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Technical Tuesday Episode #539: A Rustic But Luxe Appeal W/ Rustic Pine

August 31st, 2021

Can rustic elements in a wine cellar still give it a luxe appeal? We say YES! Case in point: today’s absolutely stunning Tech Tuesday project. This is quite the eye-candy and highlights all the good things about the Rustic Pine wood option:

Project # 337872
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1579
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stain: Unstained

First off, let’s talk about the decor and color palette. Our clients wanted their wine room to have a warm atmosphere. So you can see how that’s achieved here with the blend of brown, golden brown, and creamy hues. We love the choice for the wine cellar entryway, with the barn door inspired design. The herringbone floors are also a lovely touch, adding character to the room.

Now let’s talk about the wine racks. As we mentioned earlier, the “rustic” charm is what this project is going for. But the clients also wanted their  wine cellar to be pristine. So our professional consultants recommended going the custom route. This allowed for the racking assembly to be perfectly  fitted to the space. This was indeed a good decision since you can see how seamless the layout is. This elevated that old-country vibe to one that has a luxe appeal as well.

This last photo really captures the beauty of the Rustic Pine wood choice. Note that the racks are unstained which means you’re seeing the natural colors of the wood. Rustic Pine’s beast feature is its soft creamy color combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. That is why this wood is sought after when a rustic architectural appearance is desired. It offers the best value by price per bottle space among all our wood options. This is because the supply is huge all throughout North America. But aesthetic is not the only thing Rustic Pine can offer. It is also highly durable and resistant to rot, mold and mildew. Plus, while it is attractive unstained, the wood also absorbs almost all types of stains and finishes extremely well. *Cheers*


Happy Client Shares Fruits Of Wonderful WCI Experience

August 26th, 2021

Testimonial Thursdays are for sharing the “WCI experience” as told by our clients. Most projects are DIY and range from small wine storage systems to full blown wine cellars. Moreover, a good number of them have come to life with the help of our professional design consultants. More often than not, clients would share with us the results. They would also provide feedback on our products and services. And believe us when we say that this is the only rising “positivity rate” we like to see.

Our client Lisa worked with our team to put together her wine cellar. She picked a mix of wood and metal racking units for her project. For the metal racks, she went with the Revue Series in single deep configuration. The Revue Series is a collection of wall-mount racks that can be utilized in both residential and commercial applications. You can get them in single, double, and triple deep configurations. That means you can really maximize bottle storage even in compact spaces. The racks are  are safe, security, and easy to install. On top of that, they are also earthquake resistant. The bottles are actually angled towards the wall. For the double and triple deep units, there are gravity stops between the bottles.

For the wood wine racks, our design team helped our client select some Wine Bottle Waterfalls. This is indeed a smart choice given how restricted space is. The cascading layout is perfect for navigating the awkward corners of the space. Note that the waterfall falling option is available with our wine rack kits. You don’t have to have one custom-made, especially if your budget won’t allow it. The Vintner, WineMaker, and Designer Series all carry this racking style. Naturally, you also have wood, stain and finish options to go along with it. Check out what Lisa has to say about her WCI experience below:

Happy client shares WCI experience

“The wine cellar is amazing! The design consultant was incredible, professional, and helpful.”

~Lisa R.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Selecting Materials For Wine Cellar Countertops

August 25th, 2021

What materials are available in the market for wine cellar countertops? Is it okay to use the same material as your kitchen countertops? There is a healthy selection of products for us to choose from. So it really helps to know more about these options to enable us to choose the most suitable one. After all, there are a number of essential things to consider. Quality and price are just two of them. Style is another. Let’s get started:

Selecting materials for wine cellar countertops

Corian countertops

Granite and Quartz are super popular when it comes to kitchen renovation projects. But what about wine cellars? While Granite & Quartz are part of the list, we want you guys to explore another material: Corian. Corian, just like other solid surface countertop materials, are fully synthetic products. Corian is manufactured by mixing acrylic, epoxide, and polyester resins with various pigments. The surfaces are nonporous so they are stain resistant and easy to clean. That makes this material a very good choice for wine cellar countertops. Moreover, it is also easy to maintain against minor scratches. Gentle sanding is usually enough to restore the surfaces.

Cork material

Cork countertops

Have you ever heard of Cork being used for tabletops or countertops? If not, then this is a great opportunity to learn more about it. Cork is a rapidly renewable resource which makes it wonderfully eco-friendly. It is also fire resistant and highly resilient, particularly to mold and mildew. Cork naturally contains Subherin. This substance is a natural insect repellent which will even keep the termites away. You will also find it easy to maintain your countertops with this material. Regular maintenance requires only routine sweeping and vacuuming to avoid build up of abrasive particles. But Cork surfaces do not take well to spills. It is highly recommended to clean up spills ASAP.

Wooden countertops

Wooden countertops

Butcher-block countertops are all the rage with a lot of kitchen renovations. The surface is made up of assembled wooden boards and lends that warm, cottage charm. It’s also one material that will never go out of style. But would it work for your wine cellar? The answer is yes! So long as you don’t intend to do a lot of food prep, a wooden Butcher-block surface is doable. There are a ton of wood options you can choose from. Maple, cherry, walnut, and oak are some of the top favorites. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #538: Display Your Goodies With Vino Pins

August 24th, 2021

There are lots of creative ways to display your wine goodies. It’s not always about building a wine cellar, especially if you’re not ready for it. Our clients are giving us some real eye-candy in this Tech Tuesday project. See how they showcase their collection with the help of Vino Pins:

Project #295226
Series:Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: N/A

Display your wine goodies with Vino Pins!The Vino Pins are part of the Vintage View series, one of the pioneers of our metal wine racks catalog. These wall-mount units certainly deserve more love because they have so much to offer. Let’s go over the amazing features of these wine rack pegs. First off, the Vino Rails are able to mount directly to any wall surface. There are proprietary anchor systems needed per the assembly manual. But installation is easy and doesn’t require any DIY experience at all. Note that this is the only metal wine rack peg system that can mount direct to drywall, masonry or wood. You don’t even need a backer board! Second, let’s talk about the design aspect. The Vino Pins offer a stylish and minimalist approach to wine storage. You can utilize them for both private and commercial collections of any size. As for finishes, there are five beautiful ones to choose from. Take your pick from Milled Aluminum, Anodized Black, Golden Bronze, Gloss Black, and Gunmetal.

Elegant glass-enclosed displayLast but definitely not the least, there’s the space-efficiency factor. Keep in mind that you can install them anywhere in your home. You certainly don’t need a wine room to display your goodies. Need more bottle storage? The optional Vino Pins Extensions (VP-X) allow for transformation (now or later) to two- and three-deep bottle configurations. That simply means you can grow your storage space with your wine collection. Also note that our clients wisely chose to display their collection in glass-enclosed layout. This amplified the elegance of the display and made it seem more spacious. It is a visual treat that is affordable to boot! *Cheers*

Reasons Why You’ll Want A Wine Cellar Design Consultant

August 19th, 2021

Is a wine cellar design consultant worth spending those extra dollars? Before you answer that, let’s have you guys run your eyes over today’s Testimonial Thursday. If these photos made your eyes pop (like it did ours!), then we can give you all the reasons why a design consultant is worth it:

Why you need a wine cellar design consultantIf you’re planning on a formal wine room AND you’re a complete newbie, these are enough reasons to have professional guidance. Think about it. You will be spending a small fortune on this project. You are not equipped with the knowledge to see it from start to finish. You wouldn’t want to waste all that money on results that won’t make you happy. But with an experienced design consultant, you can be confident that your wine cellar goals will be achieved. Going the DIY route is highly encouraged, but should also be coupled with caution. Start small, gain experience, and never try to tackle a project that’s too much for you.

Impeccable details on wine room! A look at the final product here will show us another reason why you’ll want a design consultant. Check out how clean and seamless the racking arrangement is. You can see the “There’s not a hair out of place” vibes here. All the elements come together and the wine room is professional looking. And you can have something like this on a budget! Your consultant will work with you to provide you with all available options. These include your wine racks, flooring, ceiling, lighting, and all other accessories. You will be provided with a bevy of choices and with expert advice, be able to select the best ones. By “best,” these would be products that are both of reputable quality and affordable.

Beautiful but affordable wine racks!

Last but not the least, if you have a growing collection, you’d want a wine cellar that can accommodate this. That means the layout should be such that there is room for future acquisitions. Your wine cellar cooling system should also be a suitable fit. This “longevity” feature can be attained with the help of a design consultant. Here’s what our client has to say about their WCI experience:

“Brett Norris was great to work with. We went through several designs and finished with exactly what I wanted.”

~Glenn H.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Destinations Across The USA

August 19th, 2021

Why travel outside the country when some of best wine destinations are right here in our own backyard? Travel the smart and safe way this summer and check out these amazing wine regions. Let’s shy away from the traditional hotspots like Napa Valley and give these other must-visit destinations a try:

Wine destinations to check out!

Credits to: Edible Idaho

Discover Snake River Valley, Idaho

You might think your eyes are playing tricks on you – Idaho is a wine destination? Well, we’re the bearer of some very good tidings! Snake River Valley is actually a new, up-and-coming wine region. This have for wine lovers is just a convenient 40-minute drive from Boise. Snake River Valley is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. There are lots of beautiful hiking trails, water, and biking activities to explore. Now you can combine these with memorable wine-tasting experience. Enjoy Rhone varietals like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Also get a taste of the whites like Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne.

These wine destinations are a must-visit!

Credits to: Greg Vaughn / VW PICS / Lonely Planet / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Experience Walla Walla, Washington

Heads up, Seattle and Oregon wine connoisseurs! Just a few kilometres from the Oregon border is one of the highly recommended wine destinations. Walla Walla Washington boasts around 120 wineries and 1,133 hectares of grapes. Wine lovers love to flock here for a taste of Bordeaux varietal. Pair that with a tour of the historical Main Street and you’ll have a summer you won’t forget. Walla Walla offers a rich repertoire of wines to suit every taste. Let your tastebuds revel in renowned Syrah, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Chardonnay, to some Tempranillo, Malbec and Merlot.

Explore more wine destinations in the USA!

Credits to: Farm Flavor

Explore Texas Hill Country, Texas

Why go to California when everything is bigger in Texas? No shade on Napa, wine folks! This just goes to show us that the good, old US of A has a lot to offer when it comes to wine destinations. If you have not explored Texas Hill Country yet, better put it in the bucketlist. Texas Hill Country AVA spans over 36 million hectares. There are over 50 wineries to choose from and that’s certainly a LOT! The region’s hot and dry climate produces renowned Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The landscapes are also absolutely gorgeous, particularly in the summer. Check out their summer wine-and-food tasting events like the “grape stomps.” ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #537: Lovely & Luxe With Midnight Black Stain

August 17th, 2021

Bold colors are usually associated with luxury. But can they make wine cellars look lovely as well? Well, this Tech Tuesday might have the answer to that. The rich hues on the wine racks certainly don’t intimidate. In fact, they make the wine room very appealing. Let’s check out the finer details and what WCI products were utilized to achieve this result:

Project #295226
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 775
Stain: Midnight Black 

Lovely & luxe in Midnight Black StainNow if you are a faithful follower of our blog, you’ll be able to tell straight away what stain was used on these racks. This is our Midnight Black Stain option. This stain has been growing in popularity, mostly with contemporary themed wine cellar projects. But it also being gradually incorporated into more traditional styles. The contrast between this jet black stain and subdued lines of classic racking arrangements works quite well. You can definitely see it in this Tech Tuesday project:

Midnight Black Stain on custom rackingThe racking units are all customized to fit the room and ensure maximum bottle capacity. You can see that there is good variety in racking styles. The cellar can accommodate individual and bulk bottles comfortably. We also love the addition of the archway with tabletop. The layout is pretty straightforward, sticking to clean, effortless silhouettes. This became the perfect canvass for a deep colored stain like Midnight Black. But notice that this does not overpower the lighter hues of the flooring and ceiling. It does the opposite, enhancing them and making the different colored bottle caps pop out. A good balance between form and function is present here. You can also see how the “traditional” charm is still prominent in this wine room. This is something that really resonated with the clients. They wanted a classic design, but also craved for bolder colors. Our design professionals worked with clients to bring about the desired result. This lovely and luxe wine cellar delivered just that! *Cheers*


Never A Tight Fit With The WCI WineMaker Series

August 12th, 2021

Is your wine collection a fast growing one? Then you might want to check out our clients’ amazing wine room. It’s a fantastic example of why it’s never a tight fight when you choose the right wine racks. Our WineMaker seals the deal here, accommodating several hundred bottles with wiggle room for more:

Never a tight fit with WineMaker racks!Before we talk about how the WineMaker racks did a stellar job with this wine cellar, let’s first go over the design details. That arched, brick inlay ceiling is a stunner, don’t you think? We love how it emulates those underground European caves where wine storage began. It also makes the room feel less cramped thanks to that bit of headspace. It also works well with the wooden floors and wine barrel-themed furniture. The effect is very old country – something the clients were really shooting for.

Not by any coincidence, the racking units complement the style and structure of the wine room. WineMaker is best known for its shallow depth wine racks. The shallow depth configuration is perfect particularly for smaller spaces. Notice how the necks of the wine bottles stick out. With the larger-format bottles, the clients decided to store these with the bottom sticking out. The result is quite eye-catching and anyone can see that it’s not a tight fit at all. You can also see that the bottles are nestled comfortably on the racks. They are securely stored on square cut rails:

Charming arched ceilings & wooden plank floorsThe last photo above is a beautiful capture of the racking assembly. The seamless transition from the wine racks to the arched ceiling is quite impressive, isn’t it? No tricks involved here, wine cellar fans! It’s just the clever use of center seam trim and crown and base moldings. Keep in mind that these little accents are actually key in achieving a clean and “professional” look to your wine cellars. We highly recommend incorporating them into your racking assembly, especially for DIY projects. You can say goodbye to those awkward gaps between your racks, the ceiling and flooring. ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Summer Grazing Boards To Try

August 11th, 2021

Summer is definitely NOT over yet, so let’s enjoy it to the fullest. The great outdoors is still ours to explore. While physical and social distancing is still the norm, we can thankfully do more activities safely. One of those is sharing culinary treats with our safe squad. After all, good food and wine are appreciated more with important people in our lives. So for your next outdoor festivities, here are some summer grazing boards to try out:

Summer grazing boards to try!

Credits by: RODNAE Productions from Pexels

The upgraded cheese & meat board

First up is one of the most basic, if not the most basic, grazing boards. Cheese, meat, and dips are the building blocks of a typical grazing board. But you can take it a few notches higher with some tasty upgrades. Take a leaf from Marth Steward and select cheeses that can really bring out the summer flavors. Manchego and Drunken Goat both have beautiful edible rinds and slice into sharp triangles. Throw in some Swiss-style and Gouda Crumble. Lastly, crumble some aged Cheddar or Parmesan onto your board. You can stick to marbled meats like salami and prosciutto. But enhance the taste with flavorful dips like caramelized onion, zesty herb, and avocado ranch. Of course, don’t forget your favorite bottle(s) of red wine!

The colorful fruits & veggies board

Nothing says summer more than the delicious mix of fruits and veggies on a grazing board. Select seasonal fruits with vibrant colors, such as mangoes, honeydew, and berries. For veggies, we suggest cutting into fancy shapes some cucumbers, sweet peppers, carrots. Don’t forget to garnish your board with edible greens. Apart from celery sticks, we also recommend some edamame. You can put these in a small bowl or just strategically arrange them all over the board. Some whites or champagne will definitely hit the spot as well!

The “smorgasboard” where anything goes

This is obviously the most fun one you can put together. You can choose to do it as one large board or into two or three separate ones. The trick here is to list down all the food items you want your guests to enjoy. For a memorable taste experience, we recommend going the extra mile with mouth-watering desserts. Burnt Basque Cheesecake is one of the top picks. Wine-infused cupcakes are another.  Macarons are also a huge favorite and you can learn to make these yourself. Balance the sweets spread out with crackers and an assortment of nuts. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #536: Elegance Personified With Premium Redwood

August 10th, 2021

You don’t need to do anything unusual to bring elegance to your wine cellar. In fact, this is best achieved when you stick to the “basics.” If you are unsure of what these basics are, this Tech is what today’s Tech Tuesday will show you. This project is elegance personified, thanks to Premium Redwood:

Project # 331455
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 775
Where: Sandy Springs, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Elegance personified in Premium RedwoodOne of the most important things to keep in mind is that quality materials are really a worthwhile investment. We cannot emphasize this enough, particularly when it comes to your wine racks. Longevity is key because you want your wine cellar to age gracefully together with your collection. That’s why you should choose your wood with care. There are wood options that can strike the right balance between quality and affordability. This is what our clients discovered when they went with Premium Redwood.

Great use of racking styles!There are several good reasons why Premium Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellars. It is a clear grade of wood, meaning it has no knots. It is also no slouch when it comes to durability and resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking. Moreover, it includes wood from all part of the log. Thus, Premium Redwood colors range in beautiful shades from pinkish white to reddish brown.

Dark Walnut stain on racks is elegance personifiedThis brings us to the next pro tip in achieving that classy profile for your wine cellar. It’s also all about the choice of stains and finishes. This Tech Tuesday in particular shows us how its done. Since Premium Redwood is a light colored wood, it was dressed up in Dark Walnut stain. This stain is highly popular because it lends a rich, luxe appearance to the wood. It deepens almost all shades of wood, even more so with those of lighter hues. Some prefer to add lacquer finish on top of the stain. This is also a great option. Lacquer will give the racks a glossy finish that is indeed elegance personified.

Compact but spacious wine room!Here is a peek at the wine room from the outside. See how it is actually not that large? But because of the seamless transition of the racking assembly, it looks and feels spacious. This is another basic tip to enhance that elegance factor. Give your wine racks that clean, seamless silhouette. Utilize accessories that can make a difference, such as center seam trim and crown and base moldings.. *Cheers*

Clients Delight In Their Old World Wine Cellar Design

August 5th, 2021

A wine room that celebrates old world elements is definitely a project worth undertaking. Our client Phillip is very much on board with this. He sent us some marvelous photos of their completed wine cellar. It showcases beautiful traditional details with the help of custom WCI racking units:

Old world charm detailsSo a bit of a history lesson is in order here. As wine cellar enthusiasts, let’s keep in mind that wine storage began in the underground caves of Europe. The caves provided ideal conditions for wines to age at a graceful pace. Over time, these conditions became the standard for modern wine cellars. The ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. That’s why basement wine cellars still come highly recommended. This is because you don’t need to invest on a heavy duty wine cellar cooling unit. It is more convenient to achieve ideal wine storage conditions at subterranean levels.

Lovely stone arches in the wine roomNow when it comes to design, you don’t need to build in the basement to achieve old world wine cellar charm. A “wine cave” can very well be realized  anywhere in your home. All it takes is knowing what materials to use. In this case, natural elements like stone, wood and arches are key. You will notice how arches were built all throughout the wine room. They served to frame the custom wine racks. Going custom was a really smart decision on clients’ part. See how the racking assemblies fit seamlessly into the arches. Bottle storage capacity is also maximized in the process. Here is a pro tip in case you are working with a limited budget though: check out WCI wine rack kits. Our kits are what you may call the “affordable route.” But some kits like the Vintner and WineMaker Series are very flexible to work with. The configurations can be manipulated to an extent to also achieve a “built-in” look. Accessories like moldings and trim are also available to get a seamless silhouette.

Arched glass French Door

This last photo of the cellar entryway also deserves attention. We like that they chose an arched French Door for the wine room. It is so elegant and ties up really well with the old world theme clients wanted. ^_^

“Everything turned out great!”

~ Phillip S.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Different Types Of Wine Openers

August 4th, 2021

One of the wine accessories that comes in a lot of different types are wine bottle openers. So this begs the question: what kind should you go for? Do you go ahead and buy the most popular and/or expensive brand? What are the things you need to consider before making your purchase? Let’s talk about the various options in the market:

Credits by: Oster

Standing Wine Opener

We’ll start with one of the most common types: the standing wine opener. You’ll see a lot of styles being sold, each one fancier than the next. But this wine opener can be best categorized into two: manual and electric. The Oster Silver is currently hailed as the “best” in the electric category. It is inexpensive, takes up minimal counter space, and has long-lasting charge. For the manual standing openers, our pick is the Brabantia Classic Corkscrew. It is so easy to use. Just turn the corkscrew in one direction until the cork pops out. Another version to look into would be countertop wine openers.

Credits by: IWA

Estate Wine Opener

Next up is the estate wine opener. The estate wine openers are considered as “ingenious 19th century American reproduction corkscrews.”  This wine accessory can open both standard and flanged wine bottles. The top brand on the market is Rogar Estate and Champion. The mechanism is quite simple. You start with the handle to the rear. Clamp the bottle neck and pull the handle forward to remove the cork. Both Estate and Champion are designed for longevity which makes them a good investment.  We also recommend checking out the estate corkscrew for additional options.

Credits by: WineStuff

Vintage Wine Opener

It may come as a surprise, but still on the market are vintage wine openers. Yes, that’s right! There are actually lots of these wine openers and corkscrews up for grabs. The novelty in these items is definitely the craftsmanship and design. The history behind them is also another. You will also be pleased to learn that some of them are fairly easy to use. In fact, “vintage inspired” products like the Legacy bronze wine opener by Wine Enthusiast, are quite in demand. It is at a very good price point as well, considering it’s just an “inspired” product. ^_^


Technical Tuesday Episode #535: Revisiting Classics W/ Premium Redwood x Dark Walnut

August 3rd, 2021

The classics never die and very much so with wine cellars. While modern wine cellar designs have been increasingly popular, the traditional look has never been cancelled. The reason is simple. You can’t go wrong when sticking to this kind of style. So here’s us revisiting the classics with today’s wine cellar spotlight:

Project # 326893
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1188
Where: Acworth, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Revisiting the classics with Premium RedwoodFrom the racking assembly down to the flooring, this wine room reeks of elegance. The wine racks are assembled in a seamless layout, really putting the space to good use. We applaud the decision of clients to go with the glass panel doors. They definitely add to the graceful lines of the project.

Elegant Dark Walnut stainNow let’s talk about the wine racks and how they stand out in this wine cellar. Premium Redwood is the wood of choice, dressed in Dark Walnut Stain. We couldn’t have asked for a better combination. Premium Redwood is a light-colored hardwood and adapts to stains and finishes extremely well. The wood is clear – with no knots in place. Since it includes wood from all part of the log, the natural colors are softer. These range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. In fact, some people prefer Premium over All-Heart Redwood owing to the variety in colors.

Loving the tasting center!As earlier mentioned, the racks are stained in Dark Walnut. This lends a much bolder hue to the units, but the overall effect is more traditional. Note that Dark Walnut is a deep, golden-brown stain. It serves to deepen almost all shades of wood, particularly light colored ones. See how the racking assembly sports a luxe appeal without being intimidating:

Revisiting the classics with traditional racking layoutOf course, there is little to complain about the types of wine racks in this project. There is a very satisfactory mix of individual and bulk bottle storage. We also like the addition of the custom coutnertops and cabinets. This wine cellar has all the elements down pat, including revisiting that traditional charm. If you are unsure which direction to go with your wine cellar design, go the classic route. You can never go wrong with it! *Cheers*