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More Than Just A Table For Two

January 31st, 2011

Custom Wine Tasting TableOne of the more functional accessories you can get with your wine cellar would be your wine tasting tables. A quality crafted wine table will not only serve as a useful working space but it will also add an attractive finishing touch to the overall structure and design of your wine cellar. Moreover, your entertainment area will certainly be more interactive with the presence of a wine tasting table that would entice everyone to sample great bottles of wine over a hearty conversation.

Custom Wine Tables For You

Wine Barrel Table with Glass Top EtchingsWine Cellar Innovations creates unique, custom wine tasting tables in a variety of shapes and designs that are sure to cater to the needs and preferences of wine collectors anywhere. You can choose from a number of pre-designed wine tables or have one custom-made in order to match the patterns and swatches of your wine cellar and wine cellar racks. Apart from the standard rectangle-shaped wine tables, we also carry unconventional wine barrel tables with glass tabletops that exude a rustic yet classic vibe. For those who gravitate towards a more delicate and artsy touch, we also have wine barrel tables with etched glass that are sure to give make your wine cellar look dainty, romantic, and simply elegant. You may also want to go with a combination of wine table-and-bar that has an additional storage rack at the bottom for multifunctional purposes.

Topping it all up!

Wine Cellar Innovations further take customized wine cellar accessories up another notch with our custom countertops and tabletops. Apart from having custom wine tasting tables and counters, you can actually personalize even the surfaces of these accessories.  The  end result? You get a truly exceptional look for your wine cellar that will certainly make it stand out! Try checking out our ingenious collection of Corian Tabletops, Cork Tabletops, Mosaic Tabletops, Vintage Wine Barrel Tabletops, Tumbled Stone Tabletops, and Hand-Painted Tile Tabletops.

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Seek Sound Advice

In choosing the wine tasting table that would work best with your wine cellar both in terms of design and function, you may want to solicit essential advice and tips from our experienced design consultants or visit our website for more details on our wine cellar installation and assembly services, particularly for custom wine cellars and accessories.

Custom Wine Tasting TableWine Cellar Innovations provides quality wine tables, classically crafted, and customized to meet the most eccentric tastes. Our varied and interesting collection of wine tasting tables include standard wine tables, storage wine tasting tables, oak wine bars, bottle tasting tables and so much more. Because you can have it customized, your wine tasting table will actually be a reflection of your good taste and personality.

Order Custom Wine Cellar Accessories

Turn a humdrum wine cellar into an entertainment haven that can set the mood for one truly delightful wine tasting experience by “spiffing” things up with accessories that do more than just “store” your collection. Wine Cellar Innovations makes it possible for wine lovers everywhere to set the table for everyone, not just two or three, to enjoy superb bottles of wine. Troop over today and browse our widespread custom wine cellar collections and wine cellar accessories.

 

The Beauty of Art and Custom Wine Cellars

January 27th, 2011

The Beauty of Art and Custom Wine Cellars

If you are a great connoisseur of wine, you would most likely agree that to truly enjoy and savor the taste of a good bottle of wine, the environment and setting for tasting the same must be properly arranged. Hence, there more than just a few wine lovers out there who would willingly give a nod to enjoying a glass or two of their favorite vintage outside under the sparkling sunshine, the cool breeze, and the dewy feel of Mother Nature.

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Of course, it is a given that we cannot just demand an outdoor wine tasting all the time and at present, most wine tasting activities are actually done indoors especially in commercial establishments. But having murals, paintings, and pictures of vibrant sceneries, effervescent landscapes, colorful abstracts and stained glass art, and muted classics do more than just enliven an otherwise dreary wine cellar. These artistic accents lend flavor and life to each bottle of wine we taste.

Wine Cellar Innovations provides wine collectors everywhere the opportunity to commission these works of art to adorn their wine cellars. Our wine cellar artists hail from exceptional backgrounds in terms of their education and experience in their respective artistic fields. From our superb painters down to our glass artists and tile painters, Wine Cellar Innovations boasts of a truly treasured collection of wine cellar art. Customizing your wine cellar with our timeless pieces will make opening every bottle a lasting memory by creating the right wine tasting conditions with custom wine cellar art and accents.

Custom Hand Painted Murals

Paintings and murals lend an ethereal aura to your wine cellar. Depending on the customer’s taste and preference, each piece can be utilized to bring out the pattern and design of your wine cellar to the fullest. Wine Cellar Innovations touts a number of enticing collections for you to choose from: the Classic Moments Collection, the Contemporary Moments Collection, the Wallpaper Canvas Paintings, and Onsite Murals.

Each collection has its own distinct features inspired by the hands of the truly talented and skilled artists at Wine Cellar Innovations. What’s more, should you have other themes or art concepts in mind, you can actually have the same customized by commissioning our wine cellar artists. Learn more about our skilled wine cellar artists.

Tumbled Stone Accents

Gorgeous paintings and murals need not be just on canvas. Tumbled stone artwork can present a more unique and quixotic appeal especially when palettes are blended and muted in natural stone. Wine Cellar Innovations also offers Tumbled Stone Art Collections that can turn your wine cellar into a dreamy wonderland of art and romance.

You can have the painting or mural of your choice reproduced in natural stone or marble and have additional accents and moldings on the same to make it even more distinct. This is all made possible with our varied selections of accents and corner pieces, liners and edging, and listellos. Take a quick tour through our gallery and see the menagerie of products we have available for you.

A simple food for thought: a well-crafted wine cellar is good, but a customized wine cellar is nothing short of fantastic. Give your wine cellar that little bit of edge that spells “wow” with customized art and accents at Wine Cellar Innovations today.

Signature Austin’s Sensational Wine Racks

January 26th, 2011

Last week, we talked about maximizing sales with wine display islands in your stores. And maximize sales is just what Signature Austin (SA) did with retail wine racks from Wine Cellar Innovations.

How does that make us feel? Pretty durn good fo’sho! I mean, who doesn’t love to see their products being displayed and appreciated?

We got in touch with Billy McNamara of SA and got some great feedback on the WCI racks.  He has purchased some of our best commercial wine racks for Signature Austin.

A little info on Signature Austin: they have a chain of convenience stores – 22, to be exact, in the Greater Austin Area (all in small towns) and they sell beer and wine. Their latest store is in Cedar Park, next one is Georgetown that they are building – about 25 miles out.

Billy tells us that they have Wine Cellar Innovations’ commercial wine racks in 9 stores now. “We have eight foot wine racks on both sites, plus a nine foot facing end cap. That gives us space for quite a view bottles while we also have shelves in the cooler.  We are selling regular bottles, 1.5 larger ones, as well as our tiny 4-packs.”

Speaking of 4 packs, we’ve been seeing many of these genius wine packaging lately.  Don’t they make bringing along wine even easier?

Anyway, Billy tells us that “The clients love the racks, they always brag on them. I think they’re pleased with how the racks make it convenient for them to shop for their favorite wines, and how the island displays make it easier to see the wines labels, not to mention add personality to the store.”Circular Wine Carousel

Placement of the wines is of high importance in Signature Austin stores. Billy tells us they rotate out their special wines and we think featuring special wines is a great idea to perk customers’ interests. When you’re running a store like SA,  sales and special wines are definitely a great way to keep the sales figures up.

Texans love their wine, so we asked Billy what type of wines people have been buying lately.  “Yellowtail is the biggest mover,” Billy shares.  In case you didn’t know, Yellow Tail is an Australian line of wines, named after the yellow-footed rock wallaby, a smaller cousin of the kangaroo that has a golden tail. “Also, La Crème – Chardonnay (known for its nice, buttery taste) is a big seller.” Bella Sera – Pinot Grigio, which is a personal favorite of mine, as well as Genevieve White are also bestsellers.

Billy also shares about their new store too: “I had redesigned the layout of the floor to get the wine racks over by the beer cave and the cooler – and we are very excited about the new layout and how it will help wine sales. We have local apartment complexes nearby that were just built and we hope it will do fantastic with a good selection of wines.”


Indeed, there’s nothing like a few good words about our racks from a very pleased client. “The racks are all easy to stock. Each column holds a full case – we keep it loaded all the way down to the floor and work it up. We do pretty well.”

If you happen to drop by any of Signature Austin’s stores, do check out their wine and beer products. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the wine racks they’re raving about too.


Tech Tuesday – Episode #20 – Cut Rate Liquor

January 25th, 2011

Hello Tech Tuesday fans!

Can you believe it’s the last week of January already? The first month of 2011 is almost over, but we’re just warming up for more interesting Techical Tuesdays. In case you missed last week’s residential wine cellar, check it out here.

We started the year with residential wine cellars, so here’s something refreshing: Cut Rate Liquor, a retail store in Cape Coral, Florida showing off their wines in our  most versatile commercial wine racks.

What: Commercial Wine Cellar
Project #: 202115-0
Wood: Premium Redwood
Maximum capacity:  bottles
Where: Cape Coral, FL

Check out these before and after photos. We love how the premium island display wine racks are placed in high-traffic areas, in this case, they are grouped together in rows throughout the center areas of the store to stimulate sales. These sturdy, freestanding racks are made from only the best – Premium Redwood.

As you can see, these wine displays with counter top show off the wines in optimal visual range. The counter is wisely used to market related items and accessories for more impulse buys. The height of the racks is just right too, as it’s designed to maximize label visibility, without blocking views of the rest of the store.

Overall, we love the look of these racks against a white backdrop. Clean, modern and refreshing, this store looks absolutely inviting! We wouldn’t wonder if customers flock in and enjoy their wine shopping experience.

Jack Diener visited Cut Rate Liquor over the holidays to grab these attractive ‘after’ photos to share with you. In between his busy schedule of relaxing, fishing, and picking up a few six-packs from the store! Thanks Cut Rate Liquor!

Learn more about how to maximize wine sales with retail wine racks, and don’t forget to check out our commercial photo gallery.

Modern Styled Glass Enclosed Wine Cellars, Anyone?

January 24th, 2011

Here’s something modern and eye-catching in wine storage for both homes and restaurants: a glass enclosed wine cellar.

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In homes, this allows you to show off your wines; in retail wine rack restaurants, it’s a unique touch we believe will give any dining establishment an edge, not to mention help increase wine sales. In dining establishments where customers can see the wines in plain view, glass cellars actually help sell the wines.

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Glass wine cellars and glass-enclosed wine rooms are perfect for the discriminating taste of wine collectors who want to combine a strong visual display with proper wine storage conditions.

Truly a visual delight

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We love wood wine cellars, but if you’re all about edgy and contemporary, a glass enclosed wine cellar is the perfect choice. Also, while we also love elegant cellar doors and being surprised by what the cellar holds inside, sometimes, you just want to go right ahead and show off your collection. Why hide those great wines, right?

A glass-enclosed wine cellar does just this, as it draws the eye to the racks and wine behind the glass. It shows off your unique wine racking providing increased visibility for your wines.

Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, we use thick glass designed to maximize refrigeration and humidification benefits. We know it’s not just about looking pretty, so we make sure that perfect wine storage conditions are maintained. The glass panes are joined using a clear silicone bead, creating a seamless connection.

The thing about using glass is, it turns wine storage into a visual feature, and not just a place to store wine. Indeed, it shows a very tasteful eye for decorating and creating an experience.

Homeowners and restaurateurs alike will surely make a statement with glass enclosed wine cellars. Attractive and eye-catching, a glass-enclosed cellar truly adds a modern, elegant appeal to any room.

Do You Want A Custom Wine Cellar in Your Home?

January 23rd, 2011

For an avid fan of wines, putting up a custom wine cellar at the comfort of your home is a dream. But this dream is no longer impossible to achieve especially with all the resources lately. As a matter of fact, building a wine cellar can be accomplished in a short period of time as long as you seek help from pros who know how to get it done smoothly.

A major advantage you get through incorporating a wine cellar in your dwelling is it provides you with a larger storage for your wines. Once you see your bottles increase in number, a custom-made wine cellar answers your storage necessities perfectly. And that’s not all – having one also increases your home’s value.

If your house has more space, now might be a good time to create your own cellar. You can easily convert that into a wine room or a wine cellar modified with sturdy shelves to keep your bottles safe and intact. Usually, it is built in the basement but if you’d like to set it up at other spare space you can always do so. However, just make sure it has no direct contact with sunlight, has sufficient ventilation, and a cooling unit can be easily installed.

During the building process, you can freely add a few personal touches if you want to. Murals, paintings, tumbled stone, and other corner pieces are just some to list. You can also play with the stain finish for the whole cellar or make use of etched mirror pieces to serve as a focal attraction inside the room. Just know how to experiment and be creative.

When it comes to constructing a wine cellar, doing the job yourself can be a long process. Hiring a professional is recommended to make sure you have constructed your room appropriately and also takes the work off of your shoulders.

And, if you’d like to know more on how to design and sketch your dream wine cellar, give us a call anytime and let us start a blueprint of how you plan to build the cellar.

4 Tips On Buying Wine Racks Online

January 20th, 2011

Oops, those wine bottles seem to be growing in number. You know it’s about time you bought some wine racks!

Thanks to the internet, you can now buy things with just a few clicks. With savvy online research skills, you’ll definitely find a huge range of wine rack options available. So you shouldn’t have any trouble at all getting good deals that are suitable for your needs, right?

All it takes is knowing what you want and need (and what matches your home or kitchen décor) and you can then take all the time browsing the web to find that perfect wine rack.

Whether it’s Google, Bing or Yahoo you use to perform your research, you’ll have access to a huge range of online stores that sell beautiful wine racks.

1. Decide on the type of wine rack you need. How many bottles do you plan to store? If you’re growing a wine collection, modular wine racks are a great idea, because you can easily add racks as you add more bottles! Also, decide on what type of material you want – wood or metal? Where do you want to place it and how much space do you need?

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2. Have a pen and paper ready before browsing. You can then make notes while you browse the web. Take note of styles, materials and your favorite wine cellar manufacturing company. Listing down the latter is important because you may want to go back later to ask them questions about their products.

3. Set your budget. This can help you narrow down your search, saving you time. To understand the pricing of certain wine racks, ask about the wine rack construction and materials.

4. Never rush! We know how exciting it is when you find a photo of some racks you really like, but take your time while you shop online. Ask the manufacturer questions. Make sure that you don’t end up wasting money on a deal that’s not worth it.

Remember, buying a wine rack is something that needs a little bit of thought, and while it’s not easy to shop online, it can be overwhelming once you see the options! Just do your research thoroughly and you should have no trouble finding deals that are suitable for your needs and budget. Take your time, consult the experts and ask for recommendations. 🙂

A Touch Of Class: Glass Panel Doors For Your Wine Cellar

January 19th, 2011

Etched Glass DoorYou know what they say about wine cellar doors – they’re the first thing your guests see, so they’ve got to make a statement.

Well making a statement means choosing a door that increases the aesthetic value of your wine cellar. So why not go for a custom glass wine cellar door? Aside from their aesthetic appeal, there are many advantages to using glass doors. Classy and tasteful, glass panel doors certainly add a certain sophistication that other types of doors lack. It also brightens up the interior of your home wine cellar significantly.

Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, you can choose among plain glass, etched glass, painted glass and custom personalized glass. We understand that aesthetics and function are important considerations when choosing your wine room’s door, so we have given you a lot of options for each type. Indeed, there is more room for variety using glass doors, each one perfect for your overall home décor. Yes, there arePainted Glass Doorseveral other great types of doors to suit your wine cellar, but if you want your wine cellar to look absolutely gorgeous, then glass doors are a wise choice.

Check out this recent Tech Tuesday post featuring a residential wine cellar install that uses glass panel doors. Simple and classy, it’s just what this wine room containing beautiful dark mahogany wine racks needs.

Whatever your vision is, whether you go for a fancy painting, pretty etchings or an image of your choice, it can be accomplished. We can customize your wine cellar door to fit your needs, so if you’re in the market for that perfect wine cellar door, contact us today.

Tech Tuesday – Episode #19 – Redwood Vintner Wine Racks

January 18th, 2011

What’s the next best thing to having a huge wine collection? Why, having a huge wine cellar to store them in, of course! And that’s exactly what we have today – another huge wine cellar built right here in Cincinnati.

In case we haven’t mentioned, one of the things we love about writing Tech Tuesdays is the variety of wine cellar sizes – from the small, wine closets to huge, magnificent wine rooms. Last week we wrote about an All Heart Redwood wine cellar with red accents. What did you think about that?  Whether they’re built in homes or in stores and restaurants, we just love building wine cellars and writing about them.
What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 207256-0
Wood: Premium Redwood
Maximum capacity: 2,160 bottles
Where: Cincinnati, OH
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Speaking of building wine cellars, you know there’s no other wood that’s been trusted to last for years — Premium Redwood. The wood of choice for wine cellars, not only is it durable and stunning, the Redwood also projects age beautifully.

Do these racks look familiar to you? They should be, because we wrote about them recently! Yes, these racks are from the Vintner Series Modular Wine Racks Collection – extremely versatile racks that keep up with you as you grow your precious collection.

For this project, a combination of 2, 3, 4 and 10 column Vintner wine racks were put together to create this home storage for a huge collection. This wine cellar is capable of storing 2,160 bottles of wine! Each individual bottle storage features customized rails for wine bottles that are carefully manufactured with beveled ends and rounded edges. This ensures that wine labels will not tear every time bottles are removed during those special occasions.
And what else to do we have here? A Whisperkool self-contained system which has both the evaporator & condenser all in one unit.
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The Vintner Series is indeed a great choice for huge wine cellars. The wine racks may be stacked on top of one another and can accommodate any ceiling height, and with so many choices in racking options, it’s so easy to mix and match wine rack styles to create a custom wine room.
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Learn more about the Vintner collection here, and take a tour of our photo gallery for more wine cellar installs.

The Sky is the Limit for Your Wine Cellar Ceiling

January 17th, 2011

How important is it to have well-crafted ceiling in your wine cellar? For purposes of structure and safety, it is highly essential and for the purpose of adding a classic touch and timeless appeal to your wine cellar, it is actually quite indispensable.

Having a sturdy wine cellar ceiling made from the finest quality materials gives you the assurance that your collection is stored in the best possible conditions and that the exposure to sudden temperature changes is controlled. The wine cellar ceiling together with the wine cellar cabinets, racks, shelves, and refrigeration units work together to bring out the best taste of wine and ensure that your precious bottles will age at just the right pace.

Take the time to browse through our broad collection of custom wine cellar ceilings and see the difference when you have a highly experienced design consultant sit down and discuss with you the finer points of acquiring custom accents and accessories for your wine cellar. The kind of ceiling that you would have installed can greatly enhance the appearance of your storage space, making it appear bigger, cozier, or radiate a more striking look.

Several possibilities include:

  • Etched Light Box
  • Raised Panel Ceilings
  • Tongue & Groove Paneling
  • Coffered Ceilings
  • Radius Ceilings

Our design consultants can help you select the style that would bring out the best features of your wine cellar, from etched light box and raised panel ceilings designed to create the impression of greater space and down to tongue and groove paneling and coffered ceilings that make use of the play of light upon glass and wood for a more vibrant and rustic touch. Consult with us today and witness how we make the wine cellar of your dreams come to life.

A Tasteful Wine Cellar Makeover

January 15th, 2011

What is the difference between a functional or tastefully functional wine cellar? It is how you would choose the accents and accessories that would add the final touches to your masterpiece. Having a standard wine cellar with the right amenities is good enough but when the price is reasonable and you have the budget for it, there is something to be said about going the extra mile and turning your wine cellar into one of your home’s or establishment’s main attractions.

At Wine Cellar Innovations, the judicious wine lover will be able to find themselves faced with the golden opportunity to build custom wine cellars that would best suit their preferences in terms of design and style as well as complement the overall appearance and theme of their home or commercial establishment. Hence, whether you are building a residential or commercial retail wine cellar, we are able to provide you with all the custom finishes you need to turn an ordinary wine cellar into an exquisite work of art.

Selecting Your Amenities

You can have your pick from our extensive collection of custom wine cellar amenities such as:

  • Ceilings
  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Cabinetry
  • Hand crafted moldings

These different accents such as delicately crafted wood trims and moldings can add an elegant and romantic touch. Be on the lookout next week for future posts that go over how to select amenities to complement your wine cellar.

Our design consultants can help you design your custom wine cellar from scratch so take the time to visit or contact us at Wine Cellar Innovations.

Maximize Sales With Wine Displays Islands In Your Store

January 13th, 2011

Commercial Wine Display RacksAs a wine store owner, you want your store to look great for customers and visitors. Getting a sale is not just about the interiors and ambiance, of course. Aside from the wine bottles themselves, your wine racks are the focal point of your store. They play a huge role in increasing sales.

When you’re in the business of selling wines, a major factor in drawing in customers is excellently displayed bottles of wine. And by “excellently displayed”, we mean using the right wine rack – one that serves both to attract and protect your wines.

Wine Display Islands to increase wine sales

Commercial wine racks are designed to keep the bottles on their sides so that the cork remains moist, ensuring the best wine quality. A popular retail wine display rack (and also one of our favorites) is the Wine Display Island.

Wine Display Islands are versatile freestanding racks that offer an organized display, and exude versatility and functionality. These wine racks are among our most popular styles of commercial racking. Depending on your store décor, you can also customize the racks to create a perfect wine store display.

We love them because can be grouped together or set up in lines, and allow for maximum label visibility. They’re also a great way to make use of an unused floor space in your store. Usually, a wine display island is placed in a high traffic area of the store for increased sales. When placed near your store’s register, for example, can drive impulse buys for a few more bottles! Built to help you increase sales, these racks have just the right height to keep your other wine bottles visible for easy label reading by your customers.

One last thing…

No matter the size of your space, there’s a well-built wine island display for you. Choose a wood and finish that will serve as the basis for the rest of the décor of your store. Lastly, consider lighting. How you light your displays can help bring attention to a particular section of wines you want your customers to notice first. Check out our photo gallery for some fabulous wine store displays for some inspiration.

NAHB International Builders Show 2011

January 12th, 2011

We are so excited to be in Orlando today at the NAHB International Builders Show! We are located in booth W5549 and would love for you to stop by and visit us.

As you can see above, our booth is decked out in some beautiful examples of our finest wood wine racks. We have many special features that we would love to show off.

See something you like? Tell us in the comments, we would love to hear from you!

Winter Party Idea: Wine Tasting And Potluck Dinner

January 12th, 2011

Wine TastingWe don’t know about you, but sometimes after the holidays, January seems to drag on without end. After all the social engagements, parties or gatherings, what do you usually do?

We are sure that there are some who go into hibernation mode during winter, preferring curling up around a fire with a yummy hot chocolate, but there are those of us who think that when it’s cold and dreary, we need something new, fresh and fun. It’s a perfect time to reconnect with friends and have a good time!

So we’re thinking winter parties.

Have you ever had a winter party involving wine tasting and maybe potluck dinner? This is especially great with friends who cook, so that they can bring their favorite dish for everyone to enjoy.

We think potluck dinners are absolutely wonderful. Aside from planning the menu, you should also choose different wines to taste at the dinner. Decide on who should host the party (preferably the one with the huge wine cellar?), who should bring the wines, and make sure that the dishes that would complement them.

Here are a few tips in hosting your own intimate potluck dinner and wine tasting winter party:

1. Depending on the number of people attending, choose a good number of wines (maybe 3-5 wines). Don’t overwhelm yourselves with too many wines and dishes. It’s supposed to be a small party after all.

2. Who was it who said that ambiance is everything? Think white candles, silver accents, pops of color – get creative with your décor to create the right mood.

3. Since you’re going for an intimate, relaxed dinner, use elegant disposable dinnerware and wine glasses. This helps cut down on the prep and clean up.

4. Red wines are perfect for the winter months. When serving reds, you will want to make sure that each bottle is opened at the appropriate time for proper aeration. If you’re also serving whites, make sure the bottles are chilled properly.

5. Provide tasting sheets for your guests to make notes as they enjoy the courses and the wines.

6. Make it a memorable get-together. If you’re hosting, why not prepare  some parting gifts? We’re thinking wine glass charms or small chocolate gifts!

With great food, wonderful wines and interesting company, you’re surely going to warm up your winter with this fun party idea. Enjoy!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #18 – All Heart Redwood with Red Accents

January 11th, 2011

Happy Tuesday!

It’s only the 2nd week of January and everyone seems to be in high spirits, which is great! Whether you’re working hard on those New Year’s resolutions or just putting some plans into place, we hope you don’t miss a single episode of Tech Tuesdays because we’ve got some beautiful wine cellars to show off this year.

And, speaking of wine cellars, in case you missed the closet wine cellar we featured last week, check it out.

Today we’ve got another beautiful residential wine cellar.  When you want the best wine storage system, there’s nothing quite like the Platinum Series to give you plenty of racking options.

What: Residential Closet Wine Cellar
Project #: 285484-7
Wood: All Heart Redwood
Maximum capacity: 1175 bottles
Where: Hockesin, DE

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Well-decorated and perfectly enhancing the beauty of the wine racks with LED lights, this wine room features both kit wine racks and stackable wine cabinets with custom wine cellar components.

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The beautiful red walls and accent colors are just gorgeous. We love its overall look – All Heart Redwood wine racks featuring fabulous individual bottle storage, wood case storage, 15 degree display for magnum bottles and a standard archway that looks absolutely classy with that red background.

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If you have looked at our wine cellar wood choices, then you’d know that we love All Heart Redwood for its natural beauty. Its appearance improves over time, and  because it is naturally resistant to rot and mildew, it’s no wonder why it’s the wood of choice of many wine lovers.

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We love everything about this wine cellar, but more than anything else, we love its gorgeous door. Just take a good look at the details below.  Simply eye-catching!

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We love creating wine cellars that are as unique and as special as the one-of-a-king bottles that they hold. Every wine room allows you to preserve and protect your valuable wine collection, and because part of the fun of collecting and preserving wines is being able to show them off to guests, we take wine presentation seriously.

We’re pretty sure the client is enjoying his cellar and his fabulous wines — did we mention this room can hold over a thousand bottles? We hope you enjoyed this magnificent wine cellar. Check out our residential photo gallery to see previous projects. More to come every Tuesday!

Increasing The Value Of Your Home With A Wine Cellar

January 10th, 2011

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you just starting to love wine, having your own wine cellar is a sensible investment. If you sell your home someday soon, a beautiful wine cellar will certainly add value to your home.  For buyers who are in the market for a home with a wine room, a wine cellar could just be the deciding factor for them.

Wine Cellar in Your Home

Go ahead, build a wine cellar in your home

Building a wine cellar is not as complicated as you think.

The options when it comes to building your custom wine cellar today are nearly endless. You have plenty of wine rack choices, wood and stain choices and lots of wine accessories and other add-ons to choose from.

There are many hardware stores and DIY shops that have ready-made kits available to help you build your wine room, but the great thing about building wine cellars today is that you can just sit back and relax, and have a team of experts come in and build it. Getting the help of wine cellar manufacturing experts is definitely more convenient, plus you get the services of professionals. Although it could come off more expensive than building your cellar on your own, it’s definitely worth the investment in the long run.

Whichever way you choose to install your custom wine cellar, you’re definitely making the right choice by adding a practical room in your house for that precious wine collection.

The thing is, while your primary intent of having a custom wine cellar built is for your private enjoyment, know that your house’s resale value will definitely increase with a wine room’s existence. Indeed, placing your wine collection an appropriate room is something which can truly give you satisfaction today and in the future.

Cleaning Out Your Wine Racks

January 6th, 2011

By “cleaning” we mean “drinking”, of course!

Are you living in a small space and have apartment wine storage? There are many reasons why you should clean out your wine racks regularly, and consume some of the bottles ASAP.

Here’s fact number one: most wines actually do not age well. Most wines today, (especially those under the $20 price range) are made to be consumed right away. Generally, these wines have neither the structure nor the concentration to age.  So unless you know that the wines you currently have will definitely age and improve over time, you must consume them within a month or so of purchase.

Second fact: If you happen to live in one of those overheated urban apartments that do not have the proper cellaring facility, heat is your biggest enemy. Even if you have wines that can age, extremely hot environments can expedite aging and seriously dry out your wines! What a waste, right?

Lastly, if you don’t regularly go through your wine supplies, we often forget what we have in our wine racks! Yes, it can happen. If you have a growing collection, you can forget some of those bottles (never trust your memory!), and can miss out on enjoying some great buys. Don’t let that happen. Let no good wine go to waste.

Here’s a suggestion: If, say, you have 30 or more wine bottles in your collection, have some sort of recording or tracking system. This way, you know what you have, which ones to age, which ones are ready to drink. A simple spreadsheet will do, but for larger collections, why not get a special cellar management software package? Here are some great times on keeping your wine cellar organized by Jim Deckebach.

Maybe you’re not aware of it, but sometimes, we can allow newly acquired wines to just line up around the apartment. Why not go through your wines in your rack this weekend, including those in the fridge. Take note of those wines for consumption within the next few weeks or months. Know exactly how soon they should be drunk.

Keeping track of and caring for those wines are indeed a must. Surely, you will enjoy having an exciting array of wines on hand either to gift or enjoy over dinner with family and friends. So don’t put off the cleaning or organizing your wine bottles. You know they’re worth your time.

Wine 101: Passive Wine Cellars or Underground Wine Cellar

January 5th, 2011

Passive wine cellars, or an underground wine cellar, use ground temperature to moderate the temperature swings and make the temperature swings seasonal instead of daily. Whereas refrigerated wine cellars can go anywhere in your house, a passive wine cellar must be located in a subterranean basement.

Annual Temperature Can Fluctuate


The graph above charts ground temperature variation over a year by depth below ground level. This chart is for a temperate climate and can vary if you go north to a colder climate or South to a warmer climate.

I picked two ground depths for discussion 7’-6” for an average basement ceiling height in an older home and 9’-6” for an average height in upscale newer homes. The funnel which looks like a champagne glass is the high and low temperature of the soil at a given depth. The closer you get to the surface the temperature of the soil swings broadly from summer to winter with a mean of 56 degrees. At 7’-6” which is represented by the first horizontal line the soil temperature varies from a low in the winter of 48 degrees and a high during the summer of 64 degrees with a mean of 56 degrees. At 9’-6” the temperature seasonal swing is 51 – 61 degrees. 55 to 56 degrees is considered the ideal wine cellar temperature. Why mostly because of the convention. The European wine cellars of the famous wineries in Europe store their wines in deep caves, which are frequently stone quarries from Roman times. These caves are usually 20’ deep or more. At that depth, they stay at the mean temperature of 56 degrees plus or minus less than one degree over the year.

A passive wine cellar in a home can never achieve the tight temperature range of the deep caves but it can make the swings moderate and seasonal. At 7’-6” the temperature swing is 16 degrees from 48 -64 and at 9’-6” the swing is 10 degrees 51-61. Without going into the why, which is the subject of another blog, the lower the temperature that wine is stored at the slower it ages. Temperature swings if significant, 14 degrees or more, cause your wine to breathe through the cork which increases the aging process significantly. If the temperature swing is seasonal the damage is much less then if it is daily by a factor of 365 days.

To create a passive cellar, or in-ground wine cellar, in your home basement, you allow the cool temperature from the floor to enter while you block out the higher temperature from the house and higher ground levels on the exterior walls.  The diagram above shows a passive wine cellar construction detail. By using a vapor barrier and high R-value insulation, you block temperature exterior to the wine cellar and allow the ground temperature from the floor to enter. In this case, the exterior concrete basement wall was insulated on the outside but it can also be insulated from the inside. To this, you need to add an exterior grade door with a full 360-degree weather seal around it to have the best underground wine storage.

Window of Optimal Drinkability

Higher temperatures and significant temperature swings accelerate the aging process which is not necessarily a bad thing if done on a controlled basis like a passive cellar. It just means your wines are ready to drink earlier. Where this does make a difference in maintaining your wine in the optimal drinking range once they have peaked.  Many whites and some reds are at their peak when bottled. Some reds take years to age to their peak. Once at their peak you want to keep them there to enjoy as long as possible. The proper wine cellar environment is the key. A refrigerated wine cellar gives you total control but a passive cellar, or basement wine storage, is the next best thing.

Contact us to speak with one of our expert Design Specialists to figure out how you can let your wines properly age.

Tech Tuesday – Episode #17 – Closet Wine Cellar

January 4th, 2011

Well hello 2011!

We’re so excited this New Year…we’ve got so much in store for all you wine lovers out there. Did you enjoy our collection of the best Tech Tuesdays last time?

The New Year is often celebrated with a big bang but we’re starting off Tech Tuesdays with something small. Don’t underestimate this pretty little project though. If you’re one of those people who have limited space for your wine collection, then this is definitely a BIG idea for you: a Redwood Closet Wine Cellar.

What: Residential Closet Wine Cellar
Project #: 206887-2
Wood: Premium Redwood
Maximum capacity: 311 bottles
Where: Maineville, OH

This wine cellar we created was custom-fitted to a small space, and is made from Premium Redwood – only the best choice of wood for any wine cellar! Versatile and unique, this small wine cellar features open vertical display per bottle and 15 degree display for wine, champagne and/or split bottles, and can hold 311 wine bottles.

The thing about small wine cellars is, they work and function just like their larger counterparts. With its superior wine racking, it’s worthy to be called a wine cellar despite its size. And since the wine racks come from our Gold Series, it’s truly functionality and class at an affordable price rolled into one.

It may be small, but it comes with both individual and case storage, efficiently maximizing any given closet or storage space and showcases wine bottles, allowing the owner to artfully display the wine labels for easy retrieval.

Uniquely styled, closet wine cellars add an understated refinement and taste of luxury to any home. Made in less time and for less money, a small Redwood wine cellar like this is definitely a worthy investment.

To see more distinctive wine racks and wine cellars for every space, watch out for new wine cellar installations every Tuesday, or have a look at our residential wine cellars photo gallery. We’ve got something special for you weekly.

Is the WineMaker Wine Rack Series For You?

January 3rd, 2011


If you love our Vintner Series but are looking for a more affordable version, this is for you.

The WineMaker Series has all the same customizable options of the Vintner Series, as well as the same wood and stain options – Pine, Premium Redwood, Prime Mahogany and Poplar. It is space efficient, visually appealing and cost-effective, allowing you to enjoy plenty of racking styles and display options.

The WineMaker Series has reduced depth compared to the Vintner Series, but if you love looking at and displaying those slender wine neck bottles, reduced depth allows those slender necks to stick out nicely. Also, unlike the Vintner Series, these wine racks will not have beveled edges, but you get the same flawless look and sturdy design.

Boasting versatility and affordability, you can create a seamless floor-to-ceiling look using the WineMaker Series wine racks.  Stacking these wine rack kits on top of one another is a breeze —  your racks can soar up to heights of 95 1/16th to 104 5/16th.

The WineMaker series is definitely a great budget-friendly storage option for your well-loved bottles of wine.

If you are looking to purchase some of our new WineMaker Series wine racks, now is the time! Our new wine racks will look fabulous in your home or wine shop.

Take a virtual walk through of the new WineMaker Series.