Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Client Strikes A Pose With Vintner Wine Racks

October 20th, 2016

Our Vintner Series is really upping its game this Fall season! If you wine cellar fans have noticed, our last few blogs have been all about the Vintner Wine Racks and how clients are raving about them. Here’s another one to add to the list! Our client Peter bought some 10-column Individual Bottle Wine Racks from the Vintner Series wine racks kit and turned this little closet space into a pretty neat wine storage:

Vintner Series

Speaking of Individual Bottle Storage, you probably won’t get any the flexibility that you want at a reasonable cost to boot with other wine racking units as you can with Vintner. The Individual Bottle Columns from this series come in a variety of height options to suit any and all types of wine cellar projects. The racks can be racked and stacked to accommodate just about any ceiling height which is why they’re one of the best choices you can make for compact projects like this one:

Premium Redwood

Note that the wine bottles stored on this 10-Column Individual Bottle Wine Racks are cradled on customized rails that are carefully manufactured with beveled ends and rounded edges. Not only does this provide the needed security for the bottles, but it also ensures that your wine labels will not tear when the bottles are removed or replaced. You can also see that there are really nice center seam moldings added to the wine racks for a more polished and professional appearance. Moldings and platforms for the Vintner Series are sold separately and come in various packages as well.

10-Bottle Column Individual

Now as can be gleaned from these photos, these wine racks are unstained per preference of the client. Nonetheless, don’t forget that the Vintner Series offers a healthy selection of stain and finish options as well. So if you want a dressier look to your wine racking assembly, check out our Stain And Finish Review and see what goes best with the different types of wine cellar wood. For the record, the Vintner Series is available in all four top wood options: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Prime Mahogany. And here’s Peter with a smile that tells us all what he thinks of his new wine cellar closet! ^_^

Client posing with his wine cellar closet

“Shipping was fine. I hired an installer who did a great job. It turned out better than I expected.”


WCI Inspirations: Re-Using Empty Wine Bottles

October 19th, 2016

A couple of blog posts ago, we talked about how you can re-purpose your old wine crates, bins, and boxes. Taking inspiration from that, we’re going to go through the different creative ways you can re-use your wine bottles as well. Of course, there are the usual stuff such as turning them into flower vases or water and other beverage containers. We’re going to skip those and move on to the more creative uses so read on:

Turn your wine bottles into beautiful terrariums!

Why buy those expensive terrariums for your home when you can make your own. All you need are the right-sized empty wine bottles! We recommend the magnums and other larger-format wine bottles for this project. All you need is a good quality glass cutter (just the ordinary one!), a nice base for your terrarium, such as old jar covers or dessert plates, and some succulents. Carefully cut the wine bottle in half and use the bottom portion to make your mini terrarium. Embellish with ceramic figurines, decorative stones, moss – and voila!

Modge Podge Sheer Colors Paint

Make eye-popping lighting fixtures!

Now this may seem quite a challenging project, but we assure you it’ll be worth it. If you take a quick Pinterest tour, you’ll actually see that lots of people have been doing this – transforming their empty wine bottles into lamps, chandeliers, and such. One of our favorites is this quick and easy tutorial by Mod Podge. Check it out and try it or if you’re an old hand at DIY, create your own tutorial for wine bottle lamps and chandeliers. For sure, your custom lighting fixture will be the main conversation piece at your next wine tasting party.

Transform your wine bottles into souvenirs or custom gifts!

That’s right, wine buddies! Instead of buying expensive but impersonal items, why not give Dad or Mom, or your brother or sister, or your BFF a custom designed wine bottle. They can use this as a home decor, a vase, a beverage container – the works! All you need is some good crafting materials and a ton of imagination. Here’s one you can try out: spray paint your empty wine bottles (after cleaning them thoroughly, of course) with Chalkboard Paint. Wait for the bottles to dry and do a second coating. If you want to create a sort of ombre look, spray less on the upper portion of the bottles and leave the upper neck portion unpainted. Once they’re dry, grab a liquid chalk pen and write down some fun, inspirational, or memorable quotes!


Technical Tuesday Episode #304: Making The Most Of Space In Vintner Wine Racks

October 18th, 2016

We’ve been on a Vintner roll this month and we’re not stopping anytime soon! Are you ready for the next one? This one’s a real winner, especially as far as space-efficiency is concerned. It’s an all-Vintner creation and get this: it’s a DIY project as well:

Project #: 281349
Series: Vintner Series
Wood: Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity:n/a

Vintner Series Wine Racks

Now we usually don’t feature DIY wine cellars in our Tech Tuesday blogs, but this one really deserved the spotlight because it involved a lot of racking elements. Moreover, the results were visually satisfying and worth a spot in this week’s Tech Tuesday. As you guys can see from the snaps sent in by the client, we have several wine racking units from the Vintner Series that were utilized to equip this quite irregularly shaped room. But because this is Vintner we’re talking about, maximizing bottle storage space despite the space issues was certainly not a problem.

Open Diamond Bins

Let’s have a run-down of what the client actually purchased. They sent in for the Individual Tasting Center with displays and case storage, the Waterfall Wine Racks, Open Vertical Displays, and Open Diamond Cubes with center seam trim. As one can see here, the Individual Tasting Center provides lots of individual bottle storage as well as a countertop for displaying and preparing favorite taste teasers. It’s also the perfect place to showcase a good piece of wine cellar art. The Waterfall Wine Racks, on the other hand, were tucked nicely into that irregular corner of the room, making excellent use of the space:

Wine Bottle Waterfall

All these outstanding features notwithstanding, there’s still one more that really puts Vintner right up there at the top of the wine racking lineup. As what the client stated, “They went easy together,” indicating the ease of assembly and installation process of the wine racks. Note that for the assembly of our wine rack kits, we highly recommend the use of a nail gun, which our client also did their project. The nail gun definitely made a huge difference in the speed and efficiency of putting the racks together. You can check out this Learning Video and explore the various ways to assemble your wine racks and which method is the most efficient. *Cheers*

Wine Tasting Center

“The wine racks are awesome. They went together so easy. I did use a nail gun and they went together fast. I did them all in one day.”

~Joshua G.~

Naples Wine Storage Locker Offers Tons Of Storage Space

October 17th, 2016

It’s a “Vintner” Monday, wine cellar buddies! Yup, you read that right. Today, we’re going to be singing praises to our ever reliable Vintner Series wine racks kit and for all the right reasons, too. It’s all thanks to our client Tim who sent us a shot of his recently completed wine storage locker in his home in Naples, Florida.

Of course, the fact that the client lives in Naples would only mean that they’re not just looking for any wine racking assembly. It should be one that can accommodate a growing collection. After all, who doesn’t buy LOTS of wine in Naples? Fortunately, they found the perfect match for their bottle storage needs with our Vintner Series wine racks.

As you can see from the snap below, the client purchased several of our Open Diamond Bin Wine Racks in Rustic Pine. Each unit has open sides and cross intersection inserts that allow for this wine rack to be a more affordable option compared to the Solid Diamond Bin. So if you’re on a budget but you want to achieve the same wine storage look as the Solid Diamond Bins, the Open Diamond Bins are the way to go.

Like what our client Tim did here, you can purchase several units to stack on top of each other to maximize the height of your wine storage. This provides amazing space-efficient, especially when you’re working with a limited floor area. See just how much bottle storage space the assembled racks can hold and how they fit all nice and snug into the locker.

To accentuate the “rustic” flavor of the wine racks, our client also chose to stain them with Classic Mahogany. Rustic Pine, take note, absorbs stains and finishes extremely well and darker shades really bring out the structurally sound knots of the wood. So if you want to highlight that really “rustic” appeal of your wine racks and/or wine cellars, we recommend going for much bolder stains and finish options. You can also opt to lacquer your racks for a truly luxurious appearance.

Vintner Series

“The wine racks are working out very well.  I purchased 12 of them and stacked them 2 high in a 7x7x8 wine storage locker in Naples Florida.  I’ve attached a picture for your viewing pleasure.  The 1st one took me almost 2 hours to assemble then figured it out and got the time down to 25-30 minutes.  I’ve also mounted them to the wall for safety. They will hold almost all 1,200 of my bottles.”

~Tim E.~

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