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Tech Tuesday – Episode #16 – 2010 in Review

December 28th, 2010

What a fabulous year we’ve had here at Wine Cellar Innovations!

If you have been following our blog, especially Technical Tuesdays, then we’d like to say thank you. And, to celebrate the year that was, we’ve put together a compilation of the best Tech Tuesdays we have done these past months. We enjoyed doing and sharing with your our wine rack installations – residential and commercial.

So here are our 5 favorite awesome installations…enjoy!

Residential Wine Cellar, South Carolina

Bluffton South Carolina Wine Cellar custom doorVisually stunning.

This is wine cellar was created for H2 Builders Inc., a family owned and operated custom home builder in South Carolina. Check out these wine racks in Amber Blaze Mahogany with Dark Walnut stain. We love its classy and elegant archway and tabletop, single deep open vertical display racks and solid side open vertical display racks. But that’s not what really gets our attention…our two favorite things about this cellar? Its  ornate wrought iron wine cellar door with grape detail, and the sparkly, gorgeous glass tile ceiling which was supplied by the homeowner. We think we’ve never seen such a pretty wine room ceiling! Everything here just looks perfect from the floor up.

Indian Hill Wine Cellar

Counter SpaceWe love residential wine cellar installs, especially when it involves huge, classy wine rooms. Why, this one can house 1,154 wine bottles! Made from our Gold Series with Vintner options, this wine cellar in Indian Hill looks absolutely beautiful in Premium Redwood with light stain. This wine room’s strong elements include fabulous individual display racks, bulk storage, angled corners, elegant quarter round shelves and table top. We love the smooth finish of the racks, the LED lights and diamond bins for those wine boxes. Truly a great home for a precious wine collection!

 

Primo Vino Wine Store

Primo Vino Wine Room in MONow you may already know that it’s not just residential wine cellars that we build. We also love installing wine racks for fabulous wine stores. This one in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for example, has a lovely old world charm. Primo Vino has a great selection of wine, as well as high-end spirits from around the world, beers, artisan cheese and meats, cigars, and gourmet products. With such a fab selection, the wines deserve to be housed in beautiful wine racks. Our wine display islands, wine display bins, individual wine bottle displays are featured in this store, designed to merchandise high volume wines. Rows and rows of wine bottles are totally eye candy for every wine lover who walks into this store!

World of Wines

World of Wine Commercial Wine RacksIf there’s one commercial wine rack installation that absolutely WOWs, this is it. One of our favorite retail wine rack installations, World of Wines in Williamsburg, VA attractively displays their wine selection to their customers. This wine store features one of our best selling commercial wine racks — the Triple Tier Maximize Wine Display and a great array of other retail display wine racks for maximizing wine sales, such as the diamond bin wine display rack that just successfully turns heads. Indeed,  the store makes very good use of floor-to-ceiling to space. World of Wines surely gives their customers a pleasurable wine shopping experience!

Residential Wine Cellar, Knoxville, TN

Completed Wine RoomFinally, we have this residential wine cellar with a gorgeous stone façade. We enjoyed writing this one because we got to show you a work in progress and share with you the before and after shots of the cellar. Remember those wine rack kits boxes and how we emphasized that we keep our workplace nice and clean? We also got to show you our Vintner Series Wine Racks (plenty of racking options, along with the ability to mix and match racking heights and styles) and how easily they are assembled and stacked.  Because modular wine racks are popular nowadays due to their versatility, the owner of this wine room will surely enjoy growing his wine collection for years to come.

Serving Wines Perfectly: A Few Simple Tips

December 23rd, 2010

Wine TastingSo it’s that time of the year again, and whether you’re celebrating the holidays with family or friends or both, one’s thing’s for sure: there’ll be plenty of wine!

This season there will be a lot of wine selecting, pouring, tasting. Maybe some of you are having a wine party. Maybe some of you are new to the world of wines. Maybe you’re just about ready to buy some wine racks and wine accessories.

We can’t imagine parties without wine, so we’re sharing a few tips on serving wines.

First, the issue of temperature…

The general rule is, serve white wines chilled (40 – 50 degrees) and red wines cool (below room temperature near 55 – 65 degrees). The best way to do this? Store your wines in a wine cooler or wine refrigerator.

You may ask – just how important is temperature when serving wines? Well, it matters because it impacts the wine’s taste. White wines that are too cold tend to be flavorless. On the other hand, Red wines that are too cold tend to be acidic and metallic. If you need to chill a wine bottle quickly, 35 minutes in the freezer will do the trick. Just don’t forget to take it out.

Remember that each wine is different and the temperature will affect the taste of the wine, so if you’re unsure, always check what the best temperature is for a specific wine.

Pouring wine properly

Ask the wine experts and they’ll tell you that proper pouring of the wine is a big deal. The reason? You want to allow room in the glass for swirling and aeration. Here are some simple rules to follow when filling a glass:

Red wines: one third full.

White wines: half full.

Sparkling wines and champagnes: three quarters.

It’s also good to remember to fill the wine glass to its widest point especially when using large ones.

Decanting allows you to remove sediment in older red wines and can also improve the flavor of some red wines by benefiting from aeration. How soon before serving or decanting the wine is specific to each wine and vintage.   Before you decant, let the bottle rest upright to allow sediment to sink to the bottom, then slowly pour the wine at an angle to prevent the sediment from entering your decanter.

Serving wines using the right wine glasses

You must already know that wine glasses make a difference when experiencing wine. Serve wine properly using the following types of wine glasses:

Tulip shaped glasses (for white wine). The narrow bowl at the bottom allows the wine to stay cooler longer.

Rounded glasses (for red wine). The larger bottom of the glass allows you to swirl the glass and the wine to aerate and release the flavor and aromas.

Tall and thin glasses (for sparkling wine). Because of its narrow top, carbonation is prevented.

Properly pouring and serving your wines can impress guests. With great food, great company and exquisite manners, you’re sure to have a fabulous holiday season!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #15 – Residential Redwood Hidden Gem

December 21st, 2010

So we’ve showed you several wine cellars these past few months and you’ve seen all types of wine racks, from residential to commercial. Last week’s Tech Tuesday was a lovely Vintner Series wine cellar installation, and we hope you appreciated modular wine racks even more!

You’ve seen gorgeous cellars in different wood types and stains, (Redwood being the favorite of most homeowners and wine store owners) beautiful tile ceilings,  LED lights illuminating wine rooms and interesting stone facades.

Wait until you see this ‘hidden’ gem.

Wine Display and Wine Racks

What: Residential Custom Wine Cellar
Project #: 204191-4
Wood: All Heart Redwood
Maximum storage capacity:  1,475 wine bottles
Where: Bolivar, PA

Today’s residential wine cellar is from our top of the line Platinum Series, and it shows us that looks can be deceiving…because there’s a wonderful surprise to this huge wine room.

Hidden Doors for your Wine Racks

Don’t let those vertical display racks fool you.  It’s actually a hidden door!

We wrote about wine cellar hidden doors last time, and we are just thrilled that this Hickory Hill Farm wine cellar decided to have one installed. We love how it provides an element of surprise in the wine room, because it appears to the unknowing eye to be just another bunch of wine racks. We have more hidden door examples in our Popular Ideas section, so be sure to browse those if that is something you are looking for.

Hidden Door Showing an Opening

Here’s the thing about hidden doors — the door hinges are not visible, there is no handle, and it is flush with other single-deep wine racking. All you see is the solid vertical wine display cabinet, which can hold magnum bottle sizes as requested by the owner.

Now this obviously is a huge wine room. Why, you can store 1,475 bottles in this cellar! Imagine all the wine bottles you can store in these individual wine racks and bulk storage bins….

Archway with Painting

Notice the standard archway which features a front facing faceplate trim  customized with a Classic Moments handpainted canvas theme. Speaking of theme, you can choose various themes for your wine cellar with wine cellar artstained glass, paintings and murals, etched mirrors and mosaic art to name a few.

Individual Wine Bottle Storage with Archway

We really like how the floor tiles match the wine racks, and the variety of storage options in this cellar is impressive. There’s single or double deep storage with spacing for half bottles, wine, champagne, magnums and larger sizes…

Case Storage for a Custom Wine Cellar

Case Storage and Display Rows

…bulk storage bins and diamond wine rack bins which can hold up to 9 magnums, 12 champagnes or 16 standard wine bottles. Indeed, form and function go together in this wine room.

Wine Cellar Cooling

Clearly, you can see why the Platinum Series is the choice when you simply want the best. These customized wine racks reflect the widest variety of wine storage options in a full-depth style, and that’s exactly what every wine lover wants.

Check out our photo gallery or the featured wine cellars in our Tech Tuesdays if you’d like to see more Platinum Series  installs.

Modular Wine Racks As Christmas Presents

December 20th, 2010

Take a moment to look at the people in your gift list this season. Are there any wine newbies?

If you order by midnight tonight, you can receive your wine rack by Christmas if you are in our Zone 1 shipping area! Definitely check it out because our 10% off ALL online orders ends on 12/24/2010. All you need to do is enter HOLIDAY10 at checkout.

If someone you know is just starting to drink and collect wine and you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift – go modular! Most modular racks start small, so they’re perfect for that one person who is just starting out slow with his/her wine collection.

Someone who’s brand new to the world of wine, and, say, living in a tiny apartment will surely appreciate the beauty and functionality of a modular wine rack.  A huge wine rack is totally impractical – not to mention intimidating!

Here’s why modular wine racks are great: You can stack them together..thus, it’s easier to grow your wine collection bit by bit. It’s a great way to introduce wine newbies to the ways of wine storage, without scaring them off. Plus, it’s easier to keep track of the wine bottles when you’re starting out with a small collection. Depending on the design and style, they can also be very decorative. If you’d like to learn more about them, check out our previous post on the Vintner Series modular wine racks. You can also check out some metal wine racks that are stackable

Oh, and one more thing — modular storage racks not only make great Christmas presents — they also make a great housewarming gift. When they come stocked with some great wines, the recipient will surely be delighted! Do browse your choices for modular wine racks from our Vintner Series collection. You just might find the perfect holiday present here.

Indeed, ‘tis the season for the wine lovers to be jolly!

Earthquake-Proof Your Wine Racks

December 16th, 2010

Wine RacksAre your wine bottles safe from an earthquake or unexpected accidents? Whether you live in an earthquake prone area or not, you might want to invest in an earthquake resistant wine rack to protect your wine collection.

If you, or someone you know, has had experience having one or several of your wine bottles falling off your wine rack and smashing on the floor, then it’s pretty clear that you need a wine rack that can protect your wines.

It’s always better to be prepared, right? If, say, your wine rack is bolted to the floor but not the walls, then the wine rack will most likely tend to buckle and collapse!

While the wine racks for sale created at Wine Cellar Innovations would hold up to moderate to mild earthquakes, sometimes you just need a little something more, especially to protect your high value wines. Well, because we know how important your wine investment is to you, we did something to protect it. Wine Cellar Innovations offers “Earthquake Resistant” wine racks.  These wine racks are designed with a 6 1/2 degree angle sloped to the rear which is mounted against the wall. In the event of an earthquake, the wine bottles will naturally come to rest against the wall.

When you think about it, earthquake resistance is no more than making the front of the wine rack taller than the back.

Want To Fix Your Current Wine Racks?

If you already have wine racks at home that simply need a little adjusting, we would recommend slide some 1x2’s beneath the bottom front of your stacked wine racks and make sure the top and back is secured to the wall. To do this, the bottom of the rack would need to be pulled away from the wall slightly and each of the racks would need to be attached to each other. This method works far better with standard individual bottles since they provide each bottle the highest amount of friction. Bottles stacked atop each other, in bulk provide a fraction of that friction thus allowing them to slide out of the storage unit utilized.

A slightly more difficult method, but more secure, would be to add a plywood back on the racks and angle cut a few 1×2 pieces.  If you attach or screw those to the wall and secure the plywood to that backs to that slope, in addition to the 1×2 mentioned….above, that would ensure your wine racks never move.  It does not guarantee that your wine bottles will not fall out. The best way to guarantee that would be adding a door on the front of your rack. That would keep them from falling out of your wine racks.

Chains to Hold Your Wine

We also offer a novelty chain that is pinned into the rack and holds the neck of the bottle. With these precautions, your wines are safe and secure – we all know any damage to them or your wine racks can cost a lot of money and create a dangerous mess to clean up!

The “Big One”

There is always talk of having a 7.0 earthquake or higher at some point in the future. If it does happen, your wines might be the least of your problems. If you are concerned, be sure to take some thought on how your wine racks are held up if indeed the ‘big one’ comes.

Check out our earthquake resistant wine racks today.

3 Basic Wine Accessories To Have In Your Wine Cellar

December 15th, 2010

Wine RacksSo maybe you’ve got your wine rack kits in place, or have recently finished building your wine cellar and are extremely pleased. You can’t wait to grow your collection of fine wines!

But wait, don’t forget your wine cellar accessories! They can add to your wine appreciation experience, so the next time you shop, include them in your list. There are plenty of interesting wine accessories out there, as you may already know.

Why, there’s every bit of accessory made to enhance your wine storing and pouring experience! Sure, you can also get creative with your custom made cellar doors, rolling wine cellar ladders, special lighting and fancy tables and chairs for those wine tastings, but we think you should at least have the basics first: exquisite wine glasses, wine decanters and cork stoppers.

Wine glasses

You know what they say about wine glasses —  they’re nearly as important as the wine itself. To fully appreciate the flavor, depth and aroma of your wine, there’s a glass for every wine and occasion! Pick the right one – we gave you some tips on picking wine glasses last time, so check that out.  Whatever you do, never underestimate the power of wine glasses to enhance your wine drinking experience!

Cork stoppers

Did you know that wine stoppers are one of the top-selling wine accessories?  The choices are limitless — you can choose from various interesting shapes, hand-blown glass shapes, to funny characters sitting on top of the cork.  Understand though, that while cork stoppers can slow the spoiling process of the wine, they can’t really stop it. So the best thing to do is to drink and consume your wine within two days of opening it.

Wine decanters

If you’re new to wines, here’s something you should know: wines which have aged in bottle, typically reds, will generally throw a sediment by age 10 or more. This sediment can be unsightly and can be quite unpleasant in the mouth, hence, the wine decanters. Surely you don’t want unsightly looking wine on the table, so you need to decant your wine into a resplendent receptacle!  When buying wine decanters, look for a wide bottom and a narrow neck.  Decanters also allow you to let the wine breath before serving. Some wines are perfect to drink as soon as you pull the cork. Others need to breath for 5, 10, 15 or more minutes to reach their maximum quality.

Accessorizing can be a very rewarding experience, so take time to enjoy your wine accessories selection. Stock up on these must-have wine accessories today — they’re definitely eye candy for your wine racks and wine cellar!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #14 – Vintner Series Installation

December 14th, 2010

So here’s the thing. Whenever someone comes to us to build their wine cellar, we can’t help but get excited at the thought of getting our hands dirty. (Well, not literally.) We just love the anticipation, and we can’t wait to see the finished wine room.

We’ve been doing this for years, and there’s nothing like a very pleased client and a beautiful wine cellar to make our day. I mean, have you seen last week’s residential wine cellar? If you’ve been following Tech Tuesdays, surely you’ve seen many of our residential and commercial wine rack masterpieces.

This week, we’re showing you more interesting before and after photos of another one of our recent installations in Knoxville, TN.

First, check out this empty wine room. Just how cool is the stone facade?

We’ve been showing you empty wine cellars, we know, but of course you know that it’s the beauty of the wine racks and its accessories that we (and the owners) are showing off. Today we’ve included photos of the bare wine room because we want to show you the progress of the work.

As you can see, it starts with a few boxes here and there…

Inside these boxes are the ready to install Vintner Series Wine Racks which offers a wide variety of modular wine racking options, along with the ability to mix and match racking heights and styles.

FYI, the construction crew doesn’t like to get the floor dirty or mark anything up! Boxes are handy for walking across the floor. We’re serious about keeping the workspace (and future wine room!) clean.

The owner of this wine cellar chose nothing less than the best — Premium Redwood, stained in  Dark Walnut. Assembling Vintner wine racks is quick and easy, and we love them because they come in versatile kits that can accommodate any height!

At Wine Cellar Innovations, we make construction easy but durable. Time, skill and patience all pay off once the wine racks are in place. Look at how inviting this wine room is with the effect of the LED lights…

While the lighting is dark, you can see the wine room is finished. Voila!

Ah, the beauty of Redwood.

More on the Vintner Series: The premise behind these wine racks was to create a custom fit floor to ceiling wine storage application for rooms that have an 8′ or taller ceiling height. You can utilize the Vintner Series wine racking collection to rack walls all the way up to almost 22 feet!

Complete with individual bottle storage, solid diamond bins and an archway and table top, this wine room makes a great home for the owner’s precious wine bottles.

Notice how the stone tile flooring complements the racks, and how the space of this not-so-big wine room is well utilized. Why, we can’t wait to see this filled with 665 wine bottles — that’s the capacity of this entire cellar.

Each wine bottle stored on these racks is cradled on customized rails that are carefully manufactured with beveled ends and rounded edges to ensure wine labels will not tear when the bottles are removed. Oh, and notice how the different shades of the wood come out even with the dark walnut stain…beautiful!

Vintner is one of our affordable wine rack kits here at WCI. If you were buying custom, you could get a true radius curve but with Vintner, you can fit them together to look very attractive.

We have installed so many wine cellars already, and we can’t wait to show you more. Here are some past examples of our custom Tech Tuesdays: a huge residential wine room built from our Gold Series, and a gorgeous Platinum Series wine cellar that’s just to die for. Check out our photo gallery for more installs, and stay tuned for next week’s feature!

A Whole Lotta Wine Tasting

December 13th, 2010

Wine TastingLook. Swirl. Smell. Taste. Savor.

This season, we know there will be a whole lot of wine drinking and tasting. Why not pick a few of your favorite wines, a few friends, and have a wine tasting party?

Of course, a wine tasting party would not be complete without a fabulous wine tasting table where you can gather around, catch up and enjoy wine. Wine tasting tables provide both functional working space and extra bottle storage and in case you’re looking for one (for yourself or for a friend as a Holiday present), Wine Cellar Innovations has some great wine tables, such as this Redwood wine tasting table that can house 180 bottles, or if you want a vintage gift, this Wine Barrel Table.

These wine tables can enhance the look and mood of your party. You can set one up in the center of your wine cellar, kitchen or living room – wherever you feel it most appropriate.

If you’re new to wine tasting parties, you need to do a little pre-planning. Here are some tips:

  • Are you planning to try a specific group of wines?  If you want to try white wines, we recommend buying Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio. On the other hand, if you’re going for red wines only, go for Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir.
  • To showcase the luscious color of the wines, keep your tasting table pristine. This means you should use a white tablecloth for a red wine tasting to allow for a clean background so you can clearly see the color of the wine.
  • Create a welcoming environment for your friends/guests with soft/dim lights yet bright enough for everyone to read the tasting notes and enjoy the appearance of each wine being tasted.
  • Keep your wines from tainting each other. With each new wine, start with a new wine glass.
  • Food pairings. Will you be having pasta? Meat? Cheese? When you buy your wines, ask the experts at the store for food-pairing recommendations based on each.

Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to discover new wines, share your wine knowledge or tasting techniques, bond with family and friends and of course, show off that wine tasting table! Enjoy!

Holiday Wine Exchange Party Ideas

December 11th, 2010

Wine TastingWhat is the best way to share your love of wine with friends and family?

Well, I’m sure by this time they know you love wine and you are gifted with wine tasting certificates, decorated wine glasses, and wine bottles by the dozens. Have you thought about bringing your love of wine to your traditional family gatherings?

If your family is anything like mine, there is a clear line drawn between the adult table and the children table. Sometimes the kids table might be a little more rowdier and fun then the adults but if you get a wine party started, you might turn things around!

Wine Elephant Game

That dreaded “white elephant” game can be made into a fun wine party. Ask your friends and family to bring a bottle of wine valued around $25.00 and draw numbers to start the game. Remember, you can only do THREE steals and then it’s done. No cheating! You can make it fun by breaking open a few bottles for wine tasting after the game is done. Or you might want to start before. Just sayin’.

Here is a cheat sheet on the rules of White Elephant.

Wine Tastings

It’s a little effort on the host of the party but if they have enough wine glasses, go for it! Every group can bring a bottle to the party and you can do a wine tasting. If you are the host, you can make some wonderful guest gifts with special stationary that they can take home and a pen to write their notes with. Instead of tastings, you can also have a holiday wine exchange party by just switching up in a wine bottle exchange.

Holiday Gift Baskets

EtsyThis can be a traditional gift but a bottle of wine is never turned down as a gift to your friends or family over the holidays. Make it special by making (or buying! Etsy is my fav!) wine bags or even special favors like homemade soaps, wine coasters,

Etsy Hand Painted Wine GlassesI can get lost in Etsy, here are some of my favorite gifts having to do with wine.

  • Velvet wine bags
  • Unique wine bags with grapes
  • Wine charms with photos! Personalize them! (Love it!)
  • Glass wine stopper
  • Hand painted wine glasses
  • Holiday wine swap
  • Snack bowl made from a wine bottle. Check this one out!

I’ll stop torturing you but really, check Etsy out for those handmade unique gifts.

Wine Games

Winerd

Have you heard of Winerd from Uncommon Goods? Trivia with a wine twist! You can break it out after the kids have finished unwrapping their gifts! It looks like they are in short supply though, so act now.

Best Holiday Drink? I am biased against Christmas Wassail. What is your favorite?

A hot traditional holiday drink using apple cider and apple liqueur.

Ingredients:
1 gallon apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks and another 8 to garnish
25-30 cloves
1 quart pineapple juice or cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup apple liqueur

To make: In a large saucepan combine cranberry juice, cider, sugar cinnamon sticks, cloves and simmer uncovered for 10 minute and skim off the froth. Add the apple liqueur and simmer another two minutes. Strain out cloves and cinnamon sticks.Done!

To serve: Pour wassail into glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Enjoy your party!

Wine Cellar Roundup – The Friday Edition #12: Common Wine Questions And Other Fun Stuff

December 10th, 2010

I hope your iPods are all set on a Holiday shuffle! ‘Tis the season to be merry and while my house is decorated for the holidays, my cards are almost in the mail, I’m still wondering what appetizer I’m going to bring to the family gathering. Hopefully I can decide soon! In the meantime, I go through my daughters birthday and it’s on to getting all the wine storage presents wrapped. How about you? On to some funny stuff…

Don’t forget right now we have 10% off on ALL ONLINE ORDERS! Code: HOLIDAY10 – Get your Christmas shopping done early! Find out the last day to order to get it before Christmas. We are running every order down to the shipping department to get it out in time!

From the Huffington Post comes the 10 Most Common Wine Questions and it is really well put together. If you want a quick guide to forward to friends and family, this is it.

I love these 2011 wine and booze predictions from the Orange County Registry.  “Cheap is chic” and more sparkling gems.

Going along with that is the Chicago Tribune’s list of the world’s best wines. Do you have them on your bucket list?
What is the wine word of the week? Crémant is the word and find out more about it at WinePeeps.com.

Upset at any of those laws NOT being passed this week in congress? I’ll try to keep politics out of this but I really enjoyed this article of, If only Laws were like Sausages. No really. It’s worth a giggle.

3 Must-Have Wine Storage Add-Ons for Spacious Wine Cellars

December 9th, 2010

Artisan Copper HumidificationIf money and space aren’t issues in building your wine cellar, you can definitely go all out in your wine cellar racking system, wine accessories and equipment. To age wine properly, ideal conditions must be met, so aside from extensive racking to hold your wine bottles, you will need these to help you properly regulate temperature, light and humidity in your wine cellar:

Thermostat and Wine Cellar Refrigeration

To properly regulate your wine cellar’s temperature, you will need to install a thermostat and wine cellar refrigeration unit. If you are building a wine cellar in your basement, installing them is a must especially if you live in a particularly volatile climate.

Humistat for Humidification

A Humidistat is an easy way for you to control and monitor your room’s relative humidity. We recommend installing these wine cellar humidification systems to create the ideal RH (70% or more) for your wines. We particularly enjoy using water fountains to both keep humidification in your cellar while at the same time provide a beautiful focal point of conversation into your custom wine cellar.

LED Lighting

Yes, wine should ideally be stored in dark conditions, but you will need to install lights so that you can see when you are enjoying or working in your cellar. When choosing lighting for your wine storage area, we suggest softer, safer lights, such as LED lighting. This soft lighting ensures minimal disturbance to the wine, and is typically used as back-lighting in crown molding, for archways and in high reveal display racking. LED lights last for 50,000 to 100,000 hours and best of all produce very little heat which is perfect for wine cellar conditions.

To get the best from your precious wine bottles, you know you need to maintain ideal wine storage conditions. Gracefully age your wines with the help of these equipment/accessories, and keep your bottles at their peak for years to come.

The Holiday Wine Gifts List – Part 2

December 8th, 2010

So you have wine connoisseurs on your holiday gift list, and are on a budget. If some of our suggestions on our offical Holiday Wine Gift Guide are a little too much for you, don’t worry. You can still give your loved ones some great wine-related gifts.

Last time we shared with you Part 1 of our Holiday Wine Gifts List – we hope you enjoyed it!  If you are on a limited budget, present a friend, family member or coworker with some practical yet elegant gifts, such as bottle of wine in a decorative bag, and maybe throw in some gourmet treats or essential accessories. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to put together a thoughtful gift basket, right?

Here’s another list of gifts we recommend for you:

Wine Magazines Subscription

Want to give a gift that keeps on giving? Well a wine magazine subscription does just that. If you know your recipient’s favorite magazine/s, then it shouldn’t be a problem for you. If you don’t, get a subscription from any of the top wine magazines. From Wine Spectator to Wine Enthusiast – there are so many magazines to choose from!

Wine Books

Here’s what we love about wine books: they are perfect for those just beginning to enjoy wine and those who have been enjoying it for years. Consider these top 10 wine books recommended by IntoWine, the best wine books ever from Amazon, or the best wine books for beginners by SeriousEats.

Wine gift sets

We think holiday parties aren’t complete without a nice looking wine gift pack of mixed white and red wines, or wine gift basket full of wine and cheese. They are both elegant and appropriate, and work perfectly as gifts for anyone. Wine.com has put together an assortment of classy wine gift baskets and wine gift sets you should definitely check out!

Wine buckets or chillers

For that special someone who drinks wine daily, go shopping for wine chillers. Wine Enthusiast has an interesting array of wine buckets and chillers for those precious bottles of wine. They come in various shapes, sizes and sleek styles and designs, with thermal-insulated walls to keep your pre-chilled wine or champagne bottle cool for up to 3 hours!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #13 – Dark Walnut Mahogany

December 7th, 2010

Preserving and storing wines is a commitment. And when you decide to build a wine cellar, you know you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best.

This week’s residential wine cellar was assembled from our top of the line Platinum Series, and also uses Prime Mahogany just like last week’s Tech Tuesday feature. This time though, the owners chose a Dark Walnut stain, which, we must say, looks absolutely fabulous!

Truly a beauty from the ceiling down to the floor, we love how this wine cellar pleases the eye of every one who walks into it.

What: Residential Custom Wine Cellar
Project #: 193569-7
Wood: Prime Mahogany in Dark Walnut stain
Maximum storage capacity:  1,465 wine bottles
Where: Westport, CT

We love how this wine room’s racking can accommodate all bottle sizes and types. It has all the stunning elements of the Plantinum Series wine racks — the widest variety of wine storage options in a full-depth style! With individual bottle storage, bulk storage bins, an elegant archway and table top, it’s the perfect place to open wines and stage your cellar selections for any occasion’s entertainment.

This well built racking system is constructed beautifully, as you can see from the  smooth, eased edges, tapered ends, precise fitting and LED lighting. Why, we can’t wait to see this filled with 1,465 wine bottles — that’s how much wine this wine cellar can hold.

Notice how the diamond bins are installed horizontally instead of vertically(which is normal), and the crown molding below. Nicely done!

Oh, did we mention what an exquisite glass door this wine cellar has? While some wine cellar owners opt for wooden wine doors for that element of surprise, here the owner actually wants to show you what’s inside the cellar right away.

Both the door and this glass wall package was also installed by Wine Cellar Innovations. Family and guests will surely be always delighted by the beautiful wine cellar within these glass walls!

If you’re a fan of  Technical Tuesdays , we’ve definitely got more wine cellars for you to read and rave about. In the meantime, do view our residential wine cellars photo gallery.

The Holiday Wine Gifts List (Part 1)

December 6th, 2010

Shopping early for the perfect gift for that friend or family member who loves wine? This holiday season, maybe you’re thinking wine gift baskets or a bottle of expensive wine.

Wine is definitely an excellent gift to be offered on any occasion. Whether it’s birthdays, graduation parties, bridal showers, Valentines or Thanksgiving, any person receiving a wine bottle will always be charmed by the gift.

But here’s another gift idea: wine accessories! We think this the one of the best presents for a wine lover and for every individual with a good taste. These days there are many chic wine accessories available. Here is a list of some wine accessories that can enhance any wine cellar:

Chic wine glasses
An elegant wine glass adds to the enjoyment of drinking wine, so give some chic wine glasses this holiday season. The recipient will surely appreciate his/her favorite wines’ aroma and taste, not to mention add a classy accessory to the wine room or kitchen.

Wine decanters
Anyone who wants the best from their wine should own a wine decanter. It’s a great accessory for pouring out the whole bottle of wine to aerate it and make it breathe better. Choose a clear, crystal decanter that allows you to see the wine at its best.

Wine stoppers
Have you seen some pretty wine stoppers around? There are plenty of choices nowadays, from cork to metal, ceramic to glass.  Plain or decorative, this wine accessory helps seal the wine bottle well to prevent oxidation and spoilage.

Wine tasting tables

If you’re going all out for Christmas present for a loved one, how about some fabulous wine tasting tables? This is perfect for that friend or relative who’s looking to have a nice workspace in his/her cellar, and just can’t get enough of hosting wine tasting parties!

Wine Racks
Is someone close to you thinking of building a wine cellar? Surely, he or she will be shopping for some wine racks, so why not give him/her a gift certificate for affordable wine racks from Wine Cellar Innovations? We have $50 to $1,000 gift certificate amounts to choose from. You can even request for us to do a special design of their room, so they can see how they might like their wine cellar constructed! How cool a gift is that?

If you need more ideas or more extravagant choices, check out our Holiday Wine Gift Guide.

Make Wine? Buy Wine? Or Just Drink Wine? Get a Wine Rack!

December 5th, 2010

Do you make wine? Buy wine? Or just drink wine?

How many wine bottles do you have? Even if you are not a wine collector, you may face the problem of storage especially if there’s no specific room utilize the space. If you are wondering what you can do to organize your wine, let us help.  This might be the perfect time to go for some wine rack shopping! Get your browsing fingers ready to go!

Wine racks come in various styles, designs, shapes and sizes. They are normally set up as wall-mounted but can be stacked as well. Depending on their size and height, they are capable of handling up to hundreds of wine bottles or more. However, to suit your necessities, better choose accordingly depending on the number of wines you have now and plan to have in the future.

One great feature they possess is the fact that most are modular wine racks. You can have them modified the way you want them built and styled. They provide ideal wine storage in any part of your home – just carefully set them up and you can start piling up your bottles from there.

However, especially if you will be dealing with a large number of bottles, knowing how durable the wine rack will be is very important. Why? Simply because this factor guarantees the safety of your collection and, a way to easily figure this out, is through examining the material used in building the racking system itself.

There are different types of wine racks. The popular ones are normally made out of wood, metal wine racks, iron, and glass. Each kind has established a strong reputation in the market, thus, it will be your job to research which type you prefer for your home. Whatever selection you choose, the important thing is, it must be proficient enough to hold your wine collection securely at all times.

Wine racks play a very significant role in storing wine. Whether you have enough space or not, wine racks are capable of adapting in any part of the house. They offer a great wine storage solution for you to keep your wine bottles preserved and safe as they age. Contact us if you would like a design specialist to help you figure out your wine storage needs.

On Loving Redwood And Saving Trees

December 4th, 2010

You must already know how Wine Cellar Innovations loves the mighty Redwood tree.

We have some pretty good reasons for making it our predominant wood of choice in manufacturing wine racks and building wine cellars — no other North American wood has such resistance to rot, mildew and insects; it comes in beautiful brown, pink and reddish tones; it becomes more beautiful as it ages and whether stained or not, it’s simply a sight to behold.

If you took a look at the various colors of Clear All Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood, you would know what we mean.

More importantly, we use Premium Redwood because it is an environmentally sound choice. All our redwood is produced under the guidelines of SFI, Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI Certification provides consumers with assurance that the redwood products they purchase from Wine Cellar Innovations have been harvested in an environmentally sound manner.

We obviously love our forests!

Speaking of forests, we were looking to show a better image that would depict the differences between the heart and sap wood variations, and we stumbled across this great image in Craigleithhill.co.uk —  the image of the cross section of a Redwood:

Interestingly, we found out from Alan Ross Editor of Craigleithhill.co.uk, that the trees, from which the cross sections were made were planted by Sainsbury’s along the front of their store, in Edinburgh Scotland, but had to be removed when an extension to the store was made just recently.

The contractors informed him that they have managed to make a garden seat out of some of the trees and Allan says he “is looking forward to seeing it being put into place somewhere suitable so that the public can relax and enjoy the view of the last bit of the famous Craigleth Sandstone.” He adds, “my efforts to salvage some of the wood from the trees has been rewarded as they were destined for the skip.”

For showing tree love, kudos, Allan! And thank you for allowing us to use and share this photo, that shows off the beautiful color variations of the mighty Redwood.

If you’d like to see wine racks made from Redwood or want more information on why we love Premium and All Heart Redwood, feel free to explore our site!

Taking a Journey Through A Wine Cellar from 2D to 3D Color

December 2nd, 2010

Are you on a journey to become a wine cellar owner?

The process can be a fun and rewarding experience.  One major step in the process is the design phase and at Wine Cellar Innovations we are ready and willing to help you with your wine cellar design.

There are several design options available including 2D B&W, 3D B&W, 3D color and virtual walkthroughs. The Mitchell’s, like many others, had a vision of what they wanted their wine cellar to look like but wanted to clearly see that vision in front of them. Wine Cellar Innovations was able to bring their vision to life with a 3D Color render utilizing the latest software.

But first, Wine Cellar Innovations had to create the 2D B&W designs to see how everything would look and fit within the given space. The Mitchell’s dream utilized many of the key features found in a modern wine cellar starting with a beautiful glass entry door with grapevine etching and a matching sidelight.

The entire cellar utilizes high reveal displays for the individual bottle racking with LED lighting illuminating the display bottles. Diamond bins are strategically placed opposite each other on the long walls.

The back wall is truly unique with pull-out wood case shelves containing hidden drawer slides placed on either side of a peninsula table. Centered is a French door style humidor which features angled display shelves and a pull-out drawer with dividers for Mr. Murphy’s cigar humidor cabinet collection.

Above the tabletop sits an archway with LED lighting to illuminate one of the many mural options offered by Wine Cellar Innovations.

Once those images are approved, we can turn them into 3D color versions that replicate the job entirely.

All of the racked walls are seamlessly joined by true radius curved corners and each end of the racking is finished with quarter round shelf cabinets, a perfect rack to display various items such as decanters, wine glasses or anything else that fancies you.

Even the beautiful wine cellar door can be recreated to complete your final vision of your wine cellar. Creating your wine cellar is an exciting and rewarding experience. Let Wine Cellar Innovations help you bring your vision to life.

Contact one of our Design Specialists to start your wine cellar design now.

3 Answers to Make Your Wine Rack Shopping Easy

December 1st, 2010

Small Wine RacksAsk yourself these 3 questions if you’re looking to buy wine racks

Your wine collection is growing, congratulations!

If you haven’t bought a wine rack yet and have been contented with your wine cooler or wine refrigerator, in due time, your wine collection could quickly outgrow its storage space. Maybe it’s about time you purchased some wine racks, or have a wine cellar customized for you. Shopping for wine racks can be quite overwhelming with so many styles and sizes available today, so we suggest you ask yourself these questions before you buy:

Where do I want to place my wine rack?

One the mistakes wine newbies make is placing a wine rack in the kitchen. Sunlight could be streaming in from your window so this is definitely a no-no for wines. Look for the coolest part of the home, such as a basement. If your wine cellar is not going to be refrigerated then place your racking there.

If you use a wine cellar refrigeration system then you have the opportunity to place your cellar anywhere in the house and show it off. A refrigerated wine cellar of the kitchen or dining room are both practical and can be a decorative focal point. As you may already know, wine racks are best used in a temperature and humidity-controlled area, away from sunlight and vibration.

Asking yourself where you want your wine rack placed is also important if you’re having your racks customized, because measurements have to be taken in order to fit your space perfectly.

How big should my wine collection be?

Okay, how many bottles do you have now? How many bottles do you buy in a month or week? By determining the number of wine bottles you buy regularly, you will be able to pick the right size and height for your wine rack. Our CEO, Jim Deckebach, wrote a guide that can help you figure out how to size your cellar that may be helpful to you.

While you’re at it, take into account the number of expected parties or social gatherings you will be hosting. Also, we assume you will be collecting bottles of different sizes, so make sure you choose a wine rack that can fit various wine bottle sizes.

Do I go for metal or wooden wine racks?

Many wine lovers want their wine racks to complement your home, so take a look at your interior décor and furniture. Which type of wine racks would look good with your overall design? Wooden wine racks are known to be stronger and more stable, but there are some really exquisite and sturdy metal wine racks as well.

Shopping for wine racks need some preparation, and we hope these 3 basic questions can help you when you’re on the hunt for that perfect piece. After that, you might start asking, what is a wine cooler?. We have so many answers ready for you! Don’t worry. Go ahead and keep collecting fine wines, and we wish you the best in finding the perfect wine rack! If you need help, please fill out our Design Request Form and one of our Design Specialists can help you out.