Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Basement Wine Cellar With WineMaker Wine Racks

May 23rd, 2019

DIY wine cellars can be a hit and miss when you’re a total newbie to the whole process. Fortunately, WCI has been studying the construction process for decades and we have identified these wine storage needs and wants. Moreover, we believe there is always room for improvement and we never stop working on upgrading our wine cellar products and services. That’s why for most first-time wine cellar DIY-ers, their WCI experience is a pleasant one. Our client Mitchell is no exception – and we’re super happy about that! There might have been some bumps along the way, but the overall journey to create their basement wine cellar was an enjoyable one.

Basement wine cellar with WineMaker racks

The client purchased several kits from our WineMaker Series to complete their basement wine cellar. Not only did the racks fit their budget, but they also worked extremely well with the designated space. They opted for Rustic Pine for the wood which brought in some added savings. Rustic Pine is the most affordable among the top four stock wood options. But it is also no slouch when it comes to quality. In fact, the creamy colors with structurally sound knots of the wood have made it a super popular choice for custom projects. To finish off their basement wine cellar, the racks were then stained in beautiful Dark Walnut.

“My wife and I took our unfinished basement, and built a wine cellar. So once the walls went up, we took some rough measurements, and ordered a whole bunch of stuff from your organization. Ordering was a little tricky but after a call in to someone, we figured it out. The shipping process was great, one day I came home and there were like 100 boxes on my doorstep!!! We tried to keep all the boxes in separate locations, not to mix them up. This process took a long, long, time (weeks) to get all the wood stained. So then came the puzzle, of how all the racks go together, we were fortunate that we had our contractor here to help. We did use the provided nail gun, and that worked fine. We do love this room, and think it came out amazing.”

~Mitchell P.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #429: Regal Rustic Pine Racking

May 21st, 2019

Does the phrase “fit for a king” give you that heady sense of excitement? Like having someone tell you that your newly built or renovated home will be fit for a king once it’s all done. For sure, you’d want to see the finished product as soon as possible. And that’s totally the same for wine cellar projects! If your design consultant will say that the result will be a regal revelation, that is something to truly look forward to. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature will give you guys an idea of how WCI can bring that regal flavor into your wine cellars:

Project # 307666
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 780
Where: Marietta, GA

Check out this super stunning racking arrangement, courtesy of our GA wine cellar design consultants. It is actually a small wine cellar project, but with quite a big impact, style-wise. The racking units are all customized to fit the designated space for the wine storage. You can see from the photos the excellent craftsmanship that went into these racks. There is no wasted space and the arrangement has a smooth flow to it. There are no awkward gaps between the racks and the ceiling and/flooring and the bottle storage capacity has really been maximized. You can also see that the assembly is able to accommodate both individual and bulk bottle storage. This is what makes custom wine racks really worth the money you spend for them. You get the perfect wine storage for your space, as well as the style that you really want.
As you may also have noticed, the racking arrangement stands out with a striking, bold palette. This is our Midnight Black Stain option. It has become very popular in the recent years because it gives wood wine racks added character. The darker colors accentuate the clean lines of the racks and bring out the grain patterns of the wood beautifully. In this project, Rustic Pine is the wood of choice. The natural creamy colors of Rustic Pine absorbed the stain very well, resulting in this regal appearance for the racks. Bold hues, seamless lines, excellent craftsmanship – definitely the earmarks of royalty! *Cheers*

Level Up On Your Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Game

May 20th, 2019

Glass-enclosed wine cellars are, no doubt, inherently elegant. You can’t go wrong with a glass-enclosed design, that’s for sure. But there are still ways that you can improve on that design and make your wine cellar even more turnkey. Here are some terrific concepts on how to level up on your glass-enclosed wine cellar game:

Metal wine rackingLet’s start with the choice of wine racks. Metal wine racks have always been a popular combo with glass elements in wine cellar projects. But while metal wine racks are indeed timeless, they can also be a bit predictable. So why not explore another option that will add an extra layer or two of character to your wine storage? Our recommendation: Arcylic Wine Racks. Acrylic is a beautiful material that is just as transparent as glass. Just imagine the result when you work these two together. If the bottles will seem like they’re floating on the metal wine racks, what more when they are nestled in transparent acrylic ones.

But let’s say you’re the type who really favors metal racking over anything else. What you can do in this case is explore the various finish options. A top favorite of ours is the Satin Black finish from the Vintage View series. Pair it up with glass-enclosed panels with black trim to get a show-stopping design with a modern flair. Another terrific option would be to go for custom colors. Did you know that you can have custom finishes on your metal racking units? Our Vintage View racks can be dressed up with bold pops of color such as Copper, Lime, and Rustic Red.

Glass-enclosed wine cellar ideasLighting and flooring accents on glass-enclosed wine cellars is another clever way to bring them to another level. Recessed lighting can highlight your collection, as well as your wine racks. LED Downlights, on the other hand, work extremely well with wine displays.  As for the flooring, experimenting with different materials can do wonders. Some of them really shine when incorporated into glass elements. One example is Mosaic flooring. Mosaic is made entirely by hand with a unique blend of antique fine china, stained glass, and porcelain tiles. This type of flooring will add a beautiful artistic touch to your glass-enclosed wine storage. Hand-painted tile is another flooring material that is super attractive. Glass panels will be able to showcase these tiles and turn your wine cellar into a real showstopper. ^_^

WCI Customer Services Make It All Come Together For Client

May 16th, 2019

If you think nothing can beat quality wine cellar products, thing again! What do you say to quality wine cellar products PLUS top-notch customer service? This is not a pipe dream because we have managed to deliver this to all our customers. WCI has devoted so much time and effort for decades into developing this magic formula. And believe us when we say that it is absolutely worth it! Check out this beauty of a DIY project our client Joe has put together:

Gorgeous DIY wine room

Joe purchased some of our WineMaker Series wine racking units and all in the Rustic Pine wood option. He needed to equip his wine room with bottle storage that can wrap around the room without making it look cramped. As you may notice from the first image above, there are several pieces of furniture already in place. The goal was to have maximum bottle storage without having to lose any of the existing furniture. Thanks to the WineMaker Series, that goal was definitely achieved.

Short-depth and curved corner WineMaker racks

Our WineMaker Series kits consist of shallow-depth racks that work like a charm with compact spaces. Since the units are created in short depth, less wood is utilized for manufacturing. This makes this series one of our most affordable products. But don’t let the less costly price tag faze you. There are also no compromises here when it comes to the quality of the wine racks. Even with the shorter depth, the body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks. The necks of the bottles slightly pop out, creating a every eye-catching display. And of course, the racks are stackable. They are available in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations that you can stack to any height you desire.

Moreover, add-ons are also available, such as crown and base moldings, base platform, and center trim. These help make your racking arrangement really come together by removing any awkward gaps between the racks, flooring and ceiling. The center trim helps in transitioning racking units in a seamless manner. That holds true even for the Curved Corner Racks! Observe the photo below and you can see that the racking arrangement has a nice, smooth flow to it. There are no uneven corners or gaps even between different racking styles. But of course, this wouldn’t have been possible if there were missing pieces in the kits. Our client encountered missing parts with his packages, but everything was quickly resolved. Joe’s testimonial to our brand of customer service lets us know that we are doing things right for you! ^_^

Bottle necks slightly pop out

“They look very nice in my cellar! Thanks to customer service for being helpful with my problems with missing parts and replacement pieces.”

~Joe R.~