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Looking Back At All The Good Stuff: Thank You 2011!

December 28th, 2011

2011This year had been something else, eh? Everything was kind of hectic but truly fulfilling in every aspect. We are just really happy at how many wine cellar lovers had come to follow the WCI blog and actually read and be inspired by what we write. So before we bid the productive 2011 adieu, let’s take a look back at all the goods stuff we’ve gone through this year!

The beginning of 2011 got us kicking off with Wine 101: Passive Wine Cellars, a really popular post we did on keeping ideal wine storage conditions in well, what else? Passive wine cellars! While location is not really something to worry about in a wine cellar, a passive wine cellar is kind of the exception. This post gives a lot of valuable info on how passive wine cellars should be located in a subterranean basement and solid tips on regulating temperature controls therein.

Another really interesting post to look back would be Converting Your Basement Into A Wine Cellar: The Basics. The title of the blog post is literally res ipsa loquitor. Wine cellar transformations are quite HUGE during 2011 and basement transformations have been one of the more fashionable ones. See how we ran down the essentials on how to turn those chunks of spaces in your basement into a spanking new wine cellar!

One of our most favorite Tech Tuesday episodes was on wine cellar closets. Episode #17 talked about a small residential closet wine cellar and how custom wine racks can be specially fitted to turn limited spaces into functional and even stylish wine cellars. This particular episode also showcased the aesthetic beauty of Premium Redwood, one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellars.

Also worthy to note is this super interesting post on glass enclosed wine cellars. The images showcasing samples of glass enclosed wine cellars are enticing enough but the article itself is a must-read and re-read at that! Anything that has glass as one of its main elements is bound to be elegant and fabulous. But when it’s wine cellars, it’s on an even more unique level. The visual appeal of your valuable collection of wine bottles is enhanced to the fullest with a glass enclosure as you Make A Statement With Standout Glass Enclosed Wine Cellars.

Now as far as commercial wine cellars go, Eddie Merlot’s wine bar featured in our Tech Tuesday Episode #22 was a masterpiece. It was one of our first Tech Tuesdays showcasing a commercial wine cellar transformation utilizing the Platinum Series in All-Heart Redwood. Ever since Merlot’s gorgeous custom wine racking system hit the WCI blog, 2011 had kind of run a trend with one of our finest combos – Platinum Series and All-Heart Redwood. The results are of course, nothing less than a superbly functional and spectacular wine cellar transformation.


2011 also marked the year where we toted our wine cellar rack kits. The WineMaker Series has become one of our most sought-after kits owing to its cost-efficient features. In Wine Rack Kits To Die For: The WineMaker Series, we showed how aesthetics and budget can actually be harmoniously balanced, all thanks to the flexible configurations of the WineMaker wine rack kits. Built with reduced depth compared to Vintner, these racks still provide so much variation and style when it comes to creating seamless floor-to-ceiling looks for any wine cellar.


And last but certainly not the least, we also ran a pretty nice feature on our corner wine racks. Crazy For Corner Wine Racks gained a lot of attention from discriminating wine cellar enthusiasts who were seeking unique ways to trim those annoying corners, nooks, and crannies in a wine cellar room. We’ve been quite aware of this little issue concerning those valuable inches of space wasted due to stubborn corners. This array of distinctly designed corner wine racks make for the perfect and wonderfully attractive solutions!

And that’s that for 2011, folks! It’s been one satisfying month after another and finally, we’ve reached the close of another great year. We hope you’ll also join us as we greet the Year of the Dragon with a resounding roar – and with bigger and better stuff for our wine cellars. Happy New Year, everyone! Cheers to 2012!

Wine Cellar Roundup – Episode #75

December 23rd, 2011

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanzaa! I personally celebrate Christmas so I’m looking forward to this weekend! I’ve also been enjoying all the end of year round-ups from some extremely funny websites. Do you have anything good? Have a great holiday and New Year!

I’m all about arm chair traveling and this post about Portugal reminds me why I need to keep my passport updated.

It’s fun to look back in time and see how those wildly popular websites looked when they first started. Amazon is the biggest shocker for me.

Merry Christmas wine decoration ideas for next year…

Most interesting wines in 2011 compiled by 1WineDude, I really just love the commentary on this one!

A compelling look of 2011 in photos. I was drawn into this page and remembered all the awful tradgedies of 2011 but some other amazing moments as well.

Finally, a romantic last link of a man proposing to his girlfriend in Internet Memes. Ahh, how could she resist? Luckily, she said yes!

See you next year 😉

Custom Wine Cellar Consultation: The Reason For Awe-Inspiring Wine Cellars

December 21st, 2011

Why should you keep eating your heart out at those splendid wine cellars you keep seeing in each of our every Tech Tuesday episodes? Here’s one for the book: you can have a wine cellar as amazing as any of those we have featured here! We’re not pulling your leg and neither are we pulling a fast one. Our design consultation services are all legit and as amazing as you could ever imagine so don’t go raising those eyebrows but first, read on and find out how.

Our custom design package…

7 Steps to Satisfaction

Wine cellar consultation is first and foremost a process. This simply means that we don’t do things randomly and more importantly, we don’t beat around the bush. We employ steps to ensure customer satisfaction, so that we would be able to help wine cellar enthusiasts realize their fondest wine cellar dreams.

In order to achieve this end, we provide free design consultation which allows the client to specifically outline his desired wine cellar project to our highly experienced and professional design specialists. It should be worth mentioning that when it comes to wine cellar sales force, ours is definitely one of the most experienced in the industry with150 years of combined wine cellar experience and over 150 years of prior background experience in related areas: construction, interior design, and wine/liquor industries.

Included in our design consultation services is a more specific field of Architectural Design Services which serve to really streamline the customization of any wine cellar. This allows us to pin down the nittiest and grittiest of details and achieve perfection in terms of both craftsmanship and detail. In line with this, we have included a Review Process to our consultation services as our way of ensuring clients that nothing will be forgotten, from the wine racking system down to the entire wine cellar interior, furniture, and accessories.

And here’s something you definitely should take note of: our consultation process helps clients determine their capacity to actually undergo the installation process of their wine cellar project. Our experienced team of full-time racking installers is always ready to put everything together at the click of your mouse button!

Complete in every way!

Thumbs UpWhat exactly do you get with our free design consultation services? Some may doubt the quality of the services because like they say, “nothing really comes for free.” But we’re here to prove that wrong because when we work for you and your wine cellars, we do it whole-heartedly. This is because creating dream wine cellars is also a passion for us as much as it is a business. So what does your wine cellar design package include?

  • Unlimited fax, phone, or email consultation.
  • An initial design + 3 revisions (if required).
  • Quotation on all Custom Cellar Products.
  • Quotation on Custom Installation.
  • Wine Cellar construction guide.
  • Wine Cellar Innovations Master Catalog (upon request).
  • Separate quote including cost for personalized selection of optional cellar amenities.
  • All postage costs involved with the design of your custom wine cellar.

All these notwithstanding, we also provide sample custom wine cellar plans which you can either choose or take inspiration from. We strive to make wine cellar projects go as smoothly as possible which is why we exert earnest efforts in determining the smallest of wine cellar needs down to the most significant. Moreover, we cater to both residential and commercial wine cellar projects, which means that you can also freely avail of our commercial design services to answer to your space and design issues.

To make things even more accessible for our clients, our Consultant Locator allows you to get in touch with a sales representative nearest to your region. This is efficiency and customer service at its best! So why keep drooling over those gorgeous Tech Tuesday features when sometime soon, it’ll be YOUR wine cellar we’ll be showcasing? Contact our design specialists for FREE today!

Tech Tuesday Episode #65 – Bold And Beautiful With Vintage View Wine Racks In Midnight Black Stain Finish

December 20th, 2011

Only a few more days to go till we ring in the New Year! How are your wine cellars shaping up? If you need a little more inspiration to really wind up the holidays and start off fresh for the New Year, then you’ve come to the right place…or the right blog, for that matter!

Today’s Tech Tuesday episode will show you just how much you can do with wine cellar rack kits and when you know how to experiment with our array of custom stain and finish options.

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 198364
Wood: All Heart Redwood, Platinum Series/Vintage View
Maximum Capacity: 1280  bottles
Where: Ocala, FL

This is probably one of the very firsts wine cellars we’ve showcased utilizing a deep, dark stain to the wood, specifically Midnight Black stain option. The look achieved here is bold, beautiful, and absolutely luxurious.

Once again, we pay tribute to the versatile nature of the Platinum Series, but with an added twist. If you pay close attention to the wine racking system, you would come to appreciate the fact that the client incorporated a modern functionality to it. How so? By choosing to go with Vintage View Wine Racks and incorporating a striking vintage vibe to the entire wine cellar.

Now you’ve heard of us talk about our Vintage View Wine Racks and how space-efficient they are. Here’s a perfect example of how they can be made to utilize every available inch of space in a wine cellar room. This compact, glass-enclosed wine room can hold over a thousand bottles in unique racking combinations: from individual and bulk bottle storage to single and double deep storage options, all in full-depth style.

Note also that in going with the Vintage View Wine Racks, the client has the additional option of wall-mounting the racks thereby enabling him to create a seamless floor to ceiling transition and putting to good use almost all the areas in his wine cellar room. We also provide heavy duty floor to ceiling frames to allow the storing of larger-sized, magnum bottles for maximum bottle storage.

Here’s a closer view of the wine racks and displays. Notice how well All-Heart Redwood absorbs and retains the chosen stain option. With the darker Midnight Black stain, the wood’s grain pattern becomes even more vivid and stunning. Also see how well the LED lighting enhances the gorgeous finish of the whole wine racking system, totally ideal for a glass-enclosed wine cellar room.

Now let your gaze wander a bit to the ceiling.  That’s not a vent you’re seeing but an ingenious product of the WineZone Split Air Handler Series. Keeping everything in perfect storage condition and hardly wasting any space in your wine cellar, the WineZone Air Handler 5800 with Outdoor Condenser is an excellent choice for compact wine closets such as this one. The unit comes complete with Humidification, De-humidification, and alarm module for total environment and temperature control in your wine cellar.

Has today’s Tech Tuesday gotten your creative juices flowing? We hope it did! It’s nearly time to usher in a new year filled with more inspiring wine cellar transformations. We hope you’re also looking forward to the better and bigger things we promise to bring you and your wine cellars this coming 2012.  Cheers!