Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Client Showcases How “Versatile” WCI Wine Racks Really Are!

June 22nd, 2017

Who says wine racks should only be placed in your in your wine cellar? Not here at WCI! Our wine racking units are so versatile that they can go literally anywhere in your home. You’d also be pleased to find out that they can serve other purposes than providing proper storage for your wine bottles. WCI has a very healthy selection of wine racks that aim to provide style apart from function in your wine cellar projects.

One of our clients recently completed a DIY racking project and was quite enthusiastic in sharing with us the finished product. We were stoked when we learned that he assembled and installed the racks in the recreation area in his basement. The racks worked perfectly when he put both on either side of his entertainment center:

Racking units in the basement

So as you can see, our client Roy was able to hit two birds with one stone here. He is now able to enjoy lots of quality downtime watching his favorite shows or the latest flicks or do some bad-ass karaoke while simultaneously enjoying his favorite wines as well. Plus, when he has guests over, they will also have double the fun! This, and many other projects that we’ve showcased before on the blog, only goes to show that you don’t need to have a formal wine room to start your collection. You can store your bottles anywhere in your home, thanks to the versatile wine racking products here at WCI. Check out Roy’s full testimonial, including his enjoyable experience putting the racks together:

“Really enjoying my new wine racks. Picture enclosed of the 2 racks next to the audio / video rack in my basement. I get complimented on the wine racks all the time.

I found it relatively easy to assemble the racks. I actually did a press-fit assemble of the racks first. With this I made sure I had all the pieces for assembly in the correct location and orientation. Then I carefully disassembled the rack by section and used a nail gun to attach the individual pieces. I then re-assembled the units, securing the sections with the nail gun. Worked like a charm!

Anyway, hope you enjoy the photo — including the ghost on the TV screen!”

~Roy G.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Eco-Friendly Options To Consider In Your Wine Cellar

June 21st, 2017

Being conscious of the environment and doing your part to keep the balance is ALWAYS a good thing. There are so many things that we can do to help preserve Mother Nature’s beauty. Being conscious of our choices is one of the best ways to contribute to a greener environment. And these greener choices can start in our wine cellars!

Go for smarter wood options!

Smarter wood options

Naturally, there are so many varieties of wood to choose from for your wine cellar project. It’s only natural that you’d go for a wood option that’s of excellent quality, reasonably priced, and of course, attractive. But you can raise the bar a little higher and add “eco-friendly” to your list. There are woods that can give you all these outstanding features and more – because they’re eco-friendly on top of it all. Our top pick? Redwood!  Why so? It’s because here at WCI, our Redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI, Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the Redwood clients purchase from us has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner.

Make the right choice with your stain and finish options!

Water-based stain and finish options

What do we mean by this? Well, here’s some food for thought. A lot of people utilize oil-based stains without realizing how harmful the effects are both to the human body and the environment. Oil based stains typically have six times the VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) of water-borne stains and finishes. These VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic.  Exposure to high levels of VOCs, especially those that are neurotoxic, can cause headaches, nausea, confusion, and in worst cases, seizures or even death. If you want to dress up your wine racks and other wine cellar furniture, make the right choice and buy water-based stains and finishes. You don’t even have to use paint thinner or other potent solvents for cleaning up since water-borne stains and top coats clean up with just soap and water.

Consider eco-friendy materials for your flooring!

Eco-friendly flooring

Your wine cellar flooring is one of the bigger chunks you’d need to complete in your wine cellar project. There are many materials available in the market and more of these are leaning towards the clean and green. We recommend  utilizing natural materials such as Cork or Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring. Cork is a natural and durable material that is harvested with minimal impact on the environment. On the other hand, Vintage Wine Barrel flooring is made from reclaimed wood components from wine barrels. It will give your custom wine cellar the feel of being right in the heart of wine country. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #338: WineMaker Racks Always Make It Work!

June 20th, 2017

The WineMaker Series has been chalking up a lot of popularity points in since last year. But we feel like it still deserves more praise because seriously, the racking units from this series always make it work. We have yet to encounter a wine cellar project utilizing our WineMaker Series that didn’t meet the client’s desired goal and we don’t ever see that happening. WineMaker wine racks are reliable with a capital “R,” especially for compact wine cellar projects. Our Tech Tuesday feature today definitely emphasizes this:

Project # 288204
Wood: Winemaker / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 582
Where: Sonoma, CA

The WineMaker Series in Dark Walnut Stain

For an entry-level wine cellar, this completed project boasts of a bottle capacity of nearly 600 bottles. That’s pretty generous, considering this room’s limited floor area. This is the best feature of WineMaker racking units. The racks are manufactured with shallow depth which make them both space-efficient and cost-effective. Honestly, you can’t get a better deal than that! In addition, Our WineMaker racks have always been known for their stackable qualities, allowing you to buy 3 or 4 foot racks and stack them to any height you desire. This is what makes it very convenient for someone using these racks to outfit a wine cellar when room configurations are a bit cramped or awkward.

Now check out the finished project below. Notice that despite the shallow-depth of the racks, the arrangement doesn’t look tight or crowded at all. Rest assured that your bottles will be stored comfortably since the body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks. The neck of the bottle slightly sticks out, but the safety of the bottle is certainly not compromised in any way:

Stained and lacquered racks

The racks for this particular project are done in Dark Walnut stain with Lacquer to boot. You can actually see from the images that the racks sport an attractive, gleaming finish. Once they are all filled up, they will accentuate the bottles perfectly and make this entire wine cellar definite eye-candy. Of course, it also helps tons that the client also decided to put up that sweet piece of custom wine cellar art. We’ve talked about it countless times on the blog, but it bears emphasizing that adding a pop of color to your wine cellar comes highly recommended. A carefully chosen art piece can get the job done which is why you should take the time to check out our extensive custom wine cellar art options as well. *Cheers*

Learning The Full Scope Of WCI’s Wine Cellar Services

June 19th, 2017

What can WCI do for you and your wine cellar projects? You’d be pleasantly surprised to find out that our services are just as varied and all-encompassing as our products. WCI is not limited to just providing you with racking products to meet your wine storage needs. We are actually so much more than that and we want you guys to know more about what we can offer.

Wine cellar design services

Our full consultation services…

First off, let’s talk about WCI’s consultation services. You most likely have read in a lot of our blogs that we provide free initial consultation services, including a free design for those who fill out our Design Request Form. But that doesn’t cover the full scope of our consultation services. We have augmented these services with our Architectural Design Services as well as a complete review process. Architectural Design Services are being made available to those seeking to integrate architectural elements such as stone or advanced paneling work, into their custom wine cellar project. As for the review process, it involves a professional wine cellar consultant spending time with you to review your custom wine cellar design and related room specification details.

Racking assembly and installation services

Our full assembly and installation services…

WCI boasts of an amazing team of factory-certified installers who can provide assembly and installation services worldwide. But this isn’t all that we do! Apart from putting your wine cellar together, our installers also offer initial free consultation on construction requirements for the racking units you purchased. And get this – the work area is cleaned after job completion! That means you get the necessary clean-up job without having to shell out some precious extra dollars.

Our full shipping/delivery services…

Always one of the biggest concerns, we’ve made our shipping and delivery services as responsive as possible to the needs of our valued clientele. We offer free shipping every day on all our online wine rack kits, but we also have the Quick Ship Program to accommodate customers with tight deadlines. Note that upgrading to this program is 100% free! Depending on the material, stain, quantity, and items selected we can ship your order in as little as 1 day from date of receipt for no additional fees. Moreover, we utilize various shipping methods to ensure that your racking and other purchases arrive to you when you need it, and free from damage.

Need more details on all these amazing services? We’re just an e-mail or chat away! ^_^