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

April 24th, 2019

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

Second-hand racks are money savers!

One, second-hand racks are huge money savers…

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

You can get custom racks from these factory seconds!

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Vintner Series Debuts in Alaska

April 23rd, 2019

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

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

Wine cellar project in Alaska

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

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

Vintner Series floor-to-ceiling wine racks

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

Vintage View Brings Racking Elegance To Another Level

April 22nd, 2019

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

Vintage View metal racking units

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

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


Utah Client’s Wine Cellar Decked Out In WineMaker Racks

April 18th, 2019

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

Wine cellar for Utah client

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

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

WineMaker Series in Dark Walnut

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