Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

The Claim To Fame Of Label-Forward Wine Storage

February 20th, 2020

Why has label-forward wine storage recently become the “it” thing with wine cellar projects? Well, it’s  definitely not something that happened overnight. This bottle storage style has actually been around for a while. But it’s only in the last few years or so that more wine cellar projects have been leaning towards it. So what’s the claim to fame of label-forward wine storage? Let’s talk more about it!

Claim to fame of label-forward wine storageWe have our clients to thank for this opportunity to show the fine points of label-forward bottle storage. They sent us these shots of their gorgeous racking assembly utilizing metal wine racks from our Vintage View Series. As you may have noticed, this is not a formal wine cellar, but more of an entertainment space. But the clients still wanted to have suitable storage for their wine bottles. And here we can see how a label-forward layout really delivers. See how the bottles are not just stored but displayed to maximum advantage. For a true wine lover, this method of wine storage comes highly recommended. You can showcase your best labels as well as organize your collection according to your preference:

Stunning Vintage View rackingNow while this is not a formal wine cellar, it still has quite an impressive bottle capacity. The clients can easily host a few hundred bottles with this kind of setup. This shows one of biggest claims to fame of a label-forward system: space-efficiency. And that’s not limited to compact spaces. Even larger cellars will come to appreciate the additional bottle storage this racking configuration can bring. Also, keep in mind that these metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But they can also be tweaked to hold split-sized bottles by mounting the units 5.5 inches apart. The versatility is not just appealing – it’s REAL.

Clean and classy arrangementThis final photo gives us a nice closeup of the racking assembly. See how the racks work so well against different materials such as wood and stone? More importantly, notice how the bottles are being highlighted by the racks? Since the label-forward configuration is straightforward and clean, your collection will be given the spotlight it deserves. Everything will always look neat and totally elegant – just like our client’s wine storage. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Gifts For Wine Lovers Who Have Everything

February 19th, 2020

Valentine’s Day may be over, but the month of love is definitely not! There’s still more than enough time to wrap up something special for the special people in your life. But what do you give wine lovers or casual wine drinkers who have just about everything? Surely, another bottle of wine may be appreciated but won’t be as impactful. So we’re here to help you with that little dilemma. Here are some great gift ideas for all wine lovers on your list that will leave a lasting impression:

Gift ideas for wine lovers

1. Wine scented candles

Did you know that you can actually get scented candles with different wine aromas? Imagine the aroma of your favorite wines wafting throughout the room. These hand-poured candles have been customized to evoke classic wine varieties. For example, Cabernet will usually bring about a dark yet sweet smell, akin to cherries and chocolate. Chardonnay brings a blend of aromas: apple, almonds, and cinnamon, with buttery richness underneath. Rosé has fresh fruit and sweet almond notes. Pinot Grigio is airy with a hint of citrus and sassafras wood.

Electric wine bottle opener

2. Electric wine bottle opener

Don’t sweat the small stuff – an electric wine bottle opener won’t waste that much energy. In fact, it will get the job done so quick, you’ll never want to do it manually again. Think of all the messy situations that can be avoided! The best thing about this gift idea is that there are so many options, from sizes down to styles.

Enjoy wine with some trivia or board games!

3. Wine board/trivia games

Forget about Cards Against Humanity – wine trivia games are where it’s at for wine lovers. Wine Wars by Chronicle Books is one of our highly recommended ones. It will make for a fun and competitive night, whether it’s with family, friends or both. Viticulture is another board game that’s definitely worth checking out. It’s like an RPG adventure with wine – so what wine lover can say no to that?

4. Wine Ice Cream

Yup, you read that right! Wine ice cream has officially become a “thing” and we are all for it. For wine lovers who have everything, this will come as a wonderful and sweet surprise. After all, who can say no to ice cream? Mercer’s Dairy is one of the very first ones who came up with these dairy treats – laced with wine. Check out awesome flavors such as chocolate cabernet, red raspberry chardonnay, port, and more! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #462: Grand Mahogany In Graywash Stain

February 18th, 2020

Just last week, we were talking about using unique stains and finishes in wine cellar projects. This week, we’re blessed with this opportunity to showcase that concept. This wine cellar was completed for a client in Naples. We know that Naples residents enjoy their wines with a passion second to none. So our design team made sure to deliver the kind of wine storage that will 100% satisfy the client.

Project # 316528
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 943
Where: Naples, FL

Graywash Stain on Grand Mahogany racksThe details on this racking arrangement are really impressive. All the wine racks are customized with Grand Mahogany as the wood of choice. Then the Grand Mahogany racks were dressed up in Graywash Stain option. This stain has been carefully tested over several months to bring about an appearance that is both traditional and modern. The stain itself is semi-transparent stain, similar to Whitewash. You will notice from the wood that no texture comes through. What you get is a smooth finish that shows off the beauty of the wood beneath it:

Superb racking combo!Here are some great snaps of the racking assembly. The variation in wine rack styles is just amazing! Since this is a custom job, every nook and cranny was accounted for. You will notice that there is no wasted space in this layout. And yet, there is plenty of remaining floor area to comfortably move around in the cellar:

Cubes and displays in Graywash Stain We are blown away by the details on the racking setup for this project. The Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, High Reveal Displays, and Individual Bottle Columns were cleverly  interspersed to form this seamless structure. Then the Curved Corner Racks and full Quarter Round Displays finished off those sharp corners. We like how the Grand Mahogany racks in Graywash Stain really popped out against the indigo colored walls:

Quarter Round ShelvesAll in all, this wine cellar has a more modern feel to it. The bright pops of color from the walls and ceilings contrasted well with the lighter hued racks flooring. The racking assembly itself is a mix of modern and classic lines. This is certainly one of our favorite wine cellar designs to date! Do you feel the same way? Comment your thoughts below! *Cheers*

 

Clients Show Big Love To Their Wine Cellar Closet

February 13th, 2020

We’re just one day shy of Valentine’s Day, wine cellar buddies! What are you guys planning to pour for tomorrow’s special occasion? Well, we hope you will have a lovely and memorable time with your special someone. And to get the mood going, let’s check out this elegant wine cellar closet by our client from Hingham, MA:

Gorgeous Sapele wine cellar closetThe client had this empty space in their home to spare for wine storage. As you can see, it’s a rather small, closet-sized room. So the goal was to maximize the bottle storage capacity. This was pretty easy on both the design and budget since the space was relatively small. The client opted for custom wine racking units which proved to be a smart choice. The racks were built to scale – from floor to ceiling. Because everything was customized, the racking arrangement was a perfect fit. You can see how it flows around the compact closet space with no awkward gaps at all. This wine storage can comfortably host around 320 bottles!

The wood option for this project is Sapele. Sapele’s natural colors range from golden to dark reddish brown. The wood’s colors darken and get better with age. It finishes and glues really well, which is why it is also a favorite for furniture pieces. For these racks, a Distressed finish was chosen to give them that “antique” appearance. The Distressed finish is one of the more complex finishes and takes quite a bit of work to achieve the desired result. Basically, the wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratched to give it the character of old pieces of furniture. A dark coat is wiped on to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches to highlight them. Then a medium dark background coat is applied and completed with a lacquer finish. The end result is this classic, very “antique” look which also reminds us of the “shabby chic” style. Well, the clients definitely had some big love to show for their wine cellar closet – and so do we! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Considering Eco-Friendly Products

February 12th, 2020

Climate change is arguably the biggest concern in the world today. The start of 2020 had been inundated with unfortunate incidents that threaten to completely destroy Mother Nature. Whether we like it or not, we are responsible for what is happening to our planet. That’s why every little thing that we do to help restore the balance in the environment is now crucial. WCI has been a staunch  supporter of the green campaign. We are constantly developing and promoting eco-friendly products for wine cellar projects. We want to inspire environmental consciousness in every aspect of our business. So we’re sharing with you guys today some of these highly recommended eco-friendly wine cellar products:

Choose eco-friendly products for your wine cellars1. Switch to LED lighting accessories

LED technology has become very popular in the recent years because if its many advantages. Specifically, these are advantages over incandescent, fluorescents, compact fluorescent lamps and other lighting devices. This includes an exceptionally longer lifespan amounting to 60,000 hours. It also means a much lower energy consumption. It is 90% more efficient, with reduced maintenance costs, and higher safety to boot. WCI offers a great selection of the more eco-friendly lighting accessories. This includes the LED ribbon lighting kit which is super easy to install.

Consider these eco-friendly products!

Stick to water-based stains 

Why choose water-based stains? First off, water-based stains are the most environmentally-safe and friendly ones you can use for your wine cellar. The actual finish is suspended in the water, not “thinned” by it, which allows it to dry quickly and have limited VOCs. Some VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic and pose dangers to your health, the health of our planet, and the health of your wine as well. Second, by switching to water-based stains, exposure to VOCs is greatly minimized, as well as to fire hazards. Keep in mind that water based products are more UV resistant than solvent products that will get hazy and lose their color clarity. Lastly, they’re also odor-free!

Use formaldehyde-free products

In 2016, WCI announced that we were officially formaldehyde-free. Check out this detailed blog explaining our journey to a more clean and green business. Here at WCI, our cabinet-grade plywood for wine cellar and wine cellar furniture purposes comes with the Timber Products CARB Certificate. This covers our wood products like Mahogany, Walnut, and Red Oak, among other varieties. Moreover, we are still continuously working on expanding this program to cover more of our wine cellar products. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #461: Conquering Narrow Spaces With Vintner

February 11th, 2020

It used to be that you had to have an actual house in order to have decent wine storage. Thankfully, that’s a thing of the past. These days, you can live in a condo, apartment, or even just a studio apartment and still have enough space to store your wine bottles. Conquering narrow spaces has become so much easier and fun as well because there are wine cellar products made just for this purpose. Our Tech Tuesday today will give you some terrific ideas on how to accomplish this:

Project # 320947
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 936
Where: Mason, OH

Conquer narrow spaces in your wine cellar project!Our client from Mason, OH commissioned for this beautiful wine cellar project. You can see from these photos that straight off the bat, the space is not the biggest. However, the client owns a healthy wine collection that is slowly but surely growing. This means that they needed not just bottle storage. They also needed extra storage to accommodate future bottles. So our professionals got to work designing this amazing space for them:

Beautiful and seamless rackingVintner racking units were utilized to equip the narrow room with generous bottle storage. You will probably be surprised to learn that the entire racking assembly can hold over 900 bottles. As you can see from the additional photos below, the layout was really well-thought out. Lots of individual column racks were incorporated into this arrangement. But Open Diamond and Rectangular Bins were also added for bulk bottles, as well as wine boxes and crates. This gives variety to the bottle storage options which you normally can’t have in a small space.

Generous bottle storage capacityNow just because you’re working with narrow spaces, that doesn’t mean you can’t have room for style. You can see in this project that small but significant elements were added to make the racking assembly more attractive. One of those would be the  moldings and center seam trim. Notice how the racks flow really seamlessly throughout the entire room. The design team also put in an archway with tabletop. That gives this small space an area for prepping and pouring drinks or just displaying other wine cellar accessories. Conquering narrow spaces has now become an enjoyable endeavour that inspires creativity. And it’s all thanks to WCI’s versatile racking products! *Cheers*

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Stains And Finishes You Need To Try Out

February 5th, 2020

We are a big fan of stains and finishes on wine racks and wine cellar furniture. But we also understand that it’s not for everyone. Some prefer the natural look on their wine racks. However, if you want to create a unique appearance to your wine cellar, stains and finishes can definitely give you the results you want. Just keep in mind that there are tons of options for you to try out. So don’t be afraid to explore! Here are some stains and finishes you should try out:

Unique stains and finishes for you to try out!

The Dusty Weathered Finish

The Dusty Weathered Finish option is the best choice when you want a timeworn look for your wood. The process is quite complicated, but the results are absolutely satisfying. The wood is run through a proprietary process that strips intergrain material down below the grain. This is basically the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. The process has been proven to work particularly well with certain types of wood: pine, redwood and oak. The next step involves the application of a  custom topcoat. This results in the grayish-brown hues to complete a beautiful, weathered appearance to the wood. If you want a darker, even more dramatic effect, you can also try out the Dark Weathered Finish option.

The Distressed Finish is one-of-a-kind

The Distressed Finish

If you desire that vintage feel to your wine cellar, the Distressed Finish is the way to go. This finish actually requires quite a bit of work because of its unique properties. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of an old used pieces of furniture. Then a dark coats is wiped on to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches to highlight them. Last but not the least, a medium dark background coat is applied and finished off with a lacquer finish. The look reflected on the wood is very classic – definitely the “old-country” charm.

We absolutely love the Gray Wash stain

The Gray Wash Stain

Gray Wash stain is one of the newest additions to WCI’s stain offerings. This stain has been carefully tested over several months to bring you an attractive look that is both traditional and modern. It is quite similar to Whitewash in that it’s a semi-transparent stain. That means there is no texture that comes through. What you get is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. We highly recommend this beautiful and modern color. You can request samples of wood swatches to see what works best for you! ^_^

 

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #460: Natural Beauty Of Rustic Pine

February 4th, 2020

First Tech Tuesday for the month of love is up! Yep, we are getting into high gear for one of our favorite months of the year. February is the love season, as we are all quite aware of. We also expect a lot of fine dining and, of course, wine tasting all this month. That also means wine establishments everywhere are bound to get busier. So today’s Tech Tuesday will definitely provide some useful inspiration. Let’s check out the amazing racking arrangements on this commercial project:

Project # 319527
Wood: CDR / Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Coral Springs, FL

Natural beauty of Rustic Pine wine racksThe star of the show, so to speak, is the wood option utilized for the wine racks. All the units were crafted from unstained Rustic Pine. As you can very well see, the natural beauty of the wood is really enhanced in this set-up. We especially love how the soft, creamy colors of the wood stand out. Note that Rustic Pine is characterized by this really light color of the wood. It is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots, giving the wood a rustic architectural appearance.

Custom commercial racksNow let’s talk about the various racking styles used in this project. Since it’s for commercial purposes, the client wanted to maximize on the bottle storage capacity. WCI’s extensive selection of commercial racking units made all of this possible. We made a huge improvement on our commercial wine racks by creating two main categories for the products. We have the Classic Commercial line that allows clients to have their racking units completely customized. But for those on a budget, fret not! We also launched our Vintner Commercial series just a a few years back. This line combines the flexibility of our Vintner racking with the high volume storage capacity of commercial wine racks. And of course, since it’s Vintner, it is absolutely affordable!

Merchandisers and Island DisplaysHere are more snaps of the variety of racking styles in this commercial project. Apart from the standard island displays and merchandisers, our team also installed some individual columns with display bins. This style is quite popular with wine stores because it can easily call attention to popular or new labels. Also, you can see from the photos below how the racks pop out against the flooring and ceiling. The moment those racks are filled, the wine bottles will definitely be the center of attention. Indeed, the natural beauty of Rustic Pine really shines through in this simple layout without overpowering other elements. *Cheers*

Natural beauty of Rustic Pine display bins

Creating Retro Vibes In Your Wine Cellar

February 3rd, 2020

It’s definitely a fine first week of February for wine cellar fans! We have lots in store for you guys – new racking products, wine cellar accessories, and other goodies. We’re also going to be showcasing more unique wine cellar designs – starting with today’s blog. It’s all about the retro vibes that you can bring to your wine cellar projects. It actually doesn’t take much, especially when it comes to the budget. So we’re pretty sure you will love these unconventional yet tasteful concepts:

Setting the mood with the right accents

When it comes to creating a retro mood, it is really all about choosing the right accents. We were quite lucky to have these terrific photos from a client who decided to go the retro route. The first thing you will immediately notice are the lighting elements. Lighting is indeed a clever way of setting up the ambiance that want in a certain space. That’s why restaurants and bars really invest in good lighting accessories. The concept is not that any different with wine cellars. As you can see here, vibrant lighting colors turned the room into something reminiscent of the air of a 1960’s diner. So go ahead and try stringing some colorful LED lights in your own wine cellar!

Another great accessory that can bring about these nostalgic touches would be choice pieces of wine cellar art and photographs. Artworks that depict scenes and other mementos of the past are one of the easiest ways to creat some retro vibes. The same is true with framed photographs. We suggest selecting artwork or photos of old vineyards, pubs, and the like. And if you want something customized, don’t forget that you can commission custom wine cellar art with us here at WCI.

Last but not the least, put up some old-fashioned decor! It’s time to scour those basements or attics for your parents (and grandparents!) well-kept treasures. Clean that turntable and put up those Beatles records! Bring out the bumper stickers, the  kitchen canisters, the beat-up suitcases and more. There might even be an old wall clock or bar stools somewhere. And don’t forget those funky photo frames and posters. There’s no need to spend those extra dollars to bring the retro vibes to your wine cellar. ^_^

 

 

 

 

Clients Are Loving Their Label-Forward Wine Storage

January 30th, 2020

This is indeed a week for celebrating metal wine racks! Both our professional and DIY wine cellar projects this week feature metal racking units, mostly from the Vintage View Series. For today’s Testimonial Thursday, we have this simple but incredibly efficient label-forward wine storage:

Label-forward wine storage
Deviating from the standard wine storage, this arrangement features a label-forward configuration. You will notice that the racks are neatly mounted on the wall, in a highly space-efficient manner. This is one of the major advantages that the Vintage View Series has to offer. The wall-mount units will allow for the creation of suitable bottle storage even in compact spaces. And that’s not all that these racks have to offer.

The label-forward units are designed to normally hold standard sized wine bottles by mounting them 7.5 inches apart. But take note that you can actually make adjustments and have the racks store split-sized bottles as well. You can easily achieve this by mounting them 5.5 inches apart. This incredible flexibility is what makes Vintage View such a highly recommended product. You don’t need to have a formal wine cellar in order to provide proper bottle storage for your collection. Moreover, you can create unique racking arrangements just about anywhere in your home with these racking units.

Now if you want to add a bit more drama to your wine storage, we suggest using the Vintage View racks with a floor-to-ceiling configuration. We invite you guys to check out last Monday’s blog for all the deets – which includes commercial racking options. You can have your prized collection displayed floor to ceiling, with that coveted “floating” look. All it takes is purchasing a Floor to Ceiling Frame separately for the racks.

Our clients opted for the normal wall-mount style for their wine storage. But they decided to go with a beautiful Satin Black finish to make the racks pop out against the light-colored walls. This was a smart move because the dark finish also helped to accentuate the wine bottles. Even with just a seemingly simple layout, their wine storage exudes elegance and style. ^_^

“We love them!”

~ Chris O.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #459: Stunning Floor-To-Ceiling Racking

January 28th, 2020

Flexibility is a sought-after quality in wine racks. You’d want your racks to be able to cater to your bottle storage needs. But of course, those needs also change over time. So having your racks accommodate future bottle storage needs is definitely ideal. Fortunately, WCI racking products were manufactured to deliver just this. Our racking units can be configured in a number of ways to suit a variety of bottle storage styles. Today’s Tech Tuesday wonderfully illustrates this point with these floor-to-ceiling Vintage View racking units:

Project # 284048
Wood: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 624
Where: Atlanta, GA

Now Vintage View is a pretty popular product and appears quite frequently in both our Tech Tuesdays and Testimonial Thursdays. For the most part, we’ve featured Vintage View as wall-mount racking units. However, the racks can also be utilized in another manner: with a floor-to-ceiling configuration. This is exactly what you’re seeing in this Tech Tuesday project. The racks arranged floor-to-ceiling with the help of a Floor to Ceiling Frame which is purchased separately.

So what is the difference when you use your Vintage View racks with this configuration? First off, you get to store your bottles in a label-forward manner. This is certainly not like the usual neck-forward storage that you see in most wine cellars. One of the biggest advantages of storing your bottles this way is label visibility. Organizing your collection should become more convenient since you can easily see the labels. If you own a wine store, this becomes a great sales strategy. You can display your most popular wine merchandise this way to make it very accessible to your customers.

The other unique feature of this type of storage is that you can get a “floating” look for your bottles. Since the racks are mounted floor-to-ceiling, it will look like your wine bottles are just floating on air. The effect is both elegant and ethereal. We have been receiving more and more requests for this kind of racking style in the last couple of years. It is especially enchanting when combined with glass elements. You’ll find a good number of glass-enclosed projects with “floating” racks on our photo galleries. Last but definitely not the least, a floor-to-ceiling configuration is just amazingly space-efficient. It is no way inferior to the wall-mount style, as you can clearly see from these photos. *Cheers*

 

 

Commercial Racking Layouts With Vintage View Series

January 27th, 2020

Our Vintage View Series is certainly one of our most popular metal racking products. You can see it featured a lot on both our Tech Tuesdays and Testimonial Thursday blogs. Most of these are residential wine cellar projects. So what you may not know is that Vintage View also has a strong commercial racking game. The series will allow you to combine form and function with your racking layouts with these bottle storage options:

Vintage View Crate and Bins

Vintage View Case and Crate Bins

Wine stores with high volume sales will definitely appreciate what the Vintage View Case and Crate Bins have to offer. The Case and Crate Bin is being offered as a single column and up to four columns,  with add-on extensions. The single column can store up to 48 bottles. That means you can stock up to 192 bottled with a four-column configuration. The metal racking units are dressed up in a sleek Stain Black finish. This makes it super easy to integrate them with any existing racking. Apart from being space-efficient, they sport a neutral yet elegant design. They will definitely be a welcome addition in any wine establishment. The bins also come with Steel X-Bin Insert to creat an open diamond design. It is sold as a two piece single unit or 3 pack to fill one column.

Vintage View Crate & Crate Lockers

Vintage View Crate and Crate Lockers

Taking a cue from our Wine Lockers, the Crate and Crate Lockers allow for extra secure bottle storage. The lockers are also available in the same single column configuration with add-on extensions up to four columns. Moreover, they come in “short” and “tall” height options. The Tall Locker option is actually two short lockers stacked on top of each other. Again, they are available as a single column and up to four columns, with add on extensions. The lockers also sport the same beautiful Satin Black finish as the bins. Moreover, you can also acquire the X-Bin insert with these lockers. This will enable you to give more character to your wine establishment’s racking layouts. Check out the full catalogue on this section of the website! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Let’s Talk About Wineglasses And More!

January 22nd, 2020

Do you also have a collection of wineglasses to go with your wine collection? If you don’t, then you might want to start one after reading this blog. We’re going to talk about the different kinds of wineglasses and their uses. It may not seem like such a big deal, but choosing the right kind of glassware for your wine actually helps make the tasting experience even better. So for today’s wine cellar inspirations, let’s talk about these wineglasses and more!

Let’s talk about wineglasses!

When pouring your reds…

Let’s start off with red wine glasses. Red wine is arguably the most popular wine out there (though the white club will definitely say otherwise ^_^). Selecting the right type of red wine glass has a lot to do with mitigating the bitterness of tannin or spicy flavors to deliver a smoother tasting wine. Studies on wine tasting actually show that red wines tend to taste smoother from a glass with a wide opening. And naturally, the distance to the actual fluid affects what you smell. We recommend going for wine glasses with wider openings for your reds.

When pouring your whites…

As opposed to the reds, white wines are typically served in smaller bowled glasses. Why so? It’s because smaller glasses are better in preserving floral aromas. They also help maintain cooler temperature and express more acidity in wine. Studies also show that smaller glasses deliver more aromas due to proximity to nose. This can happen even with cooler temperatures.

But there are also exceptions to the rule. Full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, White Rioja, and orange wines are recommended to be poured into wine glasses with larger bowls. The larger bowl emphasizes a creamy texture because of the wider mouth.

When pouring your “specialty” wines

Now if you’re pouring other wines than the traditional reds and whites, you might want to look into purchasing specialty wine glasses. This will naturally depend on what you tend to drink the most. One example of a specialty glassware is the Port glass. It’s small size and narrow mouth reduces evaporation. Then, of course, you have your champagne flutes for champagne lovers. Champagne flutes tend to be on the very fragile side, particularly the stem. We recommend purchasing good quality ones with solid reviews. Lastly, there is also what is known as the “universal glass.” They tend to be shaped like red wine glasses but with longer, slimmer stems akin to the champagne flutes. Per the name, this glassware is said to work with almost any wine you pour. ^_^

Big thank you to Wine Folly for most of the fun facts we shared here!

Technical Tuesday Episode #458: Clear Alder In Dark Weathered Stain

January 21st, 2020

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! How are we weathering out the winter season? Some parts of the country are experiencing record-breaking snowfall. If you belong to that region, we’re channeling Olaf and sending you warm hugs ^_^. So relax, have a glass of wine (or two) and check out today’s inspiring Tech Tuesday concept:

Project # 319097
Wood: Custom / Clear Alder
Bottle Capacity: 332
Where: Atlanta, GA

Metal wine racks and custom wood racks in Dark Weathered StainThis may be just a compact wine cellar but it is big in so many ways, especially when it comes to design.  You can see the racking assembly is well thought-out using a variety of elements. In fact, this project has that contemporary touch that is so popular right now. We can attribute it to the mix of materials, essentially, wood, metal and glass. As you can see the upper portion of the arrangement is built in a riddling rack fashion. This allows for more bottle storage and can accommodate even larger-format bottles:

Loving this contemporary vibe!The lower part of the racking assembly is more of a traditional design. The custom countertop, displays and cubes are all crafted from Clear Alder. Clear Alder is not your typical wood option for custom wine cellar projects. But its characteristics make it a great choice if you want that classic feel to your wine cellar. Clear Alder is a light hardwood with no knots, having a grain pattern similar to Cherry. The wood itself is characterized by light brown and reddish undertones. It has a straight and even-textured wood grain with indistinct boundaries between the heartwood and the sapwood. One of the great features of Clear Alder is that it accepts stains and finishes evenly. Because if this, it can at times be indistinguishable from Cherry in appearance.

Classy Dark Weathered Stain racksTo give the elegance factor of the racking assembly and even bigger boost, the wood racks were stained with a Dark Weathered Stain option. This weathered finish utilizes the same process as Dusty Weathered Stain, However, a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect. The main purpose for this finish is to get your wood to sport a timeworn appearance which is very classy. Since Clear Alder adapts well to stains and finishes, this darker option was just perfect for this project. We love the contrast of the bold hues with the stainless appearance of the metal racks. How would you rate this Tech Tuesday? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

Unique Modern Touches For Your Wine Cellar

January 20th, 2020

The start of 2020 marks a definite leaning towards the modern wine cellar trend. We anticipated that this would be the case. After all, the recent years had us working on lots of custom projects revolving around this theme. That’s why today, we’re going to be exploring even more options and sharing them with everyone. Let’s find out what unique modern touches would work best with your wine cellars:

Unique modern touches with cable racking

The Cable Wine Racking System

First up is one of the most minimalistic styles you can have for your racking assembly – the Cable Wine Racking system. For those who are not too familiar with this style, let’s go a bit more into details. A cable wine system is made out of stainless steel. This makes it perfect for high humidity environments as you don’t have to worry about it rusting out. There are strong cables are attached to wood panels above and below, making for super secure bottle storage. As for the styling the racks, this will definitely be an enjoyable experience. The wood panels can be created in a variety of woods, stains and lacquer. You can also go with a blended stain option if you desire something truly distinct for your racks.

Invisible racking with acrylic racks

Invisible Racking with Acrylic Racks

Get out of your comfort zone and try something other than wood or metal for your racking assembly. Our contemporary choice is the Acrylic Wine Rack. These transparent units will make your wine bottles seem like they’re floating in the air! WCI offers what we call as our Invisible Wine Cellar Series. This system takes large sections and parses them out like a riddling wine rack concept. The neck holders give the elegant appearance of floating wine bottles. Each wine bottle is securely held via the specialized wine slots. The result is a high end modern feel to your wine room. It certainly ranks high on our list of unique modern touches for wine cellar projects!

Steel & Rod series

The Steel Rod & Wood Series

Here is another up-and-coming trend when adding modern touches to your wine cellar. The Steel Rod & Wood Series is all about combining wood and steel wine racks. Check out this arrangement that our team installed for a client in North Carolina. The stainless steel rods were paired with elegant Grand Mahogany wood option. Note that this series also carries with it a bevy of wood, stain and finish options for endless design possibilities. ^_^

Client Praises Easy Product Assembly & WCI Responsiveness

January 16th, 2020

The combination of quality products and excellent customer service is not easy to achieve. That’s probably the foremost goal of most businesses. Without a doubt, that’s also our goal here at WCI. We work tirelessly to improve our wine cellar products to accommodate any and all bottle storage needs. But in addition, we also do our very best to ensure the responsiveness of our customer service. Our client Curtis reaffirms us that we are certainly fulfilling these goals. He sent us this wonderful photo of himself proudly showcasing his completed wine cellar:

Proud client showcases his wine cellar
Curtis purchased racking units from our Vintner Series. The racks were delivered to his home in record time. Per his testimonial, he was able to receive the contents in satisfactory condition. Some minor items were missing but these were also quickly provided to him by our team. Essentially, the client’s experience with WCI’s services can be summed up as a great one. That is something that we are truly grateful for.

Now let’s move on to the actual racking products utilized in our client’s wine cellar project. As earlier mentioned, he sent for wine racks from our Vintner Series kits. He went through the assembly and installation process quite smoothly. Vintner is our most popular wine rack kit, with excellent ratings. It scores a solid four out of five stars when it comes to product assembly. A lot of clients choose Vintner for its flexible configurations, extensive style selection, and reasonable price point. That’s why it’s considered as the “next best thing to custom wine racks.”

The ability to customize several elements of Vintner racking units is indeed a remarkable feature of the kits. You can select different height configurations in order to match your cellar’s ceiling height. You can also choose from a range of wood, stain and finish options. In client’s case, he went for Premium Redwood for the wood option and a beautiful Graywash Stain. Graywash is one of our newest stain offerings and can give your racks a bit of that modern feel. Curtis’ wine cellar boasts of a 773 bottle storage capacity and we can see how he’s really loving it. ^_^

“Everything is working great. the shipping worked out ok, and while the boxes were sometimes beat up, the contents were intact. Assembly was pretty easy too. Your responsiveness in resending the correct material quickly when I had some problems was great. That was very helpful.”

~ Curtis W. ~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Various Types Of Bottle Storage

January 15th, 2020

How do you like to store your wine bottles? Are you content with just a practical racking arrangement? Or do you prefer something with a little more pizzaz? Bottle storage can be both practical and fun. Let’s explore the ways which you can spice up your wine cellar with various types of storage styles. Our client sent some beautiful photos of their completed assembly and we’re going to use these as examples:

Various types of bottle storage
Wall-mount bottle storage

First up is what we consider as the most practical type of bottle storage: the wall-mount system. WCI carries several racking products that incorporate this style. One of the most popular ones is the Vintage View Series. Another one is the WineZone Wine Shelf system. WineZone is our super flexible racking system that provides not just standard bottle storage but can also accommodate other items. By configuring the wood shelf option, you can also display liquors, glasses, cases, decanters, accessories, and more. WCI also recently launched newer products that can add fancier touches to the standard wall-mount style. These are the Ultra Wine Rack Series, Revue Series, and STACT Series.

Using cubes and shelves

Storing bottles in bulk can be a bit tricky. Some prefer to do it in the most convenient manner without much regard the design. But just because it’s in bulk, doesn’t mean you can’t add some character to the racking arrangement. Using cubes and shelves is one way to give your bulk storage that sought-after glow-up. Try WCI’s Curvy Cubes or the bevy of choices available with our Vintner Series. Vintner has Diamonds and Cases that can accommodate generous number of wine bottles in a stylish fashion.

Wall-mount racking system
Explore unconventional racking

There are still a bunch of other ways to store your wine bottles. These are a bit unconventional but surprisingly practical as well. We love these racking choices because they can add character to even the most basic wine cellar layout. Most of these can be found with our versatile Vintner Series. Our top favorites include the Individual Concave Wine Racks and picks from the Vintner Elite Cabinetry collection:

  • Pull-Out Wine Bottle Cradle
  • Rotating Wine Cradle
  • Diagonal Bin
  • Cable Racking System

Technical Tuesday Episode #457: Commercial Wine Racks Collection

January 14th, 2020

We’ve got something up our sleeve today for all the commercial wine cellar proprietors out there! Today’s Tech Tuesday episode features a collection of WCI’s commercial racking units. Our team designed this racking arrangement for a client in Birmingham, AL and it certainly delivered. This wine room can host just a little under 1500 bottles in a really space-efficient layout:

Project # 319183
Wood: CDR / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1464
Where: Birmingham, AL

Collection of Island DisplaysFirst up we have snaps of these beautiful Wine Island Display with Countertop. The counter is 8″ deep and can be used to market related items and accessories for more impulse buys. This makes it perfect for displaying popular or new wine merchandise. Plus, there’s tons of bottle storage since the standard Island Display can accommodate about 240 bottles. Wine stores with large volume sales will definitely appreciate having this commercial racking unit. In client’s case, they ordered the island in All-Heart Redwood with an elegant Dark Walnut stain option.

Collection of Wine Display BinsNext we have these Wine Display Bins which come in several height configurations. Like most of WCI’s commercial racking products, these display bins are stackable. They are generally sold in combinations of 2 or 3 columns and can be stacked side by side in 4, 5, or 6 column widths. However, you can also customize them further to suit your wine store’s specific bottle storage needs. These display bins were carefully designed to merchandise high volume wines. We are confident that the resulting sales will make this racking style stand out as one of the highest producing wine racks in your store. Note that the display trays hold up to two over sized wine bottles. Showcase your newest wine merchandise in this manner and watch your sales skyrocket!

 Now here’s one really great feature about all of our commercial racking products: they are actually categorized into two: the Classic line and the Vintner line. The Classic Commercial Series features racking units that are hand-built to order. That means they have a longer lead time due to the more customized details. Naturally, they also sport a higher price tag. The Vintner Commercial Series, on the other hand, is our “kits” version for our commercial racking catalog. The collection boasts of state of the art production with versatile 3 ft and 4 ft wine racks. You can easily stack, mix and match the units for your store’s storage needs. And of course, since this is Vintner, quality comes at a friendlier price point! *Cheers*

All-Heart Redwood x Dark Walnut Stain

Design Options For Your Custom Wine Cellar Ceilings

January 13th, 2020

Happy Monday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Let’s talk about one of the more overlooked sections of a wine cellar project: the ceilings. More often than not, wine cellars tend to sport plain or standard ceiling designs. There is nothing wrong with this at all. In fact, if you have so much going on in your wine cellar, style-wise, it’s good to tone down on other areas. But you should also keep in mind that ceilings can bring great aesthetic impact to your wine cellar project. It’s just a matter of choosing the most suitable style. So let’s go over some design options that can take things to the next level:

Raised Panel Ceilings

The Raised Panel Ceiling

This is probably the simplest ceiling design you can have for your wine cellar. The straightforward and clean style is perfect with any wine cellar theme. It is pretty popular since it can really open up a wine room to give it a more spacious and airy feel. We love how the square or rectangular panels bring an understated elegance to the wine cellar. In addition, the curved raised panels can also be customized, such as where the wine racking arrangement incorporates curved corner racks. Want to add a bit of drama to your panelled ceiling? Try using wood case ends to create a decorative and unique soffit!

Raised Panel with No Soffit

The Raised Panel With No Soffit

Now let’s check out another version of the Raised Panel Ceilings – the Raised Panel with No Soffit. If you want to give your ceilings a certain edgy appearance, this is the design option to go for. As you can see from the image, the panels are more defined. They also showcase a lot more depth. You’ll also find that this type of ceiling works well with recessed lighting elements. We like how it adds great character to a wine cellar project while maintaining that clean and classy look.

Wine cellar ceilings with Light Boxes

Raised Panel with Light Boxes

Need something fancier for your wine cellar ceilings? Try out the Raised Panel with Light Boxes design. It is a beautiful and dramatic touch, while still properly illuminating your wine cellar. We recommend using this style for for bigger wine cellar projects with higher ceiling heights. The boxes will likely overwhelm smaller wine rooms. Here’s a fun style tip: try out the Coffered Ceiling in combination with the Light Boxes. ^_^

 

Client Gives Seal Of Approval To WCI Design Services

January 9th, 2020

One of our biggest motivators is definitely the seal of approval we get from our clients. And getting that at the very start of the New Year is indeed a terrific bonus! Our design team recently completed a project with our client Joshua. He looked us up, got in touch with our team, and had his wine cellar design all ready to go without a hitch. We’re now sharing the final results of this project and it is absolutely satisfying:

Client gives seal of approval to WCI servicesThe client purchased several products from our WCI for his wine room. This included not just the wine racks, but also a wine cellar cooling unit. But the more important part of the entire process was the communications between the client and our design team to ensure that things will fit and go where they’re supposed to. The years of solid experience of our design professionals certainly made an impact with the client. Everything went smoothly and the third-party installation of WCI racking products was accomplished in record time.

For those of you who are newbies to the WCI experience, this is a great opportunity to check our exactly what we have to offer. Essentially, we provide any and all types of wine cellar design and installation services, along with our very extensive catalogue of wine storage products. As far as the design phase is concerned, we provide complimentary initial design services. The client simply has to fill out the standard Design Request Form on our website. The complete package includes the following:

  • Unlimited fax, phone, or e-mail consultation.
  • An initial design + 3 revisions (if required).
  • Quotation on all “Custom Cellar Products”
  • Wine Cellar Construction Manual & Wine Cellar Innovations Master Catalog (upon request).
  • Separate quote including cost for personalized optional cellar amenities.

Note that the initial 2D design for your custom wine cellar project is completely free of charge! If you choose to move forward with it and have your own installers, like what our client Joshua did, that’s an option you can definitely have. But if you need us to do the assembly and installation work, our team of factory certified installers will be at your beck and call. Our approval rating for installations is reflected on our plethora of Tech Tuesday projects. ^_^

“Everything is great with the cellar – good back and forth with the designer, no issues with the racks and cooling unit. We had our guys do the installation and it all went well!”

~Joshua C.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Style Is Your Vibe?

January 8th, 2020

What are your wine cellar goals for 2020? You know   how that famous line goes: “Go big or go home.” Well, that doesn’t mean you have to take it literally. After all, not everyone is ready to take on a formal wine cellar project. Some might not have the space for it, while others might not have the budget. But if you can’t go big with size, you can definitely make up for that in other aspects – like the design. So which wine cellar style is your vibe? Let’s explore some options to find out!

The traditional taste…

You definitely can’t go wrong when you stick to a traditional design with your wine cellar project. And by this, we mean those classic silhouettes, from the racking assembly down to the wine cellar accessories. Traditional wine cellars are usually decked out with wood wine racking units and either stained or lacquered, or both. Classic Mahogany and    Dark Walnut Stain are two of the most popular choices for the traditional design. Another common style would be the presence of some decorative wood trim, tile or Vintage Wine Barrel flooring, and Raised Panel or Coffered ceilings.

The rustic charm…

There are also those who are big fans of the rustic architectural appearance. That’s actually one of the reasons why Rustic Pine has consistently remained in WCI’s top four wood options for custom wine cellars. The emphasis of this style is mostly on the natural beauty of the materials used in the wine cellar project. So more often than not, you’ll find that the wine racks will be unstained. This allows the natural hues and grain patterns of the wood to really shine. Nature-inspired textures and simple, earthy tones also characterize this look. That’s why cork or wood is usually the material of choice for the flooring. Lighting elements and other accessories also tend to be more subdued.

The contemporary feel…

As far as wine cellar design trends go, the contemporary vibe is arguably the most sought-after in the recent years. This style is best characterized with the presence of metal racking units. Some wine cellars go full-on metal racking, while others prefer a mix of metal and wood wine racking elements. The overall layout is usually minimalistic but sleek. Glass is also usually incorporated into the design layout, accentuated by other materials. One good example would be glass x black metal trim combo on the doors or entryways. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #456: Vintage View Takes Center Stage

January 7th, 2020

First Tech Tuesday of the year and we’re kicking it off with some contemporary goodness. This Tech Tuesday is right up our alley. It’s space-efficient with a simple yet sleek design. Plus, it highlights one of our most popular metal wine racks: the Vintage View Series. It takes center stage today with this storage unit designed for a client from Covington, KY:

Project # 318600
Wood: Vintage View / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 576
Where: Covington, KY

Stain: Unstained

Vintage View takes center stage!The last few years has shown a remarkable shift towards the modern wine cellar style. Our design professionals have customized a good number of Tech Tuesday projects with a contemporary flavor. These were not limited to residential wine cellar applications, but also to commercial ones. The growth of WCI’s metal racking products is certainly proof of that. We have introduced several new metal wine racking series, such as the Revue and Ultra Metal Wine Racks. But the oldies but goodies are still as popular as ever, especially our WineZone Wine Shelves and, of course, the Vintage View Series.

Vintage View has really paved the way for metal racking to become a staple in wine cellar projects. As you can see from these photos, it is just so convenient to fit the racks even in narrow spaces. That’s because the units are designed to be wall mounted. This allows one to utilize empty wall spaces without crowding the floor area. So even if you don’t have the room to accommodate a formal wine cellar, you can still create beautiful storage for your wine bottles.

Versatile wall-mount unitsOne of the most outstanding features of Vintage View is versatility. You can actually assemble the racks two ways: wall-mounted or floor to ceiling when a Floor to Ceiling Frame is purchased (available separately). Note, that these metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But, it will also hold split-sized bottles when mounted 5.5 inches apart. The Vintage View units are available in three different finishes: Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome Plated. You can also get them in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. With this Tech Tuesday project’s bottle capacity of 576 bottles, Vintage View really deserves the center stage. *Cheers*

 

 

Bottle Storage Made Easy With Wine Tasting Centers

January 6th, 2020

Welcome, 2020! Let’s start this year with some truly positive energy. And we’re going to do just that by introducing some convenient wine bottle storage solutions for your wine cellar fans. We’ll be checking out WCI’s catalog of wine tasing centers!

Wine tasting centers for easy bottle storageA wine tasting center is one of the most space-efficient storage solutions you can have in your wine cellar. In fact, it can offer you the storage you need sans a formal wine room. Not everyone has enough space in their homes for a proper wine cellar. But there are still ways to provide adequate bottle storage for those wine bottles. A wine tasting center is definitely one of our most highly recommended alternatives. You can have it built anywhere in your home, even in your living space or vacant bedrooms.

Here at WCI, we offer custom wine tasting stations that can be tailor-made to your storage and style preferences. But for those with a limited budget, don’t despair! We also have affordable options available with our wine rack kits. Yes, you read that right! Our wine rack kits also carry these quality-crafted wine tasting centers. One of them is, of course, our super versatile Vintner Series. The tasting centers come in a variety of height, wood, stain and finish options. That means you can also customize them to suit the design of your home and existing furniture.

Bottle storage made easy!With the Vintner wine rack kits, you also get “insert options” for your wine tasting center. This includes a choice between Racking with Glass Rack and Table Insert and Racking with Archway and Table Insert. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised at the healthy selection of bottle storage configurations that come with the tasting centers. Some examples include Case Storage, Open Diamond Bins, Top Stack Displays, and Display Rows.

Now if you’re looking for even more affordable options, check out our WineMaker Series as well. WineMaker is known for its shallow-depth racking units and that includes the wine tasting centers as well. You pretty much get the same selections as Vintner, except that the racks are configured with narrow depths. This doesn’t affect the quality of the racks or security of the bottles at all. But it does offer a friendlier price point that you will definitely love. ^_^

 

 

 

Clients Celebrated The Holidays With Their Custom Wine Cellar

January 2nd, 2020

It’s indeed a very happy holidays for Joseph and Peggy as their 2019 really ended with a bang. They celebrated the completion of their stunning wine room, with all the custom details. This is our very first Testimonial Thursday for the New Year we just love everything about it:

Our clients had sufficient space for a formal wine room which is nothing short of fantastic. The task at hand was to make sure that the generous amount of space will be maximized. Apart from ample bottle storage, the clients also wanted to have space for some wine cellar furniture. Thankfully, WCI’s custom wine racking units had everything covered.Here you can see snaps of the wine room outfitted with various wood wine racking units. WCI’s racking styles are quite extensive. This enables to provide for simple storage needs all the way up to the extravagant designs that are limited only by imagination. For this Testimonial Thursday, you get to see a pretty good range of designs that were utilized. There’s tons of  individual wine bottle storage and corner wine racks that add flair to the racking arrangement:

 The next few photos below show some great shots of custom vertical displays for larger format bottles. Some of our wine rack kits like the Vintner Series also carry these displays at a more affordable price point. But if you have a specific layout and bottle storage capacity in mind, custom is the way to go.

So here you can see that there is indeed room for other pieces of wine cellar furniture. The clients were able to fit a table and some chairs, as well as some wine cellar decor. Instead of just a standard wine cellar, the room can even be used to host small, intimate wine tasting gatherings.


Despite the variety in racking styles, you can see how the racking assembly flows so seamlessly around the room. This is one of the trademarks of a fully customized wine cellar. The addition of custom crown and base moldings and center seam trim help remove any awkward gaps. The result is a smooth transition between different racking styles, as well as between the floors and ceilings. ^_^


Joseph and Peggy certainly celebrated their holidays in style and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it!

We’ve just completed our wine room to our satisfaction. Have a happy holiday season!”

~Joseph Lux & Peggy F.~

Round-Up Our Favorite Tech Tuesdays Of 2019

December 31st, 2019

First on the round-up is this wonderful Tech Tuesday Episode #415 featuring the Batesville Liquor Co. This is a shopping and retail store in Batesville, Indiana. The Circular Merchandiser, in particular, is a real eye-catcher. This rack offers up high wine storage capacity in a compact format. This project showcases the wide range of options for our commercial racking line, particularly the Vintner Commercial Racking series.

Commercial wine racks

Next up is from Tech Tuesday Episode #419. This lovely project is a great example of how unlikely places in your home can be transformed into the perfect wine storage. This stunning wine room was built right under the stairwell of the client’s home. Our WineMaker Series was definitely the star of the show on this project. The WineMaker Series is WCI’s most popular “kit” that offers shallow-depth racking.

WineMaker Series in under stairwell transformation

Then we have this gorgeous project for our Tech Tuesday Episode #426! Our Vintner Series happily makes its debut in this project designed for an Alaskan client. This is a generously sized wine room that needed to be maximized for the client’s collection. For the racking arrangement, they made sure that there is enough space for both individual and bulk bottle storage. This was conveniently achieved, thanks to the variety of racking styles available:

Wine cellar project in Alaska
Technical Tuesday Episode #442 is definitely on our 2019 round-up list. Wine Sentinel steals the spotlight with this row of very attractive wine cabinets for our client in Indian River Shores, FL. Wine Sentinel is actually our line of custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets. This project also features a stunning Graywash stain option on the cabinets. Our Graywash stain has been carefully tested over several months to achieve this gorgeous effect that combines traditional and modern vibes:Wine Sentinel cabinets in luscious Graywash stain

Our client, The Four Corks, in Fort Smith, AR, brought in the beautiful Fall flavors with our Tech Tuesday Episode #:445. This wine cellar is a mix of custom racking units and metal racks from our Vintage View Series. The entire assembly can host a very impressive capacity of just under 4000 bottles. It is indeed a huge wine storage, capable of accommodating existing as well as future merchandise:

The Four Corks wine cellar

Last but definitely not the last on the round-up is Tech Tuesday Episode #449. It’s another custom project featuring a special type of wood option: Black Walnut. And while black might be a Halloween hue, it spells nothing but “elegance” with this Tech Tuesday featuring these racking beauties:

Unstained Black Walnut racks

And there you have it, wine cellar fans! Did your favorite make the cut? Well, rest assured that the New Year will usher in even more inspiring wine cellar design concepts. 2019 was a blast, thanks to you guys, so we hope you’ll stick around in 2020, too. Happy New Year! *Cheers*