If you’re going to go all out on a wine cellar project, then you have to do it right! And in our humble opinion, the best way to do so is by choosing the most versatile and top quality wine racking units – like our Platinum Series. As a testament to said world-class quality of the racking units in this collection, we’ve put up this Tech Tuesday feature for you guys:
Project # 237018
Wood: Platinum / All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1596
Check out the amazing bottle storage variety this wine room has. It certainly showcases the best features of the Platinum Series – Individual Bottle Columns with High Reveal Displays, gorgeous custom Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, and Vertical Displays. The racking arrangement is finished off with a Quarter Round Shelf, a Standard Archway with Double Glass hanging rack, and a Peninsula Tabletop.
The Peninsula Tabletop sports an Elite Coat of lacquer – which basically means three coats were applied to give it that absolutely elegant look. Note that with the Platinum Series, you can incorporate a “tasting center” into your wine cellar with just the addition of custom wine tasting tables that this collection carries. The Peninsula Tabletop is one of our favorites since you can also convert it to a seating area. Notice, too, that the Tabletop has lots of extra storage room at the bottom for wine accessories and other decorative accents you might want to display:
This wine cellar also features a Winezone wine cooling unit which is neatly tucked away and looks very much like a part of the racking assembly thanks to the Wood Grille covers:
While the Peninsula Tabletop is all lacquered up, the rest of the racks in this assembly are unstained, showcasing the lovely, natural hues of All-Heart Redwoodm. It bears mentioning time and again that Redwood is one of the most durable and highly resistant wood species there is, particularly when it comes to wood options for wine cellar projects. You can’t find any other North American wood that has as much resistance to rot, mildew and insects. As the Redwood tree grows, the heart takes on minerals which is responsible for the beautiful reddish-brown tones the wood sports, as well as resistance to decay. Check out this sample that was actually buried for 2,000 years and is still as good as the Clear All Heart Redwood used to build our wine cellars at present.
Now if you’re in the planning stages of your wine cellar project, we highly encourage you to go all-out Platinum! Talk with our experienced design consultants today and get free consultation advice on how to get started. *Cheers*
Serving your wine has to be done with care. After all, you’d want your guests to enjoy the best taste of each bottle you pop open. That’s why it’s highly recommended to serve wine at its ideal temperature to ensure that you preserve its peak taste and smell. So just like storing wine, serving wine also follows some essential rules, specifically on wine serving temperatures.
Learning the basics…
Now let’s first recall the ideal wine storage conditions that basically emulate those in the underground caves of Europe. The ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity which means wine cellars have to maintain such conditions in a consistent manner to keep the wine bottles “fresh.” That’s because extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity will have a detrimental effect to the wine’s aging process. But what about when you’re about to serve your wines? Is there a significant difference between “storing” and “serving” temperatures? You bet there is!
Let’s start off with the most basic – the reds. Red wine is highly recommended to be served cool at a serving temperature of around 60 to 70 degrees. You might hear from others that red wine is best served at room temperature, but that’s actually a misconception. Serving it cool at 60 to 70 degrees will bring out the reds’ peak taste. Once you’re selected your choice of red from your wine cellar, give it an hour in the fridge before serving it.
Next up is your whites. White wine and rose are both recommended to be served at a temperature of 50 t0 60 degrees. Why so? That’s because these temperatures can dramatically impact the way your white or rose will taste and smell. Also, once you have opened the bottle and poured a round for your guests, we recommend that you skip the ice. Let the bottle thaw on the table and you will notice that wine’s aromas and character will take on more interesting tastes and textures as the temperature rises.
Last but not the least, let’s talk about the serving temperature of sparkling wine. It’s not called the “bubbly” for nothing! Putting the bottle about an hour before popping it open will put it in the best temperature for pouring which is about 40 to 50 degrees. If time is an issue, put your bottle in an ice bucket for thirty minutes or so. Note that keeping your bottle in ice cold temperature will keep the bubbles fine rather than foamy. So after you have poured, don’t forget to keep the open bottle on ice until it’s all finished. *Cheers*
What happens when you don’t have proper wine storage for your bottles? Well, basically, you get more or less the same problem as our client Ken here used to have: a nearly impossible hunting spree for the bottle you actually want to pop open. Prior to his purchase of his WCI racks, Ken admitted to having wine bottles in various places in their home. As a result, they had to spend more time hunting for that one bottle they’d been craving to taste rather than actually enjoying it. So in order to give their growing collection a proper home and save them from the frustrations of “bottle hunting,” they sent in for some Individual Bottle Columns from our Designer Series wine rack kits:
To facilitate a more efficient assembly and installation of the racks, Ken utilized a nail gun which yielded some pretty awesome results. Check out these snaps of the completed wine racking assembly, all filled up with their once homeless bottles. The racks were put together neatly and perfectly fit into that empty stretch of wall in the client’s home. The addition of some clever decorative accents also helped increase the aesthetic appeal of the racking arrangement. Utilizing a nail gun was indeed a smart move because among all the methods to assembly a wine rack, this is easily the most practical one. Watch our learning video on popular ways to assemble a wine rack to see exactly what we mean!
Ken was kind enough to share his WCI experience with us as well and what he had to say about our products was certainly heartwarming:
“We’ve been enjoying our racks for some time now. I used a pneumatic nail gun and it did make the job easier. I also attached all the racks to the wall securely, and to each other to provide rigidity. I used a drop of glue at each junction point before I drove the nail, and I’m very happy with the results. I labeled the racks “Rack A”, “Rack B”, etc. and then subdivided each rack into its obvious “bin” (separated by the obvious cross pieces) and then row, column. The data base I created then tracks where each bottle is located by rack-bin-row-column. We used to have bottles all over the house and while we might know we had a certain bottle, it was nearly impossible to find it. Now we don’t have that problem.”
Building a wine cellar is really a creative process rather than a mere technical one. Sure, you basically put together a wine racking assembly and it’s no rocket science. However, that’s not all there is to it. With a wine cellar, no matter the size and shape of it, it’s not just all about “assembling” but also about “designing.” The aesthetic aspect of a wine cellar project matters and will always matter because your total satisfaction of the end results depends a lot on the visual outcome as well.
That being said, it’s our pleasure to share with you these wine cellar construction ideas that will make your project twice as fun to build. With the help of WCI’s varied selection of wine cellar accents, you’ll not only be putting together your wine racks but giving them the essential artistic touches as well.
Let’s start off with some decorative wood trim. Now you’ve heard us point out more than once on this blog just how essential a role custom moldings play in a wine racking assembly. They help blend in any gaps between the wine racks, and the ceiling and flooring, giving your wine cellar a neat and finished look. But did you know that you can also play around with these moldings, design-wise? With some choice Decorative Moldings, you can actually add more detail and high relief to the interior trim of your wine cellar. You can also do the same with other aspects of your wine cellar such as with wood paneling, wood onlays, wood grille covers, and more.
Speaking of wood paneling, that brings us to another decorative element in your wine cellar project – your wine cellar cabinets. Spice up those standard storage cabinets with custom panel doors! A very popular choice would be the Raised Panel Cabinet Doors since they are simple and elegant. But if you want a little more flair, try a Glass Panel Cabinet Door with custom etchings. Glass etchings give off a delicate charm and will accentuate your display of glassware really well. You can also go for Hand-Carved Panel Cabinet Doors or those with Wood Borders and Onlays. Still, there are also those who’d prefer a rocking combo of form and function in which case, transforming your standard cabinets into a Cigar Humidor would certainly be a clever move.
And now for the last wine cellar design tip: putting in custom wine cellar lighting! We cannot over-emphasize the importance of this design element. Custom lighting can highlight both your wine racks and bottles on display. With the right kind of wine cellar lighting, you can also create the most suitable mood for your wine room. For example, Recessed LED Downlights can spotlight your custom wine cellar ceiling while a linear LED Display lighting system will help accent your wine display racks and archways. On the other hand, if you have stained glass or other decorative applications in your wine cellar, Fluorescent Slimlites will illuminate these perfectly.
Talk to our design consultants today and let’s make these wine cellar design ideas and so much more happen to you and your wine cellar!