Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

New Product Alert: Vintage View Grain + Rod Racks!

July 19th, 2018

Check it out, wine cellar buddies! Today’s Testimonial Thursday features a brand-new addition to WCI’s metal wine racks collection. More specifically, it’s the newest addition to the Vintage View series: the Grain + Rod wood wine rack boards. The snaps the client sent us look absolutely gorgeous, so let’s go ahead and take a closer look:

Grain + Rod wine rack boards

As you can see here, this is wine storage that was constructed by utilizing the empty wall space in the client’s residence. Although the space may appear to be narrow, there is ample bottle storage for the client’s collection. And we have the Vintage View Grain + Rod units to thank for that! The boards combine Vintage View’s award-wining design with a simple American wood mounting system. The overall result is a clean and elegant racking arrangement. Now let’s talk a little more about the functionality of these racks!

First off, the Grain + Rod units are wall-mounted, label-forward racks that can mount to any surface in just minutes. That includes even drywall! There is no need to fear that the racks will ruin your wine cellar’s precious drywall construction. Second, there’s the actual composition of the wine racks. These are metal and wine rack boards that you can actually customize. Choose from several options available for the wood, racking depth and bottle capacity. You can even customize the metal peg color with the two finishes offered: black and silver. Third, you can choose from two different racking configurations. This project obviously went with the Label Forward panels. But we also carry Cork Forward panels if you want the bottle necks to stick out.

Beautiful glass-enclosed panels

Last but not the least, the Grain + Rod panels can be used as your main racking arrangement or as accent pieces. If you are working on a bigger wine cellar project, you can incorporate them with other Vintage View Wall Series systems. Of course, they will also go well with other racking collections from the WCI product lineup. Because of their functionality and simple but sleek design, you can do so much with them. For this project, you can see how glass panels and lighting accessories were thrown in to highlight the entire assembly. If you want something like this, we can definitely do it for your wine cellar as well! Or you can chat with our experienced design consultants to explore more creative concepts. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Going For Eco-Friendly Wine Cellar Lighting

July 18th, 2018

Task and accent lighting plays quite a meaningful role in a wine cellar project. It can help accentuate your collection in a most attractive manner. Not only that, it can also illuminate other accessories, such as fine artwork. It also serves to set the kind of ambiance you’d want your wine cellar to have. But most importantly, lighting elements make it convenient to locate the labels you want. This is especially true for really large wine rooms. That’s why care must also be taken in selecting suitable lighting accents. In our case, we highly recommend going for eco-friendly options!

Low Profile IC Can Downlights

Low Profile IC Can Downlight

This type of lighting is specifically designed for ceiling and soffit applications. The lights are embedded into the ceiling, archway, or molding. It is recommended to utilize these downlights for either a new construction of project remodel. This is because the construction should have the ability to run the proper electrical and have access to the ceiling joists. Here at WCI, we are proud to say that our IC Can downlights are energy efficient. Features include small aperture and low voltage specification grade housing. Moreover, the integral low voltage electronic transformer prolongs lamp life and increase lighting quality.

Recessed LED Downlights

Recessed LED Downlight

Next up is another downlight option and a pretty popular one. The recessed LED downlight is best for shining the spotlight on your collection.  In general, LED lights a far more energy efficient compared to the conventional incandescent and CFL ones. That makes them the more environmentally friendly choice as well. Very reliable researches and tests have shown that LED lights can reduce electricity costs by 70-90%. This kind of lighting has an exceptionally long life time expectancy. So if you go for recessed LED downlights in your wine cellar, you can significantly lower maintenance and replacement costs. Currently, WCI also offers the LED Lighting Kit. This is actually a flexible LED light strip ribbon with adhesive tape attached. It is safe and super easy to use.Wine cellar owners would be able to perform the installation themselves!

Fluorescent Slimlites

Fluorescent Slimlites

There are also lighting accessories that are best for enhancing decorative applications in your wine cellar. Let’s take for example an intricate stained glass artwork in a wine cellar archway. You will need to illuminate this in order to bring out the beauty of the stained glass. The most effective way to do this would be through the use of fluorescent slimlites. It is quite easy to install them and they sport an easy-to-clean plexiglass cover. The plug-in modular system makes for continuous lighting. Also, fluorescent slimites have extremely long bulb life, rated 10,000/hour. That makes them a wonderful eco-friendly choice as well! ^_^


Technical Tuesday Episode #391: Sleek And Simple Vintage View Wine Cellar

July 17th, 2018

Sometimes, you don’t need a complicated design to achieve your ideal wine storage. Not everyone is into intricate racking arrangements and accents. Our client for today’s Tech Tuesday opted for something sleek and simple with highly satisfactory results. If you’re the type to go for something uncomplicated yet functional and chic, check this project out:

Project # 296223
Wood: Vintage View / Metal
Bottle Capacity: 846
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Vintage View racking

This wine cellar was originally conceptualized as a “small” one. But thanks to the creativity with the design and racking choices, it became almost medium-sized in terms of bottle storage. It’s all about knowing what to do with your space. As you can clearly see from these images, the floor area isn’t particularly extensive. In order to create the illusion of a much wider space, a glass-enclosed storage was constructed. Then there was the question of maximizing on the bottle storage capacity. The Vintage View series was indeed the perfect solution with it’s wall-mounted racking units.

As far as metal racking goes, Vintage View is one of our popular and most reliable products. It offers an easy to navigate, label-forward storage system that can work with any type of wine cellar. But the impressive space-efficiency features of the racks really stand out when it’s a compact project. As you can see here, the units are wall-mounted to make use of all available wall space. The entire arrangement can actually hold up to a little over 800 bottles. Plus, there’s even enough floor space left over for the client to put some accessories, like a tasting table:

Wall-mounted metal wine racks

One of the great things about Vintage View is the fact that it comes with a lot of customization options as well. That makes this series even more flexible not just in terms of function but in terms of style, too. For example, you can get the racks in 1, 2, 3, and 4-feet height configurations. They are also available in single, double, triple deep options. And if that’s not enough, there are even units specifically for magnums and big bottles. For the finishes, you can get the racks in Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, or Chrome Plated.

But what really makes this metal racking series stand out is its versatility. Apart from mounting it to the wall, you can also display it in a floor-to-ceiling fashion. So if space is not an issue, you can go for a “floating” look for your bottles by installing the racks this way. Just remember that a floor-to-ceiling frame needs to be purchased separately. *Cheers*

Using WCI’s Vintner “Stackables” For Your Wine Establishments

July 16th, 2018

Does your wine store have to be outfitted with custom racking units? Not at all! Custom racking does have all the advantages, from function down to style. But that doesn’t mean you have to force yourself to work only with custom wine racks. If you intend to work with a specific budget, there are other alternatives. And we can say with confidence that our Vintner “stackables” is one of them!

Meet our stackable racking wonders…

Vintner Stackables

Our Vintner Stackables are part of our Vintner commercial racking collection which was launched a while back. These units are very much like the regular Vintner Series wine rack kits. However, the commercial line was developed to cater specifically to commercial wine storage needs. With the regular kits, you get the 3- and 4-feet units that you can stack to accommodate almost any ceiling height. With the commercial line, you get these 6-feet units that can be stacked up to 12-feet high. Moreover, there are still add-ons that will give your racks a more polished look.

So how exactly do you work with these “stackables”? For purposes of outfitting a wine store, we  strongly recommend going for the 6-foot option. Select this in order to have two of our 3-feet high wine racks sent. These will come with the stackable beam supports needed to assemble a 6-foot rack. This now makes it easier to build your racking assembly because you’ll be getting uniform units. That way, you can conveniently achieve the height you want for your assembly.

The next step would be to go over the extra options or “add-ons”. These include the stylish molding packages, center seam trim, base molding packages, and base platforms. All these options will help in bringing a finished look to your wine racks. Moreover, they will also increase the height configurations of the racks even more. This is especially the case with the base platforms. Utilize it to elevate your wine racks, along with the base and crown moldings.

Now take note that our Vintner Stackables come in a healthy variety of racking styles. There are the usual merchandisers and wine display islands, vertical, and rectangular bins. You also get to choose from an array of shelf cabinets and diamonds. In most cases, customers love to mix and match these units in order to come up with really unique assemblies. You can certainly do this as well by purchasing at least two of the 3-foot option. However, take great care in ascertaining that their widths match on where you will be stacking them together. If you need more assistance in working with our Vintner “stackables,” don’t forget our professional consultants are just a phone call or e-mail away. ^_^