Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

The Edgewater Brings Out The “Edge” With The Evolution Series

February 16th, 2017

Located on the shores of Lake Mendota, there exists this shangri-la called The Edgewater. It’s one of Wisconsin’s local treasures – a restored property that maintains the classic façade of the historic 1948 building, now called The Langdon Building. It also boasts of a stunning new tower, The Wisconsin Building – all with completely new interiors, several restaurants, a magnificent spa, ballrooms, and a large plaza that connects both hotel guests and the public with the beautiful waters of the lake.

The Edgewater is just down the street from the Capitol Square, the heart of downtown Madison. The location is no less than prime – within walking distance of State Street and its eclectic restaurants and shops. Best of all, it is also located next to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, home of the Wisconsin Badgers. Of course, a property this impressive won’t be complete without proper wine storage. And this is what WCI has delivered, courtesy of our Vintage View Evolution System:

 

The Evolution Series

Our Vintage View Evolution Series has been described as “a ground-breaking label forward racking system incorporating acrylic panels and steel support rods.” There are three kinds of bottle storage options available with this series: the 126 Bottle Evolution System, the 162 Bottle, and the smallest which is the 81 Bottle. In addition, the series also carries the Bottle Evolution Extension System. The latter serves to double the storage capacity of your wine racking assembly, making it highly space-efficient in the process. This extension system comes in the same three types of bottle storage configurations as earlier mentioned.

Vintage View Evolution System

Now check out these snaps of the lobby of The Edgwater with the recently installed Vintage View Wine Racks. Coupled with glass doors and rope lighting, the overall result is undeniably elegant. As we earlier stated, the Vintage View Evolution Series wine racks sport acrylic panels and steel support rods. This contributes to the simplicity and straightforward design resulting in a classy and no-fuss wine racking set-up that can certainly work with any interior. The huge advantage here is that whether you build your store or restaurant’s wine cellar from scratch or afterwards, these racks will still fit the bill, so to speak. Here are a couple more great shots showcasing sleek appearance of the racking arrangement:

The Edgewater's wine racking assembly

The full product catalogue for our Vintage View Evolution Series can be found in this section of our website. We also carry the Vintage View Series for residential wine cellar applications. We recommend visiting our photo galleries to explore tons of design inspirations. ^_^

Glass-enclosed wine display

WCI Inspirations: Wine Tasting Party Ice-Breakers!

February 15th, 2017

Valentine’s Day may be over but the month of love is still going strong – especially the wine tasting! Wine tasting parties, whether formal or informal, happen all year long. Some of us have hosted a couple of them before and some of us are already old hands. But for sure, there will also be some of us who are total newbies to hosting these wine tasting parties. Last time, we shared with you some cool tips on how to prep for your wine tasting party. Today, we’re going to be sharing with you guys some novel ice-breakers to get your party started on the right foot:

Blind tasting with a twist!

Blind tasting with a twist!

Blind tasting games at wine parties is pretty common. So why don’t we do things a little bit differently this time? Instead of just the usual blind tasting with different wines, why not do a wine + cheese or wine + other appetizer blind tasting. This is a fresh and fun way to get rid of the awkward atmosphere. Inform your guests beforehand to bring just small samples of cheese or other appetizers and to write down the name and small description on a piece of paper. For the blind tasting game, chalk up double points for the one who can guess both the wine and cheese pairing. It’s like Jeopardy Daily Double – but with wine!

Cards Against Humanity – Wino Style!

Cards Against Humanity Wino-Style

Most of us probably know this game even if we’ve never played it before. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. But get this – you can actually customize your own cards to incorporate wine into the picture. It only takes about an hour to build your own deck online for just ten bucks. Formulate wine-inspired questions and churn out those white cards with all the crazy wine quotes you can find. If this doesn’t break the ice at your wine party, we don’t know what will!

The “Wine Genius” Game!

Wine Genius!

This is a guessing game that is just loads of fun and very informative, too. Prepare cards with self-adhesive labels. Write down the names of different wine varietals, famous “wine countries,” wine-themed movies, and just about anything wine-related. Ask your guests to pair off at random by picking numbers from a hat. Each pair will play the guessing game like this: one of them will wear a hat with a card stuck on it. He or she will try to guess what’s written on the card. The other person will try to help by guiding his or her partner to the right answer by just answering “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.” to the partner’s questions. While the one wearing the hat can ask any question to help him get the right answer, the partner can only respond “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.” The pair who can guess the answer in the shortest amount of time wins!

Technical Tuesday Episode #321: Let’s Show Some Love For All-Heart Redwood

February 14th, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day, wine cellar lovers! Have you already started the festivities? Well, before you do anything else, we invite you to take a little time to show some love to this beautiful Tech Tuesday feature. It’s not by any coincidence that we chose to talk about this project today. Since it’s the day of hearts, what better way to celebrate it here at WCI than by featuring the outstanding characteristics of one of the most (if not the most) popular wood options for custom wine cellars – All-Heart Redwood.

Project # 279454
Wood: Platinum/ All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1064

Gorgeous unstained All-Heart Redwood

These photos have certainly captured these All-Heart Redwood wine racks in their natural, unstained glory. As far as wood color is concerned, All-Heart Redwood is a show-stopper. This wood comes in gorgeous reddish brown tones and when freshly milled, it ranges in color from pink to red to dark brown with reddish overlay. Moreover, ass it ages, natural unstained Clear All-Heart Redwood takes on increasing darker depth of beautiful color as it oxidizes. That’s why if you’re aiming for that good old classic appearance to your wine cellar, you definitely cannot go wrong with the unstained version of this wood.

Simple but elegant wine cellar door

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impressive features of this wood specie.  While All-Heart Redwood in its natural state is undeniably beautiful, the wood also adapts exceptionally well to all types of stains and finishes. Take note that both All-Heart Redwood and its sister, Premium Redwood, sport an open-celled structure. It also contains little or no pitch or resins in the wood. This enables the wood to absorb and retain all types of stains finishes and take on a multitude of appearances. Just dressing up your wood can let you set the theme you want for your wine cellar project!

Seamless wine racking

Now let’s talk about the practical side of All-Heart Redwood. As you can see from these images, these wine racks look so clean and solid. Well, they don’t only look like it – they are, in fact, very durable. The standout characteristics of All-Heart Redwood include resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. This means that when you choose this wood option, your wine racks will age beautifully in your wine cellar – together with your wine bottles. And of course, since the Platinum Series was chose for this project, the combo of Platinum x All-Heart Redwood is nothing less than flawless. *Cheers*

Beautiful natural colors of All-Heart Redwood

Versatile bottle storage

Exploring The Uses Of Vintner’s Adjustable Shelves

February 13th, 2017

Merry Monday greetings, wine cellar fans! Today we’re going to explore the number of ways we can use Vintner’s Adjustable Shelves apart from just storing wine bottles. We recently did a blog post about how a commercial establishment utilized these shelves as beer storage racks. Taking a cue from that clever move by the customer, we decided to share other ways these shelves can be of use in our homes and commercial establishments:

Store more than just your wine…

The stackable adjustable shelf is so versatile that it will also make the perfect storage space for other spirits and liquors. If you own a wine store, we can definitely say that these shelves are a must to purchase. Here’s a fun tip: use the shelves to create “sections” in your store. For example, put the “ladies’ drinks” in one section, have another for “game nights,” and maybe another for “date night.” With these flexible shelves, you can have as many sections as you want in your establishment and it’s actually a practical way to organize your merchandise.

Vintner Adjustable Shelf

Now if you sell other stuff than just liquor and spirits, you’ll find that these shelves can offer the storage that you need as well. A good example would be oils, spices, and other condiments. Basically, items that can be stored un-refrigerated and with long shelf-life can be displayed on the Adjustable Shelves. Keep in mind that they are now available in 3-feet and 4-feet height options. This means it’s so much easier to tuck one, two, or more of them into the area of your store that’s not devoted to wine or other alcoholic beverages.

And what about in your homes? How else would you use the shelves? Believe it or not, these can also be utilized to store any and all types of accessories, including books. That’s right! You can get creative and combine your wine bottles and books into these shelves. Create a cozy nook for yourself at home where you can unwind and enjoy both a bottle of good wine and a good book at the same time.

There are still many more ways you can use Vintner’s Adjustable Shelves. Tied in with our stackable Vintner line, the racks allow you to stack two or more on top of each other to maximize the height of your storage space. We’d love to hear from those who purchased our shelves as to how you guys made use of them. Share your story with us! ^_^

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