Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Homey Basement Wine Cellar With Our Vintner Series

July 22nd, 2021

The basement is definitely the ideal location for a wine cellar. So when you have one in your home, take advantage of it. Our client Erica did made the best decision ever when they pushed through with their project. They are now the proud owner of this homey wine room, all decked in the Vintner Series:

Homey basement wine cellar!The clients were quite hands-on with the entire construction process. This made the project proceed at a smooth pace. They worked with one of WCI’s professional design consultants to design their racking assembly. They decided on our Vintner Series wine rack kits. The end results were highly satisfying, prompting clients to deliver rave reviews. We are thrilled to share their WCI experience, especially since they took awesome photos like this one:

3-foot & 4-foot Vintner racks

For the finer deets of this project, clients worked with the 3-foot and 4-foot Vintner units. Their design consultant helped them select from Vintner’s extensive product resumé. A combination of Individual Bottle Columns and Open Diamond Bins gave clients the bottle storage they needed. Note the low ceilings on the photos. Since Vintner racks are super flexible, it wasn’t difficult to configure them to work with the ceiling height. See how the wine cellar doesn’t look cramped at all. Plus, with a little tinkering, future racks can still be stacked onto this assembly.

To embrace the homey feel of the room, clients went with Premium Redwood as their wood option. They also chose Dark Walnut Stain for the racks. This deepened the natural color of the wood and made the racks stand out. We like how the darker wood is being accentuated by the muted golden hues of the the room. Props to the lighting accents on this one! The rough-hewn stone walls also worked very well with the bold colors of the racks and other furniture. ^_^

“I wanted to send a positive review for Jennifer. My husband and I worked with her to design racks for our new wine cellar. She was responsive, helpful, and experienced, and I’d recommend her services to anyone.”

~Erica E.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Putting Together Personalized Wine Gifts

July 21st, 2021

In life, there is always a reason to celebrate. Celebrations will probably be even more meaningful  this year as things are slowly becoming more normal again. So it’s also a the perfect time to think about meaningful gifts for family and friends. We have some wonderful ideas we want to share with our fellow wine lovers. Putting together these personalized wine gifts should be a lot of fun:

Putting together custom wine gifts!

The “loaded” wine basket

Wine baskets are a common gift, for almost any occasion. But there is a way to make them more memorable. We like to call it the “loaded” wine basket because it’s exactly that. Instead of the usual contents, go the extra mile and customize your gift. Throw in some “extras” in the form of personalized wine items. A handmade wine tote can be one of them. Wineglasses with customized designs are another. And instead of buying expensive chocolate or sweet treats, make your own. There are lots of super easy recipes for chocolate and cookies that you can try out.

The custom wine set

There is no set formula for putting together a wine set. Like every gift, the purpose is to make the intended recipient happy. But putting in a little more effort in customizing some of the items will make all the difference. For example, you can have your “giftee’s” initials engraved onto the wine tools, like the wine opener. You can also throw in customized wine bottle tags. A personal favorite of ours is modifying the wine tools carrying case. If it’s made of wood, add some lacquer and/or a unique finish to match the tools. Then, have your giftee’s initials engraved on it.

The wine-inspired care package

Gifts are not just for special occasions. We can also give them to spread the love and help others during difficult times. While we are celebrating better times ahead, let’s also not forget family and friends who need our support. A wine-inspired care package to wine loving family and friends can go a long way. Some great items to include would be wine-infused coffee or dried fruits, jams and jellies, wine scented toiletries, and candles. ^_^

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #533: Eye-Popping Vintage View Wall Racks

July 20th, 2021

Not enough floor space for your wine bottles? Don’t give up the fight just yet! You’ll find that your walls are not just for displaying paintings, murals, and what-not. There is an awesome wine storage story right there – waiting for unfold. Our clients from Columbus, OH discovered the beauty of wall wine storage. This Tech Tuesday gives us some eye-popping visuals on what a full-on wall racking can bring:

Project # 319574
Wood: Vintage View / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 336
Where: Columbus, OH
Finish: Satin Black 

Eye-popping Vintage View wall racks!Clients wanted to make the most of the narrow room in their home. By that, they wanted to have as much bottle storage as possible without making space look cramped. Working with our design professionals helped them come up with the best solution. They utilized the full length of the wall and installed metal racking units. The Vintage View Series is the star of the show here:

Over 300 bottles can be stored!As far as metal wine racks are concerned, the Vintage View Series is definitely a veteran. It’s one of the oldest products in our racking catalog, as well as one of the most popular. But it is also evolving, with new designs being gradually added. For example, the Vino Pins, Rails, Rods, and Pegs were added to the product lineup only a few years back. Then the Vintage View Case, Crate Bins, and Crate Lockers came along. These units were specifically designed for bulk bottle storage. While they are meant for commercial applications, they can also be used on residential wine cellars.

Wall racking setup with Vintage ViewLet’s now focus more on this ingenious wall racking arrangement. These metal wine racks come in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations. This makes it super easy to play around with the units and maximize bottle capacity. What is convenient is that the racks also come in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. So you can really stretch out bottle capacity even in compact spaces. Note that the units are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But they can store smaller, split sizes when mounted 5.5 inches apart. Lastly, check out the finish on the racks. Vintage View offers three finishes in classy, neutral colors: Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome Plated. Clients went with the bold Satin Black finish that contrasts beautifully against the steel plated walls. *Cheers*

 

 

WCI Brand Of Professionalism Lauded By Client

July 15th, 2021

If Tech Tuesday is a showcase of WCI’s inventory of racking products, Testimonial Thursday takes it up a notch. This is where we proudly exhibit our products AND client testimonials. The feedback validates our efforts towards providing for any and all wine storage needs. It also motivates us to improve and focus on areas in our products and services that need improvement. Needless to say, these reviews are also a huge ego booster. Today’s feature is definitely one of the very uplifting ones. Our client Lisa lauds our services as “incredible, professional, and helpful.” Her wonderful smile next to her completed wine cellar certainly says it all:

Client lauds WCI services!

Lisa worked with WCI design consultant to put together her racking assembly. As you can see from the picture above, it’s a wood and metal wine rack combo. The metal wine racks are from the Revue Wall Series. These units come in 3-foot and 4-foot height variations and single, double, and triple deep options. They are space-efficient, seeing as you can mount them in almost any surface. Client’s space was a bit of a tight squeeze. But the Revue racks offered additional bottle storage in an organized, label-forward format to boot.

As earlier mentioned, Lisa solicited the help of one of our design consultants. How does our professional wine cellar services actually work? It’s super duper easy! If you are looking for step-by-step guidance on your project, all you need to do is email or call us. But if you have a design in mind and need initial professional input, you can fill out our Design Request Forms. Take note that we actually offer a free 2D design package. That’s right! We provide this service to our prospective clients completely free of charge. You can also request for a free quote on our racking products AND custom wine cellar services. We are committed to helping you guys realize your wine cellar goals. And you can bet we don’t take any shortcuts! ^_^

“The wine cellar is amazing! The design consultant was incredible, professional, and helpful.”

~Lisa R.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Of Wine Console Tables & More Fun Storage

July 14th, 2021

Wanting to create some wine storage or have extra space for your bottles? Sometimes, you can find that in unusual places & that can lead to very unique results. Today, we’ll get acquainted with wine console tables and other fun wine storage:

Wine console and tasting tables

Wine Console Table

A console table with wine storage might just be one of the best things you can come across as a wine lover. It is well suited for compact areas and is indeed a practical piece of furniture. WCI offers wine tasting tables that fulfill this role quite nicely. The table serves as great prep space for pouring and/or preparing drinks. It can also be used to display fine glassware. Underneath, there is room for your wine bottles. This is something you can customize as well. You can go with individual racking, Open Diamond Cubes, rectangular shelves, and many more.

Wine Coffee Table

Coffee and wine? Why not! You don’t have to choose  when you can have them both. Not at the same time, of course, but you get what we mean ^_^.  A coffee table with wine storage can give you the best of both worlds. A standard one can actually be modified by adding wine racks at the bottom portion. You can also have one custom-made. This is a pretty smart idea, especially with smaller living spaces. Our Mini Stacks have the ideal units that you can work with for this purpose. But if you want something with a little more flair, try the Curvy Cubes.

Add some fancy countertops!

Wine Chest Coffee Table

We’re all familiar with decorative chests or trunks. But as wine enthusiasts, we can take it a notch higher. It’s all about getting creative and making our furniture work for us. Hence, the wine chest coffee table. By putting a spin on your chest or trunk, you can have excellent wine storage right at your fingertips. Small wine racks can be manipulated to fit inside a decorative chest or trunk. And, you can utilize the chest or trunk as a coffee table. It will definitely bring a lot of character to your living area! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #532: Cutest Wine Storage In Opaque White Stain

July 13th, 2021

Hurray for small wine storage projects! We’ve been getting a ton of them this summer and we are simply thrilled. That means our products are catering to even the most minimum of wine storage needs. Today’s Tech Tuesday is a lovely example. Check out the cutest racking assembly we’ve had for this season:

Project #332774
Wood: WineMaker / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: n/a
Where:
Stain: Opaque White

Like they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” That applies to wine storage projects as well. Clients did not see the need for a formal wine room in their home. But they did see the need for proper storage for their bottles. They certainly love their wine, even if they are not big into collecting yet. But as consumers, they do accumulate a fair number of bottles. So they latched onto the perfect solution with WCI’s WineMaker Series:
Cutest wine storage in Opaque White StainThe WineMaker Series is comprised of narrow depth wine racks. That makes this series one of the most affordable in the WCI catalog. Manufacturing cost is kept at bay because less material is being used. But quality is not compromised at all. You will find that WineMaker racks are created with excellent craftsmanship involved. Square cut rails keep the bottles secure. The selection of woods include the top choices for custom wine cellars. In other words, these racks are tailor made for compact spaces and/or entry-level wine cellars.

WineMaker in Opaque White StainNow let’s talk about the feature that really stands out here: the stain option. Clients chose the cutest one from the vast selection offered by WCI. Opaque White Stain is a very attractive stain that is not transparent. Unlike Whitewash, you will not be able to see through the grain on the wood. The white color is a beautiful solid finish, as can be seen from the photos. The wine storage stands out, but also enhances the decor in the room. We also like how the bottles seem to pop out of the racks. This is the result of the shallow depth of the WineMaker units. But it’s also emphasized even more thanks to the Opaque White Stain. It may be small, but this racking assembly is definitely memorable! *Cheers*

Flexible WCI Wine Racks Earn Rave Reviews From Client

July 8th, 2021

Don’t you just love it when you earn rave reviews from your customers? We simply THRIVE on these heartfelt testimonials. They are the best reminders that we are doing our job right in providing solutions to all kinds of wine storage needs. So for today’s Testimonial Thursday, we’re sharing this wonderful review given by our client Chris:

WineMaker racks earn rave reviewsChris has a small but steadily growing collection and     generous space to house it. He only needed to equip his cellar with the right wine racks. But he also wanted to incorporate his personal touches. Imagine his delight when he discovered that he could do just that with our wine rack kits. Client went with the WineMaker Series which was a clever choice. WineMaker comes highly recommended for entry-level wine cellar projects. It is easy on the budget, owing to the shallow depth configuration of the units. You will notice from the photos that the necks of the bottles are slightly sticking out. Nonetheless, the narrow depth does not compromise the safety of the wine bottles.

Shallow depth and flexible racking

So how does one work with WineMaker to make the units suit their bottle storage needs? Firstly, keep in mind that these wine racks are well-known for their stackable qualities. Customers can conveniently purchase 3-foot and 4-foot racks and stack them to any height they desire. Second, there’s a healthy assortment of racking styles to choose from. You can mix and match these styles to practically customize your wine storage. Lastly, you also have the ability to customize the appearance of your racks. Select from various stain, finish and wood options, including accessories. Little details like the crown and base moldings and center seam trim can do wonders to your racking assembly. Of course, it’s always worth mentioning that in terms of quality, these “kits” can definitely hold their own. It’s no surprise WineMaker units are able to earn such high praise from clients. ^_^

“I built the cellar myself by customizing the layout of the racks to fit my design. The quality was fantastic. Customer service was perfect. Thanks again for a great product at a great price!”

~Chris D.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Works Best For You

July 7th, 2021

What wine cellar cooling unit works for you?

Wine Cellar Cooling

Wine cellar cooling units are indispensable to any long-term wine storage. It doesn’t matter whether you’re contemplating a small or large wine cellar project. You will need a suitable wine cellar cooling system to keep your bottles in peak condition. But how do you determine what unit works best for you? What are the things you should consider? We’ve compiled some useful information to help you out:

 

Through-the-wall unit works best for small wine cellars

Wine storage basics…

As a wine enthusiast, we must remember that the history of wine storage actually began in the underground caves of Europe. These caves provided the consistent storing conditions that allowed wine age gracefully. These conditions have become the template for modern wine cellars. That’s why your wine cellar has to emulate these conditions as closely as possible. The ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. This is why a basement location is considered as ideal. It won’t take up as much effort and expense to equip it for proper wine storage. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build your wine cellar anywhere else. You definitely can by selecting the wine cellar cooling unit that works for you.

Ducted vs. ductless systems

The big 3 of wine cooling…

There are three main types of wine cellar cooling units you need to get acquainted with. These are: through-the-wall, ducted, and ductless systems. Through-the-wall units are arguably the easiest ones to install. The self-contained air conditioning unit is mounted literally through the wall. You won’t need an HVAC technician for the installation. This system has limited cooling capacity and is usually recommended for smaller wine cellar projects. But take note that it has no humidity control and eats up bottle storage space. Next, we have the ducted system. True to its namesake, the supply and return air is ducted to and from the wine cellar. You’ll find that it looks a lot like a central air-conditioning system – and it’s actually just as quiet. You can check out Mitsubishi wine cellar coolers that carry this kind of unit. Lastly, let’s talk about the ductless system. They are basically connected by small cable, as well as refrigerant line. This line is in turn connected to an indoor or outdoor condenser. It is almost as quiet as a ducted unit, but you will absolutely need an HVAC technician for the installation. This works for larger sized wine cellars, including commercial applications. There are also Mitsubishi wine cellar cooling units with this kind of system configuration. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #531: Smart Choices W/ Premium Redwood

July 6th, 2021

Here’s a classic question for you wine cellar fans out there: what kind of wood would you choose for your wine racks? It seems like a simple question, but it actually requires a lot of thought to arrive at a smart choice. After all, there are so many types of wood out there. What would be your foremost priorities? Would price be a big factor in your decision? Are you after a certain appearance for your wine racks? These are valid concerns and that’s why it’s important to look into the details. Today’s Tech Tuesday shows us a great example of how knowing your wood will yield the best results:

Project # 323940
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2094
Where: Walla Walla, WA
Stain: Unstained

Smart choices with Premium Redwood!Clients’ robust wine collection called tor a wine cellar that can accommodate a few thousand bottles. So they opted to go the custom route. Our design team equipped the room with wall to wall racking. See how the wine racks were installed from floor to ceiling, really maximizing the space. This layout frees up a of floor area so the room doesn’t look cramped even with clients’ large collection.

Now let’s talk about the wood option. After consultations with our team, clients went for Premium Redwood for their racks. Premium Redwood is indeed a smart move, whether it’s a small or large project. There is absolutely no question when it comes to quality. It is durable, highly resilient, and it is a clear grade of wood. That means it has no knots. But quality aside, there are also those who go for Premium Redwood because of the variety of colors. Note that it includes wood from all parts of the log. That means you get a range of beautiful hues, from white to pink to red and reddish brown. Let’s also not forget that Redwood in general is probably the most eco-friendly wood option out there. WCI Redwood, in particular, is SFI-certified. With SFI certification, customers are assured that the Redwood they buy has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. For its price, there is no doubt Premium Redwood gets you your money’s worth – and more! *Cheers*

Clients Showcase Ingenuity With Pantry Turned Wine Closet

July 1st, 2021

Hey there, wine cellar fans! How are we keeping up with this scorching heat wave? Well, relaxing with a glass of our favorite wine is one way to take our minds off the sweltering season. Our clients certainly came prepared for that. Check out their ingenious pantry turned wine closet with the help of WCI wine racks:

Pantry turned wine closet!So we have here today another wonderful example of how small spaces can have huge potential. Clients have this empty pantry in their dining-kitchen area. While they are definitely wine lovers, they did not envision owning a huge collection just yet. Starting small was the goal and that goal was definitely achieved. You can see how the racking units fit perfectly into that cozy corner. Props to the client for replacing their old pantry door with a glass panel door. It allows for a clear view of the racks and wine bottles. You can even see that glassware storage was incorporated as well. But the best part about using a wine cellar door is that it gives the illusion of an actual wine cellar instead of just a closet.

Wine cellar door in wine closet

So now the question is what kind of wine racks can you utilize to transform these small spaces? WCI can offer you a number of options. The first would naturally be custom wine racking. For a fairly small project, budgeting will be relatively easy. Keep in mind WCI can work with you on wine cellar projects of any size. The racks will be tailored to suit your bottle storage needs and your style Essentially, you’re making the right kind of investment by going custom.

The second alternative would be WCI’s wine rack kits. We have several collections you can choose from: Vintner, WineMaker, and Designer. The affordable price point is one of the most attractive feature. But worry not because quality is not compromised here at all. Plus, you even get custom amenities, such as the ability to select from several wood, stains and finish options. The kits also offer molding packages and other accessories to help give your racking arrangement a professional, seamless look. ^_^

“We converted a pantry into a wine closet. Super easy to install and they look beautiful!”

~Iliana Del V.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Creating The 300 Bottle Wine Rack

June 30th, 2021

Warm Wednesday greetings, fellow wine enthusiasts! Today, let’s talk about large volume wine storage. In other words, we’ll focus a bit more on commercial wine cellar projects. What kind of racking solutions should you consider for your wine store? Are you starting from scratch, renovating, or just expanding your current set-up? How do you create a 300 bottle wine rack for your merchandise? Let’s explore the many possibilities to achieve your wine storage goals:

Creat 300 bottle wine storage with Vintner Stackables

The Vintner Stackables

First up is the Vintner Stackables. Yes, wine cellar folks! Our super popular Vintner Series also extends to our commercial racking line. In fact, our commercial catalogue is divided into two main collections: Vintner and the Classic collection. The latter is comprised of units that are hand built to order. These customized racks do come at a higher price tag, but definitely worth it. Vintner, on the other hand, is all about mixing quality with affordability. The Vintner Stackables is a prime example. Select from a variety of styles that can be stacked up to 12-feet high. That includes Curved Corner Racks and Adjustable Cabinets. Store not just your wine bottles, but other liquor as well, including beer and soda.

Vintage View Evolution

The Vintage View Evolution

Up next is the Vintage View Evolution series, in particular, the Evolution Wine Wall. The Wine Wall is a modular wine rack system that blends contemporary label-forward design with smart functionality. The units will work with both residential and commercial wine cellar applications.  This stylish system uses steel Wine Rods to hold split, standard, Champagne, Pinot Noir, or magnum bottles all in the same row. The thoughtful design allows for sturdy installation using commercial-strength steel supports into both drywall and wood-backed surfaces. The 5” tall section can alone as a great accent piece to a wet bar. But you can play around with other Wine Wall heights to create storage for 300 bottles of wine or more.

Cable Wine Racking System

The Cable Wine Racking System

As the trend for wine cellars continue to go down the “modern” route, wine establishments are also keeping pace. The Cable Wine Racking System offers high volume storage combined with an attractive contemporary vibe. Cable wine racks can accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes, way more compared to standard units. That means you can store other types of liquor as well and not just wine. For someone who wants to grow a versatile collection, this is the perfect racking system to utilize. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #530: Wine Storage Console W/ Revue Racks

June 29th, 2021

A custom wine storage console is the absolute “in” thing this 2021! The appeal is very understandable. They can be made to suit any space in the home. But they can also be customized to accommodate larger collections in a commercial setup. Today’s Tech Tuesday features a metal x wood combination in a gorgeous glass-encased design:

Project #320049
Series: Custom/Revue Series
Bottle Capacity: 385
Where: N/A

Custom wine storage consoleWe can totally see why clients were so excited to unveil their wine storage console. It was tailored to fit perfectly in the dining area. You can see how seamless the assembly is, particularly between the floor and ceiling. There are no awkward gaps anywhere. Moreover, we like how it serves as a sort of divider, sectioning off the dining room. As can be gleaned from the photos, the bottles are displayed in a beautiful “floating” fashion. This is thanks to the Revue Wall Series:

Wine storage console with Revue SeriesThe Revue Wall Series is composed of wall-mounted wine racks that showcase your bottles in a label-forward manner. The units come in 3-foot and 4-foot options which can be stacked to expand your wine storage. They also come in different depth variations: single, double, and triple deep. This makes it possible to maximize bottle capacity even in a compact space. But while the original design of the racks is for wall-mounting purposes, you can also opt for a floor-to-ceiling layout. This is the configuration that allows for that dramatic, “floating” appearance. This is also the layout that clients chose for their wine storage console:

Beautiful wine storage consoleThere is no big secret to achieving this. All you need to do is purchase a Floor to Ceiling Frame. The frame will make your bottles look like their suspended midair while keeping them completely secure. Note that just like the metal wine racks, the frame also comes in two finishes. Choose from either Silver or Satin Black finish to complete your racking assembly. In clients’ case, they went for the sleek Satin Black Finish. It works well with the glass and wood elements, giving the wine console a bit of a modern touch. *Cheers*

 

The Things You Can Do With Custom Built Wine Storage

June 24th, 2021

If you’re still debating whether or not to go the custom route for your wine storage, today’s blog will definitely change your mind. The things you can do with custom built wine storage are just incredible. And we’re not just talking about bottle storage capacity. The design opportunities are even more extensive.

The things you can do with custom built wine storage!Check this super stunning wine room. It’s certainly not your usual racking arrangement but the client wanted something different for their collection. Some might say that there is a lot of wasted space with this kind of layout. But that’s not the case at all. Since the racks are all customized, there is a good mix of individual and custom bottle storage. You don’t have to sacrifice form for function and vice-versa. WCI has a bevy of racking styles that can be conveniently combined to accommodate any and all storage needs. We start from the simplest of layouts all the way up to the most extravagant designs. For example, we can expand from the standard individual wine bottle to adding high display reveals. For a fancier look, we can throw in some double displays and cascading wine bottle waterfall.  Bulk storage doesn’t have to be plain either. With custom built units, you can have generous bottle capacity in an attractive setup. Open Diamond Bins can be accentuated with solid face trim for a seamless look.  Concave Racks, Curvy Cubes, and Rotating Wine Cradles will turn racking simple racking arrangements into conversation starters.

Beautiful, custom built racking consoles

Here are some great snaps of the wine room that showcase that “built in” look. This is just one of the many things you can achieve when going custom. There are tons of ways to experiment with various materials and come up with a very unique look for your wine cellar. In this case, notice how this room emulates the feel of European wine caves. We love the tasteful play of textures between the stone and wood elements. Note that the racks were stained to match the ceilings! ^_^

“Here are the couple of pictures from the wine room I did for a customer. They loved it!”

~Roy L.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Creating A 72 Bottle Wine Rack

June 23rd, 2021

Create a 72 bottle wine storage with Curvy CubesNeed more bottle storage for your collection? Thinking of expanding your 24 bottle unit to a 72 bottle wine rack? This is where you’ll appreciate the functionality of stackable racks. This is also where you’ll find out that at WCI, almost all our wine racks are designed to be like that. The stackable feature gives our clients tons of options. This is particularly important because not everyone has enough space for a full-blown wine cellar. Our wine rack kits are, of course, on top of the list. But we also have a few other gems that are worth checking out:

Curvy Wine Cubes

The Curvy Cubes are actually a pretty popular series in the WCI product catalog. But we still need to shine the spotlight on them lest they get overshadowed by the newer collections. To this day, the Curvy Cubes live up to their reputation for fun, unique, and space-efficient wine storage. The units come in concave and convex designs. When stacked, you get a fancy, curvy racking arrangement that will definitely be a conversation starter. Note that the series also comes with a wall mount hardware kit. That means you have the alternative to mount the cubes when space issues calls for it.

Secured Wine Lockers are awesome!

Secure Wine Lockers

Next up are the Secure Wine Lockers. While the lockers seem to be a favorite with commercial wine cellars, it needs more love when it comes to residential projects. The lockers start from one level and go up to five level units that can be easily stacked. With this, you can build your 72 bottle wood wine rack by the column. There is also a wonderful array of options for you to choose from for the door panels. You have the metal lattice for open air circulation. You can also go with the glass panel for a classy appeal. Of course, we also have the regular flat or raised wood panel. The locks can be keyed in numerous configurations, or as one single key. Last but not the least, you have the full selection of wood, stain and finishes available for these lockers.

Acrylic wine racking setup

Acrylic Wine Racks

Wood and metal should not be your exclusive choices for wine storage materials. Take a leap of faith and try out these Acrylic Wine Racks. These acrylic units have actually been around for a while. But it’s time to incorporate them more into wine cellar projects. They offer a unique, minimalist appearance that will give your bottles that magical “floating” look. Acrylic is just as clear as glass and relatively easy to maintain. These are, again, stackable units that can be manipulated to meet your storage needs. So if it’s a 72 bottle rack you need, you can certainly make one and with flair to boot!

Technical Tuesday Episode #529: A Plethora Of Racking Styles

June 22nd, 2021

Versatility is the name of the game here at WCI. Our products were created with the purpose of answering to any and all wine storage needs. That’s why there is a plethora of racking styles offered to clients. But that’s not all that our “versatility” stands for. It’s also about how our wine racks and accessories can be mixed and matched to form endless design possibilities:

Project # 311880
Wood: Premium Redwood

Series: Vintage View / Vintner /Custom
Bottle Capacity: 384
Where: Chicago, IL
Stain: Midnight Black

A plethora of wine racking stylesToday’s Tech Tuesday is a lesson in simplicity and functionality. We definitely need more of these kinds of projects, to be honest! Clients’ compact but well laid out wine cellar is really worth showcasing. It’s a terrific example of how you can combine various racking styles in a small space. You can see the clever use of wall-mount metal units to maximize on bottle storage. The Vintage View Series was the racking of choice here. But take note that there are also other collections you can try out. We recommend checking out the Revue and Ultra Wall collections.

Metal x Wood wine racking combosAs earlier mentioned, WCI is home to a plethora of racking designs. So while this wine cellar is quite simple, it actually boasts of several racking combinations. The wood wine racks are a mix of our custom creations and wine rack kits. In particular, our team went with the Vintner Series for the kits and tied the units up with some customized ones. This would explain why the wood wine storage console is a perfect fit in the space. Notice as well how standard Individual Bottle Columns were prioritized in the racking arrangement. This makes for a pretty generous bottle storage capacity despite the compact space. To complement the Satin Black finish of the metal racks, the wood ones are stained in Midnight Black Stain. The bold hues are in stark contrast with the white walls and make the racks really stand out. *Cheers*

What You Can Get From Custom Wine Cellar Design Services

June 17th, 2021

We often hear this question pop up: “Is a custom wine cellar design worth it?” Based on the decades of testimonials of happy and satisfied clients, we can certainly say it is. Today’s Testimonial Thursday showcases another example of what you can get with custom wine cellar design services:

What custom wine cellar services can bring youOne of the most important things to keep in mind is that a custom wine cellar can be designed in any size. Moreover, our experienced consultants will work with you within your desired budget. This stunning wine storage of our client Kalon is a great example. The clients were not looking to build a formal wine cellar. They wanted to have suitable storage space at a price they can afford. But they also wanted the wine storage to suit their home’s aesthetic. They went the custom route and discovered an almost limitless number of options. They learned that wine storage can be anywhere from a small closet transformation to the largest wine room layout. See how their racking assembly even has storage for larger format bottles!

The process usually starts out with a free wine cellar consultation provided by WCI. This usually encourages clients into pursuing the custom route. After that, WCI will provide you with a free 2D design of your wine cellar or racking arrangement. Your design package will also contain quotations on our products and installation services. That is why you don’t have to be apprehensive about the cost. We have a wide range of options, from woods, stains and finishes, and accessories. In the event that a full-blown custom project becomes improbable, we can mix it up with our wine rack kit series . The kits provide tons of racking styles in quality materials as well. There will be no need for clients to compromise on their wine storage goals at all!

Beautiful customized wine storage

All these being said, we’d love for you explore our custom wine rack styles, wood options, cellar sizes, and living spaces. From wine artwork, to ceilings and floors, to wooden door entryways, we can do them all for you. ^_^

“I am very pleased with the final product and happy to show off my wine cellar.”

~Kalon D.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Storage Options To Know More About

June 16th, 2021

When you’re contemplating on wine storage for your collection, it’s always a good idea to look at more options. Don’t limit yourself to what is “standard” or worse, what’s popular. There are tons of wine storage options to know more about. Here are some of the racking styles we want you guys to explore:

 

Stackable Scallop Racks

The Scallop Racks have been around for quite a while. But we feel like they deserve more love. These stackable units provide individual wine bottle storage at a very low cost. You will find that assembly is super easy. The racks are put together by interlocking the scalloped crossbars into the end pieces. Note that the scalloped wine racks consists of 2 rows of wine bottle nooks. They come in 18 and 26-bottle configurations, but don’t forget the word “stackable.” That means you can create a 36 bottle wine rack with them. The racks also boast of an attractive, rustic unfinished look and feel.

Redwood Wine Bottle Grids

Next on our list is the Redwood Wine Bottle Grid. So what are the things do you need to know about this rack? First off, this unit is an impressive combination of space-efficiency and affordability. It was designed to focus on maximizing individual wine bottle storage capacity at an economical price point. This sturdy wine rack is manufactured out of popular Premium Redwood. It can hold up to a generous 115 wine bottles in an individual format. Included with this wine rack kit are mounting brackets to secure the unit to the wall. The rack will rest on the floor, but the wall brackets are to ensure it does not tip forward after installation.

Pine Wine Cubes – 36 Bottle

Lots of clients have heard of our Curvy Wine Cubes, but not our Pine Wine Cubes. We feel that must change! These storage cubes are a fun and functional way to store your bottles. They come in 12 and 24 bottle configurations. The 12 bottle wine rack cube is a shallow depth wine rack. That means the necks of your bottles will slightly stick out in an attractive “popping” display. There’s no cause for alarm though, because the bottles are fully supported. Plus, the shorter depth units use less wood making for a friendlier price point. The 24 bottle cube is a full depth wine rack. You can stack the units and come up with a 36 bottle wooden wine rack system.

Technical Tuesday Episode #528: Your Wine Room’s “Wow” Moment

June 15th, 2021

Want to give your wine room that much needed “wow” moment? Today’s Tech Tuesday feature can show you how it’s done. We are blown away by how eye-candy this wine cellar project is. There’s no big secret to it. It’s just all about balancing out the design elements and using quality materials:

Project # 321250
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3144
Where: N/A

Your wine room’s “wow” moment!So let’s go ahead and check the details of this project. What is the first thing that catches your eye when you look at these photos? For us, it’s definitely the wine tasting island smack at the center of the room. This is actually a customized creation, just like the rest of the racking assembly. Notice how there are individual and bulk bottle storage units incorporated into the island. Apart from the Open Diamond Cubes with Solid Face Trim, there are also individual bottle racks on both ends:

Custom wine tasting islandThis gives us a terrific tip when it comes to giving that “wow” moment. A wine tasting table – or island in clients’ case, can elevate the aesthetic appeal of a wine room. It goes without saying that it also adds more functionality to the cellar. You get a generous space for wine and food prep and lots of extra bottle storage. If you have the space for it, this is an accessory you really should consider. It will never be a wasted investment, especially if you choose the right materials. In clients’ case, they went with Premium Redwood which is a two thumbs-up. Premium Redwood is not only top notch in quality, it is also a frontrunner when it comes to appearance. In fact, some prefer it over All-Heart Redwood because of its lighter pinkish gold to reddish gold hues.

“Wow” moment with this wine tasting islandNow here’s the thing with these tasting tables and islands – you don’t need to go custom if you don’t have the budget for it. WCI’s wine rack kits also carry them, notably Vintner and Designer. They are affordably priced and you still have the ability to customize your wood and stain options. *Cheers*

Build Your Own Home Wine Tasting Center With Winemaker

June 10th, 2021

A home wine tasting center is one of the best alternatives you can have to a formal wine cellar. Not everyone has the budget for a full blown wine cellar. Also, not everyone is ready for the responsibility of maintaining a wine room. But you definitely need proper storage for your wine bottles. A wine tasting center fits the bill perfectly, just like what our clients did here:

Build your home wine tasting center!As you can see, clients have a small collection going. There was also a vacant wall space in their home. It was pretty much a dead section since it was a tad narrow. But that’s what the Winemaker Series is for! These racks are designed with shallow depth making them work extremely well in compact spaces. Winemaker is the Vintner Series equivalent of WCI’s short depth racking units. The racks are highly versatile, manufactured in 3-foot and 4-foot options. These can be stacked to accommodate any ceiling height. And of course, there are a plethora of styles to choose from. One of these is the Individual Tasting Center.

Our clients went with the Individual Tasting Center with Open Diamond Bin model for their home.  This comes with an archway and tabletop option, as well as a glass rack and tabletop combo. The clients wisely chose the glass rack and tabletop option, allowing them space for their wineglasses. Note that the unit also comes with Display Rows. This is a new feature for the Winemaker Series. The Display Rows enable you to  fully showcase your best and/or favorite labels.

Winemaker home wine tasting centerCheck out how the wine tasting center fits so well into this corner. The tabletop is a terrific spot for clients to prep drinks or display their wine accessories for easier access. We also really like how the shorter depth configurations make the bottles pop out. You can see that the necks of the wine bottles stick out, yet, they are nestled comfortably on the racks. This is made possible by the square cut rails that will keep your collection safe and sound. ^_^

“Wine racks are great!”

~ Joseph M.~

Clients Find Their Happiness In WCI Custom Racking

June 3rd, 2021

Finding our little pockets of happiness is truly important, especially since the world is still taking baby steps toward pandemic recovery. Fortunately, for wine lovers, they can find joy in small and simple things. Take the case of our clients who found their happiness in this custom wine storage:

Clients find happiness in custom wine storageProjects like this stunning racking assembly consistently show why small spaces are not a hindrance to providing proper storage for your wines. We can see from these photos that clients were working with a quite narrow room. They were able to transform it and even found a place to house their collection. They cleverly chose to go with custom wine racks in order to create the right fit for their space. We love how the setup also allowed for a countertop and extra storage at the bottom. The “sliding barn door” inspired shelving is definitely an eye-catching feature:

Custom sliding barn door inspired shelvingWith the help of our professional design experts, clients were able to maximize bottle capacity. This racking assembly can easily host several dozen standard-sized bottles, as well as some larger-format ones. Notice that there is an Open Diamond Cube built below the countertop. This is perfect for keeping those loose bottles. There is even glassware storage as well. This just shows that when you go custom, the design possibilities are endless. But you might also be thinking about the price tag on this beautiful project. Don’t let that scare you! Keep in mind that here at WCI, our goal is to provide both products and services that will suit our client’s budget. That’s why we design from the smallest wine closet up to the largest wine room. We have a plethora of options for our custom series that we build your large or small wine cellar designs out of. Our priority will always be finding that balance between the client’s goals and their budget. That’s why we also carry products like our wine rack kits. You will find that our kits are top-notch in quality as well. So while there is a need to compromise on cost, there is absolutely no need to compromise on quality. ^_^

Happy clients loving their wine room

 

“Our wine racks are really great!”

~ Michelle L.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Exploring “Slim” Wine Storage

June 2nd, 2021

Have you ever heard of “slim” wine storage? How about a narrow wine rack? What comes to mind when you hear this? For those who are not as knowledgeable about wine and wine storage, these terms may seem a bit confusing. How would you be able to store a standard-sized bottle in a slim wine rack? It boggles the mind indeed! But that’s what this blog is all about. It’s not just to showcase WCI’s wine cellar projects. We also enjoy sharing bits and pieces on wine and wine storage for everyone to learn from.

What is slim wine storage?

What is a narrow wine rack?

So let’s get on to the finer details of these so-called “narrow” wine racks. Our best example would be WCI’s WineMaker Series. This collection is akin to our Vintner Series, composed of what we proudly identified as our most versatile wine rack kits. But while Vintner caters full depth bottle storage, WineMaker’s configurations is quite different. The collection is made up of narrow depth units.

What does this mean? Essentially, the racks are created in short depth. That means that the neck of a standard-sized bottle slightly sticks out. Yet, the body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks. The shorter depth means less wood is utilized in manufacturing them. This makes the racks more affordable. Nonetheless, the security of the bottles are not compromised at all. They rest on sturdy, square cut rails that keep your wines safe and sound. Note that Winemaker units must be mounted 1 1/2″ off the wall to ensure proper wine bottle stability.

Slim Wine Cabinet

Now what about a “slim” wine cabinet? Does WCI carry something like as well? We sure do! If you go check out our Wine Sentinel refrigerated wine cabinets, you’ll see what we mean. Wine Sentinel allows you to customize your wine cabinets to suit your space. That includes customizing the racks to work with compact spaces. Note that these shorter depth racks were designed specifically to accommodate tight spaces. They are perfect for small living areas like condos and apartments. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #527: Glass Enclosed Commercial Wine Storage

June 1st, 2021

Joyful June greetings, wine cellar pals! This is the month where fun in the sun will really start to kick off. Can you smell summer around the corner? We sure can! Best thing about it this year is that things are slowly but surely starting to get better. We can enjoy our wine both indoors and outdoors while still keeping safe. Wine establishments, bars, and restaurants are also getting busier, like today’s Tech Tuesday client. They invested in this stunning glass enclosed wine storage and we’re here to give you guys all the deets:

Project # 316640
Wood: Custom / Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 3144
Where: 

Glass enclosed wine storageThere’s nothing like wining and dining while being able to ogle what else? More wine! This is exactly our client’s goal when they commissioned for this glass enclosed creation. The attractive display of their collection will whet their wine-loving patrons’ appetite. At the same time, it will also augment the establishment’s aesthetic appeal.

Stunning glass enclosed wine displayThe clients worked with the WCI professional design team to come up with this classic glass x metal wine storage combo. Metal racking units were indeed a smart choice as they really complement the glass elements. In particular, the Vintage View metal wine racks were chosen for this project. Vintage View has been features countless times in the WCI blog. But the versatility of the product is just incredible. Browse through our photo galleries and you will definitely see what we mean. Each project is wonderfully unique, particularly with the way the Vintage View racks are utilized. Naturally, the telltale features are always present. One, the bottles are securely stored in a label-forward fashion. Two, the racks are either wall-mounted or displayed in a floor-to-ceiling layout. Three, the racks have generous bottle storage capacity as they come in single, double, and triple deep options.

Our clients’ happy patrons!Now as far as the glass enclosed design is concerned, clients went for the classic, frameless style. This certainly suits the vibe of the restaurant and allows for the wines to be put on full display. But keep in mind that you can also play around with other design concepts. That is the great thing with a glass enclosed wine storage. It is very flexible and you can have fun experimenting with it. One of our favorites is adding black metal trim to the glass. This lends it a more modern feel. Another would be to accentuate it with bold LED lighting accessories. *Cheers*

Our Favorite Metal Wine Racks For Compact Wine Storage

May 27th, 2021

No doubt about it – wall-mount wine racks are second to none when it comes to space-efficiency. And metal wine racks are certainly the way to go with this racking style. Our clients took the right route with their compact wine storage. Check out this clever and sleek space they created:Wall-mount metal wine storagAs you can see, most of the bottles are stored in a horizontal or flat, label-forward manner. This is actually the best position for wine storage. It will allow the cork to remain moist and swelled. This will prevent unwanted air from entering the bottles and ruining your wines. So that now begs the question: what metal racking units carry this style? WCI has a robust catalog to choose from. Let’s start with the Revue Wall Series. The wall-mount units can hold up to a dozen bottles in the single depth format. But they are also available in double and triple deep configurations. This will expand your wine storage considerably. Notice that this is exactly what clients did in their compact space:

Compact storage done right with metal racksAnother great collection to explore would be the Ultra Wine Racks, particularly the Ultra Wall Rails. They come in 1, 2, 3, and 4-feet height options, as well as single, double, and triple deep configurations. The 4-feet triple deep unit will enable you to store as much as 36 bottles. Now if that isn’t a super space saver, we don’t know what is!

Last but definitely not the least is the most veteran product in our metal racking catalog: Vintage View. We’ve done countless projects using these racks and they are pretty high on the popularity ladder. The wall-mount units are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But by playing around with the configurations, you can also mount them at 5.5 inches apart. This will allow you to host split-sized bottles in your wine cellar. Now if you are working with a more generous space, you can also go for the floor-to-ceiling layout. Vintage View will let you showcase your collection in a more dramatic fashion. All you need is a floor-to-ceiling backer which can be purchased separately. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: The Best Way To Store Wine Bottles

May 26th, 2021

Let’s go back to the basics today! Here’s a pop quiz for you guys: what is the best way to store wine bottles? What would you consider when you purchase wine racks for your collection? It may seem like very simple questions, but are you indeed storing your bottles the right way? Let’s find out!

What is the best way to store wine bottles?

The flat wine rack

With the rising popularity of wall-mount units, storing wines in a supine position has also become more common. But is this a safe way to house your bottles? This is actually the best way in which you want to age wine. The horizontal layout allows the cork to remain moist and swelled. This is essential in wine storage in order to prevent your wine from unwanted air contact. In this position, sediments will fall to the side of the bottle. That will be far away from the cork end to prevent spoilage when you go to pour your wine. This is another huge reason why wine is stored horizontally.

Titled storage of wine bottles

The sideways wine rack

Storing wine on the side is considered as the best way to ensure your bottles age at a graceful pace. But what about if you keep them in angled wine racks? Will the tilted configuration make a difference? There are wooden wine displays specifically designed to tilt at a 15 degree angle, more or less. The main reason behind this design is to make the bottles “earthquake-proof.” This layout ensures that the sediment will remain at the bottom of the bottle. That is indeed an ideal situation. However, keep in mind that the cork will not be kept moist in this position. This will be detrimental to your wine as the cork will eventually shrink and let air in. To avoid this from happening, make sure to rotate your bottles from time to time. This will ensure that all sides of the cork remain moist.

Vertical storage of wine bottles

The vertical wine rack 

This is the least recommended way to store your wine. Long term wine storage in this position will do more harm than good to your collection. So if you do not plan on consuming your wine in the next few days or weeks, do not keep the bottle cork up.  The cork will dry out and predictably, air will enter and ruin your wine. Vertical wine racks are intended for short term storage. They are best for wines that are meant to be consumed while young. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #526: Designer Series Kits Make A Comeback

May 25th, 2021

It’s the last Tech Tuesday for the merry month of May, wine cellar folks! We’re halfway through 2021 and they days are getting warmer. The great outdoors has never been more inviting. Naturally, so are the wine tasting opportunities. We’re also finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic. So we can kick it back and relax with a glass of wine and just be patient for a little bit more. Thankfully, these Tech Tuesday projects are here to inspire us and help us envision our own wine cellar projects. Today, we’re seeing a Designer Series kits comeback in this charming wine room:

Project # 300247
Wood: DKS / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 679
Where: Evanston, IL
Stain: Dark Walnut

Designer wine rack kits make a comebackOur wine rack kits are indeed highly popular. But some collections, like the Designer Series, can be quite the underdog. So we’re only too happy to have this opportunity to shine the spotlight on it. All the units for this racking assembly are from the Designer Series. That means these are all full depth wine racks. Designer is best know for full depth wine racks in 6 and 8 feet height configurations. But the series also carries a few tricks up its sleeve to let you play around with it. With new and improved add-ons on the kits, the racks have become more flexible. Customers now have the ability to add extra individual racking to stack on top of the standard kits. This allows a generous height boost of about 20 inches to the racking arrangement.

Full depth racks with the Designer kitsBut that’s not all. You also still have the option to put in crown and base moldings. We highly recommend this to remove any awkward gaps between your racks and the flooring and/or ceiling. This is actually the well-known “secret” to achieving that professional, seamless look for your wine cellar. Now take note that the Designer kits start from the 1-column units. You can extend your racking arrangement, from one to five columns, then add on the extensions. In case of uneven spaces, Curved Corner options are available to help navigate them. Lastly, we’ve incorporated high reveal display rows into the kits. These will enable you to fully showcase your favorite wine bottles. *Cheers*