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Wine Cellar Inspirations: The “Traditional” Wine Cellar

August 31st, 2016

A wonderful Wednesday to all of our fellow wine cellar lovers out there! Did you guys check out last week’s WCI Inspirations? We’ve been talking about different wine cellar themes for the past few weeks, starting with the “shabby chic” wine cellar. Last week, we shared some tips on how to style a “contemporary” one. Today, it’s all about the good, old “traditional” wine cellar – the kind that would showcase timeless appeal while keeping your collection in the best of storage conditions 24/7. So let’s get started!

Designing your “traditional” wine cellar

First off, when we say “traditional,” it’s all about the classics. The orthodox, the conventional, the established style for wine cellars. That means we have to draw inspiration from the European wine cellars that existed way back. As far as the wine storage conditions are concerned, these wine cellars tried to emulate the conditions that existed in European caves where wines were stored back in the days of old. That means you have to get as close to 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity in your wine cellar and maintain these conditions to help keep your collection in peak taste. Choosing the right wine cooling system is indispensable. We recommend constructing your wine cellar in the coolest and most humid place in your home. The heat gain calculation for your wine cellar takes into consideration the surrounding environment that will affect the wine cellar and the overall cost for maintenance will be lower.

Next, the actual wine cellar design. We’re talking about your wine racks, wine racking arrangement, the flooring, ceiling, entryway – the whole shebang. Because you want this to be a classic, your wood option is quite significant in achieving the traditional look. We recommend using Redwood or Prime Mahogany for your wine racks. You can choose to go with unstained versions, but for a more elegant charm, deeper colored stains get the job done. We like how Classic Mahogany and Dark Walnut stains show off the natural grain patterns of the wood and give them a dramatic finish to boot. A lacquer finish is also a fantastic way to bring about a luxurious sheen to your wine racks reminiscent of luxe 1800 European furniture. In general, wood elements should be highlighted in the wine cellar because unlike a contemporary theme that relies mostly on glass and metal materials, a traditional wine cellar relies more on wood and stone elements.

Now let’s talk about the flooring, ceiling, and walls. If you want to keep the design true to the “traditional” theme, keep things simple but classy. We recommend a vintage wine barrel or cork flooring to give the wine cellar an authentic “old wine country” feel. For the walls, plain, painted walls or stone and brick materials will do the trick. But if you choose to do the walls in the same material as your floors, that would also work. Clashing materials and designs do not create a “traditional” atmosphere. Here are some sample projects to guide you:





Technical Tuesday Episode #297: Echelon Wine Racks

August 30th, 2016

Tech Tuesday greetings, wine cellar lovers! Did you guys check out last week’s WCI Inspirations blog post? We talked about designing a “contemporary-themed” wine cellar and what elements should be utilized to really make it work. Today, we got especially lucky because WCI is now carrying these wine racks that definitely fit the bill when it comes to contemporary style. Say hello to the Echelon Wine Racks:

Echelon Wine Racks

These beautifully structured wine racking units are truly unique in every way. They are crafted from extruded aluminium with a natural satin anodized finish – architectural grade. This gives the racks a sleek and very modern appearance that really reeks of that contemporary appeal. But the best thing about it is that owing to the distinct sculptured design combined with neutral colors, the effect is both minimalistic and elegant.

Modular configurations

Now here’s something even more impressive about these wine racks: they possess modular configurations which make for convenient racking and stacking. That means you can add more units any time, expand your wine racking assembly, and grow your wine racks along with your collection. So basically, you can start off with the smallest unit which holds 6 bottles (or a maximum of 7 bottles if you use the top tier), then just add in more racks whenever your space and budget are ready to accommodate more wine bottles. No pressure!

Multi-functional Echelon Wine Racks

Last but not the least, the Echelon Wine Racks are multi-functional. This is something you should consider in purchasing wine racking units because you’d want the best value for your dollar. Note that the Echelon Wine Racks, as can be gleaned from the series of photos above, can be used as freestanding units in the kitchen or dining area, in tabletops, or countertops and such. They can also be used on compact wine cellar projects such as wine cellar closets and home tasting bars. And of course, you can certainly utilize them in bigger projects, including commercial ones. The Echelon Wine Racks come in 6-bottle, 12-bottle, and 24-bottle configurations. Browse the full wave wine rack products for other details and grab yourself an Echelon Wine Rack today! ^_^

The Finer Details Of Our Designer Series Wine Racks

August 29th, 2016

It’s almost time to say goodbye to August – and with that, to the summer season as well. But let’s always look on the bright side of things because even if we bid adieu to the gloriously warm summer days, we’re going to be welcoming a really gorgeous season soon. Fall is just around the corner, bringing with it an explosion of awesome colors and other changes to boot. And speaking of welcoming something gorgeous, we’re going to do just that today as we go into the finer details of our Designer Series wine racks.

Designer Series wine racks

Why you should go “Designer”

Some of you who are not yet acquainted with it might be asking, “Why the Designer Series?” Well, we can give you plenty of reasons why! If you just skim through the blog archives, you will notice that the Designer Series wine racks have been very dominant in both professional and DIY wine cellar projects. In fact, just last year, it was leading the pack, slightly ahead of Vintner which had always been the frontrunner for our wine rack kits.

Why you should go "Designer"

One of the biggest reasons for the success of our Designer Series is the ability of the wine racking units to elevate “standard” racking to the look and feel of a custom project. The series is composed of a healthy assortment of racking styles that can easily outfit a room or a compact space. Moreover, the racks are easy to assemble and install which make them the smart choice for newbies. But despite the convenience in putting together the wine racks, one doesn’t have to compromise on style at all. Thanks to the variety of individual and bulk bottle storage options available as well as accents such, as the crown and base molding packages, even an entry-level wine cellar can sport an elegant and professional look.

Another reason why Designer has earned such a solid reputation as far as wine racks are concerned is the fantastic rating the series has gotten from customers who purchased the kits. Customers usually rate the wine racks based on quality, stability, ease of assembly, and price. Designer has scored really high on all these categories over the last couple of years. Most notable is the fact that customers have given the price of the series the highest rating, signifying that Designer provides the best value for their money.

Last but certainly not the least, the Designer Series, like all our other wine rack kits, is constantly evolving to meet future changing wine storage needs. Recently, we’ve added a new Lacquer option for the series as well as the choice to have the racks shipped fully assembled for a reasonable upcharge. We recommend checking out the full Designer Series product page and see all the reasons why you should go Designer. ^_^

Making The Most Of Your Compact Wine Cellar With Designer Series

August 25th, 2016

The Designer Series is back and it’s definitely back with a bang! This week alone, we’ve had two awesome testimonials about this particular series in our wine rack kits collection (check out our latest Tech Tuesday episode!). Today, it’s all about creating the most fitting wine racking design for a compact space and the Designer Series really delivered in this aspect.

Now our client Jay had this relatively small space in his home that he wanted to really maximize as far as bottle storage capacity is concerned. But what he got when he chose to purchase our Designer Series wine racking units was not just generous storage space for his collection, but a wine racking assembly that’s easy on the eyes as well. Jay gives props to our experienced consultant who worked closely with him in figuring out the design that would suit his bottle storage needs. Needless to say, the results were very satisfactory and we once again ended up with a very happy client.

Jay sent in for some Individual Bottle Columns and Rectangular Bins. The racks were stained and actually pre-assembled! So all that the client had to do was pick up the racks and bring them to his home all set for installation. According to Jay, it only took an hour for his second wine cellar to be finished. As you can see from the shot he sent us of his recently completed compact wine cellar, it looks clean and seamless with more than enough space for future bottles to be added in.

Now here’s a great 411 to prospective clients seeking to purchase these assembled wine racking units like Jay: YES, you can order your racks already assembled and ready to go upon payment of reasonable extra charges for the assembly. While Jay was a local client, WCI also provides installation services all over the country as we have tie-ups with installers who are familiar with our products and can render the services you need. All you need to do is get in touch with us and we can take care of those details for you!

The Designer Series

“Everything worked out really well! I worked with Chris Meutsch who did a great job helping me figure out the best design for the small space. I just wanted to make it functional with as high of a storage capacity as possible. I was adding my second cellar this time. The first one should have been bigger! I picked up the assembled racks and took them to my house in Hyde Park. They were hung in an hour!”

~Jay S.~

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