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Wishing You All A Happy Wine-Filled New Year!

December 30th, 2021

So here we Finally are, wine cellar buddies! It’s almost time to ring in 2022. We wish you all a a happy, wine-filled New Year. We hope you guys share our excitement in all our exciting plans, beginning January 2022. So raise that glass and let’s make a toast to all the good things that are yet to come:

Wishing you a wine-filled, Happy New Year!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Our Technical Tuesday Wrap Up For 2021 (Part 2)

December 28th, 2021

Onto Part 2 of our Tech Tuesday year-end wrap up! If the project you’re rooting for didn’t make the cut last week, then it might have made it here. Here is the final batch of our favorite Tech Tuesdays:

Part 2 of our year-end Tech Tuesday wrap up!

Tech Tues Ep #530: Wine Storage Console W/ Revue Racks

No doubt about it, the Revue Series was a huge hit this year. We’ve had tons of Tech Tuesdays and DIY wine storage using these elegant metal wine racks. But this one tops our books! You can see from this photo how the bottles are displayed in a beautiful “floating” fashion. This is thanks to the floor-to-ceiling configuration of the Revue Wall Series. The racks are designed to be wall-mounted, but you can assemble them this way for a more dramatic flair.

Tech Tues Ep #537: Lovely & Luxe With Midnight Black Stain

Bold, dark hues still rank high in our books. And that’s why we just had to include this lovely and luxe wine room on our list. The layout is pretty straightforward, sticking to clean, effortless silhouettes. It’s the perfect canvass for a deep colored stain like Midnight Black. See how the stain 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.

Tech Tues Ep #543: Exquisite Custom Cabinets In Grand Mahogany

Custom cabinets are very versatile and deserve more love. That’s why we’re doing it here! Everything was done according to the clients’ specifications, from the racking units down to the stain option. The racks were customized to ensure a perfect fit and maximize bottle storage capacity. Just like wine cellars, you can do anything you want with custom cabinets. You can select the wood, racking styles, moldings, stains and finishes and more.

Tech Tues Ep #548: Edgy Knotty Alder Racking Assembly

Last but certainly not the least, we pay tribute to this edgy Knotty Adler project. It’s a compact wine cellar which is moving up the popularity ladder each year. You can see from the photo how the racks are fitted to the compact area. The transition is seamless and the racking assembly is clean and professional. One of the major reasons why Knotty Alder is sought after is because of its natural colors. Unstained, the wood is composed of light brown shades. However, you will also see some variations, from pale yellows to reddish-brown.

That concludes our 2021 Tech Tuesday wrap up! We can’t wait to roll out new and more awesome projects in the New Year. We hope you guys will join us in our 2022 wine cellar journey as well. *Cheers*




Happy Holidays From Your Fellow Wine Cellar Lovers!

December 22nd, 2021

Credits to: Getty Images

So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn’t sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn’t be so! But it was merry! Very!
He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

We hope that this season, everyone will have a Grinch-free holidays. Just like your favorite bottle of wine, never let anything dull your sparkle. Merry Christmas, wine cellar fans! ^_^

Our Technical Tuesday Wrap Up For 2021 (Part 1)

December 21st, 2021

Aaaaand we’re finally here, wine cellar buddies! We’re about to start saying adieu to 2021. Per WCI tradition, we’re bringing you our Tech Tuesday wrap up for the year. Here are the projects that made our “top faves” list:

Tech Tues Ep #508: Cottagecore Charm w/ Unstained Premium Redwood

Up first is this adorable project from our January archives. The natural vibe of this wine cellar definitely speaks cottagecore to us. We love that the clients went with unstained Premium Redwood on their wine racks. Never underestimate the old country charm of a wine room! Of course, Premium Redwood in its unstained glory is a big favorite of ours.

Tech Tues Ep #512: Midnight Black Stain Is The New Neutral

Next up is our Valentine’s Day feature. This project redefined the color palettes for hearts’ day and in a very good way. This wine cellar is a testament to the rising popularity of Midnight Black Stain. The jet-black color is a dramatic departure from traditional woodworking finishes. It lends a contemporary appeal to the racking units, but keeping everything oh-so-elegant!

Tech Tues Ep #524: Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Glory

We’ve always been a sucker for glass-enclosed wine cellars, so there will always be one that will make the cut. The piece de resistance that ties up all the elements in this project is: the glass panels. Clients opted for a simple glass wall for their project. It was such a clever move! It enhanced the rich colors of the racks and the lighting accents. The result is a wine room all its elegant glory.

Tech Tues Ep #528: Your Wine Room’s “Wow” Moment

Last but not the least, we have this Tech Tuesday that showcases what a “wow” moment really is. It’s all about balancing out design elements and using quality materials. Check out this pro tip when it comes to giving that “wow” factor to your wine room. See how a wine tasting table – or island in clients’ case, can elevate the aesthetic appeal. It goes without saying that it also adds more functionality to the cellar.

So did your Tech Tuesday fave make the cut? Don’t worry if it didn’t, though! There’s still part 2 of the wrap up coming up next week. Stay tuned and let us know if you agree (or not!) with our picks in the comments below. *Cheers*

All-Heart Redwood Wine Racks Dressed Up Two Ways

December 16th, 2021

Final Testimonial Thursday is up for all of you wine cellar fans out there! It’s been a blessed year for wine cellar projects despite the challenges and we are beyond grateful. So let’s start wrapping 2021 up in high spirits. These fab All-Heart Redwood wine racks dressed two ways should get us going in the right direction:

All-Heart Redwood racks dressed up two waysFirst up is this visual stunner comprised of wood and glass combo. The wine racks are all customized, resulting in a versatile, glass-enclosed tasting center. Now we mentioned that All-Heart Redwood is the wood option for the projects featured today. But for this one, saying “dressed up” might lead to misconceptions. That’s because the racking units are actually all in their natural glory. Yes, that’s right, wine cellar lovers. Those golden hues enhanced by lighting accessories are wonderfully untouched. These are All-Heart Redwood wine racks showcasing their unstained, reddish gold colors. Note that this wood is the most expensive part of the redwood tree. That’s because it is a clear grade of wood that comes exclusively from the center of the log. Moreover, it sports uniform colors. Among all North American woods, All-Heart has proven to be the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot.

Lovely Whitewash stain optionThis second project is sending us cottagecore vibes. Check out the super cute design and the clever use of Wine Bottle Waterfall racks. Unlike the first, the All-Heart Redwood units in this one are indeed “dressed up.” This is the Whitewash stain which is one of WCI’s newer offerings. It quickly gained popularity because of its versatility. Whitewash complements the clean, open themes of modern décor. But it also gives off that rustic, seaside appeal. Note that this stain is a semi-transparent one. The beauty of the wood grain still shows through. You will also see that the stain adds a definitive ‘texture’ to the wood. It combines old-country charm modern touches. Check out our photo gallery for more ways to style your All-Heart Redwood racks. ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Organization Tips For Your Homes

December 15th, 2021
Thanks to amazing developments in the wine cellar industry, the size if our homes doesn’t matter at all. There will always be a place to store your wine bottles. With the evolution of wine storage, you can start your wine collection even in compact living spaces. There are racking lines developed specifically for condos, apartments, and other similar residential structures. But whether it’s a formal wine cellar or or a compact one, organization is a must. How should you organize your wine bottles? We have some great tips we’d love to share!
Wine organization for your homes!
Your collection should “spark joy”!
It’s not rocket science and there are no hard and fast rules to it. But there are some points you’ll have to carefully think about. This will help you in deciding what will be the most efficient method of organization. That’s why one of the most useful tips is by the “Queen of Organization” herself, Marie Kondo. The Marie Kondo way is highly popular for a huge reason – it works! So start by asking yourself, “Does it spark joy” when going over your collection. Brands that you rarely pick up anymore even for immediate consumption should be set aside.
“Spark joy” in your homes with these wine cellar organization tips
Easy organization by wine type 
For your wines that spark joy, start with an easy organization method: by wine type. We recommend starting with the most generic classifications: red, white, and sparkling. This is ideal for small collections. You will find this method quite efficient when sorting your collection to locate favorite labels. It’s also actually useful even for larger collections. You can use this as a starting point and group the bottles further into more specific categories.
Homes with large wine cellars should sub-categorize
Create sub-categories for large collections
Once you’ve done a general wine organization in your homes, you can take it to the next level. Those with larger collections will benefit a lot in creating sub-categories. One of the most popular and effective sub-categories is by grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and so on. You can also group your bottles by price. Another is by region. We also recommended investing in a wine app. This is helpful for collections that are approaching or going over the thousand mark. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #554: Striking Beauty Of Premium Redwood

December 14th, 2021

Last Tech Tuesday for 2021 is coming at you, wine cellar buddies! We’re wrapping this year up with this sweet creation for a client in Maryland. Let’s take this opportunity to appreciate the striking beauty of Premium Redwood:

Project # 322295
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 986
Where: Arnold, MD
Stain: Unstained

Striking beauty of Premium RedwoodThe lines and colors of this wine cellar are on fleek. If we compare this to make-up, you can certainly say that this is airbrushed to perfection. The wine racks are all custom. It showcases the range of styles you can achieve when you take this route. See how the racking arrangement hugs all the corners of the room very nicely. Bottle storage capacity is maximized with accommodations for individual and  bulk bottles. There are even custom shelves for wine boxes and crates.

Unstained Premium Redwood rackingThe more notable feature of this project, though, is the wood. Clients chose Premium Redwood, one of WCI’s “stock wood” options. It is also one of the most popular, alongside All-Heart Redwood. So what makes it such a hit with wine cellar fans? Allow us to enumerate the many reasons, starting with the variety of colors. Premium Redwood includes wood from all part of the log. The result is a an attractive gamut of hues, from whites to pinks and down to the reddish browns. This is why there are those who prefer this wood over All-Heart Redwood. See how striking these wine racks are even when unstained:

Custom shelving in unstained Premium Redwood

Next, let’s talk about the quality. Along with All-Heart, Premium Redwood is highly resistant to moisture, mildew and rot. Moreover, it has high resistance against shrinking, warping, and checking. That means that it is very durable. What does this mean to you? It means that your wood will age beautifully in your wine cellar. Lastly, among all the wood choices available, Redwood in general is the most eco-friendly. Here at WCI, all of our redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI. SFI stands for Sustainable Forestry Initiative. With this certification, customers are assured that the Redwood they purchase has harvested in an environmentally sound manner. *Cheers*


Custom Wine Cellar Goodness With A Touch Of Baroque

December 9th, 2021

We’re down to our second to the last Tech Tuesday for this year! So we’re going to make sure to end 2021 with a bang. In our case, it means showcasing wine cellar projects that will leave a lasting impression. And believe us, this custom creation with a touch of baroque can definitely do that:

A touch of baroque goes a long way!Who says you can’t go all out with your wine cellar? When the design concept and budget align, the result will be something spectacular. This Tech Tuesday is all the proof you’ll need. It’s composed of all-custom wine racks accentuated with baroque details. You can see how the units were laid out in a very seamless manner. The floor area is used so well, making the cellar appear even more spacious. But the focal point is the cascading racking with the help of the Wine Bottle Waterfalls. We’ve showcased projects using this eye-catching style. But what people overlook is that cascading racking can be styled in a number of ways. You can see here that custom shelving was incorporated to cap things off. It affords additional bottle storage, including space for larger format bottles. Another favorite option is putting in a peninsula or island that can double as a tasting table.

Gorgeous Wine Bottle WaterfallNow let’s go into the other details of this project that makes it pack a punch, so to speak. The wine cellar ceiling has a rustic charm, contrasting with the ornate design with that of the room. Pendant-type lights with delicate embellishments were also integrated. Plus, lacquer was used on the wooden elements, making everything look so elegant. Completing the stunning setup are full-length glass panels with wood molding. Glass is such a versatile material that can work with any wine cellar theme. You can do a lot with them, like putting custom etchings or throwing in some trim. The latter will give your wine cellar entryways a nice, contemporary touch. So how would you rate today’s Tech Tuesday? Is it a thumbs-up or down? Tell us in the comments below! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Holiday Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

December 8th, 2021

It’s THAT time of the year once more! And yes, we do mean the Christmas holidays. But what we’re more focused on is the mad holiday shopping rush. While 2021 might not be as bad as 2020, there are still setbacks. The balance of supply and demand in the market is still not as stable as it was before. So it’s ideal that we should get that holiday shopping done. Now if you’re stumped for ideas, WCI is here to the rescue. We put together these gift ideas for the wine lovers on your list:

Great gift ideas include this Puffer Vest Bottle Cover

1. Puffer Vest Wine Bottle Cover

First up, wine bottle covers. There are lots of these available and they come in so many designs. The price point is also super affordable. Any wine lover wouldn’t say no to something like this. Our pick is this adorable Puffer Vest cover by St. Nicholas Square. It’s just perfect for the season and you can actually shop for it at Kohl’s.

Check out the Champagne Shooters!

2. Champagne Shooters

Here’s a great item for those on your list who love both wine and parties. The Champagne Shooter will make chugging your favorite drinks even more fun. It comes in two pieces per pack, so it’s also a terrific present for wine loving couples. You can check it out at Amazon and score free delivery with a Prime account.

Host Freeze Cooling Cups

3. Host Freeze Cooling Cups

What is better than an attractive wine glass? Try a wine glass that can keep your whites at perfectly chilled temperature. Lucky for us, the geniuses at Host were able to come up with such an amazing product. This cooling cup ensures you’ll never have a room temperature Chardonnay again. The design is simple but elegant and comes in several types, too. You can have temperature controlled glassware for your beer and margaritas as well. Check it out at Amazon!

Wine themed candles

4. Wine themed candles

Candles are always fantastic gift ideas. They’re easy to procure as well. But for your wine loving “giftees,” we suggest taking it to the next level. Get them wine themed candles that will always remind them of their favorite bottles. We recommend these all-natural soy candles from Rewined. They have a subtle, wine-inspired look and scent. They also burn for up to 80 hours. You can head on over to West Elm and grab some or buy them online.


Technical Tuesday Episode #553: Spectacular Details On Black Walnut Racks

December 7th, 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And this season, things will be extra special. That’s because a lot of us will finally be able to reunite with loved ones. Naturally, family and friendship bonding becomes even more enjoyable over a glass of wine (sans the kids, of course). Well, we’re pretty sure our clients for today’s Tech Tuesday will be having a blast over the holidays. The spectacular details of their wine room are more than enough reason:

Project # 321782
Wood: Custom / Black Walnut
Bottle Capacity: 1810
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stain: Unstained

 We are in awe at the way this racking assembly was put together. This is a fully custom job that was meticulously done to suit the clients’ specifications. You will notice the great variety in racking styles in order to create a strong design statement. This wine cellar is in contrast to the ones we’ve showcased last week. We focused on light colors and clean, open themes in last week’s projects. Today, it’s all about bold hues and strong details.

Let’s start first with the wine racks. Clients went with unstained Black Walnut for their wood choice. Black Walnut is a non-stock wood. What does this mean? It simply means that it is not one of our “standard” wood offerings. Here at WCI, we have a robust collection of Select Hardwoods. This allows us to accommodate custom requests. But Does that mean it’s going to be a financial burden on the customer? Absolutely not! Pricing on these woods is done to order and subject to market fluctuation. Our design consultants are experienced professionals who provide only accurate and fair quotes.

 Now let’s talk more about these Black Walnut wine racks. One of the reasons for the demand for this wood is its rich color. It is regarded as elegant and visually appealing. Unstained, the color includes rich chocolate brown tones. The shades slightly vary from “nutty” to a “dark brown.” Moreover, if left unstained, the wood will develop a natural sheen.

You can see from these photos that there is so much character in the racking arrangement. Individual Bottle Columns were augmented with custom shelving. High Reveal Displays were also utilized. But our favorite are the Wine Bottle Waterfall units. The cascading layout lends a good amount of flair. When this wine room is filled with the clients’ collection, it will look nothing less than spectacular! *Cheers*

Parisian Undertones Make For Elegant Wine Cellars

December 3rd, 2021

We’ve always had a thing for French-inspired decor in wine cellars. From the entryways down to the ceiling, flooring, and lighting, having that classy touch is chef’s kiss. So when we saw our clients’ completed wine room, we were totally thrilled. The Parisian undertones incorporated here are right up our alley:ParisianThis project is one of the best examples of how accents can level up the look of your wine cellar. The clients decided to enclose theirs with glass walls. But instead of seamless panels, they opted for something a bit different. First, they went with a geometric pattern instead of regular, uniformly cut glass panels. Second, they enhanced the outlines with trim. Note that decorative trim can turn plain silhouettes into statement pieces. Usually, black metal trim for glass windows is the preferred style. A lot of our clients love the slightly industrial touch it adds to a wine room. It lends a contemporary atmosphere to it. But in clients’ case here, they wanted to stick with the old country charm. So instead of black metal trim, they utilized a solid white one. Combined with the geometric patterns on the glass panels, it gives us lovely Parisian undertones. Keep in mind that French style in general is effortlessly chic. This is achieved by clean lines and choice accessories. Elegance is still the bottom line and nothing is overdone.

Now let’s take a peek inside the cellar. The racking assembly is also understated. However, a bit of flair was added with the Curved Corners and Waterfall Wine Bottle units. It’s also a clever combination of several racking styles, including Open Diamond Bins. This racking setup can easily hold a few hundred bottles. But look at how there is still lots of space to expand the clients’ wine storage. That is the beauty of keeping things simple. To make the racks and flooring stand out, clients went with a Light Danish stain option. We like the contrast of the caramel hues with the white walls and trim. The result is a warm and cozy atmosphere. You cannot deny that there is indeed a certain je ne sais quoi about this project! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: Should You Build Garage Wine Cellars

December 2nd, 2021

We’re told that we can build wine storage anywhere in our homes. That actually includes the garage. But there are still those who are apprehensive to do so. Is a garage wine cellar really a sound idea? Will your wines be able to properly mature in this location? Let’s tackle the details and find out:

Can you build a garage wine cellar?

What you should consider…

There are additional considerations to be taken when building in a different location than the basement. It has to be kept in mind that the basement has the closest conditions to ideal wine storage. We are referring to temperature and humidity levels here. So if you are thinking of constructing your wine cellar somewhere else, necessary adjustments should made. One of these is ensuring that you select the proper wine cellar cooling unit.

What is the best wine cellar cooling unit for a garage wine cellar? There are lots of units of varying sizes and brands available in the market. But you need to choose one that will cater to your wine storage needs. In a garage wine cellar, location is a huge factor. Size is also another. That being said, there are three main types of wine cellar cooling units: ducted, ductless, and through-the-wall units. Which one will work best when you build a garage wine room? Do you need to do a heat load calculation? If you have little to no experience with wine cellar cooling expert guidance is essential. Each unit has specifications that will work for certain types of cellars. Naturally, installation and maintenance costs will also differ.

What materials are most suitable…

When you build a garage wine cellar, you should also think about the materials you’ll use. Keep in mind that metal and glass are not recommended. Both materials are not good insulators. You will run the risk of water condensation which is detrimental to your wine bottles. We recommend going for conventional framed walls. Naturally, they have to have insulation and vapor barrier. Now say you’re using metal for your door knobs, lockset and hinges. You cannot insulate these. Plus, they are exposed inside the cellar to 55 degrees and in a garage at 100 degrees or higher. The warm side will end up having water condense on it, especially on humid months. To reduce the immense heat of the garage directly on the cellar entry door and its hardware, install a storm door. This will act as an additional barrier to protect your collection. ^_^