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Client Dresses Up Wine Racks In Various Stain Options

September 17th, 2020

Running out of ideas on how to make your wine racks stand out? Our client’s custom wine rack might be able to help inspire you with the awesome DIY wine storage rack he built.

As you can see below, our client decided to spice things up a bit by choosing various stains and finishes. He also cleverly added an unstained racking unit into the mix.  The result is this eye-catching wine storage with its contrasting color scheme. The finished project gives off a modern and unique aesthetic which is very pleasing to the eye.

Various stains and finishes on racks To achieve various contrasting hues like the pair you see in images, Wine Cellar Innovations offers an assortment of these contrasting colors. The classic choices include Light Danish, Classic Mahogany, and Dark Walnut. These will give your wine racks a traditional and elegant appearance. For a bolder statement, check out the Midnight Black Stain option. It is a jet black stain that exudes contemporary charm. It’s a dramatic departure from traditional woodworking finishes and works best with light-colored wood such as Premium Redwood and Rustic Pine.

Now if you wish to give your wine racks a look that veers from the “traditional” route, our newer stain and finish products are a must-try. Whitewash, for example, is a semi-transparent stain. It will give an off-white cast to your wood while still letting the grain show through. It adds a definitive “texture” to the wood, giving it more character.

Another popular stain one to try out is Graywash. You may have heard of this stain, especially with home renovation projects. It is also a semi-transparent stain, just like Whitewash. There is no texture that comes through.  What you get is a smooth finish that showcases the beauty of the wood beneath it. Lastly, there’s the Opaque White stain which is not semi-transparent. You will not be able to see through the stain to the grain on the wood. What you’ll get is a pristine white finish. ^_^

“I’m happy with my racks and would be happy to share my story!” 

~ Rick R. ~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Diet-Friendly Wines To Try Out

September 16th, 2020

Can you have your usual glass of wine even when you’re trying to cut down on the calories? Fear not, because you certainly can! There are actually diet-friendly wines out there for us calorie-conscious wine lovers. So you don’t need to sacrifice that happiness in a bottle:

Diet-friendly wines for you!

Credits by: Sarah Stierch

 

Calorie-friendly reds…

You don’t need to sit back and state enviously at family or friends boozing it out with their favorite reds. There are calorie-friendly red wines that will satisfy your palate without busting your waistline. We recommend sticking to merlot, pinot noir, or rosé. Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., creator of the F-Factor Diet, broke down the calorie count on these reds. She said they each contain about 88 calories, 3 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of sugar per glass. That being said, avoid marsala and sherry if you are looking to lose weight. Those glasses are loaded with 164 calories, 14 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of sugar.

Diet-friendly whites

Credits by: Anna & Michal

Choosing your whites well…

Now let’s move on to the whites. You’d want to get acquainted with the lighter white wines to work with your weight loss program. Diet-friendly ones include chardonnay, white zinfandel, or sauvignon blanc. Expert studies show that these are all under 85 calories, with 2.6 grams carbs and 1 gram of sugar per glass. Stay clear of sweet dessert wines like riesling or moscato. These are the real killers because of their calorie, sugar and carb contents. Each glass contains about 160 calories or more, 12 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of sugar.

Sugar-free sparkling, proseco & champagne…

Ever heard of sugar-free sparkling wines? There’s also the sugar-free champagnes, prosecco, and cavas. But not everyone is well-informed about them. A little digging around helps a lot! You’ll be able to unearth a niche collection of bone-dry vinos that go by a few different names. “Zero dosage”, “brut nature” and “pas dose” will all contain less than 3g of residual sugar per litre. Note that some can be particularly great as an aperitif or with seafood. You get that crisp, refreshing taste with just the right level of mouth-watering acidity. Others might be a bit harsh on the palate, so choose carefully. Check out those that are labeled extra brut. They usually contain a maximum of 6g of sugar. While still a very dry style, you’ll often find a bit more complexity in these. Plus compared with the sugar in a regular brut which is around 9-12g, they’re obviously more diet-friendly. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #443: Clean-cut Commercial Wine Storage

September 15th, 2020

If you own a wine store, your customers’ convenience should be a top priority. One of the ways to do that is to make sure that the merchandise is properly organized. You’d want your customers to find things easily and not waste a lot of time doing a treasure hunt. Naturally, you also want to put out your bestsellers and newest labels. To promote the bottles of wine in your collection, you’ll need to store the wine bottles in an orderly yet eye-catching fashion. Our Tech Tuesday article might be able to give you a push in the right direction. Check out these clean-cut commercial wine displays:

Project # 322578
Wood: Custom/ CDR / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 18692
Where: Waldorf, MD

Clean-cut wine bottle storageOur clients own a pretty huge wine establishment. They have an impressive line-up of wine and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The store gets super busy during peak hours and with the COVID-19 situation at present, careful organization was essential. The store also had to make sure the customers feel safe while browsing and buying their liquor. They purchased several commercial wine display islands – some custom and some from our Vintner line. Below are some nice close-up shots of the commercial racking units in unstained Premium Redwood:

Wine display islands for clean-cut storageAs mentioned earlier, this is a mix of custom racking and units from the Vintner Series. For those who are not yet aware of this, our Vintner also has a commercial line. It features state-of-the-art wine displays, islands, and merchandisers. The Vintner units come at a lower price than the Classic collection. Nonetheless, there is no compromise when it comes to quality. You also get a ton of racking styles and accessories to work with. For example, the racks come with industry exclusive vinyl base & caster options. You also get a bevy of wood, stain and finishes to choose from.

Unstained merchandisersJust like the Vintner wine rack kits, the commercial collection also consists of 3 & 4-ft stackable racks. They are so versatile that you can stack them up to 12-ft high. It’s also so easy to mix and match the same width units and stack then on top of each other. For a large and busy business, nothing beats clean-cut wine bottle storage. Follow our clients’ lead and purchase these commercial racks for your store as well! *Cheers*

 

Proud Client Shares Her Adorable WineMaker Wine Cellar

September 10th, 2020

A wine cellar that is spacious, stylish, and affordable? That sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But guess what – wine cellar dreams DO come true! Our client can vouch for this and gave solid proof to boot. Check out these snaps as our proud client shares with us her adorable wine cellar, all thanks to the WineMaker Series:

Proud client and her WineMaker racksThe bottle storage capacity of this compact wine storage is really quite impressive. See how our client has managed to store a few hundred bottles with some wiggle room left for more. Space-efficiency is indeed one of the best features of our WineMaker Series. The racking units from this collection are all manufactured with shallow-depth configurations. What does this mean? It simply means that less material is used to create the wine racks. You will notice in the photos that unlike the standard racking, the necks of the bottles are sticking out. This allows the racks to fit snugly into smaller and uneven spaces. But even with the narrow depth, the security of the wine bottles are not compromised at all. They are nestled safely and comfortably on the square-cut rails. Moreover, the necks of the bottles popping out make for an eye-catching display!

Small but spacious wine roomThe addition of the glass door is a smart move, given the compact size of the cellar. It makes it look much more spacious. So here we can see our client admiring the finished product – with her collection tucked into the racks. Notice that there is even enough space for a small tasting center. The client also has bulk bottle storage courtesy of the Open Diamond Bins.

Note that the WineMaker Series provides a pretty healthy selection of racking styles. That includes diamonds and cases for bulk bottles and the newest addition called WineMaker “stacks.” These “stacks” allow you to combine individual and bulk bottle storage in one racking arrangement. Naturally, as the term implies, you can easily stack the units to the desired height. Last but definitely not the least, WineMaker also offers a variety of stain and finish options. That includes WCI’s newest products like Graywash, Whitewash, Mocha, and lacquer. This wine rack kit is doing us proud and we highly recommend it, especially for entry-level projects. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Building Your Under Stairwell Wine Storage

September 9th, 2020

There are plenty of reasons why building a wine storage under the stairs is a good idea. Scratch that – it’s a fantastic idea! Allow us to walk you guys through some helpful tips for that stunning under stairwell transformation.

Appreciating curved corner racks…

That space beneath the stairwell is definitely not your straightforward four-walled room that can accommodate wine storage. So the trick is to see beyond those awkward curves and angles. Using the right racking units can do wonders. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much bottle storage that irregular space can hold. This is where you’ll appreciate the existence of curved corner wine racks. The racks can ease into those tricky spaces and help create a smooth transition your racking assembly. We offer curved corner racks both as a custom product and in our wine rack kits. That means you have the option to work with what suits your budget!

Building your under stairwell wine storage

Discovering the Wine Bottle Waterfall…

What better racking to accommodate uneven spaces than the Wine Bottle Waterfall? It is configured in such a way that the individual bottle storage goes down in a cascading fashion. When you stack the units together, this allows you to have your racking assembly in variable height configurations. It’s a terrific solution for wine storage beneath the stairs. In addition, you get to display your wine bottles in an eye-catching fashion. The Wine Bottle Waterfall is available with WCI’s wine rack kits, like the Vintner and Designer Series.

Metal wine racks for building storage under the stairs

Small wine racks, wine pegs and rails…

Lack of adequate space is almost always one of the main issues with under stairwell transformations. But this is actually where the fun is! Getting creating with your racking arrangement will lead to fulfilling results. So it’s time to expand your racking options and dig deeper into the details. Small wine racks come highly recommended for this kind of wine cellar project. Wall-mount metal racking is also a popular choice since it is very space-efficient. But another favorite of ours are the wine pegs and wine rails. They can be easily mounted anywhere and can really help maximize bottle storage capacity. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #441: Exploring Bulk Bottle Storage Options

September 8th, 2020

Smooth sailing September is indeed inspiring! Week number two for our September Tech Tuesdays and we have lots to share with you wine cellar fans. It’s all thanks to our project team who completed this cellar for our clients in Atlanta, GA. Check out the bulk bottle storage showcased in the gorgeous wine cellar below:

Project # 317656
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 2326
Where: Atlanta, GA

Custom bulk bottle storageFirst up is this solid masterpiece of custom shelving units. Yes, you read that right: custom. The clients had generous space for their wine cellar and wanted to go all out on it. Our design team worked to ensure that the bottle storage capacity was fully maximized while capturing a timeless aesthetic. So Grand Mahogany was the wood of choice for the wine racking units:

Beautiful bulk bottle storage unitsAs earlier mentioned, this project is a shining example of options for bulk bottle storage. You will notice that the shelves here are designed to store wine boxes, crates, and of course, loose bottles. But these shelves are multi-functional as well! They can also be utilized for storage of other items, such as boxes of wine cellar accessories. You can even use them to display your glassware and other decor.

Here at WCI, we have a very healthy selection of bulk bottle storage options. If you prefer something fancier, we invite you to check out our Rotating Wine and Pull Out Wine cradles. These units will provide a stylish spot for you to display your collection in.

Bulk bottle storage shelving unitsAdjustable shelves are one of the best wine storage solutions you can have. In fact, we highly recommend getting them, especially if you’re quite the collector. They are suited for residential wine cellar owners as well, not just for commercial ones. For example, you purchase some wine boxes and they arrive in a totally different size from what you expected. It might also happen that they are much smaller than anticipated. The ability to move around your shelves will then give you the space you need at any given time. We have so much to offer so go ahead and explore more bulk bottle storage options at the WCI website! *Cheers*

Add A Little Drama With Waterfall Wine Racks

September 3rd, 2020

You’d be surprised at how the options vary nowadays when it comes to wine racks. Not only can you choose from different materials, but there are also a plethora of styles available. That’s why even when it’s a compact wine cellar project, you can still do so much with it. Case in point: our client from Burlington, NY, and their lovely little creation. They transformed a small space and added a little drama with some waterfall wine racks:

Add drama with waterfall wine displays!The rustic charm of this wine room is very inviting. It’s elegant and warm at the same time. We give credits to the clever use of earthy tones, such as the Dark Walnut Stain on the wine racks. Since this was a smallish project, the clients wanted to create as much bottle storage space as possible. However, they also wanted to give some flair to the racking arrangement. The Vintner Series provided all the solutions they needed! Vintner offers such an amazing selection of racking styles for just a wine rack “kit.” You can do so much with the individual and bulk bottle storage options it’s sometimes surprising that it’s not a custom job. Lots of WCI clients use either entirely Vintner racks in their projects, or in combination with custom units. The more affordable price point of Vintner makes it such a joy to work with!

Dark Walnut Stain on waterfall wine racksHere is a terrific shot of the completed racking assembly. It incorporates Vintner’s Archway with Tabletop option, Open Diamond Bins, Curved Corner Racks, and standard Individual Bottle Columns. But the clients wanted a bit more flair and decided to throw in some Waterfall Wine Racks as well. This was definitely a good move! Look at how the cascading lines of the racks give more character to the arrangement. When those rack will be filled, the wine bottles will be very eye-catching. The waterfall display is indeed the perfect showcase for those prized wine bottles one would like to show off. Note that this option is compatible with the Vintner 5 column individual rack. You can also combine the waterfall units to create a larger, more impressive cascade. For those with more space, you can have the waterfall display come out from a wall to the center of a room. This will be an really fancy touch that’s sure to make a memorable visual impact!  ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Happy International Cabernet Day!

September 2nd, 2020

Happy International Cabernet Day, wine lovers! What are you planning to pour to celebrate this happy occasion? As a toast to all Cabernet fans out there, we’ve compiled a list of our top faves, along with some food pairings. You might want to try these over the holiday weekend:

Celebrate International Cabernet Day!

Credits by: Brett Jordan

Skip the filet mignon…

When we talk about Cabernet Sauvignon food pairing, steak is usually the first that comes to mind. Filet mignon is a top choice, although admittedly a bit pricey. But lamb is also another food pairing to explore. It’s also a popular dish to serve alongside Cab Sauv. We recommend spicing things up a little with an exotic blend of Mediterranean meets middle eastern flavors with a Moroccan tagine. Try the traditional lamb roast with a sprinkle of rosemary.

Braised beef anyone…

When we talk about celebrating International Cabernet Day with food pairings, it’s not exclusive to drinking from the glass. You can also include the wine in the dish itself. Your palate will thank you for adding a splash of Cab Sauv into your slow-braised beef. Just imagine the richness of the sauce! It’s going to be a taste sensation worthy of the celebration.

Gotta have some veggies…

Make sure you balance out your menu with some veggies on the side. Vegetables can also bring out the best flavors in Cab Sauv. Try serving up some thyme roasted mushrooms with polenta. This is one of our absolute favorites! The earthiness of mushrooms and herbs come together for a total palate pleaser with the wine. We suggest using a variety of mushrooms for a real gastronomic experience. Pile it on your soft, steaming polenta and top up that wine glass!

For more on food and wine pairings, wine racks, wine cellar cooling, wine cabinets, and custom wine cellars visit us at https://www.winecellarinnovations.com

Technical Tuesday Episode #440: Gaga Over Graywash Stain

September 1st, 2020

Want to know why lots of people are going “gaga” over Graywash stain? We can definitely give you a number of reasons. Lucky for us, we also have this classy Tech Tuesday project to serve as an example:

Project # 325574
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 810
Where: Marietta, GA

Vintage View wall-mount unitsFirst things first – let’s go over the details of this wine storage. It’s actually a combination of metal and wood racking units. We used some Vintage View wine racks in order to maximize the available wall space. Since the racks are wall-mounted, it was easy to install and offered amole bottle storage to boot.  Note that here at Wine Cellar Innovations, we have an assortment of wall-mount wine racks you can choose from. Some of our newest and popular collections include the Revue Series, Ultra Wine Racks, and the very versatile WineZone Wine Shelf system.

Going gaga over Graywash!Now let’s move on to this beautiful custom shelving. As you can see, this was specially designed to accommodate bulk bottle storage. But the countertop was also made to be wide enough to serve as prep space or display other wine accessories. So even if this is just a wine storage and not a formal wine cellar, it is wonderfully multi-functional.

So let’s go more into the details of the shelving . The wood choice is All-Heart Redwood and the clients went with the Graywash stain option. As we mentioned earlier, Graywash is a super popular stain, particularly with homeowners. WCI has included this stain in our stains and finishes repertoire just a few years ago. It has been carefully tested over several months to achieve a look that is both traditional and modern. It is actually a semi-transparent stain, very much like our Whitewash option. You will notice that there is no texture that comes through. Instead, the stained wood showcases a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the grain pattern underneath. The old country feel of Graywash combined with the clean, monochrome shades on the wood is just stunning. No wonder everyone is going gaga over Graywash! *Cheers*

 

 

Accents To Jazz Up Your Wine Cellar Project

August 27th, 2020

The racking assembly is not the “end-all and be-all” in a wine cellar project. There are other elements that can jazz up the look of your wine storage. Our clients incorporated some special touches in their wine cellar and we love the final product. What’s more, you can easily shop for these accents straight off our website. So let’s go ahead and check out these eye-catching details:

Clients jazz up their wine cellar with awesome accents!You can tell by their happy expressions that the clients are totally loving their completed wine room. The wine racks look really classy and you can see that there are no awkward gaps anywhere. Props to the crown and base moldings and center seam trim for making everything come together so seamlessly. Moldings, center seam trim, and base platforms are some of the best ways you can achieve a clean and very professional looking layout. Here are at WCI, we offer custom moldings, as well as molding packages with our wine rack kits.

Jazz it up with glass etchings  Now let’s move on to this beautiful wine cellar door. Our clients purchased the Saxony Etch from our standard wine cellar door collection. The Saxony Etch shows off an elegant flowering grape design that trails in the top right corner and bottom left corner. It is sandblasted on to the thermopane glass. This lends itself to seeing the wine cellar through the middle of the glass. The addition of glass etchings adds more character to the wine cellar entryway.

Molding and center seam trim Speaking of character, clients really did their homework with this project. In order to jazz up their wine room, they also took to adding some lighting accessories. It gave the wine cellar a fancy touch without overwhelming the “elegant” theme. Note that you can achieve something like this with the use of LED lighting accessories. You can also opt to utilize fluorescent slimlites. These are perfect for highlighting wine bottles in display shelves.

Jazz it up with lighting accessories

Last but not the least, check out the unique piece of wine cellar art clients put in the archway. WCI has a bevy of wine cellar art collections you can select from. But what’s even better is that you can have one entirely custom made as well. We even do on-site paintings/murals in accordance with public health guidelines. You can get in touch with us today to know more about your options! ^_^

“I just finished the wine cellar and began stocking it. I love it!!!”

~Sean W.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Celebrating Red Wine Day

August 26th, 2020

Every day is a good time for red wine, don’t you agree? But this weekend, it will be an even better time to pour your reds.  August 28 is National Red Wine Day and we’re down for the celebrations! Of course, we’re going to do it in a safe way but without compromising on the fun. So let’s talk about how we can enjoy our favorite reds even more. Forget about the stuffy rules about how and when to drink that Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Pinot Noir. Grab your nicest wineglass and let’s start pouring!

Celebrate National Red Wine Day!

What temperature is the best temperature?

We’ve heard tons of opinions being thrown left and right by experts, winos, and even those who are new to the wine tasting game on the “best temperature” for reds. When you talk of red wines, that would include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, and blends like shiraz. They actually don’t always have to rest at a  temperature of between 65-70 degrees before you can enjoy a glass.  Some experts opine that it’s perfectly acceptable to refrigerate red wines and drink them cold. This definitely works especially during summer months. With the scorching hot weather, it’s ok to bend the rules a little. Celebrate National Red Wine Day with that literally cool glass of red!

Fill your plate & please your palate!

Make National Red Wine Day an event to remember by filling your plate and pleasing your palate. Don’t be bound by “rules” because you CAN be adventurous with your wine and good pairings. But also make sure that you still have that gastronomic balance.  Light red wines can go nicely with poultry. Heavier and bolder reds taste better with beef or cured meats. But you can also try pairing rich seafood such as crab with a light red wine! The same goes for pasta. But we recommend avoiding green beans, brussels sprouts, and asparagus as these don’t really go down well with reds.

Incorporate red wine into your cooking!

Who says you need to drink red wine straight from the glass to celebrate National Red Wine Day? There are other ways to enjoy like incorporating this delightful taste teaser into your cooking. Meat & steaks taste amazing when seasoned with red wine. You should also try making some red wine bruschetta pasta. The bottom line here is to experience the different flavors red wine can bring. So what better way to do this than getting creative and having fun! ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #439: Graywash x Rustic Pine Pairing

August 25th, 2020

Graywash has been really gaining traction as a finish option for wine cellar projects. It certainly ranks in our top faves as well. Graywash stain can give your wood that old country, shabby chic vibe that is just very attractive. But keep in mind that different varieties of wood will yield different results, appearance-wise. Some woods can bring out that “weathered” look better than others. Some can also bring out those gray and white monotones more prominently compared to others. So it’s important to do a swatch review first so you’ll get a visual sample of the end result. For today’s Tech Tuesday, we bring you a Graywash x Rustic Pine pairing:

Project # 320340
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 939
Where: Atlanta, GA

Graywash x Rustic Pine pairingClean and functional best describe this wine cellar. The racking units are all custom made. This definitely shows in how they fit seamlessly in the space while offering plenty of bottle storage. As earlier mentioned, Rustic Pine is the wood of choice for this project. In its unstained state, the wood sports a beautiful  soft and creamy color. But what makes Rustic Pine stand out are the subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This is why it is sought after when a rustic architectural appearance is desired.

Find your perfect wood x stain pairing!

Rustic Pine lends itself to a variety of stains and finishes. That’s why it’s so easy to work with it to match any existing decor in your home and of course, your wine cellar. It is particularly suited for weather finishes. This is where intergrain matter is stripped down to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. The timeworn look is elegant and goes well with just about anything. For this reason, the Graywash x Rustic Pine pairing was chosen for this project.

Beautiful custom rackingOur popular Graywash stain brings a vibe that is both traditional and modern. It is actually a semi-transparent stain, quite similar to Whitewash. You will notice that there is no texture that comes through after application. The final product is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. For a knotty grain of wood like Rustic Pine, the grain pattern is a bit subdued with Graywash. The colors are also still light, bordering on soft olive tones. We encourage you to request samples to see if this is the color scheme you’d want for your wine cellar. Our Interactive Swatch Viewer is a fantastic tool that can help you decide. Naturally, you can also chat with our experienced design consultants so you get the results you want! *Cheers*

Clients Love The Warm & Welcoming Ambiance Of Their Wine Cellar

August 20th, 2020

A home wine cellar should be exactly what it is – giving off the feeling of being “at home.” That translates to a warm and welcoming ambiance. This is what clients envisioned for their wine cellar project and that’s what they got:

We are very much into the wonderfully pleasant atmosphere of this wine cellar. It has everything you can possibly want: generous bottle storage, clean layout, and attractive design. The clients decided to go full-on custom and this decision certainly did not disappoint. The custom racks and shelving units are a beautiful and flawless fit. Not only is the bottle storage capacity maximized, but there’s even tons of counter space. Imagine how fun it is for clients when prepping their favorite wine and food pairings!

Now let’s talk about the design of this wine cellar. Apart from the seamless racking assembly, we also love the color scheme used on this project. The entire room was done in golden and creamy tones, giving it a warm and welcoming appeal. Even if this is a custom project, it’s not intimidating at all. But don’t underestimate the quality of the materials! All the racks were crafted from Grand Mahogany. This is one of our higher end wood options. Grand Mahogany is actually a favorite of furniture craftsmen. That goes to show how top-notch the quality of this wood is. It is a plantation grown hardwood that is second to none when it comes to visual appeal. It sports a generally uniform color, with a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. While it is eye-catching in its unstained state, it also adapts extremely well to stains and finishes. Our clients chose a beautiful Light Stain for the racks, enhancing the warmth of the wood’s natural colors.

Grand Mahogany has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. With the Light Stain option, you can easily see that straight grain pattern. It gives the wine cellar a tidy appearance which is really quite classy. Our clients did an awesome job adding some quirky decor to balance out the clean and crisp silhouettes. This wine cellar is indeed warm and welcoming, but also with its own brand of uniqueness. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Cellar Projects On A Budget

August 19th, 2020

Don’t be afraid to pursue your wine cellar dream just because you’re on a budget. There are lots of ways to create the wine storage you need and want. It’s all about careful planning, choosing the right products, and taking advantage of professional wine cellar services. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Stunning wine cellars on a budget

The initial consultation is key…

This is the very first step to realizing your wine cellar goals. Even if you are in a 50/50 situation as to whether you’d want to push through the project or not, the initial consultation is vital. Talking to a professional will help you iron out the essential details. Also, note that some companies offer free initial design consultation, like us here at WCI. We can provide you with a free 2D design of your future wine cellar. This gives you a much clearer vision of the things that need to be done to get the results you want. More importantly, it will help you anticipate the expenses and really work within your budget.

We can make it work when you’re on a budget!

Explore all your options beforehand…

These days, there are tons of racking products and other wine cellar accessories available in the market. Even with wine racks, you get so many options in terms of the type of wood, stains, and finishes. This is definitely good news if you are working with a less generous budget. Roll up your sleeves and dive into that sea of information. Check the materials and products being offered and compare them. For example, would metal wine racks cost less? Or should you do a combination of wood and metal units? What flooring is the least expensive yet durable? What wine cellar cooling system is the most cost-efficient? You have to exercise diligence and patience in exploring your options. When in doubt, never hesitate to ask for professional guidance. It will save you tons of money in the process!

Consider “second-hand” wine racks…

When we say “second-hand,” we don’t mean used wine racks or lesser quality ones. Here at WCI, we actually offer what we call “factory seconds.” What happens is that occasionally, a rack is manufactured with an extra knot in the wood or was stained the wrong color. It may also happen than the order was canceled halfway through production. Some products also get discontinued due to a lack of popularity. These wine racks are all very attractive and sturdy pieces of wood wine storage which are practically brand-new. They are very significantly marked down to move out at a quicker rate. Factory seconds can do wonders for your budget and even more for your wine cellar goals! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #438: Get Bold & Beautiful With Midnight Black Stain

August 18th, 2020

What is your wine cellar style? Are you the traditional type who prefers timeless elegance? Or do you enjoy the modern look with sleek lines and minimalist charm? Whatever your preference may be, rest assured that WCI can deliver. Thanks to the variety of products and professional services, WCI is able to meet both the client’s needs and wants. In today’s Tech Tuesday, our clients wanted to get bold and beautiful in their wine cellar:

Project # 315440
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 587
Where: Atlanta, GA

Bold & beautiful with Midnight Black StainOur clients had this sweet little space which was perfect for a small wine storage. They went full-on custom with their racking units.  As a result, this compact closet was maximized down to the last square inch of space. There was even enough room to put in a variety of racking styles. See how the layout includes Individual Bottle Columns, High Reveal Displays, and Open Diamond Cubes. It doesn’t even look like a small space at all! This wine storage can proudly host to just a little under 600 bottles. There’s even some storage for magnums and larger-format bottles:

Compact yet spaciousHere we have photos of the wine racks in all their bold and beautiful glory. The wood option for this project is Premium Redwood. The clients wanted the racks to make a statement without taking away the “elegance” factor. So both the clients and our design team decided on dressing up the racks i Midnight Black Stain. The result was truly satisfying! Premium Redwood is a light-colored wood when unstained and adapts to stains and finishes very well. With a dark-colored option like Midnight Black Stain, the racking units look more structured. You can really see the seamless lines on the racks that illustrate the fine craftsmanship.

Bold & beautiful colors on the racksNow how would you know which stain or finish option would give you the results you want? It can indeed be a bit of a dilemma, especially if you’re a total newbie to wine cellar construction. That’s why we highly recommend a consultation with our experienced wine cellar design professionals. But that’s not all that we have to offer! We also have an Interactive Swatch Viewer that can provide you with previews on different wood x stain/finish combos. *Cheers*

Turn Your Closet Space Into A Wine Cellar With The Vintner Series

August 13th, 2020

Struggling to find a space in your home for storing your wine? See how easy it is to turn your closet into proper wine storage with the help of our Vintner Series. Our client’s closet wine cellar is compact yet packs quite a punch. Let’s dive into the details:
Turn your closet space into wine storage with VintnerAs you can see here, this is quite a narrow space that was cleverly utilized for client’s wine storage. Vintner’s extensive selection of racking units allows for meeting almost any bottle storage needs. Notice how the racking arrangement can accommodate both individual and bulk bottles even with the small space. One of the most impressive features of Vintner is its stackable qualities. It allows you to buy 3- or 4-foot racks and stack them to any height you desire. That’s why it’s absolutely possible to work even with narrow and even irregular spaces. You don’t need to force the budget to go custom when you’re not financially ready for it. Wine rack “kits” like Vintner  can give you what you need without compromising on both quality and style:

Vintner makes it easy to outfit small spacesSo how exactly do you work with Vintner? We are now making it much easier for you to purchase the exact racks and stacking equipment you need. You can now easily select a 3 foot, 4 foot, 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot or 9 foot foot wine rack at the purchase page. If you want to mix and match different racking styles, you can certainly do that as well. Vintner has a plethora of bottle storage options, including the Elite Cabinetry line and Concave Individual Racks. When combining racking styles, we recommend getting two of the three-foot wine rack option. Just make sure their widths match on where you will be stacking them together.

Now just because it’s a smaller project, it doesn’t mean you’ll skip on those details that can complete the look of your wine storage. Did you know that Vintner also comes with extra options to turn your wine storage into a really seamless arrangement? Check out the stylish molding packages, such as the base molding and base platforms. We also recommend adding a Center Seam Trim to hide the point where your two wine racks meet. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Makes A Good Wine Cellar

August 12th, 2020

A wine cellar project is certainly not a cheap one. If you’re looking into having a formal wine room, you need to work on the right budget for it. That’s not to say that you should rob a bank. It’s not all about how much money you’re going to put into it. There are other essential elements that need to be factored in. So what makes a good wine cellar anyway? Read on and find out!

A good wine cellar does not have to be very expensive!

Location is key…

Yes, you can actually build a wine cellar anywhere in your home. But if you want to be able to maintain it in the most cost-efficient way, location is absolutely key. The that you choose will have a future impact on the cost of maintaining your cellar.  A good wine cellar should be placed in the coolest and most humid place in your home. Note that the ideal wine storage conditions are at 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity. The closer you are to these conditions, the less expensive it will be. For one thing, a smaller size cooling unit will suffice for your wine storage needs. Think of how much you will be saving in terms of energy costs.

Get the right wine refrigeration unit...

Now let’s say you don’t have a basement to build your wine cellar in and the best location can’t come close to the ideal wine storage conditions. This happens in a lot of cases, especially homes with smaller spaces. You don’t need to go and buy the biggest or most expensive wine refrigeration unit to remedy is. What you need to is get the right one. That means taking into account key factors such as wine cellar size and bottle storage capacity, apart from location. There are lots of units being in sold in the market. Do not be hasty and consult a wine cellar design professional first.

Pay attention to minor details to build a good wine cellar

Mind the “small” details…

More often than not, people tend to forget the smaller details in a wine cellar project. This is a wrong move because these small details can make or break both the function and form of your wine cellar. Doors and entryways, flooring, and ceiling are some examples. A properly insulated wine cellar door can do wonders for maintaining ideal wine storage conditions. The same can be said for picking the most suitable material for the flooring. The ceilings, on the other hand, can really raise the aesthetic appeal of your wine cellar to greater heights. That’s why these small details should never be overlooked! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #437: Quaint “Cottage” Details On Wine Cellar

August 11th, 2020

Do you want to recreate that quaint “cottage like” feel on your wine cellar project? Then this Tech Tuesday can show you the ropes on how to achieve that. The old country details are pretty authentic on this one. We love how the traditional wine cellar look is given more character with the additional accents:

Project # 319071
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1503
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Quaint cottage vibesThe racking assembly is actually a mix of custom units and pieces from our wine rack kits. But because of the excellent craftsmanship and finishing, everything is so uniform and seamless. You certainly can’t tell that there are “kits” mixed into the layout. One of the advantages of combining such pieces is that the overall cost will be more reasonable. If you’re working with a budget and you want to really stick to it, this is one of the recommended solutions. Note that with our wine rack kits, you are still afforded choices such as with your wood, stain and finish options. Vintner, in particular, offers such an extensive selection that it has been called “the next best thing to custom.”

Grand Mahogany in Dark Walnut Stain Now let’s move on to the design details! Grand Mahogany was chosen for this project with a Dark Walnut stain option. Grand Mahogany works with almost all types of stains of finishes. But it also handles darker ones exceptionally well. Dark Walnut is a deep golden-brown stain. When applied, the  stain deepens almost all shades of wood. You can see that result reflected on the wine racks. The beautiful golden-brown hues stand out quite prominently against the light colored walls, ceiling and flooring.

Cottage feel on flooringSpeaking of flooring, check out the design on this one. The geometric floral pattern really helps bring out that old country, cottage vibe. Here at WCI, we have an excellent selection of wine cellar flooring styles for you to choose from. Not only can you have any design you want, you also have the luxury of selecting from a bevy of different materials. You can have something like this one with from our Mosaic or Hand-Painted Tile flooring options. If you want something with an even more traditional charm, check out our Vintage Wine Barrel flooring. *Cheers*

 

 

Clients Are Thrilled With WCI’s Products & Services

August 6th, 2020

One hundred percent client satisfaction is the best kind of satisfaction there is. It’s the oil that keeps our engines running here at WCI. Even during these difficult times, we are proud to say we are able to provide quality and safe wine cellar products and services to everyone. Our client James really gave us an ego boost with his testimonial of his WCI experience. The clients are thrilled with the final product and enjoyed the whole wine cellar construction process:

Clients are thrilled with our products & services

This is the custom project that was completed for the client. It’s all custom racking in Premium Redwood with beautiful Midnight Black stain option. The client worker closely with one of our experienced design consultants to bring this stunner to life. Basically, the so-called “WCI experience” starts from the consultation stage. Did you know that WCI actually offers free initial design consultation services? You read that right! We provide both short and long design request forms in our webpage. Once you get that filled up, you will receive a free 2D design of your future wine cellar. Just imagine how much easier it is when you already have the design you visualized actually laid out for you. You will be able to pick the right racking products and other accessories without going through the stress of second-guessing everything.

After the initial planning is completed, you will now receive the Wine Cellar Design package which includes the following:

  • Unlimited fax, phone, or email consultation.
  • An initial design + 3 revisions (if required).
  • Quotation on all Custom Cellar Products.
  • Quotation on Custom Installation.
  • Wine Cellar construction guide.
  • Wine Cellar Innovations Master Catalog (upon request).
  • Separate quote including cost for personalized selection of optional cellar amenities.
  • All postage costs involved with the design of your custom wine cellar.

Naturally, you can also consult with our experts on the other racking products and accessories we offer. Our wine rack kits are the affordable alternatives to custom units. We can make it work with your desired budget and help you meet your wine cellar goals. ^_^

“The whole process was a breeze and we are thrilled with the final product. We’ve got a long ways to go, but we’ve been working on filling it!”

~James H.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Game Day Wine Pairings!

August 5th, 2020

Excited for game day? Like they say, what can be better than enjoying a good game of football? How about enjoying a good game of football with your favorite bottle of wine! We guarantee double the fun and it’s a win-win situation to boot. Here are some game day wine pairings you guys have to try out:

Game day wine pairings

credits by: Joseph O’Connell

Spice it up with Riesling and wings

What’s a football game without some spicy chicken wings? It’s certainly high on our list of finger food faves. The question is what wine can you pair it up with to soothe the spiciness. Our suggestion? A bottle of good old Riesling! Riesling can mellow the spicy sting with some juicy sweetness. The refreshing sweet tones will make you want to come back to the heat. The big problem is this: how to stop wanting more wings and topping up your glass!

Grilling with Cabernet Sauvignon

credits by: brett jordan

Grilling with Cabernet Sauvignon

Now if you’re thinking of firing up the grill and grilling up some ground chuck, you’ll need something “big” to wash that down as well. For burgers and steaks, full-bodied reds are the best companions. There are lots to choose from, obviously, so make sure you choose well. Black cherry, tobacco leaf, pepper and spice are some of the flavors you’d want to taste in your reds for game day. We assure you, you won’t be asking for beer the next grill and game day comes along.

Grazing boards and Labrusso for game day

credits by: DocteurCosmos

Grazing board and Lambrusco
Grazing boards are all the rage – but play it safe, of course. A small group with your family and close friends to cheer on (or fight over) your favorite teams is the way to go. Prep your grazing board with all the good stuff – cold cuts, cheeses, fruit, chocolate, cookies, and more. Worried if you can find the right wine to pair with the various taste teasers? Don’t fret because you can count on a bottle of Lambrusco to do the job. This sparkling red wine with its crisp, fruity flavors goes with just about any food choice you will put out.

Do you have more game day wine pairings to share? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below! ^_^

 

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #436: Rustic Pine In Dark Walnut Stain

August 4th, 2020

Awesome August greetings, wine cellar buddies! The summer heat is still on and that just keeps us even more motivated. Things may have been quite different this year, but we’re happy to still help clients achieve their wine cellar goals. Today’s Tech Tuesday is one that combines function with a reasonable price point:

Project # 327992
Wood: Vintner / DKS / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 538
Where: Blowing Rock, NC

Rustic Pine x Dark WalnutThis is another compact wine cellar that offers so much in terms of bottle storage. You can see from the above photo that the racking arrangement is quite versatile. There’s a pretty good variety of bottle storage options and the wall spaced is well utilized. This setup can actually accommodate over 500 bottles!

Versatile bottle storageHere are some close-up shots of the racking assembly. It looks so seamless and screams of good quality. Well, we’re not pulling the wool over your eyes because these are indeed excellent quality wine racks. But guess what – they came very well within client’s budget! WCI offers a plethora of product choices for our clients, including raw materials such as the wood option. This makes it easier to work within a designated budget without compromising on quality. In this project for example, we went with a mix of the Vintner and Designer Series wine rack kits. That’s right – there are no custom units in this wine cellar. It certainly kept the cost down but still brought in the desired results.

Structurally sound knots on Rustic PineNow even when you go with our wine rack kits, you are still presented with tons of choices. Let’s start with the wood option. We went with Rustic Pine for this project because it is one of the most cost-effective wood products out there. Rustic Pine is our best value by price per bottle space. This is owing to the huge supply of the wood. Pine grows throughout North America and represents a huge quantity of the overall wood produced. Rustic Pine is a grade that includes knots. That’s why it gives a bigger yield and lower cost than a clear grade of wood. However, the knotty appearance is not a downgrade at all!

Rustic Pine boasts of a soft, creamy color, accentuated with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This wood is quite in demand when a rustic architectural appearance is desired. It is stunning enough unstained, but it also works with stains and finishes extremely well, particularly weather finishes. *Cheers*

Client Lauds Perfect Design & Fit Of Custom Wine Cellar

July 30th, 2020

Small spaces may present a challenge when it comes to wine storage. But if you work with the right people and products, it’s actually a very fulfilling project. Our client Philip really enjoyed his WCI experience. Our team was able provide him with the racking layout he both needed and wanted for his collection. It’s inspiring in a lot of ways, given the perfect fit and design:

Perfect design & fit on the wine racksThe first thing we should note with this wine cellar is that the client didn’t pull any punches with the materials and design. He chose to go with custom racking units, all in the Grand Mahogany wood option. It’s a wise move, seeing that this is a compact sized project. With the custom racks, bottle storage capacity has really been maximized. But this was done without sacrificing the client’s preferred design as well.

We especially love how the curved corner racks hug the room’s sharp corners while still offering more bottle storage. Also notice that there is even enough leg room to fit an archway with tabletop option. Just below the tabletop, you also get even more storage with the rectangular shelves. You can see from the photo how the client utilized the shelves not just for wine bottles and boxes. Indeed, this wine room has so much to offer, you’ll forget it’s actually “small.”

As earlier mentioned, the wood option for this project is Grand Mahogany. Grand Mahogany is a top tier product and a favorite of furniture makers. It is actually a plantation grown hardwood and is quite well know for its eye-catching appearance. The wood boasts of a uniform color, with a few slight variations ranging from medium to pale pink. It has a moderately coarse grain pattern, straight for the most part and slightly interlocked in some cases. Grand Mahogany easily matches up to Sapele, Hard Cherry, and Maple when it comes to stability and durability. Admittedly, these outstanding characteristics are reflected in the cost of the wood. Nonetheless, it definitely worth it and our client can attest to that! ^_^

“My cellar is small – 6 x 4 but the design and fit was perfect! I could not be happier with the whole process from beginning to end!”

~Philip S.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Building Wine Storage For Apartment Spaces

July 29th, 2020

Apartments tend to be on the small side, space-wise.  It’s especially so if you live in busy cities. As a wine collector, how do you get over this hurdle to find enough space for your collection? Actually, you don’t! There are lots of wine storage solutions you can explore. In fact, building bottle storage for your apartment space is a no-brainer. Here are some products we’d love for you to check out:

Urban Living Series for your apartment

The Urban Living Series

This series was specifically designed for compact living spaces such as apartments and condos. Our Urban Living Series was created to put together the perfect wine racking solution for you without waiting for a design. The series comes in various packages that you can choose from to suit both your space and storage needs. Moreover, the packages are offered in multiple heights. And here’s the best part! You actually have the option to ship the entire package fully assembled. All you have to do is pull the racks out of the box and attach to your walls.

Ultra Metal Series for your apartment

Wall-Mount Wine Racks

What better way to save space in your apartment while maximizing bottle storage capacity than with wall wine racks? There are lots of products to choose from these days. Make sure to go over the various features and select the one that can really meet your needs. One of our top favorites is the Ultra Metal Wine Racks. The series offers wine pegs and rails that are so easy to install and get creative with. They can be mounted anywhere and especially in areas where you can showcase your wine bottles prominently. It also helps that they are super stylish. There are a bunch of finish options to choose from to easily match your apartment decor or theme.

Mini Stack Series for your apartment

The Mini Stack Series

The Mini Stack Series offers small, quality racking units that you can work into any space. Choose from a variety of styles: Individual Wine Rack, Bin Wine Rack, Diamond Slat Wine Rack, Open Bin Wine Rack, and even a Glass Rack unit. True to its name, the Mini Stack Series can be stacked to accommodate your desired racking height. Moreover, the simple but elegant design makes it easy to mix and match the racks with existing racking units or other furniture. Crafted from beautiful Premium Redwood, you can also select from four different stain options to really make the racks work with your desired wine cellar theme. ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #435: Seamless Unstained All Heart Redwood Racks

July 28th, 2020

If you’re debating whether or not to stain your wine racks, this post might just be the one to tilt the scales. This compact wine cellar project showcases the beauty of unstained All Heart Redwood racks. Even with it’s small size, there are lots of impressive details that should not just be glossed over:

Project # 309861
Wood: Custom / All heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 556
Where: Newport, KY

Seamless All Heart Redwood racksLet’s start with the bottle storage variety in the racking arrangement. Take note that this is a custom job and it really shows in how seamless the transitions between racking styles are. You can see that apart from the Individual Bottle Columns, there are also High Reveal Displays, Open Diamond Bins and Cubes:

Unstained and beautifulDespite the smaller space, this wine cellar still managed to also include a wine tasting center and generous countertops. This is the advantage of going custom on smaller projects. You will be able to maximize the space and enjoy certain amenities that might not be possible with pre-assembled racks.

Custom unstained All Heart Redwood racksNow let’s talk about the wood and stain options for this project. The client and our design team wisely went with All-Heart Redwood. All-Heart Redwood is our most popular wood choice for custom wine racks. It costs a tad more than Premium Redwood, but it’s durability, resiliency, and appearance are all worth it. All Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the Redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. It is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot of all North American trees. That’s why it was used in subterranean wine cellars long before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented.

Clean and elegant layoutThe natural beauty of All Heart Redwood is unmatched. That’s why do not be hesitant to try the unstained version in your wine cellar. Our client did just that and look at the results! The natural pinkish gold hues are so elegant and attractive. You can find more inspiring projects over at the WCI gallery, so do check it out. You will be amazed at how inherently beautiful unstained wood can be. *Cheers*

 

Knockout Details On Client’s Fully Custom Wine Cellar

July 23rd, 2020

Our custom wine cellars can be designed in any size, with any budget. Finding the perfect place to store your wine can be anywhere from a small wine cellar closet design to the largest wine room design. When you decide to go custom all the way with your wine cellar project, there will definitely be no regrets. It’s especially so if you work with highly experienced design professionals, like our WCI team. And just to show you guys that we’re not all talk, check out the knockout details on this custom number:

Knockout details on the wine racksThis wine cellar is an absolute stunner from any angle. The racking assembly really stands out owing to the unique configurations. Instead of the standard individual bottle columns, these units sport a curvy profile. They lend a truly dramatic touch to the layout, softening the sharp corners of the otherwise very square and basic room.

Gorgeous concave profileHere’s a closet look at those racks. See how they fit perfectly, leaving no awkward gaps anywhere. With custom units, it doesn’t matter how large or small your wine cellar space is. We will be able to maximize bottle storage capacity while ensuring that the racking layout flows seamlessly. Moreover, we can bring whatever theme you want to life as the proverbial cherry on top!

Individual bottle columns plus shelvingJust look at how massive the storage capacity of this wine cellar is. Since custom wine racks were utilized, a lot of thought was put into variety and style. You will notice that the concave racks also have displays, as well as additional shelving at the bottom. See how wine boxes and crates can also be comfortably accommodated by this layout:

Knockout details on flooring and ceiling Now let’s check out the other details on this project. We are loving the Classic Mahogany stain option on the wine racks. It lends a really luxe feel and accentuated the concave silhouette quite nicely. We also like how the ceiling and flooring were done up in the same material. It ties up the design together and gives this wine cellar a truly traditional charm.
Luxurious results with custom wine racksFor those interested in this kind of racking style but can’t go the custom route, don’t fret. We understand that budget can at times be an issue in wine cellar projects. That’s why here at WCI, we keep coming up with more and more wine storage solutions to fulfill all your needs. So hop on over to our Vintner Series wine racks kit! You’ll find that the series carries stunning Concave Individual racking units. These can be easily stacked one on top of the other or arranged side by side, in usual versatile Vintner fashion. You can enjoy the knockout details on your wine cellar without having to go beyond what you can afford. ^_^