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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine And Cheese Pairings For Spring

April 26th, 2017

Spring is definitely the season for entertaining. It’s also the season for appreciating flavors, from wine to food and other beverages. Naturally, when we talk of wine flavors, we will also definitely cross paths with wine and cheese pairings. After all, what’s a wine party without  some good old wine and cheese? For this season, we’ve whipped up a couple of  delish recommendations you’d want to try out for your next get together.

Wine and cheese pairings

Now before we go on to the actual pairings, it’s quite important to keep in mind a few pointers. First off, always remember this classic wine pairing rule that states: “When a wine is matched with a cheese that has a similar flavor profile, the flavors will cancel each other out on the taster’s palate and enhance the more subtle flavors in both the wine and the cheese that would otherwise go unnoticed.”

Here is an example: a crisp, acidic white wine paired with an acidic cheese. When the taster has both in her mouth – instead of being overwhelmed by a strong sour taste, the acidity will disappear because the flavors cancelled each other out.  What will be noticeable would be the subtle notes of fruit or floral from the wine and a creamy sweetness and other flavors associated with the cheese. These flavors won’t be easily noticeable had the cheese and the wine have been sampled separately.

Now on to the pairings! Here are a few that will tickle your guests’ tastebuds and really bring those bursts of flavors:

  • Shiraz and Asiago Cheese
  • Sauvignon Blanc and Havarti Cheese
  • White Zinfandel and Truffle Cheese
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Manchego Cheese
  • Bordeaux and Colby Jack Cheese

Spring wines and cheeses

The pairings may seem a bit traditional for some, so if you’re up for something different, we also recommend Chardonnay with Naked Goat Cheese. We recommend an unoaked style chardonnay like a Naked Chardonnay. Since both will have more or less the same acidity, the flavors will actually cancel each other out. Note that Naked Chardonnay focuses on the crisp acidity of the chardonnay grape with flavors of lemony citrus and tart green apple. Naked goat cheese, on the other hand, has a tangy finish. Eaten together, what will be enhanced are the flavors of pear and honey from the wine and the creamy and nutty flavors from the cheese.

Do you have your own favorite wine and cheese pairing for Spring? Share them with us as well! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #330: Just The Right Fit With Platinum x Vintner Racks

April 25th, 2017

Have you ever worked with irregular spaces in your home? Or to put it a more specific way – do you have these empty spaces in your home that you’d want to utilize, but cannot owing to the irregular layout? We know how frustrating that can be. That’s why we’re definitely sharing this pretty awesome Tech Tuesday project that’s all about conquering those stubborn nooks and crannies. Check this out:

Project # 291538
Series: Platinum/Vintner
Wood: Prime Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 275

Platinum x Vintner racks

It’s quite obvious that this room didn’t have the most straightforward of layouts. The ceilings are awkward and the floor area doesn’t give much to work with either. Nonetheless, the client was determined to not let that space go to waste and who knew that it was actually the perfect spot for their custom wine cellar. Our design team was able to whip that irregular space into shape with the help of the Platinum custom wine racks and Vintner racks from our kit series:

Prime Mahogany wood option

So here you can see how the Individual Bottle Columns were fitted perfectly into that corner of the room. More custom Individual Bottle Storage with countertops were also added to fill in that empty stretch of wall and really put it to good use. All in all, this racking assembly can hold just a little under 300 bottles. Not bad for a compact wine cellar transformation, don’t you agree? Owing to the fact that this is just a small project, the client splurged on the wood option for the wine racks. They chose to go with Prime Mahogany in Classic Mahogany Stain. We must say, the stain option really brought out the beautiful, natural reddish brown tones of the wood.

It should be noted that these attractive colors and tight grain pattern of Prime Mahogany are one of the main reasons why the wood is popular for furniture making, high-end interior finishing and cabinet-making. The Prime Mahogany available here at WCI is actually more superior that the general appellation mahogany like Indonesian and Malaysian mahogany which are less expensive and are a mixture of subspecies with widely different colors and grain patterns mixed together.

While Prime Mahogany is already quite stunning in its unstained state, you can see here that it also readily absorbs stain and finishes, especially darker ones. You’ll also come to appreciate the fact that here is also no characteristic odor associated with this wood. The wood has impressive resistance to shrinking, warping, checking and is very durable to boot. This is why it’s one of the top four choices for custom wine cellars. *Cheers*

Classic Mahogany Stain option

WCI Wine Racks: What’s New And What’s In This 2017!

April 24th, 2017

Merry Monday greetings, wine cellar fans! So nearly a quarter of the year has already flown by and now we’re almost ready to say goodbye to the month of April. In the last couple of months, so much has happened here at WCI, particularly in terms of new racking goodies. We figured none of you would want to miss out on what’s new and what’s in this year, so we’ve made a quick and easy guide just for you:

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

First on the list is, of course, the latest racking design to join our custom cellars collections. The Modern Wine Cellar Series was specifically developed to appeal to the most discerning wine collector. The wine racks are installed within platforms ranging from the ceiling to the floor.  Metal supports were then added to the wood in order to give off the illusion of the wine bottles floating in midair. Simple but with a whimsical touch, we expect this series to make waves in future wine cellar projects. As with all our custom lines, the Modern Wine Cellar Series is offered in multiple woods and stains. You can choose from our standard Pine, Premium Redwood, All-Heart Redwood, or Prime Mahogany or go custom with Black Walnut, Clear Alder, Oak, or any other wood option that fits your decor.

Vintner Beer Storage Rack

Vintage Beer Storage Rack

We actually launched this product late last year, but for those who missed out, do check out this latest addition to the Vintner Series family: the Vintner Beer Storage Rack. Vintner is becoming even more versatile as the years go by and we’re really excited to see this series grow in so many ways. For a wine racking “kit,” Vintner is able to provide for any and all wine storage needs for both residential and commercial applications. Our Beer Storage Rack, in particular, will be able to store your beer cans and bottles comfortably and is a free-standing unit. The posts on either side, as well as the backing provided, give this rack stability. Take note, however, that this rack is not stackable.

The Vintner Stacks
Vintner Stacks

Still with the Vintner Series wine racks kit, we’ve also recently launched our so-called “Vintner Stacks.” These free-standing units come in a variety of styles, combining individual and bulk bottle storage into one convenient racking assembly. The units come in 6, 7, 8, and 9-feet height options, although some styles do not have the 9-feet option. These units are perfect for wine establishments or restaurants, or even for residential wine cellars or home tasting centers.

Take note – there will still be more to come, so we highly recommend subscribing to our mailing list so you guys don’t miss out!

Designer Series In Rustic Pine Exceeds Client’s Expectations

April 20th, 2017

When the results of a wine cellar project exceeds the client’s expectations, that’s when we feel the most fulfilled. Client satisfaction has and will always be our goal here at WCI. But there is really something to be said about going the extra mile and getting positive results from doing so – like what our client Sherry has to say about her WCI experience:

Designer Series wine racks

So the client needed some custom racking to outfit their wine establishment. As you can see from the snaps they sent us, the structure for the wine cellar was already pre-built. The big question now was if they could find the right kind of wine racks to outfit their wine cellar. They turned to the WCI racking catalogue for help and needless to say, they were definitely NOT disappointed. They chose our Designer Series wine racks kit, or more specifically, the Individual Bottle Storage racks with Display Rows. These units come in 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 column widths and can be easily combined with other racking elements and accessories either from the same series or with other WCI racking products.

Rustic Pine was the wood of choice for this project, dressed up in Midnight Black Stain. You guys might recall in our older blogs how we talked about darker stains and finishes being less popular compared to classic shades such as Classic Mahogany or Light Stain. But recently, we’ve actually been doing more and more darker stains and finishes, especially with those wine cellars sporting more contemporary designs. Indeed, these darker hues may be a tad risky style-wise, but they can really be stunning when done right. In the client’s case, the choice paid off because the finished racking assembly looked absolutely fantastic:

Rustic Pine in Midnight Black Stain

It’s also worth mentioning that this project is quite budget-friendly. First off, the Designer Series “kit” was used which means that the racks are more affordable compared to the custom lines. The other thing, too, is the wood option – Rustic Pine. Never forget that Rustic Pine is our best value by price per bottle space because the supply of this wood is huge. Pine grows throughout North America and represents a huge quantity of the overall wood produced. Rustic Pine is a grade that includes knots which give a bigger yield and lower cost than a clear grade of wood.

“They actually turned out way better than I thought they would. We installed the racks together at our shop (we have a custom cabinet shop).”

~Sherry B.~