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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Cellar Projects On A Budget

August 19th, 2020

Don’t be afraid to pursue your wine cellar dream just because you’re on a budget. There are lots of ways to create the wine storage you need and want. It’s all about careful planning, choosing the right products, and taking advantage of professional wine cellar services. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Stunning wine cellars on a budget

The initial consultation is key…

This is the very first step to realizing your wine cellar goals. Even if you are in a 50/50 situation as to whether you’d want to push through the project or not, the initial consultation is vital. Talking to a professional will help you iron out the essential details. Also, note that some companies offer free initial design consultation, like us here at WCI. We can provide you with a free 2D design of your future wine cellar. This gives you a much clearer vision of the things that need to be done to get the results you want. More importantly, it will help you anticipate the expenses and really work within your budget.

We can make it work when you’re on a budget!

Explore all your options beforehand…

These days, there are tons of racking products and other wine cellar accessories available in the market. Even with wine racks, you get so many options in terms of the type of wood, stains, and finishes. This is definitely good news if you are working with a less generous budget. Roll up your sleeves and dive into that sea of information. Check the materials and products being offered and compare them. For example, would metal wine racks cost less? Or should you do a combination of wood and metal units? What flooring is the least expensive yet durable? What wine cellar cooling system is the most cost-efficient? You have to exercise diligence and patience in exploring your options. When in doubt, never hesitate to ask for professional guidance. It will save you tons of money in the process!

Consider “second-hand” wine racks…

When we say “second-hand,” we don’t mean used wine racks or lesser quality ones. Here at WCI, we actually offer what we call “factory seconds.” What happens is that occasionally, a rack is manufactured with an extra knot in the wood or was stained the wrong color. It may also happen than the order was canceled halfway through production. Some products also get discontinued due to a lack of popularity. These wine racks are all very attractive and sturdy pieces of wood wine storage which are practically brand-new. They are very significantly marked down to move out at a quicker rate. Factory seconds can do wonders for your budget and even more for your wine cellar goals! ^_^



Reasons Why You Can’t Say No To WCI Stains And Finishes

November 12th, 2018

A good number of our wine cellar projects feature our racking products with various stains and finishes. We love highlighting these projects for a number of reasons. First, we want to showcase how these stains and finishes can make a wine cellar look really unique. Second, we want to let our clients see how their different style preferences can be accommodated by these stains and finishes. Third and last, we also want to exhibit the difference using our stains and finishes. So here are the reasons why you can’t say no to them:

Eco-friendly water-based stains and finishes

WCI stains and finishes are eco-friendly!

Now this might come as a bit of a surprise to some people. Common knowledge dictates that stains and finishes contain toxic substances that can be harmful to both the environment and the human body. This is quite true – if you’re using oil-based products. That’s because oil-based stains and finishes have high concentration of VOCs ( Volatile Organic Compounds). Some of these VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic. Exposure to high levels of VOCs, especially those that are neurotoxic, is dangerous to one’s health. Since oil-based stains dry or cure slowly, there is prolonged exposure to substantial quantities of VOCs. But not here at WCI! We use only water-based stains, finishes, as well as lacquer. The drying time of these water-borne products is just a fraction compared to the oil-based ones. Plus, they are UV-resistant, odor-free and easy to clean up. You only need soap and water! That means you won’t ever touch paint thinner or other potent solvents. And of course, they contain little to almost no VOCs.

Blended stain option and lacquer

WCI stains and finishes can be customized!

WCI has a fairly healthy selection of stains and finishes. Plus, we also do our best to keep coming up with new additions. Just this year, we added three to the list: Whitewash, Opaque White, and Graywash. But apart from the “standard” options, we also have the “blended stains.” This is a product that lets the clients come up with a really distinct look for their wine racks. This stain is exactly what the title reflects. WCI can blend any of our current stains together to create something custom for you. We can even take a custom match and match it up. For example, you can request for a swatch with 90% Light Stain and 10% Midnight Black. Or you can do a 50-50, like with Dark Walnut and Midnight Black, for a truly distinct and bold color on your wine cellar.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Start Your Holiday Shopping Early!

November 7th, 2018

It’s never too early yo start building and completing your holiday shopping list. In fact, doing it early will bring in a lot of benefits. For one thing, you will save yourself from all that stress and hassle that comes with last-minute holiday rushes. Another huge advantage is that you will be able to get your first-choice gifts for people on your list. Also, never forget that you can save more money by being the early bird. Pre-Christmas sales (like Black Friday!) are just around the corner. That being said, we’ve thrown together a useful holiday shopping guide for you. This  list will be sure to please your wine-loving “giftees”:

Acrylic Wine Cubes

Acrylic Wine Cubicles

For the wine collector on your list, nothing will be more welcome than additional wine racks for their collection. But don’t go for the standard, wooden ones. This time, bring your gift-giving game up a notch with some uniqueness added in. Check out these Acrylic Wine Cubicles and see how stunning they are! These clear acrylic units can be stacked side by side to create a contemporary, contoured, flowing profile. They will make those wine bottles take on an ethereal “floating” appearance.

Customized Wine Cellar Artwork

What wino wouldn’t love a beautiful piece of wine cellar art? Whether your giftee has a formal wine cellar or not, they will definitely have room in their home for artwork. The best part is that you can fully customize this holiday gift. “Customizing” is also one way of budgeting! For example, here at WCI, you can request a custom artwork according to your budget. Wine-themed masterpieces are created on canvas and they can be painted in acrylics or oils. The design, size, and of course, price can be tailored to your desired price point.

The Quake Guardian Bottle Leash

Skip the usual pack of wine labels or tags this year. Make your giftee really feel the Christmas spirit by putting Quake Guardian bottle leashes under the tree. These leashes will protect wine bottles against earthquakes. Just how useful is that? Take note that a single leash is for use with single deep up to large champagne bottles. The double leashes are for any bottle sizes over large champagne and double deep racks of any size.

WCI Gift Certificates

Custom Wine Gift Certificates

Yep, you read it right! WCI offers gift certificates that you can customize for that close family member or special friend. We offer these gift certificates in several denominations, starting at $50.00. They can purchase anything off the website: wine racks, accessories, decor, and more. Plus,  you can even request for us to do a special design of their room! ^_^

Creating Unique Wine Cellars With Our Newest Stain Offerings

July 30th, 2018

We’re down to our last July blog, wine cellar buddies! This month was chock-full of inspiring projects and product launches. But we still have one more special feature up our sleeve in order to end the month on a high note. You’ve already seen us showcasing our newest stain offerings in a number of blog posts. So today, we’re going to show how you can create unique wine cellar styles with them.

Whitewash Stain

Rustic elegance with Whitewash Stain

Let’s start with the Whitewash Stain option. This stain works to give a whitish cast to the wood. It is actually a versatile finish that complements the clean, open themes of modern décor. When applied to your wine racks, it will make your cellar exude a “cottage by the seaside” feel. That’s because wood dressed up in Whitewash Stain takes on a fresh and clean appearance. It is essential to keep in mind that Whitewash Stain is a semi-transparent stain. That means that your wood’s grain patterns will still show through. It also adds a definitive ‘texture’ to the wood. This is what gives the wine racks that sought-after “rustic elegance.”

Opaque White Stain

Pristine beauty with Qpaque White Stain

Next up is our Opaque White Stain option. If you’re a fan of all-white kitchen cabinets, shelving, and the like, this is the stain option to try out. It will give your racks and other wine cellar furniture a pristine white appearance. Unlike the Whitewash Stain, Opaque White is not semi-transparent. It will coat your wood thoroughly. That means you will not be able to see through the Opaque White to the grain on the wood. Also, take note that a primer is added on to the wood firsthand. Then it is stained with white which makes for a pristine, solid finish.

Gray Wash Stain

Traditional with a modern twist with Gray Wash Stain

One of the newest stain offerings that rolled out of our production lines is the Gray Wash Stain option. Several months of careful testing was carried out before this stain option made it to the WCI stains and finishes catalog. The end goal was to create a look for wine cellar racks and furniture that is both traditional and modern. The gorgeous color of Gray Wash is uniform and smooth on the wood. It is a semi-transparent stain, much like the Whitewash. The only difference is that there is no texture that comes through.So your racks or furniture will sport a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. ^_^

Explore Other Types Of Storage You Can Find At WCI

March 26th, 2018

We know that the WCI brand has been synonymous with wine storage. That is indeed our primary goal and what we’ve been working hard for all these years. But we’re also quite proud to say that we’ve been working towards accommodating other storage needs as well. That’s because we believe in making our products versatile and flexible in every way. So if you haven’t discovered these other types you can find here at WCI, we highly encourage you to check them out:

Vintner Beer Storage Rack

The Vintner Beer Storage Rack

Yes, that’s right! Vintner has really gone all out to become the most versatile among our wine rack “kits.” Apart from providing an entirely separate line of commercial racking units, it now also offers beer storage. The Vintner Beer Storage Rack is a free-standing unit that can hold all your beer cans and bottles. It is sturdy and spacious and can work well with our other racking products. While it is not stackable, it is fully customizable as it comes available in all the popular matching wood and stain options. So now you can enjoy collecting both your favorite wine and beer labels.

WineZone Wine Shelf Sysem

The WineZone Wine Shelf System

This is perhaps the most versatile storage system you can get out there. Do not be deceived by the name because the WineZone Wine Shelf System is not just designed to house your wine collection. It can do so much more! In addition to the Metal Shelving you can also integrate a black melamine shelf for other merchandising or storage options. With this, the shelf can be utilized for a variety of storage options. It can store glassware, gift baskets, decanters, olive oil, and other liquors. It can even double as case storage. Moreover, the shelf can be further used as a tabletop option. With the addition of a second shelf with glass rack attachment above, it can become a complete tasting station.

Custom Cigar Humidor

Custom Cigar Humidors

Just last week, we featured a Testimonial Thursday from a client who integrated our Cigar Humidor into their private wine cellar. While it doesn’t get the spotlight as much as our wine racks, our custom Cigar Humidor deserves a lot of love. These cabinets can be custom-made to the client’s specifications. There are so many options available such as having the cabinets with clear glass doors and  its own lock & key. You can can also have angled wood cigar shelves to display cigar cases or loose cigars. Another option would be pull out shelf for additional loose cigar and accessory storage.



New Products Update: Catch Up On What You’ve Missed!

March 5th, 2018

Hello, March! Only a few more weeks to go before Spring will be officially here. If that isn’t something to look forward to, we don’t know what is. We’ve plenty lined up for the Spring season, but before that, you guys might need to catch up on a few things. We’ve rolled out lots of goodies since the start of the year, from new racking products and accessories, down to our wine cooling systems. We’ve talked about our newest offerings with our wine racks in the last few blogs. So today, let’s check out these awesome upgrades to our wine cooling systems:

Wine Guardian Ducted Split System

Wine Guardian’s New Ducted Split System

Wine Guardian refrigeration system

First up is Wine Guardian! Wine Guardian refrigeration systems incorporate cooling, heating, filtration, humidification, ducting, internal safety devices and low ambient control as integrated solutions. It carries two types of cooling systems: the through the wall units and the ducted systems. But recently, the brand introduced another addition: the New Ducted Split System (model DS025). This was designed and built to create a complete split cooling system that perfectly matches the evaporator and condenser sections. One of the standout features of this system is the ease in carrying it to the installation site. This is owing to the easy-to-grip handles. Moreover, the sleek new condensing unit design allows installers the ability to mount the system to a wall, balcony, or shelf as well as to a concrete pad on the ground.  The ducted split system is certainly ideal for owners of small to medium wine cellars. These cellars usually have no room for mechanical equipment or area for venting a self-contained unit.

WhisperKOOL’s Phantom Series

Whisperkool Phantom Series

Now if Wine Guardian has stepped up its game, so has our WhisperKOOL wine refrigeration units. WhisperKOOL is highly recommended for entry level wine cellar projects. The unique difference between the WhisperKOOL systems and traditional air conditioners is the maintenance of well conditioned humidity. And just recently, it launched the newest addition to its product lineup: the Phantom Series. This self-contained ducted unit combines the capacity and flexible installation options with customizable blower configuration. The Phantom itself is equipped by powerful blowers. These can now be reoriented to the right, left, or top of the unit by simply removing the exterior metal panels. This gives great advantage to the customer who can have the option of installing the unit in any ducting configuration they desire.

Interested in learning more details on these amazing wine cooling systems? Get in touch with our professional consultants today and find out which unit will work best for you. ^_^

Stain It Your Way With Our Newest Stain Offerings

February 19th, 2018
One of the things that really sets WCI apart from the competition is that we have really attuned ourselves to our clients’ needs. By “needs,” we mean wine storage needs, of course! This is why WCI strives to be consistent and remain on top of the game. And one of the major ways of achieving this is by offering more customization options for our clients. These range from the wood choice for wine racking units, color and style for metal wine racks, wine cellar accents such as flooring, entryways and so much more.

Now as far as these customization options are concerned, one of the more extensive selections here at WCI is definitely the stains and finishes for the wood wine racks. Over the years, we have focused a lot on expanding the selections. This is in order to give clients more creative freedom with their wine cellar projects. That’s because these stains and finishes are one of the most efficient ways to really transform a wine cellar. Thanks to these options, one can have a wine cellar that really suits their personal style or theme preference.

Just recently, three more stain and finish options were introduced for our wood wine racks. Moreover, these were made available to not only the custom units but to all of the “kits” well. Followers of the blog surely have seen them being featured in either our Tech Tuesdays or Testimonial Thursday blogs. These are Whitewash, Opaque White, and Gray Wash stain and finish options. Each of them will deliver unique and attractive look to any wine cellar project. Let’s check out the deets of these newest stain offerings!

First up is Whitewash. This is a beautiful stain that will give a whitish cast to the wood, as well as add a definitive texture to it. The stain is semi-transparent which will allow the wood’s grain patterns to still be visible. The overall effect is a “rustic elegant” appeal for your wine cellar. The next one is our Opaque White Stain. This is the stain option to go for if you’re a fan of  that pure white appearance to your wine racks, such as in white kitchen cabinets. The appearance of the wood will be reminiscent of the country cottage style. With this finish, your racks will sport a solid, pristine white charm without the grain patterns showing through.

Newest stain offerings

Last but not the least, we have the Gray Wash Stain. This is actually the newest addition to the stains and finishes lineup.  Gray Wash combines the beauty of traditional and modern elements. Like Whitewash, it is a semi-transparent stain, but no texture comes through. The will take on a smooth finish and a beautiful color that is both elegant and contemporary. It is certainly an attention-grabber! Check out the Interactive Wood Swatch Simulator on the website for better visuals on how your wine racks will look like. ^_^

Welcome A New Level Of Function With Vintner Wall Wine Racks!

November 9th, 2017

Are you a fan of wall-mounted wine racks? Well, if you’re not, we’re going to make one out of yet! Our Vintner Series isn’t slowing down even though the year is nearly coming to a close. We’ve had this brewing in the background for some time now. Finally, this awesome product is going live – just in time for the holidays:

Vintner Wall Wine Racks

So what you’re seeing here are the newest members to the Vintner Series wine racks kit family. This is the Wall Wine Rack Series that are available with any of our Vintner product lines. They take inspiration from our Classic Riddling Rack Series from our Contemporary/Modern racking collection. As you can see from the snaps, this rack is designed to be secured to a wall. It is not a free-standing unit, but that’s the beauty in it’s wall-mounted design. The racks won’t take up any of your floor space. They will comfortably be adhered to your walls, all thanks to their space-efficient configurations.

Now the Wall Wine Rack units have holes manufactured in them for the bottle necks to go in. This is exactly the same concept as our Classic Riddling Wine Racks. The bottles are inserted into the holes by the neck. We can assure you at this point that the fit is snug and comfortable for your bottles. The body of the bottles are perpendicular to the racks and are safely supported from behind with notches. One of the greatest advantages of this layout is the visibility of the bottle labels. With the punt facing you, the label becomes more visible. Note that this cannot be achieved with a neck forward design.

As far as the design goes, you can see just how clean and attractive these wall-mount racks are. Like all Vintner products, you have a slew of stain and finish options to choose from. Plus, you can also paint the racks with a more vibrant color if you wish. Check out our blog post last Monday on painting your wine racks. There’s definitely so much you can do with these racks, not just in terms of storing your collection. They will certainly add to the aesthetic appeal of your wine cellar. Or, if you don’t have a formal wine room, you can mount them anywhere in your home. Your bottles and the racks will both become fantastic conversation pieces! ^_^

Finish Options Available With Our Designer Series

October 9th, 2017

Seeking for an affordable alternative to the Vintner Series wine racks in our kits collection? Then you ought to be checking the Designer Series out! Our Vintner Series is certainly the best alternative to full-blown custom racking. But we can go even easier on your budget, thanks to the extensive variety in our kits. The Designer Series, in particular, offers full depth, 6-feet height configuration racking units. There’s a healthy assortment of styles available, as well as a full selection of woods and finishes. And what exactly are these finishes that come with this series? Read on to know more about them:

Crown and Base moldings

Crown and Base Moldings

Crown and base moldings will always come highly recommended in any wine cellar project. That’s because they really help complete a wine racking assembly. Those awkward gaps between your racks, floors, and ceilings can definitely be remedied by these moldings. The Designer Series offers Crown and Base Molding packages in both straight and curved configurations. So even when you have those sharp nooks and crannies in your wine room, they can still be tamed.

Quarter Round Shelf

Quarter Round Shelf

Cap off your racking arrangement with the right shelving and/or cabinetry. The Quarter Round Shelf available with the Designer Series kit is the perfect product for displaying decanters, champagne buckets and fine wine accessories. But what you will really love about this wooden shelf unit is how it makes a flowing transition from your wine racks to the wall. It is actually a custom amenity but made available in both our Vintner and Designer Series kits.

Wine Glass Rack

Wine Glass Rack

Of course, you should also have a place to store your beautiful stemware. Fortunately, the Designer Series also comes equipped with the Wine Glass Rack. This functional add-on to your racking arrangement will bring about that needed finishing touch. Note that the rack can provide storage for 20 glasses. You can maximize its use by attaching it at the top of other Designer Series wine rack products, or on either side of the racks. For the bottom portion of your assembly, you can mix and match the glass rack with other components. We recommend installing a Half Height Individual Wine Rack with a Table Top below Glass Rack to create a perfect tasting center station.

Wine Rack Archway

Wine Rack Archway

What’s a wine room without a Wine Rack Archway? It definitely brings in a welcome dramatic touch to your wine cellar and you can do so many things with it. Perhaps the most popular one would be to utilize it as a backdrop for a gorgeous wine art piece. And of course, it also functions as a terrific tasting station. Note that the Wine Rack Archway can be incorporated into your racking assembly with these three components; an archway, a table top, and a half height diamond bin wooden wine rack.

Grand Mahogany: Introducing Our Newest Wood Option

August 28th, 2017

Heads up, wine cellar fans! We’ve been churning those wheels again and something new and exciting has come to join the WCI family. This time, it’s our wood options section that’s welcoming a new addition. Say hi to Grand Mahogany!

A grand wood option for grand wine cellars

True to our namesake, we’re taking another step up this year, specifically for our wood selection for custom wine cellars. Currently, we offer three amazing choices: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, and Rustic Pine. For followers of our blog, you may also recall that we used to have a fourth option: Prime Mahogany. We have taken it to the next level and replaced that with Grand Mahogany which is definitely an upgrade in more ways than one. Let’s check out what this newest member has to offer.

One of the really outstanding features of Grand Mahogany is its consistency in terms of wood color and appearance. The wood’s natural hues range from pink to reddish brown. It is paler compared to the old Prime Mahogany with a more uniform palette. So what does this translate to in terms of custom wine cellar projects? This means your wine racks and furniture utilizing this wood will take on a more consistent appearance. Such consistency will really tie up everything in a project, giving your wine cellar a beautiful, professional finish. And this will still be the case even when you go for unstained wine racks. The natural colors and grain patterns of Grand Mahogany are wonderfully consistent.

The next advantage of this wood choice is in terms of weight. Even if it is a species of hardwood, its average dried weight is 25% less than Prime Mahogany. That means it is easier to manipulate during the manufacturing, as well as during the assembly and installation process. You will be able to get your solid cabinets and other wine cellar furniture sans the burden of difficult assembly and installation.

The third impressive feature of this wood is its sustainability. Grand Mahogany possesses longevity as it is sustainably farm-raised in South America, South Africa, and Australia. You can have peace of mind that when you’re starting on your wine cellar construction, your wood supply will not run out. This is especially important, particularly for bigger projects and those seeking future expansion of their wine cellars.

The spotlight will shine more on this wood option and expect lots of projects featuring it to roll out soon. So bookmark our blog today and don’t miss out! ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Racking Choices For Your Non-Wine Spirits

June 28th, 2017

Just because you own a wine cellar doesn’t mean you can’t collect other spirits as well. There’s so much out there to enjoy (although admittedly, we still think wine’s the best!) – champagne, whiskey, beer, scotch, ale, and so much more. So how would you store these bottles in your wine cellar? It’s pretty awesome that nowadays, more and more wine racking units have become more versatile as to be able to store other liquor as well. Here are a few racking choices to consider for these non-wine taste teasers:

Quarter Round Shelves

Quarter Round Displays/Shelves

For faithful followers of the blog, you’ve surely seen these in a lot of our projects, particularly our Tech Tuesdays. There are lots of selections available in the market these days for this type of bottle storage. They are aesthetically pleasing and allows you to showcase your bottles to maximum advantage. Some displays let you store your bottles lying down, but most of them will have you storing your bottles in an upright position. There are also “mini” versions that you can have built into your other furniture, specifically your islands or peninsulas, or under archways.

Rectangular Open Wine Bins

This type of racking is popular with bulk bottle storage. A lot of wine cellars utilize these bins because you can store both loose bottles and cases or boxes in them. Alternatively, they make for great storage for your non-wine spirits. We find that they are especially useful when you want to hoard boxes of your favorite beer. Most of the Rectangular Open Wine Bins you can find in the market come with fixed shelves. Nonetheless, the customer demand for adjustable shelves has also increased in the recent years, making more of these units with adjustable shelves available.

Vertical Display Bins

Vertical Display Bins

While this racking style is used more with commercial establishments, we find that they can also be compatible with residential wine cellars. These bins are very versatile because they can accommodate various bottle sizes. Of course, the ideal bottle size for storage in these bins is the standard 13 1/2″ wine bottle measurement. But you can still store smaller or larger sizes quite comfortably. Just keep in mind that you will most likely not be able to store as many or a specific number of bottles that these bins were originally designed for if you utilize them for non-wine beverages.

Do you have your own racking choices to share? We’d be delighted if you share your ideas with us! ^_^

Budget Savers On The WCI Racking Catalogue

August 15th, 2016

Who would say “no” to a good bargain? Especially when it’s for a custom wine cellar project. The reality is that when it comes to home improvement projects, nothing comes cheap. One way or another, you’ll have to part with your $$$ if you want to achieve your desired results. This means having quality and style come together in your project. But as far as wine cellar construction is concerned, you can actually have quality and style sans the big bucks. Check out our budget savers here on the WCI catalogue!

Factory Seconds

Get to know our “Factory Seconds”

If you still haven’t heard of these so-called “factory seconds” on our product line-up, then now is the best time to get acquainted with them. We’ve featured lots of DIY and even professional wine cellar projects that have utilized our factory seconds with pretty amazing results. Do not let the label “factory seconds” fool you because there is nothing second-rate about these wine racking units. Save for very minor flaws such as when a rack is manufactured with extra knot in the wood, was stained with a wrong color, was cancelled halfway through production, or discontinued due to lack of popularity, these wine racks are spanking new and of the same quality craftsmanship as all other WCI racking products. The best part – these factory seconds cost waaaay cheaper!

Invest in our “Wine Rack Kits”

These wine rack kits are the “next best thing to custom wine racking” because they can give you that customized look for your wine cellar project less the custom prices. There are lots of options available that you can really tailor to suit your wine storage needs AND your budget. We highly recommend checking out this Wine Cellar Racking Comparison Chart to get properly acquainted with the price difference between all of our kit and custom options. Along the way, you are given the choice of adding options like stain, moldings, bins, and case storage that could add or subtract to the final price of your cellar. Plus, we even have a short tutorial video to help you get started.

Wine Rack Kits

Keep up with current specials, sales, and promos

This is something we highly encourage both loyal patrons and potential clients to do. Here at WCI, we always have sales and promos with deep discounts on our racking products. You can save as much as 50% on your purchases and even score awesome free gifts such as our professional DIY Installation Kit with qualifying purchases. Joining our mailing list is the best way to keep track of all these fantastic budget savers!

Hang Your Bottles In Style With Vino Pins & Vino Styx

June 27th, 2016

Just when you think wine storage couldn’t get any better, your resident WCI design pros actually went ahead and proved you wrong – again. But that’s an absolutely good thing! Because with this new product to hit our wine racking catalogue, you can store your wine bottles practically anywhere in your home without having to worry about space issues at all. Let’s check out the latest additions to the WCI small wine racks line-up: the Vino Pins and Vino Styx.

Vino Pins and Styx

A most stylish way to store your bottles!

These wine rack pegs are probably one of the most stylish ways you can hang your wine bottles in your home. Let’s start off with the Vino Pins. These special metal wine rack pegs can be mounted directly to any wall surface with the proprietary anchor systems. With either an Anodized Black or Milled Aluminum finish, this is a metal wine rack that offers a stylish and minimalist approach to wine storage for both private and commercial collections of any size. Note that this is the only metal wine rack peg system that can mount direct to drywall, masonry or wood. That means you do not need a backer board for mounting. Moreover,  the optional Vino Pins Extensions (VP-X) allow for transformation (now or later) to two- and three-deep bottle configurations. This means you can grow your display along with your wine collection. Here are the other features of these fab wine rack pegs:

  • Aluminum mounting collars available (required for all drywall installations).
  • Comes with choice of hardware to attach direct to any drywall, masonry or wood surface (minimum 1/2-inch thickness required)
  • Holds standard 750 mL, 375 mL and 1.5 L bottles (but 1.5 L bottles fit only on single-deep configurations)
  • Made from milled aluminum
  • Easy-to-assemble wall-mounted racks
  • Build storage capacity by the bottle
  • Complimentary CAD design services available

Next up is the Vino Styx.  With the Vino Styx, you can actually anchor each bottle independently to the wall – a lot like the design of our popular Wall Series. This allows for a lot of design opportunities! You do not need to just stick with boring linear rows and columns. The single-bottle cradles will enable you to create contemporary, label forward wine displays in any shape imaginable. We recommend using the Vino Styx with our Bottle Retention Strap to defy gravity with installation to just about any angle. Like the Vino Pins, the Vino Styx also attaches to any wall surface. It’s crafted from durable steel construction and comes in elegant Satin Black or Brushed Nickel finish.

So come on and hang your bottles in style today with the Vino Pins and Vino Styx!


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Keeping Your Wine Bottles Safe And Sound

June 22nd, 2016

Making sure that your collection is kept safe and sound 24/7 is certainly a must for any self-respecting wino. There will always be situations beyond our control and when  these contingencies arise, it always pays to be ready for them. Case in point: earthquakes. Remember that bone-chilling South Napa Earthquake with an 8.3 magnitude in 2014? No one could have predicted the extent of the damage it caused – which is why taking extra precautions is highly recommended. All that being said, we’ve come up with some useful tips on how to keep your wine bottles safe and sound:

Secured Wine Lockers

1. Invest in secured wine lockers.

Apart from your standard wine racks, you should also look into investing in secured wine lockers. These lockers usually come with a lock and key that will allow you to stash your most valuable labels safely. The best thing about these lockers is that  your bottles will be held securely in place, owing to the fact that they are enclosed racking units. Plus, they also come in a variety of designs these days, from mesh-wire lockers to glass-enclosed ones.

Earthquake-resistant wine racks
2. Invest in earthquake-resistant bottle leashes.

If you’re storing most of your bottles in standard, open-faced wine racking units, it’s time to amp up the security feature on your collection. Investing in earthquake-resistant bottle leashes comes highly recommended because these leashes will help protect your bottles against earthquakes and other similar natural calamities. In general, these leashes are made from synthetic rubber (like EDPM) which has has excellent resistance to heat, oxidation, ozone and weather aging.

Platinum Series wine racks for bulk storage

3. Put loose bottles in cardboard boxes or crates.

If you have no more room in your wine cellar for loose bottles, do not leave them in wooden boxes or crates. It’s better to store them in cardboard boxes or crates and line the insides of those boxes or crates with soft, thick material like cloth or cotton. Wooden boxes or crates are hard and rough, so in the event of an earthquake, there is greater risk of your loose bottles breaking. Also, keep in mind that when you stack these boxes or crates, do not go more than two cases high to avoid an avalanche of bottles during a contingency.

Do you also have other useful tips to share on how to increase the security of wine bottles? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Smart Wood Choices

April 20th, 2016

Life is all about making choices. But that’s also where the problem begins because making choices can be quite the task – especially if you have many options. It’s not always a straight and pothole-free path getting to the “best” choice. That’s why it always helps to keep in the know – to be a little bit more informed on your options before you make your decision. Take the case of wood choices for your wine cellar projects.

“Smart” wood choices are the best ones!

As far as your wood choices for wine cellar construction are concerned, there are certainly a bevy of them to consider. Just imagine the numerous species of wood that are being commercially offered these days. This is where the adage, “Knowledge is power,” becomes really significant. By gaining proper information on the various wood species available in the market, you’ll be able to easily narrow down which ones are the most suitable for your wine cellar project. And to give you a head start, we’ve put together this “wood knowledge” corner for you!

In general, we’ve whittled down four wood species that have all the bases covered – quality, resiliency, aesthetics, and affordability. These are All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Prime Mahogany. These are the wood options that are often used in a lot of our Tech Tuesdays and DIY projects. That’s because they offer the best value for your money – and your wine bottles, of course.

All-Heart vs. Premium Redwood

Let’s start off with All-Heart Redwood. There’s not much difference between All-Heart Redwood and its sibling Premium Redwood, except maybe for the wood’s colors and manufacturing cost. All-Heart Redwood is slightly more popular, with its beautiful pink to dark brown with reddish overlay hues. The wood’s colors take on a darker depth of color as it ages, making it even more attractive. It’s second to none in terms of resiliency and there is no other North American wood that has as much resistance to rot, mildew and insects. Case in point: this sample of the wood was buried for 2,000 years which is still as good today as the Clear All Heart Redwood used to build our wine cellars.

Rustic Pine wine racks

Then there’s Rustic Pine. The supply of Rustic Pine is abundant all throughout North America, making it have the best value by price per bottle space. It is wonderfully durable and resilient as well and is no slouch when it comes to appearance. In fact, you can’t find a better wood that will give you that “rustic,” old-country charm than this. The wood is characterized by a soft creamy color combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. It comes in a nice variety of grain patterns that become more beautifully prominent with darker stains and finishes.

Prime Mahogany wine cellar

Lastly, there’s Prime Mahogany. It’s generally the popular wood choice for furniture, high-end interior finishing and cabinet-making. While it’s a little on the pricier end, it’s worth every dollar you spend since it has amazing resistance to shrinking, warping, checking and is highly durable. The wood sports a gorgeous tight grain pattern and there’s no characteristic odor associated with it.

Get inspired and make the “smart” wood choices for your wine cellar projects by checking out more wood facts on the WCI website. ^_^

Cash In On Le Cache Wine Cabinets

April 4th, 2016

Wine cabinets are probably what we may call the answered prayer to a wino with a spatially challenged collection. It’s understandable though, because not all of us have enough space in our homes for a growing collection, particularly a rapidly growing one. And even if we do, not all of us have the budget for a full-blown wine cellar construction project. But there ways to provide proper storage for your wine bottles despite the setbacks, especially here at WCI. That’s why we want you to keep on reading today’s blog and get to know our Le Cache Wine Cabinets!

Hand-crafted and versatile

Followers of this blog would most likely remember our posts on our Wine Sentinel refrigerated wine cabinets. They are, after all, our line of custom-built refrigerated wine cabinets that we’re proud of. But it’s also time to shine the spotlight on another product in the wine cabinet line-up: the Le Cache Wine Cabinets. Straight off the bat, these Le Cache refrigerated wine cabinets are one of the best quality, hand-crafted cabinets you can get your hands on. They are manufactured from premium materials and designed to maintain optimal conditions for the proper storage and aging of fine wine.

Le Cache wine cabinets

There’s also a lovely assortment of choices to tickle your style tastebuds in the Le Cache line. In particular, here are the categories you can browse through:

But if you’re the discriminating type, there’s also one other type in the Le Cache series that you should definitely check out: the Wine Vault Wine Cabinets. The Wine Vault 3100 wine cabinet is specifically designed for selective wine collectors who want it all: quality, style, and function. This is one wine storage cabinet that can be placed in a tough storage environment to keep those bottles in peak taste.

While the Le Cache wine refrigerated units come in standard designs for each category, there are still options and modifications available to further enhance your cabinet. After all, we wouldn’t we WCI if we can’t bring in “customization” into play. So for example, you can actually opt for solid wood Display Cradles to be incorporated into the cabinet to properly showcase your best labels. Or, if you intend to place your wine cabinet in a harsh environment, need additional insulation and/or are concerned about having glass windows in your wine cabinet, we can replace the windows with insulated wood panels to match the finish of the wine cabinet. Browse this section of the website to explore more of your custom options. Cash in on Le Cache Wine Cabinets now!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Cellar Humidification Systems

March 9th, 2016

The significance of maintaining ideal storage conditions in your wine cellar can never be over-emphasized. Wines are very sensitive to environmental changes and a drop in temperature and/or humidity levels can be crucial to the aging of your bottles. It should be common knowledge to the average wino that the ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. These conditions were actually emulated from the underground caves of Europe which provided consistent storing conditions that allowed wines to age at an elegant pace.

Choosing your humidification systems

Needless to say, you should have not only a reliable wine refrigeration system installed in your wine cellar, but a proper wine humidification system as well. Note that if the surrounding environment has an average yearly temperature of 85°, compared to an average temperature of 65°, it’s necessary to have a larger cooling unit in order to maintain proper conditions.  Moreover, a dry environment will also require a more frequent introduction of humidity.

This is the reason why the location of your wine cellar project should be chosen with care. While you can build a wine cellar almost anywhere in your home these days, the location you choose will have a future impact on the cost of maintaining your cellar. If you do not have the budget to blow on a pricey wine cooling unit or humidifier, make sure to build your wine cellar in the coolest and most humid place in your home – like a basement wine cellar.

These days, however, you’ll also be pleased to learn that there are so many options available not only insofar as your wine cooling systems are concerned, but also for your wine cellar humidification systems. The latter now come in so many different shapes and sizes, designed to equip all kinds of wine cellars, from entry-level ones to the generously-sized wine rooms.

Tabletop fountains are one of our favorites. These humidification units are usually true to their namesake – they can go right on top your your wine table or or countertop. Plus, the come in an array of attractive designs that certainly add to the aesthetic appeal of your wine cellar. We have a keen liking for those basin tabletop fountains  or bowls that have live water-plants in them and made with natural materials to boot. Here are a couple of examples:

Tabletop Fountains

On the other hand, if you have a fairly spacious wine room, you’d want to go for a bigger humidification unit that can properly maintain humidification levels in the entire room 24/7. We highly recommend the wall fountains for larger wine cellars. Most of these fountains can also be put on a tabletop (but you’d have to have a super spacious tabletop or countertop, of course!), but the better option would just be to mount them on the wall. That way, they take up even less space while giving your wine cellar a fancy touch as well. Nowadays, you’ll be thrilled to find an ample selection of these gorgeous wall fountains that come with lighting elements and other accessories.

Wall-Mount Fountains

What Are Your Tasting Table Options?

March 7th, 2016

A wine tasting table is more than just another pretty place to pop your bottles in. While it’s indeed intended as a working space for you to prepare your favorite taste treats, it cam also provide more bottle storage for your collection. Moreover, it also plays an aesthetic role in enhancing the mood and look of your entertainment area. There are several ways to kind of “upgrade” your regular wine tasting tables to make them more functional and of course, attractive.

Adding bottle storage space “below”

There are wine tasting tables that have been designed to provide extra bottle storage “below” while you’re busy prepping and decanting wine for your guests. Individual Bottle Columns incorporated into the table allow for storage of up to several dozens of extra bottles. This is not only very practical but very convenient as well. You can place your most in-demand labels in these racks and easily reach for them while entertaining your guests. Here are some samples to check out:

Oak Wine Bar

Turn your table into a “wine bar”

Now if you really want to go all out in the “function” department, why not customize your wine tasting table and transform it into a wine bar! By adding glassware storage along with some Individual Bottle Columns, you can store both your glassware and bottles in one place. Plus, you still keep your regular space on top for mixing up your taste ticklers for your guests. A great example would be this Oak Wine Bar that holds 28 wine glasses, 48 bottles of wine and a collection of cognacs and ports on top with space to spare:

Wine Tasting Tables

Add base and casters for greater mobility

How about a “mobile” wine tasting table for a change? Wouldn’t that be awfully convenient when you can literally roll your wine tasting table to any part of your home? It’s just like a mobile wine bar! Well, the great thing about learning how to customize your wine cellar furniture is the fact that you can let your imagination work even on the simplest ones – like a tasting table. By adding a base and casters, you can now have a very mobile wine tasting table that you can drive anywhere in your home. But here’s a tip: make sure that your home has a level floor. Casters that are added to wine tasting tables, like the ones we do here at WCI, are usually not “locking” casters. So it pays to double-check first if your home is pretty much level before going for a “mobile” wine tasting table. ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Stain And Finish Options

February 24th, 2016

A “built-in” look to your wine cellar is definitely a life-goal if you’re a true-blue wine cellar enthusiast. After all, who wouldn’t want to have their wine cellar looks like it’s part and parcel of the home – like it really belongs there from the very start. Then again, there are also those who’d want their wine racks to stand out by coming in contrast with other components of the wine room. Whatever floats your boat, the variety of choices you can get with these stains and finishes can help you achieve the results you want.

Stained wine racks really stand out!

Get the look you want!

Custom stains and finishes is possibly the best and most practical way you can “style” your wine racks and achieve the ambiance that you want for your wine cellar project. By dressing your racks up with these custom stains and finishes, you can either match them with the room’s existing decor or set them apart to become the focal point thereof.

Basically, stain is a semi-transparent coverage available for all WCI wood products. Wood is a natural product, so when stained, all grain patterns in the wood will still be apparent. By staining or putting finishes on your wine racks, what you’re essentially doing is accentuating the color variations of the wood, especially the grain patterns. So, for example, if you want the “rustic” vibe from your Rustic Pine wine racks to really come through, staining them even with soft shades like a Light Danish or the tad richer Classic Mahogany stain will enhance those structurally sound knots even more. Or, if you want to go for a contemporary charm, jet-black stains like Midnight Black Stain will most definitely do the trick. In most cases, adding a stain to a wood will enhance the natural colors of the wood, or the grain patterns. Note that this is not a defect in the wood, but an attribute enhanced through the staining process.

Elegance with a capital "E."

The same goes for custom finishes. If, for example, you’d want to make your racks achieve a timeworn appearance, A Dusty Weathered Finish will do the job nicely. If you want something really unique, then the “distressed” look with the Distressed Finish is the way to go. Still, you might be one of those who is obsessed with an all-white or almost all-white profile for your wine room. Try the Whitewash Finish which is one of the newer selections and gives a whitish cast to the wood. Whitewash is a versatile finish that complements the clean, open themes of modern décor as well as the seaside appeal of old New England.

Lacquered wine racks

It’s worthy to note that presently, WCI offers “blended stain” selections as well! “Blended stains” is where we offer a 90/10, 80/20, 70/30, 60/40 or 50/50 ratio of our stock stains. So if you’d want Dark Walnut, for example, you can have it in the previously quoted ratios, depending on how much lighter or darker you’d want the hues on your racks.

View all our wood and stain options with our Interactive Swatch Viewer and browse our Stain and Finish Review for full deets and rock the style you want. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Decorative Applications For Glass Doors

February 10th, 2016

When you utilize glass elements in a wine cellar project, there’s hardly anything that can go wrong, design-wise. Glass equates elegance. That’s why our glass-paneled wine cellars enjoy the top spot in the popularity ladder. But did you know that there are ways to make those glass components even more stunning? Hey, we’re not called “Wine Cellar Innovations” for nothing! We believe that in aspects of wine cellar design and construction, things can always get better and as far as our glass-paneled projects are concerned, we got to that one better. Check out our decorative applications for glass doors!

Etched glass doors

Get your glass etched and painted!

So essentially, there are two fantastic ways you can customize your glass elements in your wine cellar, like your doors and windows, to double up on that “wow” factor. The first is with custom glass etchings. We have tons of designs for you guys to choose from, ranging from simple grapevine and border etchings to more complicated scenery. But you can also opt to have something recreated from other design sources such as your own artwork, family crests, initials, vineyard scenes, and more. “You name it, we etch it!” 

Note that the quality of our etched glass is top-notch. The etched double-paned glass units basically consist of two 3/16″ thick tempered panes with a 3/16″ air gap for a 9/16″ total thickness. And, as far as the actual etchings are concerned, these are all sandblasted. We offer four standard designs for you to choose from and each piece is a custom creation and may vary from the original. But as we mentioned earlier, you can always provide us with your own photos and concepts and we’ll do our best to bring them to life.

Customized glass etchings

Now the next decorative application for your doors and windows is our “painted” glass. When we talk about painted glass, this means that the inner glass pane will be painted per customer specifications. Again, you supply us with the artwork or image you want and we’ll do the rest. If a door or sidelight has painted areas, it will be triple-paned with the painted piece of glass having paint on both sides and insulated between 2 plain pieces of glass. Take a tour of our glass doors gallery today and browse our gorgeous selection of decorative glass applications. A touch of fancy will definitely do wonders for your wine cellar project!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring

February 3rd, 2016

A wine cellar that can give you that feel of being right in the heart of wine country is definitely a goal worth working for. But if you’re worried that it’s going to cost you a small fortune in terms of outfitting your wine cellar with the most appropriate accents, we’re here to wipe those budget blues away. This week’s wine cellar inspirations is none other than WCI’s Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring – the custom hand-finished product that will give your cellar that authentic vintage charm you seek.

Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring and Cooperage

Cooperage Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring – learn more about it!

So what exactly is this “vintage wine barrel flooring” we’re pitching? It’s actually “cooperage vintage wine barrel flooring.” Cooperage is the outside portion of a wine barrelhead. It bears the distinct markings of each barrel, thereby identifying the original contents. Our Cooperage flooring must be purchased in increments of  12 square feet with two (2) “Cooperage” stamps per every three (3) feet.

Going into further detail,  the flooring is made out 5/8″ thick engineered planks. This thickness includes an integrated plywood platform designed to improve dimensional stability and ease of installation. All the boards come pre-finished and sealed with a UV water base sealant. Note that each piece is very unique, with no two planks exactly alike. WCI is quite proud to reveal that each reclaimed wood component in this line is carefully inspected for quality, color, and structural integrity.

Gorgeous wine-stained colors

Now apart from the “Cooperage,” this custom flooring also features “Infusion”on material. Infusion basically refers to the inside pieces of the wine barrel material. So what you have are these aged barrels sporting the unique patina of the wine infused permanently into the wood. In the case of our tabletops which also carry the Vintage Wine Barrel option, they become dressed with a bold and beautiful burgundy color owing to the fact they have been stained by wine. It should be kept in mind, nonetheless, that these “infusion” pieces do not have the “cooperage” stamps on them.

So what about the installation aspect of the flooring? We recommend a sub-floor or a raised foundation as the best options. Essentially, the flooring may be glued, nailed, or floated over sub-floor surfaces. But if it is over concrete, you will need to install a vapor barrier and glue the flooring to the vapor barrier. We recommend Bostik’s Best Adhesive in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Chat with our design consultants and we can provide more detailed guidelines on the installation process.

All in all, the Vintage Wine Barrel flooring will surely bring about distinctive and timeless charm to your wine cellar. And take note – it’s eco-friendly, too! ^_^

Cigar Humidors And Why You Should Have One

February 1st, 2016

More than just a few wine lovers out there are also cigar collectors. So there’s also a need to whip up the proper storage for  these babies!  Fortunately, WCI is a few steps ahead on that with our custom cigar humidors. With our cigar humidors, your valued cigars can receive proper storage, preserving them and extending their lifespan.


Why it’s a must to have one

What exactly is a “cigar humidor?” It’s basically a specialized box that is used to store cigars. But what makes it different from standard storage drawers and cabinets is its ability to maintain the perfect balance of temperature and humidity for extending the life of cigars. It must be always kept in mind that storing your cigars in a refrigerator is a big no-no. The temperature in the refrigerator will just dry them out and ruin them. With a cigar humidor, you get a climate controlled environment that will keep your cigars fresh for a long period of time, preserving both their look and taste.

Now the next question would be: “How much does a cigar humidor cost?” You’d be surprised to learn that they can actually be quite pricey. Some can cost a little below a hundred bucks, but there are customized ones that set you back a couple of thousand. That’s because it’s not just an ordinary cabinet but a “humidor.” It can automatically heat, cool, dehumidify and humidify your cigars according to changes in the outside environment.

But here’s the good news: WCI now offers custom designed cigar humidors, including walk-in humidors, complete with environmental controls. Our cigar humidors are generally available in All-Heart Redwood, but you can also request other wood options. The  humidors are styled with angled shelves purposely made to showcase cigar boxes or individual cigars. Plus, they are also equipped with pull-out shelves to store additional loose cigars or accessories. Moreover, you get to enjoy several other customization options, such as the size of the humidor, the stain and finish options on the wood, and even accents on the glass doors, such as custom etchings.

And that’s not all! Since we customize all the way, you can even have your cigar humidor designed in such a way so that it will look built-in in an existing wine cellar. You can have the humidor match with your wine cellar’s wine racking arrangement, shelving, and cabinetry. Visit this section of the website and contact us for a quote. It’s time to give your cigar collection the home it deserves – just like your wine bottles!

WCI Is Formaldehyde-Free!

January 25th, 2016

It’s the last week of the month, wine cellar buddies! The first month of 2016 has flown by without a hitch. But before we welcome the month of love, we want to pick off from where we left off from our Monday blog around two weeks ago. We promised to introduce WCI’s products that form part of our clean and green wine cellars campaign and it’s a promise we intend to keep. So today, we want to let you guys in on a pretty awesome fact – that WCI is officially a formaldehyde-free business!

Formaldehyde-free products!

WCI is “certified” formaldehyde-free!

So why formaldehyde? Why is it being utilized in wine cellar construction? Well, first off, formaldehyde’s major use includes the production of wood binding adhesives and resins. That’s why it’s quite a popular element in construction materials, including building wine cellars. But in a reasearch conducted by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) in California, formaldehyde has been found to be “carcinogenic to humans” or contains “cancer-inducing elements.” This should be enough to alert those involved in the construction business to be wary of utilizing formaldehyde-rich products.

Still hailing from said research, it was also discovered that one of the major sources of exposure to formaldehyde is when humans inhale it from wood products containing urea-formaldehyde resins. That brings us a little reality check – like when we’re in our homes or in this case, our wine cellars. If most of the wooden furniture in your home or the wine racks in your cellar are made from formaldehyde-rich wood products, then you’re totally exposing yourself to those toxic contents. WCI knows and cares about this risk and that’s why we took a turn in the right direction with all our wine cellar products.

Note that nearly six years ago on July 7, 2010, a federal law was  passed known as the “Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.” The main purpose of this law is to set proper standards to regulate the formaldehyde content when manufacturing wood products. This will include plywood, one of the wood components used for building wine cellars. And guess what? Here at WCI, our cabinet-grade plywood for wine cellar and wine cellar furniture purposes comes with the Timber Products CARB Certificate. This covers our wood products like Mahogany, Walnut, and Red Oak, among other varieties. So what’s the significance of this “certification?” This, and a number of other certifications we’ve received here at WCI (like our Redwood SFI-Certification!) shows that the plywood we use in our business meets the California standards  for formaldehyde, as well as federal standards set forth in the aforementioned Act.  Even better, we’re working out a program to expand this formaldehyde certification program to more wood species that we utilize, even to our less popular varieties.

So spread the word, wine cellar fans, because WCI is officially formaldehyde-free!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ladders And Step Stools

January 13th, 2016

So here we are at the second episode of Wine Cellar Inspirations! That first week sure whizzed by. But that’s totally fine by our books (or wine bottles, if you please), because we can’t wait to showcase one of the more overlooked products in our wine cellar accessory catalog: our wine cellar ladders and step stools.

Step it up in style!

While we’ve featured our wine cellar ladders and steps stools in more than just a couple of blogs, we’re quite sure not a lot of people know about them yet. So what better way to really bring them out into the limelight than by showing their aesthetic side as well, since the functionality of these beauties are certainly a given.


Let’s start off with the standard Rolling Ladder which comes standard in Red Oak with a clear finish. Note that this relatively simple ladder is actually custom made to fulfill your specific needs and environment. First off, you can have wood options for the ladder such as Birch, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, White Oak, Lyptus, Alder and Walnut for a very reasonable upcharge. That also means you also have stain and finish options to choose from to dress up the ladder to match your wine racks. Note, nonetheless, that WCI doesn’t carry the lacquer option for the ladder, but with the clear finish, you get pretty much the same results.


Customers will also love the bottom roller and hook top assembly that come with no-scuff wheels. Basically, the ladder can travel on almost any type of flooring material – from wood to tile or carpeted floors. Plus, the ladder tack is designed with an open seam metal track that comes standard with a flat black powder finish. But you can again, customize this piece as well with several metallic hardware finishes that we have readily available. Customers will also be in for a bit of a surprise when we reveal that we also carry a “Bent Ladder” version. This type of ladder must be used in cellars that have double deep racking below the table tops.


Next up are our step stools. We carry two gorgeous, custom-made models: the Wine Cellar Antique Finish Folding Step Stool and the Dark Folding Step Stool. The Antique Finish Folding Step Stool is dressed up with an antique walnut finish and crafted from beech wood with a Walnut Stain. As for the Dark Folding Step Stool, it’s equipped with a dark finish and is made of birch wood with a Dark Stain applied to it. It can easily hold a weight limit of 200 – 250 lbs.

Step it up in style and purchase your WCI custom wine cellar ladders and step stools online!



Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Ideas

December 17th, 2015

It’s the crunch time, wine buddies! Barely a week left to go before Christmas is on its merry, merry way. We wouldn’t be surprised though, if there are still more than a few of us out there that haven’t gotten our shopping list all sorted out. It seems that last-minute holiday shopping has become a tradition as well. But fret not! You can still complete that list and give your recipient/s gifts that will definitely be treasured. And that’s what today’s blog is all about: last-minute holiday shopping ideas!


Online Gift Certificates

Sure, you can grab gift certificates at Walmart or Costco, but what about “wine cellar” gift certificates? That’s right! If you have a close family member or best bud who’s been breaking out the tape measure for a wine cellar project, then what better gift for them this season than a WCI gift certificate. Since time is of the essence, you can just purchase an online gift certificate and receive an automated email with a link to download a printable template you can give right away. These are available in various denominations with a minimum $50 value.


Wine Coasters

Wine coasters will always be a sure win, especially if you’re running both out of time and ideas on the best gift to get a relative or close friend this season. But here at WCI, we’ve made things a little bit fancier for you with our French Wine Label Coasters. These exquisitely designed coasters are the ultimate in durability as they are solid Italian marble, measure almost a 1/4″ thick, and have cushioned cork backings to boot. One set of four will definitely be a memorable present for any wine lover this holidays.


Brad Nail Gun & Nails Package

That someone tackling a wine cellar project on your list will love you to bits when you wrap up our Brad Nail Gun & Nails Package for them this Christmas. Every DIY-er needs the right tools to get the job done AND the results they want, so help your wine loving buddies achieve just that. At just under $50, this is a holiday present they will surely be grateful for.


Humidification Fountains

We have a healthy selection of beautifully designed humidification fountains as well as those with humidistat packages. Any of these lovelies will surely be a welcome addition to a wine lover’s home. Some of our personal favorites are the Classic Misting Bowl, Contemporary Misting Bowl, and Copper Bottle.

Need some more last-minute shopping advice? We’re happy to give you that us well! Poke us via our chat application on the website or send us a quick query via the contact form now! ^_^