Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Why Luxury Is Spelled “Platinum” In Wine Cellars

March 23rd, 2017

You’ll come to learn that here at WCI, the word “luxury” is spelled a little bit differently…or maybe a lot differently! When we talk about “luxury” or “luxurious” in the wine cellar perspective, we’re definitely talking about the Platinum Series. We’ve always felt that this custom wine racking line is synonymous with the word “luxury” and this absolutely stunning residential wine cellar project for a client certainly proves that:

Platinum Series in Clear Alder

Now is this a luxurious wine racking arrangement – or is this a luxurious wine racking arrangement? Since our team was dealing with a high-profile customer with a penchant for the finer things in life, it was only appropriate that they would come up with a design that would complement the elegant dining area in the customer’s home. And since budget was not an issue, our team chose the Platinum Series to deliver the desired results. It goes without saying that indeed, the Platinum Series delivered in more ways than one.

As far as the racking assembly is concerned, one can see what a perfect fit it is, with Individual Bottle Columns with High Reveal Displays and Curved Corner Racks seamlessly hugging the corners. Stylish Quarter Round Wine Displays and Quarter Round Shelves, along with custom cabinets complete the racking set-up. And of course, to really accentuate the elegance of this wine cellar, our design team dressed up the racks in bold, Dark Weathered Stain. This was a smart choice since the stain and finish option matched the dark cabinets and other furniture in the dining area while creating a beautiful, stark contrast to the light-colored walls and moldings.

The wood option for this project is not your usual Redwood, Prime Mahogany, or Rustic Pine, but Clear Alder. Alder wood is generally light and soft, with an even structure, characterized by straight fibers. It is not very susceptible to shrinkage and remains stable after drying. The wood is not very firm and less elastic. The stability and elasticity features of Clear Alder is comparable to that of lime wood.  It’s quite a popular wood choice for furniture, model building, picture frames, musical instruments, closed veneer, as well as for carving, turning and sculpting, and as an alternative to high-grade woods. You’ll find more projects in our photo gallery using this wood option!

So what do you guys think of this gorgeous creation? Would you choose the Platinum Series as well for your own “luxury” wine cellar? ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Easy, Breezy Wine Storage At Home

March 22nd, 2017

So you don’t have the time, space, or (more often than not!), the budget for a formal wine cellar in your home. Details, details! You can still come up with a suitable storage for your wine bottles. If you guys can recall, we talked about “compact and clever” wine storage last week. Today, we’re going to share some concepts on an even smaller scale: easy, breezy wine storage at home:

In your library or home office…

Wine racks in your library or home office

You will be pleasantly surprised at how convenient a bottle storage space your library or home office can make. All you need to do is do a bit of clean-up by removing old, and/or unwanted books and other bric-a-bracs in the bookshelves or cabinets. Then purchase some small wine racks or if you want, some glassware storage as well and install them in the now empty spaces. Now you can have a glass of wine or two while at just an arm’s reach while reading a good book or while working from home.

In empty corner/s in your wall…

Wine racks under kitchen benches

When space becomes an issue in properly storing your bottles, it’s time to discover the beauty of wall-mounted wine racks. These days, this type of racking unit comes in so many styles, including wine rails and pegs. Because they’re wall-mounted, they can be put up anywhere in your home, particularly those empty corners or stretches of space in the walls. Here’s a fun tip: mount them next to your television or home entertainment set-up if you have one. That way you get to really completely unwind, especially on weekends.

Under kitchen benches and islands…

Mount wine racks on empty walls or corners

Customizing your furniture to accommodate your wine bottles is one of the best ways to keep them safe and comfy while working around space issues. One of our favorites is this awesome DIY from a client who customized their kitchen window seat by using small wine racks as the base. Of course, you can also do the same with your kitchen islands, tabletops and countertops, and other similar furniture.

Do you have other easy, breezy wine storage concepts to share? We’d love to hear them! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #325: Dazzle In Prime Mahogany Wine Racks

March 21st, 2017

Warmest Tech Tuesday greetings to you, wine cellar fans! “Warm” is certainly right because things are looking up and we’re finally getting those positive digits on the weather chart. But before we get on with the festivities and welcome the wonderful season of Spring, let’s first check out this second-to-the-last, gorgeous wine cellar project for the month of March:

Project # 278432
Wood: Designer Series/Prime Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 660

Prime Mahogany wood option

Right off the bat, no one can deny that this wine cellar is eye-catching. The craftsmanship, the design, and even the colors really come together and work extremely well with the walls, ceilings, and floors of the room. It definitely deserves high-praise though, because as far as materials are concerned, this is one project that boasts of top-notch wood option – Prime Mahogany.
Wine Bottle Waterfall

Now as far as popular wood choices for custom wine cellar projects is concerned, Prime Mahogany is classified as an elite choice. Why so? Price-wise, it considerably costs more than other hardwood species. Nonetheless, it is worth every dollar you shell out for, as you can easily see from these stunning shots of this particular project.
Let’s talk about this wood in greater detail. Prime Mahogany is attractive enough unstained but it also readily absorbs stain and finishes to have your racking arrangement match your home décor perfectly. These stains and finishes actually accentuate the beautiful tight grain pattern of the wood. There is also no characteristic odor associated with this wood.

Designer Series wine racks kit

Using Prime Mahogany for your wine rack makes for a dense hardwood which is resistance to shrinking, warping, checking and is very durability.Prime Mahogany is an excellent choice for wine cellars. It is resistant to rotting, decay and infestation. Being a high end hardwood, you’d think the wood wine racks are expensive, but guess what? It is moderately price clear hardwood because it is abundant throughout Southeastern Asia.

Now the racking choice for  this project is the Designer Series wine racks kit. With a full selection of woods and finishes, these full-depth, 6-feet height option racking units are certainly getting the job done. Notice the variety in bottle storage options for a relatively small-scale wine cellar. Individual Bottle Columns, Curved Corner Racks, Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, and one of our favorite racking styles is the highlight of this arrangement: the Wine Bottle Waterfall.

You can check out more Designer Series-inspired projects in our photo gallery. Keep in mind that it’s part of our “kits,” so not only do the racks fit your wine cellar perfectly, but also your budget. *Cheers*

Discover The Uniqueness of WCI’s Wine Cellar Art (Part I)

March 20th, 2017

You will definitely agree with us that the right piece of wine cellar art can make a lot of difference to any wine cellar project. More often than not, it’s just that one piece of wine cellar art that really brings in that much needed “wow” factor to a wine cellar. This is why there are more than just a few out there who are willing to shell out good money for custom artistic creations. Fortunately, here at WCI, we can provide you with a slew of gorgeous wine cellar artwork that you can customize according to both your style and budget.

Wine Paintings/Murals

Paintings & Murals

First up would be WCI’s most popular wine cellar art collection: our wine paintings and murals. We are pretty proud of our extensive collection, broken down into two major categories: the Classical Moments Collection and the Contemporary  Moments Collection. Note that all of these paintings and murals are hand-painted and custom created to each customer’s taste and dimensions. These artistic custom themed wine art masterpieces are created on canvas and they can be painted in acrylics or oils. While we have standard pieces you can choose from, you can always personalize something to your own taste and satisfaction. Take note as well that we also provide onsite services. For those who prefer their artwork painted directly on the wine cellar walls, we have artists that will travel to paint murals worldwide.

Mosaic Art

Mosaic Art

Mosaic Wall Art is quite unique and very attractive. These pieces really give off that old-country charm which is why we love seeing them in traditional wine cellars. Our mosaic pieces are created entirely by hand with a unique blend of antique fine china, stained glass, and porcelain tiles. The process is quite complicated: the artist breaks the materials into small pieces and artistically composes the pieces into a scene. The scene is then grouted to mason board and a protective glaze is added to seal it.The average lead time for a mosaic piece is 6 to 8 weeks due to the high-detail work involved.

Tumbled Stone

Tumbled Stone

This is another type of wall wine art that is really stunning and elegant. The mural is usually printed on natural stone, such as Light and Noce Travertine as well as Tumbled Durango, and Botticino marble. You can choose one of our stock wine art images or you can send us a favorite picture, postcard, fabric, even wallpaper, and we can transfer the image onto stone for you. Plus, you will have the opportunity to approve the design before it is printed on stone.

And of course, it doesn’t stop here! There are several more unique artistic options to explore so stay tuned for Part 2 next week. ^_^

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