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Winner of the 2011 Dream Wine Cellar Giveaway Announced

May 9th, 2011

John & Janet HarrisonThis is an exciting day for Josh & Janet Harrison, the winners in our 2011 Dream Wine Cellar Giveaway!  When we held our three month long contest from January 2011 to March 2011 to give away $10,000 in a free custom wine cellar, we never realized we would see so many unique and fun ideas! It was an absolute joy to see all you wine lovers out there and when we saw the winning entry consisted of some amazing racks? Well, we can’t wait to show them off!

The Harrisons submitted room dimensions, and relevant information about their wine cellar project back in March, as a contest entry. They then worked closely with Wine Cellar Design Consultant, Erik Kuehne, to create a beautiful wine cellar floor plan and layout of  the desired wine cellar for their residential home in Georgia. Randomly selected, the quote was picked as a winner and they were notified shortly after.

The couple’s winning wine cellar design consists of our Platinum Series custom wine racks in Black Walnut wood, a Poplar wine cellar door with sidelights, as well as various wine display and storage options including individual wine bottle storage, high reveal displays, wood case storage, and solid vertical displays.  The wine cellar will hold up to 1,000 wine bottles. The couple is also investing in a WineZone Air Handler ducted wine refrigeration  unity to ensure their wine collection stays at the proper temperature.

A custom wine cellar is a wonderful investment for a home or business. It will not only protect valuable wines for years; it will also increase the value of the property.

We can’t wait to get started on their house! Right now we are wrapping up some final stages of the design but here is what the insides look like…

The New Wine Cellar Is Getting Ready!

Taking a Peek at Elevation Two

Peek at the Ceilling

If you would like to keep updated on the progress of our winner, be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed or check back often! We can’t wait to show off the complete design and installation process.

Find out more on creating a customized wine cellar using All Heart Redwood, Prime Mahogany, Premium Redwood, or a custom select wood by browsing through our custom wine cellar designs and contact a Design Specialist.



Let There Be LED Lights!

May 9th, 2011

Lighting for wine cellars never looked this good!

Ah, warm LED lights.

Who would have ever thought that these humble pieces could discreetly transform your wine cellar into a thing of beauty? Not that a wine cellar itself isn’t already a sight to behold, but illuminating the right areas with wine cellar lighting can dramatically create a desired mood and elicit warm feelings.

There’s really nothing like a picture-perfect, well-illuminated wine cellar to light up and brighten our day. We have written about wine cellar lighting a couple of times here in Wine Cellar Innovations, and maybe you have read about it too.

In Lighting Up Your Wine Cellar, we talked about the reasons why you should switch to LED lights, and in More Than Just A Bright Idea, we show you some lighting ideas for your wine room.

Proper lighting is certainly a part of wine cellar building that should not be taken lightly, and when it comes to lighting options for your cellar, LED lights are king.

Energy-saving and eco-friendly LED lights not only beautifully accent your wines and certain sections of a wine cellar. These amazing light bulbs are less expensive than many other wine cellar lighting alternatives, last longer than incandescent bulbs, and are easier to handle. Why, these lights beat incandescent bulbs with over seven times the life expectancy! Here are WCI, some of the features of our LED lights include:

  • Certified with the RoHs directive and Pb (lead) free
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Very low heat emissions
  • Lower voltage with no UV generation
  • Resistant to vibration and humidity

LED lighting is typically used as back-lighting in crown molding, for archways and in high reveal display racking. Check out the LED lighting in this grand Premium Redwood wine cellar and this small wine closet, where the lights highlight the mural as well as the racks, shelves, and beams. Notice how the lights look dim/warm and not bright? That’s LED lighting for you—not bright white, just a nice, warm light that’s pleasing to the eye, and not harmful to your wines.

It’s also worth mentioning that rather than burning out abruptly like incandescent lighting, LED wine cellar lighting dims gradually. Because LED lights generate very low heat and has a very low voltage, they are perfect for wine cellars! Whether they’re hidden or in plain view, we love the warmth and character they bring to the room.

Soon, these LED lights will be the main source of illumination not just in wine cellars but in all homes, businesses, vehicles…everywhere. At least, that’s what this great article about LED lights in Planet Green says.

Learn more about adding LED lights to your wine cellar today.  Our design consultants would be happy to talk to you.