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Technical Tuesday Episode #552: Cottage Style Them With Graywash Stain

November 30th, 2021

Last Tech Tuesday for the month of November, wine cellar fans! How crazy is that? Only one more month to go and we will be saying goodbye to 2021. But there’s still more than enough time to showcase a few more wine cellar projects. We’re hoping these will inspire you guys to get started on yours. For today’s episode, let’s check out this cottage theme racking arrangement:

Project # 329898
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 560
Where: Smyrna, GA
Stain: Graywash

Cottage theme for wine cellarLast week, we featured a beautiful wine room with a farmhouse chic motif. Today’s Tech Tuesday exudes an almost similar vibe. The common denominator is the stain option chosen for the racking units. This goes to show just how much an impact stains and finishes can make on a wine cellar project. It’s relatively easy to get the look you want by finding the right wood and stain combination. In clients’ case here, it’s the union between Rustic Pine and Graywash Stain. Note that Graywash was instrumental in helping create that farmhouse chic look. So it only stands to reason that it’s the ideal choice for a cottage theme. The cottage style also has several variations. Some are very rustic, some are very modern, and others are somewhere in between. But in general, it has a romantic appeal. If you don’t want to go full-on with this aesthetic, then you can balance it out with minimalistic silhouettes. That’s exactly what our clients did here:

Rustic feel with Graywash StainYou can see how racking units come together in a seamless manner. To keep it subdued, the lines are kept clean. See how there are no curved corner racks or Quarter Round Shelves used. Moreover, Rustic Pine is the wood option to make the wine cellar have a more comfortable appeal. The wood has natural creamy colors punctuated by subtle, structurally sound knots. These are accentuated by the Graywash Stain. The result is a comfy, casual appearance, perfect for a home wine cellar. *Cheers*

 

Farmhouse Chic Vibes With Graywash Stained Racks

November 25th, 2021

Home renovation is no longer limited to the “common” areas. By that, we mean your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living area. These days, there’s another section of the home that’s gaining more and more attention: the wine cellar. You can totally set a theme for your wine cellar design. It’s longer just putting up wine racks and installing a cooling unit. We’re loving the direction our clients took on theirs. This farmhouse chic vibe is right up our alley:

Farmhouse chic vibes w/ Graywash stainThe traditional country style is indeed a popular one with wine cellar projects. But there are those who feel like it’s a tad generic. Our clients took it to another level by modifying that style. Instead of just the usual country charm, they went the farmhouse chic route on their wine room. But before we go into the finer details, what exactly is “farmhouse chic”? It’s an emerging style trend wherein classic country and modern minimalism meet somewhere in the middle. The overall design is usually relaxed and rustic, but with modern touches scattered here and there. It’s all about the play of textures and tones in a mix of materials.

Loving the farmhouse chic feel!Our clients were able to achieve this look by focusing on specific elements in their wine cellar. These are the racking arrangement, flooring, and lighting. Note that a “weathered” appearance of the wood is key. Weathered wood exudes warmth and richness giving off a welcoming aura. So clients went with a Graywash stain option for their racking units. It’s a very attractive stain that is both traditional and modern. Graywash is actually semi-transparent, much like Whitewash. There is no texture that comes through. As you can see from these photos, the result is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. It’s the perfect balance between old country charm and clean and contemporary.

Graywash stain on Grand Mahogany racksGrand Mahogany is the wood option for this project. It’s a high-end hardwood with moderately coarse grain pattern. As mentioned earlier, the play on textures and tones is essential to achieving the farmhouse chic style. That’s why Grand Mahogany is a solid choice. Also, statement accessories in various metal materials like steel, iron, and brass will tie up the look nicely. In clients’ case, they focused on the lighting elements. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: When Is It Too Cold For Your Wine?

November 24th, 2021
Is there such a thing as “too cold” temperature for wine? Can you keep your wine bottles in the fridge? These are some of the more frequently asked questions when it comes to wine storage. If you’re the type to immediately consume a bottle once it’s popped open, this won’t be much of an issue. But if you open too many at one time, then you’ll need to know how to preserve them.
 Too cold for your  wine?
What is a “too cold” temperature for wine?

The Golden Rule when it comes to wine bottles is to keep them under the ideal storage conditions 24/7. Sudden fluctuations in temperature can be detrimental to the aging of your wine. However, studies show that cool temperatures are not nearly as dangerous to wine as heat. If you live in cooler climates, you might just be a tad luckier. But what temperature is considered as “too cold” for wine? As long as the wine is gradually cooled and does not experience a sharp drop in temperature, the cold will not affect the aging process.

However, keep in mind that when exposed colder temperatures, the wine will expand. This will put pressure on both the cork and the bottle. Also, the wine will crystalize and freeze between 15-20◦F. This may cause the bottle to crack or the cork to pop, both of which will cause oxidization. That’s why a sharp drop in temperature should be avoided. For example, if you have an opened wine bottle at the dinner table, don’t shove it in the freezer after. That is a surefire way to “kill” your wine.

Keep your wines from getting too cold!

How do you combat “too cold” temperatures?

Now how do you prevent your wine bottles from freezing? If you live in much colder climates, what is the proper storage solution? Storing your bottles in an insulated and sealed space that has temperature and humidity control is key. This is why a wine refrigerator is a necessity. Wine refrigerators are designed to ensure that ideal wine storage conditions are maintained 24/7. Another solution would be to invest in a wine cabinet. A refrigerated wine cabinet which you can also customize is a great option. WCI actually offers custom refrigerated wine cabinets with our WineZone catalog. Now what if you do not have a designated storage area? You will need to store your wines in an insulated room in the house. This is why basement wine cellars are highly recommended. A wine cellar cooling system needs to be installed in most cases. It’s imperative that the temperature does not drop below 45◦F, especially during winter. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #551: Light & Easy W/ Unstained Vintner Racks

November 22nd, 2021

We believe that your wine cellar style should suit your personality. After all, as a wine lover, it reflects a part of who you are. So let’s check out today’s Tech Tuesday featuring a light and easy design:

Project # 332034
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 864
Where: Montgomery, OH
Stain: Unstained

Light and easy Vintner racksOur clients exude quite the relaxed, easygoing aura. It only makes sense that their wine cellar also gives off the same statement. They worked with our team of professionals to come up with this wonderful design. It’s a simple yet spacious setup with the help of our Vintner Series. The racking arrangement is versatile, with enough room for over 800 bottles. The focus is on the Individual Bottle Columns, but there are also racking units for bulk bottle storage. You can see from the photo below a mix of Diamond  Bins with Face Trim and Rectangular Bins:

Unstained Premium Redwood racksFrom its bottle storage capacity, you can tell that this is a compact wine room. But whether you’re looking at these photos or the the cellar in person, it’ll exceed your expectations. We’ll be the first to tell you that these photos don’t lie. This wine room looks and feels super spacious indeed! Cleverly laid out racking aside, the color scheme for this project is key. Notice that the racks are left unstained to bring out the wood’s natural hues. Premium Redwood is the wood choice for this project. This wood includes wood from all parts of the log. That’s why it has a great variety of colors, ranging from whites, pinks, to reddish browns. The lighter shades of the wood open up the space. See how the wine racks complement the flooring as well. The white painted walls and ceiling also help create an easy, airy atmosphere.

Light & easy racking designIt’s quite a common design concept that softer tones make small spaces appear bigger and brighter. They are more reflective, maximizing light’s natural effects. So going with unstained Premium Redwood racks was a smart move. Notice as well how straightforward the racking arrangement is. There are no frills or fancies. It really brings out the quality craftsmanship and seamlessness of the wine racks. After all, “Less is more”! *Cheers*

 

Clients Give High Recommendation For WCI Custom Creation

November 18th, 2021

When clients say they “like” our work, that really motivates us to do even better. But when they say they “love” our work, that’s on a totally different level. It makes us want to stay in this industry forever! So the high recommendation Sean gave us for this custom creation is just the fuel we need.

One of the things that our clients enjoy with our products and services is the range of options. In terms of racking products, the choices we offer are very robust. They extend to the smaller details. That means we are able to meet any and all wine cellar goals. That includes working out the kinks that can be potential deal-breakers – like the budget. Today’s Testimonial Thursday showcases a lot of that variety  in product options.

Let’s start with the wine racks themselves. Clients wanted an enclosed wine storage as opposed to a formal wine room. As the space is relatively smaller, their budget allowed for custom wine racks. But they decided to splurge a bit more. They wanted to go with a top-grade wood: Grand Mahogany. Note that WCI has an extensive selection of stock and non-stock wood options. We can manufacture wine cellars in any wood commercially available.

The creative process doesn’t end there. Clients are given the opportunity to select from a bevy of stains and finishes. There are also other custom amenities to give racking arrangements a truly professional look. Take a good, long look at clients’ wine cellar. They went with Dark Walnut stain for their racks. They also added some center seam trim and moldings. Lastly, lighting accents were utilized to accentuate the displays in all the right places. The result is a polished layout that reeks of high quality and elegance.

Clients give high recommendation for WCI!

Now here’s where the range of options at WCI can really work their magic. If you want a simple yet “luxe” wine cellar theme on a lower budget, that is still possible. You can use wine rack “kits” instead of going custom. There are affordable choices for your wood, stains and finishes. There are decor and accessories you can swap out. And never forget: we have experienced design consultants who can help you get to where you want to be! ^_^

“We love our cellar! We were recommended to you, and I will recommend Wine Cellar Innovations.”

~Sean M.~

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What It Takes To Be A Wine Curator

November 17th, 2021

So you want to be a wine curator but don’t know where to get started. Is it enough that you love wine and drink lots of it? Do you actually need a degree to be one? If the answer is yes, how much would it cost and would it be worth it? What is the job market like for this kind of profession? Yes, there are just quite a few concerns need to be shed light on. But guess what – we can help you sort them out!

What it takes to be a wine curator

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What is a wine curator?

Let’s start with the million-dollar question: What is a wine curator? Sommeliers, wine directors, wine curators – all these terms refer to someone who is very knowledgeable with wine. But do they mean the same thing? Sommeliers or wine directors sometimes refer to themselves as “curators”. Is there actually a difference? Note that the verb “curate” and the noun “curator” are usually used to describe a person in an art museum. This person is responsible for selecting the art for exhibitions. A wine curator can be equated to this as well. Think along the lines of someone who can draw up particularly good wine lists. Even better, lists that reflect a tightly focused and sharply selective point of view.

What makes a “good” wine curator?

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What makes a “good” wine curator?

In a general sense, one of the jobs of a curator is to offer written interpretations of a collection’s contents. Let’s look at this in the context of a “wine curator”. It’s also someone who can add well researched descriptions to wines on a list. Naturally, the descriptions are added after carefully categorizing the wines. These descriptions can be either broad or specific. They can include information such as provenance, terroir, and vintage. Moreover, one can tailor these “lists” to suit the tastes of a certain person or groups of persons. This attention to detail and meticulousness are the marks of an excellent wine curator. Basically, a person has to possess extensive knowledge of various categories of wine. This is brought about by research and experience. A wine curator will be able to pull up “wine recommendations” on the fly. Sommeliers and wine directors may not necessarily be “curators” following these concepts. Nonetheless, it stands to reason that they CAN be if they want to. They already possess the knowledge of wine categories. They just need to apply it to create “lists” for clients. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #550: Using Wine Shelves In Compact Spaces

November 16th, 2021

There are so many ways to conquer small wine cellar spaces. The design possibilities are actually almost limitless. Today’s Tech Tuesday brings you yet another fantastic storage concept. See how this project uses wine shelves in a compact space:

Project # 329466
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 555
Where: Dayton, OH
Stain: Midnight Black

Wine shelves in compact spacesIndividual Bottle Columns seem to the “standard” when it comes to racking arrangements. As you can see from these photos, this wine cellar utilizes them as well. They are, indeed, great for any type of project, whether it’s a residential or commercial one. But let’s keep in mind that here at WCI, there are so many options available. Our product catalog for wine racks is very generous. So apart from “standard” units, there are also those that can be configured to suit your bottle storage needs. Wine shelves are definitely one of these choices.

Wine shelves w/ Midnight Black StainWine shelves can be fully customized to equip your space. You can never go wrong when you take the custom route. However, we understand that it’s not for everyone. This is definitely the case in terms of budget. Not everyone can afford or is willing to shell out those extra dollars. This is why WCI wine rack “kits” exist. They come in several collections, the most popular of which is the Vintner Series. Vintner is comprised of an abundant selection of racking styles. That includes shelving, cabinetry, and even “kit” versions of some of our elite custom products.

Custom racks & Vintner kitsAs far as wine shelves go, Vintner boasts of an impressive lineup. Some of our favorites include the Adjustable Shelf Cabinet, Open Vertical Display, and Baker Wine Rack. But we are also huge fans of the fancier styles. We highly encourage you guys to check out these lovelies:

It’s best to remember that Vintner and most of our kits possess the trademark WCI “stackable” feature. That means they are easy to work with and combine with other racking units and accessories. This Tech Tuesday, for example, is a mix of custom and Vintner wine racks. *Cheers*

 

Delightful Under Stairwell Transformation W/ The Revue Series

November 11th, 2021

Ok, we admit it – we are OBSESSED with under stairwell transformations! They are just so delightful and rub us in all the right ways. So when another DIY wine cellar popped up, we couldn’t help but showcase it immediately. Our clients just finished their adorable “wine room under the stairs” (Yes, Harry Potter reference is in order!) and deserves the spotlight:

We are totally smitten with the way this wine storage is set up. Clients made very good use of the Revue Series metal wine racks to achieve this result. The space is a tad awkward, but they certainly made it work. The choice in racking units made a huge difference. For those who are not acquainted with the Revue Series, this is the best time to get started. The racks in this collection are highly versatile and can provide bottle storage for any wine cellar project. Moreover, they are perfect for compact spaces. There are three collections that you can choose from: the Wall Series, the Interlock Series, and the Riddling Series. Naturally, you can combine the units from any of the collections to answer to your wine storage needs. Our clients went with the Wall Series for obvious reasons. They wanted to maximize on their bottle storage capacity. Note that with the Wall Series, you have two options. You can have your racks mounted to a wall or display it floor to ceiling. A floor-to-ceiling frame can be purchased separately for the latter.

You may also notice that there are metal shelves in the wine room. These are the 9 Bottle Wide Display Trays, still courtesy of the Revue Series. We have not featured a lot of projects using these trays. Today’s Testimonial Thursday is a terrific opportunity to do so. The trays can accommodate split and half-sizes, apart from standard bottles. You can also fit a Turley by loading the bottle from the side of the rack. It is very versatile and can be easily combined with other racking units as you can see here. Clients wisely opted for glass panels to complete their delightful under stairwell cellar. So you can actually see there is a bit of wiggle room for a few dozen more bottles! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Tips In Selling Your Wine Collection

November 10th, 2021

Planning in selling your wine collection? The top advice any wine expert will give is “Don’t be hasty!” The process involves more than knowing how much your bottles are worth. There are other factors to consider so you can sell it your bottles in the best way possible. We’ll help you out by outlining the steps you can use once you’ve made up your mind to sell your collection:

Tips in selling your wine collection

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Check the market for the best time to sell

So the very first thing we recommend is to check the wine market. There are wines that better during certain times of the year. Wines like Rosé and White Burgundy sell most often in the late spring and early summer. Champagne, on the other hand, usually sells best during the late fall and early winter. You should be extra careful if you plan to sell during the hottest or coldest months of the year. Note that wine is difficult to ship under poor weather conditions. This equals to an increase in shipping costs.

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Do a thorough inventory of your collection 

When selling wine, timing is super important. This is why you have to do a thorough inventory of your collection. Wines that are approaching maturity should be considered first. You’ll need to decide on the best time to sell them. Check labels that are considered “hot” on the market. These will be easier to dispose. Set aside labels that are considered “rare”. Research the market so you’ll be aware of fair price points for these bottles. You don’t want to just sell them on a whim and get shortchanged in the process.

Select the best selling platform

Now you’re all ready to sell your collection. The last step is to choose the best selling platform. Will it be in person? Or should you do it online? Find out how to sell to specific buyers looking for niche vintages. There are pros and cons to every platform. So study them carefully to find out which one works best for your needs. Some are okay with “DIY sales” wherein they do everything themselves. They have full control over the selling process. This means low selling fees which is great. However, if you are inexperienced, you might end up getting shortchanged. You’ll also likely need to pay a wine seller’s license. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #549: Simple But Remarkable Light Danish Stain Racks

November 9th, 2021

Can a simple wine cellar be remarkable as well? Can the two style concepts co-exist? Let’s have today’s Tech Tuesday show us the ropes. This wine room exudes understated elegance. Nonetheless, once you’ve seen it, it will definitely leave a lasting impression:

Project # 338131
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Nolensville, TN
Stain: Light Danish

Simple but remarkable lightly stained racksWe’ll go over the specific details of this project to find out what makes it click. First, there’s the wood choice for the wine racks. Clients went with Grand Mahogany which is at the higher end of our product lineup. It may be a tad pricey compared to other stock wood options, but those extra dollars are worth it. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood that is extremely attractive. One of the reasons for that is its uniform color. You’ll notice that the wood colors only vary slightly, from medium to pale pinks. But it’s not all just about appearances. Grand Mahogany is also quite remarkable when it comes to durability and resiliency. In fact, it’s on par with Cherry and Sapele in terms of hardness, density, and grain texture. It’s also no slouch when it comes to its durability and stability. The wood can hold its own against top gunners like Cherry Wood and Maple.

Now you might think that a quality wood like this needs fancy stains or finishes to dress it up. It’s certainly not the case. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but slightly interlocked in some cases. That’s why it absorbs types of stains and finished very well, including lighter stains. In this project, a Light Danish stain option was used for the racking units. See how the soft, golden stain accentuates the tones and grains the wine racks. It is said that this stain develops best on lighter-colored woods. Since Grand Mahogany has a uniform color to boot, Light Danish looks amazing on it. The result is a seamless looking racking assembly that is timeless yet with a luxe feel. It’s indeed an example of a simple and remarkable style! *Cheers*

 

Of Raised Panel Ceilings And Blended Stain Wine Racks

November 4th, 2021

How important are ceilings in a wine cellar project? You may or may not agree with us, but the reality is that they have a significant role to play. In terms of function, wine cellar ceilings actually help a lot on maintaining ideal storage conditions. Remember that it’s not just about installing a wine cellar cooling system. Other details in the structural make-up of your project need to be carefully considered as well. Cue in: wine cellar ceilings. They help with insulation and bringing maintenance costs down.

Obviously, they also have a lot to contribute in the style department. Without a doubt, the ceilings add aesthetic value to your wine cellar. Just check out today’s Testimonial Thursday feature. It’s a terrific illustration of how they can bring more character to your wine room. Our clients went with the Raised Panel option. The design at the outset is clean and pretty much seamless. This is why it’s quite popular as it works with just about any wine cellar theme. Notice how it opens up the room to give it a more spacious and airy feel. The panels are either simple square or rectangular shapes, accentuated by soffits. You can play around with the design by customizing either the panels or soffits both. For example, you can go for curved raised panels to match your curved corner racks. You can also choose to have decorative soffits for a fancier touch. There is also the “no soffit” option. The panels will then be more defined and showcase a lot more depth. The “no soffit” style works really well with recessed lighting elements.

Raised Panel CeilingsAs for the racking assembly, the clients also chose to have the same customized. They chose Premium Redwood for the racking units and a blended stain option to boot. Thanks to our blended stains, we are able to meet any and all design needs. We can blend any of our current stains to create something totally personalized for our clients. We can even take a custom match and match it up. So even if there are existing wine racks and/or furniture, it’s easy to give everything a uniform appearance. And yes, we can match up the shades on those ceilings, too! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Innovations: Possible Wine Shortage & 2021 Holidays

November 3rd, 2021

We’ve heard and experienced so many types of wine shortages, especially last year. But has a wine shortage ever crossed our radar? Probably not. But the reality is that it may happen. What’s more lamentable is the possibility that 2021 might be the year wine lovers will experience it. Let’s take a look at what has transpired so far:

Possible 2021 wine shortage?

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Shipping and labor issues…

One of the biggest difficulties that wineries experienced since last year were shipping and labor issues. The big wineries all over the country shared their experiences regarding this. The vice-president of Jackson Family Winery raised some pretty good points. He said in a published interview: “It’s starting to catch up to, I think, everybody. We have plenty of wine in our cellar. And it’s just a matter of increasing the rigor in our planning process to make sure that nobody’s out of stock.” Admittedly, the matter is not at an alarming level yet. After all, pandemic- related labor shortages have affected so many businesses.

One of the hardest hit ones is the trucking industry. This resulted in backlogs in shipping and delivery. That’s also why there are products that have been harder to acquire compared to others. This is especially the case with some types of wines. But this is probably where shortage “crisis” lies. There is certainly no need to panic buy when it comes to the standard labels. That being said, it is recommended to update your wine list as early as now. This way, you can take note of the more “rare” labels & buy them while they’re in stock.

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The problem on glass bottle shortage…

Not surprisingly, the onslaught of the pandemic year led to glass bottle shortages as well. Naturally, this led to a shortage of wine as well, per some experts. Several states in the U.S testified to feeling the impact of this occurrence. Tennessee is one of those states. Some big wineries in that area said their sales have dropped due to supply chain issues. But here’s where the issue really lies: the demand for alcohol did not change. Indeed, despite the pandemic bringing so many problems, alcohol demand remained high. In fact, it even reached a record high. Reports recorded alcohol sales outside of bars and restaurants rising  to 24% since last year. Then again, there is still no real crisis to be alarmed about. The shortage is focused more on rarer wine labels. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #548: Edgy Knotty Alder Racking Assembly

November 2nd, 2021

Don’t you just love a wine cellar transformation done right? This edgy Knotty Alder racking assembly is definitely on our list. Our clients were very satisfied with the results and we can see why. Let’s check out all the fine deets on this project:

Project # 329595
Wood: Custom/ Knotty Alder
Bottle Capacity: 400
Where: Cumming, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Egdy Knotty Alder wine racksThis space in clients’ home might seem a bit awkward at first glance. But the potential was there and our design team made sure to bring that out. The decision to go with custom wine racks was certainly on point. You can see from the photos how the racks were really fitted to the compact area. The transition is seamless and the racking assembly sports a clean, professional look. Plus, we love the use of black metal trim on the glass panels. It gives the wine cellar an edgy, modern vibe:

Dark Walnut stain lends an edgy lookNow let’s talk about the wood choice for this project. Knotty Alder belongs to the Select Hardwoods category in WCI’s catalogue. That means it’s not one of our “stock” wood options. Thus, the pricing is done to order and may be subject to market fluctuation. Nonetheless, it is worth the cost. One of the major reasons why Knotty Alder is sought after is because of its natural colors. Unstained, the wood is composed of light brown shades. However, you will also see some variations, from pale yellows to reddish-brown. The wood often features a variety of different-sized knots like Rustic Pine, though not as uniform. Plus, there are parts that have no knots at all. Knotty Alder absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. It’s quite easy to get the look that you want for the wood with the right stain/finish combo.

Loving the edgy look on Knotty Alder racksOur clients chose Dark Walnut stain for their racking units. This worked perfectly against the natural soft hues of Knotty Alder. Dark Walnut is designed to deepen almost all shades of wood. But the stain is even more amplified in lighter colored woods. You can also see how the racks and flooring complement each other. This wine cellar is everything the clients wanted and more! *Cheers*

Grand Mahogany Wine Racks Are Taking The Center Stage

October 28th, 2021

Some wine cellars make you go, “Oh, that’s so nice!” But there are those that make you go, “Oh WOW!” Today’s Testimonial Thursday project definitely falls into the second category. This simply exquisite wine room has Grand Mahogany wine racks taking the center stage. Well, we certainly can’t find fault with that!
Grand Mahogany racks are taking center stage!The tasteful details on the racking arrangement are right up our alley. Different racking styles were skillfully combined to create a classy profile. But what really makes an impact is the choice of material. The wine racks are a visual delight. They look sturdy and seamless and believe us, they are indeed durable. As earlier mentioned, Grand Mahogany is the wood option for this project. The clients were really doing their homework when they were going through the planning stages. Going for this top quality wood is a worthwhile investment. grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. Grand Mahogany is very versatile and possesses features that can rival other high grade woods like Sapele and Cherry. It is no slouch when it comes to hardness, density, and grain texture. There is also no question as yo the wood’s durability and stability. Grand Mahogany is easily comparable to Hard Maple, Sapele, or Cherry in these aspects.

Unstained wine racks taking the spotlight!Now how about when it comes to the aesthetic features of the wood? These stunning snaps speak for themselves. These Grand Mahogany wine racks are taking center stage in all their unstained glory. That’s right! Clients chose to showcase the wood in its most natural state. We think that’s totally a winning move. Note that Grand Mahogany sports a uniform color with just a few slight variations. These range from medium browns to pale pinks and make for a super attractive palette. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. The grain pattern is straight and just slightly interlocked in some cases. Below is a close-up shot of the wine cellar archway made from the same material:

Exquisite archway in unstained Grand MahoganyThe lighting accessories are also on point. See how they enhance the beauty of the unstained wood. It goes to show that taking the spotlight doesn’t require frills and fancies! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Comparing Different Wine Bottle Sizes

October 27th, 2021

Is there such a thing as “standard” wine bottle size? What is that “standard” then? Comparing wine bottle sizes will help you expand your knowledge on the topic. Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran wine lover, it definitely helps to dig into the details.

Comparing wine bottle sizes

Let’s start with the basics!

When it comes to wine bottle sizes, you’ll find that these usually vary. Factors such as dimension and shape are big influences, among others. But as far as a “standard” wine bottle size goes, there are measurements that have been accepted worldwide. These usually come to around 3-3.2 inches in diameter and 12 inches in height. In comparison, measurements smaller than the “standard” are described as “split-sized” or “piccolo.” Piccolo means “small” in Italian. These bottles are also known as a quarter bottle, pony or snipe. They are typically used for a single serving of champagne. There are also bottles called “Demi” or “Half”. This is what we call in layman’s terms as the “half bottle”. These bottles are distinctly slimmer compared to the piccolo. You will also notice that they are often used for dessert wines. Half bottle generally holds around 375 ml of liquor with 9.5″L x 2.25″W.

Now let’s go to the larger sizes. First up are the Magnum/Champagne bottles. This is what we call the larger-format wine bottles. Wine racks have also been named to accommodate them: “magnum wine racks”. A Magnum can hold around1.5 liters (50 oz.) of liquor and generally measures 13.5″L x 4 – 4 1/2″W. But what about if it’s double the size of a Magnum? We refer to this as the “Jeroboam”. As for much larger quantities of sparkling wine, the term used is “Rehoboam”. You will find these bottles mostly in large, established Champagne houses.

Large format wine bottles

Importance of wine bottle sizes!

So why is it important to keep this “standard” sizing in mind? Obviously, when you build your wine storage, you have to take into account the bottle sizes you already own. You should also think about future acquisitions. It’s recommended to make allowances for smaller or larger than standard sized bottles. Usually, adjustable racking units or shelves will be able to get the job done. If you are building a formal wine room, an inventory of your collection is essential. Consideration of wine bottle sizes will help maximize your storage capacity. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #547: Why You Can’t Go Wrong W/ Black Accents

October 26th, 2021

Considering Halloween will be here in a few days, this Tech Tuesday is right on the money. Black and orange are the staples when it comes to Halloween hues. But this stunner shows us why you can’t go wrong with darker accents in your wine cellars, too:

Project # 323220
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2764
Where: Richardson, TX
Stain: Midnight Black

You can’t go wrong w/ black accents!Our clients from Richardson, TX didn’t spare any expense for their wine cellar project. They went for custom wine racks to outfit this spacious room. A lot of Solid Diamond Cubes were used in the layout, together with Curved Corner Racks. This was such an ingenious way of combining different racking styles. The outcome is really eye-catching, thanks to the seamless transition between the units.

Lovely black metal trim on glass panelsSpeaking of eye-catching, take note at how understated the design elements in this project are. Yet, the wine cellar exudes a bold and luxurious charm. The not-so-secret answer lies in the accents: specifically, the darker themed wine cellar decor. First up is the Midnight Black Stain option chosen for the wine racks. The jet black color is quite different from traditional woodworking finishes. It lends the wood a contemporary appeal – minimalistic, yet striking. Some are a bit hesitant to go with this stain option as it might take away the “old country charm” of a wine cellar. But that is clearly not the case. It’s all about knowing when and how to use these bolder colors. You can see from this project that the elegance factor is accentuated, not diminished.

Spacious and sleek wine roomNext up are the glass panels. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a glass-enclosed layout. But in this case, our team went a step further. They designed the glass wall with black metal trim. The result is a gorgeous statement of separation and transparency. We love how it gives a sort of industrial touch to the wine cellar. The metal framing adds a fanciful touch to the otherwise plain glass entryway. You can also see how it works extremely well with the lighting accessories. Needless to say, we just adore today’s Tech Tuesday feature. How about you – is it a hit or a miss in your books? Comment below and share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

 

A Luxurious Little Retreat With Grand Mahogany Racks

October 21st, 2021

Do you want to have a luxurious little retreat at the heart of your home? As a wine lover, it’s actually not that difficult. Our clients were able to achieve that with the help of our wine rack kits. Let’s check it out:

Luxurious little retreat with Grand Mahogany racks!Comfy and spacious, clients managed to really transform this room into their own. They wanted not just a place to store their collection. They also wanted a place where they could relax and enjoy a glass of wine at their leisure. While working on a budget, clients also agreed that they did not want to overspend. Quality is important, but it also has to be balanced with affordability. They found their answer in the Vintner Series.

Wine room is classy and luxe!With clients going the wine rack “kits” route, the Vintner Series was certainly the best choice. There is an extensive selection of racking styles available for both individual and bulk bottle storage. There are even unique products like the Elite Cabinetry and Concave Racking collections. While these units are available as “kits,” there was also plenty of room for customization. Clients had the freedom to choose wood, stain and finish options from the full WCI inventory. That includes latest offerings such as Mocha, Graywash, and Whitewash stains. Other “custom” amenities were also available, such as molding packages. Base platforms, center seam trim, and even Lacquer finish were offered as well. These are accessories that can actually spell the difference between an ordinary racking assembly and “professional” looking one. That’s why the little details should never be overlooked!

Little details like moldings and trim matter!As earlier mentioned, clients also wanted to prioritize quality in their wine cellar project. When they went for the “kits” instead of custom racking, that goal was not lost. They were able to select top-of-the-line wood for their racks. They went with Grand Mahogany in unstained version. The natural,  uniform colors of the wood are just very attractive. These range from medium browns to pale pinks. Of course, there is no question about the quality. Grand Mahogany is easily comparable to Sapele and Cherry in terms of hardness, density, and grain texture. It also matches up to them in durability and stability . ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ranking The Healthiest Wines In The Market

October 20th, 2021

Things done in moderation usually yield great benefits. Drinking wine is definitely one of them. Red wine, for example, is especially high in phytochemicals. These include resveratrol and quercetin. These are powerful antioxidants and have been shown to yield health benefits. The most known ones involve arthritis relief, and heart disease protection. That being said, we put together our ranking of the healthiest wines in the market:

Ranking the healthiest wines

Credits to: Eva Elijas from Pexels

Let’s start with the reds…

It’s a no-brainer that red wine is considered “healthier” compared to white. But even among the reds, there are some that have more health benefits compared to others. First in our ranking is Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir has a higher resveratrol concentration in comparison to other red wines. Resveratrol, as we earlier mentioned, is an antioxidant compound. It is especially good for the heart because it helps eliminate bad cholesterol. It also helps fight against cancer cells.

Next in line is Malbec. Malbec grapes have some of the thickest skins of all wine-grape varieties. This means they possess lots of resveratrol, quercetin, antioxidants. It is also rich in polyphenols that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Last but not the least, is Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a very popular red wine because it doesn’t cause stains. Cabernet Sauvignon has a chemical component that kills certain strains of cavity-causing bacteria. Additionally, the wine carries proanthocyanidins. These are potent antioxidants that have been shown to reduce oxidative stress in the body.

Ranking health benefits of white wines

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Moving on to the whites…

Now let’s move on to ranking our white wines. Up first is Pinot Grigio. Studies reveal that Pinot Grigio contains tyrosol and caffeic acid. These compounds act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Research also showed that caffeic acid in Pinot Grigio may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Second on the list is Chardonnay. This is arguably the most popular white in the world. Studies were conducted with people combining regular exercise with moderate drinking of this white wine. The cholesterol levels of the participants showed significant improvements.

Last on the list is Sauvignon Blanc. It’s also known as “grassy wine”  owing to its refreshing crispness. Sauvignon Blanc contains high levels of acidity and lower amounts of sugar compared to other whites. There are studies showing that the unique antioxidants in this wine may offer protection against cognitive decline. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #546: A Medley Of Custom Racking Styles

October 19th, 2021

There’s nothing we love more than a versatile racking assembly. That’s why today’s Tech Tuesday is really one for the books. The medley of custom racking styles in this project is indeed praiseworthy. Let’s take a closer look:

Project # 315465
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 916
Where: Cartersville, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

A medley of racking styles!We can see from these photos that this wine cellar made very good use of individual and bulk bottle storage units. The high reveal displays are especially eye-catching, combined with the LED lighting elements. Notice that the layout incorporated Open Diamond Bins and Rectangular Shelves for bulk storage. That means clients can also keep wine crates and boxes in their cellar.

Fun Quarter Round ShelvingNow let’s check out the photos above. Apart from the wine racks, this assembly is also outfitted with a full-height Quarter Round Shelf. Quarter Round Shelves are perfect for capping off racking assemblies. They will give your wine cellar a flawless finish. But more importantly, they provide additional space for storage and display. You can showcase your best labels, as well as choice stemware. Naturally, you can also utilize the shelves to display other accessories. Also, see how crown and base moldings were appended to the racking setup. This comes highly recommended if you want your wine cellar to have a seamless and professional look.

Dark Walnut stain & All-Heart Redwood

Clients decided on an All-Heart Redwood x Dark Walnut combo for the wine racks. This is a classic partnership that we’ve seen in so many projects. But it doesn’t give a run-of-the-mill result. Every wine cellar with this wood and stain combo has its own charm to be proud of. That’s why if you’re unsure of the color palette for your project, this is a good option. So is this medley of custom racking styles right up your alley? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments below. You can also check out our photo gallery for more amazing Tech Tuesday features. *Cheers*

Conquering Narrow Spaces With Custom Wine Racks

October 14th, 2021

Never give up on narrow spaces in your home! There are ways to conquering these challenges. If you’re a wine collector like our client, then today’s Testimonial Thursday can definitely help you out. Clients had this extra room in their home which was like a storage space more than anything else. But what they wanted to store was their wine bottles. So they set to work, looking for wine racks that can get the job done. They found exactly what they needed when they got in touch with our experienced design consultants.

Conquering narrow spaces w/ custom racks!Since the clients wanted to put the spare room to good use, our consultant recommended using custom racking. Going custom will allow them to maximize on bottle storage capacity. Naturally, the cost will be relatively higher compared to using wine rack kits. But the space to be equipped with the racks is a compact one. So after weighing the pros and cons, clients decided to take the custom route. They were certainly not disappointed with the results.

Our team was able to help them create a versatile racking assembly that can house several hundred bottles. There are also racks built for bulk bottle storage, including space for wine boxes and crates. As you can see from the photo, the racks were installed in a floor-to-ceiling layout. This facilitated the increase in bottle storage, beyond what clients expected. It also allowed room for some frills, like the wine tasting center you see in the photo. Of course, since this is a narrow space, it was important to keep the layout clean. One of the goals was to ensure that the cellar won’t cluttered. To  attain that, crown and base moldings, as well as center seam trim were added. You can see that there are no awkward gaps or angles anywhere. Conquering those drawbacks common to a tight space was indeed achieved! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fun Halloween Drinking Games

October 13th, 2021

We get that Halloween is a spookfest like nothing else. But why not add a good amount of unadulterated fun to turn goosebumps into sparkles? It’s pretty simple- just add some drinking games! Naturally, if there are kids around, these games can be played with candy and chocolate instead. Here are some our fave Halloween drinking games that will put the “boo” in booze:

Halloween fun drinking games!

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Penalty trivia, Halloween style

First up is the good, old trivia game given a bit of that Halloween flavor. You can choose to play in teams or individually, depending on the number of guests.  There will be tricky questions that will have corresponding number of points. Naturally, the goal is to get the most number of points. The team or individual with the least number of points at the end will be subjected to a drinking penalty. Here’s the “trick part: the will have zero clues as to what they’ll be drinking! Of course, before playing this game, check to ensure players don’t have any allergies.

The TikTok finger down challenge

This isn’t exactly a new game, but TikTok made it viral. So why not turn it into a Halloween drinking game! Before starting, make sure all your guests are cool with getting a bit tipsy. Each player will hold up 10 fingers. Then, each player will take a turn and says something they have never done before. If you have done it, then you need to put finger down – and do a penalty shot! The first person to put all ten fingers down loses. That’s ten alcoholic shots, so just make sure beforehand the players can hold down their liquor.

More fun with Halloween drinking games!

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“Drink,” and not spin the bottle

Spin the bottle never gets old and doesn’t lose its charm at any party. But for Halloween, we’ll put a twist on it to make it more exciting. The host will have “bottles” (containing just one shot) of mystery drinks for each round. Players will form the usual circle and spin the bottle. Whoever the bottle lands on must choose either “trick or treat.” “Trick” will be a penalty that will be randomly picked from a bag/box/hat. If the player chooses “treat,” they’ll need to drink the mystery drink in bottle.

Let us know how it goes in case you guys try out any of these fun drinking games. Also, never forget to drink moderately! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #545: Unbeatable Hues Of All-Heart Redwood

October 12th, 2021

There are some things in this world that are naturally beautiful. You don’t need to do a lot to make their innate beauty shine. Case in point: All-Heart Redwood. It is one of the most desirable wood options for wine cellar projects because of its unbeatable features. Not by any coincidence, today’s Tech Tuesday showcases a charming racking assembly using this wood:

Project # 317214
Wood: Vintner / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Valhalla, NY
Stain: Light

Unbeatable features of All-Heart Redwood!This residential wine room is a pretty spacious one. Clients have been steadily growing their collection and wanted a racking layout that can also accommodate future acquisitions. Our design team tapped into the Vintner Series for the racking units. Since Vintner is so versatile, the wine room was equipped with storage for both individual and bull bottles. This definitely pleased the clients who anticipated purchasing certain labels in bulk. But functionality aside, the more eye-catching feature of this project is really the wood choice for the racks. With the help of our team, clients went with the All-Heart Redwood wood option. The results after the wine room was finished left the clients completely satisfied. All-Heart Redwood in its unstained state is a visual delight of reddish gold hues. The colors are uniform since the wood comes from the center of the log. This consistency, plus the it being a clear grade of wood, amounts to a higher end price tag. Nonetheless, it is an excellent investment.

Only Light Stain is needed to emphasize the wood’s colorsApart from its appearance, All-Heart Redwood is also top tier when it comes to durability. It is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot among all North American wood species. Note that it was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled cellars were invented. All-Heart Redwood also displays high resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking. That means wine racks using this wood option will grow more beautiful with age.

Unbeatable natural hues of All-Heart Redwood!Last but not the least, this wood absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. But thanks to its inherently stunning colors, even simple stains will make your wine racks look incredible. In this project, the racks are dressed up in just a Light Stain option. It gives the wine room that “traditional” vibe which is really classy. Truly, the pros of using All-Heart Redwood in your wine cellar are unbeatable! *Cheers*

 

Clients Find Solace In Their Wonderful, Cozy Wine Corner

October 7th, 2021

The “ber” months are usually the start of a season’s worth of festivities. But these months are also the busiest. So you’ll definitely need to book in some much needed downtime ( or “me time!). Then again, you’d have to go through the whole stressful process of planning a short and getaway. Our clients didn’t want to take that route and invested in something more enduring. They found solace in the completion of their cozy wine cellar:

Clients find solace in their cozy wine cellarHaving a quiet and comfortable space to enjoy a glass of wine is a one of life’s small luxuries. Clients decided there’s no reason why they couldn’t have that. It didn’t entail a great amount of space or a huge budget on their end. They transformed a seemingly tight corner of their home into their little shangri-la. As the space was quite uneven, they decided to go for wall-mount metal wine racks. This was certainly a very smart move. In particular, they selected some wall-mount units from the Revue Series. To maximize bottle storage, clients chose a combination of single-deep and double-deep wine racks. They did their homework quite well because as you can see from these photos, the storage is pretty generous for such a compact room:

A cozy corner where clients can find solaceOnce again, the Revue Series has shown why it has steadily become more popular with wine lovers. The flexible units come in 3-Ft and 4-Ft height configurations that make them convenient to utilize. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a small or large wine storage project. These wall-mount babies will fit right in! Moreover, you can even expand your bottle capacity thanks to the different depth variations. As show in the photos, clients incorporated some double-deep units into this project. Note that there are triple-deep racks available as well, in case future expansion will prove possible.

The design is also another factor why the Revue Series became such a hit in such a short span of time. See how the racks look so simple yet sleek. The collection is inspired by the definition of French style as the word “revue” is French in origin. Thus, the racks are simple yet chic. Nothing is overdone, yet the end result is never underwhelming. No doubt, this wine cellar is clients’ place of solace. So why not start building yours as well? We are here to help! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Learning The Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine

October 6th, 2021
The saying that “Wine is good for your health” is certainly not a new concept. Even those who don’t enjoy wine on a regular basis are aware of this. But what is the real score when it comes to the health benefits of wine? Let’s separate fact from fiction by learning what the recognized benefits really are:
 Health benefits of wine

Red wine and cardiovascular health
We’ll talk about red wine first. Studies have shown that red wine is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that prevent cellular damage caused by inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a condition caused by an imbalance between antioxidants and unstable molecules. These molecules are called free radicals which can damage your cells. It is worthy to note that red wine grapes contain higher antioxidants compared to white grape varieties. That is why drinking reds may increase your blood antioxidant levels to a greater extent as opposed to drinking whites. Nonetheless, there is always a caveat. Drinking red wine should be done in moderation in order to get maximum health benefits. Health and medical experts recommend a glass a day equivalent to 5 ounces of red wine.
Fighting inflammation with wine
Let’s move on to the next health benefit of wine. Research has proven that wine is effective in fighting against inflammation. Wine possesses compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Keep in mind that chronic inflammation is harmful  to the body. It increases the risk of conditions such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and certain cancers. Consumption of red wine in moderate amounts can contribute to reduction of this risk.
Red wine has a lot of health benefits
Wine and living a long life
So what about the claim that wine can help one live a long life? There are indeed studies that drinking moderate amounts of wine help increase longevity. This is thanks to wine’s high antioxidant content. According to the American Heart Association, an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol is a key factor. Resveratrol can help reduce blood pressure and increase levels of HDL cholesterol (or “good cholesterol”). Moreover, in 2006, scientists reported that red wine compounds called procyanidins increase proper functioning of blood vessels. Essentially, it is all about incorporating wine into a healthy diet and lifestyle. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #544: Vintage View Cases, Crate Bins & Lockers

October 5th, 2021

Are you guys FALLing in love with fall? We hope so, because we are just so enamored with this beautiful season. If you have your fall wine shopping list all sorted out, here’s a project you should check out. This Tech Tuesday really pulls out at all the stops in the bulk bottle storage department. Vintage View gives us a lesson on how bulk storage should be done with its cases, crate bins and lockers:

Project # 318659
Series: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 1620
Where: Cincinnati, OH

The Vintage View Series is best known for its wall-mount metal racking units. But that’s not all that it can offer. It’s one of our most versatile collections with an extensive selection of metal wine racks. This project is a great example some of those products: the Vintage View crates, bins, and lockers:

So you can see from these photos that this is a commercial wine cellar project. The clients want room not just for current merchandise, but for future acquisitions as well. They invested in wall-mount metal wine racks, but wanted a floor-to-ceiling layout. This will allow them to showcase the wine bottles in a most attractive manner. It will also enable customers to easily locate what they want thanks to the label-forward system. Note that to achieve this, a Floor to Ceiling Frame is needed. This can be purchased separately, along with bottle retention straps for better security. And here’s a bonus: when the bottles are stored, they will have that “floating” appearance that is quite magical.

Now let’s talk about the cases, crate bins, and lockers. These units were specifically designed for bulk bottle storage. They come in a variety of configurations, starting from the single column units. They also come in short and tall height options, as well as add-on extensions. That means you can grow your storage along with your merchandise.

As far as the lockers are concerned, one of the best advantages is the safety feature. You can keep the more expensive bottles in there to prevent accidental injury. The keyed locks will also keep the bottles from being stolen. There’s even a lock and label package to help you make your store’s merchandise more organized. There are heaps of options with Vintage View – so go ahead and start exploring! *Cheers*