Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Technical Tuesday Episode #529: A Plethora Of Racking Styles

June 22nd, 2021

Versatility is the name of the game here at WCI. Our products were created with the purpose of answering to any and all wine storage needs. That’s why there is a plethora of racking styles offered to clients. But that’s not all that our “versatility” stands for. It’s also about how our wine racks and accessories can be mixed and matched to form endless design possibilities:

Project # 311880
Wood: Premium Redwood

Series: Vintage View / Vintner /Custom
Bottle Capacity: 384
Where: Chicago, IL
Stain: Midnight Black

A plethora of wine racking stylesToday’s Tech Tuesday is a lesson in simplicity and functionality. We definitely need more of these kinds of projects, to be honest! Clients’ compact but well laid out wine cellar is really worth showcasing. It’s a terrific example of how you can combine various racking styles in a small space. You can see the clever use of wall-mount metal units to maximize on bottle storage. The Vintage View Series was the racking of choice here. But take note that there are also other collections you can try out. We recommend checking out the Revue and Ultra Wall collections.

Metal x Wood wine racking combosAs earlier mentioned, WCI is home to a plethora of racking designs. So while this wine cellar is quite simple, it actually boasts of several racking combinations. The wood wine racks are a mix of our custom creations and wine rack kits. In particular, our team went with the Vintner Series for the kits and tied the units up with some customized ones. This would explain why the wood wine storage console is a perfect fit in the space. Notice as well how standard Individual Bottle Columns were prioritized in the racking arrangement. This makes for a pretty generous bottle storage capacity despite the compact space. To complement the Satin Black finish of the metal racks, the wood ones are stained in Midnight Black Stain. The bold hues are in stark contrast with the white walls and make the racks really stand out. *Cheers*

What You Can Get From Custom Wine Cellar Design Services

June 17th, 2021

We often hear this question pop up: “Is a custom wine cellar design worth it?” Based on the decades of testimonials of happy and satisfied clients, we can certainly say it is. Today’s Testimonial Thursday showcases another example of what you can get with custom wine cellar design services:

What custom wine cellar services can bring youOne of the most important things to keep in mind is that a custom wine cellar can be designed in any size. Moreover, our experienced consultants will work with you within your desired budget. This stunning wine storage of our client Kalon is a great example. The clients were not looking to build a formal wine cellar. They wanted to have suitable storage space at a price they can afford. But they also wanted the wine storage to suit their home’s aesthetic. They went the custom route and discovered an almost limitless number of options. They learned that wine storage can be anywhere from a small closet transformation to the largest wine room layout. See how their racking assembly even has storage for larger format bottles!

The process usually starts out with a free wine cellar consultation provided by WCI. This usually encourages clients into pursuing the custom route. After that, WCI will provide you with a free 2D design of your wine cellar or racking arrangement. Your design package will also contain quotations on our products and installation services. That is why you don’t have to be apprehensive about the cost. We have a wide range of options, from woods, stains and finishes, and accessories. In the event that a full-blown custom project becomes improbable, we can mix it up with our wine rack kit series . The kits provide tons of racking styles in quality materials as well. There will be no need for clients to compromise on their wine storage goals at all!

Beautiful customized wine storage

All these being said, we’d love for you explore our custom wine rack styles, wood options, cellar sizes, and living spaces. From wine artwork, to ceilings and floors, to wooden door entryways, we can do them all for you. ^_^

“I am very pleased with the final product and happy to show off my wine cellar.”

~Kalon D.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Storage Options To Know More About

June 16th, 2021

When you’re contemplating on wine storage for your collection, it’s always a good idea to look at more options. Don’t limit yourself to what is “standard” or worse, what’s popular. There are tons of wine storage options to know more about. Here are some of the racking styles we want you guys to explore:

 

Stackable Scallop Racks

The Scallop Racks have been around for quite a while. But we feel like they deserve more love. These stackable units provide individual wine bottle storage at a very low cost. You will find that assembly is super easy. The racks are put together by interlocking the scalloped crossbars into the end pieces. Note that the scalloped wine racks consists of 2 rows of wine bottle nooks. They come in 18 and 26-bottle configurations, but don’t forget the word “stackable.” That means you can create a 36 bottle wine rack with them. The racks also boast of an attractive, rustic unfinished look and feel.

Redwood Wine Bottle Grids

Next on our list is the Redwood Wine Bottle Grid. So what are the things do you need to know about this rack? First off, this unit is an impressive combination of space-efficiency and affordability. It was designed to focus on maximizing individual wine bottle storage capacity at an economical price point. This sturdy wine rack is manufactured out of popular Premium Redwood. It can hold up to a generous 115 wine bottles in an individual format. Included with this wine rack kit are mounting brackets to secure the unit to the wall. The rack will rest on the floor, but the wall brackets are to ensure it does not tip forward after installation.

Pine Wine Cubes – 36 Bottle

Lots of clients have heard of our Curvy Wine Cubes, but not our Pine Wine Cubes. We feel that must change! These storage cubes are a fun and functional way to store your bottles. They come in 12 and 24 bottle configurations. The 12 bottle wine rack cube is a shallow depth wine rack. That means the necks of your bottles will slightly stick out in an attractive “popping” display. There’s no cause for alarm though, because the bottles are fully supported. Plus, the shorter depth units use less wood making for a friendlier price point. The 24 bottle cube is a full depth wine rack. You can stack the units and come up with a 36 bottle wooden wine rack system.

Technical Tuesday Episode #528: Your Wine Room’s “Wow” Moment

June 15th, 2021

Want to give your wine room that much needed “wow” moment? Today’s Tech Tuesday feature can show you how it’s done. We are blown away by how eye-candy this wine cellar project is. There’s no big secret to it. It’s just all about balancing out the design elements and using quality materials:

Project # 321250
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3144
Where: N/A

Your wine room’s “wow” moment!So let’s go ahead and check the details of this project. What is the first thing that catches your eye when you look at these photos? For us, it’s definitely the wine tasting island smack at the center of the room. This is actually a customized creation, just like the rest of the racking assembly. Notice how there are individual and bulk bottle storage units incorporated into the island. Apart from the Open Diamond Cubes with Solid Face Trim, there are also individual bottle racks on both ends:

Custom wine tasting islandThis gives us a terrific tip when it comes to giving that “wow” moment. A wine tasting table – or island in clients’ case, can elevate the aesthetic appeal of a wine room. It goes without saying that it also adds more functionality to the cellar. You get a generous space for wine and food prep and lots of extra bottle storage. If you have the space for it, this is an accessory you really should consider. It will never be a wasted investment, especially if you choose the right materials. In clients’ case, they went with Premium Redwood which is a two thumbs-up. Premium Redwood is not only top notch in quality, it is also a frontrunner when it comes to appearance. In fact, some prefer it over All-Heart Redwood because of its lighter pinkish gold to reddish gold hues.

“Wow” moment with this wine tasting islandNow here’s the thing with these tasting tables and islands – you don’t need to go custom if you don’t have the budget for it. WCI’s wine rack kits also carry them, notably Vintner and Designer. They are affordably priced and you still have the ability to customize your wood and stain options. *Cheers*

Build Your Own Home Wine Tasting Center With Winemaker

June 10th, 2021

A home wine tasting center is one of the best alternatives you can have to a formal wine cellar. Not everyone has the budget for a full blown wine cellar. Also, not everyone is ready for the responsibility of maintaining a wine room. But you definitely need proper storage for your wine bottles. A wine tasting center fits the bill perfectly, just like what our clients did here:

Build your home wine tasting center!As you can see, clients have a small collection going. There was also a vacant wall space in their home. It was pretty much a dead section since it was a tad narrow. But that’s what the Winemaker Series is for! These racks are designed with shallow depth making them work extremely well in compact spaces. Winemaker is the Vintner Series equivalent of WCI’s short depth racking units. The racks are highly versatile, manufactured in 3-foot and 4-foot options. These can be stacked to accommodate any ceiling height. And of course, there are a plethora of styles to choose from. One of these is the Individual Tasting Center.

Our clients went with the Individual Tasting Center with Open Diamond Bin model for their home.  This comes with an archway and tabletop option, as well as a glass rack and tabletop combo. The clients wisely chose the glass rack and tabletop option, allowing them space for their wineglasses. Note that the unit also comes with Display Rows. This is a new feature for the Winemaker Series. The Display Rows enable you to  fully showcase your best and/or favorite labels.

Winemaker home wine tasting centerCheck out how the wine tasting center fits so well into this corner. The tabletop is a terrific spot for clients to prep drinks or display their wine accessories for easier access. We also really like how the shorter depth configurations make the bottles pop out. You can see that the necks of the wine bottles stick out, yet, they are nestled comfortably on the racks. This is made possible by the square cut rails that will keep your collection safe and sound. ^_^

“Wine racks are great!”

~ Joseph M.~

Clients Find Their Happiness In WCI Custom Racking

June 3rd, 2021

Finding our little pockets of happiness is truly important, especially since the world is still taking baby steps toward pandemic recovery. Fortunately, for wine lovers, they can find joy in small and simple things. Take the case of our clients who found their happiness in this custom wine storage:

Clients find happiness in custom wine storageProjects like this stunning racking assembly consistently show why small spaces are not a hindrance to providing proper storage for your wines. We can see from these photos that clients were working with a quite narrow room. They were able to transform it and even found a place to house their collection. They cleverly chose to go with custom wine racks in order to create the right fit for their space. We love how the setup also allowed for a countertop and extra storage at the bottom. The “sliding barn door” inspired shelving is definitely an eye-catching feature:

Custom sliding barn door inspired shelvingWith the help of our professional design experts, clients were able to maximize bottle capacity. This racking assembly can easily host several dozen standard-sized bottles, as well as some larger-format ones. Notice that there is an Open Diamond Cube built below the countertop. This is perfect for keeping those loose bottles. There is even glassware storage as well. This just shows that when you go custom, the design possibilities are endless. But you might also be thinking about the price tag on this beautiful project. Don’t let that scare you! Keep in mind that here at WCI, our goal is to provide both products and services that will suit our client’s budget. That’s why we design from the smallest wine closet up to the largest wine room. We have a plethora of options for our custom series that we build your large or small wine cellar designs out of. Our priority will always be finding that balance between the client’s goals and their budget. That’s why we also carry products like our wine rack kits. You will find that our kits are top-notch in quality as well. So while there is a need to compromise on cost, there is absolutely no need to compromise on quality. ^_^

Happy clients loving their wine room

 

“Our wine racks are really great!”

~ Michelle L.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Exploring “Slim” Wine Storage

June 2nd, 2021

Have you ever heard of “slim” wine storage? How about a narrow wine rack? What comes to mind when you hear this? For those who are not as knowledgeable about wine and wine storage, these terms may seem a bit confusing. How would you be able to store a standard-sized bottle in a slim wine rack? It boggles the mind indeed! But that’s what this blog is all about. It’s not just to showcase WCI’s wine cellar projects. We also enjoy sharing bits and pieces on wine and wine storage for everyone to learn from.

What is slim wine storage?

What is a narrow wine rack?

So let’s get on to the finer details of these so-called “narrow” wine racks. Our best example would be WCI’s WineMaker Series. This collection is akin to our Vintner Series, composed of what we proudly identified as our most versatile wine rack kits. But while Vintner caters full depth bottle storage, WineMaker’s configurations is quite different. The collection is made up of narrow depth units.

What does this mean? Essentially, the racks are created in short depth. That means that the neck of a standard-sized bottle slightly sticks out. Yet, the body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks. The shorter depth means less wood is utilized in manufacturing them. This makes the racks more affordable. Nonetheless, the security of the bottles are not compromised at all. They rest on sturdy, square cut rails that keep your wines safe and sound. Note that Winemaker units must be mounted 1 1/2″ off the wall to ensure proper wine bottle stability.

Slim Wine Cabinet

Now what about a “slim” wine cabinet? Does WCI carry something like as well? We sure do! If you go check out our Wine Sentinel refrigerated wine cabinets, you’ll see what we mean. Wine Sentinel allows you to customize your wine cabinets to suit your space. That includes customizing the racks to work with compact spaces. Note that these shorter depth racks were designed specifically to accommodate tight spaces. They are perfect for small living areas like condos and apartments. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #527: Glass Enclosed Commercial Wine Storage

June 1st, 2021

Joyful June greetings, wine cellar pals! This is the month where fun in the sun will really start to kick off. Can you smell summer around the corner? We sure can! Best thing about it this year is that things are slowly but surely starting to get better. We can enjoy our wine both indoors and outdoors while still keeping safe. Wine establishments, bars, and restaurants are also getting busier, like today’s Tech Tuesday client. They invested in this stunning glass enclosed wine storage and we’re here to give you guys all the deets:

Project # 316640
Wood: Custom / Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 3144
Where: 

Glass enclosed wine storageThere’s nothing like wining and dining while being able to ogle what else? More wine! This is exactly our client’s goal when they commissioned for this glass enclosed creation. The attractive display of their collection will whet their wine-loving patrons’ appetite. At the same time, it will also augment the establishment’s aesthetic appeal.

Stunning glass enclosed wine displayThe clients worked with the WCI professional design team to come up with this classic glass x metal wine storage combo. Metal racking units were indeed a smart choice as they really complement the glass elements. In particular, the Vintage View metal wine racks were chosen for this project. Vintage View has been features countless times in the WCI blog. But the versatility of the product is just incredible. Browse through our photo galleries and you will definitely see what we mean. Each project is wonderfully unique, particularly with the way the Vintage View racks are utilized. Naturally, the telltale features are always present. One, the bottles are securely stored in a label-forward fashion. Two, the racks are either wall-mounted or displayed in a floor-to-ceiling layout. Three, the racks have generous bottle storage capacity as they come in single, double, and triple deep options.

Our clients’ happy patrons!Now as far as the glass enclosed design is concerned, clients went for the classic, frameless style. This certainly suits the vibe of the restaurant and allows for the wines to be put on full display. But keep in mind that you can also play around with other design concepts. That is the great thing with a glass enclosed wine storage. It is very flexible and you can have fun experimenting with it. One of our favorites is adding black metal trim to the glass. This lends it a more modern feel. Another would be to accentuate it with bold LED lighting accessories. *Cheers*

Our Favorite Metal Wine Racks For Compact Wine Storage

May 27th, 2021

No doubt about it – wall-mount wine racks are second to none when it comes to space-efficiency. And metal wine racks are certainly the way to go with this racking style. Our clients took the right route with their compact wine storage. Check out this clever and sleek space they created:Wall-mount metal wine storagAs you can see, most of the bottles are stored in a horizontal or flat, label-forward manner. This is actually the best position for wine storage. It will allow the cork to remain moist and swelled. This will prevent unwanted air from entering the bottles and ruining your wines. So that now begs the question: what metal racking units carry this style? WCI has a robust catalog to choose from. Let’s start with the Revue Wall Series. The wall-mount units can hold up to a dozen bottles in the single depth format. But they are also available in double and triple deep configurations. This will expand your wine storage considerably. Notice that this is exactly what clients did in their compact space:

Compact storage done right with metal racksAnother great collection to explore would be the Ultra Wine Racks, particularly the Ultra Wall Rails. They come in 1, 2, 3, and 4-feet height options, as well as single, double, and triple deep configurations. The 4-feet triple deep unit will enable you to store as much as 36 bottles. Now if that isn’t a super space saver, we don’t know what is!

Last but definitely not the least is the most veteran product in our metal racking catalog: Vintage View. We’ve done countless projects using these racks and they are pretty high on the popularity ladder. The wall-mount units are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But by playing around with the configurations, you can also mount them at 5.5 inches apart. This will allow you to host split-sized bottles in your wine cellar. Now if you are working with a more generous space, you can also go for the floor-to-ceiling layout. Vintage View will let you showcase your collection in a more dramatic fashion. All you need is a floor-to-ceiling backer which can be purchased separately. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: The Best Way To Store Wine Bottles

May 26th, 2021

Let’s go back to the basics today! Here’s a pop quiz for you guys: what is the best way to store wine bottles? What would you consider when you purchase wine racks for your collection? It may seem like very simple questions, but are you indeed storing your bottles the right way? Let’s find out!

What is the best way to store wine bottles?

The flat wine rack

With the rising popularity of wall-mount units, storing wines in a supine position has also become more common. But is this a safe way to house your bottles? This is actually the best way in which you want to age wine. The horizontal layout allows the cork to remain moist and swelled. This is essential in wine storage in order to prevent your wine from unwanted air contact. In this position, sediments will fall to the side of the bottle. That will be far away from the cork end to prevent spoilage when you go to pour your wine. This is another huge reason why wine is stored horizontally.

Titled storage of wine bottles

The sideways wine rack

Storing wine on the side is considered as the best way to ensure your bottles age at a graceful pace. But what about if you keep them in angled wine racks? Will the tilted configuration make a difference? There are wooden wine displays specifically designed to tilt at a 15 degree angle, more or less. The main reason behind this design is to make the bottles “earthquake-proof.” This layout ensures that the sediment will remain at the bottom of the bottle. That is indeed an ideal situation. However, keep in mind that the cork will not be kept moist in this position. This will be detrimental to your wine as the cork will eventually shrink and let air in. To avoid this from happening, make sure to rotate your bottles from time to time. This will ensure that all sides of the cork remain moist.

Vertical storage of wine bottles

The vertical wine rack 

This is the least recommended way to store your wine. Long term wine storage in this position will do more harm than good to your collection. So if you do not plan on consuming your wine in the next few days or weeks, do not keep the bottle cork up.  The cork will dry out and predictably, air will enter and ruin your wine. Vertical wine racks are intended for short term storage. They are best for wines that are meant to be consumed while young. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #526: Designer Series Kits Make A Comeback

May 25th, 2021

It’s the last Tech Tuesday for the merry month of May, wine cellar folks! We’re halfway through 2021 and they days are getting warmer. The great outdoors has never been more inviting. Naturally, so are the wine tasting opportunities. We’re also finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic. So we can kick it back and relax with a glass of wine and just be patient for a little bit more. Thankfully, these Tech Tuesday projects are here to inspire us and help us envision our own wine cellar projects. Today, we’re seeing a Designer Series kits comeback in this charming wine room:

Project # 300247
Wood: DKS / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 679
Where: Evanston, IL
Stain: Dark Walnut

Designer wine rack kits make a comebackOur wine rack kits are indeed highly popular. But some collections, like the Designer Series, can be quite the underdog. So we’re only too happy to have this opportunity to shine the spotlight on it. All the units for this racking assembly are from the Designer Series. That means these are all full depth wine racks. Designer is best know for full depth wine racks in 6 and 8 feet height configurations. But the series also carries a few tricks up its sleeve to let you play around with it. With new and improved add-ons on the kits, the racks have become more flexible. Customers now have the ability to add extra individual racking to stack on top of the standard kits. This allows a generous height boost of about 20 inches to the racking arrangement.

Full depth racks with the Designer kitsBut that’s not all. You also still have the option to put in crown and base moldings. We highly recommend this to remove any awkward gaps between your racks and the flooring and/or ceiling. This is actually the well-known “secret” to achieving that professional, seamless look for your wine cellar. Now take note that the Designer kits start from the 1-column units. You can extend your racking arrangement, from one to five columns, then add on the extensions. In case of uneven spaces, Curved Corner options are available to help navigate them. Lastly, we’ve incorporated high reveal display rows into the kits. These will enable you to fully showcase your favorite wine bottles. *Cheers*

 

Magical Moments With Under Stairwell Wine Storage

May 20th, 2021

There is something so fulfilling about transforming hidden spaces. Nooks and crannies tucked away and unused can give birth to wonderful magical moments. It’s all about getting creative with those spaces. Wine lovers will totally love today’s Testimonial Thursday feature. It’s not just about transforming a forgotten corner of the home. It’s also about proper storage for your wine bottles! Magical moments with under stairwell wine storageOur client Crystal certainly knew what she wanted when she decided to play around with this little nook under the stairs. Instead of this space playing host to dirty shoes or cleaning supplies, it’s now a home to the client’s small collection. Notice how the racks fit quite seamlessly in there. You might be wondering if they have to be custom-made to look as good as client’s racking arrangement. The answer is “no”. While we do recommend going custom for awkward spaces like this one, that doesn’t mean there are no alternatives. Keep in mind that here at WCI, we have a plethora of racking solutions for all your wine storage needs. Those solutions include working within a budget that suits the client.

One the best options would be to go with our wine rack kits. We recommend checking out our Vintner and WineMaker series. Vintner is our most popular and versatile wine rack kit. It offers 3-foot and 4-foot units that you can rack and stack to match just about any ceiling height. With just a bit of tweaking, you can get the units to fit nicely into an uneven space. You can also do that with the Wine Bottle Waterfall. The cascading configuration will be magical in an under stairwell project. The WineMaker Series offers about the same range of choices as Vintner. The only difference is that this collection is comprised of shallow-depth racks. So when you store your bottles, the necks will pop out. That doesn’t mean the security of the bottles is compromised in any way though. The shallow depth was designed specifically to combat compact space issues. Also, this means that price-wise, the units are more affordable. ^_^

“The wine rack came out great!”

~Crystal D.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Why We Love 3 Bottle Wine Racks

May 19th, 2021

Small wine storage solutions have gotten more creative and stylish over the years. Apart from accommodating compact spaces, the range of materials has also improved a lot. It’s not just limited to wood anymore. We have metal, arcylic, and more. And one of our favorites when it comes to small racking units is definitely the three bottle wine rack. From WCI’s product catalog, you ought to check these babies out:

Revue Series 1 Ft Wall Mount Rack

The Revue Series is hailed for its sleek and elegant design. It’s also a super space saver, thanks to the extensive bottle storage options it offers. But when it comes to small wine storage solutions, the 1 ft Wall Mount unit is definitely a frontrunner. This three bottle wine holder is actually available in single, double, and triple deep configurations. That means it can store up to a maximum of 9 bottles when you go with the triple deep option.

Ultra Series 1 Ft Wall Rail 

The Ultra Series one of the best ways to achieve an elegant bottle showcase while maximizing storage capacity. The units are very flexible and can be used anywhere. Whether it’s for home wine cellars, restaurants, bars, or country clubs, this 3 bottle wine rack will be a perfect fit. Just like the Revue Series, the 1 Ft Wall Rail comes in single, double, & triple deep configurations. It takes up little room but has generous bottle storage capacity. It can’t get any better than that!

Vintage View 1 Ft Wall Mount Rack

Vintage View is one of our oldest series and without a doubt, one of our most popular. You will find a variety of bottle storage options offered by this collection. But the 1 Ft Wall Mount Rack deserves a bit more love. This metal wine rack is designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But with a bit if tweaking, it will also hold split-sized bottles when mounted 5.5 inches apart. Moreover, you have four different finishes to select from to match your wine cellar’s theme. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #525: Cable Racking Coolness

May 18th, 2021

Hey there, wine cellar fans! Are you guys ready for some cable racking coolness today? This Tech Tuesday is bringing us some awesome contemporary vibes and we’re all for it. Let’s swoop in for a better look on all the details:

Project # 321348
Wood: Custom / Metal
Bottle Capacity: 192
Where: Northville, MICable racking system coolnessSo here’s something we love to see more of: the wood x metal racking combinations. We like it when clients go outside of the “safe” zone when it comes to their wine cellar design. Indeed, you can’t go wrong when you take the “traditional” route. But mixing up design materials definitely has its perks. One of those is how it will elevate the uniqueness of your wine cellar. This Tech Tuesday is a terrific example of that. Our team wanted to maximize bottle storage capacity in this compact space, while giving it a contemporary appeal. The cable racking system certainly delivered in both aspects. So what is the cable wine system? This flexible and functional racking arrangement, as you can see from the photos, can work in any space. The wine bottles look like they’re “suspended”, securely held by stainless steel platforms. This makes it perfect for high humidity environments. But what’s fantastic about this system is that there is a lot of customization options as well. You can go with the default metal material or exchange it for wood. Naturally, you get a healthy range of wood options as well. If you’re up to something even fancier, we also offer acrylic platforms for that truly whimsical look.

Check out this cable racking coolness! In terms of flexibility, the cable racking system accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes. That means you can store other types of liquor as well and not just wine. For someone who wants to grow a versatile collection, this racking arrangement is the solution you’re looking for. Plus, the space-efficiency feature bumps up the coolness factor even more. You can see from the photos how functional the layout is. And of course, keep in mind that this racking system is crafted from high end components. That means you get quality wine racks that will last for years and years to come! *Cheers*

 

The Moose & Goose Wine Cellar & Vintner Wine Racks

May 13th, 2021

Ok, wine cellar fans, here’s a question for you: do you name your wine cellar? Or if you’re just in the planning stages, are you thinking of naming once it’s completed? It’s a super cute idea and our clients think so, too! That’s why they came up with this unique name for their lovely wine cellar: the Moose & Goose:

The Moose & Goose wine cellarClients wanted their wine cellar to reflect their Canadian and New Hampshire roots. So apart from the very apt name, they even took to putting in decorative touches as well. Check out the colorful reds reminiscent of the Canadian flag. They really pop out against the light-hued wine racks and flooring. Speaking of wine racks, this is where that New Hampshire influence is being showcased. Note that it is the state with the highest percentage of timberland area in the country. That includes a wide variety of hardwood species like Mahogany. Not by any coincidence, our clients went with Grand Mahogany for their racking units. They chose to go with the unstained version of the wood that gives this wine room a cozy, cottagecore feel:

Vintner Series for the Moose & GooseThe Vintner Series is responsible for bringing clients’ dream wine cellar to life. They worked closely with our team of design professionals to ensure that the results will be to the clients’ satisfaction. We’re quite proud to say that our team and the Vintner Series really pulled through. Clients did not only love their wine cellar, but enjoyed their WCI experience as well. This is one of the biggest advantages when working with wine rack kits like Vintner. There are lots of styles to choose from and you even get opportunities to tailor the units to suit your design preference. These “custom” amenities sans the price tag of actual custom wine racks. As far as wine rack kits go, Vintner is the most versatile one. It offers wine storage not just for residential, but commercial applications as well. ^_^

Welcome to the Moose & Goose wine cellar! “Our wine cellar is a huge hit. We call it the Moose & Goose Wine Cellar combining our Canadian and NH family history. Vince was amazing and helped with every small request or idea I had. From dream to finish, it only took about a month – which blew me away.”

~John E.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Eco-Friendly Wine Cellar Flooring Choices

May 12th, 2021

What are the things to consider consider when  weighing our choices for our wine cellar flooring? Obviously, quality and price would be at the top of the list. Design will likely be a close second. But we should also consider one very essential factor: how eco-friendly is the chosen material? Leaning towards environmental friendly options in our wine cellar project is an admirable move. Keep in mind it’s never too late to start caring for our environment. And don’t even think for a minute you have to compromise on anything! These eco-friendly wine cellar flooring choices have it all – and then some:

Eco-friendly choices with Cork flooring

Cork Flooring

This is one of our highly recommended options for wine cellar flooring. Cork is a natural and durable material that is harvested with minimal impact on the environment. Moreover, it s a rapidly renewable resource. It also comes in a variety of styles that will work with any theme you want to create in your wine room. The quality of cork flooring is second to none. The inherent resiliency of this material provides a comfortable cushion that is gentle on feet, back & joints. It is also a fire inhibitor that does not spread flame. Cork will not produce toxic gases on combustion. Take note that here at WCI, our Cork floors are equipped with Microban® & Insect Repellent. That makes it anti-microbal and resistant to mold and mildew. It is further enhanced with Wear Top – Wear Enhancing Abrasion Resistance Finish. This increases wear and scratch resistance while not compromising on flexibility.

Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring

Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring

Nothing combines quality, style, and eco-friendly features better than the Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring. The pieces actually come from reclaimed wood components from wine barrels. That makes this flooring easily one of the most environment conscious choices you can make. The vintage vine of the planks will give your wine cellar that old country charm. It’s also worth mentioning that this is a custom hand-finished product. That simply means that each plank is different. There will be two planks that will be exactly alike, giving your flooring a whole other level of uniqueness.

Tile floors are eco-friendly choices

Hand Painted Tile Flooring

Tile flooring is not just limited to bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor living spaces. They are also very compatible with wine cellar projects. The question is: are they also eco-friendly choices? The answer is a huge YES! Ceramic and porcelain are green materials because they do not contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). In addition, they are low maintenance and have a long life cycle. Here at WCI, we offer porcelain tile flooring. But we’ve taken it up a notch with our beautiful collection of Hand Painted Tiles. You can select from our collection of original designs or create your own customized piece. ^_^

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #524: Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Glory

May 11th, 2021

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – you can never go wrong with a glass-enclosed wine cellar. We’ve seen wine storage projects in all shapes and sizes. The one thing we’ve always noticed that the glass element really amplifies the elegance factor in them. Today’s Tech Tuesday is living proof of that, in all its glass-enclosed glory:

Project # 322921
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2457
Where: Pilot Point, TX
Stain: Dark Walnut

Glass-enclosed wine cellar gloryOur clients from Pilot Point, TX commissioned us for this very sizeable project. Our team was only too happy to jump in and design the perfect wine cellar for them. They have this super spacious room in their home that they wanted us to transform into a wine cellar that can host their collection. Clients also intimated that they preferred a simple yet classy layout. So our team recommended one of the most timeless combinations: All-Heart Redwood x Dark Walnut.

Loving the spaciousness of this wine room!The racking assembly itself is quite impeccable seeing that everything is customized. You can see just how well the space has been utilized to maximize bottle storage capacity. There is a good variety of racking styles to accommodate both individual and bulk bottles. There are also racks and shelving specifically for larger format bottles, wine boxes and crates. As far racking goes, this wine cellar is truly versatile. But of course, that’s not all that it has to offer! Check out the generous countertops accompanying the archway. This will give the clients tons of space for drinks prep, as well as a place to put some munchies. Imagine how enjoyable some wine downtime would be in this room:

All-Heart Redwood x Dark Walnut gloryThis brings us now to the piece de resistance that ties up all the elements in this project: the glass panels. Clients opted for a simple glass wall which really enhanced the rich colors and lighting accents. The result is a wine room all its elegant glory. But if you want to add a little more drama to your room’s style, we also recommend incorporating metal trim. A glass wall with black metal trim will stand out in a unique way. If plain black won’t work with your theme, try brushed nickel, copper, or satin black. Now if you’re feeling even fancier, why not try painted or glass etchings. You can totally customize the design to your liking. Decorative applications, when tastefully done, can do wonders to even the simplest wine cellars. Take inspiration from our photo galleries and get as creative as you can! *Cheers*

What You Get From WCI Professional Design Services

May 6th, 2021

DIY is all the rage these days and we’re all for it. In fact, that’s why we developed a whole product line in the form of our wine rack kits to cater to DIY endeavours. But not all wine cellar construction projects are made for the DIY route. Moreover, not everyone is cut out for that. There are wine cellar goals that can be best achieved with the help of an experienced professional. Our clients in today’s Testimonial Thursday were certainly aware of that. They sought out WCI’s professional design services and the results left no room for regrets:

Clients had a very generous space in their home for a formal wine cellar. They didn’t want to cut corners and put to waste the opportunity to create their dream wine cellar. They wisely decided to get in touch with one of our experienced design consultants. While they were prepared to undertake this project, they definitely wanted to stay within budget. There was the usual apprehension that comes with hiring professionals. Nonetheless, our team was able to put quell those fears. Our clients ended up loving the WCI experience, especially with how gorgeous their project turned out after.

So how does our wine cellar design process actually work? First off, keep in mind that you can receive a design from us completely, 100% for free. You read that right, wine cellar fans! This section of our website provides both a short and long design request form for you to fill out. That means you can get started on your project from the safety (which is very important these days!) and comfort of your home. You will then receive a free 2D design of your wine cellar. We also offer free initial wine cellar consultation. This will give prospective clients the chance to discuss essential aspects of the project, particularly costs. We will happily work with you to come up with the most feasible wine storage solutions. We also love to share best practices for the perfect setup of a wine room. Our professionals are here to help – from how it will look, to cost, to assembly and installation and so much more.

“It’s been a great experience working with your team. My wine cellar looks great with lots of complements from friends and family.”

~David N.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Infused Recipes You’ll Love

May 5th, 2021

This weekend is Mom’s special day and what better way to celebrate it than with a home-cooked feast. But you know what’s even better? Preparing your Mother’s Day menu loaded with love and wine! And nope, we’re not talking about just bringing out a bottle of wine. We’re talking about bringing some lip-smacking, wine infused dishes to the table. Here are some uber delicious recipes we want you to try out:

Wine infused recipes you’ll love!

Credits by: Con Poulos

Beef Stew in Red Wine sauce

Food & Wine shared this sumptuous recipe courtesy of Jacques Pépin. Beef is always a welcome dish in any special occasion. But we bet Mom will love it even more when that delicious beef is drenched in wine infused sauce. The secret to this dish lies in the type of cut of the beef and how the sauce is made. Jacques prefers the flatiron cut. This is a long, narrow cut that’s extremely lean but becomes tender and stays moist. He doesn’t use stock, demiglace or even water in his stew. The rich sauce focuses on the robust flavors of the red wine. Check out the recipe here.

Fancy some wine infused Chicken Piccata?

Credits by: Epicurious

Chicken Piccata in white wine

Now if you are looking at a dish with less prep and cooking time, this is the one to try out. This Italian chicken dish is easy to prepare and straight-out tasty. This is perfect for those of us who are not that confident in our culinary skills. We can still give Mom that homemade meal she’ll never forget! This Chicken Piccata recipe is drenched in white wine infused sauce, along with capers and butter. It’ll take only a half-hour at the most so go ahead and check the recipe out at Epicurious.

Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake popsicle

Dessert doesn’t get any better than this!

Credits by: Edlesssimmer

Naturally, you’ll need to make room for dessert in your Mother’s Day menu. This wine infused dessert is one of our favorites because it’s such a no brainer to make. You can even do it the day before so you can focus on preparing the main dishes. These Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake popsicles are tastebud ticklers courtesy of Endless Simmer. The Cabernet gives the blueberry that full bodied shot of booze. Blueberries, cheescake, and wine – who can say no to that? Just make sure to keep those popsicles out of the kiddos’ reach! ^_^

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #523: Must-Haves For A Classy Wine Room

May 4th, 2021

Who doesn’t want a classy wine room? If you have both the space and budget to blow, you’d definitely want a wine room that’s made of all the good stuff. And by that, we mean quality and aesthetically pleasing elements. So what are these must-haves to achieve that classy charm? Today’s Tech Tuesday will show us the ropes:

Project # 312838
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 579
Where: Delray Beach, FL
Stain: Dark Walnut

Must-haves for a classy wine roomNothing can beat clean and seamless silhouettes when you want your wine room to reek of class. Our clients were very much aware of that when they decided to go the custom route with their wine racks. Customizing their wine racks meant the space was fully utilized without making any compromises. You can see that the bottle storage capacity of the room is maximized. There is also a nice variety of racking styles. But the layout does not in any way looked cramped or messy. Props to the clever use of crown and base moldings and Center Seam Trim on the racking assembly! These tiny details spelled the difference between “plain” and classy.

Seamless and clean layoutOne of the other must-haves to exude that timeless look is the wood option. This project went with Premium Redwood for the racks and shelving. Premium Redwood is a superior hardwood both in terms of quality and appearance. Just like Clear All-Heart Redwood, it is highly resistant to shrinking, warping, and checking. It is a very durable, clear grade of wood. Unstained, it showcases eye-catching  colors ranging from white to pink to red and reddish brown. But the wood also absorbs stains and finishes beautifully. That brings us to the last must-have for your classy wine room!

Tasteful color palette is a must!A well thought-out color palette for your wine cellar project will bring character and elegance to it. This Tech Tuesday is living proof of that. The racks were stained with Dark Walnut stain option. The stain is composed of a beautiful golden-brown color. It deepens almost all shades of wood. But it becomes even more prominent with lighter hued woods like Premium Redwood. The result is a rich and luxurious palette that is the epitome of class. *Cheers*

Loving the stunning entryway!a

The Design Opportunities Stains & Finishes Can Offer

April 29th, 2021

Would you look at that, wine cellar fans – it’s already our last blog post for April! We’ve had nothing but incredible projects this month, both professional and DIY. That goes to show that wine cellars can help us outlast this pandemic. Staying at home and social distancing aren’t so bad when you have the company of your favorite wine bottles. Our clients are certainly in that mindset when they completed their beautiful wine room:

Design opportunities with stains & finishesWe just adore the rustic feels that this wine cellar brings. It looks so cozy and we bet it feels exactly that way, too! The wine racks are a major factor in creating that rustic vibe for this project. They were stained to complement the dark hued flooring and ceiling. The racks also brought about a stark contrast with the wine bottles and brightly colored walls and wine boxes. Indeed, the design opportunities these stains and finishes can offer are quite amazing. So if you also fancy this kind of look on your wine cellar, here are our recommendations:

Dark Walnut – This stunning golden-brown stain deepens almost all shades of wood. It is very elegant, so if you want a more rustic appeal, choose a wood that is a bit more on the knotty side. Rustic Pine is a top example. Also avoid lacquer on your wine racks if you want to go “rustic.”

Mocha – This is actually our newest stain offering. It is a beautiful blend of black and dark walnut to create a warm, dark-colored stain. It is not as overpowering as Midnight Black, but it will considerably deepen with light-colored woods.

Blended Stain – As far as design opportunities go, the Blended Stain option has so much to offer. This stain is true to its name. We can blend any of our current stains together to create something custom for clients. We can even take a custom match and match it up. That means clients can get just about any kind of look they want for their wine racks.

Dusty Weathered Finish – This finish will make wood achieve a timeworn look. The weathered appearance is attractive and reminiscent of that old country charm. Note that this finish works particularly well with pine, redwood and oak. A custom topcoat is applied and the color plays on the grayish-brown hues of the wood.

Explore design opportunities with our stains & finishes

“I love my wine racks!”
~Bobbie S.~

Wine Cellar Innovations: Sweet Gift Ideas For Wine Moms

April 28th, 2021

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and  we’re all prepping to give mom something super special. Obviously, things are still a bit different this year from the usual Mother’s Day celebrations we’re used to. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make it just as memorable! So we’ve brainstormed on some sweet gift ideas for our wine moms:

Sweet gift ideas for wine moms!

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Surprise her with a unique lunch/dinner

Forget about taking her out to some fancy shmancy restaurant. Do it the safer and more unique way this year. Surprise her with an intimate lunch or dinner that you prepared by the family. Assign tasks to each member of the family and get everyone to pitch  in. Design a beautiful set-up and plan on the menu incorporating mom’s favorite dishes. Naturally, that includes a bottle (or two!) of her favorite wine. For more impact, get the family to prepare the dishes. It’s one of the best ways to show how you appreciate mom always laboring over a hot stove for everyone.

Put together a “wine mom” gift basket

Our wine moms will surely squeal in delight when she receives a personalized gift basket for Mother’s Day. Gather the entire family and write down all of mom’s favorite things. That includes the wine/s she loves to unwind with after dinner. Then work up a budget (generously, of course!) and put everything together in a gift basket. Tip: it would be even better if you do a DIY basket or box of Mother’s Day goodies. And to make it extra special, have everyone put in small greeting notes/cards for mom!

Give mom a well-deserved wine break

Sometimes, our moms want something more than the usual pile of Mother’s Day presents. What they really want is a well-deserved time off from the usual mom chores. These include meal preps, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, babysitting and keeping track of everyone’s appointments. So why not sit down with the rest of the family and list down mom’s chores for the week. Delegate it among yourselves and give mom a whole week of downtime. As a cherry on top, also make sure to get her a bottle or two of her favorite wine! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #522: Reasons To Own Wine Lockers

April 27th, 2021

Last Tech Tuesday of the month of April, wine folks!  Let’s make this an educational post, courtesy of our clients from Suwanee, GA. Today we’ll be giving you some very solid reasons why you should own some WCI wine lockers:

Project # 322544
Wood: CDR / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 240
Where: Suwanee, GA
Stain: Midnight Black

Reasons to own wine lockers!We’ve talked about wine lockers lots of times on our blogs. They may not be as popular as some racking styles, but they are really worth shelling out for. Most people seem to view them as more suitable for commercial wine cellar applications. But that’s not the case at all. These wine lockers can be utilized in both commercial and residential wine cellar projects. It actually comes highly recommended particularly for those with larger collections.

A lot of WCI’s request for these wine lockers come from places such as wine stores, country clubs, restaurants, bars, and public storage areas. But over the years, a growing number of clients also wanted to own them for their homes. One of the biggest reasons why the lockers became essential is because of the level of security they offer. You can keep your prized labels under the safety of a lock and key. While this was obviously the case for public storage areas, such use was also later on appreciated for residential wine storage.

Second, the wine lockers offer a wonderful variety of options for customization. First up is with the locks themselves. You can have locks that can be keyed in numerous configurations, or as one single key. Note that the lockers come in different levels of storage. You can start from the one level wine locker that you can use anywhere or stack it to achieve the desired height configuration. We offer up to five levels of storage, as you can see from the clients’ photos of their assembled lockers. Then you also get to select from a number of door panel options. There’s the metal lattice for open air circulation. You can also have elegant, see-through glass panels. The final two choices are flat or raised wood panels.

Last but not the least, the wine lockers are simply amazing when it comes to organizing your wine. You can add label plates and customize these as well! Choose from an array of fonts and finishes to make the lockers truly your own. For mobility purposes, you can also choose to add casters. That makes convenient to move the lockers around if needed. *Cheers*

 

Achieve Creative Wine Storage With Metal Wine Racks

April 22nd, 2021

Creativity is part and parcel of any wine cellar project. Even if it’s not a full-blown one, there are so many ways to put together unique wine storage. Our clients were kind enough to share their WCI experience with our racking products. See how they came up with this creative and space-efficient wine storage using our metal wine racks:

Creative wine storage with metal wine racks!There are several racking products in the WCI catalog that can achieve this look. One would be the Vintage View Series. While it is designed to be mounted to a wall, you can also achieve a “floating” appearance like that in the photo. All you need is a Floor to Ceiling frame which can be purchased separately. Notice how this racking style displays the bottles in a label-forward fashion. Not only is it attractive but it makes for easier organization of one’s collection.

The Revue Series is another product that give you a truly creative racking arrangement. It’s one of the newer additions to WCI’s metal wine racks catalog. The units come in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations, as well as single, double and triple deep options. You can also fit split and champagne bottles on the racks just by adjusting the mounting configurations. Moreover, these racks were also designed to be able to store Turleys. Just take note that with the latter, you will need to load the bottles from the side of the rack.

Lastly, we have the Cable Racking System. Cable wine racks can accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes. They are very flexible and can work with any wine cellar size. Utilizing this system will allow you to store other types of liquor, not just wine. It is perfect for those who want to curate a versatile collection. Naturally, the racks are also designed to be super space-efficient. They can be conveniently secured to the walls or the back panels in the case of a wine cabinet. This highly versatile system works with different types of materials such as metal, wood, and even acrylic. Of course, that includes mixing and matching these materials for a truly creative result! ^_^

Love how creative this wine storage is!

“We are very happy with the wine racks. Thank you!”
~ Dan C. ~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Throwing A Safe & Fun Spring Wine Party

April 21st, 2021

Is a Spring wine party in your calendar this year? It certainly should be! While the pandemic is far from over, we’ve learned a lot over the past year. One of those is how to have fun the safe way. Thankfully, wine tasting gatherings are quite easy to prepare for and manage. Here are some tips to throwing an awesome and safe Spring wine party:

Throw a safe & fun Spring wine party!

Photo by Rachel Claire from Pexels

Go big but go virtual!

We’re no strangers to virtual gatherings at this point. It’s been the “trend” all of 2020. But we feel that virtual gatherings won’t be a just a trend and will be here to stay. It’s a convenient way to be together with everyone despite distance and time zones. So for your 2021 Spring wine party, why not go the virtual route! You don’t have to put a cap on the number of guests because, hey, what is social distancing in the virtual world? Naturally, careful planning is the key to success here. Provide several date/time options for your guests to choose from. Plan for wine tasting games ahead of time. Here are some terrific virtual wine games from Elite Daily you can use or modify for your party.

Take the wine tasting fun outdoors!

The great outdoors is the safest place to host a wine tasting activity. We highly recommend keeping your numbers small, though, for a safe and more enjoyable experience. Checking the weather is definitely number one on the planning board. Picking the outdoor venue would be next. If you have a large backyard, that shouldn’t be an issue. But you can also do it at the park, the lakeside, or the mountains! Pick a less popular outdoor venue, especially if you plan on doing it during the weekends. Remind everyone to bring their own wineglasses (and cutlery if needed!) and food. If you guys will be sharing food items, put these in separate containers. Do a “wine swap” where you exchange “secret” wine bottles. Cover the bottles to keep them clean and safe, do a random swap, and let the wine tasting fun begin!

Try a wine tasting “drive through”!

You’ve probably heard and seen (or were actually a part of!) those quarantine birthday drive throughs last year. We think whoever cooked that concept up is a total genius. You can actually do the same thing for a Spring wine party. Plan it with your friends to have your circle drive up to each other’s houses and have a wine tasting parade. You can even do a wine treasure hunt while you’re at it! ^_^