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Round-Up Our Favorite Tech Tuesdays Of 2019

December 31st, 2019

First on the round-up is this wonderful Tech Tuesday Episode #415 featuring the Batesville Liquor Co. This is a shopping and retail store in Batesville, Indiana. The Circular Merchandiser, in particular, is a real eye-catcher. This rack offers up high wine storage capacity in a compact format. This project showcases the wide range of options for our commercial racking line, particularly the Vintner Commercial Racking series.

Commercial wine racks

Next up is from Tech Tuesday Episode #419. This lovely project is a great example of how unlikely places in your home can be transformed into the perfect wine storage. This stunning wine room was built right under the stairwell of the client’s home. Our WineMaker Series was definitely the star of the show on this project. The WineMaker Series is WCI’s most popular “kit” that offers shallow-depth racking.

WineMaker Series in under stairwell transformation

Then we have this gorgeous project for our Tech Tuesday Episode #426! 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. 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:

Wine cellar project in Alaska
Technical Tuesday Episode #442 is definitely on our 2019 round-up list. Wine Sentinel steals the spotlight with this row of very attractive wine cabinets for our client in Indian River Shores, FL. Wine Sentinel is actually our line of custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets. This project also features a stunning Graywash stain option on the cabinets. Our Graywash stain has been carefully tested over several months to achieve this gorgeous effect that combines traditional and modern vibes:Wine Sentinel cabinets in luscious Graywash stain

Our client, The Four Corks, in Fort Smith, AR, brought in the beautiful Fall flavors with our Tech Tuesday Episode #:445. This wine cellar is a mix of custom racking units and metal racks from our Vintage View Series. The entire assembly can host a very impressive capacity of just under 4000 bottles. It is indeed a huge wine storage, capable of accommodating existing as well as future merchandise:

The Four Corks wine cellar

Last but definitely not the last on the round-up is Tech Tuesday Episode #449. It’s another custom project featuring a special type of wood option: Black Walnut. And while black might be a Halloween hue, it spells nothing but “elegance” with this Tech Tuesday featuring these racking beauties:

Unstained Black Walnut racks

And there you have it, wine cellar fans! Did your favorite make the cut? Well, rest assured that the New Year will usher in even more inspiring wine cellar design concepts. 2019 was a blast, thanks to you guys, so we hope you’ll stick around in 2020, too. Happy New Year! *Cheers*

Wine Lockers Galore At The Lakeside County Club

December 26th, 2019

If you are thinking of whether or not to invest in a wine locker, we highly recommend checking out today’s Testimonial Thursday. Our client, the Lakeside County Club in Houston, TX has just sent us the most amazing snaps of their completed wine cellar. We believe the visuals alone are enough to convince a certified wino to buy these wine lockers. But the details will seal the deal for sure! Check out the wine lockers galore on Lakeside’s clubhouse:

Lakeside Country Club’s wine lockersAs you can see, the country club didn’t cut any corners with this project. The club wanted to provide adequate bottle storage for their members. As a brief background, the Lakeside Country Club was actually founded in 1951 as a Private Country Club. It currently has approximately 1000 members. The amenities are quite outstanding, from golf courses down to tennis courts, and swimming pools. And of course, there’s the main clubhouse that encompasses a massive 68,000 square feet of space.

In addition to these amenities, the club also sought to provide its members with quality bottle storage. The club purchased wine lockers galore from WCI and put together this massive wine room for its members. These units come highly recommended for their functionality. The locker will keep your wine bottles super safe from injuries and other untoward incidents. The units come in several levels, starting with the one-level lockers. Moreover, each unit has a lock that can be keyed in numerous configurations, or just by a single key. You can purchase several lockers, stack them on top of each other, and even place them side-by-side in columns. You can see from these photos that this is exactly what the client did. The units were arranged in a cohesive manner for a very functional and seamless layout.
Gorgeous and seamless racking arrangementAs you can also glean from these images, these wine lockers are tasteful and really attractive. The metal lattice provides for open air circulation so the wine bottles can breathe and achieve their peak taste. However, you also have the option to choose a different door panel, like a glass or flat pane. That’s not all! These lockers also come in several wood, stain and finish options for you to mix and match. We love the dark-colored hues Lakeside picked out for theirs!  ^_^

Holiday Greetings From Our Wine Cellar To Yours!

December 24th, 2019

Merry Christmas everyone tis the season to be jolly
Ice bucket filled ready for the bubbly and decorated with a sprig of holly
Santa Claus is on his way, leave him out a glass of beer
Time for a toast, lets spread the festive cheer
Lend a hand to stuff the turkey its all hands on deck
Elegant ear-rings for a loved one and a scarf around her neck
Treat your loved one to a nice romantic date
Open your arms for a great big hug from your special soul mate
Everybody relax and chill, I love Christmas its just so brill
All around the town, festive lights burn bright
Noses red as Rudolph on this cold and frosty night
Drink a toast and savour a warm glass of mulled wine
Welcoming and refreshing I’m feeling absolutely fine
Icicles reach down as it continues to get colder
Now its time to dodge the snowballs, the yobs are getting bolder
Eat drink and be merry, pour your mum a glass of sherry

by Richard Sockett

Warmest holiday greetings to all of our wine cellar buddies! May the blessings of the season envelope your homes – and your wine cellars, too. Merry, Merry Christmas! ^_^

All You Need To Know About The Wine Sentinel

December 19th, 2019

How do you wine cellar fans feel about refrigerated wine cabinets? Is it a worthwhile investment? Do you think it would meet your wine storage needs? If you are unsure as to the functionality and cost-efficiency of these cabinets, then today’s blog will help clear up those doubts. We’ll be talking in-depth about the Wine Sentinel, thanks to this gorgeous project we recently completed for a client:

Details on the Wine Sentinel

Our Wine Sentinel has been around for a while now. But we have introduced a lot of upgrades recently to accommodate our clients’ ever evolving wine storage. The new and improved line of these custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets allows us to fill a void that has been in the wine storage industry for years. Now clients have more extensive customization options available to them at an affordable price point. First up is the height and width of the unit. The Wine Sentinel can be tailored to fit any desired space. As you can see from these photos, our clients’ wine cabinet looks like it’s completely built-in.

Essentially, lack of space will not be an issue anymore.  If you do not have the room for a formal wine cellar, you can still create that ideal storage for your collection. Best of all, you can do it in style! Check out the snaps below. The inside racking can be configured to suit storage needs and style of the client. There are multiple wood, stain and finish options to choose from so your racks will work well with the exterior of your cabinet.

Fully customizable refrigerated wine cabinetsBut the customization doesn’t stop there. You also get these other awesome upgrades to turn your refrigerated wine cabinet into a showstopper:

  • French Door Options
  • Wood or Full Glass Doors
  • Moldings Available
  • Raised Panel Cabinetry Sides Available
  • Single or Full depth options
  • Door Handle Selection

And since the cooling unit is also part of the package, you don’t need to worry about that ruining the aesthetic of your wine cabinet. Wine Sentinel also offers the option to have the cooling unit hidden from sight. We can even camouflage it with the use of Wood Grille Covers or other similar accessories. Still need more details on the Wine Sentinel? Our experienced consultants are just a phone call or an e-mail away – so get in touch with us now. ^_^

Stunning entryways and inside racking

Technical Tuesday Episode #455: Subtle Hues With Graywash Stain

December 17th, 2019

We are down to the final Tech Tuesday of the year, wine cellar buddies! It has been such a productive year with so much variety in custom wine cellar designs. Needless to say, we are so hyped for what’s to come in the New Year. But before that, we still have this one last awesome project to share with you guys. It’s another custom creation using one of our newer stain offering – the gorgeous Graywash Stain:

Project # 319205
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Atlanta, GA

Subtle hues with Graywash Stain Custom Quarter Round Shelves

The subtle hues on the racking arrangement is our most favorite feature on this wine cellar. The wine racks were all crafted from Rustic Pine which is a naturally light colored wood. Rustic Pine is best characterized by its soft,  creamy color. This is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This gives the wood that unique, architectural appearance. While the wood is already beautiful in its unstained state, it is equally stunning with various stains and finishes. Rustic Pine is particularly suited for weather finishes. This is where we strip down the intergrain matter to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. Rustic Pine absorbs and retains all types of finishes extremely well. But the grain patterns become more pronounced in the dark stained woods.

Muted tones on racking for a subtle effect

Now with this project, however, the clients wanted something a bit more subtle. They wanted clean and classic lines on their wine racks, but nothing too bold or vibrant. So our design team went for the Rustic Pine x Graywash Stain combo. Graywash Stain is one of our more recent additions to our growing selection of stains and finishes. It became popular quite fast because it is truly attractive. The stain has been carefully tested over several months in order to achieve a look that is both traditional and modern. It is actually a semi-transparent stain, similar to Whitewash. That means that there is no texture that comes through in the wood. The final product is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. With a light-colored wood such as Rustic Pine, the softer shades can peek through the stain. The effect is subtle yet definitely eye-catching! *Cheers*


Wood Options To Consider For Custom Wine Cellars

December 16th, 2019

Awesome Monday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Who’s planning on some major wine cellar projects over the Christmas holidays? We’re hope you’re not thinking about using Christmas trees for your wine racks! Jokes aside, today’s blog is actually all about the wood options you can consider for your custom wine cellar. There are plenty to choose from, apart from the top four stock woods: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. So we’re going to chat about some of our  recommended choices by highlighting their best features. Let’s get started!

Wood options to consider for your custom wine cellarsFirst up is Black Walnut. Black Walnut is not a common choice for wine cellar projects, but it’s definitely a wood to consider. One of its best features is its beautiful rich color. It is a wood option that is visually and well suited for a custom wine cellar or wine rack application. Even when unstained, the wood has rich chocolate brown tones that slightly vary from a “nutty” to a “dark brown” hue. One of the things we love about Black Walnut is that when left unstained, it will develop a natural sheen over time.

The next wood on our list is Knotty Alder. Knotty Alder is primarily light brown in color. However, the unstained version also varies from a pale yellow to reddish-brown. It is one of those lighter colored woods that adapts extremely well to stains and finishes. But unstained, the wood showcases a variety of different-sized knots. Some pieces will have no knots at all, while others will have more. The knots are not as structurally sound as Rustic Pine’s, but equally exudes a gorgeous, rustic charm. Also, since it accepts stains and finishes so well, it is an exceptional hardwood for custom wine cellars. We suggest adding lacquer to any stain, or to the unstained wood, for a glossy finish.

Unstained, light-colored wine racksLast but certainly not the least, we have the very unique White Oak. In terms of color, this wood is quite special. Unstained, it has light to medium brown hues, enhanced with an olive cast. That’s why can at times see slightly greenish hues pop out. Moreover, the nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.  One of White Oak’s most distinguishing features is its straight grain pattern, with a coarse, uneven texture. It is highly durable against rot and produces very satisfactory results with hand and machine tools.

Do you have your own list of alternative wood options to consider for custom wine cellars? Share them with us by leaving a comment below! ^_^

Witness Client’s Wine Racking Glow Up In Light Danish Stain

December 12th, 2019

A good glow up isn’t limited to just the fashion world.  In the world of wine cellar construction, incredible transformations also happen. What’s even more amazing is that some of these transformations are achieved using our products here at WCI. And that’s exactly what we have  in today’s Testimonial Thursday:

Gorgeous wine cellar glow up!We are absolutely loving the golden glam vibe this wine cellar project is giving us. Our client purchased custom racking units off the website and had these installed in his wine cellar. He has a pretty decent collection which was growing at a healthy pace. So he decided on transforming the empty room in his home into a formal wine cellar. There was a good amount of space to work with, so maximizing on bottle storage was a priority. However, the client also wanted his wine cellar to look elegant, as well as eye-catching.

The decision to with custom wine racks was certainly the right one. You can see how the space was efficiently utilized, providing tons of bottle storage. Moreover, there is a good variety of bottle storage options. We love the use of Curved Corner Racks, as well as custom countertops with Open Diamond Bins underneath. Shelving was also incorporated to accommodate even more loose bottles. Notice how the wine racks are not even filled up yet. The client will surely have an enjoyable time growing his collection in this generous space.

Racking glow up thanks to our Light Danish Stain!

But functionality aside, we are also in love with the color scheme chosen for this wine cellar. The golden glow up is magazine-cover worthy. It looks like the Premium Redwood x Light Danish Stain combo was indeed the perfect choice for this project. Light Danish Stain allows for the gold accents that enhance the tones and grains of all wood types. This stain develops best on lighter-colored woods, such as Premium Redwood and Rustic Pine. If you’re a fan of light, clean and neutral shades, this stain option comes highly recommended. Check out more projects using this stain on our photo gallery! ^_^

“Finally finished with the installation. I now need to order a wine cellar door. Also now considering adding a cooling unit.”

~Christian B.~


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

December 11th, 2019

Are you on the last-minute scramble to find the right gifts for special people on your list? Don’t panic just yet, because we have you covered! We’ve thrown together this holiday shopping guide to help you with those last-minute choices. Keep in mind that presents don’t need to be expensive – but they should be well thought out. Your “giftees” will definitely appreciate the fact that you put your heart into picking the perfect gift for them.

Unique holiday wine baskets!

1. Not-so-ordinary wine baskets

Gift baskets are certainly common holiday gifts. The great thing about a gift basket is that it’s easy to customize it to suit your “giftee.” If you have a wine lover on your list, then we have some great tips to turn that gift basket into something truly special. A from the usual wine bottles, chocolates, and cheese, throw in a WCI gift certificate. That’s right! Wine is a special hobby. What better way to way to bring the happiness of this season to loved ones than with a gift certificate to celebrate their love of wine. We carry these gift certificates in several denominations to suit your budget.

WCI gift certificates

2. Wrap up a wine rack

For your wine loving family or friends, try a little something different this year instead of the usual bottle of wine. Wrap up a wine rack under the tree for them! We’re sure that they will be thrilled, especially if you select from our unique racking catalog. Our wall-mount wine racks come highly recommended. They are easy to install, space-efficient, and reasonably priced. Our top picks include our popular Vintage View metal racks, Vino Pins and Vino Rails, Grain + Rod units, and the colorful STACT series.

3. Pile on the accessories

Who doesn’t love accessories? For wine lovers, WCI also has a slew of wine and wine cellar accessories to enjoy. Wrap up some of these unique items for your loved ones this season. We highly recommend the classy Wine Bottle Tags and Quake Guardian Bottle Leash. If you have a generous budget, splurge on a stunning piece of wine cellar artwork. For the men on your list, also consider our Brad Nail Gun package. You will be pleasantly surprised at how they will absolutely love it! Need more gift ideas? View our full holiday catalog and get that shopping list done in a snap! ^_^


Technical Tuesday Episode #454: Gorgeous Knotty Alder Racks

December 10th, 2019

Only 14 more days left till Christmas! The holiday spirit is in full swing – and so are the wine parties. And hope your wine cellars are all prepped for those. But if you need more inspiration, then we’re here to give that to you. Our Tech Tuesdays are chock-full of terrific wine storage concepts. Today, were bringing you a beautiful project, with a nice departure from our usual standard wood options. Check these stunning Knotty Alder wine racks:

Project # 277557
Wood: Custom / Knotty Alder
Bottle Capacity: 1458
Where: Atlanta, GA

The design of this wine cellar is so elegant and we love the combination of materials used. The stone-hewn columns framing the racking assemblies give off a really medieval charm. They also accentuate the rich, golden colors of the racking units.

As we earlier mentioned, the racks are made from Knotty Alder. This wood is not one of WCI’s stock-wood options. Meaning, it’s not one of those woods is readily available in the market. One of the reasons for this is the demand for the wood. Unlike Redwood or Rustic Pine, Knotty Alder is not used that often in wine cellar projects. However, we feel like it deserves the spotlight a little more because it definitely has some pretty outstanding features. These wine racks are certainly proof of that!
Now let’s get to know this wood option a little bit more. Knotty Alder in its natural state is primarily light brown in color. But it may also vary from a pale yellow to reddish-brown. While the wood often features a variety of different-sized knots, some pieces will have no knots at all. This type of wood works very well with various stains and finishes. This is one of the features that make it an exceptional hardwood for your custom wine cellar. One of the things we also recommend is adding lacquer to the racks, whether stained or unstained. It will make for a glossy finish that is just super luxe! Another great characteristic of Knotty Alder is the way it can add a rustic feel to any application. This is all thanks to the variations in knots and color in the wood. You can easily see that in this wine cellar. While truly elegant, it also exudes that warm, rustic feel. *Cheers* 

Client’s WCI Wine Racks Are Magazine Worthy!

December 5th, 2019

Well, here’s an early Christmas present both for our client Dwight and us here at WCI as well! Dwight’s wine racks were featured in Lancaster County Magazine and he’s shared some terrific shots with us:

Client’s wine cellar is featured in Lancaster County Magazine!Our client has quite the collection and dreamt of showcasing it to the fullest. He purchased some racking units from our website, enjoying the variety of styles that he got to choose from. As you can see from these great snaps of the completed racking assembly, it is really quite versatile. We especially love the Open Diamond Cube wall and the Wine Bottle Waterfall. There is also a custom countertop and shelves to accommodate bulk bottle storage underneath. The varying styles make for a nice contrast of shapes and lines. You will notice that the overall design is not messy or overwhelming. In fact, there is a good sense of balance and symmetry despite the contrasting racking styles. The uniformity in the colors of the chosen stain option is partly responsible for this. The other contributing would be the choice of wine cellar accessories. Basically, everything was done in good taste!

Mix of wood and metal wine racksBut there is still one more surprise with this wine cellar project. It also has some of these beautiful wall-mounted metal wine racks. Every space in the compact room was utilized cleverly. The metal racks allow for a label-forward storage that display the client’s collection to maximum advantage. It also makes for easy organization. We love seeing bottles of different sizes being showcased in the wine cellar. They certainly are the center of attention – which is exactly the purpose of a wine cellar. The unique details of Dwight’s wine cellar rightfully earned him a spot in the magazine. And we’re just darned proud that we are a part of his big moment! It is fantastic knowing that our products really do bring about the desired results – that is, 100% client satisfaction. ^_

“My wine racks were featured in Lancaster County Magazine!
~Dwight G.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Tips In Outfitting Small Spaces

December 4th, 2019

One of the things we like about small spaces is that you can get really creative with them. Some of our most unique projects are transformations of smaller spaces. It’s pretty amazing what ingenuity can yield and we’d love to share some of those concepts with you.
Trim those corners with curved corner racks!1. Trim those corners

When working with compact wine cellar projects, one of the things you need to consider are the angles and corners. They might seem like wasted space, but with the right racking units, you can properly maximize them. We recommend outfitting your cellar with Curved Corner Racks or 90 Degree Angled Racks to achieve this. You can go with either custom units or select from our wine rack kits, such as Vintner, which carries these curved corner racking options.

2. Try some shallow-depth racking

Do not be afraid to venture into different racking styles when outfitting a compact wine storage space. You do not need to stick to standard-sized racks all the time. Other styles may prove more space-efficient, such as shallow-depth wine racks. These are racks manufactured with shorter depth compared to standard units. When bottles are stored on these racks, you’ll notice that the necks will slightly stick out. That actually makes for a really attractive display as well. WCI carries this style of racking with our WineMaker Series wine rack kits. You will be surprised at the bottle storage capacity these shorter depth racks can offer.
Outfitting small wine cellar spaces3. Small wine racks can do wonders

Another type of racking that will can work wonders on compact spaces is the “small wine rack.” Here at WCI, we actually have several options, such as our Mini Stacks, Curvy Cubes, and our Wall Mount Wine Racks. The last option is easily the most popular. Wall mount units can come in either wood or metal materials. Recently, our metal wine racking products, particularly the wall-mount ones, have really grown in popularity. Vintage View is, of course, one of our oldest and highly recommended products. But we also introduced some recent additions that are both space-efficient and super attractive. The Revue and Ultra Wine Racks collections are some of them. These wall-mount units are easy to install and you’ll have tons of fun creating eye-catching arrangements with them. ^_^

Shallow depth racks allow for more bottle storage

Technical Tuesday Episode #453: Simplicity Is Beauty With Unstained Premium Redwood

December 3rd, 2019

Ho, ho, ho, wine cellar buddies! The month of holiday cheer is finally here. We’re going to kick it off with some Tech Tuesday fun, courtesy of this project using custom racking pieces and our Vintner Series wine racks kit:

Project # 314608
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 709
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Simplicity is beauty with unstained Premium RedwoodWith wine cellars, it doesn’t always have to be intricately designed to be beautiful. As the saying goes, “Simplicity is beauty.” A clean and functional design also carries with it a certain charm. In fact, there are more than just a few clients here at WCI who prefer an understated style to an elaborate one. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature is one of those! This compact wine storage showcases the excellent craftsmanship of our racks. It also shows the natural     hues of unstained Premium Redwood. This is definitely a wine cellar that doesn’t pile on the frills and fancies. Yet, it is no way  inferior in both form and function.

Clean and beautiful racking linesAs far as bottle storage capacity is concerned, this wine cellar can actually host a little over 700 bottles. That’s pretty generous, considering the space our team had to work with. You’ll notice in the photos that the room was really properly maximized to accommodate as many bottles as possible. A combination of select units from our versatile Vintner Series and custom racks made all this possible. We especially like the countertop with extra individual bottle storage below.

Another great feature of this project is the variety of bottle storage options. Despite the compact size of the cellar, you can see that there is space for bulk bottle storage, as well as larger format bottles. To top it all off, the racking assembly flows seamlessly. This is thanks to the crown and base moldings and center seam trim. This wine cellar is indeed one of the best examples that simplicity is beauty. Even with the lack of dramatic elements, the quality of the materials and craftsmanship more than make up for it. *Cheers*