Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Clients Sing Praises To WCI Products And Customer Service

November 15th, 2018

Our client Chris declared that working with the WCI team was definitely the right decision on their part. So when their home wine bar was completed, we couldn’t wait to show it off. Here’s a terrific shot of the racking assembly using our Vintner Series racking units:

Gorgeous Vintner tasting center

Again, Vintner was able to deliver a flawless set-up that worked perfectly with the designated space in the client’s home. You will notice that this racking assembly is set up against the wall. Under ordinary circumstances, this wine storage would have to be fully customized. But thanks to the flexibility of Vintner wine racks, everything fit like a glove.

The anchoring point of this racking assembly is the Vintner Individual Tasting Center. It comes with tons of individual bottle storage, glassware storage, as well as a tabletop option. From there, the client was able to augment the tasting center with other pieces from the series. Solid Diamond Cubes were added and Quarter Round Displays on both ends. Lastly, crown and base moldings and center seam trim were incorporated to bring it all together. The end result is this beautiful wine storage that looks professionally done. There are no gaps between the racks, ceiling and floors. It certainly has a built-in feel to it!

Grand Mahogany was the wood choice for this project. If you’ve noticed, the client went for the unstained version of the wood. You can see how Grand Mahogany’s pinkish to almost white colors really standing out. This is why it’s one of our top wood options. Exceptional quality aside, Grand Mahogany is also very easy on the eyes. It has uniform color and a relatively straight grain pattern. It also takes stains and finishes extremely well, should you choose to go that route. Needless to say, the clients were 100% satisfied with the outcome. They were able to smoothly work with WCI products, as well as with our design consultants.

“Working with Wine Cellar Innovations was the right decision. Amy made the design process look easy and was in great communication with me the whole time. The product is so well made with robust instructions and videos to reference. I always knew that the Wine Cellar Innovations team would be there if we ran into problems or needed help along the way. We love the final product and would highly recommend Amy and the team at Wine Cellar Innovations to anyone looking to create a showpiece for their home!”

~Chris M.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Accessorizing Your Refrigerated Wine Cabinets

November 14th, 2018

Time and again, we’ve shared on the blog the reasons why refrigerated wine cabinets are pretty amazing. They are able to provide proper wine storage even in limited spaces. Moreover, they can be tailored according to one’s budget. And not only that! It’s also easy and enjoyable to customize them. By accessorizing, you can make these wine cabinets truly your own. We’re going to share some of these ideas with you today and get you inspired with them:

Add a French Door entry!

Adding in a classy French Door entry

First up is probably our most favorite add-on: the French Door entry. You can actually choose this custom option with our Wine Sentinel refrigerated wine cabinets. A French Door adds a lot of class and character to the wine cabinet. It also lends the illusion of having a much bigger storage. Here at WCI, our doors are equipped with proper insulation values and weather-stripping. You can also have your windows tinted. This will minimize light exposure to protect your bottles.

Embellish with Quarter Round Displays!

Embellish with Quarter Round Displays

The great thing about refrigerated wine cabinets is their storage versatility. What do we mean by this? It means that you can keep more than just your wine bottles in them. That’s why they’re the best alternative to a formal wine cellar when you can’t have one. For example, you can also store wineglasses, decanters, and other glassware in your wine cabinet. That also includes decor and other odds and ends. Embellishing your cabinet with display shelves is the way to go. Our favorite is definitely the Quarter Round Displays. These can be installed one one or both ends of the cabinet. They will also help give your cabinet a truly finished appearance.

Stain, paint, or finish your wine cabinets!

Stain, paint, or finish for a unique look

Since wine cabinets are mostly comprised of wood materials, you can actually do so much with them, style-wise. Wood is a versatile material to work with, particularly those of impeccable quality. Our top picks would be All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. We also have a soft spot for Sapele and Cherry. These wood species absorb stains and finishes extremely well. They also transform beautifully when painted. By dressing up your wine cabinet, you can match it with any existing interior furniture or decor. This is also how you can make that cabinet sport that “built-in” look.

Do you have more ideas for accessorizing your wine cabinets? We’d love to hear them, so comment down below! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #408: Standout Elegance In Dark Walnut Stain

November 13th, 2018

We’ve always been a fan of clean and crisp lines and solid hues in wine cellar projects. That’s why today’s Tech Tuesday is right up our alley. This beautiful custom wine cellar exhibits standout elegance and certainly worth sharing. Let’s take a visual tour to properly appreciate it:

Project # 310359
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1410
Where: Canton, GA

At first glance, you can immediately see that this wine cellar is professionally made. The racking assembly covers the entire perimeter of the room in a very smooth manner. As the expression goes, there’s “not a hair out of place” in this project. We can attribute the smooth transition of the racks to their top-notch manufacturing quality. But there are also a few gems that were instrumental in making this all come together. The first one would be the custom crown and base moldings. We cannot emphasize enough how essential they are in making the racking arrangement look really polished. These moldings help close those awkward gaps between the racks and the ceiling and flooring. Plus, since they can be customized, they can work with the curved corner racking units as well:

The second accessory that helped creating this elegant assembly is the stain option used on the racks. Unstained Premium Redwood sports a naturally attractive color. But stains and finishes are key in order to achieve a specific type of look or theme for your wine cellar. In this case, the client wanted a simple but bold silhouette. So our design team wisely chose a Dark Walnut Stain for the racks. Since Premium Redwood has beautiful grain patterns, these show up very well against darker colored stains. Dark Walnut is a deep golden-brown stain that deepens almost all shades of wood. You can check out more swatches for this stain option, as well as for other finishes with our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer.

Another accessory that can contribute to a flawless layout is the Center Seam Trim. This a custom amenity that has been incorporated into some of our wine rack kits. The Vintner Series is one of these. With the Center Seam Trim, your racking assembly will look even more perfect. That’s because this accessory helps in removing gaps between racking units when you stack them. It’s especially useful when you’re utilizing racks from different series, or a combination of custom and “kits.” This project doesn’t use any center seam trim, but check out our photo galleries for those that do! *Cheers*

Reasons Why You Can’t Say No To WCI Stains And Finishes

November 12th, 2018

A good number of our wine cellar projects feature our racking products with various stains and finishes. We love highlighting these projects for a number of reasons. First, we want to showcase how these stains and finishes can make a wine cellar look really unique. Second, we want to let our clients see how their different style preferences can be accommodated by these stains and finishes. Third and last, we also want to exhibit the difference using our stains and finishes. So here are the reasons why you can’t say no to them:

Eco-friendly water-based stains and finishes

WCI stains and finishes are eco-friendly!

Now this might come as a bit of a surprise to some people. Common knowledge dictates that stains and finishes contain toxic substances that can be harmful to both the environment and the human body. This is quite true – if you’re using oil-based products. That’s because oil-based stains and finishes have high concentration of VOCs ( Volatile Organic Compounds). Some of these VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic. Exposure to high levels of VOCs, especially those that are neurotoxic, is dangerous to one’s health. Since oil-based stains dry or cure slowly, there is prolonged exposure to substantial quantities of VOCs. But not here at WCI! We use only water-based stains, finishes, as well as lacquer. The drying time of these water-borne products is just a fraction compared to the oil-based ones. Plus, they are UV-resistant, odor-free and easy to clean up. You only need soap and water! That means you won’t ever touch paint thinner or other potent solvents. And of course, they contain little to almost no VOCs.

Blended stain option and lacquer

WCI stains and finishes can be customized!

WCI has a fairly healthy selection of stains and finishes. Plus, we also do our best to keep coming up with new additions. Just this year, we added three to the list: Whitewash, Opaque White, and Graywash. But apart from the “standard” options, we also have the “blended stains.” This is a product that lets the clients come up with a really distinct look for their wine racks. This stain is exactly what the title reflects. WCI can blend any of our current stains together to create something custom for you. We can even take a custom match and match it up. For example, you can request for a swatch with 90% Light Stain and 10% Midnight Black. Or you can do a 50-50, like with Dark Walnut and Midnight Black, for a truly distinct and bold color on your wine cellar.