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The Magnificent Redwood: Top Choice For Wine Cellars

April 28th, 2011

Today we revel on the magnificent Redwood, which has been the preferred wood of choice by wine lovers for their wine racks and wine cellars.

We have written about Redwood several times before, but no, we can’t seem to get enough of it! Such a magnificent tree provides such amazing, durable wood that it deserves to be praised and promoted every now and then. It really is no wonder why this beautiful wood species is a favorite. Its performance characteristics are unbeatable –resistance to shrinking, warping, and natural resistance to rot and mildew. The Redwood is known for its ageless beauty, and the fact that all our Redwood here in WCI is environmentally-friendly is another plus. I mean, when your wood wine racks are made only from the finest wood and you know you’re not harming the environment in any way, shouldn’t you be proud?

Premium Redwood and All Heart Redwood

Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, our Redwoods come in two choices – Premium Redwood (known for its beautiful swirls and streaks of pink, white and purple) and All Heart Redwood (wood from the center of the tree which is reddish-brown in color). A reading of the differences between both woods reveals that no matter which type of Redwood you choose for your wine cellar, you get gorgeous wood that can withstand the test of time. And it doesn’t even matter if the wood is bare or stained! Naturally beautiful and lending itself to stains and finishes, the Redwood truly is king of all woods – and wine cellars!

 

Fine wine cellars showcasing the deep, rich reddish brown color of All Heart Redwood and remarkable grain of the Redwood or any of its color variations definitely add character to the cellar. They have been featured in our Tech Tuesdays. Just take a look at these Redwood racks stained in dark walnut, or this All Heart Redwood wine closet cellar! Want to enjoy the customized look of premium clear redwood without the custom price? Have a look at our traditional Redwood wine racks.

With its unique characteristics, Redwood wine racks really make the perfect wine storage solution. Still not convinced? Check out the post Why We Love Premium Redwood and All Heart Redwood. There may be other wood choices for your wine cellar, but if you want nothing but the best, the magnificent Redwood is your best bet.

The Right Wine Glass: Just How Important Is It?

April 27th, 2011

Wine GlassIf you’re new to the world of wines, you must have already realized that you need the right wine glass to accompany that bottle. So what does it matter that the appropriate glass is selected? Well, everything.

Every type of wine glass, be it full, round ones for red wine, slightly narrower ones for white wine, and flutes for champagne, is designed for a greater purpose. Fascinating, we know! And it’s not just because we love looking at wine glasses —  sexy glass, sturdy base, stem and all.

So what is that greater purpose? Well, using the right wine glass will enrich the flavor of the wine and keep it at the perfect temperature for drinking. When serving a red wine, for example, most wine experts will recommend a larger glass with a bowl shape at the bottom. This enables the drinker to swirl the wine in between sips to aerate it.

How about a little wine glass 101, shall we?

Full Bowl Shaped Wine GlassFull bowl shaped wine glasses

The full bowl shape of a glass allows the wine to cool quickly to room temperature after having been warmed by our hand. While these glasses are primarily designed for red wines, they can also be used for whites. However, why skimp on splurging on two different sets of glasses if you’re really falling in love with wine?

Narrow Wine GlassNarrow wine glasses

Now let’s talk whites. Unlike reds, white wines are meant to be served chilled. In order to reduce the heat escape from the wine while it is in the glass, the glasses for white wines are narrower. Because of smaller surface area, less heat is able to escape from the wine. Of course, as with any glass, white wine glasses should be held by the stem to prevent heat transfer between your hand and the wine.

Champagne FlutesChampagne flutes

Champagne glasses are also known as a champagne flutes, which are very narrow and tall glasses designed to help the wine retain its carbonation. The reason why the champagne flute is designed to be as narrow as possible is to limit the amount of escaping carbon dioxide gas.

We’ll tell you more about these wine glasses in another blog post. Just know that regardless of which glass you select for your favorite type of wine, it pays to understand what that wine glass can do to help you appreciate wine even more. After all, it is the wine you are savoring -– not the wine glass.

Tech Tuesday – Episode #33 – Rapid Robert’s Wine Center

April 26th, 2011

Can you remember the last time we featured a commercial wine cellar?

No? Well, we’re not surprised because if you’ve been following Tech Tuesdays, these past few weeks had been devoted to residential wine cellars. All beautiful, yes, and if you missed that All-Heart Redwood residential cellar last week, check it out here. And, if you’re curious about the last commercial cellar we featured, it was the sprawling Dylans Wine Cellar.

So today we end the last week of April with some “retail” therapy —  a refreshing look at some retail wine racks!

What: Commercial Wine Cellar
Project #: 208698
Wood: Premium Redwood
Maximum capacity:  958
Where: Springfield, MO

Here’s the thing about commercial wine cellars: they have to be built to make a lasting impression to make customers come back for more. Rapid Roberts Wine Store has done just that, as it has made its wine cellar the focal point of its store.

Wine Cellar Innovations has manufactured wine display racks for so many  wine retailers, and just like those other stores we’ve had the pleasure of building wine cellars for, Rapid Roberts utilizes our standard commercial wine racking – individual wine bottle displays, curved wine display storage, wine display bins. The client went for the gold with our Gold Series wine racks, perfectly balancing beauty and budget. The Gold Series is our mid-range selection of custom wine racks that provides both full depth racking and a variety of wine storage options. Again, this is proof that with custom wine racks and wine cellars, you enjoy freedom and flexibility in your design.

As you can see, WCI has outfitted this section of the wall with a custom wine cellar look — all at an off-the-shelf price! We love how cleverly the storage space is utilized with the combination of gorgeous wine rack styles, making wine shopping a more convenient experience for the store’s customers and patrons. If we were to name our favorite parts in this wine cellar, it would be the individual display racks, the quarter round shelf cabinets and the diamond bins. We’d really love to see these racks all stocked up, but since there are no wine bottles to marvel at for now, why don’t we rave at the excellent wood that these racks are made of?

Yes, we’re talking about Premium Redwood. Every single bottle that will be laid, stacked and organized in these display racks and shelves will be well-protected in Redwood, which is known for its strength, beauty and durability. We can see Rapid Roberts customers comfortably scanning the wines displayed, reading wine labels, AND admiring the beautiful wood at the same time!

Leave it to our innovative design team to create a dynamic retail display, enhancing the client’s wine sales to its fullest potential. If you’d like to learn more about our retail wine displays, why don’t you take a quick tour of our commercial photo gallery, our lovely wood choices and custom wine displays?

We’d love to hear what you think so do contact us, and see you in May for another exciting Tech Tuesday!

Wood: The Preferred Choice For Wine Racks

April 25th, 2011

Wooden Wine RackWhy do most wine connoisseurs prefer wood for their racks and wine cellars? Well, aside from being such a great material to use for storing and protecting your wine collection, wood has long been a popular material for building houses and furniture, and almost always ends up bringing grandeur to any space.

Wooden wine racks can be easily carved and be made into racks of all shapes and sizes – and if you’re thinking of getting a wood wine rack anytime soon, you have plenty of choices! Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, you’re definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to wood wine racks. We have 8 wine rack collections for your choosing, from affordable to high end. No matter the size of your space, we’ve got you covered.

Custom wine racks are all the rage nowadays, just like custom wine cellars. Guess what most wine lovers’ material of choice is? Wood of course! Whether it’s Redwood, Mahogany or Rustic Pine, it’s really no wonder why wine rack sales don’t seem to be slowing down, because racks made from these types of wood are truly ageless, durable and beautiful.

Wood Choices

Beautifully crafted custom racks made by our expert designers and builders have made their way to homes, wine stores and restaurants all over the US. They’ve certainly brought delight and pleasure to the homeowners, who were all more than happy to show off their wine rooms! You can find some of these amazing wine racks in all their glory featured in our Technical Tuesday posts.

No matter what type of wood you choose for your wine cellar, it will surely suit your style and space because wood is known for its timeless appeal. Whether you want your wine racks to blend perfectly or stand out magnificently in your space, wood is undoubtedly the material of choice.

Wine Cellars: The New Home Fashion Icon

April 21st, 2011

A sophisticated wine cellar? Yes, you can have one!

As more people today become more knowledgeable about wine and advance to the status of connoisseurs, the love and passion for wine has given birth to a new style icon: the professionally styled home wine cellar.

Wine cellars of all shapes and sizes can now fit seamlessly into any room in the house, and it doesn’t matter if you only have a few dozen of special bottles or hundreds.  Wine enjoyment has brought out the creativity in many homeowners, as they are finding creative ways to not only store wine but display them beautifully as well. This booming world of home wine cellars, just like fine wine, only seems to get better over time!

Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, we may value wine storage very much and help wine enthusiasts by giving them an amazing array of options, but above all else, we value creativity and flexibility.

So aside from the wine storage “rules” that you already know of, there aren’t really a lot of rules when it comes to building your own wine cellar. Sure, there are guidelines when building your own here and there, but it really is all about personal taste. The design of a home wine cellar is basically rooted in real freedom and creativity and limited only by price.

And speaking of price, time and again, we emphasize that we always, always find ways to accommodate various budgets. Whether it’s top of the line models/units or its affordable versions, we aim to please every discriminating homeowner/wine lover.

An investment in a wine collection requires only the best, and that’s what we give you: custom wine cellars, beautiful wine racks, excellent wine refrigeration systems, grand wine cabinets, fabulous wine cellar doors, pretty wine accessories – you name it, we have it. And, from wine cellar concept to completion – we are with you every step of the way.

The beauty that residential wine cellars bring makes it easy to see why the passion for wine collection is so strong. To be able to fulfill that desire for a custom wine cellar is what makes this all this wine cellar building business truly fun, if you ask me.

There’s this undeniable sophistication to top quality wine cellars, making them a genuine fashion statement. Equipped with the finest technology for long term storage, and more versatile than ever before, today’s beautiful home wine cellars are able to replicate the perfect cellar environment, protecting your wines for years to come.

Factor in the fact that the wine industry is largely unaffected by the worldwide recession, and that knowledge of how wines should be served and stored has increased dramatically, the demand for more stylish, efficient and creative wine storage in the home seems to be at an all-time high.

With stylish home wine cellar options that provide more for expanding and growing your initial collection, nothing is impossible. You get to store your wines well and make a bold statement at the same time!

Talk to our Design Specialists about your home wine cellar dreams today.

Dressing Up Your Wood In More Ways Than One

April 20th, 2011

We’ve talked about how choosing the right kind of wood for your wine cellar becomes one of the primary reasons why an amazing wine cellar transformation can be brought about. That’s why here at WCI, we cannot stop emphasizing just how important it is to know the top wood choices based on quality, durability, and of course, cost-productivity.

But choosing the wood alone is actually just putting on your clothes sans the make-up. And if you’re a guy, it’s putting on a good suit minus an equally good pair of shoes. In order to achieve a truly complete look for your wine cellar that would bring out a “WOW!” rather than just a perfunctory nod, there’s a need to dress up your wood choice and this is what we’re sharing with you guys today.

Remembering the top 5

Before we talk about giving your wine cellar celebrity status where looks are concerned, let’s recall first our popular wood choices. Each wood type has its own distinguishing features that set it apart from the others and in “dressing” up your wood, it always pays know what works best with it. Again, the choice picks are:

Clear All-Heart Redwood
Premium Redwood
Prime Mahogany
Rustic Pine

Clear All-Heart Redwood and Premium Redwood are arguably the favorites, especially with custom residential wine cellars since in addition to quality and durability, these wood types are quite affordable as compared to Prime and Amber Blaze Mahogany. Basically, the Redwood specie is easier to craft than Mahogany, the latter being a dense and heavy type of wood. As for Rustic Pine, it’s the best choice for those who prefer a raw and bucolic charm to their wine cellars. Nevertheless, all five wood choices are highly susceptible to retaining stains and finishes, which is what “dressing up” your wood is all about!

Stain, swatch, match!
So now we get to the fun part! Once you’ve chosen your wood for your wine cellar, the next step to achieving a full transformation is going with the right stain options and custom finishes. With WCI’s Interactive Swatch Viewer, you can actually view how your wood choice would look in a variety of stain and finish options. What’s more, the simulator also works on other select woods such as Red Oak, Cherry, Birch, and Black Walnut. It’s literally “dressing up” your wood and seeing what the finished product would look like, only better!

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The design possibilities you can create are practically limitless. For example, you can choose from light and classic stains for a clean and ageless look to your wine cellar or you may want to go dark to midnight black stains for a totally unconventional yet highly dramatic appeal. Combine these with custom finishes such as lacquer coating for a glossy and glamorous polish or distressed finish for a rustic vibe. Here are some great stain and finish options to consider:

Light Danish Stain
• Classic Mahogany Stain
• Dark Walnut Stain
• Midnight Black Stain
• Dusty Weathered Finish
• Dark Weathered Finish
• Distressed Finish
• Whitewash Finish
• Lacquer Finish

Stain-Options

And as always, we recommend seeking the advice of our design consultants in the event that you become unsure of your choice. Think of it as hiring Vivienne Westwood or Carolina Herrera to outfit you on the red carpet. Whatever style preference you might have, having an experienced hand around to guide you will definitely bring out the best results. Keep in mind too, that “dressing up” your wood provides it with additional protection from ordinary wear and tear of everyday exposure and use. Consider it as insurance, all dolled-up!

Plus, just to show you guys we can walk the talk, check out the featured wine cellars in our Tech Tuesday episodes.  We guarantee satisfaction with each wine cellar transformation!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #32 – Green with Envy: All Heart Redwood

April 19th, 2011

All Heart RedwoodIt’s been a great, great, great week for WCI and let us tell you why! First off, we’ve had some fabulous wine cellar transformations for this month and if you’ve missed out on that, check out our previous Tech Tuesday episodes. Second, we’ve gotten some very nice feedback on our Interactive Swatch Viewer which is a very practical way of selecting custom finishes for your wine cellar. And last but not the least, we love how our clients are giving it up to the new additions to our Sample Cellars and this Tech Tuesday is the perfect example.

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 181747
Wood: All-Heart Redwood
Maximum capacity:  928
Where: COCOA BEACH, FL

Platinum Series The client here opted to go with what we like to call our “top of the line” series: the Platinum Series.  Now for those of you who still haven’t acquainted yourselves with our custom wine racks, the Platinum Series offers the widest variety of wine storage options in full-depth style. See how such variety is reflected in the wine cellar racks? What you see there are single deep and double deep individual wine bottle storage racks and solid diamond bins with front face trim for maximum bulk storage.

All heart redwood classic mahoganyAs for the choice of wood, what better pick can you make than All-Heart Redwood? All-Heart Redwood has been dubbed after all as the “perfect choice” for custom wine cellars because this wood choice is almost the complete package of quality, durability, and affordability. The client wisely chose to go with Classic Mahogany stain which lends a very sleek and rich polish to the racks.

Here’s another image that showcases the versatility of the Platinum Series. From individual to bulk storage, it definitely covers all the bases. And see that how ingeniously those lockers with mesh panels were incorporated into the overall design? The client also included cabinets with raised panel doors and adjustable shelves to complete the entire set-up, which makes for additional storage options for not just wine but also champagne and other spirits.

Wine Glass Rack and Table topAnd take a look at this! It’s Platinum’s failsafe combo of Wine Glass Rack and Tabletop. The hanging wine glass rack can accommodate up to 36 glasses which makes this a very ideal wine tasting station. Hopefully, we can see this wine cellar filled with all those delicious bottles soon *crosses fingers*! Did you guys by any chance notice the custom moldings on the racks? If you look high up, you can see the LED lights highlighting the crown and prime moldings on the racking.

Oh, and before we forget! That chic tabletop is nothing less than our Corian tabletop which the client wanted customized in Pine. Definitely NOT a bad choice of shade! The Pine color stands out against the dark wood.

Standard Full Glass Wine Cellar Door

Now this last piece of wine cellar furnishing is also worthy of mention: the standard full glass wine cellar door. It’s stained and lacquered to match the deep hues of the wine racks and altogether creates a subdued yet timeless charm to the wine cellar. Here’s where the saying “less is more” takes on full impact. When you choose the right wood type, select a versatile racking option, be a bit adventurous with accessories and custom finishes, you get nothing less than classic excellence. WCI is always here to help you achieve just that so keep on checking us out every Tech Tuesday!

Best Buys, Unbelievable Bargains: Our April Monthly Door Special

April 18th, 2011

Surprise!Surprise, surprise! Have we got some exciting things to share with you this month. While the month of April is heralded by nothing less than the prankster’s utopia (think April fool’s day), we’re not pulling fast one on you here at WCI, no siree! This month, we have an amazing addition to our Monthly Door Special that has been going on.

Now we all know that creating a custom wine cellar is no drop in the bucket which is why our thrust here at WCI is always to provide our clients with design options that merge both quality and affordability. We’ve also pointed out in a couple of blog posts just how important it is to choose the right kind of accessories and accents for your wine cellar that would mesh with the overall style structure and give your wine cellar a really distinct and defined look. One of these wine cellar accessories would be your choice of wine cellar door.

No Cheap Charlie!

Wine cellar doors don’t exactly come cheap (name something that does nowadays!) and it would be awful to sacrifice the quality of material, say the wood choice, at the behest of cost. Even a simple wine cellar door made from good quality wood say Redwood or Mahogany would still set you back some hundred or even thousand bucks. But get this: this April, we’re pulling out at all the stops by offering you a whopping 20% on our Wine Harvest Carved Door. What is this door all about? Why, nothing less than a combination of high-quality Brazilian Mahogany and intricate design carved to perfection. Take a look at why we’re totally raving about this product:

Wine Harvest Cellar Door• The door is made from finest Brazilian Mahogany, highly durable and rot-resistant.
• The carved Grapevine design is intricately crafted, etched, and complete with stains and finishes.
• This door comes in three sizes:
 30″ w x 80″ h
 32″ w x 80″ h
 36″ w x 80″ h

• It comes with bronze weatherstripping and hinges and solid rustic sil.
• Plus, you have so many options for customizing in especially where stain and finish options is concerned. For better reference, see our Interactive Swatch Viewer and Stain and Finish Review.

A connoisseur’s dream come true

Well, we’ve shown you the practical side as to why you should hurry on up and grab our Wine Harvest Carved Door before our limited stocks become all sold out, but we’re going to go to it one better. Here’s a closer look at this stunning work of art:

Notice how detailed the carvings are? The elaborate grapevine design speaks of the very high level or artistry and skill used to create such a delicate and classic outline. We really love how the design illustrates the grape-harvesting process which can definitely be a conversation starter in any wine-tasting affair. This particular image showcases the wine cellar door in Tropical Hardwood with Rustic Finish, explaining the vintage appeal of the product. As all WCI wine cellar accessories, you can choose to have your stain and finish options customized, as we have earlier mentioned.

Hey, hey, hey! It’s nearly mid-month so don’t let this opportunity slip by. Remember, our retail price comes at $2,360 and that means over $400 in savings when you purchase your Wine Harvest Carved Door today. Like the proverbial, “Strike while the iron is hot,” we shopaholics say, “Never pass up a good bargain!”

Budget Friendly Wine Cellar Options

April 14th, 2011

So you badly want a wine cellar, but are a little tight on the budget.  Treading on price considerations when it comes to wine cellars can be quite intimidating, but don’t let budget constraints limit your dreams of building your very own wine room!

Maybe the hesitation or intimidation is coming from the fact that you know you are building an addition on your home, and that can be quite costly. By the time you do your wine racks, your refrigeration or cooling systems, your flooring and your doors and added a few accessories here and there, you basically have built a valuable addition within your house which can amount to thousands of dollars!

So what’s a wine lover on a budget got to do?

Truth is, a custom wine cellar can be created almost anywhere and for less money than most would have you believe! It doesn’t even have to be in a cellar or basement, as it can be in a closet or under your staircase!

Converting your basement into a wine cellar is a great idea, and if a wine room isn’t possible, how about some amazing wine cabinets? Attention-worthy is our newest line of custom-refrigerated wine cabinets, the Wine Sentinel. This collection  can be custom-made according to your preferred wood and stain options, and is designed to maximize wine storage bottle capacity, while minimizing the overall space of the cabinet.

If you do have a room available for conversion into a wine room, you can always choose cheaper wine racks. Before you react and say “but I don’t want cheap wine racks!”, it would be worth your time to know why cheap wine racks are a good buy, and why Pine wine racks make a budget-friendly choice. We also have a couple of space-saving small wine racks for your kitchen or dining area!

We’d also like to introduce you to the popular Vintner wine racks,  which are stackable, modular wine racks that can give you a custom appearance at a mass produced price! Remember that size doesn’t always matter when it comes to wine cellars. Your wine room’s size, afterall, isn’t necessarily indicative of your passion for wine.

So you see, you don’t need to spend a hefty amount for the perfect storage for your wines. With these affordable, yet efficient wine cellar options, you can finally make that wine cellar dream come true!

Reaching For The Top: Custom Wine Cellar Ladders

April 13th, 2011

“Here comes April and April showers, beating a tune as you fall all around, drip, drop, drip, drop!”

Just remembering some of your childhood favorites can really put one in a good one. The lyrics are from Bambi, one of my very few Disney picks and hey, I just realized, another month has come and go! Time indeed flies fast and we’re definitely ready for bigger and better things this month.

Access your wines the fab way

I was over at a friend’s house during the weekend and she and her hubby had a portion of their huge dining area converted into a wine cellar to house their growing collection. My friend said she chose most of the furniture herself but the racks, ceilings, and floors were all the work of a design consultant. Funny thing was, although the wine cellar and furnishings were indeed gorgeous, what caught my fancy was this piece of furniture propped near one of the long counters. I exclaimed at how unique a design it was for a tasting table when my friend laughed and told me, “It’s actually a ladder!”

That gave me an idea for my next blog and what a great way to showcase WCI’s collection of custom wine ladders. Wine cellar ladders don’t get as much attention as other wine cellar furniture and accessories because they’re treated as purely functional items, but seeing THAT wine cellar last weekend made me appreciate their style factor as well.

The best part is, here at WCI, we carry wine cellar ladders that fit the bill both when it comes to efficiency and style. Accessing your wines can become a glamorous task, believe it or not, once you’ve stepped on our fantastic pieces crafted to match the look and feel of your wine cellar.

Rolling it down or stepping it up!

At WCI, we basically carry two major types of wine cellar ladders: custom rolling ladders and step stools. The make and material of your ladder can easily be customized to fit the design of your wine cellar, from the type of wood used down to the stain and finishing options. To give you a heads-up, here are some of the best features of our custom rolling ladders:

• They usually come standard in Red Oak with a clear finish
• But Wood selections such as Birch, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, White Oak, Lyptus, Alder and Walnut are available for a slight upcharge.
• Moreover, ladders can be stained to match your racking, also for an upcharge.
• The ladders cannot be lacquered but they come with a clear finish, nevertheless, they can be custom-made to meet the specifications of the client.
• The maximum height available is 14 ft and bottom portion of the ladder is reinforced for additional safety and support.
• Other finishes are available for the Ladder Track, including metallic hardware finishes.

For smaller-sized wine cellars, especially those utilizing small wine racks and cabinets, step stools are the better way to go. Step stools are functional yet very stylish and with the right custom design, it adds a new kind of chic to your wine cellar. Plus, as demonstrated by my friend’s wine cellar, it’s an eye-catching conversation piece, definitely worthy of mention!

You can have your pick from our Dark Step Stool or Antique Walnut Step Stool here at WCI. The Dark Step Stool is crafted from fine quality birch wood, comes fully stained, and quite easy to assemble. The Antique Walnut Step Stool on the other hand, is made from beechwood with walnut stain to give it that really vintage charm. But like all our products, you can still have one personalized to match your style preference as well as that of your wine cellar by simply placing a design request to our talented design consultants.

Well, I hope I got you guys up and raring to go on your wine cellars this month. See you all next blog!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #31 – Artful Premium Wine Racks

April 12th, 2011

When you guys were still in school, didn’t you use to abhor Mondays? Well, we like our Mondays fine here at WCI but we love Tuesdays even more, especially Tech Tuesday. Why so? Because it’s our venue to showcase week after week one stunning wine cellar transformation after another. So here we go with this week’s episode:

What do we have in store for you this Tech Tuesday? It’s nothing less than a well-rounded creation utilizing Premium Redwood, LED lighting, and other custom wine cellar accessories which only WCI can deliver.

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 205788
Wood: Premium Redwood
Maximum capacity:  1077
Where: NEW HOPE, PA

Now we have been quite vigorous in mentioning in a number of blogs and Tech Tuesdays how Premium Redwood stands to be arguably one of the best wood choices for custom wine cellars. Well, our client this week has once again proved how a custom wine racking system using Premium Redwood exudes a cool and classic atmosphere. The client opted to go for WCI’s Gold Series, which we hope you can still recall from that uber gorgeous wine cellar we featured in last week’s Tech Tuesday. See how well the racking system balances out with the beautiful flooring below? We also did a nice little article on the various custom wine cellar flooring offered here at WCI to give you ideas on how to make your own flooring stand out.

Our Gold Series was evolved to answer to the need of wine enthusiasts for a variety of wine storage options, including a full-depth racking system but at the same time, could also rate an A in the style department. As you can see from the images above, the un-filled wine racks look so clean, efficient, yet absolutely chic, with the frontliners of the Gold Series: individual bottle storage with single and double deep storage, open vertical wine display cabinets, quarter round shelves, and open diamond cubes with X interlocks.

Let’s not also forget how bright and tidy the racks look thanks to custom LED lighting accents. The right lighting certainly helps to add a warm glow to the interior of the wine cellar and look at how well it emphasizes that really cute piece of wine cellar art!

Indeed, Mondays may be a doozy but here at WCI, Tuesdays are always something to look forward to, especially for you wine lovers out there. That’s because every Tech Tuesday, we bring you more than just transformed wine cellars—we bring you works of art straight from the connoisseur’s heart.

Have a fruitful week ahead and check back with us next week!

8 Wine Rack Styles For Every Home

April 11th, 2011

Make no mistake in choosing the perfect wine rack for your home!

Ah, wine racks.

We love them as an essential wine accessory, and we take pleasure in building and designing them to be able to store your wine properly and efficiently.

Whether your wine collection is growing or you just made a run to the grocery sale and found a couple solid bottles on sale, wine racks are a must-have.  They make great eye candy for any home, not to mention become a conversation piece!  With the variety of wine rack styles to choose from, you will be faced with different styles, choices and how to design your wine cellar when purchasing a wine rack.

To help you determine which wine rack best fits your needs, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite wine rack designs:

Vintner Wine Racks

Perfect for people with expanding wine collections, cost effective and efficient, Vintner wine racks are stackable or modular wine racks that are a wonderful option for those growing their collection.

The Vintner Series offers a wide variety of racking options, along with the ability to mix and match racking heights and styles. This wine rack collection was designed to accommodate wine bottles that are 3 – 3 1/2″ in diameter.

With our full depth wine racks, the best part about the Vintner wine racks is you can create a seamless floor-to-ceiling look with their attractive molding options.

You may be starting small today, but in a matter of months or years, you’d be surprised at how much your collection may grow! This is what makes stackable and modular racks perfect: they allow you to add on more racks as you go! Why, they’re a favorite of many wine aficionados who are building wine cellars and wine rooms!

Designer Wine Racks

How would you like wine racks that offer a custom look, yet are just right on the budget? The Designer Series wine racks offer the ultimate blend of quality, cost, and craftsmanship. Bringing together the best portions of custom racks and the affordability of a mass produced item, Designer wine racks are your perfect definition of beauty on a budget.

Created with excellent attention to detail, these racks boast of:

• accommodating standard wine and champagne bottles
• accommodating additional wine storage above racking
• being the first line of wine rack kits with wine display rows, including the curved corners
• bottles being cradled on two rails that are cut with beveled ends and rounded edges which ensure the labels will not tear when the bottles are removed

Surely, you couldn’t resist anything designer that comes in such package in such an affordable price range!

WineMaker Series

Because stackable/modular wine racks such as the Vintner Series are so popular these days, they were made even more cost-effective to accommodate those with tight budgets. And this is why the WineMaker Series was born. These wine racks have all the same options as the Vintner, and is just as space efficient, visually appealing, and cost-effective.

The only differences are, the WineMaker Series wine racks have a reduced depth compared to the Vintner Series, and the beveling the ends of individual bottle rails was not implemented. No worries though, as the rails still have the same round-over to ensure the bottle labels do not tear as you slide the bottle in-and-out.

Because they’re stackable, you’re basically free to play around with ceiling height configurations! Just like Vintner, the molding options will allow you to have a custom look and grow your racks all the way to the ceiling. With lots of wine racking styles and wine display options at a more affordable price point, it really is a smart choice!

Traditional Redwood Wine Racks

Who could resist beautiful wood wine racks? When it comes to the best wood choice for wine cellars, we think nothing beats Redwood. Being such a durable, exquisite wood, you’d think they’re pretty expensive right? Wrong.

These Redwood wine racks allow you to enjoy the custom look of premium clear redwood without the custom price! Yes, they’ve been made more affordable as well, allowing you to freely combine and mix to create your own personalized custom home wine cellar. Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, all our Redwood is SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) Certified. This forest certification standard is based on principles that promote sustainable forest management.

Nothing beats the performance characteristics of Redwood — resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. It’s no wonder why it’s a popular choice for wine cellars! All Redwood wine cellar and rack components come in easy to assemble kits – offering effective wine storage.

Rustic Pine Wine Racks

Into rustic beauty? Then Pine Wine Racks are for you. Quality and strength are two of the strongest qualities of Pine wood, and just like Redwood wine racks, you can mix and match various racks to create your personalized wine cellar! All wine rack kits are 72” high, 8 3/4” deep and are easy to assemble.

The rustic pine wine racks collection can accommodate wine bottles that are 2 ¾” – 3 1/4” in diameter. They are also structurally designed to accommodate additional wine storage above racking, so you don’t have to worry about adding more bottles to your collection.

From single to 6-column wine racks, to pretty solid diamond bin racks to wood wine storage racks, the Rustic Pine Wine Rack collection makes for pretty décor in your home to show off your wine bottles.

Metal Wine Racks

So you love wood, but you want something edgy and contemporary. Well, metal wine racks are great for your home! They are extremely decorative, and help you store your wine more aesthetically.

Metal wine racks take up less space and are usually modular. They are also usually lighter, depending on the design. We think they fit stylishly into more places in your home, and the thin frames that these racks are composed of allow for more storage and space! Indeed, they are perfect for tight and limited spaces. Since these types of wine racks are adjustable, you can size and position them to fit your needs!

If your home is the modern contemporary or minimalist, metal wine racks with elegant clean lines such as the Vintage View wine racks and Black Lattice wine racks would definitely look great!

Table Top Wine Racks

For decorative flair and a functional workspace, pretty table top wine racks are your best bet. They may be limited in terms of size, but they offer effective wine storage!  Why, you get two benefits – wine storage and work space– for the price of one!

Table top small wine racks are perfect for wine collections that will most likely be accessed and enjoyed right away. Can you see yourself often gathering friends together for some wine tasting? Wine tasting tables that double as wine racks are your perfect companion…just imagine what great times and great conversations you can have with this Redwood wine table or this exquisite oak wine bar!

Small Wine Racks

If you’re thinking of storing your wine in a closet, a narrow hallway, under the stairs or just atop your kitchen counter, small wine racks are the perfect choice! Perfect for small spaces, these racks give you ample storage room.

They may be small, but never underestimate the durability and functionality of small wine racks, which are perfect for corners, counters or a small part of your empty wall. The kitchen counter is the most popular destination of small wine racks, and they’re perfect for those who buy a bottle or two every now and then for immediate consumption. Take this stackable 12-bottle wine rack, for example. Form and function in small rack!

Economical and space-saving, a small wine rack may just be what your cozy home needs. Check out more options here.

So what type of wine rack are you looking for? We’d like to know. If you can’t get enough of wine racks, check out more popular wine rack styles.

 

The “Windows” To Your Connoisseur Soul

April 7th, 2011

Do you recall my last post on custom wine cellar doors and entryways? (I’ll wait here while you go take a look!) It felt really inspiring doing that write-up because I feel like doors, probably more than any part of a residential or commercial structure, carry an initial impact that would definitely draw a person’s attention. Talking of wine cellars for instance, choosing a good door is quite essential because it is actually one of those elements that can jazz up the look of your wine cellar, especially if it’s customized. But today, I’d like to point out another element that can serve to enhance the style and structure of your wine cellar: custom wine cellar windows.

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Dress it up…

What is the key to choosing a great wine cellar window? I give you these three guiding principles when you’re out bargain-hunting for your window choice:

• Always go for quality, material-wise.
• But remember to strike a compromise between quality and your budget as well.
• Always take into account the overall design theme of your wine cellar, particularly your main wine cellar doors and entryways.

Wine cellar windows are crafted from a variety of materials, the most common of which would definitely be wood and glass with wrought iron, tiles, and mosaic coming in a distant second. It’s always highly recommended that in purchasing your wine cellar windows, you should take into account the kind of materials that would work best with the dominant design theme of your wine cellar. If you’re going for wood, WCI can help you single out select wood choices that combine durability and style flexibility.

Of course, it goes without saying that quality should not be the only factor in choosing your windows. As a connoisseur, you certainly take pride in the appearance of your wine cellar as much as the wine varieties you stock hence, it’s a must to emphasize on style and design as well. When it comes to wine cellar windows, coordination is always the key. Pick designs that mesh with your wine cellar entryway, particularly your wine cellar door, your wine racks, and just about the entire theme of your wine cellar. Lastly, remember to always work within your budget which is why talking with a design consultant is absolutely necessary.

With these gorgeous picks!


Now with that being said, where else can you get that unbeatable combination of quality, affordability, and luxury when it comes to customizing your wine cellars if not here at WCI? We walk our talk and our impressive resume of wine cellar products serve to back up our claims. When it comes to wine cellar windows, we’re no slouch as well what with our choicest picks that amplify the structural design and overall appearance of your wine cellar.

Still not enough choices? Before you start lifting an eyebrow, keep in mind that here at WCI, our mission is to provide you guys with custom wine cellars and that includes bringing you custom-made wine cellar furniture, accessories, and accents from wine cellar racks down to wine cellar doors, wine refrigeration systems and cabinets, wine cellar floors, and of course, wine cellar windows and more.

It’s all so easy! All you have to do is either contact us or fill out that design request form and see how our design consultants work to bring to life your sweetest wine cellar dreams.

Storing Your Leftover Wine

April 6th, 2011

Leftover WineSave leftover wine and prevent wine spoilage!

 

So we’ve been talking about gorgeous wine cellars and wine racks these past few days and we thought we’d give the wine rack talk a break for a while. We were reading about leftover wine in Wine Taste TV recently and enjoyed an article from Serious Eats about what to do with leftover wine so we thought: Many of us wish to save leftover wine, but how do we keep them from spoiling?

Since majority of us are not exactly wine sommeliers, we may first need a little help in determining whether our wine is spoiled or not. If you suspect that your bottle of wine may be spoiled, here are some questions to ask yourself:

Look: Does it have a noticeably brown color? Is the cork warped?

Smell: Do you smell aromas of sulfur, must or mildew?

Taste (if you can): Does it taste acidic or vinegar-like or moldy?

If you answer yes to any of these things, the wine is most likely spoiled.

The culprit for tainted wine is, as you may already know, improper storage. We all know how heat, vibration, humidity or inadequate re-corking or sealing can easily ruin a wine, but the good news is, these things can be avoided.

So here are some common methods we’d like to share from our readings:

Refrigerate. Put that wine bottle in the refrigerator. Keeping it in a cool, dry place may be the best chance of keeping it as fresh as possible, not to mention refrigeration can slow the growth of bacteria. But, even with refrigeration, the remainder of the wine should still be consumed within three or four days.

Use a wine stopper. This prevents new air from entering the bottle. Note, however, that it does not let the air already in a bottle escape. This still allows for oxidation to occur, but not as quickly as a bottle that is re-corked or not corked at all. A wine stopper may hold your wine for three days or so.

Use a wine preserver spray. This serves to protect and preserve your wine by spraying inert gas (non-toxic) to remove all of the oxygen from your opened bottles, keeping them fresh and preserved!

Use empty wine splits. Store your leftover wine in a new, smaller wine bottle. This storage method works because you can fill the bottle to the top, preventing any air from existing within the bottle. Simply cork it and it is ready to go for the next time! You can find these in certain specialty wine stores.

Keep in mind that these are just preventive measures. They only serve to delay the inevitable deterioration of the wine. Oxidation will eventually occur, and once a wine is spoiled there is no way to reverse the process or improve the taste! So the next time you get a bottle of wine but don’t think you can finish it in one day, just invite friends over to share so you don’t have to worry about spoilage!

If you want more information check out these great reads:  Real Simple’s 5 Recipes That Use Leftover Wine, Lifehacker’s tips on what to do with leftover wine.

What are YOUR thoughts on leftover wine? We would love to hear your opinion!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #30 – Gold Series Wine Racks

April 5th, 2011

Another new month, another fresh start!

We welcome April with a smile and great expectations, but did you fool anyone last April 1st? Or were you the one tricked? Anyway, in case you missed last week’s glass enclosed wine cellar, you should have a look because it was beautiful! I mean, Prime Mahogany wine racks and glass? Totally classy.

The past few weeks you’ve seen a lot of custom wine cellars from our Platinum Series. Weren’t they all just grand? We’re kicking off April with another residential wine cellar from our Gold Series this time.

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 205788-2
Wood: Premium Redwood
Maximum capacity:  1077
Where: Memphis, TN

We’ve talked about the Gold Series wine racks many times before, but let me refresh your memory:   it’s Wine Cellar Innovation’s mid-range selection of custom wine racks that’s perfect for those who want to balance budget and aesthetics in their wine cellar.

As you can see here, this cellar’s got this custom line’s best storage systems – single and double deep wine racks with spacing for half bottles, standard wine, champagne, magnums, and larger sizes, which, by the way, nicely frame the standard archway with table top you see above. It’s also got wood case wine storage, 15 degree wine displays and gorgeous solid diamond bins.

The Gold Series boasts of full depth racking and a variety of wine storage options, and we just have to say that we absolutely love how the diamond bins are positioned above the bulk storage area!

This wine cellar also shows how fabulous Premium Redwood is, unstained. Notice the various shades of the wood in those pretty bins? Redwood comes in a variety of colors from white to pink to red and reddish brown and these color variations add character to the wine cellar!

Take a closer look at the various shades of the wood below…aren’t those stripes pretty? We have a video showing you the various colors of Redwood, so you might want to check that out.

Illuminating this wine room are your trusty LED lights. We think this cellar’s ceiling is worth mentioning too, as it adds a cozy, rustic feel to this entire room. We wrote about the importance of picking the right wine cellar ceiling a couple of months back, and recently, we also featured our custom ceiling designs! Whatever you do, never underestimate the purpose and function of wine cellar ceilings when it comes to your wine cellar.

Another interesting fact about Premium Redwood: It functions admirably in climatically controlled wine cellars, and because it contains natural wood preservatives, it will withstand the humid conditions within your wine storage room! Projecting age beautifully and well-loved by wine enthusiasts for its strength and durability, it’s really no wonder why Premium Redwood is the top choice for wine cellars.

Well that’s it for the first Tech Tuesday of the month…are you inspired to build your own wine cellar yet? We look forward to sharing more custom wine cellars with you in the following weeks! Whether it’s modern, contemporary designs or an old world charm and aesthetics, wine cellars will always, always be a pleasure to look at, walk in, and share precious life moments in.

Till next Tuesday!

Color Your World: Accessorizing Your Wine Cellar

April 4th, 2011

When it comes to accessorizing your wine cellar, you will find that there are many different options to choose from. Just like any other room in your house, a few decorative touches can liven it up and make it more welcoming.

Here at Wine Cellar Innovations, we help you color your wine cellar world with wine cellar accessories such as beautiful wine art, pretty tasting tables, exquisite wine glasses, and more. We know you don’t just want to showcase your wines; you want to add a few details here and there, right? After all, when it comes to wine cellars, details are everything.

So here’s what we have in store for you….think you could use one, some or all of them?

Quake Guard Bottle LeashWine Bottle Leash

We recently witnessed the devastation of the quakes and tsunamis that have hit several parts of the globe, especially Japan. Our hearts go out to them, and it got us thinking about our own level of preparedness when it comes to disasters like earthquakes.

In the case of wine cellars, we ask ourselves: how secure are my racks and my precious wine bottles? Last time we wrote about earthquake-proofing your wine racks. We’ve got wine bottle leashes to secure your bottles. We have single leash versions for single deep up to large champagne bottles and double leash versions for any bottle size over large champagne and double deep racks any size.

Wine Barrel TableWine Barrel Table

Ah, tables. What would a wine cellar be without them? After all, it’s where all the wine tasting and the great conversations take place. We love wine tasting tables, but we love them even more when they’re made from repurposed wine barrels! Talk about giving wine barrels a second life. Why, wine barrel tables make great vintage décor in your wine cellar!

Wine Bottle TagsWine Bottle Tag

What’s one of the biggest challenges of keeping several bottles of wine? Keeping them organized. How do you know what’s what, and where’s what? This is why wine bottle tags is a must.  They are useful for identifying wines stored in your cellar and provide an excellent method for organizing your fine wines. Our bottle tags are made from Mylar and include a permanent marker to label the wines. They not only help keep everything neat and tidy; they pretty up your wine bottle displays too.

 

 

 

Wine Cellar Step Stool/Ladder

Big, beautiful wine cellars always take our breath away. We love scanning and admiring big wine rooms from floor to ceiling, and the one accessory such rooms should have is a wine cellar step stool or ladder. It not only serves the purpose of helping you reach those wine bottles up top; it also makes a pretty piece of furniture and can come in the same finish as your wine racks. Check out this gorgeous dark wine cellar step stool and this folding step stool in Beechwood with an Antique Walnut finish. They’re lightweight, fold easy for storage and come fully assembled!