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Grand Mahogany Wine Racks Are Taking The Center Stage

October 28th, 2021

Some wine cellars make you go, “Oh, that’s so nice!” But there are those that make you go, “Oh WOW!” Today’s Testimonial Thursday project definitely falls into the second category. This simply exquisite wine room has Grand Mahogany wine racks taking the center stage. Well, we certainly can’t find fault with that!
Grand Mahogany racks are taking center stage!The tasteful details on the racking arrangement are right up our alley. Different racking styles were skillfully combined to create a classy profile. But what really makes an impact is the choice of material. The wine racks are a visual delight. They look sturdy and seamless and believe us, they are indeed durable. As earlier mentioned, Grand Mahogany is the wood option for this project. The clients were really doing their homework when they were going through the planning stages. Going for this top quality wood is a worthwhile investment. grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. Grand Mahogany is very versatile and possesses features that can rival other high grade woods like Sapele and Cherry. It is no slouch when it comes to hardness, density, and grain texture. There is also no question as yo the wood’s durability and stability. Grand Mahogany is easily comparable to Hard Maple, Sapele, or Cherry in these aspects.

Unstained wine racks taking the spotlight!Now how about when it comes to the aesthetic features of the wood? These stunning snaps speak for themselves. These Grand Mahogany wine racks are taking center stage in all their unstained glory. That’s right! Clients chose to showcase the wood in its most natural state. We think that’s totally a winning move. Note that Grand Mahogany sports a uniform color with just a few slight variations. These range from medium browns to pale pinks and make for a super attractive palette. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. The grain pattern is straight and just slightly interlocked in some cases. Below is a close-up shot of the wine cellar archway made from the same material:

Exquisite archway in unstained Grand MahoganyThe lighting accessories are also on point. See how they enhance the beauty of the unstained wood. It goes to show that taking the spotlight doesn’t require frills and fancies! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Comparing Different Wine Bottle Sizes

October 27th, 2021

Is there such a thing as “standard” wine bottle size? What is that “standard” then? Comparing wine bottle sizes will help you expand your knowledge on the topic. Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran wine lover, it definitely helps to dig into the details.

Comparing wine bottle sizes

Let’s start with the basics!

When it comes to wine bottle sizes, you’ll find that these usually vary. Factors such as dimension and shape are big influences, among others. But as far as a “standard” wine bottle size goes, there are measurements that have been accepted worldwide. These usually come to around 3-3.2 inches in diameter and 12 inches in height. In comparison, measurements smaller than the “standard” are described as “split-sized” or “piccolo.” Piccolo means “small” in Italian. These bottles are also known as a quarter bottle, pony or snipe. They are typically used for a single serving of champagne. There are also bottles called “Demi” or “Half”. This is what we call in layman’s terms as the “half bottle”. These bottles are distinctly slimmer compared to the piccolo. You will also notice that they are often used for dessert wines. Half bottle generally holds around 375 ml of liquor with 9.5″L x 2.25″W.

Now let’s go to the larger sizes. First up are the Magnum/Champagne bottles. This is what we call the larger-format wine bottles. Wine racks have also been named to accommodate them: “magnum wine racks”. A Magnum can hold around1.5 liters (50 oz.) of liquor and generally measures 13.5″L x 4 – 4 1/2″W. But what about if it’s double the size of a Magnum? We refer to this as the “Jeroboam”. As for much larger quantities of sparkling wine, the term used is “Rehoboam”. You will find these bottles mostly in large, established Champagne houses.

Large format wine bottles

Importance of wine bottle sizes!

So why is it important to keep this “standard” sizing in mind? Obviously, when you build your wine storage, you have to take into account the bottle sizes you already own. You should also think about future acquisitions. It’s recommended to make allowances for smaller or larger than standard sized bottles. Usually, adjustable racking units or shelves will be able to get the job done. If you are building a formal wine room, an inventory of your collection is essential. Consideration of wine bottle sizes will help maximize your storage capacity. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #547: Why You Can’t Go Wrong W/ Black Accents

October 26th, 2021

Considering Halloween will be here in a few days, this Tech Tuesday is right on the money. Black and orange are the staples when it comes to Halloween hues. But this stunner shows us why you can’t go wrong with darker accents in your wine cellars, too:

Project # 323220
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2764
Where: Richardson, TX
Stain: Midnight Black

You can’t go wrong w/ black accents!Our clients from Richardson, TX didn’t spare any expense for their wine cellar project. They went for custom wine racks to outfit this spacious room. A lot of Solid Diamond Cubes were used in the layout, together with Curved Corner Racks. This was such an ingenious way of combining different racking styles. The outcome is really eye-catching, thanks to the seamless transition between the units.

Lovely black metal trim on glass panelsSpeaking of eye-catching, take note at how understated the design elements in this project are. Yet, the wine cellar exudes a bold and luxurious charm. The not-so-secret answer lies in the accents: specifically, the darker themed wine cellar decor. First up is the Midnight Black Stain option chosen for the wine racks. The jet black color is quite different from traditional woodworking finishes. It lends the wood a contemporary appeal – minimalistic, yet striking. Some are a bit hesitant to go with this stain option as it might take away the “old country charm” of a wine cellar. But that is clearly not the case. It’s all about knowing when and how to use these bolder colors. You can see from this project that the elegance factor is accentuated, not diminished.

Spacious and sleek wine roomNext up are the glass panels. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a glass-enclosed layout. But in this case, our team went a step further. They designed the glass wall with black metal trim. The result is a gorgeous statement of separation and transparency. We love how it gives a sort of industrial touch to the wine cellar. The metal framing adds a fanciful touch to the otherwise plain glass entryway. You can also see how it works extremely well with the lighting accessories. Needless to say, we just adore today’s Tech Tuesday feature. How about you – is it a hit or a miss in your books? Comment below and share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

 

A Luxurious Little Retreat With Grand Mahogany Racks

October 21st, 2021

Do you want to have a luxurious little retreat at the heart of your home? As a wine lover, it’s actually not that difficult. Our clients were able to achieve that with the help of our wine rack kits. Let’s check it out:

Luxurious little retreat with Grand Mahogany racks!Comfy and spacious, clients managed to really transform this room into their own. They wanted not just a place to store their collection. They also wanted a place where they could relax and enjoy a glass of wine at their leisure. While working on a budget, clients also agreed that they did not want to overspend. Quality is important, but it also has to be balanced with affordability. They found their answer in the Vintner Series.

Wine room is classy and luxe!With clients going the wine rack “kits” route, the Vintner Series was certainly the best choice. There is an extensive selection of racking styles available for both individual and bulk bottle storage. There are even unique products like the Elite Cabinetry and Concave Racking collections. While these units are available as “kits,” there was also plenty of room for customization. Clients had the freedom to choose wood, stain and finish options from the full WCI inventory. That includes latest offerings such as Mocha, Graywash, and Whitewash stains. Other “custom” amenities were also available, such as molding packages. Base platforms, center seam trim, and even Lacquer finish were offered as well. These are accessories that can actually spell the difference between an ordinary racking assembly and “professional” looking one. That’s why the little details should never be overlooked!

Little details like moldings and trim matter!As earlier mentioned, clients also wanted to prioritize quality in their wine cellar project. When they went for the “kits” instead of custom racking, that goal was not lost. They were able to select top-of-the-line wood for their racks. They went with Grand Mahogany in unstained version. The natural,  uniform colors of the wood are just very attractive. These range from medium browns to pale pinks. Of course, there is no question about the quality. Grand Mahogany is easily comparable to Sapele and Cherry in terms of hardness, density, and grain texture. It also matches up to them in durability and stability . ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ranking The Healthiest Wines In The Market

October 20th, 2021

Things done in moderation usually yield great benefits. Drinking wine is definitely one of them. Red wine, for example, is especially high in phytochemicals. These include resveratrol and quercetin. These are powerful antioxidants and have been shown to yield health benefits. The most known ones involve arthritis relief, and heart disease protection. That being said, we put together our ranking of the healthiest wines in the market:

Ranking the healthiest wines

Credits to: Eva Elijas from Pexels

Let’s start with the reds…

It’s a no-brainer that red wine is considered “healthier” compared to white. But even among the reds, there are some that have more health benefits compared to others. First in our ranking is Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir has a higher resveratrol concentration in comparison to other red wines. Resveratrol, as we earlier mentioned, is an antioxidant compound. It is especially good for the heart because it helps eliminate bad cholesterol. It also helps fight against cancer cells.

Next in line is Malbec. Malbec grapes have some of the thickest skins of all wine-grape varieties. This means they possess lots of resveratrol, quercetin, antioxidants. It is also rich in polyphenols that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Last but not the least, is Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a very popular red wine because it doesn’t cause stains. Cabernet Sauvignon has a chemical component that kills certain strains of cavity-causing bacteria. Additionally, the wine carries proanthocyanidins. These are potent antioxidants that have been shown to reduce oxidative stress in the body.

Ranking health benefits of white wines

Credits to: solod_sha from Pexels

Moving on to the whites…

Now let’s move on to ranking our white wines. Up first is Pinot Grigio. Studies reveal that Pinot Grigio contains tyrosol and caffeic acid. These compounds act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Research also showed that caffeic acid in Pinot Grigio may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Second on the list is Chardonnay. This is arguably the most popular white in the world. Studies were conducted with people combining regular exercise with moderate drinking of this white wine. The cholesterol levels of the participants showed significant improvements.

Last on the list is Sauvignon Blanc. It’s also known as “grassy wine”  owing to its refreshing crispness. Sauvignon Blanc contains high levels of acidity and lower amounts of sugar compared to other whites. There are studies showing that the unique antioxidants in this wine may offer protection against cognitive decline. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #546: A Medley Of Custom Racking Styles

October 19th, 2021

There’s nothing we love more than a versatile racking assembly. That’s why today’s Tech Tuesday is really one for the books. The medley of custom racking styles in this project is indeed praiseworthy. Let’s take a closer look:

Project # 315465
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 916
Where: Cartersville, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

A medley of racking styles!We can see from these photos that this wine cellar made very good use of individual and bulk bottle storage units. The high reveal displays are especially eye-catching, combined with the LED lighting elements. Notice that the layout incorporated Open Diamond Bins and Rectangular Shelves for bulk storage. That means clients can also keep wine crates and boxes in their cellar.

Fun Quarter Round ShelvingNow let’s check out the photos above. Apart from the wine racks, this assembly is also outfitted with a full-height Quarter Round Shelf. Quarter Round Shelves are perfect for capping off racking assemblies. They will give your wine cellar a flawless finish. But more importantly, they provide additional space for storage and display. You can showcase your best labels, as well as choice stemware. Naturally, you can also utilize the shelves to display other accessories. Also, see how crown and base moldings were appended to the racking setup. This comes highly recommended if you want your wine cellar to have a seamless and professional look.

Dark Walnut stain & All-Heart Redwood

Clients decided on an All-Heart Redwood x Dark Walnut combo for the wine racks. This is a classic partnership that we’ve seen in so many projects. But it doesn’t give a run-of-the-mill result. Every wine cellar with this wood and stain combo has its own charm to be proud of. That’s why if you’re unsure of the color palette for your project, this is a good option. So is this medley of custom racking styles right up your alley? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments below. You can also check out our photo gallery for more amazing Tech Tuesday features. *Cheers*

Conquering Narrow Spaces With Custom Wine Racks

October 14th, 2021

Never give up on narrow spaces in your home! There are ways to conquering these challenges. If you’re a wine collector like our client, then today’s Testimonial Thursday can definitely help you out. Clients had this extra room in their home which was like a storage space more than anything else. But what they wanted to store was their wine bottles. So they set to work, looking for wine racks that can get the job done. They found exactly what they needed when they got in touch with our experienced design consultants.

Conquering narrow spaces w/ custom racks!Since the clients wanted to put the spare room to good use, our consultant recommended using custom racking. Going custom will allow them to maximize on bottle storage capacity. Naturally, the cost will be relatively higher compared to using wine rack kits. But the space to be equipped with the racks is a compact one. So after weighing the pros and cons, clients decided to take the custom route. They were certainly not disappointed with the results.

Our team was able to help them create a versatile racking assembly that can house several hundred bottles. There are also racks built for bulk bottle storage, including space for wine boxes and crates. As you can see from the photo, the racks were installed in a floor-to-ceiling layout. This facilitated the increase in bottle storage, beyond what clients expected. It also allowed room for some frills, like the wine tasting center you see in the photo. Of course, since this is a narrow space, it was important to keep the layout clean. One of the goals was to ensure that the cellar won’t cluttered. To  attain that, crown and base moldings, as well as center seam trim were added. You can see that there are no awkward gaps or angles anywhere. Conquering those drawbacks common to a tight space was indeed achieved! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fun Halloween Drinking Games

October 13th, 2021

We get that Halloween is a spookfest like nothing else. But why not add a good amount of unadulterated fun to turn goosebumps into sparkles? It’s pretty simple- just add some drinking games! Naturally, if there are kids around, these games can be played with candy and chocolate instead. Here are some our fave Halloween drinking games that will put the “boo” in booze:

Halloween fun drinking games!

Credits to: Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Penalty trivia, Halloween style

First up is the good, old trivia game given a bit of that Halloween flavor. You can choose to play in teams or individually, depending on the number of guests.  There will be tricky questions that will have corresponding number of points. Naturally, the goal is to get the most number of points. The team or individual with the least number of points at the end will be subjected to a drinking penalty. Here’s the “trick part: the will have zero clues as to what they’ll be drinking! Of course, before playing this game, check to ensure players don’t have any allergies.

The TikTok finger down challenge

This isn’t exactly a new game, but TikTok made it viral. So why not turn it into a Halloween drinking game! Before starting, make sure all your guests are cool with getting a bit tipsy. Each player will hold up 10 fingers. Then, each player will take a turn and says something they have never done before. If you have done it, then you need to put finger down – and do a penalty shot! The first person to put all ten fingers down loses. That’s ten alcoholic shots, so just make sure beforehand the players can hold down their liquor.

More fun with Halloween drinking games!

Credits to: Axel Breuer from Pexels

“Drink,” and not spin the bottle

Spin the bottle never gets old and doesn’t lose its charm at any party. But for Halloween, we’ll put a twist on it to make it more exciting. The host will have “bottles” (containing just one shot) of mystery drinks for each round. Players will form the usual circle and spin the bottle. Whoever the bottle lands on must choose either “trick or treat.” “Trick” will be a penalty that will be randomly picked from a bag/box/hat. If the player chooses “treat,” they’ll need to drink the mystery drink in bottle.

Let us know how it goes in case you guys try out any of these fun drinking games. Also, never forget to drink moderately! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #545: Unbeatable Hues Of All-Heart Redwood

October 12th, 2021

There are some things in this world that are naturally beautiful. You don’t need to do a lot to make their innate beauty shine. Case in point: All-Heart Redwood. It is one of the most desirable wood options for wine cellar projects because of its unbeatable features. Not by any coincidence, today’s Tech Tuesday showcases a charming racking assembly using this wood:

Project # 317214
Wood: Vintner / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Valhalla, NY
Stain: Light

Unbeatable features of All-Heart Redwood!This residential wine room is a pretty spacious one. Clients have been steadily growing their collection and wanted a racking layout that can also accommodate future acquisitions. Our design team tapped into the Vintner Series for the racking units. Since Vintner is so versatile, the wine room was equipped with storage for both individual and bull bottles. This definitely pleased the clients who anticipated purchasing certain labels in bulk. But functionality aside, the more eye-catching feature of this project is really the wood choice for the racks. With the help of our team, clients went with the All-Heart Redwood wood option. The results after the wine room was finished left the clients completely satisfied. All-Heart Redwood in its unstained state is a visual delight of reddish gold hues. The colors are uniform since the wood comes from the center of the log. This consistency, plus the it being a clear grade of wood, amounts to a higher end price tag. Nonetheless, it is an excellent investment.

Only Light Stain is needed to emphasize the wood’s colorsApart from its appearance, All-Heart Redwood is also top tier when it comes to durability. It is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot among all North American wood species. Note that it was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled cellars were invented. All-Heart Redwood also displays high resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking. That means wine racks using this wood option will grow more beautiful with age.

Unbeatable natural hues of All-Heart Redwood!Last but not the least, this wood absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. But thanks to its inherently stunning colors, even simple stains will make your wine racks look incredible. In this project, the racks are dressed up in just a Light Stain option. It gives the wine room that “traditional” vibe which is really classy. Truly, the pros of using All-Heart Redwood in your wine cellar are unbeatable! *Cheers*

 

Clients Find Solace In Their Wonderful, Cozy Wine Corner

October 7th, 2021

The “ber” months are usually the start of a season’s worth of festivities. But these months are also the busiest. So you’ll definitely need to book in some much needed downtime ( or “me time!). Then again, you’d have to go through the whole stressful process of planning a short and getaway. Our clients didn’t want to take that route and invested in something more enduring. They found solace in the completion of their cozy wine cellar:

Clients find solace in their cozy wine cellarHaving a quiet and comfortable space to enjoy a glass of wine is a one of life’s small luxuries. Clients decided there’s no reason why they couldn’t have that. It didn’t entail a great amount of space or a huge budget on their end. They transformed a seemingly tight corner of their home into their little shangri-la. As the space was quite uneven, they decided to go for wall-mount metal wine racks. This was certainly a very smart move. In particular, they selected some wall-mount units from the Revue Series. To maximize bottle storage, clients chose a combination of single-deep and double-deep wine racks. They did their homework quite well because as you can see from these photos, the storage is pretty generous for such a compact room:

A cozy corner where clients can find solaceOnce again, the Revue Series has shown why it has steadily become more popular with wine lovers. The flexible units come in 3-Ft and 4-Ft height configurations that make them convenient to utilize. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a small or large wine storage project. These wall-mount babies will fit right in! Moreover, you can even expand your bottle capacity thanks to the different depth variations. As show in the photos, clients incorporated some double-deep units into this project. Note that there are triple-deep racks available as well, in case future expansion will prove possible.

The design is also another factor why the Revue Series became such a hit in such a short span of time. See how the racks look so simple yet sleek. The collection is inspired by the definition of French style as the word “revue” is French in origin. Thus, the racks are simple yet chic. Nothing is overdone, yet the end result is never underwhelming. No doubt, this wine cellar is clients’ place of solace. So why not start building yours as well? We are here to help! ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Learning The Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine

October 6th, 2021
The saying that “Wine is good for your health” is certainly not a new concept. Even those who don’t enjoy wine on a regular basis are aware of this. But what is the real score when it comes to the health benefits of wine? Let’s separate fact from fiction by learning what the recognized benefits really are:
 Health benefits of wine

Red wine and cardiovascular health
We’ll talk about red wine first. Studies have shown that red wine is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that prevent cellular damage caused by inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a condition caused by an imbalance between antioxidants and unstable molecules. These molecules are called free radicals which can damage your cells. It is worthy to note that red wine grapes contain higher antioxidants compared to white grape varieties. That is why drinking reds may increase your blood antioxidant levels to a greater extent as opposed to drinking whites. Nonetheless, there is always a caveat. Drinking red wine should be done in moderation in order to get maximum health benefits. Health and medical experts recommend a glass a day equivalent to 5 ounces of red wine.
Fighting inflammation with wine
Let’s move on to the next health benefit of wine. Research has proven that wine is effective in fighting against inflammation. Wine possesses compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Keep in mind that chronic inflammation is harmful  to the body. It increases the risk of conditions such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and certain cancers. Consumption of red wine in moderate amounts can contribute to reduction of this risk.
Red wine has a lot of health benefits
Wine and living a long life
So what about the claim that wine can help one live a long life? There are indeed studies that drinking moderate amounts of wine help increase longevity. This is thanks to wine’s high antioxidant content. According to the American Heart Association, an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol is a key factor. Resveratrol can help reduce blood pressure and increase levels of HDL cholesterol (or “good cholesterol”). Moreover, in 2006, scientists reported that red wine compounds called procyanidins increase proper functioning of blood vessels. Essentially, it is all about incorporating wine into a healthy diet and lifestyle. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #544: Vintage View Cases, Crate Bins & Lockers

October 5th, 2021

Are you guys FALLing in love with fall? We hope so, because we are just so enamored with this beautiful season. If you have your fall wine shopping list all sorted out, here’s a project you should check out. This Tech Tuesday really pulls out at all the stops in the bulk bottle storage department. Vintage View gives us a lesson on how bulk storage should be done with its cases, crate bins and lockers:

Project # 318659
Series: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 1620
Where: Cincinnati, OH

The Vintage View Series is best known for its wall-mount metal racking units. But that’s not all that it can offer. It’s one of our most versatile collections with an extensive selection of metal wine racks. This project is a great example some of those products: the Vintage View crates, bins, and lockers:

So you can see from these photos that this is a commercial wine cellar project. The clients want room not just for current merchandise, but for future acquisitions as well. They invested in wall-mount metal wine racks, but wanted a floor-to-ceiling layout. This will allow them to showcase the wine bottles in a most attractive manner. It will also enable customers to easily locate what they want thanks to the label-forward system. Note that to achieve this, a Floor to Ceiling Frame is needed. This can be purchased separately, along with bottle retention straps for better security. And here’s a bonus: when the bottles are stored, they will have that “floating” appearance that is quite magical.

Now let’s talk about the cases, crate bins, and lockers. These units were specifically designed for bulk bottle storage. They come in a variety of configurations, starting from the single column units. They also come in short and tall height options, as well as add-on extensions. That means you can grow your storage along with your merchandise.

As far as the lockers are concerned, one of the best advantages is the safety feature. You can keep the more expensive bottles in there to prevent accidental injury. The keyed locks will also keep the bottles from being stolen. There’s even a lock and label package to help you make your store’s merchandise more organized. There are heaps of options with Vintage View – so go ahead and start exploring! *Cheers*