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Technical Tuesday Episode #543: Exquisite Custom Cabinets In Grand Mahogany

September 27th, 2021

We love wine cabinets just as much as we love wine cellars. And when you get a chance to design an exquisite project like this, you’ll love it even more:

Project # 306881
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1154
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stain: Custom

Exquisite custom cabinets

Wine Cabinets

For those who are skeptical about embarking on a wine cellar project, don’t stress out just yet. Keep an open mind because there are other options out there. This Tech Tuesday feature might be the inspiration you need. Check out the stunning details  of the custom wine cabinets. Everything was done according to the clients’ specifications, from the racking units down to the stain option. The racks were customized to ensure a perfect fit and maximize bottle storage capacity:

Grand Mahogany racks in custom stainAs you can see from these photos, the cabinets were built along the empty wall space in clients’ home. Note that much like wine cellars, you can do anything you want with custom refrigerated wine cabinets. You can select the wood, racking styles, moldings, stains and finishes and more to your heart’s content. In clients’ case, they wanted a bit of a rustic touch in the lighting accents. Thus, these pendant lights were chosen for this project. They also wanted to match the cabinet colors with their flooring. The tile floors are in beautiful gray ombré tones. The clients and design team decided on a more solid shade for the cabinets. To accomplish this, the stains and finishes were also customized.

Exquisite pendant lightingHere at WCI, we have a pretty extensive selection of stain and finish options. In fact, the list is still growing with Mocha Stain as the newest addition. But if you want something completely custom, we have the ability to do that as well. Our Blended Stain option was created for that purpose. This stain is exactly as its namesake. WCI can blend any of our current stains together to create fully custom options for clients. We can even take a custom match and match it up. So if you want exquisite hues like these Tech Tuesday cabinets, we can make that happen! *Cheers*

Client Showcases Custom Features With Vintner x Revue Racks

September 23rd, 2021

Who says you have to break the bank to create a custom look for your wine cellar? Our clients certainly didn’t think so. The luxurious features of their wine room would get you to thinking otherwise. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: there isn’t a single custom wine rack in this project. We’re not pulling your leg! The “built-in” appearance of these racking units is a product of the Vintner and Revue Series:

Custom features using wine rack kitsThere isn’t a week that the Vintner Series hasn’t graced our blog. That’s how popular this wine rack kit is. It is the most versatile one in our catalogue, utilized in wine cellar projects of all sizes and shapes. The series boasts of a bevy of racking styles, including those taking inspiration from our custom line. It is very convenient to work with Vintner racks, thanks to the flexible configurations. The units are stackable and come in 3-feet and 4-feet height options. This makes it easy to manipulate the racks to fit any space. In clients’ case, Individual Bottle Columns were used to equip the archways. Then Solid Diamond Cubes were added to the tasting center:

Custom features w/ Vintner & Revue racks

Now along with the Vintner units, Revue metal wine racks were also incorporated into this project. You can see that some of the archways are outfitted with Revue wall wine racks. This was instrumental in increasing the bottle storage capacity of the cellar. One of the best features of these wall-mount units is that they come in single, double, and triple-deep configurations. So you don’t even need a lot of floor area in order to have that extra wiggle room for more bottles. For clients’ project, our team managed to fit in double-deep metal wine racks into some of the archways.

“The installers were great. The process went very well. We are very pleased with the work!”

~Harry C.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Bulk Storage & Your Wine Cellar

September 22nd, 2021

Are there “standards” when it comes to bulk bottle storage? We say none at all! But there are certain details that can strike the right balance between form and function. Let’s find out what they are and explore some WCI racking products that can help achieve this result.

Bulk storage & your wine cellar

Take the practical route…

Without a doubt, bulk storage can do so much for your wine cellar. You can either keep loose bottles or have them in their boxes or crates. It’s an excellent addition to your entire wine room. It will also work with almost any existing wine racks that you have. Here at WCI, we even have units that can be combined with other wine cellar furniture. One of our favorites is the Archway with tabletop or countertop option. You can add bulk storage racks below, from Open Diamond Bins to Rectangular Shelves. Now if you want something a bit more high-end, we recommend WCI’s Rotating Wine Cradles and Pull Out Wine Cradles. These are practical but stylish bulk storage models. And of course, you can always have custom ones made as well.

Adjustable shelving for your wine cellars

Never underestimate “adjustable” units…

One of the most versatile bulk storage options is the adjustable shelving unit. You can find lots of them in them in the market. But of course, WCI manufactures them to specifically cater to wine storage needs.. With adjustable racks and shelves, you can be ready for contingencies. For example, your wine boxes might come in an extra large size. Your collection might have grown faster than expected. But there’s no need to push that panic button. These adjustable units can be conveniently manipulated to accommodate these situations.

Diamond Racks and your bulk bottle storage

Yes, invest in “Diamonds”…

Yes, invest in “diamonds,” but OUR kind of diamonds. We’re talking about Diamond Wine Bins that are so flexible, wine cellar sizes don’t matter. One of the greatest features of this racking style is that it can fit multiple sizes of wine bottles. So you don’t have to worry about purchasing different racks for larger or smaller format bottles. The racks will look fabulous in any wine cellar setting. They are also multi-purpose as they can also be utilized as tasting tables, benches, and more. There are lots of styles available, but we urge you to check our Curvy Cube Series and Diagonal Bins. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #542: Never Too Small W/Custom Racking

September 20th, 2021

We’ve been binge-watching the Never Too Small series on Youtube and it did not disappoint! The video channel focuses on small footprint design and living. It features award-winning designers and their ingenious projects. Most of these are residential spaces such as micro-apartments and studios. This is certainly right up our alley as WCI caters to all types of wine storage needs. That includes compact wine cellars which have been increasing in demand as of late. Today’s Tech Tuesday is yet another small wine cellar trophy on our plate:

Project # 330526
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 427
Where: Shaker Heights, OH
Stain: Midnight Black

Never too small with custom racking!It is true that creative use of space and clever design concepts can transform the way we live. Applying that to wine cellars, it can shape the way we approach wine collecting. That’s why it is essential to carefully look into your bottle storage needs. How far are you willing to go as a collector? What is the frequency of your wine consumption? What sizes of wine bottles do you have and what else are you planning to acquire? Getting insight into these details will help you to better equip your space.

Beautiful Midnight Black Stain optionNaturally, seeking the guidance of experienced wine cellar consultants will get you there. Our clients worked closely with our team and the result is a dream come true. Custom racking units were chosen to maximize the narrow floor area. Clients had a good number of larger-sized bottles in their collection. That was taken into account during the planning stages of the layout. You can see from the photos below that there are shelves for magnums and other larger-format bottles:

Custom racks and shelvingClients had a growing collection, but they were also big consumers. So our team also recommended some Open Diamond Cubes. These are perfect for bulk bottle storage. Loose wine bottles can be easily stocked and removed for consumption from these racks. Also, thanks to smart design planning, there was even enough room for an archway with tabletop:

Lovely archway w/ tabletopGiving the wine room a seamless appearance was important as well. So crown and base moldings were incorporated to eliminate awkward gaps between the racks and the ceiling and flooring. This made the  compact cellar look tidy and spacious. Indeed, it’s never too small when you use your space creatively! *Cheers*

Finding Your Wine’s Happy Place W/ Wall-Mount Racks

September 16th, 2021

We’ve said this so many times before and we’ll say it again: You can have wine storage anywhere in your home. You can find your wine’s happy place with the right wine racking units. Our clients did their research well and were very satisfied with the results. These wall-mount metal racks were the perfect solution to their wine storage woes:

Find your wine’s happy place with wall-mount racks!A little background is in order here. Now the clients are not big collectors or anything. They enjoy their wines on a regular basis. So they were not looking into constructing a formal wine cellar. However, they still needed space to store at least a dozen bottles or even a bit more. They decided that the kitchen was the best place to have their wine storage. There was no spare cabinet or pantry to convert into one, so they had to look for another alternative. They found their answer in WCI’s wall-mount wine rack collection. To be more specific, it was the Revue Series that gave the exactly what they needed.

The Revue Series is comprised of several collections that can provide bottle storage for both residential and commercial applications. For smaller projects, the Revue Wall Series and Revue Riddling Series come highly recommended. In clients’ case, they chose these units from the Revue Wall Series. Per the name, the racks can be easily mounted to your walls with minimum hardware required. They are easy to install on almost any surface. That makes them functional and super space-efficient.

Revue Wall SeriesEven if it’s just an empty wall space, clients were able to create a happy place for their wine bottles. That is a huge success on our part for being able to provide them with the right solutions. Note that these wall-mount units also come in double and triple-deep configurations. That means there is still some leg room for more bottles if you need it. Now if you want an edgier look to your bottle storage, check out the Revue Riddling Series. You can even display these racks on your kitchen countertops! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Sustainable Materials For Wine Cellars

September 15th, 2021

We hear and read topics on all media platforms. This is something we cannot ignore. So it pays to do our part. We can start by making smart decisions with our wine cellar projects. And one of the best ways to do is is by choosing sustainable materials.

Sustainable materials for wine cellars!

Eco-friendly wood options…

Let’s kick it off by talking about eco-friendly wood options. A lot of wine cellar projects involve wood materials. If yours is one of them, then it’s highly recommended to go for wood choices that will make Mother Nature happy. One of these is Redwood. Why so? Well, let us tell you that the Redwood you get here at WCI is SFI-certified. What does that mean? Here at WCI, all of our Redwood is purchased under the guidelines of Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The certification provides customers with assurance that the Redwood purchased has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner.

Eco-friendly wood choices

Energy efficient lighting accents…

Lighting accessories play a significant role in wine cellar projects. So it will make a huge difference if you go for energy efficient ones. Here at WCI, we offer LED lighting accents, including  LED Ribbon lighting kits. These are super east to install, apart from being good for the environment. Note that a LED bulb is generally 80%-90% efficient. This means that 80%-90% of the electrical energy is converted to light. So only about 10%-20% is lost as heat. In addition, Carbon Dioxide is produced when electricity is generated. CO2 is a harmful waste product and a major pollutant. But if there is less energy needed by lighting accents, less CO2 will be produced. LED lights are indeed the sustainable way to go!

Sustainable choices w/ water-based stains

Going for water-based stains…

Stains and finishes are the icing on top of a wine cellar project. Your wine racks and other furniture can be transformed into your desired look with the right stains or finishes. But oil-based stains are not exactly the most eco-friendly choice. Thankfully, there are sustainable options like water-based ones. The actual finish is suspended in the water, not “thinned” by it. This allows it to dry quickly and have limited VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Keep in mind that some VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic. Prolonged exposure to VOCs poses dangers to one’s health and the health of our planet. You’re also compromising the health of your wine bottles as well! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #541: Charm & Elegance In Dark Walnut Stain

September 14th, 2021

What North American wine lover hasn’t heard of the city of Sonoma? It is one of the most historic, if not the most historic city in northern California. It lies in the heart of the renowned Sonoma Valley winemaking region. So it’s not such a big surprise that more and more residents are wanting wine cellars in their homes. We had the opportunity to work with one Sonoma client on theirs. The charm and elegance in this project is something we’re very proud of:

Project # 335500
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 747
Where: Sonoma, CA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Charm & elegance in Dark Walnut stainThis is another small wine cellar project with standout details. The first of those is the custom racking assembly. All the wine racks have been custom fitted to the space. You can see that the cellar is equipped to hold a good number of wine bottles. There is even enough room for an archway with tabletop option. Custom shelves have also been installed on either side of the archway. The overall design is functional and tasteful.

Bold Dark Walnut stain on racksAnother notable detail in this Tech Tuesday is the stain option. It is usually recommended to use light colors on compact spaces. But in this case, the opposite was done. Dark Walnut stain was chosen to   dress up the Premium Redwood wine racks. The bold stain deepened the natural hues of the wood. The result is this arrangement that resonates luxe vibes. Of course, it certainly helps that Premium Redwood is the wood option. One of Premium Redwood’s outstanding features is its ability to absorb almost all types of stains and finishes extremely well. As it is a lighter colored wood, dark stains can really make an impression on it.

Tasteful details & Dark Walnut stain

The last photos below give us the close-up view of the racking assembly. It also shows us one final detail that contributes to the charm and elegance of this project. Check out the lighting accessories on the custom racking. The clients’ collection will be showcased to their full potential once they are stored here. We can also see how the bolder Dark Walnut stain works well with the display lighting. *Cheers*

Custom shelving in Dark Walnut stain

Clients Flaunt Curved Silhouettes On Their Wine Cellar

September 9th, 2021

Who says small wine cellars can’t be stunning? Definitely not the case when you’re working with WCI wine racks! See how our clients flaunt the curved silhouettes on their delightful project. It’a really a sight for sore eyes:

Clients flaunt curved corner racks!

That happy and satisfied expression on Greg says it all. They totally love how their wine cellar turned out and we couldn’t be more proud. Clients did a fantastic job on their racking arrangement, thanks to the help of our expert design consultants. As you can see from the photo, the space is a relatively compact one. But it was more than enough for clients’ collection. All that was needed was to equip that space with the right wine racking units. Sounds pretty simple, right? In theory, it does seem like a straightforward project. But if you are a newbie, it pays to seek professional guidance. Our clients worked with the WCI design team to come up with a functional and elegant layout. The results are exactly what the client hoped for.

Instead of the standard Individual Bottle Columns, Curved Corner racks were integrated into the assembly. This adds flair to the wine cellar despite how compact it is. The flowing, solid curves create a seamless transition that makes the cellar look so classy. Note that these racks are available in our wine rack kits as well. That means you don’t need to have them custom-made, especially if the budget isn’t up to it. Our Vintner and WineMaker Series offer Curved Corner units with reasonable price tags. We also encourage you to check out the gorgeous Vintner Concave Individuals. The racks are beautifully crafted and will bring character to any wine cellar project.

Like the old saying goes, “When you’ve got it, flaunt it!” Clients” wine cellar has everything – ample bottle storage, quality racking, and style. ^_^

We love our wine cellar!”

~Greg S.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fall Inspired Wine X Food Pairings

September 8th, 2021

The clock is ticking to the last few days of summer! No one wants to say goodbye to the awesome warm months, but it has to be done. Fortunately, the Fall season is always something to look forward to. The wining and dining won’t stop – in fact, it will only get better. So let’s get the festivities going with some Fall inspired wine x food pairings:

Credits by: Matthew Hintz from Pexels

Bordeaux Blanc x Sensational Seafood

Transitioning your white wine list from summer to fall will be a cinch with Bordeaux Blanc. This wine has two incredible grapes mixed in—Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. But there are also small amounts of other varieties as well. Blink and you might miss it! This wine is a bit denser than some whites, yet still acidic enough to make it fall food friendly. Our top food picks for Bordeaux Blanc include seafood with rich, garlic flavors. Shrimp, scallops, and clams are at the top of the list.

Credits by: cottonbro from Pexels

Zinfandel for Meat & Potato Lovers

Meat and potatoes are like an all-year round fare. But expect more of these dishes come the fall, especially with Thanksgiving festivities. North Americans love meat and potatoes as much as they love their wine. That’s why this pairing is quite infallible. Reds are kind of the default pick for these dishes. For the 2021 Fall season, we are definitely leaning towards Zinfandel. These smooth wines have hints of smoke and dark fruits. But you will find that other varieties carry more earthy and less fruity tones. Serve Zinfandel with potatoes, beef stew, and roasted lamb to tickle your tastebuds. You can either lean toward pinot noir-type or cabernet sauvignon-type pairing.

Credits by: Georgie Devlin from Pexels

Rosé and Fall barbecues

Listen, just because summer is ending doesn’t mean barbecue season is. In fact, the cool, Fall weather is, for us, the perfect time for those hearty barbecues. And here’s the other thing: you also don’t have to tuck your Rosés in your wine cellar. The sweet, fruity wine can definitely be on your Fall list. Grenache rosé is one variation that transfers well from summer to fall. While it is one of the fruitiest, it contains the perfect levels of tannins and acidity for fall cuisine. Our food picks include anything and everything you can put on the barbecue grill! Throw in some turkey, chicken, ham, and egg salad sandwiches for that awesome picnic platter. ^_^

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #540: Beverly Hills Wine Cellar In Vintner Racks

September 7th, 2021

Beverly Hills is the home of glitz and glamor. You have to keep up with the latest trends or you’ll feel left out. The lifestyle, in general, is focused on luxurious activities. Obviously, that includes culinary experiences. People love to wine and dine and as such, need wine storage in their homes. Our client for today’s Tech Tuesday is one of them. They commissioned our team for this classy wine cellar:

Project # 331406
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1310
Where: Beverly Hills, CA
Stain: Classic Mahogany

The Vintner Series is once again the star of the show here. With the varied racking styles available, this elegant layout was achieved. The room was utilized to fullest, thanks to the flexibility of the units. As you can see from the photos, bottle storage capacity is really maximized. Individual Bottle Columns were  installed, along with Rectangular Bins. This gives the cellar lots of storage for both individual and bulk bottles, including wine boxes and crates. There is also room for larger format bottles, courtesy of the Magnum Wine Racks. Note that while Vintner is part of our “kits” collection, it still carries custom amenities. Hence, wine bottles are cradled on customized rails. These rails were carefully manufactured with beveled ends and rounded edges. That means your labels will not tear when the bottles are removed or replaced.

The deep, reddish gold hues of the wine racks are also a standout feature of this project. The clients chose Classic Mahogany stain for the Premium Redwood racking. This is a timeless wood and stain combo that one can never go wrong with. Again, it’s worth mentioning that with Vintner, you are still afforded a bevy of options. That extends to your choice of wood, stains and finishes. We recommend checking out our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer. This online tool will help you achieve the look or theme that you really want for your wine cellar. So if you want elegance with a touch of Beverly Hills luxe, you can achieve it. Our clients certainly did!  *Cheers*

Client Reaps The Amazing Benefits Of The WCI Advantage

September 2nd, 2021

If you follow our blogs often enough, you’ll certainly recognize the phrase “WCI experience.” This encompasses the wine cellar journey with our clients, including their take on our products and services. But what is the “WCI advantage”? This is actually the phrase used to describe the benefits of choosing WCI products. Today’s Testimonial Thursday is a prime example:

Benefits of the WCI advantage!

As can be seen from the photo above, our wine racks are truly world-class. Even DIY projects can look this spiffy when you are working with quality materials. This is the first benefit you get from our wine racks. We pay attention to the tiniest details to ensure excellent results. That being said, all of our premium and custom collections are manufactured with radiused, smooth edges. That way, wine labels will be protected from tearing when removing or replacing bottles. Moreover, clients are assured that there are no gaps in the corners of our rack rail construction.

For those who have undergone the WCI experience, you guys know that giving options is one of our biggest campaigns. This also forms part of the WCI advantage. So apart from the standard wood, stain and finish options, we have so many others. Molding packages, center seam trim, casters, and base platforms are just some of them. But another optional part that we send out with most of our racks are the back support braces. These help make the racking sturdier. It will prevent the unit from rocking or swaying when you lift it to mount to the wall. Also take note that once mounted, our racks will not shift from side to side with or without the brace.

Lastly, let’s talk about the solid wood paneling material for our racking units. We are very proud to declare that our paneling material is made from 100% wood. We value quality and durability which is why our racks are built to last. We utilize solid wood, edge glued construction, and not MDF with strip edging and paper thin veneer. When MDF veneer materials receive unfortunate dings and nicks,  it can flake over. But with solid wood, the stain will be preserved for years to come. In addition, you can easily sand and refinish solid wood. All these form part of that WCI advantage that our client Kevin definitely reaped in his project. ^_^

All is great! The communication was good, and it came together pretty quickly once I started.” 

~Kevin J.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Cigar Humidors In Your Wine Cellars

September 1st, 2021

We know for a fact that a lot of winos out there are also big cigar fans. If you love your cigarettes as much as your wine, then a cigar humidor should be in your future plans. Cigar humidors will keep your collection fresh and in peak taste. You can literally take your sweet time consuming them, just like your wines. So we’ve put together some highly recommended brands for you to check out:

Milano cigar humidor

Credits to: Tools of Men

The Milano Humidor

For those who just need something compact for their cigars, the Milano humidor is one of the best choices. This product also doubles as a stunning piece of furniture. It boasts of a dark cherry finish, along with the tongue and groove construction. This keeps moisture inside your humidor which is very essential. It also comes with an analog hygrometer. The lock and key closure with brass fittings is very elegant. The only downside is the cost. The price tag might be a bit too much for some for a small humidor. But keep in mind that this is meant to be showcased as well!

Audew cigar humidor

Credits to: Wayfair

The Audew Electronic Cigar Cooler

Now if you’re planning on storing tobacco in dozens, you’ll need a larger humidor. The Electronic Cigar Cooler from Wayfair is worth looking into. It has two adjustable wooden shelves, as well as adjustable wooden drawers. This unit can store up to 150 cigars, either loose or boxed. It features an adjustable thermostat that allows you to control the temperature. It also has a built-in fan on the back for the inside air to circulate freely between the cigars. This further allows for frequent replacement with outside ambient air, keeping your collection fresh.

Octodor cigar humidor

Credits to: Brostrick

The Octodor Piano Cedar Humidor

Now this product is a terrific combination of ample space and style. It can comfortably hold up to 100 cigars, depending on cigar type. It also sports coveted humidor features such as a front digital hygrometer, magnetic lid, and accessory drawer. The Octodor was meticulously crafted into a unique octagon shape that makes it stand out. It is also enhanced with a sleek high-gloss black piano finish. And here’s a bonus! You can even keep your lighter, cigar cutters, and travel case in the generous slide-out accessory bottom drawer.

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #539: A Rustic But Luxe Appeal W/ Rustic Pine

August 31st, 2021

Can rustic elements in a wine cellar still give it a luxe appeal? We say YES! Case in point: today’s absolutely stunning Tech Tuesday project. This is quite the eye-candy and highlights all the good things about the Rustic Pine wood option:

Project # 337872
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1579
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stain: Unstained

First off, let’s talk about the decor and color palette. Our clients wanted their wine room to have a warm atmosphere. So you can see how that’s achieved here with the blend of brown, golden brown, and creamy hues. We love the choice for the wine cellar entryway, with the barn door inspired design. The herringbone floors are also a lovely touch, adding character to the room.

Now let’s talk about the wine racks. As we mentioned earlier, the “rustic” charm is what this project is going for. But the clients also wanted their  wine cellar to be pristine. So our professional consultants recommended going the custom route. This allowed for the racking assembly to be perfectly  fitted to the space. This was indeed a good decision since you can see how seamless the layout is. This elevated that old-country vibe to one that has a luxe appeal as well.

This last photo really captures the beauty of the Rustic Pine wood choice. Note that the racks are unstained which means you’re seeing the natural colors of the wood. Rustic Pine’s beast feature is its soft creamy color combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. That is why this wood is sought after when a rustic architectural appearance is desired. It offers the best value by price per bottle space among all our wood options. This is because the supply is huge all throughout North America. But aesthetic is not the only thing Rustic Pine can offer. It is also highly durable and resistant to rot, mold and mildew. Plus, while it is attractive unstained, the wood also absorbs almost all types of stains and finishes extremely well. *Cheers*

 

Happy Client Shares Fruits Of Wonderful WCI Experience

August 26th, 2021

Testimonial Thursdays are for sharing the “WCI experience” as told by our clients. Most projects are DIY and range from small wine storage systems to full blown wine cellars. Moreover, a good number of them have come to life with the help of our professional design consultants. More often than not, clients would share with us the results. They would also provide feedback on our products and services. And believe us when we say that this is the only rising “positivity rate” we like to see.

Our client Lisa worked with our team to put together her wine cellar. She picked a mix of wood and metal racking units for her project. For the metal racks, she went with the Revue Series in single deep configuration. The Revue Series is a collection of wall-mount racks that can be utilized in both residential and commercial applications. You can get them in single, double, and triple deep configurations. That means you can really maximize bottle storage even in compact spaces. The racks are  are safe, security, and easy to install. On top of that, they are also earthquake resistant. The bottles are actually angled towards the wall. For the double and triple deep units, there are gravity stops between the bottles.

For the wood wine racks, our design team helped our client select some Wine Bottle Waterfalls. This is indeed a smart choice given how restricted space is. The cascading layout is perfect for navigating the awkward corners of the space. Note that the waterfall falling option is available with our wine rack kits. You don’t have to have one custom-made, especially if your budget won’t allow it. The Vintner, WineMaker, and Designer Series all carry this racking style. Naturally, you also have wood, stain and finish options to go along with it. Check out what Lisa has to say about her WCI experience below:

Happy client shares WCI experience

“The wine cellar is amazing! The design consultant was incredible, professional, and helpful.”

~Lisa R.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Selecting Materials For Wine Cellar Countertops

August 25th, 2021

What materials are available in the market for wine cellar countertops? Is it okay to use the same material as your kitchen countertops? There is a healthy selection of products for us to choose from. So it really helps to know more about these options to enable us to choose the most suitable one. After all, there are a number of essential things to consider. Quality and price are just two of them. Style is another. Let’s get started:

Selecting materials for wine cellar countertops

Corian countertops

Granite and Quartz are super popular when it comes to kitchen renovation projects. But what about wine cellars? While Granite & Quartz are part of the list, we want you guys to explore another material: Corian. Corian, just like other solid surface countertop materials, are fully synthetic products. Corian is manufactured by mixing acrylic, epoxide, and polyester resins with various pigments. The surfaces are nonporous so they are stain resistant and easy to clean. That makes this material a very good choice for wine cellar countertops. Moreover, it is also easy to maintain against minor scratches. Gentle sanding is usually enough to restore the surfaces.

Cork material

Cork countertops

Have you ever heard of Cork being used for tabletops or countertops? If not, then this is a great opportunity to learn more about it. Cork is a rapidly renewable resource which makes it wonderfully eco-friendly. It is also fire resistant and highly resilient, particularly to mold and mildew. Cork naturally contains Subherin. This substance is a natural insect repellent which will even keep the termites away. You will also find it easy to maintain your countertops with this material. Regular maintenance requires only routine sweeping and vacuuming to avoid build up of abrasive particles. But Cork surfaces do not take well to spills. It is highly recommended to clean up spills ASAP.

Wooden countertops

Wooden countertops

Butcher-block countertops are all the rage with a lot of kitchen renovations. The surface is made up of assembled wooden boards and lends that warm, cottage charm. It’s also one material that will never go out of style. But would it work for your wine cellar? The answer is yes! So long as you don’t intend to do a lot of food prep, a wooden Butcher-block surface is doable. There are a ton of wood options you can choose from. Maple, cherry, walnut, and oak are some of the top favorites. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #538: Display Your Goodies With Vino Pins

August 24th, 2021

There are lots of creative ways to display your wine goodies. It’s not always about building a wine cellar, especially if you’re not ready for it. Our clients are giving us some real eye-candy in this Tech Tuesday project. See how they showcase their collection with the help of Vino Pins:

Project #295226
Series:Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: N/A
Where:

Display your wine goodies with Vino Pins!The Vino Pins are part of the Vintage View series, one of the pioneers of our metal wine racks catalog. These wall-mount units certainly deserve more love because they have so much to offer. Let’s go over the amazing features of these wine rack pegs. First off, the Vino Rails are able to mount directly to any wall surface. There are proprietary anchor systems needed per the assembly manual. But installation is easy and doesn’t require any DIY experience at all. Note that this is the only metal wine rack peg system that can mount direct to drywall, masonry or wood. You don’t even need a backer board! Second, let’s talk about the design aspect. The Vino Pins offer a stylish and minimalist approach to wine storage. You can utilize them for both private and commercial collections of any size. As for finishes, there are five beautiful ones to choose from. Take your pick from Milled Aluminum, Anodized Black, Golden Bronze, Gloss Black, and Gunmetal.

Elegant glass-enclosed displayLast but definitely not the least, there’s the space-efficiency factor. Keep in mind that you can install them anywhere in your home. You certainly don’t need a wine room to display your goodies. Need more bottle storage? The optional Vino Pins Extensions (VP-X) allow for transformation (now or later) to two- and three-deep bottle configurations. That simply means you can grow your storage space with your wine collection. Also note that our clients wisely chose to display their collection in glass-enclosed layout. This amplified the elegance of the display and made it seem more spacious. It is a visual treat that is affordable to boot! *Cheers*

Reasons Why You’ll Want A Wine Cellar Design Consultant

August 19th, 2021

Is a wine cellar design consultant worth spending those extra dollars? Before you answer that, let’s have you guys run your eyes over today’s Testimonial Thursday. If these photos made your eyes pop (like it did ours!), then we can give you all the reasons why a design consultant is worth it:

Why you need a wine cellar design consultantIf you’re planning on a formal wine room AND you’re a complete newbie, these are enough reasons to have professional guidance. Think about it. You will be spending a small fortune on this project. You are not equipped with the knowledge to see it from start to finish. You wouldn’t want to waste all that money on results that won’t make you happy. But with an experienced design consultant, you can be confident that your wine cellar goals will be achieved. Going the DIY route is highly encouraged, but should also be coupled with caution. Start small, gain experience, and never try to tackle a project that’s too much for you.

Impeccable details on wine room! A look at the final product here will show us another reason why you’ll want a design consultant. Check out how clean and seamless the racking arrangement is. You can see the “There’s not a hair out of place” vibes here. All the elements come together and the wine room is professional looking. And you can have something like this on a budget! Your consultant will work with you to provide you with all available options. These include your wine racks, flooring, ceiling, lighting, and all other accessories. You will be provided with a bevy of choices and with expert advice, be able to select the best ones. By “best,” these would be products that are both of reputable quality and affordable.

Beautiful but affordable wine racks!

Last but not the least, if you have a growing collection, you’d want a wine cellar that can accommodate this. That means the layout should be such that there is room for future acquisitions. Your wine cellar cooling system should also be a suitable fit. This “longevity” feature can be attained with the help of a design consultant. Here’s what our client has to say about their WCI experience:

“Brett Norris was great to work with. We went through several designs and finished with exactly what I wanted.”

~Glenn H.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Destinations Across The USA

August 19th, 2021

Why travel outside the country when some of best wine destinations are right here in our own backyard? Travel the smart and safe way this summer and check out these amazing wine regions. Let’s shy away from the traditional hotspots like Napa Valley and give these other must-visit destinations a try:

Wine destinations to check out!

Credits to: Edible Idaho

Discover Snake River Valley, Idaho

You might think your eyes are playing tricks on you – Idaho is a wine destination? Well, we’re the bearer of some very good tidings! Snake River Valley is actually a new, up-and-coming wine region. This have for wine lovers is just a convenient 40-minute drive from Boise. Snake River Valley is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. There are lots of beautiful hiking trails, water, and biking activities to explore. Now you can combine these with memorable wine-tasting experience. Enjoy Rhone varietals like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Also get a taste of the whites like Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne.

These wine destinations are a must-visit!

Credits to: Greg Vaughn / VW PICS / Lonely Planet / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Experience Walla Walla, Washington

Heads up, Seattle and Oregon wine connoisseurs! Just a few kilometres from the Oregon border is one of the highly recommended wine destinations. Walla Walla Washington boasts around 120 wineries and 1,133 hectares of grapes. Wine lovers love to flock here for a taste of Bordeaux varietal. Pair that with a tour of the historical Main Street and you’ll have a summer you won’t forget. Walla Walla offers a rich repertoire of wines to suit every taste. Let your tastebuds revel in renowned Syrah, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Chardonnay, to some Tempranillo, Malbec and Merlot.

Explore more wine destinations in the USA!

Credits to: Farm Flavor

Explore Texas Hill Country, Texas

Why go to California when everything is bigger in Texas? No shade on Napa, wine folks! This just goes to show us that the good, old US of A has a lot to offer when it comes to wine destinations. If you have not explored Texas Hill Country yet, better put it in the bucketlist. Texas Hill Country AVA spans over 36 million hectares. There are over 50 wineries to choose from and that’s certainly a LOT! The region’s hot and dry climate produces renowned Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The landscapes are also absolutely gorgeous, particularly in the summer. Check out their summer wine-and-food tasting events like the “grape stomps.” ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #537: Lovely & Luxe With Midnight Black Stain

August 17th, 2021

Bold colors are usually associated with luxury. But can they make wine cellars look lovely as well? Well, this Tech Tuesday might have the answer to that. The rich hues on the wine racks certainly don’t intimidate. In fact, they make the wine room very appealing. Let’s check out the finer details and what WCI products were utilized to achieve this result:

Project #295226
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 775
Where:
Stain: Midnight Black 

Lovely & luxe in Midnight Black StainNow if you are a faithful follower of our blog, you’ll be able to tell straight away what stain was used on these racks. This is our Midnight Black Stain option. This stain has been growing in popularity, mostly with contemporary themed wine cellar projects. But it also being gradually incorporated into more traditional styles. The contrast between this jet black stain and subdued lines of classic racking arrangements works quite well. You can definitely see it in this Tech Tuesday project:

Midnight Black Stain on custom rackingThe racking units are all customized to fit the room and ensure maximum bottle capacity. You can see that there is good variety in racking styles. The cellar can accommodate individual and bulk bottles comfortably. We also love the addition of the archway with tabletop. The layout is pretty straightforward, sticking to clean, effortless silhouettes. This became the perfect canvass for a deep colored stain like Midnight Black. But notice that this does not overpower the lighter hues of the flooring and ceiling. It does the opposite, enhancing them and making the different colored bottle caps pop out. A good balance between form and function is present here. You can also see how the “traditional” charm is still prominent in this wine room. This is something that really resonated with the clients. They wanted a classic design, but also craved for bolder colors. Our design professionals worked with clients to bring about the desired result. This lovely and luxe wine cellar delivered just that! *Cheers*

 

Never A Tight Fit With The WCI WineMaker Series

August 12th, 2021

Is your wine collection a fast growing one? Then you might want to check out our clients’ amazing wine room. It’s a fantastic example of why it’s never a tight fight when you choose the right wine racks. Our WineMaker seals the deal here, accommodating several hundred bottles with wiggle room for more:

Never a tight fit with WineMaker racks!Before we talk about how the WineMaker racks did a stellar job with this wine cellar, let’s first go over the design details. That arched, brick inlay ceiling is a stunner, don’t you think? We love how it emulates those underground European caves where wine storage began. It also makes the room feel less cramped thanks to that bit of headspace. It also works well with the wooden floors and wine barrel-themed furniture. The effect is very old country – something the clients were really shooting for.

Not by any coincidence, the racking units complement the style and structure of the wine room. WineMaker is best known for its shallow depth wine racks. The shallow depth configuration is perfect particularly for smaller spaces. Notice how the necks of the wine bottles stick out. With the larger-format bottles, the clients decided to store these with the bottom sticking out. The result is quite eye-catching and anyone can see that it’s not a tight fit at all. You can also see that the bottles are nestled comfortably on the racks. They are securely stored on square cut rails:

Charming arched ceilings & wooden plank floorsThe last photo above is a beautiful capture of the racking assembly. The seamless transition from the wine racks to the arched ceiling is quite impressive, isn’t it? No tricks involved here, wine cellar fans! It’s just the clever use of center seam trim and crown and base moldings. Keep in mind that these little accents are actually key in achieving a clean and “professional” look to your wine cellars. We highly recommend incorporating them into your racking assembly, especially for DIY projects. You can say goodbye to those awkward gaps between your racks, the ceiling and flooring. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Summer Grazing Boards To Try

August 11th, 2021

Summer is definitely NOT over yet, so let’s enjoy it to the fullest. The great outdoors is still ours to explore. While physical and social distancing is still the norm, we can thankfully do more activities safely. One of those is sharing culinary treats with our safe squad. After all, good food and wine are appreciated more with important people in our lives. So for your next outdoor festivities, here are some summer grazing boards to try out:

Summer grazing boards to try!

Credits by: RODNAE Productions from Pexels

The upgraded cheese & meat board

First up is one of the most basic, if not the most basic, grazing boards. Cheese, meat, and dips are the building blocks of a typical grazing board. But you can take it a few notches higher with some tasty upgrades. Take a leaf from Marth Steward and select cheeses that can really bring out the summer flavors. Manchego and Drunken Goat both have beautiful edible rinds and slice into sharp triangles. Throw in some Swiss-style and Gouda Crumble. Lastly, crumble some aged Cheddar or Parmesan onto your board. You can stick to marbled meats like salami and prosciutto. But enhance the taste with flavorful dips like caramelized onion, zesty herb, and avocado ranch. Of course, don’t forget your favorite bottle(s) of red wine!

The colorful fruits & veggies board

Nothing says summer more than the delicious mix of fruits and veggies on a grazing board. Select seasonal fruits with vibrant colors, such as mangoes, honeydew, and berries. For veggies, we suggest cutting into fancy shapes some cucumbers, sweet peppers, carrots. Don’t forget to garnish your board with edible greens. Apart from celery sticks, we also recommend some edamame. You can put these in a small bowl or just strategically arrange them all over the board. Some whites or champagne will definitely hit the spot as well!

The “smorgasboard” where anything goes

This is obviously the most fun one you can put together. You can choose to do it as one large board or into two or three separate ones. The trick here is to list down all the food items you want your guests to enjoy. For a memorable taste experience, we recommend going the extra mile with mouth-watering desserts. Burnt Basque Cheesecake is one of the top picks. Wine-infused cupcakes are another.  Macarons are also a huge favorite and you can learn to make these yourself. Balance the sweets spread out with crackers and an assortment of nuts. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #536: Elegance Personified With Premium Redwood

August 10th, 2021

You don’t need to do anything unusual to bring elegance to your wine cellar. In fact, this is best achieved when you stick to the “basics.” If you are unsure of what these basics are, this Tech is what today’s Tech Tuesday will show you. This project is elegance personified, thanks to Premium Redwood:

Project # 331455
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 775
Where: Sandy Springs, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Elegance personified in Premium RedwoodOne of the most important things to keep in mind is that quality materials are really a worthwhile investment. We cannot emphasize this enough, particularly when it comes to your wine racks. Longevity is key because you want your wine cellar to age gracefully together with your collection. That’s why you should choose your wood with care. There are wood options that can strike the right balance between quality and affordability. This is what our clients discovered when they went with Premium Redwood.

Great use of racking styles!There are several good reasons why Premium Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellars. It is a clear grade of wood, meaning it has no knots. It is also no slouch when it comes to durability and resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking. Moreover, it includes wood from all part of the log. Thus, Premium Redwood colors range in beautiful shades from pinkish white to reddish brown.

Dark Walnut stain on racks is elegance personifiedThis brings us to the next pro tip in achieving that classy profile for your wine cellar. It’s also all about the choice of stains and finishes. This Tech Tuesday in particular shows us how its done. Since Premium Redwood is a light colored wood, it was dressed up in Dark Walnut stain. This stain is highly popular because it lends a rich, luxe appearance to the wood. It deepens almost all shades of wood, even more so with those of lighter hues. Some prefer to add lacquer finish on top of the stain. This is also a great option. Lacquer will give the racks a glossy finish that is indeed elegance personified.

Compact but spacious wine room!Here is a peek at the wine room from the outside. See how it is actually not that large? But because of the seamless transition of the racking assembly, it looks and feels spacious. This is another basic tip to enhance that elegance factor. Give your wine racks that clean, seamless silhouette. Utilize accessories that can make a difference, such as center seam trim and crown and base moldings.. *Cheers*

Clients Delight In Their Old World Wine Cellar Design

August 5th, 2021

A wine room that celebrates old world elements is definitely a project worth undertaking. Our client Phillip is very much on board with this. He sent us some marvelous photos of their completed wine cellar. It showcases beautiful traditional details with the help of custom WCI racking units:

Old world charm detailsSo a bit of a history lesson is in order here. As wine cellar enthusiasts, let’s keep in mind that wine storage began in the underground caves of Europe. The caves provided ideal conditions for wines to age at a graceful pace. Over time, these conditions became the standard for modern wine cellars. The ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. That’s why basement wine cellars still come highly recommended. This is because you don’t need to invest on a heavy duty wine cellar cooling unit. It is more convenient to achieve ideal wine storage conditions at subterranean levels.

Lovely stone arches in the wine roomNow when it comes to design, you don’t need to build in the basement to achieve old world wine cellar charm. A “wine cave” can very well be realized  anywhere in your home. All it takes is knowing what materials to use. In this case, natural elements like stone, wood and arches are key. You will notice how arches were built all throughout the wine room. They served to frame the custom wine racks. Going custom was a really smart decision on clients’ part. See how the racking assemblies fit seamlessly into the arches. Bottle storage capacity is also maximized in the process. Here is a pro tip in case you are working with a limited budget though: check out WCI wine rack kits. Our kits are what you may call the “affordable route.” But some kits like the Vintner and WineMaker Series are very flexible to work with. The configurations can be manipulated to an extent to also achieve a “built-in” look. Accessories like moldings and trim are also available to get a seamless silhouette.

Arched glass French Door

This last photo of the cellar entryway also deserves attention. We like that they chose an arched French Door for the wine room. It is so elegant and ties up really well with the old world theme clients wanted. ^_^

“Everything turned out great!”

~ Phillip S.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Different Types Of Wine Openers

August 4th, 2021

One of the wine accessories that comes in a lot of different types are wine bottle openers. So this begs the question: what kind should you go for? Do you go ahead and buy the most popular and/or expensive brand? What are the things you need to consider before making your purchase? Let’s talk about the various options in the market:

Credits by: Oster

Standing Wine Opener

We’ll start with one of the most common types: the standing wine opener. You’ll see a lot of styles being sold, each one fancier than the next. But this wine opener can be best categorized into two: manual and electric. The Oster Silver is currently hailed as the “best” in the electric category. It is inexpensive, takes up minimal counter space, and has long-lasting charge. For the manual standing openers, our pick is the Brabantia Classic Corkscrew. It is so easy to use. Just turn the corkscrew in one direction until the cork pops out. Another version to look into would be countertop wine openers.

Credits by: IWA

Estate Wine Opener

Next up is the estate wine opener. The estate wine openers are considered as “ingenious 19th century American reproduction corkscrews.”  This wine accessory can open both standard and flanged wine bottles. The top brand on the market is Rogar Estate and Champion. The mechanism is quite simple. You start with the handle to the rear. Clamp the bottle neck and pull the handle forward to remove the cork. Both Estate and Champion are designed for longevity which makes them a good investment.  We also recommend checking out the estate corkscrew for additional options.

Credits by: WineStuff

Vintage Wine Opener

It may come as a surprise, but still on the market are vintage wine openers. Yes, that’s right! There are actually lots of these wine openers and corkscrews up for grabs. The novelty in these items is definitely the craftsmanship and design. The history behind them is also another. You will also be pleased to learn that some of them are fairly easy to use. In fact, “vintage inspired” products like the Legacy bronze wine opener by Wine Enthusiast, are quite in demand. It is at a very good price point as well, considering it’s just an “inspired” product. ^_^

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #535: Revisiting Classics W/ Premium Redwood x Dark Walnut

August 3rd, 2021

The classics never die and very much so with wine cellars. While modern wine cellar designs have been increasingly popular, the traditional look has never been cancelled. The reason is simple. You can’t go wrong when sticking to this kind of style. So here’s us revisiting the classics with today’s wine cellar spotlight:

Project # 326893
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1188
Where: Acworth, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Revisiting the classics with Premium RedwoodFrom the racking assembly down to the flooring, this wine room reeks of elegance. The wine racks are assembled in a seamless layout, really putting the space to good use. We applaud the decision of clients to go with the glass panel doors. They definitely add to the graceful lines of the project.

Elegant Dark Walnut stainNow let’s talk about the wine racks and how they stand out in this wine cellar. Premium Redwood is the wood of choice, dressed in Dark Walnut Stain. We couldn’t have asked for a better combination. Premium Redwood is a light-colored hardwood and adapts to stains and finishes extremely well. The wood is clear – with no knots in place. Since it includes wood from all part of the log, the natural colors are softer. These range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. In fact, some people prefer Premium over All-Heart Redwood owing to the variety in colors.

Loving the tasting center!As earlier mentioned, the racks are stained in Dark Walnut. This lends a much bolder hue to the units, but the overall effect is more traditional. Note that Dark Walnut is a deep, golden-brown stain. It serves to deepen almost all shades of wood, particularly light colored ones. See how the racking assembly sports a luxe appeal without being intimidating:

Revisiting the classics with traditional racking layoutOf course, there is little to complain about the types of wine racks in this project. There is a very satisfactory mix of individual and bulk bottle storage. We also like the addition of the custom coutnertops and cabinets. This wine cellar has all the elements down pat, including revisiting that traditional charm. If you are unsure which direction to go with your wine cellar design, go the classic route. You can never go wrong with it! *Cheers*