Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Technical Tuesday Episode #416: WineMaker x Vintner Elite Series

January 22nd, 2019

How do you feel about mixing and matching wine racking styles? We are big fans of that concept! That’s why in a lot of our Tech Tuesday features, we highlight these awesome combos. Today’s Tech Tuesday is another terrific example of that. In fact, this is one mix and match that we might not have seen before. Get an eyeful of this stunning wine cellar using choice pieces from our WineMaker and Vintner Elite Series:

Project # 307005
Wood/Series: WineMaker/Vintner
Bottle Capacity: n/a

Instead of the usual Open Diamond Bins or Case Storage under the tabletop, this racking assembly did something different. The Rotating Wine Cradle from the Vintner Elite Cabinetry collection was utilized for this purpose. We think it’s a stroke of pure genius! Not so long ago, WCI launched the Elite Cabinetry as one of the newest additions to the Vintner family. The wine cradle was designed to showcase wine bottles in a very eye-catching manner. This stackable unit comes in 3-feet and 4-feet height configurations. That means you can stack these cradles even to a height of 12 feet.

Each rotating circular shelf can display a dozen standard-sized bottles. But it can also accommodate split-sizes and large champagne bottles. The unit, as you can see from the photo below, gives the racking assembly a more unique silhouette. There is also a good amount of prep space offered by the tabletop. Moreover, the Rotating Wine Cradle has several custom options. Apart from the height configuration, you can also customize the wood, stains and finishes. Like all our Vintner products, that includes our newest stain offerings: Whitewash, Graywash, and Opaque White.

Now let’s talk about the rest of the racking assembly. See how the necks of the wine bottles stick out from the racks? This is what sets apart the WineMaker Series from the rest of our “kits.” The series is comprised of what we call “shallow-depth” wine racks. These units were created with shorter depth, hence they use less wood. This, in turn, makes the racks more affordable. The bottle neck sticks out a bit more compared to storing in standard racks. But the body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the racks. The security of the bottle is not compromised and you get more storage space to boot. That’s why WineMaker is a highly popular choice with compact wine cellar projects.

Vintage View Racks In A Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Showcase

January 21st, 2019

Happy Monday, wine cellar buddies! Did you guys do anything special over the weekend? Perhaps wined and dined at a new hot spot in town? Speaking of wining and dining, that seems to be the direction most establishments are headed towards. Notice how more and more restaurants have incorporated wine cellars into their layouts. And it makes perfect sense, don’t you think?

Tiverton Casino

No doubt about it, wine influence has really grown over the years. From the comforts of the home to the glamour and sophistication of fine dining in restaurants, wine has a role to play. Such influence has even extended to country clubs, steakhouses, resorts, and more. Having a glass of wine has steadily become an anticipated activity in these places as well. Hence, the “restaurant wine cellar” was born. But of course, every restaurant wine cellar should be built to accommodate the kind of storage it needs. Several factors come into play here.The size of a restaurant’s wine merchandise is one thing. The available space for bottle storage is another. Some restaurants prefer visible storage of their wine merchandise to entice their clientele. Others prefer storage at the back of the establishment. Naturally, there are also those that would want to have the best of both worlds. That’s why the initial planning stages are very important.

Vintage View Series

Our client Tiverton Casino is one of the latest ones to incorporate a restaurant wine cellar. Tiverton Casino is actually a casino hotel offering entertainment, dining, and luxury accommodations. They wanted their wine merchandise to be properly showcased to their loyal patrons and potential customers. Our design team on a glass-enclosed showcase, featuring our Vintage View Series. Note that the series features label-forward wine storage that makes for easy navigation. Combined with the elegant glass panels, this cellar provides an interactive wine experience. It definitely suits the purpose of our client!

Glass-enclosed restaurant wine cellar

Here you can see more photos of the eye-catching glass-enclosed layout. See how generous the wine bottle storage is? With the wall-mount configurations of the Vintage View units, you can go as high as you can with your racking assembly. This is a very clever set-up because customers can easily choose their favorite labels while dining. Also, notice how the simple yet sleek design of the racks work well against the restaurant’s decor. The Vintage View metal wine racks come in four different finish options. These are Black, Black Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome. The neutral tones go well with any design theme. Do you feel inspired to do something like this as well? Then check out more of our restaurant wine cellar projects in the photo gallery! ^_^

Beautiful glass-enclosed layout

Custom Wine Lockers Deliver Exactly What Clients Envisioned

January 17th, 2019

When a client wants a “custom” project done, it can only mean one thing. They want something truly unique – a wine cellar designed to their specifications. As a company campaigning to provide such services, we have one primary goal. This is to address those “wants” of the client and ultimately deliver the product to their 100% satisfaction. We have to admit, things get pretty challenging every now and then. But whenever we meet the customer’s expectations, it’s all worth it!

Custom wine shelves

Today’s feature is a nice reminder of that wonderful feeling when a client is truly happy with the results. This particular wine cellar project consisted of all custom racking units. The clients wanted wine racks that would securely store their collection. For this purpose, our team designed these individual bottle lockers to their specifications.  Wine lockers have become quite a popular racking option as of late. They are especially in-demand with country clubs, wine stores, restaurants, bars, and public storage areas. More and more restaurants have been investing in these “restaurant wine lockers.” They present a very practical storage solution, particularly for one’s best vintages.

Customized wine lockers

WCI has designed these lockers to keep your collection under lock and key 24/7. The units come in flexible rack-and-stack configurations. This allows you to add more lockers as the need arises. The lockers come in by the column to match the existing height of other commercial racking units. Basically, each column sports metal lattice panels for open air circulation. It also has 5 locker compartments with locks that can be keyed in numerous configurations, or as one, single key.

Custom blended stain on the lockers

But take note that these lockers are also fully customizable. In the client’s case, we utilized glass instead of the metal lattice panels. You can also have solid panel sides and solid back panels for a more seamless look. The inside racking can also be styled according to one’s preference. That includes having wine rack pegs put inside the lockers as well! ^_^Beautiful and secure wine storage

“From my perspective, we are very pleased with the quality of work, expedition of delivery, and the installation experience. The lockers are exactly what we had envisioned. The product is very high quality. Your installers were a pleasure to have on site and were extremely professional. Our contractor is still working on balancing the air in the units, but that should be worked out in the coming days. A+ – Thank you very much!”

~Chris C.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Designing A Contemporary Wine Cellar

January 16th, 2019

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again (and again!) – contemporary wine cellars are the way to go. Last year was a particularly eventful one. We’ve featured a good number of wine cellar projects embracing a modern theme. Plus, we also launched several racking products geared towards creating modern, high-end looks. It will be no surprise that the trend will continue to rise from here. So if you’re one of those planning your wine cellar construction this year, read on! We put together some concepts on designing your contemporary wine cellar.

Wine racks in a unique layout

Choose wine racks with unique finishes…

Obviously, one of the focal points of your wine cellar will be your wine racks. In order to bring out an authentic modern vibe, the kind of finish for your racks will seal the deal. Wood wine racks are pretty much the standard fare. Some woods look lovely even when unstained. But they do not exude a contemporary appeal. With the help of stains and finishes, you can make this happen. Deep and dark shades, such as Midnight Black Stain, are a popular option. One example is black and granite with glass walls. This spells sleek and is the very definition of modern.  Also consider a clean, Whitewash stain option. Whitewash is a versatile finish that works well with open themes of modern decor.

Whitewash Stain on racks

Consider materials other than just wood…

Most people gravitate towards wood racking units. But for a contemporary wine cellar, other materials should be considered. Metal is definitely among them. We recommend trying out aluminum for this purpose. WCI carries  Aluminum Bottle Supports with Finished Panels that are perfect for the job. The finished panels give the supports a nice, sleek, and definitely modern touch. Glass is another material that should be on the list. Glass can give off both traditional and contemporary vibes, depending on how you use it. Pairing it with metal wine racks is one of the top choices. However, you can combine it with other elements, like acrylic, stone, and mirrors. And speaking of acrylic, this is another material worth trying out. It has the transparency of glass and the modern appeal of metal.

Cable racking system spells "modern"

Go for a minimalist design and layout…

A contemporary style is often characterized by stark lines, neutral elements, and bold colors. It focuses mostly on the basics of line, shape and form. Each element should work together and create balance. Nothing should stand out too much or overpower other elements. In a wine cellar, this translates to straightforward racking arrangements. Seamless transitions from the racks to the floor and/or ceiling are in order. The space should be utilized in such a way that it doesn’t appear cramped or busy. ^_^