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Stained Vs. Unstained Wine Racks: Which Side Are You On?

April 29th, 2019

Probably one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to wine cellar design is whether or not wine racks should be stained. If you are asked that question, what would be your answer? Which side are you on? Let’s compare unstained versus stained versions and see which one gets the big thumbs-up:

We have here a beautiful wine cellar that was completed utilizing custom racking units. The wood option is Premium Redwood. The client chose to go with unstained racks for this project. So here we can point out some of the advantages of going for the unstained version of the wood. First off, the natural colors of Premium Redwood become the star of the show here. Since it is a clear grade of wood, the pinkish gold hues really come through. Take note that it basically includes wood from all parts of the log. This is responsible for the variety of colors ranging from white to pink to red and reddish brown. There are those who prefer Premium Redwood specifically because of this color variety. When you stain the wood, you run the risk of giving it a uniform appearance. If that is not the direction your wine cellar design is headed, then you need to keep the wood unstained. Another advantage of not staining the wood is that it retains a more natural look. For those who want to keep that old-country charm in their wine cellars, this is the way to do it.

Now let’s talk about stained wine racks. When you are seeking to achieve a specific theme for your wine cellar, stains and finishes can certainly do that for you. For example, if you want a more modern appeal, you can go for much darker stain options. WCI’s Midnight Black Stain is one of the popular choices for that. If you prefer something really clean but distinct, try the Whitewash or Opaque White Stain. And if you’re the traditional type, the Classic Mahogany or Light Danish Stain can deliver just that. Another great thing about staining your racks is that it can refresh the look of your entire wine cellar. You won’t need a full-blown renovation. Just changing up the stain and/or finish can do wonders. Last but not the least, this is the best way to achieve a uniform look for your wine racks.

This brings us back to our earlier question: stained or unstained, which side are you on? It really all boils down to style preference! It’s a win-win situation, no matter what side you’re on. ^_^


WineMaker Racks In Rustic Pine Bring Joy To Clients

April 25th, 2019

Our WineMaker Series is really stepping up its game this year! More and more clients are discovering the benefits of using these shorter depth racking units. Today, we’re showcasing another DIY wine cellar that made use of our WineMaker wine rack kits. It’s a beautiful racking arrangement that highlighted some of the assets of the series. Let’s take the grand tour and see why these racks bring joy to our clients:

Beautiful WineMaker racks in Rustic Pine

The photos above show just how much variety there is in the racking options. This is one of the strengths of the WineMaker Series. While it is the more affordable product compared to, say, Vintner or Designer, it is no slouch when it comes to style. Take for example the Individual Bottle Storage racks. These units also come in Curved Corners and Magnum Wine Bottle Racks to accommodate larger-format bottles. Moreover, we’ve upgraded these individual racks to include display rows. The WineMaker Bottom Stack with Display Row and Top Stack with Display Row have recently gained  a lot of popularity. For the client’s wine cellar, they chose to go with the standard Individual Bottle Storage units. They combined those with Open Diamond Bins, the Individual Diamond Bin, and a Tasting Center with Case Storage.

Now in case you’re not aware of it, WineMaker also carries wine tasting centers. You will find a nice selection of these tasting centers, with room for further customization. You can select from several height configurations, wood, stain and finish options. The choice for this project is unstained Rustic Pine, as well as for the rest of the racking units. But that’s not all! You also have insert options for your wine tasting center. Choose from either racking with archway and table insert or racking with glass rack and table insert. Our clients went with the second option which provided storage for their wineglasses as well.

Happy clients with their WineMaker wine racks

This snapshot of our happy clients is definitely one for the books. We like how it shows those wine bottles popping out of the displays. As an aesthetic consequence of the shallow-depth racking, the necks of the wine bottles stick out. Not only is it very attractive, but it also makes for convenient organization of the wine cellar. Notice how the clients have already started putting bottle tags on some of their wines. We just know they can’t wait to fill all those racks up!

“We just finished the wine cellar and are very happy with the setup.”

~Larry I.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Why “Second-Hand” Racks Are A-Okay

April 24th, 2019

The word “preloved” has become quite iconic in the fashion industry. From clothes to shoes, and of course, designer bags, owning something preloved has become the “in” thing. But when it comes to wine cellars, is this concept also acceptable? Are owning second-hand racks okay? Our answer: yes, it’s a-okay! We can give you several really good reasons why:

Second-hand racks are money savers!

One, second-hand racks are huge money savers…

This goes without saying. In fact, here at WCI, we have a specific product catalogue for what we call our “factory seconds.” This happens occasionally when a rack is manufactured with an extra knot in the wood or was stained a wrong color. It can also be that the order was cancelled half way through production or becomes discontinued due to lack of popularity. Essentially, the racks are still brand new. There is certainly nothing wrong with them, especially in terms of quality. It’s just purely due to these unavoidable circumstances that they cannot be sold at their regular prices. The units are all very attractive and sturdy pieces of wood wine storage, but marked down to move out at a quicker rate. When we say marked down, we mean like a really deep discount!

You can get custom racks from these factory seconds!

Two, some second-hand racks are actually custom orders…

If you desire custom racking but cannot afford that hefty price tag, checking out the factory seconds catalogue comes highly recommended. There is a great chance you’ll stumble on custom orders that have been abandoned. The reasons can range from minimal mistakes in the stain or finish option, racking dimensions, or something similar. Since the original client isn’t up to it anymore, the racks need to be sold at a lower price. Otherwise, they will eat up the storage space meant for other product orders. Here at WCI, we’ve had lucky customers who were able to snag these custom wine racks. Like they say, one man’s trash (and don’t take this literally!) is another man’s treasure.

Build a brand new wine cellar with second-hand racks!

Three, you can build a brand new cellar with second-hand racks…

This is especially beneficial for first-time wine cellar owners. You can have a spanking new wine cellar while saving tons of dollars, thanks to these discounted racks. Take note that they are not even “used” wine racks at all. They are in perfectly mint condition that will last for years and years to come. If you are a newbie with a relatively small but growing collection, this is one of the best alternatives to avoid spending big bucks. You’ll also be pleased to know that WCI actually has an entire showroom stocked with our factory seconds. If you live locally or are in the Cincinnati area, all you need to do is set up an appointment to check our stuff out. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Vintner Series Debuts in Alaska

April 23rd, 2019

Being in this business for nearly 30 years, we can say with confidence that our products and services have become even more accessible than before. We have experienced wine cellar design consultants in the various states who can assist in the many facets of your wine cellar project. Today’s Tech Tuesday is a terrific example of that! Cast your peepers on this gorgeous wine cellar that was completed for a client in Alaska:

Project #261270
Wood/Series: Vintner/All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 
Where: AK

Wine cellar project in Alaska

Our Vintner Series happily makes its debut in this project designed for an Alaskan client. This is a generously sized wine room that needed to be maximized for the client’s collection. They had a steadily growing one and wanted more than enough space for future acquisitions. So our design team turned to Vintner in order to deliver the desired results. For the racking arrangement, they made sure that there is enough space for both individual and bulk bottle storage. This was conveniently achieved, thanks to the variety of racking styles available.

The image below shows a lot of Individual Bottle Storage units, some Open Diamond Bins with Face Trim,  and Individual Diamond Bins. The cellar also features an Individual Tasting Center with Displays and Case Storage. For the accents, some Quarter Round Displays were incorporated. The racking assembly was finished off with crown moldings, center seam trim, base platforms, and LED lighting accessories. Now notice that the wine cellar utilized floor-to-ceiling racking in order to really maximize the bottle storage space. So in order to facilitate easier organization of the collection, a rolling ladder was included:

Vintner Series floor-to-ceiling wine racks

WCI manufactures wine cellar ladders, as well as step stools. Our rolling ladders come standard in Red Oak with a clear finish. However, like all other WCI products, these can also be custom made to fulfill your specific needs and environment. Our client opted for an unstained rolling ladder to match the unstained All-Heart Redwood wine racks. However, you can choose to stain and/or finish your ladder, depending on your wine cellar’s theme. The only exception is lacquer. WCI does not do lacquer on the ladders, but they can be stained with a clear finish instead. In addition, you can also select from several wood choices. Wood selections such as Birch, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, White Oak, Lyptus, Alder and Walnut are available for a slight upcharge. *Cheers*

Vintage View Brings Racking Elegance To Another Level

April 22nd, 2019

A “hoppy” Monday to all of you wine cellar fans out there! For sure, you guys had lots of fun during the Easter weekend. And we’re also pretty sure there has been plenty of cork-popping along the way. So let’s keep that good mood going with a motivating blog post. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on our metal wine racks – our Vintage View racks, to be exact:

Vintage View metal racking units

Look at this gorgeous wine storage that was created for one of our clients. It features a wall-mount racking arrangement that covers almost the entire wall space. This was made possible with the Vintage View units. Vintage View is one of the first metal wine racking products that was launched by WCI. It quickly become popular because of it’s space-efficiency and easy to navigate, label-forward system. As you can see from the image above, the labels of the wine bottles are clearly visible. This makes it convenient to organize them and locate the bottles you want to pop open. For those with sizeable collections, this is certainly an advantage. Naturally, this is also a desirable racking method for commercial establishments like wine stores, bars, and restaurants.

One of the most prominent features of this series is that it be easily mounted into the wall surface or in the alternative, displayed floor to ceiling. Yes, that’s right! You can actually utilize the racks in two different ways. If you want to go for the second option, you will need to purchase a Floor to Ceiling Frame separately. This will allow you to showcase your bottles in a floor to ceiling configuration. The bottles will then take on a “floating” appearance which is super attractive. You can check out samples of this kind of layout in our photo galleries. The floor to ceiling displays work extremely well with glass-enclosed wine cellars. It definitely brings racking elegance to another level! Take note that our Vintage View metal wine racks come available in four different finishes. Added to that, they also come in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. The racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But by tweaking and mounting at 5.5 inches apart, the racks can also accommodate split-sized bottles. ^_^


Utah Client’s Wine Cellar Decked Out In WineMaker Racks

April 18th, 2019

Our WineMaker Series makes a splash in today’s Testimonial Thursday! It’s so refreshing to see more and more clients recognizing the wonderful features of this wine rack kit. So we’re really happy that one of our clients from Utah sent in these photos of their completed wine cellar:

Wine cellar for Utah client

You can easily tell by looking at these photos that the client opted for a traditional theme to their wine room. We were informed that this was actually a corner wine room and one of the priorities was to maximize it’s bottle storage capacity. So what better product to achieve this goal than our WineMaker Series! Take a closer look at the image below and notice how the bottles are popping out of the display trays. This is because WineMaker racks are manufactured with shallow depth configurations. Thanks to the shorter depth of the units, it becomes convenient to outfit compact spaces with more bottle storage space. And of course, that also means that manufacturing cost is considerably less compared to standard-sized racks. This makes the WineMaker Series one of the most budget-friendly racking products here at WCI.

But space-efficiency and affordability are not the only strong features of this wine rack kit. It also carries a healthy selection of racking styles, suitable for both individual and bulk bottle storage. In this particular project, the client opted for  quarter round shelves, curved corners, and wood case bottles. Plus, there’s lots of the standard individual bottle racks as well. The wood option is Premium Redwood in beautiful Dark Walnut Stain. You can choose between Premium Redwood and Rustic Pine for your wood. As for the stains and finishes, all options are available, including our newest offerings. These include Whitewash, Opaque White, and Graywash stain. Moreover, the lacquer option is also included. If you want a gleaming and glossy look to your wine racks, a coat or two of lacquer is the key.

WineMaker Series in Dark Walnut

Now lest we forget, we also want to emphasize that WineMaker racks come in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations. That makes it just as flexible as the Vintner Series! The racks can be stacked even up to 12-feet high. So while they are an excellent for smaller wine cellar projects, they can also work well with larger ones. That’s why for starter wine cellars, WineMaker is a highly recommended product. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Dare To Be Different With Your Wine Rack Styles

April 17th, 2019

Tired of the same, uniform look for your racking arrangement? Or is it your very first wine cellar project and you want something completely unique? Then maybe it’s time to dare to be different with your wine rack styles. There are styles out there that can really up your wine cellar game. Some are modern and bold, yet still exuding an elegant appeal. Others are sophisticated, but still with that necessary traditional touch. There are also those that are quirky and can add so much character to your wine cellar. We’ve put together some favorite picks for you guys to check out:

Grain + Rod Panels

Try out these Grain + Rod panels…

Wall-mount wine racks have become super popular in the recent years. They are easy to install, space-efficient, and come in so many designs. Of course, it also helps that you can mount them anywhere in your home. One of the most recent wall wine racking products here at WCI is the Grain + Rod panels. They actually come in two configurations: the Grain + Rod Cork Forward Panels and the Label Forward Panels. This is probably the ultimate in modular wine walls. The metal and wood wine rack board combines Vintage View’s award-wining design with a simple, elegant American wood mounting system. Moreover, the rack mounts to any wall surface, even drywall, in minutes. These panels will also make for terrific accent pieces in combination with other wine storage units.

Rotating Wine Cradle from Vintner

Step it up with the Rotating Wine Cradle…

Rotating wine displays are quite popular as a design concept. But it seems we see more of them in commercial wine establishments, rather than residential cellars. But there’s no reason why you can’t have one in yours! It’s especially the case with the Rotating Wine Cradle from our Vintner Series. This beautiful wine display comes in 3-foot and 4-foot height options. That means you can easily work it into even a smaller-sized wine cellar. The cradles can be used in a number of ways, as stand-alone displays or by mixing and matching with other wine racks. They can even serve as end tables!

Our Echelon Wave wine racks

Make a statement with Wave Wine Racks…

True to their namesake, wave wine racks are designed to emulate the flowy silhouette of waves. This makes for the creation of a very unique racking assembly. Here at WCI, we already launched our version of these flowy units: our Echelon Wave Wine Racks. They come in 6, 12 and 24 bottle configurations and are perfect for the kitchen bench, tabletop, or bar area. The racks are crafted from extruded aluminum with a natural stain anodized finish – architectural grade. They sport a sleek look that definitely spell “luxury,” owing to the quality of the materials. ^_^


Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Wine And Entertainment With Vintner

April 16th, 2019

What’s better than enjoying a bottle of wine? How about a bottle of wine and some entertainment to boot – all in the same space. We completed a wine cellar for a client in Oregon that delivers the goods! Check out this fantastic project that combines wine and games in a convenient way:

Project #292049
Wood/Series: Vintner/Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1152
Where: OR

Vintner in Premium Redwood

The client had ample space in their home for a formal wine cellar. They also had a growing collection which needed enough space to include future acquisitions. But of course, they also wanted to stay within budget. So in order to meet these wine storage needs, our design team went with the Vintner Series for this project. In particular, the racking arrangement was comprised mostly of Vintner units in Premium Redwood. Thanks to the variety of racking designs afforded by Vintner, this generous racking arrangement was realized. This cellar can hold up to a little over 1100 bottles:

Midnight Black Stain on Premium Redwood

So here you can see Individual Bottle Storage racks, some Rectangular Bins, and a Tasting Center with Open Diamond Bins below. These provided for tons of bottle storage space for the client’s collection. But our team also put in another notable addition to the cellar: some Vintage View metal wine racks. Instead of the wall-mount units, the floor-to-ceiling configuration was chosen. This allowed for a “floating” appearance for some of the wine bottles. We love how this worked so well with the glass panels and lighting fixtures. The wine cellar is not only spacious, but now sports very elegant ambiance as well:

"Floating" bottles on Vintage View racks

Now here is a great shot of the adjoining entertainment/game room. It’s all decked out with a television and a billiard table. Can you imagine just how much fun the family and friends of our client will have here? They can enjoy game night with a glass of wine or two…or even three or more! This concept definitely worked so well for our clients and it was a pleasure to bring both wine and entertainment together for them. How about you, wine cellar fans? Would this kind of set-up work for you as well? Let us know your thoughts on this project by sharing them in the comments below. *Cheers*

The adjoining game room!

Why Grand Mahogany Wood Option Is Worth The Money

April 15th, 2019

There are lots of wood options to choose from for your custom wine cellar project. In fact, there are such a healthy selection of wood types that it can get confusing. What kind of wood would work best with your desired theme? Would your preference be commercially available? More importantly, will your wood option be worth the money you’ll putting out? Well, here’s one thing our experienced wine cellar consultants can assure you: Grand Mahogany wood option IS worth it!

Stunning racking arrangement

Grand Mahogany is the most recent addition to WCI’s stock wood options. It’s considered as one of the top five best choices for custom wine cellar projects. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood that is extremely attractive. It is blessed with a uniform color, with just a few slight variations ranging from medium to pale pink. The wood also sports a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight. However, you will notice that it is slightly interlocked in some cases. This contributes to the beautiful texture and character of the wood, particularly when it is stained. This completed project by our client presents a wonderful illustration of the same. Check out this stunning racking arrangement, in Grand Mahogany x Midnight Black Stain combo:Grand Mahogany wood option

Now this versatile wood is actually comparable to sapele and cherry with it’s hardness, density, and grain texture. As far as its durability and stability, is concerned, it can also match up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry. You will find that as the wood ages, it becomes even more attractive, especially in its unstained state. But of course, for those with a specific wine cellar theme in mind, stains and finishes are the way to go. This completed project by our client is a wonderful example of that. They wanted something a bit more contemporary, but still with a traditional touch. The bold stain option combined with the light countertops definitely delivered that:

Midnight Black Stain on Grand Mahogany racks

Here’s a closer look at the racking assembly. Grand Mahogany is great to work with, as far as the manufacturing process goes. But it does cost a bit more compared to other wood types, such as Rustic Pine. The uniform color and relatively clear grade of the wood are some of the bigger reasons for this. Grand Mahogany may have a moderately coarse grain pattern, but it does not sport knots or streaks. Whether stained or unstained, the wood is pristine. So if you are going for a bold, modern, luxurious and/or sophisticated themes for your wine cellar, THIS is the wood for you. ^_^

Bold, modern and sophisticated wine cellar

Highlighting The Ease Of Assembly Of The Designer Series

April 11th, 2019

One of the strongest selling points of a wine rack is when it allows for ease of assembly. This is why at WCI, we have put a lot of effort into this particular feature with our wine rack kits. All our collections have been lauded by clients as convenient to put together. Naturally, that includes our Designer Series. In fact, Designer easily matches up to our Vintner Series when it comes to this aspect. The overall rating for both kits is at a solid 4.4 out of 5 stars. This is what we want to highlight today, with the help of this DIY project by our client Chris:

The client purchased several racking units from the Designer Series kit. Specifically, they got some Individual Columns with Display Rows and Open Diamond Cubes. Now take note that with this series, you get the racks in 6-foot and 8-foot height configurations. You do not get the half-height configurations that are available with the Vintner and WineMaker Series. Nonetheless, there are still options available to increase the height and wine storage of your racking assembly. This is all thanks to the “add-on” options that were introduced with this kit. These add-ons come in several bottle storage capacities, to match your individual racking. Plus, there’s also one for the Curved Corner Racks. But that doesn’t end there! You can still pile on a few more inches by incorporating crown and base moldings. The moldings are also instrumental in removing awkward gaps between your racks and the flooring and/or ceiling.

The question now is this: how easy would it be to assemble these racking units? It’s actually a no-brainer! We have made it less cumbersome for our customers with our Stacking Assembly Manual and add-ons. They can purchase exactly the racks and stacking equipment they need for their wine storage needs. First, they just need to select the main racking unit. Then, all they need to do is mix and match those with the add-on extension racks. Next, they can go for the extra options, such as the moldings, platforms and center seam trim.. Last but not the least, they have the ability to select their wood, stain and finish options. Designer offers the full selection of woods and finishes, just like Vintner.

Once the racks have been purchased and delivered, actual assembly can be done with a nail gun. This is the most recommended method as it is quick, efficient, and requires little to no construction experience. A quick view of our 7-minute assembly video will help you bring to life your wine storage in record time. ^_^

“They arrived and were relatively easy to assemble.”

~Chris K.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Casual And Cozy Feel To Your Wine Cellar

April 10th, 2019

Do you want your wine cellar to also be a spot for hanging out with family and friends? Like having a pre-dinner drink or two in an informal, low-key gathering? Or just having a place to chill and chat during a slow weekend. In that case, your wine cellar needs to have a welcoming ambiance. We’re talking about that casual and cozy feel that will really ease your guests into great convos. If that’s the atmosphere you’re aiming for, here are some concepts to try out:

Consider a wine tasting station

Consider putting a wine tasting station…

A tasting area in your wine cellar will make for a terrific spot to gather and talk. If you have a generous amount of space, also consider putting in a peninsula. You can combine this with Wine Bottle Waterfall racking units. Then, you can add some bar stools, just like in your kitchen island. But if you have a more compact space to work with, a tasting table will work. Check out our Wine Barrel Table as well as 108-Bottle Tasting Table from our Vintner Series. For medium-sized wine cellars, we recommend putting in a countertop. This can serve multiple purposes. You can use it as a prep station, a wet bar, as well as a place to serve some yummy tidbits.

Set a warm and inviting mood with lighting accents…

The right lighting accessories can really change the mood of your wine cellar. If you’re going for a warm and inviting atmosphere, low profile IC Can Downlights or recessed LED Downlights can give you that. They are eco-friendly and will help highlight your wine collection as well. If you have some stained glass or other similar decorative applications, then try some fluorescent slimlites. They will enhance the stained glass artwork and make the colors really pop. That will help set a happy and welcoming tone that your guests will love.

Set the mood with lighting accents

Choose muted and/or earthy palettes…

Since you want a casual and cozy aura, it’s best to stuck to muted or earthy shades in your wine cellar. For example, you can go for unstained wine racks or staining them with lighter colors. Our picks are our Light Danish Stain and Classic Mahogany Stain options. But we also recommend trying out the Whitewash and Opaque Stain. The “white” finish will give your wine cellar that warm, cottage-like feel. You can also go for the Gray Wash Stain which combines traditional and modern touches. ^_^

Top Reasons For Choosing A Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Design

April 8th, 2019

No doubt about it, a glass-enclosed wine cellar is one of the most sought-after designs. Whether it’s a professionally constructed wine cellar or a DIY one, the glass element always works. So what is the reason for this style’s popularity? Well, we’re giving you top reasons (not just one) for choosing to go with a glass-enclosed wine cellar. Read on and find out!

The timeless appeal is incomparable…

Glass is a very versatile material to work with. It can go with just about anything. It has that “elegance” factor that can enhance the inherent beauty of other materials. Take for example this gorgeous project below. It’s a relatively simple layout for a wine cellar. The wood wine racks are unstained and the arrangement is space-efficient. You can say it’s pretty much a standard design. But look at how stunning is has become with the addition of the glass panels. Enclosing the wine cellar really made the racking stand out. Also, the lighting accessories worked very well with the glass-enclosed space:

Beautiful glass-enclosed cellar

It can be built anywhere in the home…

Another big advantage with a glass-enclosed wine storage is that you can have it anywhere in your home. Just think about it! You can install it in your dining area or kitchen. But you can also have one in your living area. You can convert seemingly useless spaces in your home to accommodate your collection. Some examples are unused closets, empty rooms, and even that corner under the stairs. But that’s not all! You can actually build a glass-enclosed cellar in your living area. Check out this video of a unique install that illustrates this concept. You will be wonderfully surprised at how creative a racking arrangement can get.

It will keep your bottles in peak taste condition…

A glass-enclosed wine cellar can perfectly emulate ideal storage conditions. Naturally, you will have to install the right wine cellar cooling unit inside. But that aside, the glass will be able to maximize refrigeration and humidification benefits. That means you can actually save on maintenance costs. Here at WCI, our glass wall specs were carefully considered to help keep your wines in peak taste condition. Our glass panes are 1/2″ thick and seals are utilized on the top, bottom and sides of the entry door. In addition, glass panes are joined using a clear silicone bead, creating a seamless connection. ^_^

The Traditional Series Brings Graceful Contours To Client’s Wine Cellar

April 4th, 2019

What’s your take on shallow depth racking? If you haven’t heard of it before, then this is the right time to get acquainted with it. Shallow depth wine racks rank high on our list. We’re going to go into the finer details by using this beautiful wine cellar as an example:

The Traditional Series kit

This project was shared by a client who purchased some of our Traditional Series racking units. You can see how the series has brought graceful contours into the racking assembly. The Traditional Series is part of our wine rack kits collection. It falls under the “short-depth” wine racks category, together with WineMaker. It’s a classic style that traditionalists love because of its understated elegance. This particular project demonstrates the main reasons why shallow depth units are becoming more and more popular. First and foremost, the space saving qualities of these racks are impressive. Take a good, long look at the photos. Notice how the neck of the bottles stick out? Since the racks are manufactured in shorter depth, they can be utilized in compact spaces more efficiently. The necks of the bottles stick out as a result, but without compromising their security.

Now let’s also take a look at the design of this wine cellar. The Traditional Series delivers a healthy assortment of racking styles, both in individual and bulk bottle storage format. The units come in 6-foot height configurations. But with the finish options, you can add another few inches to the racking height. Moreover, you can give your racks a really polished appearance, similar to our client’s. Take note that this kit offers both straight and curved crown and base molding. So even with curved corner racks, you can make everything seamless:

Shallow depth racking

You also get all the available stain and finish options for this kit. That even includes our newest stain offerings, such as the gorgeous Whitewash and Graywash stains. This will enable clients to really bring in the desired theme to their wine cellars. And last but not the least, keep in mind that all these come at a more affordable price tag. Since we’re talking shallow depth racks, the manufacturing expense is less costly. Essentially, you’re getting quality wine cellars without having to pay to dollar! ^_^

Wine Cellar Innovations: Cool Ways To Store Wine Bottles In Bulk

April 3rd, 2019

Storing tons of wine bottles in your wine cellar can get a bit frustrating, style-wise. Lots of times, you’d want to just leave them in their boxes or crates and tuck them into the corners. But that’s a pretty sad situation when it comes to both the appearance and organization of your wine cellar. Fret not, though! There are actually cool ways to store those wine bottles in bulk. Here are some of our top recommendations:

Steel and Rod Series

The Steel and Rod Wine Racks

Combining contemporary and traditional flavors, this racking style definitely brings the best of both worlds together. WCI actually launched a Steel and Rod wine cellar series based on this concept. You have elegant stainless steel rods, married to beautiful Grand Mahogany frames. You can set up a corner of your wine cellar with this type of assembly and store dozens and dozens of bottles. Plus, you also get the option stain and finish the wood elements.

Open Diamond Bins with Accents

Open Diamond Bins with Accents

The diamond bin is quite a familiar type of wine storage. Most, if not all, wine cellars incorporate these bins specifically to host bulk bottles. But did you know that there are also different styles for these diamond bins? With the addition of some accents, they will look more polished and luxurious. Our Vintner Series shows a terrific example of this. Vintner’s Diamonds and Cases collection include the Diamond Bin with Face Trim and the Diamond Bin with Perimeter Trim. The latter is one of the newest additions to the Vintner kits. The perimeter trim adds to the sturdy appearance of the bins. Thus was a finishing detail only previously offered on our top of the line custom racking. Now you can enjoy it at a reasonable price point, thanks to Vintner!

Adjustable Shelf Cabinets

The Adjustable Shelf Cabinets

As you can probably guess from the namesake, this racking unit offers great flexibility. It is what it is: “adjustable” in order to suit one’s bottle storage needs. Again, you can check this unit out in our Vintner kits. It is offered in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations. That means the racks can be stacked to accommodate just about any ceiling height. The nice thing about the shelf cabinets is that your bottles can be completely visible. That makes it convenient to organize your collection. Naturally, you also get to showcase them even though you’re storing them in bulk. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #425: Versatility At Its Finest With Vintner

April 2nd, 2019

Warm Tech Tuesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Yup, Spring has indeed sprung and all’s right with the world – especially with wine lovers. This is arguably the best time of the year to indulge in those wine tasting parties. It’s also a great time to get started on wine cellar projects, just what our client did here. We were excited to see photos of the completed set-up and the finished product certainly didn’t disappoint. Here is wine racking versatility at its finest:

Project #311905
Wood/Series: Vintner/Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 667

Clean, professional-looking racking

For a residential wine cellar, this one boasts of a pretty generous bottle capacity. The entire arrangement can host up to 667 wine bottles, including larger-format ones. Even at just a glance, you can tell from the photos that there is a very good variety in the racking styles. Naturally, this is the work of the ever popular Vintner Series. Vintner leads the pack in WCI’s wine rack kits when it comes to racking designs. Whether it’s individual or bulk bottle storage, this wine rack kit can provide a ton of creative opportunities. Here we can see the clever combination of Individual Bottle Storage units, Open Diamond Bins, Solid Diamond Cubes, and Open Vertical Displays.

Our happy client!

Now this is one shot that we give the two thumbs-up for! A 100% satisfied client is always our main goal. Obviously, the client is very much pleased with the way his wine cellar turned out. Racking versatility aside, there are also a few gems that really tied everything in this project together. Check out that beautiful curved archway with tabletop. Also, notice how the racking units flow in a seamless manner throughout the entire room. This is all thanks to the stylish molding packages available with the Vintner kits. The crown and base moldings help remove awkward gaps between the racks and the flooring and ceiling. And that’s not all! Vintner also offers Center Seam Trim which was also utilized in this project. That’s why you won’t see any unsightly gaps between the different racking configurations as well.

Beautiful and seamless assembly

Last but certainly not the least, our wide selection of wood, stain and finish options is mostly available with the Vintner line. With this particular wine cellar, the client went with Premium Redwood in Dark Walnut stain. These extensive options enable clients to realize their wine cellar goals without being pressured into going custom all the way. *Cheers*

Choosing The Most Efficient Assembly Method For Your Wine Cellar

April 1st, 2019

We have been featuring a lot more DIY wine storage projects in the last couple of years. Clients with small to mid-sized wine cellar projects have been undertaking racking assembly all by themselves. That is certainly most impressive! But more importantly, it showcases how convenient it is to put together our racking products. And get this! A good number of these clients are complete beginners. They have average to almost no experience with wine racking assembly. So how were they able to overcome these construction hurdles? It’s all about choosing the most efficient assembly method. We’re breaking that down into finer details for you:

Assembly with a brad nailer or nail gun

By far, the most popular and efficient method of putting together wine racks is with the use of a nail gun or brad nailer. Even a complete novice in wine cellar construction can create storage solutions with this tool. One of the biggest advantages here is that there is practically zero prep work involved. There is no need to pre-drill holes on the racks. All you need to do is ascertain that all the parts of the racking units are intact. You will notice that assembly time is way shorter compared to utilizing other methods. Here at WCI, we offer free DIY installation assembly kits for custom racking purchases worth $2000 or more. The kit includes the brad nailer, nails, and an air compressor. You can also just purchase the brad nailer instead of the entire kit.

Assembly with drill and screws

Now let’s talk about using drill and screws in constructing wine storage. This method requires prep work, so it’s certainly not recommended for inexperienced builders. The prep work involves pre-drilling the holes on the racks prior to inserting the screws. Great care has to be observed during the pre-drilling so as not to split the wood. This means that one must have enough experience in using a drill. Also, the drill bit needs to be changed after the pre-drilling. A different one is needed to actually put the screws in place.

Assembly with a hammer and nails

This is perhaps the oldest construction method, not just for wine racks. It also requires the most experience in handling the raw tools. There are more risks when you are just using a hammer and nails to create your racking arrangement. For one, there are greater chances of missing the mark when hammering the nails. Naturally, that will lead to accidental splitting of the wood. That is already a costly mistake. However, an even greater risk is if you hurt yourself in the process. Experience and utmost caution are necessary with this method.

Our client, Blake Phillips, shows us a wonderful example of a DIY project using the nail gun. Here’s his Vintner wine storage in unstained All-Heart Redwood:

Vintner in unstained All-Heart Redwood

“Loving my new wine racks!  Easy to assemble and look amazing. Really appreciated the nail gun which made the project much easier.”

~Blake P.~