Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Clients Build Their Private Cellar With The Urban Living Series

March 21st, 2018

It’s the second day of the Spring season and so far, things are looking brighter. And by that, we’re not just talking about the weather. Our wine cellar projects have been coming along beautifully this year, especially the DIY ones. We’ve noticed that our clients have become more creative in utilizing WCI racking products and accessories. This has made us really happy and inspired us to bring about even more improvements. Today’s Testimonial Thursday is one of those inspiring projects. It’s all about making the space available to you work. But it’s also all about bringing in personalized touches and making the wine cellar uniquely yours.

Our clients Carlos and Sherrie sent some terrific shots of their newly assembled racking arrangement. They purchased some racking units from WCI to complete their private wine cellar. They chose to go with our Urban Living Series. This series is comprised of modular wine storage packages designed specifically for apartment and condo living. In other words, these packages were carefully thought out taking into account space issues in these smaller residential places. The packages are made up of 85% Vintner Series racking units, 10% Designer, and 5% Custom. Moreover, the packages can be customized with 4 wood choices available, as well as 5 stain options, including Lacquer.

As you can see from the snapshots of the finished racking assembly, it fits cozily into the entire length of the room’s wall. The clients only had to make minor adjustments to the height of the racks. The width of the racking set-up, on the other hand, fit perfectly without need of any tweaking. However, if you’re not the DIY type like Carlos and Sherrie, take note of this! Our Urban Living Series provides the option to have your chosen package shipped fully assembled. That means all you need to do is get that space ready once the racks arrive at your doorstep. ^_^

The Urban Living Series Wrought-Iron Door

“We are very happy with the end result of our cellar.  Although we had to make some adjustments to the height it fit perfectly as far as the width as you can see.  Working on filling it up – that was the fun part! We had an issue with the delivery by FedEx, the delivery person dropped several boxes and they broke open. But we were fortunate in the fact that nothing was broken and the scratched pieces could be retained.  Overall we had a nice experience with you and are happy with our private cellar.  We designed the door and had it custom made of wrought iron.”

~Carlos and Sherrie M.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Points To Ponder For Restaurant Wine Cellars

March 21st, 2018

Have you guys noticed how restaurant wine cellars have become quite the thing nowadays? It’s especially so with the newer dining establishments. Lots of them make it a point to include a wine bar in their store’s layout. The great thing about it is that more and more people have come to appreciate the so-called “wine tasting experience.” Having a glass of wine or two with their meals or during weekends has become routine – and a great one at that. So if you’re thinking of having one for your establishment, we say go for it! And here are some points to ponder to make sure your restaurant wine cellar will be a success:

Restaurant Wine Cellars

Showcase your collection to drum up the sales

Now here’s the thing about constructing a wine cellar in your restaurant. You will need to decide on whether or not you’d want to have visible storage. But keep in mind that with visible storage, it will be easier to market the wine labels available in your store. Catching the eye of customers is quite important and there’s no better way to do this than with attractive wine displays. Or you can do both! If your collection is fairly large, you can have wine storage at the back of the store as well.

Choose the most appropriate wine storage system

There are a whole lot of options these days when it comes to storage for restaurant wine cellars. So you need to go for what will be most appropriate for your store’s purposes. Would you want small or shallow-depth cabinets or do you prefer walk-in rooms? Can your collection fit in pre-assembled refrigerated wine cabinets or do you need to commission custom ones? Take note that shallow-depth cabinets will likely not have their own wine refrigeration system. This is likely because refrigerating them is more difficult and costly. If small cabinets are to be refrigerated, like with any wine cellar, you might need a mechanical room back up to the cellar. On the other hand, if you want an entirely separate wine room, that will be an investment that needs a bigger budget.

Build your restaurant wine cellar with care!

Make sure you work with the right quality of materials

A wine cellar in your establishment will be an investment one way or the other. So you’ll need to make the right decisions, particularly on the design of your wine cellar and the kind of materials you’ll work with. For example, most restaurants tend to have glass elements in their wine cellar design. Glass is highly recommended because it can really enhance your wine merchandise and lend an elegant appeal to your entire store. But if you don’t choose good quality glass materials or if they’re not properly installed and sealed, condensation is likely to form outside the glass. This will lead to more expenses since they the glass has to be replaced.

Last but not the least, keep in mind that restaurant wine cellar construction tends to move more quickly than a residential one. So plan things out as early as now! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #374: Rustic Beauty In Dusty Weathered Stain Option

March 20th, 2018

Happy first day of Spring, Tech Tuesday buddies! So here’s a not-so-secret thing: we’re a huge fan of the “rustic” touch in a wine cellar project. How about you? If you are, then today’s Tech Tuesday project is a must-see. The understated beauty of this fairly large wine room deserves an appreciation post. And that’s just what we’re going to give it today:

Project # 296216
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1586
Where: Mount Pleasant, SC

Rustic Pine wine racks

The well-designed layout of this racking assembly is worthy of high praise. Check out how the racking units and shelving were put together in order to really maximize the available space. This cellar can comfortably host over 1500 bottles and in a good variety of bottle storage options to boot. You can also see how seamless the transition is from the racks to the floors, as well as the ceilings. Here you can really see the advantage of a custom job in a wine cellar project. The entire racking arrangement was customized to fit the space and answer to the design preference of the client. This is why the racking units literally fit like a glove, leaving no awkward gaps or corners:

Beautiful, seamless layout

Now let’s focus a bit more on the wood choice for this project. Rustic Pine makes a grand appearance once again, proving itself worthy to be one of the top wood options for custom wine cellar projects. If you look closely at the countertops, you can tell straightaway that it is indeed Rustic Pine. The telltale signs of the wood are quite visible: the naturally soft, creamy color, subtle streaks and the structurally sound knots. These characteristics of the wood are responsible for creating its “rustic and architectural” charm. But in addition, the wood was stained with a Dusty Weathered Finish. This gave the racks a timeworn look, bringing back memories of old country vineyards.

Dusty Weathered Finish

This last picture is a terrific shot of how Rustic Pine looks in the Dusty Weathered Finish option. Note that a custom topcoat is applied on the wood. The color plays on the grayish-brown hues to complete the weathered appearance of these wine racks. This type of finish works best with Pine, Redwood, and Oak. Rustic Pine, with its inherent ability to absorb almost all kinds of stains and finishes very well, was indeed the perfect choice for this project. If you’re curious as to how other wood options would look with this particular finish, try our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer. All in all, today’s Tech Tuesday checked off all the boxes in our books: quality, style, and space-efficiency. How about in yours? *Cheers*

What’s New With The Wine Guardian Cooling Units

March 19th, 2018

Wine cellar refrigeration systems are getting more sophisticated as time passes. This is definitely a good thing because look at what we can do right now with our wine cellar projects. We can build a wine cellar practically anywhere in our home. And as for restaurants and other similar establishments, they can accommodate their wine merchandise with ease as well. This is all thanks to the capacity of modern wine cooling systems. So when you purchase yours, make sure you know all the fine details. You will need to purchase a unit that best suits your wine storage needs.

Why choose Wine Guardian

Wine Guardian wine cooling units

Wine Guardian is one of the leading names when it comes to wine cellar cooling solutions. These units incorporate cooling, heating, filtration, humidification, ducting, internal safety devices and low ambient control as integrated solutions. Moreover, the systems are also capable of multiple installation configurations. These include through-the-wall (flush, fully recessed or semi-recessed); remote mount; indoor or outdoor. Outdoor units are fully protected from weather changes.

Now all these features make the Wine Guardian one of the best systems to use in a residential application. But it is also an ideal choice for commercial wine establishments as well, including restaurants and bars. Why so? Let’s talk about the Serving Temperature option of the Wine Guardian units.

The Serving Temperature option allows the unit to control to an extended temperature range from 42°F to 64°F (5°C to 18°C).  This makes it ideal for single to multiple cabinet applications and small wine rooms where consumption-temperature cooling is preferred. With this option, the user can also rotate wine stock and change set point from season to season. This makes it the perfect wine cellar cooling solution for restaurants, wine bars, clubs, and other similar establishments.

So breaking it down into finer details, the following sum up the features of the Serving Temperature option:

  • Ability to set and adjust serving temperature from 42° – 64°F (5° – 18°C)
  • Duct locations can be placed anywhere within the cabinet, offering greater design flexibility
  • Remote sensors and/or controls can be used for ease of monitoring
  • Cooling system is placed outside of the cabinet, maximizing storage space
  • Condition single or multiple cabinets
  • Water-cooled or air-cooled systems are available

Moreover, this option is available with nearly all Wine Guardian units. Naturally, we recommend getting in touch with a professional consultant first to ensure that your needs will be met. WCI offers complimentary wine cooling needs analysis, so all you need to do is get in touch with us today. ^_^