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Vintner Wine Racks: The Master Of Seamless Beauty

April 19th, 2012

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

The embodiment of Emerson’s definition of beauty can certainly be seen in this classically designed wine racking system we’re proud to put up here in the blog today. The secret? Using nothing but the top-of-the-line Vintner Series Wine Rack kit from top to bottom!

Have you ever noticed just how picture-perfect a wine cellar turns out each time the Vintner Series is utilized? It simply goes to show just how ideal this wine rack kit is when you want to create a custom wine cellar that will really leave a memorable impression. Our elated client gave a bunch of glowing reviews for his completed wine cellar. He was enthused about the entire project and “loved the installation and the art of depleting the contents” which resulted in a seamless wine racking system holding over two thousand bottles.

The Vintner Series in Premium Redwood is perhaps one of our most winning combinations to date and it’s elegance is certainly not lost on this wine cellar project. The unstained racks showcase the gorgeous brownish pink hues of Premium Redwood accentuated by strategic custom LED lighting. Of course, since it’s the Vintner Series, you would also notice the signature beveled rails and eased edges on the individual wine storage racks. Together with the custom crown and base moldings, see how a polished, flowing appearance is effortlessly created from floor to ceiling.

Here we can see up close the variety of wine storage options in full depth bottle storage. Diamond bins with face trim and wine displays and shelves are utilized for bulk bottle storage adding to the versatility of the wine racking system. A standard archway adds a nice aesthetic touch to the overall look, cleverly highlighting that piece of wine art. Everything looks so put together, a wine cellar fit for a gentleman!

The client also purchased one of our WineZone units which you can probably see mounted above the arch. This is also a very commendable choice because WineZone is to our custom wine cooling systems as Vintner is to our custom wine rack kits.

Save the best for last, as they always say as well! Doesn’t the final image make you sigh in satisfaction at how all the elements come together in such a limited space? The wine cellar lighting definitely amplifies the natural beauty of the wood choice and the elegant appeal of the entire wine racking system. Indeed, this wine cellar reeks of the finest tastes of a true blue connoisseur and the artistic touch of a master craftsman.

So get your creative juices flowing and pursue your own wine cellar dreams beginning today. Just hop on over to our website and chat with our experienced design consultants or let us help you locate one near your area.

Seamless Wine Racking Systems: How Do We Do It?

April 18th, 2012

Ever wondered how to achieve an effortlessly chic look for your wine cellars? We’re talking about that kind of look that just makes your wine racks seem like they’re flowing from your walls down to your wine cellar flooring. It’s just like that divine dress with the most perfect fit!

A seamless wine racking system is no big mystery, though. For us here at WCI it’s something of a golden rule. Our wine racks and wine rack kits are pre-designed to be mixed and matched in such a way that a seamless fit is always guaranteed for any type of wine cellar. But if you are really interested in learning how we achieve “the look,” here are some of the bare essentials:

1. Semi-custom wine racks with our wine rack kits.

You’ve heard us elucidate on our wine rack kits but you may not have realized just how amazingly flexible they really are. The racks in our kits were specifically designed to create a custom fit for floor to ceiling storage applications. For example our Vintner racks were meticulously crafted to accommodate almost any ceiling height. So basically, when you purchase our kits, you can easily stack and mount the racks one after another with little to no problem at all. It’s like a pre-assembled jigsaw puzzle only the pieces fall into place almost effortlessly.

2. Corner and Curved wine racks to trim stubborn nooks and crannies.

A while back, we did a post entitled Cut An Curved In All The Right Places where we re-introduced our our new innovations like our Curvy Wine Cubes and Curvy Wine Cube Displays. Basically, the ergonomic assembly of these racks allowed them to span uneven corners in any wine room thereby creating a smooth and flowing transition from wall to floor. But another significant factor in the creation of such a seamless appearance in all our wine cellar projects is our collection of Curved Corner Wine Racks. A complete inventory of these stylish yet uber functional racks can be found in our Platinum Series. Thanks to the unique configurations of these curved corner racks, even the sharpest, most obstinate corners and edges in your wine room can literally be smoothened out.

3. Custom moldings to complete the seamless look.

We have also developed a line of custom crown and base moldings to match most of our wine rack kits. So what do these accessories actually do? Let’s take the case of Vintner being the most versatile of all the wine rack kits. Owing to the custom molding packages, the racks can be fitted together even in the sharpest corners of the room since the moldings help blend in any gaps between the wine racks and the ceiling and flooring. The result is a completely seamless appearance that is polished and elegant to the very core.

Moreover, our wine racks are also equipped with CNC machined spacer bars that are dadoed at certain centerlines to ensure that the proper spacing will be created for your entire wine racking system. These spacer bars and specifically engineered to include the radius of the post material which then makes for that enviably seamless fit in any wine cellar project we handle. So if you’re looking for the perfect fit you’re your wine racks in particular and wine racking system in general, you can’t do any better than with us at WCI! Chat with our professional design consultants today.

Technical Tuesday Episode #79: World-Class Luxury With The Gold Series In Premium Redwood

April 17th, 2012

Opening doors to magical wine cellar experiences is one of the jobs we enjoy most here at WCI. That’s why we always look forward to every Tech Tuesday episode! It’s a chance for us to showcase yet another creative wine cellar transformation that we hope will keep the fires of inspiration burning among all of the wine cellar enthusiasts out there. So let’s see what lies beyond this gorgeous door today:

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 212470
Wood: Premium Redwood, Gold Series
Maximum Capacity:  1160
Where: Cornelius, NC

We’ve said it before and we definitely need to say it again: luxurious-looking wine cellars need not be horribly expensive. When you know the kind of stuff to work with, coming up with something as stunning as this residential wine cellar is pretty easy and super fun to boot. So if you’re one of those dreamers with not-so-full pockets, don’t despair. The Gold Series wine racks can help you strike a comfortable balance between your budget and aesthetic considerations, just like our client here.

Owing to the bevy of wine racking choices afforded by the Gold Series, creating highly distinct looks for any type of wine cellar is entirely possible. We are blown away by the elegance of this vintage creation that is just so eye-candy from every angle. The individual wine racks combined with the diamond bins at the bottom provide a highly functional wine racking allowing for the storage of over one thousand bottles.

We give props to the choice of lighting fixtures of the client that went extremely well with the custom wine cellar LED lighting they had us install. The chandelier-inspired, wall-mounted lamps accentuated the wine racks very well along with the rustic tumbled stone walls and ceilings.

Premium Redwood seems to be the top favorite among the custom wine cellar wood choices for the past few Tech Tuesdays. Not without good reason, of course! Premium Redwood is well-known for its durability as well as being a reasonably priced wood choice for custom wine cellars. In addition, it boasts of a beautiful collection of grain patterns that show up exceptionally well against custom stains and finishes. That would explain the Dark Walnut stain option wisely chosen by the client!

Rows and rows of wine displays allow for the storage of larger-sized bottles, champagne bottles, and magnums. This is one wine cellar that has so much racking variety despite a limited budget. That only goes to show how luxurious cellars, once again, never have to burn a hole in your pockets. Look up our experienced and passionate design consultants today and start opening YOUR doors to a magical wine cellar transformation as well! Have a great week ahead, everyone. ♥


Custom Wine Cellar Ceilings: The Sky’s The Limit With WCI!

April 16th, 2012

Thinking of a home improvement project for the coming summer season? Take a tour of your wine cellars and see what needs to be spruced up! Most of the time, we’re too busy looking around our wine cellars that we forget to look UP. Yup, yup, that’s right! For this summer, we can try giving focus on one decorative aspect of our wine cellars that we take for granted a lot – our ceilings.

We may not be aware of this but wine cellar ceilings play a vital role when it comes to maintaining the perfect storage conditions in our wine cellar. This is particularly the case when trying to keep the humidity levels within the proper numeric proportions. Since spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner, expect that there will be significant climate changes in the next few months. So while you have a good quality wine cooling system in your wine cellars, it’s also a must to go over the seemingly “little” details in its structural make-up. Case in point – your wine cellar ceilings!

Creative functionality right “up there!”

Wine cellar enthusiasts are all too familiar with the necessity of installing vapor barriers and insulated wine cellar doors. But other things also have to be considered in order to create a completely ideal set-up for your valued collection. As far as wine cellar ceilings are concerned, they too should be properly insulated while being stylish enough to accentuate your entire wine cellar design. Under normal standards, the insulation should be a minimum of R-30 in the ceilings.

Here at WCI, we provide solutions for every aspect of your wine cellar needs, from the wine racking system, wine cellar cooling and refrigeration, wine cellar flooring, and down to the other miscellaneous details such as your wine cellar ceilings. We make it a point to emphasize the significance of details, even though they are not usually the first things you take into account when undertaking a wine cellar project. That’s because when it comes to wine cellar construction, all the details have to come together so that the perfect environment can be realized.

But of course, we also make it a point to take everything a notch higher. So while we carefully consider the functional side of wine cellar ceilings, we also try to provide variety when it comes to style. Our ceilings offer dramatic finishing touches to really raise the aesthetic value of your wine cellar. Moreover, they are specially crafted from materials that help in maintaining temperature and humidity levels for idea wine storage conditions. This is because from the wood options down to the custom stains and finishes, everything has been taken into consideration to ensure that the highest quality products will be delivered. Here are a few samples of how you can add a few artistic touches and incorporate style into our functional wine ceiling selections:

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

Need more help on how to make the right choices? You can actually meet up with design consultants near you using our consultant locator! So go ahead and let the sky be the limit for your wine cellar project this summer ^_^.