Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Client Achieves “Rustic Elegance” With Right Stain Option

July 20th, 2017

An elegant wine cellar is one thing, but a “rustic” elegance to your wine cellar is definitely another. This so-called “rustic” appeal has been gaining more popularity in the recent years as we’ve observed. We’ve had more clients requesting for this kind of style to their wine cellar projects and we can see why. With one of these recently completed projects for a client in Bergen, NJ, “rustic elegance” has become a new statement to custom wine cellars:

Designer Series wine racks

Our team worked to bring to life this generously-sized wine cellar which can store up to nearly 1500 bottles. The wood option for this project was Premium Redwood. In its natural, unstained state, Premium Redwood sports a whitish-pink to reddish brown cast. It’s also a pretty clear grade of wood with beautiful grain patterns. So in order to bring about that old-country feel, our team chose coat the racks in Classic Mahogany Stain with one coat of Lacquer to boot. As can be seen in the picture of the completed project, the racks and accessory wood panels showcase more pronounced grain patterns. They also sport a nice, glossy finish, thanks to the lacquer.

Once again, we’ve managed to demonstrate how the right stain and finish options can really change up the look in a wine cellar. In this case, the rich, reddish-brown hues of our Classic Mahogany Stain has given the wood a dramatic finish. It also shows off its natural wood grain and inherent personality. Since the grain patterns have become more enhanced, it gave the racks that “rustic charm,” reminiscent of woodwork in country cottages and the like. Plus, with that coat of lacquer, the elegance factor was still wonderfully maintained.

The Designer Series wine racks kit was utilizing for the racking assembly. It’s  one of our more cost-efficient racking packages, perfect for both entry-level and bigger wine cellar projects. This kit offers full depth racking units at 6-feet height configurations. Moreover, it also gives you the full selection of wood, stain and finish options. This includes the Lacquer option since we recently added that as an upgrade. You can check out the full product page for our Designer Series in this section of the website. We’re having new reduced pricing on our unstained Prime Mahogany racks for this series, so go check it out! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: A Comparison Between All-Heart And Premium Redwood

July 19th, 2017

We talk about All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood all the time in our blogs. These are two of the most popular and most sought-after wood option with custom wine cellar projects. We’ve also showcased just how impressive the characteristics are of these wood species. But the question some customers still pose is this: what’s the difference between All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood?  Is there any real difference between the two? We’ll find out in today’s blog!

Getting in-depth knowledge on All-Heart Redwood…

Al-Heart Redwood wine cellar

So let’s start with All-Heart Redwood. We have numerous Tech Tuesdays and DIY projects in our Testimonial Thursdays utilizing this wood option. It’s often described as the “best choice” for custom wine cellars. This description is not without good reasons. First, let’s cover the aesthetics of the wood.  It usually sports beautiful reddish brown tones. When the wood is freshly milled, colors range from pink to red to dark brown with reddish overlay. One amazing characteristic of All-Heart Redwood is as it ages, it takes on increasing darker depth of color as it oxidizes. That’s why we often describe wine racks crafted from this wood as akin to wine – they age gracefully.

Now let’s talk about the grain patterns. All-Heart Redwood has a great variety of grain patterns. It’s a clear grade of wood and the grain patterns are more emphasized in dark stained samples than in the natural unfinished ones.This is owing to the wood containing little or no pitch resins, enabling it to absorb and retain all types of finishes extremely well.The wood also takes very well to lacquer, giving it a glossy and very elegant appearance.

In general, this wood exhibits very good resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. It also presents really good value by price per bottle space since it’s outstanding attributes place it at the top of of the wood choice spectrum.

Premium Redwood wine cellar

Comparison with Premium Redwood…

Let’s now talk about Premium Redwood. So what exactly are the differences between Premium and All-Heart Redwood? It’s actually more on the appearance and a lot less on the qualities. Premium Redwood comes in a variety of colors from white to pink to red and reddish brown. In it’s natural state, it is a few shades lighter than All-Heart Redwood. As far as grain patterns and the ability to absorb stains and finishes, it is definitely on par with All-Heart Redwood.

With Premium Redwood, performance is more than durability. The wood’s performance characteristics include resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. Moreover, it is relatively more affordably priced that All-Heart Redwood, making it the more recommended option for smaller projects with less flexible budgets.

Technical Tuesday Episode #342: Platinum Series Brings Classic Closet Transformation

July 18th, 2017

Some very warm Tech Tuesday greetings to all of you wine cellar fans out there! The heat is definitely on and the wine tasting season is in full swing. Here at WCI, our wine cellar construction season is also getting into top gear. We’ve had tons of great projects pouring in and keeping us on our toes – in a good way, of course. Today, we have another closet transformation lined up for you guys to check out:

Project # 290194
Wood: Platinum / All-heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 600
Where: Dekalb, GA

Wine cellar closet

As far as closet transformations go, this one is certainly a classic. It’s a Platinum Series x All-Heart Redwood combo and that would be more than enough to explain the sleek, elegant appearance of the racks. If you guys noticed, our team was once again working with irregular spaces on this project. We had to make sure that the client will get maximum bottle capacity for the space designated for their collection. Naturally, the Platinum Series rose to the challenge like a champ:

Custom Platinum wine racks

Our design team pulled some Individual Bottle Columns for Wine, Small/Medium Champagne and/or Split Individual Bottles, 15 Degree Display for Wine, Champagne and/or Split Bottles, and Rectangular Bin Bottles for the racking assembly. Since this is the Platinum Series, everything was configured to result in a custom fit for the wine cellar closet. These snaps of the completed project show just how seamless the arrangement is, despite some sharp and angled corners in the room:

All-Heart Redwood in Dark Walnut Stain

A Cellar Pro 3200 VSx was installed as the wine cellar cooling system for this project. There wasn’t a shot of it, but you can check out how the unit looks in this section of our website. Note that our CellarPro Series offers a complete line of wine cellar cooling systems for wine cellars up to 2000 cubic feet. These units are quite ideal for entry level and/or compact wine cellar projects. Also, it’s good to keep in mind that all CellarPro refrigeration units here at WCI are UL certified.

Last but not the least, of course, is the wood option for the wine racks. All-Heart Redwood is without a doubt one of the best, if not the best, wood choice you can have for custom wine cellar projects. In this case, the client had the wood dressed up in Dark Walnut Stain for an elegant finish. We love how the dark-colored racks turned out because they just looked really clean and classy. This little closet transformation can actually host up to 600 bottles which doesn’t make it seem so little at all. *Cheers*

Awesome Additional Options For The Modern Wine Cellar Series

July 17th, 2017

Fancy a contemporary look to your wine cellar project? Then the Modern Wine Cellar Series is the racking option you should be checking out. We launched this newest addition to our custom racking line just recently and it’s definitely gaining popularity fast. Of course, it certainly helps that more and more people these days are going for the “modern” vibe to their wine cellars. So we’ll be shining the spotlight on the Modern Wine Cellar Series today and checking out some awesome additions to this line.

A unique and classy look to your wine cellar

With the Modern Wine Cellar Series, you’ll actually be getting the best of both worlds: the uniqueness of a totally fresh racking style while preserving the classic charm of a traditional wine cellar. These racks were thoughtfully designed to appeal to even the most discerning wine collector. The combination of wood and metal elements is the key factor in achieving that ethereal “floating” appearance of the racks. The metal supports provide security for the wood installed within platforms that range from the ceiling to the floor. Once the bottles are stored, you can fully appreciate the floating effect like in the image below:

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

We’ve actually gone one step further with the design of these units. We now offer Acrylic Bottle Supports apart from the metal option. Since acrylic is an almost transparent material, your wine cellar will really exude that ethereal look, with your bottles “floating” on air. And for a truly contemporary and sophisticated appeal, we recommend incorporating glass elements into your wine cellar project. A glass-enclosed cellar with these Acrylic Bottle Supports will be a stunner. Your wine cellar will definitely be the most talked about area of your home!

But this is not all. Keep in mind that the Modern Wine Cellar Series racking units are offered in multiple woods and stain and finish options. That means you can customize these racks to suit your style preference, as well as make it complement your home’s existing decor. Currently, we offer standard Pine, Premium Redwood, All-Heart Redwood, or Prime Mahogany for our wood options. We also provide other commercially available woods such Black Walnut, Clear Alder, Oak, and more. All you need to do is inquire from our experienced design consultants and we’ll be more than happy to iron out your choices. ^_^