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Technical Tuesday Episode #443: Why Grand Mahogany Is Worth It

September 10th, 2019

A happy Tech Tuesday to all of you wine cellar fans! Today’s feature is definitely on the A-list. This wine cellar checks off all of our boxes and then some:

Project # 316934
Wood: Custom/ Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1673
Where: Elmhurst, IL

Luxurious lacquered custom tasting table in Grand MahoganyOne look at this wine room and you’d certainly say that it exudes a luxurious appeal. The wine racking is seamless and stylish and the golden brown color palette is simply elegant. As this is a custom creation, every detail was considered – especially the materials used. The wood option for this project is none other than Grand Mahogany. For those who are not yet acquainted with this wood option, we highly recommend knowing the finer details. Grand Mahogany is one of our top four stock wood choices for custom wine cellars. There are more than just a few reasons why this is worth it – and we’ll show you those!Racking this beautiful is certainly worth it!Grand Mahogany is plantation grown hardwood and sports a very eye-catching appearance. That alone is enough to lure you into investing in this. The uniform color if the wood gives it a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink.  Moreover, the hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern that is straight for the most part, but also slightly interlocked in some. But Grand Mahogany is more than just a pretty face. It is a versatile wood that is comparable to sapele and cherry with it’s hardness, density, and grain texture. As far as durability and stability are concerned, it can easily match it up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry.

Grand Mahogany in Dark Walnut stain Take a look at the gorgeous racking assembly in this project. See how the wood’s natural hues are being brought out by the Dark Walnut Stain. This is yet another feature of the wood that should be highlighted. It absorbs stains and finishes really well. As you can see from these photos, the wood’s colors and grain patterns and beautifully enhanced by the Dark Walnut Stain. Lacquer was also added to give the wood that gleaming appearance that spells “luxurious.” So are these reason enough to convince you to choose Grand Mahogany? You might want to browse our photo galleries for even more stunning projects. We guarantee zero disappointments and 100% satisfaction – it’s definitely worth it! *Cheers*

Lovely design and plenty of bottle storage

Learn How To Customize Your Wine Tasting Center

September 9th, 2019

Some merry Monday greetings to all you wine cellar fans out there! Today we’re going to be talking about wine tasting centers. More specifically, we’re going to show you guys how to customize your wine tasting centers. Let’s get started by checking out this beautiful project completed by one of our clients:

As can be seen from the above photo, the wine cellar has this elegant tasting center as its focal point. From here you can see how the racking assembly is developed. This is one of the very first customization points of a wine tasting center. You can combine a variety of racking styles according to your design preference. Our Vintner Series, for example, have an assortment of configurations you can choose from. The Individual Tasting Center with tabletop is the most basic. Then you have those with Case Storage or Open Diamond Bins to accommodate bulk bottles. Fancier styles include those with Display Rows, Top Stack Displays, and Double Displays.

Next up will be the height configuration of your wine tasting center. You can have it built to match the room’s ceiling height and making it look completely built-in. If you’re working with wine rack kits like Vintner, you have the option to choose from 6-,7-,8-, and 9-feet heights. Plus, you can throw in some crown and base moldings to give your unit an additional few inches. Center seam trim can also be added to help close awkward gaps in between racking styles. You can further choose from either straight or curved trim, depending in your racking configurations.

Now it doesn’t stop there. To create the look that you really desire for your wine tasting center, you’ll need to play around with different woods, stains and finishes. Mix and match varying wood types with our bevy of stain and finish options. You can even go for our “blended stains.” Blended stains allow for even more choices when it comes to the colors and shades of your wine racks.

Last but not the least, you can also opt to have glass racks and table inserts on the tasting center. And if you’re not working from our “kits,” you may also have your archway designed to your specifications. ^_^

Clients’ WCI Wine Racks Are Standing The Test Of Time

September 5th, 2019

Happy smiles on satisfied clients do not just make our day – they are lifetime memories. Today, we are really proud to showcase this project, along with these bonus photos. Check out the beautiful smiles of our clients with their equally beautiful wine cellar:

Happy clients with their beautiful wine cellarWhen the clients sent us these snaps, they gave a heartwarming testimonial to go with it. Believe it or not, this is not a newly constructed wine cellar at all. The racking units were actually purchased way back in 2015. These are custom racking, crafted from Premium Redwood. Clients also had our team help out with the assembly and installation of the units. The end result definitely lived up to their expectations and more. We give props to their choice of wood for this project. Premium Redwood is one of our acclaimed wood options for custom wine cellar projects. And the way this wine cellar is standing the test of time, Premium Redwood is really living up to its reputation.

Premium Redwood racks standing the test of timeFor those who are not yet fully acquainted with our Redwood products, take note that WCI is SFI-certified. This means that all of our Redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI or Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the Redwood products purchased from WCI have been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. This alone is more than enough reason for Redwood’s claim to fame.

In addition to that, the shelf-life of this wood is nothing short of incredible. Redwood racks can last for decades and age just as gracefully as those wine bottles. Premium Redwood, in particular, grows even more attractive over time. The pinkish brown hues of the wood deepen and take on a more golden shade, just like the wine racks you see in this project. Also, keep in mind that it is a clear grade of wood with hardly any knots. It comes very reasonably priced for such a clear grade of wood. This wine cellar is now nearly 5 years old and standing the test of time really well!

Elegant unstained Premium Redwood

“We love our wine shelving and purchased it in 2015. You helped us install it and we have been so happy. We referred several friends to your website!”

~Jay E.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #442: Luscious Graywash Stained Wine Cabinets

September 3rd, 2019

The first Tech Tuesday for the month of September is here – and it is a winner! How are you wine cellar fans doing? As promised, the Fall season is going to bring us some really terrific wine cellar projects. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature is just the beginning! Check out this luscious creation of custom refrigerated wine cabinets:

Project # 312734
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 674
Where: Indian River Shores, FL

Wine Sentinel cabinets in luscious Graywash stain

Wine Sentinel steals the spotlight with this row of very attractive wine cabinets for our client in Indian River Shores, FL. For those who are still not acquainted with Wine Sentinel, this is our line of custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets. This product provides fully customized wine cabinet options that are available direct to the consumer at an affordable price point. Moreover, just last year, we added exciting new options to further design the cabinets to the client’s personal preferences. Today’s Tech Tuesday is a perfect illustration of what you can do with these options.

So here you can see the units are designed with the most elegant French doors. The French door entry system makes it a truly unique and attractive feature to prominently place in any area of the home. We also recently added an all-glass option. And of course, all entry system styles are equipped with proper insulation values and weather-stripping. Our improved models also attractively hide the wine refrigeration unit away from viewing. This is a practical feature as it ensures that the wine refrigeration unit will not get in the way of the wine racking rails inside. That way, storage capacity is also maximized.

Elegant French door entry system

Now let’s go to the highlight of this project: the luscious Graywash stain on the cabinets. Graywash is one of our newest stain offerings, along with Whitewash and Opaque White. Our Graywash stain has been carefully tested over several months to achieve this gorgeous effect that combines traditional and modern vibes. It is a semi-transparent stain, just like Whitewash. This allows the natural beauty of the wood beneath it to still  show. However, there is no texture that comes through. You will notice that the final product has a smooth finish to it. Our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer will help you see how this stain will look in combination with different wood choices. *Cheers*

Our Traditional Series: What You Might Have Missed Out

September 2nd, 2019

The “ber” months are here! Summer is finally on its last legs and the Fall season is slowly but surely creeping in. But who’s complaining? Not only are we looking forward to the lovely Fall foliage, we’re also excited to showcase our Fall-inspired wine cellar designs. In fact, this project for our client embraces those warm, Autumn hues that we like so much:

What you might have missed out on our Traditional Series kit!

This simple but elegant project features none other than our Traditional Series wine rack kits. Our Traditional Series is quite underrated, so this is a great opportunity to show you guys what you can get with these kits. If you are not familiar with our wine rack kits, you might have missed out on some really good stuff – so let’s get down to it.

First off, our Traditional Series is comprised of short depth racking, similar to our WineMaker Series. But unlike WineMaker, the kits come in 6-foot height configurations. The shallow-depth units can securely hold the main body of the wine bottles, but allow for a small portion of the necks to stick out. This makes for a really attractive row of popping displays in your wine cellar. Essentially, you get a classic type of racking that traditionalists love for the simplicity and space saving qualities.

Second, you also get opportunities to customize your wine racks, from the wood to the stain and finishes. You can choose from either Premium Redwood or Rustic Pine for the wood option. Stains and finishes include our newest Graywash and Whitewash stains, as well as lacquer. With these different components, you are able to create the perfect storage even with a limited budget. That’s because our Traditional Series is one of our most cost-efficient kits, thanks to the shorter-depth racking.  Premium Redwood with Dark Walnut Stain

Last but certainly not the least, you will be pleasantly surprised at the selection of racking styles available with just a wine rack “kit.” The series offers Individual Bottle Storage, including Curved Corner and Half-Height units. Plus, we also recently upgraded the kits with the Individuals with Display Row. This added feature allows you to showcase your best labels to maximum advantage. You also get some great bulk bottle storage options, as well as Tasting Center packages. So if you might have missed out on this, better check it out now! ^_^

 

How WCI Can Make Wine Cellar Projects Work For You

August 29th, 2019

We’ve said it before and we were certainly not wrong about it. Wine cellar projects can be quite intimidating at first blush. It’s especially so for those who have never ventured into the realm of DIY projects before. Our client, John, was one of them. He admitted to the jitters that gave rise to negative preconceptions on DIY wine cellar construction. Fortunately, he was able to overcame all these and was generous enough to share his experience with us:

We make wine cellar projects work for you! John wanted to build a proper wine storage in his home. His initial thinking was that this would run into big bucks, particularly the cost of labor. He opted to do the work himself, but was also plagued with the usual fears. When he stumbled onto Wine Cellar Innovations, he was able to overcome all these, thanks to WCI’s products and services. We always find ways to make your wine cellar projects work for you! Per the client, there were so many racking options to fit any space and the quality was nothing to scoff at. Added to that, the racking units cane with instructions and were actually easy enough to assemble.

For someone with little to average DIY skills, this was certainly the cherry on top. The assembly manuals made the work go smoothly for the client and voila! Check out John’s wine storage that easily accommodated his collection. The racks are all from our Designer Series, in beautiful unstained Rustic Pine. A job well done and we are happy to be a part of his wine cellar journey:

Designer Series in unstained Rustic Pine

“Wine racks are intimidating. Wine cellars are expensive. This what I thought. Wine Cellar Innovations changed my thinking. Great, real wood racks. All kinds of designs to make it easy to fit racks to your space. Easy instructions allowed me to put them together myself. That made it very affordable to do. They even reached out several years later to just see how everything was holding, because they always gathering information on how to improve the product. I couldn’t ask for more.”

~John S.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #441: Power Of Custom Racking In Premium Redwood

August 27th, 2019

Last Tech Tuesday for the awesome month of August is up, wine cellar fans! The summer season is drawing to a close, but not our wine cellar projects. In fact, things are going to be even busier soon. The same goes for wine cellars, both residential and commercial. It’s time to start stocking up in preparation for the “-ber” months when the real festivities begin. Well, one thing’s for sure – our clients are absolutely ready for that challenge. Check out this superb set-up our team put together for them:

Project # 310600
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1030
Where: Huntsville, AL

Power of custom racking in Premium Redwood!

This project shows why you should never underestimate the power of custom racking. A custom wine cellar can be designed in any size and with any budget. With the plethora of options available, wine storage in any location in the home can be realized. Not only that, you will be able to really maximize your designated space for your collection. This wine room is certainly a fantastic example of that. Look at how roomy the layout is. You can see the variety in racking styles and how flawless the transition is. There is very good use of Individual Wine Bottle racks, High Reveal Displays, Open Diamond Bins, and Rectangular Bin Bottles. Custom crown and base moldings were also utilized to ensure that there are no awkward gaps between the racks and the ceiling and flooring.

Gorgeous custom countertop

Perhaps our favorite part of this project, though, is tasting center that was built like a peninsula in the center of the room. It offers so much counterspace for prepping drinks or accommodating appetizers. We can just imagine the clients hosting intimate wine tasting parties in this room. Conversations will flow, together with wine, around this tasting center. Also, see how there’s extra storage beneath the countertop:

Dark Walnut stain on the racks

The wood choice for this project is Premium Redwood. The clients desired a truly elegant appearance for their wine room and that’s exactly what our team delivered. The racks were stained with beautiful Dark Walnut, working really well with the flooring and ceiling. The seamless lines of the racking assembly were further emphasized by the bold colors of Dark Walnut. It’s all thanks to the power of custom wine cellars! *Cheers*

Creating 10-Foot High Wine Cellars With Our Vintner Series

August 26th, 2019

How high can you build your wine cellars? And just how high can you stack your wine racks to achieve this? Would you be able to match a room’s ceiling height without having to go the custom route? You’d be pleasantly surprised to find out that, yes, you can! Our Vintner Series has made this all possible. This mere wine rack “kit” has given a world of designing opportunities at such a reasonable cost. That’s why it’s definitely the next best thing to custom. Let’s have a look at our clients’ gorgeous 10-foot wine cellar:

10-foot high wine cellars! From these photos, you can easily see how the racking assembly is really flush against the wall. Also, the racks go all the way up to the ceilings in a seamless fashion. So how do you get this done with the Vintner Series wine rack kits?

Our Vintner Series has always been known for it’s stackable qualities. You can purchase 3-foot and 4-foot racks and stack them to any height you desire. Recently, we innovated our webpage to make it much easier for clients to purchase the exact racks and stacking equipment they need. All they need yo do is select either a 3 foot, 4 foot, 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot or 9 foot foot wine rack at the purchase page. 

Vintner Series with custom amenities!Once you have selected your desired racking height, you can now look into the add-ons. These include crown and base molding packages, center seam trim, and base platforms. These extra options will give your racks a few more inches of height boost. Basically, you can now transform your 9-foot racking arrangement to a 10-foot one! Remember, the additional molding will take your racking height up almost a foot if you have a base on it. And of course, you can also stack another 3-foot unit if you desire to go even higher.

Lots of wood, stain and finish options

Last but definitely not the least, you have the ability to customize the style of your 10-foot wine racks. With the Vintner Series, you get to choose from our most popular stock wood options. These include All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. You also get the full selection of stains and finishes, including our newest offerings: Whitewash, Graywash, and Opaque White stains. ^_^

Lovely Wine Room Decked In Unstained All-Heart Redwood Racks

August 22nd, 2019

Don’t you just love it when a room is all put together? When nothing is out of place and everything just works? We’re that way, too – with a wine room, that is! There is really something to be said about a well designed wine cellar. It just so happens we have the perfect one to show you guys today. It’s all thanks to our client who sent us snaps of this lovely wine room decked in WCI racking products. Let’s take a closer look:

Lovely wine room!

The layout of this wine cellar is so clean and elegant, just the pictures are enough to sweep us off our feet. All the racking units are custom made to the clients’ specifications. The floor area is quite generous, as you can see, so there was a lot of room to cover. But with custom wine racks, that is not an issue at all. We really appreciate the variety of racking styles utilized here. You an see that apart from the Individual Wine Bottle Storage, there are also racks for magnums and other larger format bottles. High Reveal Displays, Solid Diamond Bins with Face Trim, and Rectangular Shelves are also added into the mix.

Custom island with lacquered countertop

A beautiful tasting table which functions more like a tasting island graces the center of the room. Below it are more bottle storage racks, as well shelving to accommodate glassware and other decor. An archway with countertop, as well as a tasting center, was also incorporated. On the other side the room, Curved Corner Racks and a custom wine display are flush with the wall. Crown and base moldings and center seam trim were utilized to help remove any awkward gaps between the ceilings, flooring, and different racking styles.

Seamless curved corner racks!

Below you have a snap of the wine cellar entryway. The wine cellar door with wrought-iron design was also customized for the client. You can also see that the racking assembly is nicely completed on both ends with full height Quarter Round Shelves. The wood choice for this project is unstained All-Heart Redwood. Only the countertops were finished with the lacquer option. The racks and shelving are all unstained, displaying the beauty of All-Heart Redwood’s natural golden brown colors. This lovely wine room was  a joy to blog about – so let us know what you think of it in the comments below! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #440: Stunning Custom Ensemble With All-Heart Redwood

August 20th, 2019

We love bold colors on wine racks, especially when they are done in good taste. And today’s Tech Tuesday feature definitely falls into that category. This stunning custom ensemble is everything you could as for in a residential wine cellar – and perhaps more. Let’s take a closer look at the details:

Project # 314625
Wood: Custom / All-hHeart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1181
Where: Anaheim, CA

Stunning custom ensemble!

The racking assembly for this project is all custom-made. You can see a wonderful variety of racking styles that have been tastefully utilized. There’s lots of individual bottle wine racking which allows for storage of split, wine and champagne. High reveal displays were also incorporated, along with Curved Corner Racks. A custom archway with countertop serves as the anchor of the layout. There is even more bottle storage space beneath the countertop, courtesy of Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim. You will also find storage for larger format bottles, as well as Rectangular Shelves to accommodate boxes and crates. There is no waste of space in this project, yet the wine room feels roomy. This is the benefit of choosing custom racking. We can tailor your entire racking assembly to work with the designated space. Bottle storage capacity will be maximized without literally cramping your style.

All-Heart x Dark Walnut master combo!

As this is a custom project, the clients went with All-Heart Redwood for the wood option. The natural reddish hues of the wood are attractive enough, even when unstained. But this wood also adapts very well to various stains and finishes, especially darker ones. If you try out our Interactive Swatch Viewer, you can get a preview of how the wood will look with different stains and finishes. All-Heart Redwood’s grain patterns become even more pronounced with deeper-colored stains. That’s why to bring out a strong, luxurious feel, our design team selected Dark Walnut for the stain option. Also, thanks to the lighting elements, the reddish shades of the stained wood mimic that of red wine. Talking about luxurious style, also check out the beautiful Raised Panel ceilings. The straightforward and clean style is perfect for this wine room. It makes the wine room feel even larger and does not overwhelm the other decor. *Cheers*

Opening Your Wine Cellar Space With Wall Wine Racks

August 19th, 2019

Nothing can open up a wine cellar space quite like wall wine racks. There is a reason why this racking style has rapidly grown in popularity over the years. And that reason is the undeniable fact that it is the most space-efficient racking style there is. This gorgeous wine room designed for a client certainly gets that point across:

Wall wine racks are super space-efficient!See how open the floor area is, thanks to the racking assembly which is mounted on the walls. This gives you room for other furniture to accent your cellar. In clients’ case, they chose an elegant tasting table and some wooden crates and boxes as decor. These work really well with the wooden flooring, as well as the wine-colored ceiling.

Now let’s talk about the wall wine racking units. Here at WCI, we carry a healthy selection of this racking style.  One of our oldest lines is the Vintage View Series. The racks are available in four different finishes. They also come in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. These units can hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. You can also configure them to hold split-sized bottles by mounting them at 5.5 inches apart. This is one of our super versatile series.

Talking about versatility, our WineZone Wine Shelf System definitely takes the top spot. This unit was designed with maximum storage flexibility in mind.  This system creates a beautiful variation of metal and wood wine racks that are able to fit a variety of wine, spirits, as well as wine accessories to fit your needs. Moreover, you can even use the shelf as a table top option. You will have a second shelf with glass rack attachment above that can function as a tasting station.

Stylish space savers that can open up your wine cellars!We also have the Curvy Wine Cube collection for those who prefer something with a little more flair. These wall-mounted beauties are  available in several wood types and stain options. Their unique profile will give any wine cellar that added touch of fancy without compromising on space.

Take note that you can display your bottles in either the traditional cork-forward format the more contemporary label-forward format. You can also mix and match wood and metal racking elements. Enjoy coming up with your personal style while having tons of bottle storage space. It is certainly space-efficiency racking done right! ^_^

Fine Wine x Fine Art With Our Commercial Wine Racks

August 15th, 2019

Fine wine with artistic masterpieces – you can’t get a better pairing than that! Our clients were really smart in making use of this combination. They have one of the best locations for their wine store -right inside an art gallery. That’s why they were also inspired to showcase their wine merchandise in the most attractive way possible. WCI’s commercial wine racking units were instrumental in helping them achieve that goal:

Fine wine x fine art combo with our commercial wine racks

We like how the clients made very good use of our commercial wine displays and merchandisers. They purchased several units in Premium Redwood with Dark Walnut stain option. That includes a Circular Wine Merchandiser with solid tabletop. Take note that previously, the tabletop was an accessory to the merchandiser. You had to buy it separately. But now, it comes together with the unit, conveniently making it a full set. The tabletop is a great way to advertise popular and/or new labels. In general, the Circular Wine Merchandiser of our more popular choices. It provides generous wine storage capacity in a compact format. You can easily put this commercial wine rack in high traffic areas as a standalone unit. It allows 360 degrees of visibility, making it easy for customers to browse through the store merchandise. Moreover, the display row pops out the wine bottle label. Also keep in mind that it can even be built around a variety of poles or support columns in your store.

Now here’s something that will make you guys appreciate our commercial wine racking catalog even more. We now have the Vintner line for these racks which carries almost everything in our Classic Commercial Series. Vintner offers these wine racks at the same quality but a more affordable price tag. You can even get complimentary auto cad designs prior to properly visualize your wine store’s wine storage layout. It’s taking the practical route without compromising on anything for your business! ^_^

“Our commercial wine racks are great. We use them in our boutique wine shop and wine bar housed within the J Petter Galleries Fine Art Gallery in Holland, MI.”

~Juli P.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #439: Compact Elegance With Grand Mahogany

August 13th, 2019

If you are going for a smaller wine cellar project, you might as well go all the way. And by that, we mean taking the custom route when it comes to your  wine racks. It also means selecting top quality wood, stain and finish options. Our Tech Tuesday client did just that and the result is just stunning:

Project # 307295
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Valhalla, NY

Compact elegance in this wine cellarWe are all for the layout of this relatively small wine cellar which utilizes custom racking all the way. Even though the space is narrow, you can see that there is still good variety in the wine rack styles. There is ample individual and bulk bottle storage, courtesy of the Individual Bottle Racks, Open Diamond Bins, and custom shelving. The design team even managed to fit in a tasting station with countertop. This is, again, the big advantage of custom wine racks. You can make them fit into virtually any space. Plus, you can do it in style as well to suit your preferences. Speaking of style, check out the compact elegance of this wine cellar.

We love the Grand Mahogany x Dark Walnut combo that brought about a truly luxurious feel to this project. It should be noted that Grand Mahogany is one of the pricier wood options offered by WCI. This plantation grown hardwood is extremely attractive, sporting a uniform color. The wood has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink and the hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. But the most part, the grain pattern is straight. Racks made from Grand Mahogany are comparable to sapele and cherry in terms of hardness, density, and grain texture. They can also easily match it up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood racks in terms of durability and stability. The wood is so versatile that your racks will be second to none in hardness, density, and grain texture.*Cheers*

Beautiful custom racking in Grand Mahogany

Fun Tips On Designing A Dining Room Wine Storage

August 12th, 2019

One of our favorite spots in the home for wine storage is the dining room. Why so? Well, first off, just imagine the level of convenience you get when it comes to accessing your wine bottles. Anytime you need to pour a glass or two, your favorites will just be at an arm’s reach. Secondly, what better way is there to spice up your dining area than with an elegant racking arrangement? Even a simple meal will always feel special with the ambiance created by the presence of wine bottles.  And there are a number of ways you can accomplish this! We’ve put together some fun tips on designing a dining room wine storage. You can make any space, even a compact one, truly your own:

Dining room wine storage

These photos were sent by clients how have completed their own dining room wine storage. We’re going to take a leaf out of some of the style concepts incorporated here. The first one would be the racking assembly itself. Our clients chose to go with custom racking units for this project.  This is a clever tip, particularly for those with limited space in their dining area. Custom racking will allow you to really maximize the available space. Notice in the photos that the racks tuck nicely into the walls in a seamless manner. Quarter Round Shelves were added on both ends to give the arrangement a finished look. The shelves also provide an opportunity for the clients to showcase some of their best labels.

The next thing to consider would be the wood, stain and finish options of the racks. You’d want your wine storage to complement the style and decor of your dining room. If you want to create a contrasting look, that’s also entirely up to you. What is important is that there should be balance and symmetry in the colors, textures, and overall theme. You wouldn’t want the end result to be bland or overpowering, or worse, tacky. As an example, check out the clients’ choices: beautiful Premium Redwood for the wood option and unstained. Since the interior of the dining area featured light colored walls, flooring and ceiling, this was a smart move. The unstained racks worked well with the wooden flooring and the darker-hued furniture.

Fun wine barrel table accents

Last but not the least, choose accessories that will highlight your racking assembly. You want the wine bottles to be the focal point of the dining area. Per the photos, you can see that the clients picks were quite tasteful. We love the matching wine barrel accent tables, bar stools, and subdued paintings. ^_^

Firefly Wine Shop Showcases Our Vintner Commercial Racks

August 8th, 2019

It’s time to show some love for WCI’s commercial wine racks! Thanks to our client Firefly Wine Shop, we are able to shine the spotlight on our commercial racking catalog today. Firefly outfitted their store in Greenville, North Carolina with racks from our Vintner commercial line. The completed arrangement is definitely worth blogging about:

Display Bins with popping display trays

The client sent us several great snaps of the assembled Vintner racking units. They purchased some displays and islands, 7-foot maximizers, and wall merchandisers. The Display Bins features display trays that pop out, showcasing the wine bottles in an attractive manner. The units were designed to merchandise high volume wines. The boost in sales will make these among the highest producing wine display racks in your store! That’s why they are quite popular, especially now that they are more affordable thanks to the Vintner line.

Wall merchandisers and bins

Here are some great photos of the merchandisers. Take note that they come in an assortment of configurations to cater to any wine store’s storage needs. Apart from the column Wall Merchandisers with display rows, you also have the double-deep units, also with display rows. One of the advantages of this type of racking is that you can have it as a stand-alone unit, or mix and match it with other styles. The Vintner Commercial wine racks are actually all stackable, coming in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations. This makes them so versatile, as you can stack and create assemblies up to as high as 12 feet.

Rustic Pine and Light Stain option

Flexibility and function are not the only things the Vintner Commercial Series has to offer, though. You will be amazed at the assortment of customization options you can have as well. In the case of our client, Firefly Wine Shop opted for a Rustic Pine wood option for their racks, finished in a beautiful Light Stain. You can choose from our four most popular wood choices, as well as stains and finishes to suit your store’s theme. We even included the lacquer option for the finishes. In addition, you can also add center trim and molding to give your racking assembly a really polished look. Lastly, the Vintner line comes with industry exclusive vinyl base and caster options for the racks – just like our Classic Commercial Series. ^_^

Beautiful popping displays Happy customers at Firefly Wine Shop!

Technical Tuesday Episode #438: The Beauty Of A Custom Glass-Enclosed Cellar

August 6th, 2019

A glass-enclosed wine cellar is a surefire attention-grabber. But what’s even better if it’s a custom one! Today’s Tech Tuesday shows us just how it’s done: the beauty of a custom glass-enclosed wine storage. This gorgeous creation may be compact in terms of floor area, but it is very generous in all other aspects:

Project # 313624
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 818
Where: Cincinnati, OH

The beauty of custom glass-enclosed wine storageOne of the easiest things to notice about this wine cellar is the versatile racking arrangement. Check out the bottle storage styles that have been incorporated into this limited space. You have the Individual Column Racks with High Reveal Displays, Curved Corner Racks, and Rectangular Bins. A beautiful archway with tabletop is the focal point of the layout, with Open Diamond Bins At the bottom offering more storage. Notice how the racking flows seamlessly to wrap around the room. We love how the Curved Corner Racks give the assembly a bit of a dramatic touch:

Elegant and versatile racking assemblyNaturally, the glass panels are responsible for giving this wine cellar that eye-catching charm. Thanks to the glass-enclosed set-up, the racks are highlighted, really giving them the spotlight. We love the classic combination of Premium Redwood x Dark Walnut for this project. Premium Redwood has natural pinkish gold colors and uniform grain patterns that look even more stunning when stained. Since Dark Walnut deepens the natural hues of the wood, the racks sport a luxurious look worthy of a custom job.

Now as far as custom glass-enclosed wine cellars are concerned, keep in mind that you can also play around with the design of the glass panels. For example, you can have etchings on the glass customized to your liking. You can also choose to do painted glass if that is something that appeals to your style preference. Another great design tip would be to accent your glass panels with black metal trim. It will give your wine cellar a cool, contemporary vibe while retaining that elegant appeal. You can explore more custom glass-enclosed concepts by visiting our photo gallery! *Cheers*

 

Secured Wine Lockers: Why They Are Worth The Investment

August 5th, 2019

How secure is your wine collection? Do you own rare vintages that you wouldn’t even want to put a price tag on? Or are you a proprietor of a wine establishment trying to keep your merchandise safe and sound? Well as far as wine storage security is concerned, nothing does the job better than our Secured Wine Lockers. They are definitely a worthy investment and a must-have in any wine cellar. Let us go into further detail to show you guys why.Why wine lockers are a worthy investmentWe have here some great photos of our assembled wine lockers for a custom project for a client. They had the units installed in their home’s living area. We are pretty sure you will agree with us when we say that these lockers look very elegant and fit perfectly with the room’s layout. They are aesthetically pleasing while being highly functional. This killer combination of form and function is one of the biggest reasons why these wine lockers are worth it.

Lots of customization optionsAnother fantastic feature that sets the lockers apart is their ability to be customized. We can start creating from a one column wine locker that you can use anywhere. You can easily stack it upon other levels of wine lockers to create your desired bottle storage capacity. Then you can move on to other customization options, such as your door panels. You can choose between metal lattice for open air circulation, a glass panel to see through, or a regular flat or raised wood panel.

Customize the doors, locks, wood and stains and finishesNext up will be the locks. You have the option for locks that can be keyed in numerous configurations, or as one single key. Lastly, you also get to select your wood, stains and finishes, as well as the base of the locker. You can even choose to have casters installed for greater flexibility. All in all, it’s pretty amazing how these lockers can give you multiple options to personalize to your liking. Take note that the secured wine storage lockers are now offered standard, by the column. This was done to match the existing height of our other commercial wine display racks. ^_^

Vintner Racks Showcase Function And Flexibility

August 1st, 2019

All hail Vintner! Clients can’t stop raving about our Vintner Series wine rack kits and we’re adding another one to the list. Our clients purchased some racking units for their growing collection. To their pleasant surprise, they got more mileage out of the units than what they expected. Function and flexibility certainly stole the spotlight today!

As you can see from the snapshot of the completed assembly, they sent for some individual bottle columns and fixed shelves. They did the assembly and installation by themselves, using the nail gun method. This definitely made the entire process go in an efficient and enjoyable manner. As a heads up, the nail gun method is the most recommended one, especially for first-time builders. There are also other assembly methods and you can check those out in this learning video.

Once everything was set up, our clients got to work filling up the racks. Their wine bottles were neatly organized and there was a place for everything. That included storage for their canned goods and other miscellaneous items! This just goes to show that some of our Vintner products can be utilized for all-around storage as well. Check out the full testimonial of our satisfied clients below:

Function and flexibility with our Vintner racks“The Vintner Racking came out great, we ordered Rustic Pine with a Classic Mahogany stain. The dimensions were just perfect and it was a simple assembly once we got started. The nail gun was perfect and the difficult part was finding the time to start the project. You guys took care of some missing items and replacement parts very quickly. Thanks for providing these racks. We really enjoy looking at our wine collection instead of digging through boxes and cases to find that perfect bottle. I also love having the extra shelving to put our canned peaches and canned tomato sauce and misc items at the bottom shelf.”

~Ben H.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #437: Versatile All-Heart Redwood Custom Racks

July 30th, 2019

One of the most sought-after features in a wine cellar is the versatility of the racking units. A lot of WCI’s clients make the same request, particularly on custom projects. Fortunately, that is something we can definitely deliver. In fact, not only our custom lines are versatile. Our more affordable wine rack “kits” are as well. But today, it’s all about the beauty of custom racking with this gorgeous wine room in Suwanee, GA:

Project # 317377
Wood: Custom / All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 816
Where: Suwanee, GA

Wine rack pegs Straight off the bat, you can see that there are several racking styles incorporated into this layout. Here we have some wine pegs which will allow for label-forward storage of the client’s bottles. This will be a nice departure from the usual cork-forward storage. It will also allow for the bottle labels to be showcased accordingly.

WCI Vino Pins are fine examples of these affordable alternatives to standard racking units. The pins come in two different finishes – Anodized Black and Milled Aluminum. The mounting hardware can go into just about any surface – drywall, masonry or wood. In addition, you can have the pins with or without collars. A collar is a small circular piece of hardware that will slide over the stud that comes out from the wall and finish off your pin nicely.

Versatile All-Heart RedwoodHere we have some snaps of the other racking styles. There are several Individual Column Racks with High Reveal Displays. There are also Open Diamond Bins and Rectangular Shelves for bull bottle storage. This assembly can accommodate a little over 800 bottles in total. That’s a pretty generous bottle storage capacity for a residential wine cellar. Notice as well how everything was laid out to maximize the room’s floor area without making it look cramped. There’s even enough space at the center of the room for a tasting table.

Elegant Dark Walnut stain on the racksFor this project, the wood of choice is the versatile All-Heart Redwood. It is a favorite wood option for custom wine cellar projects. The clients went with a Dark Walnut stain that gave the racks an extra touch of elegance. Dark Walnut is a popular stain option as it deepens the natural colors of the wood. It gives the entire wine cellar a timeless appearance. *Cheers*

 

How The WCI Wine Cellar Construction Process Works

July 29th, 2019

The month of July has come and gone! We’ve shared some pretty awesome wine cellar projects with everyone this month. We’ve also featured some of the wonderful reviews our clients gave for both our products and services. That being said, we’d like to talk a bit more on the WCI wine cellar construction process. How does it actually work and what are the steps involved? We have the details for you and hopefully, your wine cellar will be the next one we’ll be working on!

First stage – initial design consultation

For a new wine cellar project, the first stage involves initial design consultation and planning. Here at WCI, we can bring to fruition wine cellars in any size and with any budget. But in order to do so, we must be able to properly identify the client’s wine storage needs. This is why we offer free wine cellar consultation services. Clients will fill out a design request form with all the particulars that can help in achieving the project goals. Once that’s done, the client will receive wine cellar design room plans. The design package includes further consultation services. If there are still details that need to be ironed out, our experts will make sure they are all addressed.

Second stage – assembly and installation

Once the design plans are in place, the next step is to assemble and install the wine racks and other accessories. Full wine cellar installation with WCI involves our extensively experienced installation team. Our team has completed countless installations from residential to commercial all over the globe. Note that ab average wine cellar installation takes 4-5 days. Our installers actually stay on-site until the project has been completed. We help out with wine cooler installation, stainless steel wine racks, LED lights, and other wine cellar accessories. As part of the process, we engage in consultations with the homeowner, architect, or builder on any question concerning the installation.

Final stage – post-construction clean-up

When construction is finally completed, our installers don’t just leave the site. They will conduct post-construction inspections to ensure that everything is in place. They will also ensure that the site is cleaned. The client’s satisfaction is the topmost priority. So our team will still endorse the completed wine cellar for the client’s approval. Should there still be some issues that need to be addressed, we make sure to get those resolved ASAP. ^_^

Custom wine cellar construction process

“WCI was great to work with, from initial design concept to delivering the final product. They gave suggestions that improved the cellar functionality, provided professional schematics and easy-to-follow assembly directions. My cellar turned out better than I ever imagined.”

~Eric S.~

Clients Share Stunning Results From WCI Experience

July 25th, 2019

Testimonial Thursdays are the best times to share client feedback from their WCI experience. We always look forward to what they have to say as they greatly help pinpoint areas of improvement. And of course, we find it highly motivating to hear their opinions on our products and services. Today, our client Eddy shares this detailed testimonial on their WCI experience. The photos below show the results of their newly constructed wine cellar which is nothing short of stunning. We are proud to say that our racking units  helped achieve their wine cellar goals. But we are even happier with the fact that they gave such high praise to our professional services:

Stunning results from using WCI custom racksThe clients took advantage of our wine cellar design and consultation services. This is a very smart move as we offer these initial services for free. The design of their wine cellar involved several changes and they worked with one of our experienced consultants. Owing to our team’s level of expertise, the clients were able to finally complete the final layout. They ordered the racking units, again with the assistance of our design consultant. Because they worked closely with our team, the actual construction process proceeded smoothly. Only minor adjustments were needed and the racking assembly:

Grand Mahogany wine racksThe racking units in Grand Mahogany are just gorgeous! These were dressed up in Dark Walnut stain and work so well against the neutral hues of the room.

Beautiful rustic flavor of the design

“We started working with Amy with an initial design. It was great. We made at least 20 changes from what we originally sent in and she got back to us in a very timely manner. After we ordered, the racking arrived and we put it in the locations we had. It all fit in really nicely with minimal adjustments. Amy also helped us quite a bit on addressing certain things in our layout. Our customer is so happy with how the project finished up. Once again, Amy, thank you for all of your help and we will be in contact with you when we have another wine cellar or wine room we need.”

~ Eddy M.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #436: Flawless Lines With Custom Racking

July 23rd, 2019

Let’s do a little poll, wine cellar buddies! Are you guys fans of clean and impeccable lines in a racking assembly? Or do you prefer curvy, unconventional silhouettes? If you belong to the first group, then today’s Tech Tuesday is right up your alley. This wine cellar project features flawless lines, courtesy of our custom racking products:

Project # 311947
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1814
Where: Austin, TX

Custom racking in Premium RedwoodThe elegance factor of this racking assembly is really off the charts! Check out those seamless transitions and how the assembly wraps around the room. Every angle screams top quality – which is definitely what this project is. First off, the wood option is none other than Premium Redwood. It’s one of the top four wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. Like the other member the Redwood family, All-Heart Redwood, it is second to none in terms of durability and resiliency. Premium Redwood is a clear grade of wood – meaning it has no knots. It includes wood from all part of the log which varies from white to pink to red and reddish brown. There are those who prefer Premium Redwood over All-Heart Redwood. The reason is usually for the variety of colors.

Elegant Dark Walnut stainNow let’s discuss the wine racking units. This project is an all-custom job. That’s why you get this amazing variety in racking styles, including fixed shelves, cabinets, and storage for larger format bottles. You also get your pick of any wood choice, including non-stock options. As for stains and finishes, you get everything WCI has to offer, including blended stain options. The client in this case chose to go with a beautiful Dark Walnut stain, one of our more popular stains.

Generous bottle storage capacityTake note that custom wine cellars can be designed in any size, with any budget. You can also find the perfect place to store your wine just about anywhere in your home. Wine storage can be from a small wine cellar closet design to the largest wine room design. WCI can do all of these and even more. Request a free wine cellar consultation and receive wine cellar design room plans today! *Cheers*

The Wonderful World Of WCI’s WineMaker Wine Racks

July 22nd, 2019

A very happy Monday to all of you wine cellar fans out there! We hope you guys had a relaxing weekend and a good start for the workweek. We’re going to make things even better by letting you explore the wonderful world of WineMaker wine racks with us. Our clients sent us the loveliest photos featuring these racks and we just had to share them:

Our WineMaker racks

The clients utilized the WineMaker racks for a charity event. We think that this is such an awesome and unique way of showcasing them. We loved how the units were set up to really be the center of attention (along with the wine bottles, of course!). The guests loved the racks and were introduced to the impressive features of our WineMaker Series. Let’s go a bit more into detail about them. The first would definitely be the shallow-depth configuration of the racking units. Unlike your standard wine racks, WineMaker units are manufactured with short depth. The body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks while the neck of the bottle slightly sticks out If you notice in the close-up photos below, the wine bottles pop out a bit more from their storage. This creates an attractive aesthetic. It also allows for convenient organization of the bottles, particularly with the bottle tags. You can see how the clients did just that here:

Popping displays with the short-depth racks

Since the racks have shorter depth, that means these units use less wood during manufacturing. So it only makes sense that they are also more affordable compared to custom racks or other wine rack kits. WineMaker is a heavy favorite with entry-level wine cellar projects because of this feature. First-time wine cellar builders can sometimes be a bit anxious of the overall construction cost. The fact that they can have quality racking at an affordable price point greatly helps ease those worries.

The series is also super popular with smaller and more compact projects. The reason is pretty obvious! The shallow-depth units are very space-efficient. You can built them in smaller spaces in the home. You can even create wine storage with them in unusual spots such as under stairwells or by converting closets or pantries. And last but not the least, you still get the ability to customize the appearance of your racks. In this case, the clients went with Rustic Pine in a gorgeous Dark Walnut stain option. WineMaker lets you choose from either Rustic Pine or Premium Redwood for your wood. Plus, it offers WCI’s complete line of stains and finishes, including the lacquer option. ^_^

Easy assembly from the wine rack kits

“The wine racks turned out wonderfully – our team was able to assemble using a nail gun. We utilized them for a charitable event here and they were a big hit!”

~Kiley M.~

Shutters On The Beach’s Perfectly Compact Wine Storage

July 18th, 2019

It’s always a pleasure to feature wine storage from clients who find unique ways to use our products. Today, we have this perfectly compact beauty, courtesy of Shutters on The Beach! Shutters on The Beach is a seaside haven located in Santa Monica beach hotel, California. The hotel itself is reminiscent of the quintessential cottages of Cape Cod, adorned with white sand beaches. The Lobby Lounge Bar of Shutters is one of the busiest areas in the resort. It is tastefully decorated to warmly welcome hotel guests from all over the country – and the globe. Recently, the hotel made a clever decision to add some wine storage to The Lobby Lounge and this is the result:

Shutters on The Beach's adorable wine storage unit!

This adorable unit was from an actual column in the hotel’s lobby. The clients decided to transform it into a custom wine storage by incorporating the racking units. The wood choice is Rustic Pine, unstained, and customized to fit inside the column’s frame. The natural light and creamy colors of the wood worked excellently with the off-white paint job on the column. We really like how it all came together and stayed consistent with the coastal yet luxurious theme of the hotel. But we loved most of all is the ingenuity of this wine storage concept. It just goes to show you that wine storage can be done in any size and shape. Imagination and creativity are the only limits! But of course, it does pay to have the right racking products and tools to work with. Here at WCI, we are proud to say that “variety” is a staple in all our wine cellar products. That includes not just our wine racks, but also our other wine cellar accessories. ^_^

“Previously just a column in our lobby, we turned it into a small wine storage for the Lobby Lounge Bar of Shutters on The Beach in Santa Monica, CA. It worked out really great.”

~ Matt C.~

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #435: Strong Statements With Dark Walnut Stain

July 16th, 2019

Sunny July greetings, Tech Tuesday buddies! It’s such a wonderful time to be visiting some wine destinations, don’t you think? But you can also bring old wine country charm to your homes as well, just like our client from Atlanta, GA. Their custom home wine cellar is a beauty and we want to share the deets with you:

Project # 312363
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1504
Where: Atlanta, GA

Strong statements in Dark Walnut stainThis wine cellar project is quite a generous one with a storage capacity for over 1500 bottles. Our clients had ample space for a full blown wine cellar and wanted to really maximize the same. So our design team was smart enough to decide on going the custom route. Custom racking units made it very convenient in designing the cellar to the clients’ exact specifications. As you may notice from these photos, there is tons of bottle storage in a variety of racking styles:

Gorgeous bold colors on the racksNow what really defines this wine cellar is actually the wood and stain option combination. The racking assembly presents strong statements with the darker hues, accentuated by the lighting accessories. Our team chose Premium Redwood for the wood and stained the racks in beautiful Dark Walnut. Dark Walnut is a rich golden-brown stain that deepens almost all shades of wood. Since Premium Redwood retains stains and finishes extremely well, it worked perfectly with this stain option:

Custom Premium Redwood racksHere are a few more great shots from different angles of the wine room. It looks really elegant and the racking layout is so seamless. One of the big advantages of custom racking is that you can create racking arrangements to fit any space. Everything will be streamlined to fit the desired specifications. The result is a clean arrangement, devoid of awkward gaps. Moreover, it also helps that the racks are dressed up in a uniform stain or finish. WCI provides an Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer that allows you to see samples of various wood and stain/finish combinations. This is a very handy tool that can help clients decide which look they really want for their wine cellar projects. *Cheers*

Quarter Round Displays Standard glass door