. The ceilings are awkward and the floor area doesn’t give much to work with either. Nonetheless, the client was determined to not let that space go to waste and who knew that it was actually the perfect spot for their custom wine cellar. Our design team was able to whip that irregular space into shape with the help of the Platinum custom wine racks and Vintner racks from our kit series:

Prime Mahogany wood option

So here you can see how the Individual Bottle Columns were fitted perfectly into that corner of the room. More custom Individual Bottle Storage with countertops were also added to fill in that empty stretch of wall and really put it to good use. All in all, this racking assembly can hold just a little under 300 bottles. Not bad for a compact wine cellar transformation, don’t you agree? Owing to the fact that this is just a small project, the client splurged on the wood option for the wine racks. They chose to go with Prime Mahogany in Classic Mahogany Stain. We must say, the stain option really brought out the beautiful, natural reddish brown tones of the wood.

It should be noted that these attractive colors and tight grain pattern of Prime Mahogany are one of the main reasons why the wood is popular for furniture making, high-end interior finishing and cabinet-making. The Prime Mahogany available here at WCI is actually more superior that the general appellation mahogany like Indonesian and Malaysian mahogany which are less expensive and are a mixture of subspecies with widely different colors and grain patterns mixed together.

While Prime Mahogany is already quite stunning in its unstained state, you can see here that it also readily absorbs stain and finishes, especially darker ones. You’ll also come to appreciate the fact that here is also no characteristic odor associated with this wood. The wood has impressive resistance to shrinking, warping, checking and is very durable to boot. This is why it’s one of the top four choices for custom wine cellars. *Cheers*

Classic Mahogany Stain option

WCI Wine Racks: What’s New And What’s In This 2017!

April 24th, 2017

Merry Monday greetings, wine cellar fans! So nearly a quarter of the year has already flown by and now we’re almost ready to say goodbye to the month of April. In the last couple of months, so much has happened here at WCI, particularly in terms of new racking goodies. We figured none of you would want to miss out on what’s new and what’s in this year, so we’ve made a quick and easy guide just for you:

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

First on the list is, of course, the latest racking design to join our custom cellars collections. The Modern Wine Cellar Series was specifically developed to appeal to the most discerning wine collector. The wine racks are installed within platforms ranging from the ceiling to the floor.  Metal supports were then added to the wood in order to give off the illusion of the wine bottles floating in midair. Simple but with a whimsical touch, we expect this series to make waves in future wine cellar projects. As with all our custom lines, the Modern Wine Cellar Series is offered in multiple woods and stains. You can choose from our standard Pine, Premium Redwood, All-Heart Redwood, or Prime Mahogany or go custom with Black Walnut, Clear Alder, Oak, or any other wood option that fits your decor.

Vintner Beer Storage Rack

Vintage Beer Storage Rack

We actually launched this product late last year, but for those who missed out, do check out this latest addition to the Vintner Series family: the Vintner Beer Storage Rack. Vintner is becoming even more versatile as the years go by and we’re really excited to see this series grow in so many ways. For a wine racking “kit,” Vintner is able to provide for any and all wine storage needs for both residential and commercial applications. Our Beer Storage Rack, in particular, will be able to store your beer cans and bottles comfortably and is a free-standing unit. The posts on either side, as well as the backing provided, give this rack stability. Take note, however, that this rack is not stackable.

The Vintner Stacks
Vintner Stacks

Still with the Vintner Series wine racks kit, we’ve also recently launched our so-called “Vintner Stacks.” These free-standing units come in a variety of styles, combining individual and bulk bottle storage into one convenient racking assembly. The units come in 6, 7, 8, and 9-feet height options, although some styles do not have the 9-feet option. These units are perfect for wine establishments or restaurants, or even for residential wine cellars or home tasting centers.

Take note – there will still be more to come, so we highly recommend subscribing to our mailing list so you guys don’t miss out!