Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Acrylic Wine Racks Bring Whimsical Wine Cellar Details

July 9th, 2020

Never be afraid to explore your design options with your wine cellar projects. Remember that these are modern times with tons of options to play around with. Our client DreamBuilt Homes was definitely thinking out of the box when they asked our team to design the wine cellar for one of their homes:Whimsical details with Acrylic Bottle SupportsDreamBuilt Homes (Dreambuilt LLC) is a design/build firm established at Lake Oconee in 1999. The company specializes in custom home building and light commercial construction. Because they strive to make each home truly unique, they take into account the sections that can really boost that “wow” factor. So for this particular project, they worked closely with our team to come up with the whimsical details on the wine cellar.

Floating wine bottles with the Modern Wine Cellar seriesIf these photos can send us swooning, just imagine how the racking set-up looks in person! Also, just imagine how this wine cellar will look when it’s all filled up. If you’re wondering what Dumbledore’s (the wine loving wizard that he is!) wine cellar might have looked like in Harry Potter, THIS might answer that question ^_^. And the secret to achieving this whimsical, “floating” appearance is  one other that our Acrylic Bottle Supports.

Whimsical yet functional wine racksThese Acrylic Bottle Supports are one of the available options in our Modern Wine Cellar series. If you haven’t heard of this yet, then you’re in for a treat! WCI launched this series only a few years ago after observing the growing trend towards more contemporary wine cellar designs. The series was carefully developed in order to appeal to the most discerning wine collector. The original design involves wood bottle supports. These are installed within platforms, ranging from the ceiling to the floor. The wood is held up by metal rods to create that “floating” illusion for the wine bottles.

However, we decided to bring it up a notch by offering the bottle supports in acrylic. Since acrylic is almost as transparent as glass, the effect is even more dramatic. The contemporary vibe is even more enhanced in this project with the use of black metal trim along with acrylic and glass. Now here’s a fun tip: try using mirrors in your wine cellar with these Acrylic Bottle Supports. We guarantee a magical effect that will leave anyone who sees your wine cellar breathless. Talk to our experienced design consultants today and get started on those whimsical details! ^_^

Super stunning Acrylic Bottle Supports

Wine Cellar Inspirations: All About Madeira, America’s First Wine

July 8th, 2020

Credits by: y kawahara

How well do we know our very own American wines? There are tons of them, obviously, but do we know what was the first wine our great country produced? Let’s learn about this together!

Usually, we’d choose wines that we like or are known to us. But as Americans, we should definitely get acquainted with the wine that started it all: Madeira. The fact is, Madeira is living history. So as both wine lovers and citizens of the good old US of A, we do have an obligation to know more about it. Madeira actually has a unique connection to July 4, 1776. Anecdotes say that it was used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But if there’s any record of what the Signers drank that day, we haven’t seen it. Nonetheless, it was already “known” which cements its existence in the country’s history.

Now it should be pointed out that not everyone could afford to drink Madeira before. “In 1776, it was on the verge of becoming the English-speaking world’s most expensive and exclusive wine. From Britain to its farthest-flung colonies in America and the Far East, Madeira was seen as the wine of wealth and discernment.” It was seen as a luxury item which only those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth can afford to drink.

Because of the expensive price tag, connoisseurs sought to develop special relationships with the producers of this wine. They ordered Madeira by the barrel, often to exacting standards. Madeiras that had first been to the East or West Indies were particularly coveted. The longer they stayed, the more valuable they became. In fact, the famous auction house Christie’s most successful early auctions were of the Madeiras of sea captains who had just returned from the Indies with their prized wines.

There was also aspecial affinity between Americans and Madeira. Madeira was established in the early 1700s as the wine of the North American Colonies. This is owing to special tax and legal treatment. By 1776 Americans identified themselves as Madeira drinkers. No doubt about it, it was indeed the country’s first wine.

Here’s another historical anecdote to remember about this wine. It relates to the 1803 dinner in New Orleans that celebrated the ratification of the Louisiana Purchase by France, Spain, and the U.S. When the usual series of toasts came around, the ministers of each country were honored in series by being toasted with their country’s wine: France with Champagne, Spain with Malaga, and the United States with Madeira. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #432: Reasons To Choose Grand Mahogany Racks

July 7th, 2020

Are you willing to spend a little bit more on your wine cellar project? If you have the financial capacity, then we say go for it! You will definitely not regret anything, especially when you see the results. Our clients from Atlanta made the best decision when they went all-out with this custom wine cellar. Let’s check it out and see why there are lots of reasons to spend a bit more on the absolute best materials:

Project # 318855
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1106
Where: Atlanta, GA

Reasons to spend a bit more on Grand Mahogany racksFor this project, our design team used custom racking units in combination with the Vintage View Series. The use of the wall-mount metal wine racks instead of the usual individual bottle columns was indeed refreshing. But we say that the star of the show is certainly the wood option for the rest of the racking assembly. Our client went with Grand Mahogany, a fairly pricey choice compared to the other custom wood options. But is this worth the extra cost? There are solid reasons why we say it one hundred percent is!

Custom wine racks in Grand MahoganyGrand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood. Appearance-wise, it is very attractive which is why it is often used for furniture making. So how does this wood far with wine racks and wine cellars? Well, we can say with confidence that it is highly recommended and worth every dollar you spend. Grand Mahogany sports a uniform color which can give your racking layout that much-coveted “seamless” look.  But note that the wood also possesses few slight color variations that go from medium to pale pink. The overall appearance still a uniform and brings out a natural elegance that can’t be beat.

Vintage View instead of individual wood wine racksNow what about the “functionality” of the wood? We earlier mentioned that Grand Mahogany is quite popular in furniture building  The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. When stained, the grain pattern becomes more enhanced as you can see from these photos. Our client went with a Dark Walnut stain option for their wine racks. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, Grand Mahogany easily matches up to Sapele and Cherry. As for durability and stability, it is also just as reliable as Sapele, Cherry and Hard Maple. *Cheers*

 

Top Tier Customization With STACT Aluminum Wine Racks

July 2nd, 2020

Looking for wine racks that are space-efficient, stylish, and unique? The STACT series can give you all of these! It’s part of the extensive catalog of metal wine racking products of WCI. Clients who have purchased our STACT series have utilized the units in both residential and commercial wine cellar projects. It offers top tier customization with and a contemporary charm that will take your wine storage to the next level.

Top-tier customization with STACT Series

Customization, space-efficiency and more…

The wine racks comprising the STACT series are incredibly customizable and expandable to fit all bottle storage needs. They can be conveniently installed anywhere in the home, even in the kitchen or the living areas. You don’t even need a formal wine cellar for the units. That’s why they’re the perfect storage solution for those who are unable to build one in their homes.  The attractive design of the units can also double as decorative elements. Note that they come in ten elegant finishes: walnut, white oak, zebra wood, gray oak, piano black, pure white, electric orange, gunmetal gray, blackout, and citrus green.

Let’s talk a little more about the design features. The racks feature beautiful Walnut panels. These are finished in rich American black walnut, accented with sleek anodized aluminum hardware. STACT is made up of three different components. See how you are actually able to customize these:

The STACT Series is so easy to install!

The panel – Each panel is crafted to exacting specifications and pre-installed with anchors for a secure mount to the tailored wall brackets. As earlier mentioned it comes available in ten different finishes. This makes it super easy to match it with your other racking units and any existing decor.

The aluminum bottle supports – The small details of these racks are well thought-out making them truly top-tier. The aluminum bottle supports are engineered for maximum wine bottle storage capacity. They are precision machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized for a clean elegant finish. Note that each kit comfortably holds 9 bottles. When you put them together, they can host up to 12 bottles when arranged side-by-side.

The wall brackets – This is the backbone of the STACT wine rack system. The wall brackets have been carefully designed to securely connect to each other and attach directly to the wall. Panels are hung from the wall brackets – without the need for tools. That’s right! You simply slip them into position. They’re the subtle highlight that appears between each panel. Measuring and installing the brackets is easy, offering maximum stability with minimal labor. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Bottle Crafts for 4th of July

July 1st, 2020

Fourth of July celebrations might look a little different this year, but the fun factor definitely won’t be. We can enjoy the festivities in a safe way and even be creative about it. For wine lovers, here’s an activity you need to try out: wine bottle crafts! We’re pretty sure you guys will have several empty wine bottles lying around at home. Here are some of the ways you can dress them up and use them for your July 4th celebration:

Wine bottle crafts for July 4th festivities

Frosted ombre wine bottles

Frost paint is super attractive and a lot of fun to work with. But instead of just frosted wine bottles, you can add a little twist and give them an ombre look. The materials to make them are pretty simple: empty wine bottle, rubbing alcohol, lint-free cloth, frosted glass paint in two different colors, and cosmetic sponge. Start at the bottom of the glass with turquoise and apply lightly with cosmetic sponge.  At the point you want to shift to a lighter shade of turquoise, mix white frost with turquoise and continue up the glass.  Tiki Torch wine bottle craftsUse white on the top segment.  Let that dry for 30 minutes or more. Go over entire bottle with light layer of white frost.  This ties the layers in together better, making for a more subtle gradient effect.

Funky DIY Tiki torches

Here’s a terrific alternative to fireworks this 4th of July: funky, DIY Tiki torches! You can make several of these and set them up in your garden or balcony. It’s pretty easy to do. You’ll need 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper coupling, a Tiki replacement wick, Nylon thread seal tape, and empty wine bottles. Also make sure to have some Citronella torch fuel handy. Start by wrapping the pipe wrap around the copper reducer many times. Next, insert the wick into the reducer. Fill the bottle with Citronella and insert wick. Make sure to let the oil be absorbed into the wick before lighting. These torches will help keep away pesky mosquitoes, too!

Summery floral centerpieces

Nothing says “summer” than beautiful, floral centerpieces. Your 4th of July dinner table will look so festive yet sweet with these wine bottle crafts. And since we’re a fan of the shabby chic theme, we had to put this one out. First, rub the wine bottles with alcohol to make sure they are nice and clean. Then, add a glass primer and let dry. Next, paint the bottles with acrylic paint and varnish. Use some floral printed paper napkins and attach them to the bottles with mod podge. You can use a different design for each bottle. Then add some textured stencils and lace. Lastly, sand the texture paste and varnish again. Voila – dainty and summery centerpieces! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #431: Expansive Bottle Capacity With Custom Racking

June 30th, 2020

For a wine lover, tons of bottle storage space is definitely a dream. So why not turn that dream into a reality? Our client certainly did by working with our professional wine cellar design consultants. The expansive bottle capacity of today’s Tech Tuesday highlight is quite impressive. Let’s check out the details:

Project # 297262
Wood: Custom / All-heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2484
Where: Duluth, GA

Expansive bottle storage capacitySimple yet bold lines are the defining features of this project. The racking units are all custom-made to ensure that the space is maximized. That’s why this wine cellar can accommodate nearly 2500 bottles. Since an expansive bottle capacity was the primary goal, our design team prioritized the use of individual bottle columns. This is the most popular type of racking because it’s space-efficient and easy to combine with other styles:

Individual bottle columnsOwing to the generous floor area, our team was able to incorporate other elements that contributed to the seamless flow of the racking assembly. You can see from the photos below how accents were worked into the layout to give it a really elegant silhouette. The tasting center with Open Diamons Bins below is one of these. Full height Quarter Round Shelves helped soften the sharp lines and angles of the wine racks. Also, since the racks are stained with Dark Walnut stain option, the lighting accessories balanced out the bold colors. The symmetry in this entire project is indeed quite beautiful!

Beautiful accents on the racking layoutHere are more photos of the wine racks up close. Notice how there are no awkward gaps at all between the different racking styles used. You will also see none of that between the racks and the ceiling and flooring. The thing with custom wine racks is that you can make them fit any space you want without any compromises. You can get the bottle storage capacity you need, together with the design you want. Putting it another way, you won’t have to compromise between your wine cellar “needs” and “wants” because you can have them all. If budget comes into the picture, that’s also not an issue. Our team can work with your budget and STILL make your wine cellar dreams a reality. *Cheers*

Quarter Round Shelves in full height

Reviewing The Revue Series For Your Wine Cellar

June 25th, 2020

Thinking of buying metal wine racks for your wine cellar? We invite you to check out the Revue Series! We introduced this product last year as one of the newest additions to our metal racking catalogue. Customers immediately took notice of the sleek and elegant design of the racking units. We also featured several projects using these beautiful wine racks. But since it’s still a fairly new product, reviewing what the series has to offer is in order:

The awesome Revue Series

Space-efficient showstoppers…

Why is it called the “Revue” series? “Revue” is actually French term that relates to a form of theatrical entertainment. The height of its popularity started in the early 1900’s and was famous for visual spectacles or parades. The concept for the Revue Series was inspired by this. The wine racks were carefully designed to offer visual delight in wine storage. The wall-mount configuration lets one display prized wine bottles in a show-stopping way. Similar to the Vintage View series, the Revue racks lets you store your bottles in a label-forward system. This also makes for efficient organization of one’s collection.

Flexible configurations

Now let’s go into the functional features – and there are plenty! First off, the series offers the racks 3Ft and 4Ft height variations. This allows you to create extensive and creative bottle storage layouts. The racks also have different depth variations -single deep, double deep, and triple deep. Note that the metal wine racks can store 12 bottles in the single depth format. Purchasing in double, or triple depth will expand your metal wine storage considerably. So what bottle sizes can be accommodated apart from standard-sized ones? The units can store split, bordeaux, burgundy, small champagne, and Pinot Noir. Turley bottles can also be stored, but you will need to load them from the side of the racks.

Naturally, reviewing this product won’t be complete without going over the style features. The metal racking units come in two different finish options: black and silver. However, you can also request for custom finishes to go with your design preference or wine cellar theme. And of course, the best thing is that Revue Series metal wine racks are proudly made in the United States. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Super Summer Wine & Food Pairings

June 24th, 2020

Summer has officially kicked in and we all know what that means! It’s time to plan for those fun in the sun summer parties. Things may be a bit different this year owing to the “new normal,” but we can definitely still have fun. Intimate wine tasting gatherings bring wonderful memories, so let’s start making them! Here are some super summer wine and food pairings to try out:

Super summer wine & food pairings

Pinot Grigio and seafood fare

Pinot Grigio is actually a bit tricky since flavor profiles can fluctuate significantly depending on the region. Do some good research before buying for your party. If you’re planning on a seafood menu,  pinot grigio is always a stable and delicious option. Some of the top food pairings include grilled or boiled lobster. Make sure it’s fresh and slather on the butter! Creole shrimp heavy with garlic is another pairing favorite. You can also throw in some lemon grilled chicken and vegetables.

Chardonnay and Italian dishes

What’s a summer wine tasting party without the whites? Bring on the Chardonnay! Now this white wine can be a bit of a challenge to pair with food, so plan your menu carefully. Chardonnay has round and harmonious flavors that can be easily overwhelmed by rich tasting food. Your best bet would be Italian dishes but mix it up with mild food selections as well. We recommend serving some roast chicken or pork, with creamy pasta dishes like farfalle alfredo. Prepare a cheese and cracker-filled charcuterie board to balance the flavors out.

Sauvignon Blanc with almost anything

Now if you’re planning for that traditional summer barbecue, then the food spread will definitely be plentiful. You will need a versatile wine to match the variety of dishes you’ll be serving. Our pick is none other than Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is one hundred percent food friendly – you can hardly go wrong with it.  Sauvignon Blanc is a hearty mix  of creamy, spicy, acidic, and soft flavors. So our advice would be to pay extra attention to the flavor profiles for extra delicious pairings. Some of our favorites include sushi, grilled or roasted vegetables, and more Asian dishes teeming with spice or citrus essences. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #430: Investing In All-Heart Redwood Racks

June 23rd, 2020

One of the pro tips we always like to share when undergoing a wine cellar project is investing in quality materials. This is not to say that you should spend beyond your financial capacity to do so. But there is a lot to be said about putting your dollars in the right products. Today’s Tech Tuesday shows us how it’s done! This custom wine cellar is all about  quality and resiliency:

Project #: 320984
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1955
Where: Greensboro, GA

Stain: Dark Walnut

All-Heart Redwood racksThe craftsmanship of the wine racks in this project is really worth pointing out. Check out the details and how the entire racking assembly flows so seamlessly through the entire room. There are no awkward gaps anywhere. This is the mark of a top-notch custom wine cellar project. Nothing is taken for granted, especially how the pieces will “fit” into the entire layout.

Investing in custom wine racksThe wood choice for the racking units is All-Heart Redwood. Clear All-Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. This is why it’s the most expensive part the redwood tree. It’s also the most in demand! However, investing those extra dollars in this wood option is definitely worth it. Of all North American woods, it is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot. It is also highly resistant to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. So even if you spend a little more, your money will actually go a long way. Your All-Heart Redwood racks will age beautifully in your wine cellar, just like your wine bottles.

Our Redwood is SFI-certified There is also another big reason why investing in All-Heart Redwood wine racks comes highly recommended. Did you know that if you go with this wood for your wine cellars, you are making an environmentally sound choice. How so? Note that here at WCI, our redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI, Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the redwood they purchase has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. Not only are you building quality wine storage, you’re also doing it the eco-friendly way! *Cheers*

Great variety in bottle storage options

Under Stairwell Magic With The Vintage View Series

June 18th, 2020

Isn’t it super satisfying when a seemingly “wasted” space can be put to good use? With our Los Angeles clients, it was even more that. They turned a cramped little corner under the stairs into a stunning wine cellar! And how did they manage to do this? With nothing less than the Vintage View Series metal wine racks:

Under stairwell magic with Vintage ViewIsn’t it like magic how this tight space was transformed? Clients are indeed entitled to bragging rights over this wine storage. This small wine cellar can actually accommodate up to a little over 200 bottles. As you can see from the photos, they decided to go with the floor-to-ceiling configuration for the racks. This allowed the racking arrangement to fit into the uneven layout of the space. Note that with Vintage View, you have a choice between wall mounting the racks or assemble them in a floor-to-ceiling fashion. Naturally, you can also do both at the same time. This flexibility makes Vintage View very popular, especially with compact wine cellar projects.

Floor-to-ceiling configurationHere’s a really smart design move: the use of glass panels. Since the space is narrow, using glass elements gives the illusion of a much larger room in this under stairwell transformation. The glass also highlights the metal racking and gives the cellar a more luxurious appearance. Mixing these simple but different elements of metal and glass brings that added character to this project. Now check out the photo below. Notice that there are also Vino Pins added to the left side of the metal wine racks for good measure. These Vino Pins are able to mount directly to any wall surface with the proprietary anchor systems. This is the only metal wine rack peg system that can mount direct to drywall, masonry or wood. You don’t need even need a backer board!

The magic of Vintage View wine racksSo what about if you have more space to work with? Will the Vintage View also be able to provide for bulk bottle storage? Absolutely YES! Recently, the series has expanded to include a line of case, crate bins, and crate lockers. Check out more of Vintage View’s magic in with both small and large projects in our photo galleries. ^_^

Wine Cellar Innovations: Hosting A Fun Summer Wine Party

June 17th, 2020

“It’s not the best time for a summer party,” some may say – and we agree with that! The health risk is still real to everyone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun this summer. The word “party” shouldn’t just be interpreted to mean a big crowd. You can still have awesome summer gatherings sans the risk. In fact, intimate summer wine parties can bring the best memories of the season. Get together with family and closest friends and start hosting one with these fab ideas:

Ideas for hosting a summer wine party

Travel the world with wine!

Obviously, international travel will be quite a stretch this year. Nonetheless, you can still bring the flavors of your favorite countries to your home. A super fun idea would be to ask each of your guests to bring a bottle of wine. But not just any wine! It should be a bottle from their favorite or dream summer vacation destination. Then each guest can share stories or better yet, show photos of must-see spots from that vacation destination.

Set the theme when hosting your summer wine party

Set a theme to set the mood!

There are so many places we are missing out on due to the pandemic. Perhaps we may be able to visit some of them, but the vibe will be quite different with the “new normal.” So why recreate that theme when you’re hosting your summer wine party. For example, you can go with a beach or island theme. Research the drinks and food that will best set the mood. Ask your guests to come in beach or island attire. If you don’t have a pool, go ahead and do inflatable ones! You can actually find some pretty sizeable ones that can fit more than ten people. Set two or three up and with five to a makeshift pool and have a blast!

Don’t forget the wine games!

What’s a wine party without wine games? The great thing about hosting smaller gatherings is that you can really plan things out. That, of course, includes the party games. Guessing games are one of the most popular ones. But you can add some twist to that to make it even more interesting. For example, you can lay out some cheeses and appetizers. Then, your guests will have to match unnamed wines for the best wine and food pairing. ^_^

 

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #429: Show-stopping Details On Custom Wine Racks

June 16th, 2020

You know what they say: “Go big or go home.” That applies to your wine cellar projects as well. If you have the budget to go full force on the wine cellar of your dreams, then by all means do so. You can rest assured that the highly experienced design professionals here at WCI can help you achieve that goal. Today’s Tech Tuesday project is a shining example of this. We are proud to feature the show-stopping details on this wine cellar for our client in Parkville, MO:

Project # 315721
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3556
Where: Parkville, MO
Stain: Classic Mahogany

Show-stopping details on this custom projectThis is one of the largest wine cellars we’ve designed for this year. It is quite massive, but the bottle storage capacity is not the only thing that stands out here. Design-wise, this beauty is indeed one for the books – and for the WCI photo galleries. Our client had a generous budget, along with the equally generous space. So our design team had to make sure that the results will deliver 100% satisfaction.

Show-stopping concave racksThe custom route was taken for this project, down to the tiniest details. The racks, as you can glean from the photos, are in a unique concave silhouette. This is not the standard curved corner racking that you can find in our wine rack kits. The racks were tailor-made to create a uniform concave pattern throughout the entire assembly. Potential clients might be delighted to learn though, that our Vintner Series carries a “kit” version of these concave racks. As we always say, WCI finds wine storage solutions to suit every budget. If you want these show-stopping details, we can work around your price range. You’ll be surprised at the variety of racking products and accessories we carry!

Custom racks in Classic Mahogany stainCheck out the tabletop, flooring and ceiling on this wine cellar. They all fit to a T and work very well with the racking. In going custom, you have the privilege of choosing not just the style you want, but the materials as well. For the flooring and ceiling, for example, you can request completely customized design and materials for your project. We will then make sure that you get exactly what you want! *Cheers*

Client Showcases DIY With The WineMaker Series

June 11th, 2020

DIY wine storage projects really bring out the creativity in our clients. Every Thursday, we look forward to the unique arrangements our clients come up with. It’s both inspiring and heartwarming to see how they worked with our products. For today’s Testimonial Thursday, our client Kim showcases this beautiful racking assembly using our WineMaker Series:

Client showcases DIY with WineMaker racksThis project did not utilize custom racking, but look at how the wine storage has been seamlessly built into the wall. You’d think that something like this could only be achieved with custom units and with professional assistance. But our client completed everything in proud DIY fashion. Not only that, they made use of our wine rack “kits,” specifically, the WineMaker Series.

The WineMaker Series is one of our most popular kits because it combines function and cost-efficiency. It is comprised of shallow depth wine racks that provide bottle storage solutions for projects of any size. Despite the shorter depth, there is no compromise when it come to security of the bottles. But thanks to this configuration, the racks can fir comfortably into tight spaces. That’s why WineMaker comes highly recommended for entry-level or small wine cellar projects, like closet or under stairwell transformations.

Owing to the shallow depth of the racks, WineMaker is also one of the most affordable racking around. It’s quality sans the expensive price tag! Clients also love the fact that they are also offered “customization” options. Indeed, you can select your wood type from either Premium Redwood or Rustic Pine. You also have a generous selection of stains and finishes to play with, including lacquer. Client in this case went with Rustic Pine with a bold Dark Walnut Stain. Moreover, just like the Vintner Series, you have flexibility in the height configurations. WineMaker is offered in 3-foot and 4-foot height options that you can conveniently rack and stack. That’s why our client is able to create this DIY arrangement with no awkward gaps between the racking and flooring. We also give a thumbs-up to the woodworking accents client threw in for added flair. ^_^

“I designed it myself and added some additional woodwork to the project.”

~Kim F.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Inspired Gifts For June Weddings

June 10th, 2020

Pandemic or no pandemic, June is the favorite month of tying the knot. June weddings are really popular and that presents a bit of a challenge. Shopping for wedding gifts can be a hassle, especially when products tend to go out of stock. So shopping ahead of time and doing it online will save you a ton of stress. That’s put together a list of wine inspired wedding gifts you can check out:Wine purifier for June weddings

Stylish Wine Purifier

First up is this stylish wine purifier from Üllo. The simple yet sleek design is attractive and definitely worth the price. The purifier improves the taste of wine by removing sulfites via Selective Sulfite Capture technology. It also separates out sediment so the newlyweds can enjoy their favorite wine bottle with every glass. To purify wine simply place the aerator on top of a wine glass or carafe and pour through. This unit also features a display base that captures drips and stores neatly. Check the availability of this product at your local Crate & Barrel.

Wine Cork Maps for June weddings

Mr. & Mrs. Wine Cork Map

Wine and travel – what newlywed wouldn’t like that?     This Mr. & Mrs. Wine Cork Map puts those two activities together in one perfect present. What better way to celebrate a beautiful pairing of two people than this unique gift. Newlyweds will have tons of fun preserving memories with these handsome wine cork / beer cap maps. The product comes pre-drilled with holes for easy wall mounting with finishing nails. Head on over to the Home Wet Bar to check this product out.

Photo engraved wood box for June weddings

Photo Engraved Wood Box

We are loving this classy Photo Engraved Wood Box we came across at Personal Wine. You can have the box personalized with the couples photo, names and wedding date engraved on it. Then you can work on customizing the contents as well. We recommend putting in wine bottles for the couple to drink on anniversary milestones. If you’re doing just one wine bottle, you can also throw in some beautiful glassware. Once the contents are removed, the box can be used by the newlyweds to store mementos as well. It’s definitely a wedding gift will be enjoyed for years!

Do you have more wine inspired gifts to share for our June wedding celebrations? We’d love for you you to share those with us! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #428: How To Work With Vintage View Racks

June 8th, 2020

Wood or metal wine racks – which one would suit you best? It’s not a competition, obviously, but more of a preference. In fact, more and more wine cellar projects are using a combination of both. So getting to properly know the features of the product is quite essential. It will help you arrive at the choice that’s best for your storage needs. Our client for today’s Tech Tuesday did just that when they decided to work with the Vintage View metal wine racks:

Project # 315074
Wood: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 1830
Where: Miami, FL

You will be surprised at the amount of bottle storage   that was created in this wine cellar. It can actually hold up to a little over 1800 bottles! This goes to show that the Vintage View racks are one of the best racking solutions to wine cellar projects of any size. These metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles The units are primarily designed to be wall mounted at 7.5 inches apart. The wall-mount feature is what makes it highly space-efficient. While the racks can hold standard sized bottles, the configurations can also be tweaked. You can also store split-sized bottles by mounting the racks 5.5 inches apart.

Each metal wine rack in this series contains: 1 base (heel) strip, 1 neck strip, end caps on wall strip, 1 connector for stacking, mounting hole covers and soft plastic rod tips. The units come in single, double, and triple deep storage options. Added to these features, they also come in three different finishes. Select from Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, or Chrome Plated to work with your wine cellar theme.

But the feature we appreciate the most is how the racks can be displayed floor to ceiling. If you want a bit more drama to your racking assembly, you can skip the wall mounting or do a mix of wall mounting and floor to ceiling displays. This is actually what you’re seeing here in today’s Tech Tuesday. The floor to ceiling display will result in a beautiful “floating” aesthetic to your wine bottles. Take note that you will need to purchase a Floor to Ceiling Frame to achieve this look. *Cheers*

Get Perfect Fit Racking By Going Custom With WCI

June 4th, 2020

A good number of people shy away from anything “custom made” thinking that this just translates to “expensive.” There is indeed some truth in that. Something customized usually requires specific materials and/or specialized skills. This would explain the higher price tag. But it’s not all for nothing though. When you go the custom route, you expect to get top quality and 100% satisfaction. And here at WCI, these are the results you get and perhaps even more.

Perfect fit wine storage solutions!

Here at WCI, we can design wine cellars in any size and with any budget. That means you don’t need to be pressured into putting out a lot of money to have the wine cellar of your dreams. The perfect place to store your wine can be anywhere from a small wine cellar closet design to the largest room in your home. You also don’t need to have every aspect of your wine cellar customized. WCI carries a wide variety of racking products that can be mixed and matched with custom units. Our wine rack “kits” are cleverly crafted to be worked into racking assemblies. Moreover, we also carry wine cellar accessories designed to make smooth transitions between different racking styles. Check out our crown and base molding packages and center seam trim to see what we mean. Because of the bevy of options we provide, you can get the perfect fit for your wine cellar project. Best of all, you can do this within budget!

Now don’t forget that WCI offers a free wine cellar consultation to help you get started. This includes wine cellar design room plans to start the process on your new construction. You can start by browsing through our custom wine rack styles, wood options, cellar sizes, and living spaces. We also carry wine artwork, ceiling and flooring options, entryways, and so much more. You don’t need to spend a fortune – we have wine storage solutions to suit every need and budget. Our client Greg just got his beautiful custom racking unit, just enough for his favorite bottles. Big or small, WCI can do them all! ^_^

“Perfect fit!”

~ Greg C. ~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ducted Vs. Ductless Wine Cooling Units

June 3rd, 2020

Do you have the right wine cooling unit for your wine cellar? How would you know what type is best for your wine cellar project? A little knowledge goes a long way as they say. So let’s try to differentiate between the two main types of wine cellar cooling units: the ductless and ducted systems. Naturally, if you are still in doubt, it’s always best to consult one of our experienced consultants.

Ductless wine cooling systems

All about Ductless Systems

Let’s talk first about ductless systems. These units are connected by small cables and a refrigerant line to an indoor or outdoor condenser with a wine cellar unit. Due to this setup, one of the advantages of this type of system is the ability to remotely locate the condenser indoors or outdoors. Ductless units also have a quiet evaporator and are reasonably priced. That’s why they are recommended for entry level or smaller wine cellar projects.

So are you able to install a ductless wine cellar cooling system by yourself? Not likely. An HVAC technician is required to install this unit. One of its major disadvantages is that it usually vents to an adjoining space. Moreover, this cooling unit also takes up bottle storage space. You will also notice that this type of system does not provide humidity control.

All about Ducted Systems

Ductless wine cooling systems

Now let’s compare the ductless systems with ducted ones. With the latter, the supply and return air is ducted to and from the wine cellar. This makes the wine refrigeration unit appear like a central air-conditioning system. But it’s not just the appearance. It is also just as quiet. In fact, a ducted system is the quietest unit you can get. You are also able to select options for maximum climate control. You will also be happy to learn that it doesn’t eat up your bottle storage space. Of course, these features also translate to higher price tag. Ducted systems tend to cost a bit more than ductless ones. That’s why they come recommended for larger sized wine cellar projects.

Just like the ductless units, however, you will need an HVAC technician to install for some units. This system also vents to an adjoining space that is twice the size of the wine cellar. Also note that a single piece unit has very limited range of distance that can be located from wine cellar.

Technical Tuesday Episode #427: Back To The Classics With Premium Redwood

June 2nd, 2020

Some sunny June vibes are coming your way, wine cellar fans! We can’t believe that we’re nearly halfway through 2020. It certainly has been quite a different year for the entire world, that’s for sure. But we’re still grateful that we can enjoy the things we love – like a good bottle of wine. We’re also happy that we are still able to deliver quality wine cellar services. This recent project for our client in Dade City, FL is something we’re quite proud of:

Project # 318438
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1430
Where: Dade City, FL

Back to the classics with Premium RedwoodIt’s back to the classics with this beautiful wine cellar project. The racking assembly is a combination of custom units and our wine rack kits. Specifically, it’s the Vintner and Designer Series at work here. As can be seen from the photos, the racking assembly comprises of a variety of styles. You have the standard individual bottle columns with high reveals and fixed shelves. Then you also have the Curved Corners that help create a seamless flow to the entire racking layout. Racking to accommodate magnums and similar larger-format bottles was also incorporated:

Dark Walnut brings back the classicsHere are some terrific shots of the different angles of the racking arrangement. We are loving the bold hues on the units. This makes the racks really pop out against the white walls and lighter colored flooring. The racks were stained with a Dark Walnut Stain option which is a very popular product. Dark Walnut usually results in a golden brown hue on woos. This stain deepens almost all shades of wood. For this project, our design team went back to the classics with Premium Redwood as the wood option:

Awesome variety in bottle storage stylesPremium Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. While it is the next step up in price after Rustic Pine, the added expense is well worth it. Premium Redwood is probably one of the most reasonably priced clear wood. It has no knots, unlike Rustic Pine. It includes wood from all part of the log which varies from white to pink to red and reddish brown. This variety of colors is what makes others prefer Premium Redwood over All-Heart Redwood. Premium Redwood absorbs all stains and finishes extremely well, particularly dark ones. This is how it turns out with Dark Walnut stain – a clean and classy wine room. *Cheers*

Back to the classics with Premium Redwood racks

WineMaker Series Makes It A “Fun Project” For Client

May 28th, 2020

This month, our WineMaker Series has really been stealing the show! And we wouldn’t have it any other way. There are certain wine cellar needs that only this wine rack kit can fulfill. One of those is the need to maximize space. Our client Robert was kind enough to share his photos with us of his completed wine cellar. With the help of WineMaker racking units, he was able to create ample bottle storage in a tight space. He called it a “fun project” which made us very happy:

Fun project with WineMaker racksThis cozy little corner in the client’s house was transformed into a workspace and wine storage combo. Now that’s a genius idea if we’ve ever heard one! Working while having a glass or two of your favorite wine is living the good life. And in this pandemic season with most people working from home, it’s the ideal setup. Robert really did an awesome job of putting the wine racks together. He purchased some Individual Bottle Columns with Top Stack display and Open Diamond Bins in unstained Premium Redwood:

Cozy workplace and wine cellar comboThanks to WineMaker’s short depth configurations, the racks fit perfectly in the low ceilinged room. Note that like the Vintner Series, WineMaker racks also come in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations. That makes for flexible stacking to match any ceiling height. But the one advantage of WineMaker is that the racking units are manufactured with shallow depth. This makes it more convenient to work them into compact spaces. You will notice from the photo below that the necks of the bottles slightly stick out. Nonetheless, each bottle is still securely cradled in the square-cut rails:

WineMaker racks made it a fun project for client!Naturally, the shorter depth of the racks also make them more affordable. For entry level wine cellar projects or small wine storage, this is the practical choice. You don’t need to have a big budget to create the bottle storage space you need and want. Our client certainly loved how his wine cellar turned out. I fact, he loved it enough to give WCI a thumbs-up to his friends as well! ^_^

“The racks arrived on time and were easy to assemble. Thank goodness I also purchased the nail gun through you. It was a fun project and I have already recommended WCI to friends.”

~Robert R.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Cool Gift Ideas For Wine Dads

May 27th, 2020

Father’s Day might still be in June, but guess what? That special day will be here faster than you can open that next bottle of wine. So we suggest doing your shopping for dad as early as now. Now if your dad is a wine lover, we know that can be challenging. Wine lovers can have eclectic tastes with their preferred wine. That’s why it’s sometimes better NOT to give your wine dads just another wine bottle. There are other awesome presents that can make a memorable impact:.

Cool gifts for wine dads

Have dad pour wine-infused coffee

Let’s face it. Dad needs his coffee as much as he needs his wine. So why not let him have both o. Father’s Day? There are very little things that should surprise us in this very creative world. And the existence of wine-infused coffee shouldn’t because it exists. We recommend checking out these merlot-infused beans at Uncommon Goods. It will  make the perfect after-dinner brew. The 100% Arabica beans are aged in oak wine barrels. The result is a unique profile of fresh, red berry flavors and subtle hints of currants and blackberries.

Surprise dad with a sake making kit

What wine lover will say now to some good sake? Skip the traditional bottle of wine this year for something with an Asian flair. Wine dads are sure to enjoy a sake making kit. The kits usually come with with everything you’ll need to brew a gallon of your own sake. It will be a historical experience as well, without the travel costs. Note that sake is a time-honored rice “wine” steeped in Japanese culture. It hails from 8th century Nara period in Japan.

Get dad the ultimate wine canteen

Have dad throw away that dinky hip flask and replace it with the ultimate wine canteen. Wine canteens can store more wine and preserve if way better. We recommend Vinnebago Wine Canteen by Corkcicle. It is made of stainless steel, so the canteen does not emit condensation. It also does not require freezing prior to use. It will keep wine and any other beverage cool for 24 hours. Wine dads will absolutely love this one, especially since the canteen looks super cool. The simple and sleek design is worthy of a James Bond! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Solving Space Issues With WineMaker

May 25th, 2020

It’s already the homestretch for the month of May, wine cellar fans! How has this month been for you? While there are lots of challenges in this “new normal,” we are still grateful. That’s because we can still enjoy the things that really make us happy, like wine. Our clients in Scarsdale, NY found happiness in their home wine cellar which was completed just before COVID-19 hit. Their compact but spacious wine room is indeed a blessing. Our design team worked with them in solving some space issues with the help of the WineMaker Series:

Project # 320052
Wood: Winemaker / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 518
Where: Scarsdale, NY

Solving space issues with WineMakerThese photos are the real deal: that is a formal wine room you’re seeing. It looks and feels bigger than it’s actual floor area. Plus, the bottle storage capacity is a little over 500 bottles – with wiggle room for more. Now if that isn’t impressive, we don’t know what is. Our WineMaker Series made all of this possible. The series is best known for its shallow depth racking units. So as far as solving space issues go, it grabs the top spot.

Our WineMaker racks are available in the same 3-foot and 4-foot configurations as our Vintner Series. But since they are created in shorter depth, the units use less wood. That makes them not just space-efficient, but also more affordable. Also, there is certainly no cause for worry as to the security of your collection. The body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks while the neck slightly sticks out. So on top of that, you also get an attractive popping display of wine bottles.

Rustic Pine wood in Light StainWineMaker is also quite famous for its stackable qualities, rivalling Vintner. The series allows you to buy these 3-foot and 4-foot units and stack them to any height you desire. You also get to choose from several add-ons to increase the height by a few more inches. These include stylish molding packages and base platforms. It’s also recommended to add a Center Seam Trim to hide the point where your two wine racks meet. These little gems will make even an ordinary racking arrangement look so professional! *Cheers*

Happy Client Says WCI Comes Highly Recommended!

May 21st, 2020

Don’t you just love it when your week ends on a high note? In these challenging times, words of encouragement and kindness can really do so much. In our case, it’s heartwarming testimonials from our satisfied clients. Our client Jon did just that and we’re proud to share with you his WCI experience:

Our racks and services come highly recommended!Jon purchased racking units from our Vintner Series collection. He was building his home wine cellar and wanted to maximize the space he had. He chose to work with the Vintner racks for this particular project. But he did not go at it alone. He got in touch with one of our experienced design consultants. The professional guidance resulted in the right choices for Jon. After the assembly and installation phase, this is how his wine cellar turned out:

Client recommended our Vintner Series!The space was indeed cleverly utilized. The Vintner Series enabled the client to create a seamless floor-to ceiling racking assembly. Notice that there are no awkward gaps between the racks and ceiling, as well as between the racks and flooring. Vintner comes highly recommended because of its versatility. You can build racking arrangements to match almost any ceiling height. You also get tons of styles to choose from. Whether it’s individual or bulk bottle storage, Vintner will let you do it with flair.

Vintner may be a “kit,” but it has so many options to make the design your own. That’s why it’s called as the “next best thing” to custom wine racks. In our client’s case, he was able to customize his wood, stain and finish options to suit his style. He went for Premium Redwood In Dark Walnut stain for his wine racks. The dark, classy colors complemented the ceiling while contrasting with the white flooring. This accentuated the different textures of the materials used in the wine cellar as well.

“I love my wine racks! My consultant was fantastic. I have recommended Wine Cellar Innovations.”

~Jon H.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ways To Protect Your Wine Bottles

May 20th, 2020

Whether you’re on the road or going hiking or camping, you’ll need to know how to protect your wine bottles. There are some pretty neat accessories that can help you out. If you haven’t tried them out yet, we recommend that you should. Here are some of the ways to protect your wine bottles:

Ways to protect your wine bottles

When bringing wine in your luggage…

If you’re going to be putting wine in your luggage, the safest way is to use a suitcase specifically designed for it. There are suitcases lined with foam inserts that can firmly hold the bottles in place. The slots are deep so the bottles can fit without bumps showing. However, you’ll need to make sure that each bottle is stored snugly. Put in additional foam or Styrofoam to keep the bottles from moving. Now if you only need to bring a bottle or two, a wine sleeve will do the job. These reusable protectors pack easily. They can help prevent breaks, as well as contain the spill if the worst happens.

Bring your favorite wine bottle outdoors & protect it

When bringing wine in the great outdoors…

Hiking, camping, biking, or exploring – these activities will make you thirsty. It’s not always that you can have a big cooler full of your favorite thirst quenchers with you. This won’t be a problem with longer camping trips. But overnight ones or day hikes can present a bit of a challenge. So how do you safely carry that bottle of wine with you? Small, cylindrical boxed wines can do the trick! Buy a boxed wine and remove the outer box. You can carry it in your pack by itself. Just don’t forget to keep it away from sharp edges. There are also resealable bags made especially for hiking. We recommend lining the bag with soft cloth, like used towels. You can either put the bag inside your pack or your bike’s storage unit.

Protect your wine bottles while driving

credits to: Ryan Liu

When bringing wine in your car…

It doesn’t matter if it’s a long or short drive – you’ll need to protect your wine bottles. You can also store them in a specifically designed suitcase like we mentioned earlier. But there are other ways as well. One easy method is to place cold packs in the base of a cooler large enough to hold your wine. But don’t put your bottles directly on top of the packs. Use Styrofoam holders designed for standard wine bottles. Set those holders on the ice packs.

Do you have other tips to share to help protect wine bottles? We’d love to hear them! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #475: Grand Mahogany In Blended Stain

May 19th, 2020

Warm Tech Tuesday greetings to all you wine folks out there! The great outdoors is calling with beautiful, sunnier days ahead. But kicking back and relaxing in your patio or backyard with a glass of wine or two isn’t that bad either. Plus, with a home wine cellar, it’s like bringing a piece of Naples to your front door. And that’s what we are here for! Helping you achieve your wine cellar goals is not just our business, but more so our passion. So today, we’re featuring another completed project from a satisfied client. This custom wine room has luxe details you will surely love:

Project # 321849
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1399
Where: Atlanta, GA

Grand Mahogany in blended stainGrand Mahogany makes a strong statement in this project as the wood of choice. It is a indeed a bit more pricey compared to other wood options, but for very good reasons. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood that is extremely attractive. One of its best features is its uniform color. It does have some slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. But all around, the wood sports a uniform color that looks amazing even when unstained. This hardwood also features a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight. But you will notice that it can be slightly interlocked in some cases. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, it is comparable to sapele and cherry. It is also no slouch when it comes to durability and stability. It easily matches up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood in these areas.

Luxe wine racks in blended stainYou will see from these photos that the racks have a really dark color to them. However, it’s not quite black, but more of a very rich, dark brown. Achieving these coffee hues was made possible by using blended stains. Here at WCI, we offer the “blended stain” option which is a whole other level of customization. It is exactly what the name stands for. WCI is able to blend any of our current stains together to create something super custom for clients. We can even take a custom match and match it up. Think of it as a color wheel with endless possibilities. Grand Mahogany wine racks in blended stain spell luxurious – and it shows! *Cheers*

Rich colors of Grand Mahogany in blended stain

Why Dark Walnut Stain Is The Epitome Of Elegance

May 14th, 2020

Achieving the style or theme that you want for your wine cellar project has never been easier. Thanks to stain and finish options, you don’t need to do a complete overhaul. There are a lot of choices and it all boils down to what really works for you. In the case of our clients for today’s feature, it’s all about a timeless style for their wine cellar project:

Dark Walnut stain is the epitome of eleganceOur clients were so lucky to have this space in their home for a formal wine cellar. The size and dimensions of the room are ideal to work with. They could have chosen just about any design for their wine cellar. But the clients wantes something simple, functional, yet classy. So what better combo to bring about such results than custom wine racking and Dark Walnut Stain. Dark Walnut stain option is the epitome of elegance. It is one of our most popular stain and finish products because you just can’t go wrong with it. It features a gorgeous golden-brown stain. Dark Walnut when applied will deepen almost all shades of wood. Light-colored woods such as Redwood and Rustic Pine take on beautiful, rich shades with this stain. In clients’ case, they chose Premium Redwood for their wine racks. Premium Redwood is lighter than All-Heart Redwood. Its colors range from pinkish to reddish brown. Now if you want a bit of a fancy touch to your wine racks, try adding some lacquer as well.

Seamless and the epitome of eleganceHere is a great full view shot of the racking assembly. Notice how the curved corner racks wrap around the room’s corners. This helps increase the bottle storage capacity of the wine cellar. It also makes the racking assembly flow seamlessly around the room. Center seam trim, as well a s crown and base moldings were also incorporated here. The end result is a polished project that is the epitome of elegance. The clients totally loved the finished product and proudly shared these photos with us. If you have used our racking products, we also hope to see them. Share your wine cellar or wine racking photos with us. We’d love to feature them here on the blog! ^_^