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Technical Tuesday Episode #322: Another Point For Platinum x White Oak

February 21st, 2017

Fab Tuesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! You know how they often say something really good can only happen “once in a blue moon”? Meaning, the chances of it happening again are not so hot? Well, we’ve kind of proven that wrong because this month of love, we have two – not just one – gorgeous wine cellar projects in Platinum x White Oak:

Project # 282896
Wood: Platinum/ White Oak
Bottle Capacity: 1383

Platinum x White Oak

As far as wood and wine racking combos go, Platinum x White Oak doesn’t happen that often given that White Oak is not exactly one of the more popular wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. But today, we have yet another beautiful feature that quite surprisingly is using this special wood option. Check out this compact wine cellar with an impressive 1383-bottle capacity. You can immediately see from the images that the floor area is quite narrow. Nonetheless since this is the Platinum Series, maximizing on the storage space was done with ease, thanks to custom racking units. We especially love the variety in the storage options and how the high reveals were used to counteract the otherwise cramped quarters: Curved Corner Racks with Quarter Round Shelves and custom crown and base moldings complete the look and gives this assembly a very polished appearance.

White Oak in Dark Walnut stain

Now let’s talk about the wood option. Did you guys notice anything different about these White Oak wine racks as compared to the ones in Tech Tuesday episode #320? The wood color is a bit deeper and more prominent in this project, isn’t it? That’s because this is White Oak dressed up in Dark Walnut stain. In the previous episode, the wood was utilized in its unstained state, sporting its natural, creamy color. As far as stains and finishes are concerned, White Oak actually responds to these well. It has very good workability, producing satisfactory results with hand and machine tools, as well as steam-bending. However, keep in mind that it can have adverse reactions with iron, particularly when wet, and cause staining and discoloration. If you’re planning on doing a mixed wood and metal wine racking arrangement in your wine cellar, this is something to take into careful consideration.

Platinum Series custom wine racks

All in all, we give a hearty thumbs-up to this Tech Tuesday feature. It pretty much ticks off all our buttons: functionality, style, and space-efficiency. How about you guys? Will the Platinum x White Oak combo work for you as well? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

Custom wine cellar ladder



Know More About WCI’s Metal Wine Rack Collection (Part I)

February 20th, 2017

Hearty Monday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Only a few more weeks left before the first signs of Spring will be popping up. We’re super excited to welcome the much warmer weather soon. And of course, the approaching Spring season means that outdoor wine tasting sessions will be in full swing. So if you’re loading up on your wine stash, it’s the best time to think about expanding your wine storage space. It’s also time to consider your “metal” options and get to know more about WCI’s metal wine rack collection:

WineZone Shelf System

WineZone Wine Shelf System

First up is perhaps the most versatile metal wine racking product on the WCI catalogue. Think Vintner or Platinum as its wood counterpart! The WineZone Wine Shelf System boasts of groundbreaking versatility in both residential and commercial applications. And it’s not all talk because this metal racking system CAN walk the talk! These metal racks are just the right blend of art and sophistication limited only by the imagination as to how to best utilize it in your space. Note that each shelf is 48” wide x 12” deep and designed so that when installed in one direction, the labels are facing out. But by flipping the shelves over, the neck or punt of the wine bottle can face out. Either orientation allows you to store a case (12 bottles) of Splits/Bordeaux/Burgundy/Small or Large Champagne bottles. Plus, you can also integrate a black melamine shelf for other merchandising or storage options such as storing glassware, liquor, decanters, gift baskets, olive oil, and so much more.

Vintage View Wine Racks

Vintage View Wine Racks

Vintage View is perhaps our most popular metal racking line. Projects utilizing this metal racking system are just growing in number each year, much to our delight. These wine racks can easily fit into any space, like your empty walls. They are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart, as well as split-sized bottles when mounted 5.5 inches apart. While the racks are mainly designed to be attached to a wall, they can also be displayed floor to ceiling when a Floor to Ceiling Frame is purchased to give your bottles an ethereal “floating” look.

Metal Lattice Wine Racks
Metal Lattice Wine Racks

While not as well-known as Vintage View, our Black Metal Lattice Racks actually present the ultimate in racking value. These wine racks are made from heavy gauge metal with a satin black, industrial quality, baked on finish. Assembly is a no-brainer! You just need to lock the two metal grids together with the 9 wood bracket connector pieces, attach it to the wall and voila! The racks are currently designed to only hold Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles up to 3 1/4 in. in diameter, perfect for commercial applications.

And we’re not done yet! That’s just half of the collection so stay tuned next Monday blog for more. ^_^

The Edgewater Brings Out The “Edge” With The Evolution Series

February 16th, 2017

Located on the shores of Lake Mendota, there exists this shangri-la called The Edgewater. It’s one of Wisconsin’s local treasures – a restored property that maintains the classic façade of the historic 1948 building, now called The Langdon Building. It also boasts of a stunning new tower, The Wisconsin Building – all with completely new interiors, several restaurants, a magnificent spa, ballrooms, and a large plaza that connects both hotel guests and the public with the beautiful waters of the lake.

The Edgewater is just down the street from the Capitol Square, the heart of downtown Madison. The location is no less than prime – within walking distance of State Street and its eclectic restaurants and shops. Best of all, it is also located next to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, home of the Wisconsin Badgers. Of course, a property this impressive won’t be complete without proper wine storage. And this is what WCI has delivered, courtesy of our Vintage View Evolution System:


The Evolution Series

Our Vintage View Evolution Series has been described as “a ground-breaking label forward racking system incorporating acrylic panels and steel support rods.” There are three kinds of bottle storage options available with this series: the 126 Bottle Evolution System, the 162 Bottle, and the smallest which is the 81 Bottle. In addition, the series also carries the Bottle Evolution Extension System. The latter serves to double the storage capacity of your wine racking assembly, making it highly space-efficient in the process. This extension system comes in the same three types of bottle storage configurations as earlier mentioned.

Vintage View Evolution System

Now check out these snaps of the lobby of The Edgwater with the recently installed Vintage View Wine Racks. Coupled with glass doors and rope lighting, the overall result is undeniably elegant. As we earlier stated, the Vintage View Evolution Series wine racks sport acrylic panels and steel support rods. This contributes to the simplicity and straightforward design resulting in a classy and no-fuss wine racking set-up that can certainly work with any interior. The huge advantage here is that whether you build your store or restaurant’s wine cellar from scratch or afterwards, these racks will still fit the bill, so to speak. Here are a couple more great shots showcasing sleek appearance of the racking arrangement:

The Edgewater's wine racking assembly

The full product catalogue for our Vintage View Evolution Series can be found in this section of our website. We also carry the Vintage View Series for residential wine cellar applications. We recommend visiting our photo galleries to explore tons of design inspirations. ^_^

Glass-enclosed wine display

WCI Inspirations: Wine Tasting Party Ice-Breakers!

February 15th, 2017

Valentine’s Day may be over but the month of love is still going strong – especially the wine tasting! Wine tasting parties, whether formal or informal, happen all year long. Some of us have hosted a couple of them before and some of us are already old hands. But for sure, there will also be some of us who are total newbies to hosting these wine tasting parties. Last time, we shared with you some cool tips on how to prep for your wine tasting party. Today, we’re going to be sharing with you guys some novel ice-breakers to get your party started on the right foot:

Blind tasting with a twist!

Blind tasting with a twist!

Blind tasting games at wine parties is pretty common. So why don’t we do things a little bit differently this time? Instead of just the usual blind tasting with different wines, why not do a wine + cheese or wine + other appetizer blind tasting. This is a fresh and fun way to get rid of the awkward atmosphere. Inform your guests beforehand to bring just small samples of cheese or other appetizers and to write down the name and small description on a piece of paper. For the blind tasting game, chalk up double points for the one who can guess both the wine and cheese pairing. It’s like Jeopardy Daily Double – but with wine!

Cards Against Humanity – Wino Style!

Cards Against Humanity Wino-Style

Most of us probably know this game even if we’ve never played it before. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. But get this – you can actually customize your own cards to incorporate wine into the picture. It only takes about an hour to build your own deck online for just ten bucks. Formulate wine-inspired questions and churn out those white cards with all the crazy wine quotes you can find. If this doesn’t break the ice at your wine party, we don’t know what will!

The “Wine Genius” Game!

Wine Genius!

This is a guessing game that is just loads of fun and very informative, too. Prepare cards with self-adhesive labels. Write down the names of different wine varietals, famous “wine countries,” wine-themed movies, and just about anything wine-related. Ask your guests to pair off at random by picking numbers from a hat. Each pair will play the guessing game like this: one of them will wear a hat with a card stuck on it. He or she will try to guess what’s written on the card. The other person will try to help by guiding his or her partner to the right answer by just answering “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.” to the partner’s questions. While the one wearing the hat can ask any question to help him get the right answer, the partner can only respond “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.” The pair who can guess the answer in the shortest amount of time wins!

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