Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Clients Talk About The “Quality” Factor Of WCI Wine Racks

July 28th, 2016

Putting out “quality” wine cellar products is no walk in the park. We invest so much time and effort in making sure that our products bring about 100% customer satisfaction. But needless to say, everything is worth it, especially when you receive glowing reports from our clients. Our wine rack kits in particular have been literally “racking in” the rave reviews. But our custom lines have always been consistent as well. It goes without saying that we’re unabashedly proud of what we have accomplished through the years. Here’s a small compilation of our happy clients talking about the quality factor of our wine racks – we hope YOU would become one of them in the future as well:

Wine Cellar Closet

“We remodeled and converted a closet to a wine room. I gave Issis the dimensions of the room and she designed it to my specs. We have room now for about 35 cases of wine and we could not be more pleased. We did find the “erector set” type of shipment a little daunting to assemble – we had our contractor do it and he even remarked that it was pretty intricate. The end result is that we have a professional grade wine room for a reasonable cost.”

~Tom L.~

Dave and Tanie’s testimonial on how their wine cellar survived a 7.1 magnitude earthquake will always be very memorable to us:
Diamond Bins

“We recently experienced a 7.1 earthquake here in Alaska. Our cellar is intact, along with every bottle! We highly recommend your individual bottle units and Diamond Bins. No Casualties!! We didn’t lose a single bottle. Quite impressive since we have a Diamond Bin that has quite a number of bottles in it. We didn’t lose any from the display shelves either. The Diamond Bin was the one that had me concerned.  The Diamond Bin is deep enough that the bottles don’t have to stick out, allowing bottles that are difficult to stack to be staggered (front to back) within the bin. Kudos to the design team! “

~Dave and Tané B.~

And of course, the quality factor of our racks also extend to our commercial racking line. One of the major goals of WCI is to make our products as versatile as possible in both residential and commercial applications. This short but enthusiastic review by our client Tony says it all:

Commercial Wine Racks

“Absolutely satisfied.  Superb workmanship.  The installer was an artist. The wine racks are stunning and set the standard for excellence.”

~Tony Walker~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Cellar Decor For Summer

July 27th, 2016

Bring summer to your wine cellars not just with the wine bottles you’re storing in there. It’s time to get into the season’s mood just by throwing some accents here and there. It’s not a remodeling gig, heaven forbid! With just a few choice add-ons, you’ll be able to let your wine cellar sport that summer vibe. Here are some pretty cool concepts you’d want to try out:

Wine Flower Boxes

Courtesy of Pinterest.com

1. Turn empty wine boxes into flower/plant boxes!

Don’t you wish you’d have thought of this sooner? Those beautiful, vintage-looking wine boxes will make the most awesome flower or plant boxes which you can use to decorate your wine room. You can just either clean them up or paint or stain them to match your cellar’s theme. The lovely blooms and lush greens you grow in these boxes will definitely add that pop of vibrant color to your wine cellar.

Wine Couches

2. From wine crates to wine couches!

Yes, indeedy do! Don’t throw out those huge, bulky wine crates. With a little bit of work and ingenuity, you can transform those into wine couches for your wine cellar. Choose bright patterns or warm, solid hues for your cushions and go crazy mixing and matching them up. Not only will you be providing extra seating for your guests, but you can even use these couches in your living area or other parts of the home if you decide to in the future.

Wine Cellar Art

 

3. Give it the artistic touch!

Nothing says summer than a painting or two depicting gorgeous scenery from country vineyards to coastal locations, beaches, tropical forests, mountain views and more. You don’t have to spend a fortune on high-end “masterpieces.” There are lots of budding artists out there who are extremely talented and would only be too happy to be commissioned for custom works. Of course, you can also choose to just buy finished artwork or if the budget is a bit swollen, try vintage shops for fab finds.

Wine Cellar Fountains

4. Splurge on water fountains!

When we say “splurge,” we’re not talking about breaking the bank because you don’t really need to. Nowadays, water fountains come in all shapes and sizes – and prices, too. If you shop around, especially online, you’ll easily find ones that are within your price range. Water fountains will make a fantastic addition to your wine cellar and more importantly, they help in maintaining the ideal storage conditions for your bottle as well.

Do you have some wine cellar decor concepts to share with us this summer? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or share your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #293: Our Top Tech Tuesday Picks

July 26th, 2016

Tech Tuesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Because we’re nearly at the end of our mid-year mark, we decided to do this short but sweet recap on our favorite Tech Tuesday projects for the first half of 2016. We’re definitely pumped up with new and exciting features starting this August, but a stroll down memory lane should refresh us of these gorgeous wine rooms that left our clients 100% satisfied:

Technical Tuesday Episode #264: Platinum Series x Black Walnut Knockout Combo

Let’s get the ball (or bottle!) rolling with this early January project we completed for a client in Collier, FL. It features the Platinum Series wine racks in beautiful Black Walnut wood. But what is really memorable about this Tech Tuesday spotlight is the fact that it’s the very first one to showcase WCI’s “blended stains.” Our “blended” stain options essentially comprise of our combining two of our stock stains, like Dark Walnut or Midnight Black, for example, and blend them together to create darker shades. The bolder hues make the wine racks really stand out against the walls and floors, like in this project:

Beautiful Platinum Series wine racks
Technical Tuesday Episode #271: Rocking The Vintage View Series

Next up is this stunner of a wine cellar that showcases the minimalist beauty of the Vintage View metal wine racks to perfection. It’s definitely one of our biggest favorites because it really has everything you could ask for in a “compact” wine cellar project: ample bottle storage, space-efficiency, and understated elegance to top it all off. Note that the Vintage View metal wine racks are designed to be installed in two ways: either attached to a wall or displayed floor to ceiling with the help of a Floor to Ceiling Frame which can be purchased separately. This helps the racks achieve a so-called “floating” look which is not only an amazing space-saver, but very eye-catching as well.

The Vintage View Series
Technical Tuesday Episode #290: Showcasing Our Vintner Commercial Racking Series

Last but certainly not the least, we are quite proud of our very first Tech Tuesday featuring our newly launched Vintner Commercial Racking Series. This project illustrates perfectly just how versatile our Vintner Series wine rack kits are, especially now that we expanded into the commercial wine cellar game as well. Keep in mind that the Vintner Commercial line also offers a bevy of stain and finish options to further customize the look of your wine store. Plus, you can dress up your racking assembly with custom accents such as center trim and moldings and the Vinyl Base with platform that helps raise your racks a good few inches off the floor. *Cheers*

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Oil Versus Water-Based Stains: What You Need To Know

July 25th, 2016

We love stains and finishes on wine racks just as much as the next wine cellar fan. While the natural colors of wood are indeed beautiful, dressing up your wine racks in custom stains and finishes lets you play around with the style factor. You can create the mood you want for your wine cellar by staining your racks, whether you want to go simple and classy, bold and luxurious, timeworn and vintage, and so on.

Go for water-based stains and finishes!

A little knowledge goes a long way…

But while stains and finishes are real game changers for your wine cellar project, we should also be aware of the fact that they are not exactly the safest products out there. This is particularly the case for oil-based ones. Indeed, oil-based stains are ironically the more well-known products despite so many disadvantages to using them. These disadvantages have mostly to do with the health and environmental effects of these products. Let’s discuss them in better detail.

First off, it should be noted that stains in general contain VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. VOCs typically combine with nitrogen oxides in the air to form ozone. Some of these VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic. The health effects of exposure to VOCs vary greatly by the type of chemical and the concentration. For example, exposure to high levels of VOCs, especially those that are neurotoxic, can cause headaches, nausea, tremors or seizures, difficulty of breathing, or even death in humans. Oil-based stains usually have 6 times the VOCs of water-based ones.

In addition, oil-based stains dry or cure really slowly. Plus,  they are actually fire hazards. Cleaning them up is also a very tedious task because there are actually laws governing how they should be disposed to avoid their toxic effects from spreading. That’s because you generally need paint thinner or other similar potent solvent to remove these stains.

This now brings us to the “other” type of stain – the water-based one. Because the actual finish is suspended in the water and not “thinned” by it, this type of stain has limited VOC. That means it’s  a lot safer health and environment-wise and there is very low or virtually no fire hazard. Water-borne products are largely composed of water so their dry time is a fraction of that of oil-based products. Basically, multiple coats can be applied in the same time it would take a single coat of oil-base product to dry. It also helps a lot that water-based stains are odor-free and their clean-up is a breeze: just use soap and water!

WCI is very proud to let everyone know that we’ve always used water-based stains and finishes in all our racking products. We have proactively worked in conjunction with the EPA to eliminate all solvent based stains and finishes in our manufacturing processes. ^_^

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