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Designer Series In Rustic Pine Brings Client Perfect Wine Storage

April 27th, 2017

Who doesn’t get thrilled over receiving high praise? Admittedly, WCI has received its rightful share of glowing customer reviews over the years. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make us feel any less accomplished when a client comes out and declares their 100% satisfaction over our products – especially when they say that everything was nothing less than “perfect.”

Here we are a tastefully designed wine room for a client in Nassau, NY. Nassau is one of the highest income counties in the United States and is actually the most affluent county in the state of New York. That also means it’s one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive, county in America. So when a client from this part of the state purchased some wine racking units from us, we definitely wanted to hear positive feedback.

The client, Hinda, sent in for some of our Designer Series wine racks in order to outfit their wine cellar. In particular, they purchased some Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Bins, Curved Corner Racks, and Wine Bottle Waterfalls. Rustic Pine was the wood of choice, dressed up in Classic Mahogany Stain. As you can see from the snapshot they sent, the racks really stood out against the lighter colored walls and white ceilings. The Classic Mahogany Stain option also complemented the design on the tile flooring.

Take note that Rustic Pine is one of the four most popular wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. Apart from the excellent quality of the wood, it also lends itself to a variety of stains and finishes and is particularly suited for weather finishes. In fact, the darker the stain or finish, the more prominent the wood’s grain patterns become. Rustic Pine is a knotty type of wood, but the subtle streaks and structurally sound knots are actually sought after since they lend a very authentic rustic architectural appearance to wine cellars.

“We got it and we are really enjoying. Everything was perfect. Yes we used a nail gun.”

~Hinda M.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine And Cheese Pairings For Spring

April 26th, 2017

Spring is definitely the season for entertaining. It’s also the season for appreciating flavors, from wine to food and other beverages. Naturally, when we talk of wine flavors, we will also definitely cross paths with wine and cheese pairings. After all, what’s a wine party without  some good old wine and cheese? For this season, we’ve whipped up a couple of  delish recommendations you’d want to try out for your next get together.

Wine and cheese pairings

Now before we go on to the actual pairings, it’s quite important to keep in mind a few pointers. First off, always remember this classic wine pairing rule that states: “When a wine is matched with a cheese that has a similar flavor profile, the flavors will cancel each other out on the taster’s palate and enhance the more subtle flavors in both the wine and the cheese that would otherwise go unnoticed.”

Here is an example: a crisp, acidic white wine paired with an acidic cheese. When the taster has both in her mouth – instead of being overwhelmed by a strong sour taste, the acidity will disappear because the flavors cancelled each other out.  What will be noticeable would be the subtle notes of fruit or floral from the wine and a creamy sweetness and other flavors associated with the cheese. These flavors won’t be easily noticeable had the cheese and the wine have been sampled separately.

Now on to the pairings! Here are a few that will tickle your guests’ tastebuds and really bring those bursts of flavors:

  • Shiraz and Asiago Cheese
  • Sauvignon Blanc and Havarti Cheese
  • White Zinfandel and Truffle Cheese
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Manchego Cheese
  • Bordeaux and Colby Jack Cheese

Spring wines and cheeses

The pairings may seem a bit traditional for some, so if you’re up for something different, we also recommend Chardonnay with Naked Goat Cheese. We recommend an unoaked style chardonnay like a Naked Chardonnay. Since both will have more or less the same acidity, the flavors will actually cancel each other out. Note that Naked Chardonnay focuses on the crisp acidity of the chardonnay grape with flavors of lemony citrus and tart green apple. Naked goat cheese, on the other hand, has a tangy finish. Eaten together, what will be enhanced are the flavors of pear and honey from the wine and the creamy and nutty flavors from the cheese.

Do you have your own favorite wine and cheese pairing for Spring? Share them with us as well! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #330: Just The Right Fit With Platinum x Vintner Racks

April 25th, 2017

Have you ever worked with irregular spaces in your home? Or to put it a more specific way – do you have these empty spaces in your home that you’d want to utilize, but cannot owing to the irregular layout? We know how frustrating that can be. That’s why we’re definitely sharing this pretty awesome Tech Tuesday project that’s all about conquering those stubborn nooks and crannies. Check this out:

Project # 291538
Series: Platinum/Vintner
Wood: Prime Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 275

Platinum x Vintner racks

It’s quite obvious that this room didn’t have the most straightforward of layouts. The ceilings are awkward and the floor area doesn’t give much to work with either. Nonetheless, the client was determined to not let that space go to waste and who knew that it was actually the perfect spot for their custom wine cellar. Our design team was able to whip that irregular space into shape with the help of the Platinum custom wine racks and Vintner racks from our kit series:

Prime Mahogany wood option

So here you can see how the Individual Bottle Columns were fitted perfectly into that corner of the room. More custom Individual Bottle Storage with countertops were also added to fill in that empty stretch of wall and really put it to good use. All in all, this racking assembly can hold just a little under 300 bottles. Not bad for a compact wine cellar transformation, don’t you agree? Owing to the fact that this is just a small project, the client splurged on the wood option for the wine racks. They chose to go with Prime Mahogany in Classic Mahogany Stain. We must say, the stain option really brought out the beautiful, natural reddish brown tones of the wood.

It should be noted that these attractive colors and tight grain pattern of Prime Mahogany are one of the main reasons why the wood is popular for furniture making, high-end interior finishing and cabinet-making. The Prime Mahogany available here at WCI is actually more superior that the general appellation mahogany like Indonesian and Malaysian mahogany which are less expensive and are a mixture of subspecies with widely different colors and grain patterns mixed together.

While Prime Mahogany is already quite stunning in its unstained state, you can see here that it also readily absorbs stain and finishes, especially darker ones. You’ll also come to appreciate the fact that here is also no characteristic odor associated with this wood. The wood has impressive resistance to shrinking, warping, checking and is very durable to boot. This is why it’s one of the top four choices for custom wine cellars. *Cheers*

Classic Mahogany Stain option

WCI Wine Racks: What’s New And What’s In This 2017!

April 24th, 2017

Merry Monday greetings, wine cellar fans! So nearly a quarter of the year has already flown by and now we’re almost ready to say goodbye to the month of April. In the last couple of months, so much has happened here at WCI, particularly in terms of new racking goodies. We figured none of you would want to miss out on what’s new and what’s in this year, so we’ve made a quick and easy guide just for you:

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

First on the list is, of course, the latest racking design to join our custom cellars collections. The Modern Wine Cellar Series was specifically developed to appeal to the most discerning wine collector. The wine racks are installed within platforms ranging from the ceiling to the floor.  Metal supports were then added to the wood in order to give off the illusion of the wine bottles floating in midair. Simple but with a whimsical touch, we expect this series to make waves in future wine cellar projects. As with all our custom lines, the Modern Wine Cellar Series is offered in multiple woods and stains. You can choose from our standard Pine, Premium Redwood, All-Heart Redwood, or Prime Mahogany or go custom with Black Walnut, Clear Alder, Oak, or any other wood option that fits your decor.

Vintner Beer Storage Rack

Vintage Beer Storage Rack

We actually launched this product late last year, but for those who missed out, do check out this latest addition to the Vintner Series family: the Vintner Beer Storage Rack. Vintner is becoming even more versatile as the years go by and we’re really excited to see this series grow in so many ways. For a wine racking “kit,” Vintner is able to provide for any and all wine storage needs for both residential and commercial applications. Our Beer Storage Rack, in particular, will be able to store your beer cans and bottles comfortably and is a free-standing unit. The posts on either side, as well as the backing provided, give this rack stability. Take note, however, that this rack is not stackable.

The Vintner Stacks
Vintner Stacks

Still with the Vintner Series wine racks kit, we’ve also recently launched our so-called “Vintner Stacks.” These free-standing units come in a variety of styles, combining individual and bulk bottle storage into one convenient racking assembly. The units come in 6, 7, 8, and 9-feet height options, although some styles do not have the 9-feet option. These units are perfect for wine establishments or restaurants, or even for residential wine cellars or home tasting centers.

Take note – there will still be more to come, so we highly recommend subscribing to our mailing list so you guys don’t miss out!

Designer Series In Rustic Pine Exceeds Client’s Expectations

April 20th, 2017

When the results of a wine cellar project exceeds the client’s expectations, that’s when we feel the most fulfilled. Client satisfaction has and will always be our goal here at WCI. But there is really something to be said about going the extra mile and getting positive results from doing so – like what our client Sherry has to say about her WCI experience:

Designer Series wine racks

So the client needed some custom racking to outfit their wine establishment. As you can see from the snaps they sent us, the structure for the wine cellar was already pre-built. The big question now was if they could find the right kind of wine racks to outfit their wine cellar. They turned to the WCI racking catalogue for help and needless to say, they were definitely NOT disappointed. They chose our Designer Series wine racks kit, or more specifically, the Individual Bottle Storage racks with Display Rows. These units come in 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 column widths and can be easily combined with other racking elements and accessories either from the same series or with other WCI racking products.

Rustic Pine was the wood of choice for this project, dressed up in Midnight Black Stain. You guys might recall in our older blogs how we talked about darker stains and finishes being less popular compared to classic shades such as Classic Mahogany or Light Stain. But recently, we’ve actually been doing more and more darker stains and finishes, especially with those wine cellars sporting more contemporary designs. Indeed, these darker hues may be a tad risky style-wise, but they can really be stunning when done right. In the client’s case, the choice paid off because the finished racking assembly looked absolutely fantastic:

Rustic Pine in Midnight Black Stain

It’s also worth mentioning that this project is quite budget-friendly. First off, the Designer Series “kit” was used which means that the racks are more affordable compared to the custom lines. The other thing, too, is the wood option – Rustic Pine. Never forget that Rustic Pine is our best value by price per bottle space because the supply of this wood is huge. Pine grows throughout North America and represents a huge quantity of the overall wood produced. Rustic Pine is a grade that includes knots which give a bigger yield and lower cost than a clear grade of wood.

“They actually turned out way better than I thought they would. We installed the racks together at our shop (we have a custom cabinet shop).”

~Sherry B.~

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Bring Spring Into Your Wine Cellars

April 19th, 2017

Sunnier skies and occasional April showers are definitely indicators that Spring is here and will be here to stay. So why not bring Spring into your wine cellars as well! We have some pretty sweet decorating ideas we’d love to share with you. From your wine bottles down to your wine racks and tasting tables, it’s time to bloom and bring on the colors:

Bright and easy with recycled wine bottles!

 

Sourced from MidwestLiving.com

For sure, you’ll have lots of empty wine bottles lying about. Don’t chuck them out just yet because they will make for some fabulous decor for your wine cellar, as well as your dining, kitchen, and even the living area. Choose a couple of bottles that are transparent enough. To make it more fun, make sure they’re of different heights and/or sizes. Now with the help of some food coloring, fill those bottles with water tinted to match the colors of the blooms you’ll be putting into them. We recommend white blooms because you’ll be in for a nice surprise – the petals will take on the hues of the tinted water. You can certainly say that “Spring has sprung” in your home!

Stock up on succulents!

Succulent plants, or also known as just succulents, are actually “water storage” plants. These are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. While you do need to give them enough sunshine, succulents actually thrive well indoors. If your wine cellar has windows, you can definitely bring a little bit of Spring inside with these miniature green delights. We suggest putting them in tiny clay pots or if you want to be more creative, in DIY vases made from ceramic or tin. Succulents do not actually take too well to being grown in glass containers.

Go funky with wine box/crate displays!

Just as you’re going to have empty wine bottles, you’ll definitely have empty wine boxes or crates. Keep them and transform them into colorful accents in your home and wine cellar. These boxes or crates will make for great centerpieces, too. Line the insides properly so they won’t leak and fill them with soil and decorative stones. This will make it easy for you to arrange vibrant bouquets in them. You can also put in twigs and other decorative branches or even incorporate edible elements such as asparagus stalks, coriander, radishes, and more. Let your imagination guide you and bring in the shades of Spring as you go along!

Technical Tuesday Episode #329: Creating Extensive Bottle Storage With Gold x Vintner

April 18th, 2017

Did everyone have a fab Easter weekend? We hoped you had a “hopping,” grand time because we sure did. Now if the Easter Bunny delivered wine bottles instead of eggs, we’re pretty sure it would be delighted to come across today’s Tech Tuesday feature. Just see how much bottle storage space this clever Gold x Vintner combo has managed to provide to the client:

Project # 290144
Wood: Gold/Vintner/Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 904

Gold x Vintner combo

As far as extensive bottle storage goes, this is one of those racking assemblies that is really worth the spotlight. These snaps can tell you right off the bat that this wine room is not your standard four corners which would have been easy to manage. Check out the irregular ceiling configurations and the sharp nooks and crannies. Under normal circumstances, one would need custom racking units to properly outfit this room in order to maximize on bottle storage capacity. Also, you’d need custom wine racks to ensure a more or less seamless fit, given the quite uneven structure of the room. And for most people, that would translate to stretching their budgets. But here at WCI, that’s definitely not an issue, thanks to wine racking combos!

Unstained Premium Redwood

Since we have a healthy assortment of racking products, customers will always find wine racks and wine cellar accessories that will suit their budget. In this case, our design team decided to mix and match our Gold Series custom racks with the Vintner Series wine racks kit. That means this racking assembly is on point, not just in terms of bottle storage capacity, but in terms of meeting the client’s budget as well. Note that our wine rack kits were developed precisely to provide customers with affordable racking options. The Vintner Series, in particular, allows one to enjoy custom amenities in their wine cellar projects sans the custom price.

Wine Bottle Waterfall

Now check out how our team was able to the racks in those irregular corners (see image above) and really maximize on the bottle storage. It’s all thanks to the variety of racking options that come with the Vintner kits. In this particular project, Wine Bottle Waterfall and Curved Corner racks were utilized to trim the low and uneven ceilings. And of course, as with most of our racking assemblies, crown and base moldings were added to give the racks a polished look. Note that with our Vintner Series, you have more than just a few crown and base molding “packages” to choose from. *Cheers*

Wine cellar cooling system

Spell Awesome With Vintner Individual Concave Racks!

April 17th, 2017

Just how much better can our Vintner Series get? Much, much better – this we can definitely say! So last year, we introduced a bunch of upgrades to the Vintner wine racks kit, such as the Vintner Elite Cabinetry and Beer Storage racks. We also launched our Vintner Commercial Wine Racks collection. Well this year, we have added yet another awesome feature to the kits’ racking list: check out the Vintner Individual Concave Racks!

Unique design, top-notch functionality!

Following the success of our Curvy Cubes, the Vintner Series also expanded to embrace the sexy silhouettes of curved racking. From the name itself, these concave racks sport a distinct, curvy profile that is not only eye-catching, but very space-efficient as well. Essentially, you’ll find that this curved wine rack kit will provide an excellent solution to attractively store bottles where a 90 degree directional transition is needed. That and it certainly adds to the character of your racking assembly, giving it that needed flair.

In true Vintner fashion, the concave racks are very much flexible. They come in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10-Column configurations. Plus, there’s the Curved Corner Concave to help conquer those stubborn nooks and corners in your wine cellar project. As to be expected, these units are all stackable – purchase two or more and stack them one on top of the other in order to maximize any ceiling height. And of course, they are also available in the 3- and 4-feet height options.

Speaking of the versatility factor, these racks come in several wood, stain and finish options. This also include the lacquer option! Moreover, crown and base molding packages are available, including center trim. You can purchase these add-ons separately for a reasonable upcharge. We highly recommend doing so since these moldings really help finish off a racking assembly, making it look clean and seamless. For specific deets on the racking styles under the Vintner Individual Concave line, browse through these links and/or get in touch with our experienced design consultants:

Vintner Individual Concave Racks

“Awesome” here at WCI is indeed spelled with a capital “V” – for Vintner! We’re looking forward to showcasing the Vintner Individual Concaves in future wine cellar projects, so watch out for that, too. *Cheers*

The Modern Wine Cellar Series Will Blow Your Mind!

April 13th, 2017

Heads up, wine cellar fans! We’re changing up the schedule a bit this week for a super special reveal. Check out the newest member of the WCI wine racking family – our Modern Wine Cellar Series:

The Modern Series

Our Modern Wine Cellar Series will definitely tickle your wine cellar fancy. It’s our newest offering that brings a fresh and elegant design to appeal to the most discerning wine collector. As one can glean from the snaps, this racking unit is installed within platforms, ranging from the ceiling to the floor. That means the racks can easily accommodate any and all wine cellar sizes. But functionality aside, our favorite feature as far as this series is concerned is the way wood seems to just float in the air. It gives off an ethereal charm that’s definitely eye-catching. Note that the floating appearance is actually owing to the metal supports for the wood. We have now fondly dubbed this as our “floating wood” wine racks!

Beautiful floating wood wine racks

Like all WCI racking products, customers will also love the fact that the The Modern Wine Cellar Series is highly customizable as well. It is offered in multiple woods and stains, from our standard Rustic Pine, Premium Redwood, All-Heart Redwood, or Prime Mahogany wood options, down to our Select Woods, such as Black Walnut, Clear Alder, and Oak. Of course, you can also opt to go for the unstained version of the racks which will be equally stunning. Here you can see we’ve actually showcased the racks in their unstained glory, as well as in Midnight Black Stain option.

The Modern Series in a glass-enclosed wine cellar

It goes without saying that the best way to utilize these racks in your wine cellar is to go for a glass-enclosed one. Glass elements will accentuate the metal and wood materials of the racks and really make them look like they’re floating. As you can see, once the racks are filled, the wine bottles also look like they’re being suspended mid-air on beautiful wood shelves.

We’re pretty sure that the Modern Wine Cellar Series will be climbing up the popularity ladder at top speed. We can’t wait to share future projects utilizing these wine racks and who knows? Maybe it will be YOUR wine cellar project that will be featured in the next Tech Tuesday or Testimonial Thursday episode. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Tips In Wine Cellar Construction (Part 2)

April 12th, 2017

Warm Wednesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! And no pun intended because we’re really heading into warmer days ahead ^_^. Today, we’re going to pick up from where we left off last week: the second installment of our helpful wine cellar construction tips. Hopefully, these tips will make your wine cellar projects yield very satisfactory results.

Insulating your wine cellar and vapor barrier

One of the most essential steps in wine cellar construction is insulation and setting up of the vapor barrier. Without these, you will not be able to maintain the ideal storage conditions for your wine bottles over a very long period of time. Even with a powerful wine cooling system, you will eventually struggle with temperature and humidity issues, not to mention shoulder exorbitant electrical bills.

Basically, there are two common methods for wine cellar insulation and vapor barriers: the spray foam or 6 mil vapor barrier and fiberglass batts. Spray foam is generally the more expensive option. Nonetheless, it will prevent the possibility of a puncture mark in your vapor barrier caused by someone inserting screws, running wire, plumbing, and the like, into or through the wall from outside the wine cellar. With non-shrinking closed cell spray foam, the screw will not compromise the enclosure and the foam will expand to fill all the crevices to ensure a tight seal. Don’t forget that there should be no air gaps between the insulation and drywall for either method.

Covering your walls and ceilings

Insulate your wine cellar

After installing the studs, vapor barrier, insulation, and electrical outlets in your wine cellar, the next step will be to cover the walls and ceiling. It is highly recommended to utilize material that is resistant to the high humidity conditions that will be present in your cellar. Based on this criteria, we can say that the most common choice for wall and ceiling coverings is water resistant drywall. This is also more commonly known as the “green board”. This is the same drywall that is utilized in bathrooms and kitchens of most homes and is therefore readily available. It’s important that the green board be screwed into the walls and ceiling of your wine cellar. Use fire rated penetration sealant to seal around all penetrations on both sides of wine cellar.

Installing your wine cellar flooring

Installing wine cellar flooring

The last important element you’ll need to take care of before you start installing your wine cellar doors and assembling your wine racks would be the flooring. In choosing your material for your flooring, you’d want to ensure that the type you will select would be able to withstand the high humidity environment. That’s why carpet is definitely out of the question, and so is vinyl. We recommend wood or cork flooring, or if you want something more fancy, try tiles or stone.

Technical Tuesday Episode #328: Bulk Storage At Its Best With Vintner

April 11th, 2017

A wine cellar exclusively for bulk bottle storage? You can bet your Pinot we can do that! Today’s Tech Tuesday spotlight is one of our most unique ones because it features a wine cellar project dedicated to providing bulk bottle storage. Let’s check it out:

Project # 279760
Wood: Vintner/Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1342

Vintner SeriesThis cellar was designed for our client, the Great American Tower Restaurant. As you can probably easily guess, it’s a commercial wine cellar project. The client needed ample storage space for its wine selection, so our design team came up with this all-bulk storage racks layout. These Open Vertical Displays and Adjustable Shelf Cabinets are all from the Vintner Series, which would explain just how space-efficient they are. See from these images how the compact room was outfitted from top to bottom with the shelves in a clean and seamless manner. This is one of the most impressive features of our Vintner racking units. Whether it’s individual bottle storage or by bulk, you will find racking styles to suit your needs and easily mix and match the units to maximize your space. But thanks to Vintner, bulk storage is done at it’s best, like what you see here!

It’s also worth mentioning every so often that our Vintner line has now expanded to cover commercial racking purposes as well. Our Vintner Commercial wine racks include merchandisers, islands, shelving, bulk and vertical bins, tasting centers, diamonds, and more. The racks are so flexible that you can stack them up to 12-feet high! That and the vinyl base with platform option allows you to further raise your racking units a good few inches of the floor for added height and easier clean-up. And of course, the commercial line also comes with “custom” amenities such as center trim, crown, and base moldings to really complete the look of any commercial wine cellar project.

Adjustable Wine Shelves

Now the wood option for this Tech Tuesday feature is Premium Redwood. More specifically, the client chose to go with unstained, unfinished Premium Redwood. That makes this wine cellar not just space-efficient, but cost-efficient as well. Nonetheless, the quality of the materials and craftsmanship of the racks are top-notch. Don’t forget that Premium Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. It matches all the outstanding qualities of All-Heart Redwood while keeping itself within a most affordable price range. WCI has tons of projects featuring this wood option in our photo galleries and we’re confident that these will just expand even more in the years to come. *Cheers*

Discover Unique Alternatives To Wood Wine Racks

April 10th, 2017

Wood wine racks are like the standard for wine cellar projects. But who says you have to stick to the standard each and every time? Modern wine cellars are all about utilizing various materials – and that includes the wine racking units. Here at WCI, you’ll discover some pretty unique alternatives to wood wine racks. You can either use them exclusively or even better, mix and match them up with wood wine racks for a more eye-catching look to your wine cellar:

Our metal wine racks collection…

Metal Wine Racks

First on the list is of course, our growing collection of metal wine racks. A few years back, we started out this section of our racking catalogue with our Vintage View Wine Racks and Metal Lattice Racks. Now the list has become more extensive with the introduction of awesome additions such as the WineZone Wine Shelves, STACT Aluminum Wine Racks, and Echelon Wave Wine Racks. Each of these racking series has their own distinct features.

For example, the WineZone Wine Shelves carry options that will allow you to store not just wine bottles, but also other liquor, wine accessories, decanters, and even olive oils, gift baskets, and more. The STACT Aluminum Wine Racks, on the other hand, are made from aircraft-grade aluminum, suitable for both home and commercial use. As far as aesthetics is concerned, the Echelon Wave Wine Racks are probably the most unique. The curvy, “wave” design of the racks and extruded aluminium with a natural satin anodised finish make them very appealing.

Our Acrylic Wine Cubes collection…

Acrylic Wine Cubes

Joining the non-wood racking products is our Acrylic Wine Cubes collection. We launched this product just last year and we are quite positive that the demand for the cubes will substantially increase over time. They are perfect for contemporary wine cellar projects, especially those who prefer a clean, minimalist look for their racking assembly.

These clear acrylic wine racks also carry the WCI trademark: stacking flexibility. They can easily be stacked side by side or one on top of the other to create a contemporary, contoured, flowing profile. The racks are made from sturdy 1/4″ thick, clear acrylic, with a capacity of 12 bottles per unit. And here’s the best thing: these racks ship completely assembled! Available in concave and convex configurations, these racks will make your wine bottles look like they’re literally floating in mid air.

Need some design inspirations on how to work with these non-wood racking options? Visit our photo galleries AND chat with an experienced WCI design consultant today! ^_^

*Edit: Unfortunately, we no longer carry the WineZone WineShelf System. If you are looking for an elegant but modern metal wine rack, check out our Revue Series.

 

Explore WCI’s Custom Individual Wine Racks

April 6th, 2017

Just when you think you’ve explored all the wine racking options here at WCI, we go and take things a notch higher. We’ve been consistently blogging about our various racking styles, mostly from either our custom lines (Platinum, Gold, and Silver Series), our wine rack kits (Vintner, Designer, Traditional), or our other collections such as our metal wine racks and small wine racks. But did you know that here at WCI, you can also arrange for custom racking designs that will suit your personal preferences. In other words, if you don’t see what you want from our collections, you can ask us to make it to your specifications, just like our client here:

Custom Individual Bottle Columns

This very spacious racking arrangement is a combination of several racking options – Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Bins, Wine Shelves, and Curved Corner Racks. The client commissioned our design team to outfit their wine cellar with these custom wine racks with the goal of maximizing on bottle storage space. As you can see from these snaps, the racks were fitted to a T, spanning the entire perimeter of the room. Curved Corner Racks and custom crown and base moldings created a seamless flow from the floors to the ceiling, and of course, hugged those tight corners of the room perfectly.

Custom Curved Corner Racks

Now because these are custom individual wine racks, there is also so much more that you can do when it comes to the design. For one, you have an extensive selection of stains and finishes to choose from. Plus, if you want to go for a “blended stain” option, our design consultants are always at the ready to accommodate your preferences. As for the wood option, you’re at liberty to either stick with the popular choices (Redwood, Rustic Pine, or Prime Mahogany), or try out other varieties. WCI offers a broad spectrum of woods in a variety of colors, grain patterns, and finishes to accommodate our customers’ tastes, needs and budget. We are able to work with any kind of wood that is commercially available.

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Last but certainly not the least, you also have more freedom when it comes to the accents and accessories. These can also be fully customized to suit your racking design, from the crown and base moldings down to the lighting elements. But the best part is this: you have our highly experienced design consultants at your beck and call. Get in touch with our design professionals and they will help you throughout the entire process. Don’t forget: initial consultation for your wine cellar project is free!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Tips In Wine Cellar Construction (Part 1)

April 5th, 2017

A wine cellar project isn’t as simple as it seems. And we’re talking about a proper wine cellar project, complete with the necessary elements such as wine racking, wine refrigeration, humidification, among others. It’s actually more so for entry-level projects since it’s practically a “beginner’s” one. So before you embark on one, it’s highly recommended to gain as much knowledge as you can, particularly on the essential and finer details of wine cellar construction. Here are some tips you’ll find really useful once you start planning things out:

Consider the location of your wine cellar

Wine cellar location

You might protest that nowadays, location isn’t that much of a big deal in a wine cellar project. After all, you can build a wine cellar just about anywhere in your home. That’s definitely true. Nonetheless, if you’re going to undertake a formal wine cellar project on a full-blown scale, it pays to consider the location. Why so? The location that you choose will have a future impact on the cost of maintaining your cellar.  That being said, it’s highly recommended that your wine cellar should be placed in the coolest and most humid place in your home. The closer you are to the 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity that your wine will need, the smaller size cooling unit you will need and the lower the overall cost will be.

Installation of studs is necessary

Studs and soffits

What are “studs?” In a wine cellar project,  you will need to stud the space to frame out your wine cellar. This is particularly essential for brand-new wine cellars. The first step would be to seal the concrete foundation walls prior to installing studs. Note, however, that if you decide to use a 6 mil vapor barrier with new construction, you must do that step during studding. But if it is a remodeling project, you can just wrap the existing studs in the room, in a similar fashion to the ceiling joists.

Installation of soffit to cover ducting, piping, or other obstructions

Soffit installation

Apart from the studs, you will also need to install the soffit, particularly if you’re covering ducting, piping, or other constructions. Remember that if you’re installing it for such purpose/s, the lighting installed in the soffit should be placed far enough away so that it does not interfere with the finished racking and/or ducting depth, including depth of crown molding.

Now after you’ve covered these basic steps, you’ll need to tackle the important task of insulation and vapor barrier for your wine cellar. And that will be next week’s topic for discussion, so bookmark the blog and don’t miss out! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #327: Classic All-Heart Redwood Racks In Dark Walnut

April 4th, 2017

Are you a fan of light-stained or dark-stained wine racks? Or do you prefer them without any stains and finishes at all? It actually all boils down to the kind of look you’d want for your wine cellar project. It’s pretty amazing how much these stains and finishes can change up the look and feel of your wine cellar. In fact, if you want to just update your wine cellar without busting the budget, all it needs sometimes is a fresh, new style which you can easily achieve by dressing the racks up in different stain and finish options:

Project # 286150
Wood: Platinum Series/All-Heart Redwood
Stain: Dark Walnut
Bottle Capacity: 906

Platinum Series wine racks

Today’s very first Tech Tuesday feature for the month of April is this lovely little number – a dark-stained creation featuring the Platinum Series. We love the play of materials on this project and the use of various racking styles. Since this is the Platinum Series, there is definitely nothing to complain about as far as the quality and design of the racking units are concerned. Everything was made to fit perfectly in this standard-sized room, with tons of individual and bulk bottle storage space. Quarter Round Shelves cap of both ends of the racking assembly, along with the custom crown and base moldings, for a seamless finish.

Dark Walnut stain option

Now let’s focus more on the materials utilized in this project. We totally love the contrast of textures between the rough stone walls and smooth wood-paneled ceilings. Added to that, the wood floors are done up in a different shade to give even more character to the wine cellar. In order to complement the flooring, our design team chose Dark Walnut stain for the wine racks. The result is a smooth transition from the racking to the flooring, with lighter-colored walls as the background. It’s certainly a clever design because it makes the room appear quite roomy. Plus, the LED lighting accessories serve to accentuate the racks and the stone wall section of the cellar. There is a great mix of textures in this project that lend a rustic charm to the wine cellar, with a slight contemporary touch.

Rustic flavor mixed with a bit of contemporary style

All-Heart Redwood is the wood option for this Tech Tuesday feature. It goes without saying that it’s a classic choice. All-Heart Redwood is one of the most popular wood options for custom wine cellar projects because of its top-notch qualities. One of its notable properties is its ability to retain all types of stains and finishes really well. That’s why when you use dark stains with this wood, the grain patterns become even more prominent and eye-catching. *Cheers*

Wine Rack Assembly: Which Method Would You Use?

April 3rd, 2017

Putting together your wine racks isn’t rocket science. But that doesn’t mean you should just go ahead and take on a wine cellar project without learning the ropes. It’s especially the case if you’re a first-time DIY-er. It always pays to know more about the finer details of wine racking installation and assembly. Keep in mind that there are actually several methods that you can utilize. The question is: which method would work most efficiently for you:

The hammer-and-nail method

Hammer and nail methodHammer and nail method

Let’s start off with the most basic and most likely, the most oudated method for assembling wine racks: the hammer-and-nail method. Archaic as it is though, there are still more than just a few individuals out there who still prefer this process. This is especially true for those “old-hands” in the wine racking assembly game. That’s why we recommend using this method only if you have enough DIY experience. If you’re not experienced enough in DIY projects, handling one with a hammer and nail means more room for errors. It will be quite easy to damage the wood material of your racks in the process.

The brad-nailer or nail gun method

Brad nailer methodBrad nailer method

These days, we can more or less say that this is the most popular method of putting together wine racks. It is also, undeniably, the most efficient one. You do not need any DIY experience to handle a nail gun because it practically does all the work for you. It’s appropriately named a “nail gun” because all you have to do is aim for the spots where you’re drilling your nails and voila – they will go in smoothly. A brad-nailer kit usually comes with nails and compressor for hassle-free installation and assembly.

The drill-and-screw method

Drill and screw methodDrill and screw method

Last but not the least, there’s a third method to assembling your wine racks: the drill-and-screw method. This is not as well-known as the hammer-and-nails or as popular as using a nail gun. Nonetheless, there are still those who prefer using this method, usually the more experienced DIY-ers. Just by the name itself, you can tell that this method entails one to use a drill in putting together the racks. You will have to pre-drill the holes before putting in the screws so that your wood will not split. Compared to utilizing hammer and nails, this is definitely a much more efficient process. But there’s still a hitch: you’ll need to change your drill bit before you can drill in the screws.

So which racking assembly method has worked or you think would work for you? Share your thoughts with us! ^_^