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Client Gives Detailed Review On Our Perfect-Fit Wine Racks

September 21st, 2017

One of the biggest struggles people have with buying things online is the fear that the product they’ll purchase won’t fit properly, won’t look as good as the real thing or won’t perform as well as expected. These are legit fears and it’s certainly the duty of the seller to alleviate them. Here at WCI, we are always working hard and working overtime to make sure we deliver quality products and services to our customers. That’s why we welcome all kinds of constructive feedback that will help us improve in all aspects of the business. We’re truly grateful that our client Robert took the time to provide this detailed review of our racking units and consultation services:

Perfect-fit wine racks

This beautiful assembly was a DIY project. The client put them together using a nail gun and with the help of WCI’s online videos, installation instructions, and the full-on assistance of one of our design specialists. All these received great feedback from the client, but we particularly loved the emphasis given on our racking components – our perfect-fit wine racks. When he performed the assembly and installation, he was very satisfied with how all the pieces, including the trim, came together. The racking dimensions were spot-on and fit perfectly into the designated space in the wine room. It was certainly a “what you see is what you get” experience. The client purchased the racks relying on our product specifications and he got exactly what was being marketed online. The result was a wonderful experience for the client and a very happy pat on the back for us for a job well done.

Precise dimensions for the wine room

Nail gun installation made things go very smoothly.

The wine racks are great.  They assembled quite easily once I got the first one done.  The nail gun was essential.  I could not imagine trying to do the job by hand nailing; that would have taken triple to time at least, been much more difficult and meant a lot more mistakes. I was very pleased with how well all the rack components fit together, including the trim pieces; making the finished product look great.  The dimensions being precise is also very important for how they fit into the walls of my wine room.  Well done.

Although I had an extra rack system sent with my shipment in error (which led to some confusion and extra work); and my shipment arrived across 2 days – all my components were in good shape and I could get to work quickly to stay on track with the construction and startup of my wine room.  My shipment arrived a few days early – and before a weekend.  This was great, I used the time to stay on track with the rest of the construction.

The installation instructions were mostly good, the videos on line help a lot as well. My design specialist was Jordan Newman.  He did a great job working with me putting the design together.  I attached a few pictures on my assembled and loaded racks. In picture 3, you can see how important precise dimensions are, so the finished racks fit into the stone walls exactly.

~Robert W.~.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Recommended “Budget” Wine Racks

September 20th, 2017

Working with a budget can be a bit frustrating at times. It’s especially the case when you need to stay within or even under budget. But this should not deter you from arriving at the results you really want. More so if it’s a wine cellar project! These days, there are lots of options that will allow you to build gorgeous wine cellars with custom amenities sans the custom cost. Most racking units can also be easily mixed and matched to allow you to create unique assemblies. Here are some of our recommended budget wine racks that you need to check out:

Small or “Mini” Wine Racks

Small or Mini Wine Racks

These smaller racking units have been making waves in the wine cellar scene recently. They are compact but very functional and wonderfully space-efficient. They are the ideal choice with starter wine cellar projects because they’re so easy to assemble, install, and eventually grow along with your collection. You can also mix and match them with other racking styles and create really versatile bottle storage for your collection. Since you can purchase the units individually, you also get to control how much you’re going to spend. Then when future funds will allow it, you can easily acquire more to add to your growing wine cellar.

Wine Rack Pins and PegsWine Rack Pins and Pegs

Wine rack pins and pegs are technically not wine “racks.” But they definitely function as one! They are also one of the smartest alternatives you can have when the budget is a bit swollen. The pins and pegs can go anywhere in your home – the kitchen, the dining room, and yes, even the living area. Of course, they can definitely work with any wine cellar project. You will find these pins and pegs particularly useful when you have a compact space to transform into your wine storage. Since they can be installed in the walls, you will be able to maximize your room’s storage capacity, even when it’s just as small as a broom closet or a converted kitchen cupboard.

Wine Rack Stacks

Wine Rack “Stacks”

What exactly are Wine Rack “Stacks?” It’s actually a much bigger racking unit that combines individual and bulk bottle storage options into one. Usually, you’ll get individual bottle storage on the first upper half of the unit and bulk storage at the bottom. Most popular examples of these include Individual Bottle Column x Diamond Bin combo, Individual Bottle Column x Rectangular Bin combo, and Individual Bottle Column x Fixed Shelf combo. Our Vintner Series has recently introduced a Vintner “Stacks” collection to add to its ever developing “kits” line. You should certainly check it out!

Technical Tuesday Episode #350: Custom Project Looking Dapper In Lacquer

September 19th, 2017

We’re probably all familiar with that saying that “Clothes make the man (or woman!).” That also actually applies to wine cellars as well! How you dress up your wine racks and other wine cellar furniture will definitely make an aesthetic difference. We have today’s Tech Tuesday showcase to give us an illustration:

Project # 294293
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1843
Where: Jefferson, KY

This beautiful and ample-sized wine cellar is another custom and kit combo. Choice pieces from our Vintner Series were combined with some custom racking to create a versatile assembly with tons of bottle storage. This set-up can comfortably host a little over 1800 bottles. And you can see from the snapshots of the completed racking below just how varied the storage options are:

Beautiful Dark Walnut stain racks

So here we can see a really good use of different individual bottle racking styles. There’s the standard Individual Bottle Columns, Curved Corner Racks, and Magnum Wine Racks as well. Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim and Rectangular Bin Bottles were utilized for bulk bottle storage. Custom Quarter Round Shleves and crown, base, and center seam moldings complete the entire arrangement.

But the customization process doesn’t end there! Check out the wine racks and see how dapper they look all dressed up in a gorgeous Dark Walnut stain. Dark Walnut is a golden-brown stain that deepens almost all shades of wood. Since Premium Redwood is lighter in color than All-Heart Redwood, the stain is even more pronounced. On top of all that, a coat of Lacquer was also added to all the racks, giving them a very elegant finish. Lacquering your racks will give it that stunning, gleaming appearance that exudes class from all angles. Here at WCI, we are able to achieve this through multiple applications of a clear coat sealant with intricate hand-sanding treatments between finishes:

One coat of Standard Lacquer on all the racks

This wine cellar certainly hits all the bullet points on the list: spacious, functional, seamless, and elegant. It goes to show how the right stain and finish options can really change up the look of your wood and make it more eye-catching. If you want to learn more about WCI’s stains and finishes, check out this section of the website. We also recommend trying out our Wood Swatch Simulator to properly visualize how your wood choice will look with the various stains and finishes. And of course, don’t forget that you can always count on our team of professional consultants to guide you every step of the way! *Cheers*

High Reveal Display Rows And More For Our Designer Series!

September 18th, 2017

Our upgraded Designer Series!

Our Designer Series is making a comeback and it’s really bringing it on! This series is part of our wine rack kits and comes very close second to Vintner in almost all aspects, particularly versatility. In fact, it has become even more versatile thanks to some upgrades. If you guys haven’t kept up-to-date with our Designer Series, now is a good time to do so. We’re going to give you the run-down of what this awesome wine racks kit can offer.

More racking storage options!

Let’s start off with the Individual Bottle Storage option. This is obviously the most popular style in any type of racking, custom or kits. Our Designer Series has always kept itself on top of the game by offering a good selection of individual bottle storage options. You have the standard individual bottle columns in 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 column widths. There’s also the Curved Corner Racks and storage for magnums or other similar, larger-format bottles. But just recently, we expanded that list with some more additions. First off, we integrated display rows into our multi-column width racking units. You can have the display row feature added to your purchase, allowing you to showcase your bottles to full advantage. This is a highly recommended feature for commercial wine establishments. The display rows will draw immediate attention to the merchandise you want to market.

High Reveal Displays

But apart from this, WCI still added another innovative option to the Individual Bottle Columns for the Designer Series. This time, we incorporated High Reveal Display Rows into the racks! High reveals are very popular because they give your wine racking assembly that edge when showcasing your collection. They also make your racking assembly look less cramped. With these display rows, a commercial wine establishment will able to highlight its most in-demand labels. It’s certainly a sales booster!

Of course, the Designer Series also covers other bases, such as bulk bottle storage. You will be pleased to find quite a generous assortment of Diamonds, Cases, and even Waterfall Wine Racks with this series. These units can also be easily mixed and matched to come up with various styles to suit your home or store’s design. Last but not the least, we’ve also expanded on the accessories and finishes for this series. Apart from the woods, stains, and finishes, we’ve also recently added the Lacquer option to our Designer Series kit. If you want more details on what this kit has to offer you, shoot us an e-mail or call our team of professionals today. ^_^