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Vintner Racks Provide Clients With Excellent Experience

January 21st, 2021

Nothing makes us happier than clients sharing their  enjoyable experience with our products and services. But with today’s Testimonial Thursday, it even goes beyond that. Our clients reveal an excellent experience that had them wanting to recommend WCI to friends. These photos they sent of their wine cellar made us really proud that we are a huge part of the process:

Excellent experience with the Vintner racksOur clients chose the Vintner Series to outfit this compact wine room. We’ve always been confident of the quality and variety offered by Vintner. But it’s always so reassuring to hear glowing feedback, especially from first-time customers. As show by the photos, our clients purchased several Individual Columns, Curved Corner units and a Tasting Center with Open Diamond Bin. They got their wine racks in unstained Rustic Pine that worked so well with the room’s walls and flooring.

Unstained Rustic PineOne standout feature of the racking arrangement is how it looks so put together, with no gaps anywhere. Notice that there are no awkward gaps between the racks, ceiling and flooring. Vintner’s super flexible configurations contribute a great deal to achieve that. But the other significant factor is the use of the right accents. Clients also purchased molding packages and center seam trim along with the racks. Vintner provides crown and base molding packages that lets you “complete” your racking assembly. The center seam trim is instrumental in letting you transition between racking styles sans the awkward gaps. These are just some of the amenities Vintner offers. You also have the ability to choose from several wood options and the full selection of WCI’s stains and finishes. It’s like being able to customize your wine racks without having to go the custom route. In other words, you don’t need to pay a custom price. This excellent experience is a Vintner trademark. ^_^

A very happy client with excellent WCI experience! “Overall, we had an excellent experience. I will definitely be recommending the company to my friends, and have already received many friends asking where we got them.”

~Michael G.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine x Charcuterie Board Pairings

January 20th, 2021

Are you a fan of charcuterie boards? We absolutely love them! One of the best things about these boards is how you they are easily customized. It’s a lot like building your wine cellar ^_^. Naturally, we also love pairing our personalized charcuterie boards with the right bottles of wine. These will be a smash hit for small, intimate gatherings while we’re still fighting the COVID pandemic. Here are some of our favorite combos:

Charcuterie board and wine pairings

Choice reds and cold cuts

Let’s start with the “newbie” charcuterie board. More often than not, this would consist of mostly cold cut meats, basic cheeses like Camembert and Swiss, and fruits. A foolproof pairing to this would be light- to medium-bodied red wines with firm structure. Some our picks are Gamay, Frappato, Zweigelt and Cabernet Franc. They are safe choices for these kinds of charcuterie boards. You will find that the wine’s bright acidity and fresh berry flavors are very refreshing. They will balance out the fatty offerings and creamy textures of the meats and cheeses. Red wines on the lighter, fruitier side can be enjoyed chilled as well.

Sauvignon Blanc and veggies

A charcuterie board usually consists of meat in various forms and cuts. But with all the many changes in people’s tastes, this is no longer the case. That’s why you can certainly customize your board to your heart’s content. One of those growing in popularity is the vegan or vegetarian option. A selection of fresh veggies, crackers and dips sounds super appetizing. Pair your board with Sauvignon Blanc to give your palate an amazing treat. The refreshing crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc works well with all kinds of veggies, especially roasted ones.

The seafood platter

For seafood lovers, no one can stop you from customizing your charcuterie board with seafood delights. Go ahead and splurge on shrimps, lobster, scallops, prawns, and more. The best thing about seafood is that you have so many options for your wine pairings. Some top choices include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. These will pair perfectly with fillets of fish, caviar, and shrimps. For rich seafood choices like crabmeat, prawns, and lobsters, consider pairing them with White Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #508: Cottagecore Charm w/ Unstained Premium Redwood

January 19th, 2021

Are you guys familiar with the term “cottagecore”? Nope, were not talking about Animal Crossing here, folks. Cottagecore is actually an aesthetic inspired by a romanticized interpretation of western agricultural life. Some also refer to it as “farmcore” or “countrycore”. The style takes its roots on ideas focusing on simplistic lifestyle with a lot of natural elements involved. In other words, it is very centered on nature and the environment. The concept flourished greatly in social media circles such as Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. It also brought design inspirations not only for the home, but for wine cellars as well:

Project # 307706
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1561
Where: Malvern, PA
Stain: Unstained

Cottagecore charm on this wine cellarThe natural vibe of this Tech Tuesday project definitely speaks cottagecore to us. We love that the clients went with unstained Premium Redwood on their wine racks. This lends an old country charm to the wine cellar. Note that in its unstained state, Premium Redwood boasts of beautiful pinkish white to reddish brown hues. This light colored wood makes the racking arrangement look so fresh and clean, just like the air from the countryside. Obviously, this worked very well with the rough-hewn stone flooring and ceiling. See how the colors of the floors and ceilings and wine racks complement each other:

Unstained Premium Redwood racksNow let’s talk about the racking options for this wine room. The bottle storage capacity is pretty generous, easily accommodating a little over 1500 bottles. Our team filled the room with lots of individual bottle columns combined with high reveal displays. The space is actually a tad narrow, but the custom racking units really made a difference. There is even room for an archway with countertop and Open Diamond Bins at the bottom. The diamond bins will allow for bulk bottle storage. Here’s a pro tip: Open Diamond Bins or Cubes will considerably boost your bottle storage capacity! We recommend mixing them with some rectangular shelves. WCI offers shelves in either fixed or adjustable configurations. You’ll be able to store crates and boxes as well! So is the cottagecore aesthetic a “yes” or “no” for you? Let us know what you think! *Cheers*

Level Up Your Wine Cellar With Captivating Entryways

January 14th, 2021

When planning your wine cellar construction budget, make sure you have all the bases covered. That includes going over your choices for your entryways. Some think that it’s “just a wine cellar door,” but you will be surprised at the functionality and aesthetic value it offers. It’s time to level up your wine cellar with captivating entryways! Our clients from Encinitas, CA show us how it’s done:

Captivating wine cellar entryways!The intricate details of this wine cellar door is really eye-catching. This is a customized wrought-iron door that was meticulously hand forged by our artisans. There is much to be said about this type of wine cellar entryway. Firstly, it lends so much character to the wine cellar. Even if you have a compact space, you can still do something special with it, just like our clients. This type of door gives a captivating aura to the wine room. WCI has a selection these wrought-iron doors and gate, but you can have yours modified according to your preference. Clients here went for a Premium Redwood fram for their door with a beautiful Dark Walnut Stain.

Secondly, these doors are sturdy and easy-to-maintain. Note that iron is resistant to shifting climatic conditions. Premium Redwood that makes up the door frame is one of the most sustainable wood options out there. The combo is a killer in terms of durability. Thirdly, these doors actually help with insulation of your wine cellar. WCI doors have an R-5 insulation value and thick tempered panes. What does this mean for you? It simply means that it’s easier to maintain ideal storage conditions in your wine cellar. Quality entryways will lessen the burden on wine cellar cooling units in maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels.

Wine cellar door matched the wine racksThere is a wide variety of designs and styles that WCI offers with these wine cellar doors. We have standard designs that are available with only a 4-week lead time. We also have those crafted from purely wood material. Basically, clients have a plethora of choices, from glass-enclosed creations, etched or painted glass, and other decorative applications. It pays to carefully consider the kind of wine cellar door you’ll purchase and to budget for it. Just keep in mind that WCI is here to make things convenient and affordable for you. Chat with our design consultants today and let’s level up your wine cellar together! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Organizing Your Wine Collection

January 13th, 2021

The New Year means it’s time to update that wine collection list! But before doing that, you might want to backtrack a bit and go over your current collection. Organizing your wines this 2021 should be done the smart way. That means going over your options first and deciding on what works best for you. We’ve put together some of the most recommended ways to organize your wine cellar to help you out:

Organizing your wine collection the smart way!

Organizing by color and type

Let’s start with the simplest and surprisingly really effective method: sorting wine bottles by color and type. Some of you might raise an eyebrow at this one, but trust us, it’s worth a try. This is recommended particularly for newbies. As a neophyte collector, you’d want to go with the easiest and most comfortable option. Doing it by color allows you yo simply separate the reds from the whites. You can separate further with sparkling wines. But take note this method is best for those with small starter collections.

You can do it by color and type!

Organizing by brand

Next up is one that is frequently used by those with large and/or fast growing collections. Putting wine bottles together by brand is a very effective way of keeping track of them. There are even those who develop “verticals” of their various brands of wines. What happens is that collectors have bottles of related wines, from similar vintages. So they assign different shelves in their wine cellar to represent different regions. For each of these regions, you can go further by breaking them down into varietals and also by shelves as well.

Try organizing your wines by type!

Organizing by price

Now here’s another method that comes as a surprise to some wine collectors. You may think that only wine establishments can benefit from this, but think again. Sorting your collection by price can prove to be highly beneficial. Note that wines come with varying degrees of qualities. Most varieties of wines usually contain different levels when it comes to quality. Some wines can be collected for daily consumption. But there are those that collectors want to preserve and consume only on specific occasions or when “the time is right”. Wines consumed on a daily basis are more often than not less expensive. You can store these bottles in one area of your wine cellar and segregate them further into color and type.

How would you organize your wine cellar this year, wine cellar buddies? Share your pro tips with us! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #507: Custom Wine Cabinets Make A Comeback

January 12th, 2021

It’s been a while and we missed them quite a bit. Our custom wine cabinets are making a comeback! For those who are not too familiar with this wine storage solution, this Tech Tuesday is a must-read. Our clients commissioned for these elegant units and we are excited to share the details with you guys:

Project # 317899
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 970
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stain: Unstained

Wine cabinets are making a comeback!One of the most outstanding details of this project is that these cabinets look almost built-in. This is a perk you get when you go for a something custom like this. Our Wine Sentinel is actually our line of custom refrigerated wine cabinets specifically built to fit your desired space. It’s a reality that not everyone is ready for a full-blown wine cellar in their homes. Some don’t have enough space for it. Others don’t have the budget to overhaul or build an entire room to properly store and display their wine. Still, there are also those who don’t have the time to facilitate a major construction project. So we provided other options for our clients because that’s what we’re here for!

Customize your Wine SentinelThese refrigerated wine cabinets are fully customizable for your bottle storage needs. We can build one to accommodate not just standard-sized bottles, but magnums and other larger-format ones as well. As you can see in this project, we installed Individual Bottle Columns and Open Diamond Bins. But you can also go with our wine rack kits such as Vintner or Designer for a more affordable alternative. For compact spaces, our WineMaker Series is the perfect solution. You can also choose to go with metal racking units or a mix of metal and wood materials. If a contemporary vibe is desired, we recommend an acrylic and metal racking combo.

Customize your wood and doors for your wine cabinetsThe wine racks are not the only thing you can customize with these wine cabinets. You have the ability to select the wood, stains and finishes as well.    You can choose to go for painted versions of the Wine Sentinel doors as well. Then there’s the cabinet doors. We offer these gorgeous French doors that are equipped with proper insulation values and weather-stripping. You can also have tinted windows order to minimize light exposure to protect your bottles. Another option is mesh door panels. You can usually find them on our wine lockers. They are both functional and elegant since your collection is kept safe while allowing the bottles to “breathe”. The metal lattice design helps with open air circulation for the wine bottles. *Cheers*

 

Clients Praise No-Fuss Installation Of WCI Wine Racks

January 7th, 2021

The market for wine cellar design and construction has certainly grown so much over the years. Even with the pandemic shaking up the entire globe last year didn’t diminish wine cellar goals for a lot of wine lovers. In fact, staying at home only increased the need for creating that “happy place”. In a wine lover’s vocabulary, we call that a “wine cellar”! Thankfully, WCI provides all that one needs for a no-fuss wine storage. Our client Kristina shares her WCI experience, along with these gorgeous photos of their completed cellar:

Clients loved the no-fuss installation of their racks!The clients chose to go with a combination of wood and metal racking units for their wine collection. They installed the racks themselves and didn’t run into any hiccups in the process. That goes to show how convenient installation and assembly of WCI racking products are. This is especially the case with our wine rack kits. The kits, such as super popular Vintner and WineMaker series, were designed to be easily assembled even no DIY experience. Naturally, you should utilize the right tools for the job. Our design professionals highly recommend using a brad nailer or nail gun. This will make the assembly process proceed in a smooth and timely manner. You will also avoid running into the frustrating problem of accidentally breaking your wood wine racks. This usually happens when you use a hammer and nails or screws and you are not experienced enough.

Mix of wood and metal rackingLook at the seamless arrangement of the Individual Bottle Columns and Open Diamond Bins. Again, take note that these were all DIY on the part of our clients. The same goes for the metal racking units. Metal wine racks are incredibly easy to install since they are usually wall-mounted. Most of our metal racking products can be installed on any surface, such the Revue and Ultra Series. If too sure of the product descriptions, our professional consultants are just a phone call or email away. It’s definitely a no-fuss wine cellar construction experience with us here at WCI!

No-fuss assembly but DIY all the way! “The racks are just what we wanted, my husband was able to install them without any issues and we love the mixture of wood and metal racks! Fabian was amazing to work with and we have recommended your company to our friends and family who are in the market for racking.”

~Kristina A.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Recycling Your Holiday “Leftovers”

January 6th, 2021

What’s the one thing that’s constant after the holiday festivities are over? If you are thinking “leftovers,” then you are absolutely correct. Whether it’s edible or not, there will always be leftovers at the start of the New Year. Our tendency is to just either throw them out or shove them into some dark corner. Well, that should definitely change! Here are some great ideas on recycling your holiday leftovers:

Recycle your holiday leftovers!

What to do with leftover food

Obviously, food will be the very first on the leftovers list. The initial step is to sort stuff out. Those that will easily go bad should be the first to be “recycled.” These include fruits and veggies. Making a salad with them is the best option. For fruits and/or veggies that are quite mushy, whip those up into a healthy smoothie. You can also use them as ingredients for dip (like guacamole) or coulis. For food that won’t easily go bad, separate them in ziplocks and put in the freezer. Some good examples are turkey, pork and chicken. You can use these to make stew or soup.

What to do with your “plastics”

For the non-edible items, plastics seem to be one of the things we always have plenty of after the festivities. From cups to plates, utensils, and containers, plastic items really reign supreme. Unfortunately, they’re also the least eco-friendly. Everyone should already be aware that these non-biodegradable items should be disposed of properly. But before doing so, go over your plastic items first. There might be some that cannot be recycled. One example is plastic wrap. It is usually not recyclable curbside. Another would be small plastic items. Those that are approximately 3 inches or smaller can cause problems for recycling equipment. They have to be disposed as trash. Lastly, some plastics, especially sturdy food containers, can still be reused after they are cleaned.

What to do with leftover paper

Paper is another item that we find ourselves having an excess of after the holidays. More often than not, we just shove paper into trash bags and that’s that. This year, we can afford to be a bit smarter and put some leftover paper to good use. Wrapping paper, for example, can be easily tucked away and reused. They can also make for excellent DIY materials. This website DIY Joy has lots of unique craft ideas you can try out.

Do you have other ideas for recycling holiday leftovers? Share them with us!

Technical Tuesday Episode #506: Curvy And Spacious Wine Storage

January 5th, 2021

Welcome the Year of the Ox! What a ride it has been for the past year and we’re not quite out of the woods yet. But the pandemic has really taught us the values of patience, cooperation, and perseverance. All these define the Ox – a strong, dependable animal, synonymous with hard work. Strength and diligence are our weapons for 2021 – and a glass of wine or two! Our first Tech Tuesday of the year is definitely getting us ready for some wine o’clock. Let’s explore the details of this curvy and spacious wine storage:

Project # 311598
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 373
Where: Galloway, OH
Stain: Light

Loving this curvy and spacious wine storage!The compact wine cellar trend continues into the New Year. This project that our design team completed has a bottle capacity of only nearly 400 bottles. Now that may not seem like much, but for a small, personal collection, that’s actually a generous amount of space. In fact, the way this racking arrangement was laid out fits the clients’ bottle storage needs perfectly. You can see from the photos    that the floor area is indeed a bit narrow. The room is irregularly shaped to boot. But thanks to a winning combo of custom racking and our wine rack kits, the space was cleverly maximized. The Vintner and Designer kits were chosen for this project, along with choice custom units:

Seamless transition in racking stylesThese close-up photos have nicely captured the seamless flow of the racking arrangement. Kudos to the curved corner racks for taming those uneven angles in the room. Note as well the use of  the crown and base moldings and center seam trim. We highly recommend these accents to help remove awkward gaps in your racking arrangement. It’s especially useful when you’re working with irregular floor areas and different racking styles.

Lots of room for bulk bottlesNow in the last photo above, you can see there’s lots of shelving as well. These will accommodate bulk bottles quite nicely. Also, this wine cellar has some pretty cool bells and whistles for such a small space. Scroll up to the first photo and you can see it actually has generous tasting center. In this last photo, you can also see a corner shelving unit cleverly capping off the racking layout. So how does this this curvy and spacious project rate with you guys? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

 

Happy New Year From Wine Cellar Innovations!

December 31st, 2020

Another year has come and gone, but perhaps 2020 might just be the most unforgettable one yet. The world was really thrown off-balance with the global pandemic. But if anything, this seemingly insurmountable challenge just proved that people can rose above any situation when we all work together. Yes, the losses have been very devastating. We will never downplay that. Nonetheless, the stories of bravery, generosity, and perseverance have given us so much strength and hope to make it through.

Now a New Year is upon us and we emerge from all these a little bit wiser and most importantly, a little bit kinder. We at Wine Cellar Innovations give one last salute of deepest gratitude to the modern-day heroes: from health professionals, essential workers, and volunteers who fought every day for all of us. 2021 will still be fraught with more challenges, but love and kindness will see us through. We are excited to bring happiness to fellow wine lovers with the delivery of professional and safe wine cellar services in 2021. In our own small way, we want to give you a reason to smile and say, “Life is still beautiful!” 

Happy New Year from all of us!

Happy New Year!

Our Favorite Technical Tuesday Projects For 2020 (Part 2)

December 29th, 2020

It’s really finally time to say goodbye to 2020! While we can’t wait to put the not-so-pleasant memories behind, we definitely want to cherish the good ones. For us at WCI, we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of those – in the form of amazing Technical Tuesday projects. We showcased Part 1 of our favorite Tech Tuesdays last week, so let’s move on to the last part:

Technical Tuesday Episode #484: Wine Cellar Closet Transformation

Wine cellar closets have been such a hit this 2020 and we can very well see why. A lot of wine lovers have been inclined to build compact storage than a full blown wine cellar. Lack of space and budget concerns are usually the top reasons. This Tech Tuesday project is right on top of our favorites list because it checks off all the boxes – and more! Our team combined custom wine racking with pieces from the Vintner and Designer Series wine rack kits. This made everything so much more affordable with  zero compromises on quality.

Wine cellar closet transformation
Technical Tuesday Episode #492: Clean-cut Commercial Wine Storage

Admittedly, we’ve had more residential wine cellar projects this year compared to commercial ones. But the ones that we completed have really fulfilled the satisfaction ratings both for the clients and for us. This commercial project, in particular, is just so clean and spacious, perfect for a busy wine establishment. The clients went for our commercial wine display islands – some custom and some from our Vintner line.

Wine display islands for clean-cut storage

Technical Tuesday Episode #498: A Very Vintner Affair

No doubt about it, Vintner is the star of our Technical Tuesday endeavors this 2020. That’s why we cannot NOT give it a spot on our annual favorites list. Episode #498 won our hearts because it showcases just how versatile Vintner is both in form and function. The focal point of this racking arrangement is definitely the Rotating Wine Cradle. This unit is part of Vintner’s Elite Cabinetry line.

A very Vintner affair in Light Stain

Technical Tuesday Episode #500: Be Awesome In Acrylic Vino Pins

One of the biggest stars of WCI’s 2020 product list are our metal wine racking units. Thanks to that, materials apart from wood also gradually became sought after as well. One of these is acrylic. Acrylic racking units lend a stunning, contemporary vibe that is just very unique. The Vino Pins in this beautiful Tech Tuesday come in acrylic material that is a must-try. Acrylic is almost as transparent as glass and very durable!

That wraps up our favorite Tech Tuesdays for 2020! Join us in 2021 for more awesome wine cellar design adventures. *Cheers*

 

Happy Holiday Greetings From Wine Cellar Innovations!

December 24th, 2020

 

The Joy Of Giving

Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you;
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing
Returns to make you glad.

~John Greenleaf Whittier~

Despite the challenges this year gave each and every one of us, there are still things we should always be thankful for. Let’s not forget how others “gave” so much during these very difficult times by fighting on the frontlines for us. In return, we should also remember that the “joy of giving” can never, ever be equated to material things. Rather, it is the love, patience, and support we give each other to make it through this pandemic – TOGETHER. Wine Cellar Innovations wishes everyone a safe and happy holidays. We truly appreciate the support you have given to us this year. We will always be here to fulfill all your wine cellar goals so that by the end of the day, we can all say “Cheers” to the wonderful gift of life. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Our Favorite Technical Tuesday Projects For 2020 (Part 1)

December 22nd, 2020

It’s time for our annual Tech Tuesday roundup! 2020 was indeed a super tough year for everyone and for sure, we can’t wait to kiss it goodbye. But fortunately, not everything was ruined by COVID-19. We are grateful that throughout the whole year, WCI was still able to make our clients’s wine cellar goals come true. So what better way to show our thanks than by showcasing our favorite Tech Tuesday projects for 2020:

Tech Tuesday Episode #458: Clear Alder in Dark Weathered Stain

Technical Tuesday Episode 458The clever use of materials in this project is responsible for its eye-catching appearance. Pir design team worked with wood, metal and glass to create this beauty. The upper portion of the arrangement is built in a riddling rack fashion. It may be a smallish sized racking arrangement, but it is sure big on details!

Technical Tuesday Episode #466: Royal In Rustic Pine

Technical Tuesday Episode 466The Victorian vibes of this Tech Tuesday really makes it stand out. The Rustic Pine x Dark Weathered Stain combo gave the entire arrangement a bolder appearance which looks positively royal! We’re a sucker for that right mix of vintage elegance so it’s not a wonder that this project made our 2020 list.

Technical Tuesday Episode #479: Show-stopping Details On Custom Wine Racks

Technical Tuesday Episode 479We are extremely proud of the show-stopping details on this project. This is one of the fully customized wine rooms that was very satisfying to complete. The racks were tailor-made to create a uniform concave pattern throughout the entire assembly. It’s an absolute gem of a wine cellar!

Technical Tuesday Episode #482: Reasons To Choose Grand Mahogany Racks

Technical Tuesday Episode 482

Grand Mahogany is an elite wood option that is really showing us why it’s sometimes worth to spend those extra dollars. This is one of our top picks for Tech Tuesdays utilizing Grand Mahogany as the wood choice for the wine racks. Combined with the  wall-mount metal wine, the bottle storage capacity is quite generous. This is definitely one of the most refreshing layouts our design team came up with.

Did YOUR fave Tech Tuesday make it to our list? Don’t fret just yet because there’s more to come. Stay tuned for part 2 next week! *Cheers*

Wicked Wine Cellar With Wall-Mount Wine Racks

December 17th, 2020

What better way to end this year’s Testimonial Thursday than with a wicked wine cellar feature? Today’s Testimonial Thursday is a stunner and we’re only too happy to lay down the finer details. Our clients envisioned a wine cellar that is reminiscent of the caves of medieval times and that’s exactly what they got:

Wicked wine cellar designThe pre-Romanesque feels of the wine room is really on point. We love the rough-hewn stone walls, concrete flooring, and exposed beams on the ceilings. We also give a two-thumbs up to the room accents, such as the beautiful wine barrel table that goes very well with the wine cellar’s theme. But what we are most proud of is our wall-mount wine racks that got the job done for our clients. In particular, they chose to go with the Vintage View series.

As far as metal racking units go, the Vintage View collection is one of WCI’s most popular products. The racks are very versatile, coming in different height and depth variations. This makes bottle storage more convenient even in smaller spaces. As you can see from the photo below, the racks are design to store wine bottles in a label-forward system. This makes it easy to organize one’s collection, while at the same time, displaying the bottles to maximum advantage:

Label forward storage systemNow what about the assembly and mounting process for the racks? Customers who tried out the Vintage View wall-mount racks have given them solid ratings on this aspect. The metal racking units were primarily designed to be attached to a wall. There are three pre-drilled mounting holes in each strip for a total of 6 per rack. All you need is fasteners in order to attach the racks to your walls. They can go on any surface, including concrete, brick, or stucco. As you can see from the photo above, the racks can be mounted even on uneven surfaces. You just need to purchase the right type of fasteners for mounting. Fasteners are not included with the purchase of the racks.

Here’s an added cherry on top for the Vintage View racking units: You can also have a floor to ceiling display when a Floor to Ceiling Frame is purchased. Think about how wicked your cellar will be with that “floating” look to your wine bottles! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Check Out Our Favorite Wine Apps

December 16th, 2020

We’re officially just a week away from Christmas! Hopefully, that means you guys will be getting a few days of much needed rest for the holidays. We know our team is looking forward to some R&R as well. And how do we wine lovers do this? With a glass of wine (or two or more) of course! And thanks to some of favorite wine apps, things have become even more enjoyable. These wine apps help curate your wine collection to let you have the most memorable wine tasting experience. Let’s check them out:

Wine apps for you to try out

Wine Searcher

First up is Wine-Searcher (Android, iOS). This wine app is for those who want to primarily  focus on “searches.” The app has a fantastic label recognition program that can provide a wealth of information. You get everything from vintage ratings, grape varieties and critical ratings. The Wine Searcher’s best feature though, is probably its pricing and availability database. It makes is very convenient for users to find out where to get a particular vintage and how much it’s likely to cost them.

Check out these awesome wine apps

Hello Vino

Next up is Hello Vino (Android, iOS) . If you haven’t heard of this wine app yet, then it’s about time you did. It’s a wonderfully handy too especially for the everyday shopper. Hello Vino offers a label scanner, personal wine journal and food pairing recommendations. All you need to do is tell Hello Vino what you’ll be eating or some general taste preferences. It will give you recommendations of wine varieties to go with the meal or occasion. You can even read up about various wine varieties and popular food combinations. There’s just a tiny catch though. Wine label scans aren’t free and unlimited on the app, so just keep that in mind.

These wine apps will amplify your wine tasting experience!

Winery Passport
Here’s something you’ll definitely look forward to using when the pandemic is fully under control. The  Winery Passport is a neat wine app designed to help discover local wineries and set up tasting visits. It features a cool “stamping” tool in your virtual passport to help you record your visit. You also get photos, ratings, and tasting notes for the wines you tried out. Supporting local wine businesses will be so much easier with Winery Passport. The user can book wine tastings, buy wines, and join a winery’s wine club. It also allows users to keep tabs on upcoming wine events in their area.

Do you have wine apps you use on the daily? Share your experience with us! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #505: A Very Polished Racking Layout

December 15th, 2020

If you’re a fan of tiny home tours, you can’t miss out on the important details. One of these is how these compact homes can make their spaces seem so much bigger. It’s all about cleverly using the space and keeping it uncluttered. The same principles apply to wine cellar projects. A polished racking layout will make the room feel more open. Moreover, it’s also all about keeping your wine cellar neat and organized. Today’s final Tech Tuesday for this year is a wonderful example of all these:

Project # 325860
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1346
Where: Lemoyne, PA
Stain: Unstained

A very polished racking layoutOne look at this wine cellar and you’d immediately think that it’s enormous. But you’ll be surprised to find out that it’s actually just mid-sized. This cellar can hold a little over 1300 bottles which is certainly not too shabby. Still, thanks to how the racking units were arranged, it looks like it can hold twice that number. Naturally, it’s courtesy of the custom wine racks. Going custom allowed the WCI design team to tailor the wine racks to the room dimensions without wasting a single inch of space.

We love the clean and polished look of the wine cellarNotice how beautifully the racking assembly flows all around the room. There are no awkward gaps or uneven angles anywhere. The layout is clean coupled with a good variety in bottle storage options. We especially like how the curved corner racks skim those sharp corners for softer silhouettes.

Beautiful center islandThe way this setup preserves a lot of floor space is truly impressive. This is what makes the wine room appear even more generous. It also gives the opportunity to throw in some accents that add character to the cellar. We’re talking about the custom island that holds court at the center of the room. Our clients can use it as a tasting table, a prep station, or even put in some bar stools and turn it into a dining area. Plus, there’s extra storage for even more wine bottles, glassware, and other accessories.

Variety in bottle storage optionsHere are more snaps of the wine racks up-close. The design team really wanted to deliver the clean and polished look the clients desired. See how small but significant details were incorporated into the racking to achieve this goal. The moldings and center seam trim eliminate gaps and help transition the different racking styles seamlessly.

Seamless transition of racks for a polished layoutAnd with this, our 2020 Tech Tuesday series has finally come to a close! Tune in next Tuesday for the countdown of our top fave Tech Tuesday projects this year.  *Cheers*

Light Up Your Wine Cellar With Rustic Pine x Graywash Racks

December 10th, 2020

Decorating your home for the holidays? Don’t forget your wine cellars! The Christmas tree is not the only thing you can light up this December. Our client Chris really did an awesome job with their wine room and even their fur baby agrees. Let’s check it out:

Light up your wine cellars this holiday season! The clean and crisp layout of the wine cellar is indeed a refreshing sight. We love the play of textures brought about by the wood wine racks, glass doors, and hardwood flooring. The clients chose a beautiful combination of Rustic Pine and Graywash stain for their racking assembly. The muted tones of the racks complement the flooring and make for the perfect backdrop to “light up” the cellar.

Rustic Pine x GraywashInstead of just the standard white LED lighting, clients decided to go the playful route. They installed multi-colored lighting accents that gave this wine cellar a really festive atmosphere. It just goes to show that creativity knows no limits. Now since the Graywash stain is a semi-transparent stain, it’s able to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. In this case, you can see how the natural, creamy colors of Rustic Pine are enhanced. It’s thanks to this clever wood and stain combo that the colorful lighting really stands out. But even with this fanciful touch, notice that it doesn’t take away attention from the main attraction: the wine bottles.

Light it up with colorful LED lightingBelow is a great snap of the wine bottles up-close. See how they are nestled comfortably on the custom wine racks. That’s right! The entire racking assembly was custom-made to clients’ space and design preference. They wanted clean, elegant lines and variety in bottle storage options. So apart from the custom wine racks, our team also added center seam trim and moldings. These add-ons made the racking assembly flow seamlessly and eliminated any awkward gaps. Now here’s a pro tip from us: you don’t need to go full-on custom to emulate this style. We understand that not everyone has the budget to take the custom route. That’s what our wine rack kits are for! We highly recommend checking out our Vintner, WineMaker, and Designer series. You’ll love how we can make our products work with your budget without compromising on quality and results. ^_^

Center seam trim to eliminate gaps”Love my new cellar! Eric Kuehne was exceptional.”

~Chris H.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Activities For The Holidays

December 9th, 2020

So what if we can’t throw or go to the the usual big holiday parties this year? That doesn’t mean we can have our wine and drink it, too! It’s all about creativity and not losing your holiday spirit. This is the most wonderful time of the year after all, and we’re going to keep it at that. Here are some terrific wine activities to get that festive mood up 100%:

Wine exchange, Secret Santa style

Since social gatherings have been frowned upon this year, it’s actually the best time for a Secret Santa style wine exchange. You can gather as many of your wine loving family and friends as you can to take part in this activity. But instead of staying together in one room, you’re going to just deliver your wine gift to your Secret Santa’s doorstep. It’s a safe yet super fun way to spread the holiday cheer. So how will you go about pulling names out of the hat? Draw Names has got you covered on that one!

Christmas dinner recipe and wine swap

This is another enjoyable activity that will not make you miss those Christmas dinner get-togethers too much. Plan a recipe and wine swap with your friends this year and bring their favorite tastes to your table. You can each list down your top three dishes and wines to match. Then each of you can choose one pairing and prepare it for Christmas dinner. We recommend keeping the swap to an intimate number of friends. Otherwise, you’ll end up with too many things going on! Also, this would make for fun video calls instructing each other during cooking time.

Bring the wine party outdoors

Weather permitting, what’s stopping us from bringing the wine party for the holidays outdoors? If you have a big enough backyard, you can still do an intimate celebration. It’s just a matter of planning things out carefully and keeping your guest list to an absolute minimum. You can also do it at the park or if you’re feeling more adventurous, on a mountain hike. Nothing beats physical distancing in the great outdoors.

Do you have other interesting wine activities for the holidays to share with us? We’d love to hear them in the comments below! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #504: Your WCI Commercial Racking Options

December 8th, 2020

Before the year comes to a close, let’s not forget that WCI is all about all kinds of wine racking solutions. By that, we mean for both residential and commercial applications. If you guys are not aware of it, our team designs & builds for a lot of small and bigger business owners of wine and liquor establishments. Today’s Tech Tuesday is a visual showcase of what WCI can for you and your wine store:

Project # 322162
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1890
Where: Peachtree Corners, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Commercial racking options at WCIWouldn’t you love to do your holiday wine shopping in our client’s wine shop? Take a look at the spanking new racking assembly! They decided to go full-on custom, no expense spared with their store’s setup. So for those of you who are not yet acquainted with WCI’s commercial racking products, here are the finer details. We actually have two main categories for our wine racks: the wood wine displays and merchandisers and the metal wine fixtures. The wood wine racks are further categorized into two: the Vintner collection and the Classic collection.

Classic commercial rackingThe stunning arrangements you are seeing in these photos are all courtesy of the Classic collection. These are units that are hand-built to order, or to put it simply, custom-made. That means they are designed to fit your store’s space and tailor-made to accommodate your merchandise. Naturally, these racks have longer lead time. If you’re going for these custom pieces, it is recommended you plan your store’s wine construction or renovation timelines accordingly. But overall, you can see how it’s worth the wait. The end results with these gorgeous displays are certainly satisfying!

So how about the Vintner collection? How does this differ from the Classic one? The key word here is “Vintner.” Don’t forget that this is WCI’s top-selling series for our wine rack kits. We expanded this collection a couple of years ago to our commercial line as well. The series mirrors the kits version with the highly versatile 3 & 4 Ft stackable racks. Now you get them for your commercial projects as well!  These units can be stacked to 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 ft height configurations. Moreover, you can conveniently mix and match same width units and stack them as well. The Vintner commercial collection boasts of a slew of racking styles in both individual and bulk bottle storage. You also get awesome accessories to choose from to really complete your racking assemblies. Add center seam trim and moldings for a truly professional look to your wine store. Last but not the least, with either the Classic or Vintner collections, you get complimentary auto cad designs! *Cheers*

 

Clients Rate The Revue Wine Racks As “Perfect”!

December 3rd, 2020

We’re down to last few Testimonial Thursdays for 2020, so let’s make them super memorable. Today’s feature will definitely be on our books for a loooong time. After all, it’s not every day clients rate our products as “perfect.” But Dennis really put that amazing feedback out there and you bet we’re flexing it!

Clients Revue wine racks as perfect!These snaps of client’s completed wine room had us swooning. It’s spacious, tastefully designed, and features one of the top-selling series here at WCI. The Revue series is a fairly new addition to our product catalog. But its elegant, well-crafted design makes it stand out. Moreover, those who have purchased the racks gave glowing testimonials on its  functionality and space-efficiency. Notice from the photos that the wine room has a circular shape. Going for wall-mounted wine racks was indeed the best way to maximize bottle storage capacity. The Revue units really checked off all the boxes here. The metal wine racks were built specifically for wall storage. Each unit can hold up to 12 bottles in the single depth format. But you can also get the racks in double or triple depth configurations. This will increase your wine cellar’s bottle storage capacity considerably!

Tranquil and modern designThe Revue series lets one showcase one’s collection in a label-forward configuration. That makes for easier organization of the wine bottles, apart from the obvious eye-catching layout. Even from just the photos, you can also see how convenient it is to remove or replace the bottles. So how about the assembly and installation process? It seems that the Revue racks also have that significant detail covered! They can be installed on almost any surface, including drywall, brick, concrete, or stucco. You just need to select appropriate fasteners depending on the surface you will mount the racks on. The assembly manual provides all these details. Nonetheless, never forget you can also talk to our experienced wine cellar consultants for advice and further assistance. Like we said earlier, it’s not every day clients rate our racking products as perfect. The Revue series is really ending our 2020 with a bang! ^_^

We love racks. They are perfect!

~Dennis O. Jr.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Top Christmas Wine & Food Pairs

December 2nd, 2020

The merriest month of the year is here! The December festivities may look a little different this year, but the Christmas spirit is here to stay. Celebrations will definitely be more intimate as usual and you know what – that’s not such a bad thing at all. It actually gives us the opportunity to really tailor the menu for our guests. Naturally, wine will be on top of the list! We’re sharing our top Christmas wine and food pairs and we hope you’ll enjoy them:

Top Christmas wine and food pairs!

Credits by: alex grichenko

 

Our fave wines with turkey

Turkey is obviously not just a Thanksgiving fare. It also finds its way at Christmastime on the table. Turkey will always be a special, savory meal, with all that herrb-filled stuffing, roasted veggies, and rich sauces. In addition, an assortment of savory sides is always present. These sides and sauces are actually what we need to consider when working out our wine pairings. For whites, Sauvignon Blanc is no doubt one of the top white wine picks for turkey and savory sides. For reds, Pinot Noir is at the top of our list. The wine’s bright high acidity, as well as extreme versatility on the table, make it the obvious choice.

Best wine with Christmas ham

Credits by: Good Free Photos

Wines we love with Christmas ham

What better occasion to pile on the ham than the holiday season? Baked, smoked, honeyed – doesn’t matter what your preference is. Hams beg for wines with a dash of sweet. So our first recommendation is definitely a German Riesling with a touch of residual sugar. Note that reds that can accommodate ham dishes tend to be lighter in body and overall style. We’re also up for Beaujolais, Pinot Noir and a Spanish Tempranillo for the wine pairs. With these wines, you’ll notice that the grape often exhibits subtle tannins. This makes for an easier food pairing profile.

Best wines with international cuisine

Credits by: Yozh

Wine picks for international flavors

Just from people’s social media posts, it’s not surprising to see how a lot of us are on a culinary kick this year. International flavors this Christmas will definitely add an extra layer of festive foodie fun. If you’re serving dishes laden with Asian flavors, you’ll need wine pairs that will bring those flavors out. Some of our faves include Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and even an aromatic Viognier. Now if heavy European desserts are on the menu, we recommend pouring something with the weight and flavor of a fortified wine. Port and Madeira are high on our list for this one. In general, just keep in mind that flavor should not be the only consideration with international cuisine. Also take into account the textures, spice intensity, serving sauces and other rich ingredients for the wine pairs. ^_^

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #503: The Beauty Of Blended Stain Option

December 1st, 2020

December greetings, wine cellar fans! We are FINALLY down to the last month of 2020. We know a lot of people have been wanting to get this stressful year done and over with. Admittedly, we’ve had our share of pandemic struggles as well. But there are still things we are very grateful for this year. One of those is how we are still able to cater to everyone’s wine cellar needs. So let’s channel our energies into happy thoughts and end this year with tons of positivity! The beauty in the blended stain option is definitely the way to do it:

Project # 312392
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 424
Where: Kennesaw, GA
Stain: Blended Stain

Blended Stain option on racksThis is yet another compact wine cellar project utilizing custom racking. The client and our design team agreed to use a smart combination of wood and metal racking units. Since the space  is limited, the wall-mount metal wine racks were certainly a huge bottle capacity booster. The metal wine racks are from our Vintage View series, but there’s a ton of selection at the WCI website you can explore.

Vintage View wall-mount racksNow let’s move on to the wood wine racks and shelving. Are you a fan of bold hues on furniture? If you are, then these dark-colored racks and shelves will definitely appeal to you. Normally, you can get away with a bold color like this with the Midnight Black Stain option. But if you have preferences as to how rich and/or how deep the hues will be, you need something more custom. And since providing customization opportunities is what we do best, you can do that with our stains as well. In particular, you can achieve this with our Blended Stain option.

Blended Stain option on custom shelvingOur Blended Stain is a concept that perfectly reflects the “innovative” nature of our business. Just as the name suggests, we can blend any of our current stains together to create something custom for you. We can even take a custom match and match it up. The possibilities are endless with this customizable stain option. For example, you can go for a 70% Midnight Black Stain and 30% Dark Walnut Stain. This will result in a really deep, bold color on your racks that screams “luxury.” If you want something on the lighter scale, perhaps 50% Classic Mahogany and 50% Light Stain will do the trick. You have full control on the results you want. This the beauty in using the Blended Stain option! *Cheers*

The Many Ways You Can Create Small Wine Storage

November 26th, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving, wine cellar fans! Despite the difficult times we’ve all had this year, there are always still things to be grateful for. For us here at WCI, the fact that we can still help you guys your wine cellar goals is something we will never take for granted. We are able to provide a safe for clients to access our products and services. Today’s Testimonial Thursday is another proof of that! Taking a cue from Paul’s beautiful cellar, let’s explore the many ways you can create small wine storage:

Small wine storage done in creative ways!It goes without saying that custom wine racking can fill up your space exactly the way you want. That’s why if you have the budget for it, we highly recommend going the custom route. But we also understand that it’s not for everyone. That’s also why WCI offers options – a lot of other racking alternatives you can explore. One of those options is our wine rack kits. You can build something like our client’s racking arrangement here with either our Vintner or WineMaker Series. Vintner, of course, offers the most selections, from wine racks to accessories. But WineMaker was crafted with compact spaces in mind with its collection of shorter-depth units.

Another racking alternative to consider for tight or challenging spaces are smaller racks. They are aptly named because you can maximize bottle storage capacity thanks to their configurations. Some of our popular collections include the Mini Stacks which can be shipped fully assembled to your doorstep. Our highly popular Curvy Cubes is also something to check out. Contemporary and easy to assemble, these cubes are unique and super space-efficient.

Our last recommendation for compact wine storage assembly is WCI’s extensive collection of Wall Wine Racks. These include stunning metal racking products like the Revue and Ultra Wine Racks series. It also encompasses our older yet heavily popular collections such as Vintage View and WineZone. ^_^

There are many ways to create small wine storage!“We are very happy with our wine room design and purchase. Guillermo was great to work with and helped us come up with a very good design for the small space we had allocated in our new house. Thanks again for all of your help.”

~Paul E.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Inspired Holiday Shopping Guide

November 25th, 2020

Feeling the stress of holiday shopping slowly gnawing at you? Don’t let that ruin the fun! We can still celebrate the most wonderful time of the year safely and stress-free. We’ve come up with some cool, wine inspired holiday shopping guides for you. We actually put put a previous one last blog, so you can check that out as well.

Wine inspired gifts like these cabinetry accents

Custom cabinetry accents

First up is something that both wine lovers and non-wine lovers will love. Did you know that WCI carries an extensive line of gorgeous cabinetry accents?  If you want to give your new or existing cabinetry or shelving a truly custom look, this will definitely do the trick. Our cabinet hardware and wine drawer pulls come in a variety of beautiful designs. We especially love the Antique Grape Clusters and the E Series knobs and pulls. The best thing about these accents is that your “giftee” can use in it any of their cabinets and shelves at home!

Vino Pins and Rails

Vino Pins and Rails

The Vintage View Series is one of the pioneers of meta wine racking here at WCI. This collection of wall-mounted wine racks has evolved so much in the last few years. The latest addition are the Vino Pins and Rails. These wonderful bottle supports are perfect for both large and compact spaces. You can mount them literally anywhere! Their size, price and design make for one of the most unique wine inspired holiday gifts ever. The metal bottle supports come in different stunning finishes such as  Gunmetal, Golden Bronze, and Gloss Black. But you can also get the pins in gorgeous Acrylic material!

Oasis Plus cigar humidifier

Oasis Plus for the wine and cigar lover

Do you have a wine and cigar lover on your holiday gift list? Then here’s something to really end their year on a high note: the Cigar Oasis PLUS 3.0! This wonderful product is the most powerful active humidifier in its size. You will note that the compact design is perfect for small cabinets, end tables, and coffee table humidors. Two of the standout features of this product are the built-in system and built-in Smart Humidor Wi-Fi. The built-in system accurately monitors the humidity and uses a quiet fan to circulate the air in the humidor. This helps eliminate those “musty” odors so common in well-sealed humidors.

Need more wine inspired gift ideas to round up your holiday shopping list? Check out our full gift guide on the WCI website! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #502: Compact Goodness With The Modern Series

November 24th, 2020

Compact wine storage is really climbing up the popularity ladder! We can’t even keep count of the number of projects we’ve had this year for this type of wine storage. But we DO remember what our favorites are and today’s Tech Tuesday is definitely one of them. Our Modern Wine Cellar series takes center stage once again, bringing in all that compact goodness:

Project # 323777
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 138
Where: Boca Raton, FL
Stain: Graywash

Compact wine storage with the Modern SeriesRight off the bat, you can see how it’s possible to create proper wine storage even from a narrow space. You’re not seeing a formal wine room here. Nonetheless, we’re confident no one will question the ample bottle storage capacity of this racking assembly. That’s not all, no one will also say that this set-up lacks style. In fact, it’s super eye-catching, thanks to the Modern Wine Cellar Series.

Beautiful Grand Mahogany wood bottle supportsIf you follow our blog, you’ll note that this is not the first time we’ve talked about this type of racking. We’ve had several beautiful wine cellar projects involving this contemporary design. It is actually one of our newer offerings that was launched a few years back. The goal was to create a design that will appeal even to the most discerning wine collector. As you can see from the photos, the racking layout is really quite unique. The wood platforms are held up by metal supports that run  from the ceiling to the floor. The wine bottles are nestled in these platforms to give them an ethereal “floating” appearance. But it doesn’t end there. The wood platforms can also be customized to cater to one’s preference. You can have your pick from WCI’s abundant selection of wood, stain and finish options. Our clients here went with a stellar combination of Grand Mahogany and Graywash Stain:

Custom shelving incorporated into the Modern SeriesYou might also notice from this last photo that the racking assembly incorporates shelving as well. Again, keep in mind that everything can be customized! Adding these shelves will allow the clients to accommodate bulk bottle storage, including wine boxes and crates. Last but not the least, if you want a more whimsical touch to your wine storage, you can go for the acrylic option. That’s right! The Modern Wine Cellar Series also offers these bottle supports in beautiful acrylic material. *Cheers*