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Technical Tuesday Episode #432: Reasons To Choose Grand Mahogany Racks

July 7th, 2020

Are you willing to spend a little bit more on your wine cellar project? If you have the financial capacity, then we say go for it! You will definitely not regret anything, especially when you see the results. Our clients from Atlanta made the best decision when they went all-out with this custom wine cellar. Let’s check it out and see why there are lots of reasons to spend a bit more on the absolute best materials:

Project # 318855
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1106
Where: Atlanta, GA

Reasons to spend a bit more on Grand Mahogany racksFor this project, our design team used custom racking units in combination with the Vintage View Series. The use of the wall-mount metal wine racks instead of the usual individual bottle columns was indeed refreshing. But we say that the star of the show is certainly the wood option for the rest of the racking assembly. Our client went with Grand Mahogany, a fairly pricey choice compared to the other custom wood options. But is this worth the extra cost? There are solid reasons why we say it one hundred percent is!

Custom wine racks in Grand MahoganyGrand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood. Appearance-wise, it is very attractive which is why it is often used for furniture making. So how does this wood far with wine racks and wine cellars? Well, we can say with confidence that it is highly recommended and worth every dollar you spend. Grand Mahogany sports a uniform color which can give your racking layout that much-coveted “seamless” look.  But note that the wood also possesses few slight color variations that go from medium to pale pink. The overall appearance still a uniform and brings out a natural elegance that can’t be beat.

Vintage View instead of individual wood wine racksNow what about the “functionality” of the wood? We earlier mentioned that Grand Mahogany is quite popular in furniture building  The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. When stained, the grain pattern becomes more enhanced as you can see from these photos. Our client went with a Dark Walnut stain option for their wine racks. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, Grand Mahogany easily matches up to Sapele and Cherry. As for durability and stability, it is also just as reliable as Sapele, Cherry and Hard Maple. *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #431: Expansive Bottle Capacity With Custom Racking

June 30th, 2020

For a wine lover, tons of bottle storage space is definitely a dream. So why not turn that dream into a reality? Our client certainly did by working with our professional wine cellar design consultants. The expansive bottle capacity of today’s Tech Tuesday highlight is quite impressive. Let’s check out the details:

Project # 297262
Wood: Custom / All-heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2484
Where: Duluth, GA

Expansive bottle storage capacitySimple yet bold lines are the defining features of this project. The racking units are all custom-made to ensure that the space is maximized. That’s why this wine cellar can accommodate nearly 2500 bottles. Since an expansive bottle capacity was the primary goal, our design team prioritized the use of individual bottle columns. This is the most popular type of racking because it’s space-efficient and easy to combine with other styles:

Individual bottle columnsOwing to the generous floor area, our team was able to incorporate other elements that contributed to the seamless flow of the racking assembly. You can see from the photos below how accents were worked into the layout to give it a really elegant silhouette. The tasting center with Open Diamons Bins below is one of these. Full height Quarter Round Shelves helped soften the sharp lines and angles of the wine racks. Also, since the racks are stained with Dark Walnut stain option, the lighting accessories balanced out the bold colors. The symmetry in this entire project is indeed quite beautiful!

Beautiful accents on the racking layoutHere are more photos of the wine racks up close. Notice how there are no awkward gaps at all between the different racking styles used. You will also see none of that between the racks and the ceiling and flooring. The thing with custom wine racks is that you can make them fit any space you want without any compromises. You can get the bottle storage capacity you need, together with the design you want. Putting it another way, you won’t have to compromise between your wine cellar “needs” and “wants” because you can have them all. If budget comes into the picture, that’s also not an issue. Our team can work with your budget and STILL make your wine cellar dreams a reality. *Cheers*

Quarter Round Shelves in full height

Technical Tuesday Episode #430: Investing In All-Heart Redwood Racks

June 23rd, 2020

One of the pro tips we always like to share when undergoing a wine cellar project is investing in quality materials. This is not to say that you should spend beyond your financial capacity to do so. But there is a lot to be said about putting your dollars in the right products. Today’s Tech Tuesday shows us how it’s done! This custom wine cellar is all about  quality and resiliency:

Project #: 320984
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1955
Where: Greensboro, GA

Stain: Dark Walnut

All-Heart Redwood racksThe craftsmanship of the wine racks in this project is really worth pointing out. Check out the details and how the entire racking assembly flows so seamlessly through the entire room. There are no awkward gaps anywhere. This is the mark of a top-notch custom wine cellar project. Nothing is taken for granted, especially how the pieces will “fit” into the entire layout.

Investing in custom wine racksThe wood choice for the racking units is All-Heart Redwood. Clear All-Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. This is why it’s the most expensive part the redwood tree. It’s also the most in demand! However, investing those extra dollars in this wood option is definitely worth it. Of all North American woods, it is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot. It is also highly resistant to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. So even if you spend a little more, your money will actually go a long way. Your All-Heart Redwood racks will age beautifully in your wine cellar, just like your wine bottles.

Our Redwood is SFI-certified There is also another big reason why investing in All-Heart Redwood wine racks comes highly recommended. Did you know that if you go with this wood for your wine cellars, you are making an environmentally sound choice. How so? Note that here at WCI, our redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI, Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the redwood they purchase has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. Not only are you building quality wine storage, you’re also doing it the eco-friendly way! *Cheers*

Great variety in bottle storage options

Technical Tuesday Episode #429: Show-stopping Details On Custom Wine Racks

June 16th, 2020

You know what they say: “Go big or go home.” That applies to your wine cellar projects as well. If you have the budget to go full force on the wine cellar of your dreams, then by all means do so. You can rest assured that the highly experienced design professionals here at WCI can help you achieve that goal. Today’s Tech Tuesday project is a shining example of this. We are proud to feature the show-stopping details on this wine cellar for our client in Parkville, MO:

Project # 315721
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3556
Where: Parkville, MO
Stain: Classic Mahogany

Show-stopping details on this custom projectThis is one of the largest wine cellars we’ve designed for this year. It is quite massive, but the bottle storage capacity is not the only thing that stands out here. Design-wise, this beauty is indeed one for the books – and for the WCI photo galleries. Our client had a generous budget, along with the equally generous space. So our design team had to make sure that the results will deliver 100% satisfaction.

Show-stopping concave racksThe custom route was taken for this project, down to the tiniest details. The racks, as you can glean from the photos, are in a unique concave silhouette. This is not the standard curved corner racking that you can find in our wine rack kits. The racks were tailor-made to create a uniform concave pattern throughout the entire assembly. Potential clients might be delighted to learn though, that our Vintner Series carries a “kit” version of these concave racks. As we always say, WCI finds wine storage solutions to suit every budget. If you want these show-stopping details, we can work around your price range. You’ll be surprised at the variety of racking products and accessories we carry!

Custom racks in Classic Mahogany stainCheck out the tabletop, flooring and ceiling on this wine cellar. They all fit to a T and work very well with the racking. In going custom, you have the privilege of choosing not just the style you want, but the materials as well. For the flooring and ceiling, for example, you can request completely customized design and materials for your project. We will then make sure that you get exactly what you want! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #428: How To Work With Vintage View Racks

June 8th, 2020

Wood or metal wine racks – which one would suit you best? It’s not a competition, obviously, but more of a preference. In fact, more and more wine cellar projects are using a combination of both. So getting to properly know the features of the product is quite essential. It will help you arrive at the choice that’s best for your storage needs. Our client for today’s Tech Tuesday did just that when they decided to work with the Vintage View metal wine racks:

Project # 315074
Wood: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 1830
Where: Miami, FL

You will be surprised at the amount of bottle storage   that was created in this wine cellar. It can actually hold up to a little over 1800 bottles! This goes to show that the Vintage View racks are one of the best racking solutions to wine cellar projects of any size. These metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles The units are primarily designed to be wall mounted at 7.5 inches apart. The wall-mount feature is what makes it highly space-efficient. While the racks can hold standard sized bottles, the configurations can also be tweaked. You can also store split-sized bottles by mounting the racks 5.5 inches apart.

Each metal wine rack in this series contains: 1 base (heel) strip, 1 neck strip, end caps on wall strip, 1 connector for stacking, mounting hole covers and soft plastic rod tips. The units come in single, double, and triple deep storage options. Added to these features, they also come in three different finishes. Select from Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, or Chrome Plated to work with your wine cellar theme.

But the feature we appreciate the most is how the racks can be displayed floor to ceiling. If you want a bit more drama to your racking assembly, you can skip the wall mounting or do a mix of wall mounting and floor to ceiling displays. This is actually what you’re seeing here in today’s Tech Tuesday. The floor to ceiling display will result in a beautiful “floating” aesthetic to your wine bottles. Take note that you will need to purchase a Floor to Ceiling Frame to achieve this look. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #427: Back To The Classics With Premium Redwood

June 2nd, 2020

Some sunny June vibes are coming your way, wine cellar fans! We can’t believe that we’re nearly halfway through 2020. It certainly has been quite a different year for the entire world, that’s for sure. But we’re still grateful that we can enjoy the things we love – like a good bottle of wine. We’re also happy that we are still able to deliver quality wine cellar services. This recent project for our client in Dade City, FL is something we’re quite proud of:

Project # 318438
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1430
Where: Dade City, FL

Back to the classics with Premium RedwoodIt’s back to the classics with this beautiful wine cellar project. The racking assembly is a combination of custom units and our wine rack kits. Specifically, it’s the Vintner and Designer Series at work here. As can be seen from the photos, the racking assembly comprises of a variety of styles. You have the standard individual bottle columns with high reveals and fixed shelves. Then you also have the Curved Corners that help create a seamless flow to the entire racking layout. Racking to accommodate magnums and similar larger-format bottles was also incorporated:

Dark Walnut brings back the classicsHere are some terrific shots of the different angles of the racking arrangement. We are loving the bold hues on the units. This makes the racks really pop out against the white walls and lighter colored flooring. The racks were stained with a Dark Walnut Stain option which is a very popular product. Dark Walnut usually results in a golden brown hue on woos. This stain deepens almost all shades of wood. For this project, our design team went back to the classics with Premium Redwood as the wood option:

Awesome variety in bottle storage stylesPremium Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. While it is the next step up in price after Rustic Pine, the added expense is well worth it. Premium Redwood is probably one of the most reasonably priced clear wood. It has no knots, unlike Rustic Pine. It includes wood from all part of the log which varies from white to pink to red and reddish brown. This variety of colors is what makes others prefer Premium Redwood over All-Heart Redwood. Premium Redwood absorbs all stains and finishes extremely well, particularly dark ones. This is how it turns out with Dark Walnut stain – a clean and classy wine room. *Cheers*

Back to the classics with Premium Redwood racks

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Solving Space Issues With WineMaker

May 25th, 2020

It’s already the homestretch for the month of May, wine cellar fans! How has this month been for you? While there are lots of challenges in this “new normal,” we are still grateful. That’s because we can still enjoy the things that really make us happy, like wine. Our clients in Scarsdale, NY found happiness in their home wine cellar which was completed just before COVID-19 hit. Their compact but spacious wine room is indeed a blessing. Our design team worked with them in solving some space issues with the help of the WineMaker Series:

Project # 320052
Wood: Winemaker / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 518
Where: Scarsdale, NY

Solving space issues with WineMakerThese photos are the real deal: that is a formal wine room you’re seeing. It looks and feels bigger than it’s actual floor area. Plus, the bottle storage capacity is a little over 500 bottles – with wiggle room for more. Now if that isn’t impressive, we don’t know what is. Our WineMaker Series made all of this possible. The series is best known for its shallow depth racking units. So as far as solving space issues go, it grabs the top spot.

Our WineMaker racks are available in the same 3-foot and 4-foot configurations as our Vintner Series. But since they are created in shorter depth, the units use less wood. That makes them not just space-efficient, but also more affordable. Also, there is certainly no cause for worry as to the security of your collection. The body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks while the neck slightly sticks out. So on top of that, you also get an attractive popping display of wine bottles.

Rustic Pine wood in Light StainWineMaker is also quite famous for its stackable qualities, rivalling Vintner. The series allows you to buy these 3-foot and 4-foot units and stack them to any height you desire. You also get to choose from several add-ons to increase the height by a few more inches. These include stylish molding packages and base platforms. It’s also recommended to add a Center Seam Trim to hide the point where your two wine racks meet. These little gems will make even an ordinary racking arrangement look so professional! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #475: Grand Mahogany In Blended Stain

May 19th, 2020

Warm Tech Tuesday greetings to all you wine folks out there! The great outdoors is calling with beautiful, sunnier days ahead. But kicking back and relaxing in your patio or backyard with a glass of wine or two isn’t that bad either. Plus, with a home wine cellar, it’s like bringing a piece of Naples to your front door. And that’s what we are here for! Helping you achieve your wine cellar goals is not just our business, but more so our passion. So today, we’re featuring another completed project from a satisfied client. This custom wine room has luxe details you will surely love:

Project # 321849
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1399
Where: Atlanta, GA

Grand Mahogany in blended stainGrand Mahogany makes a strong statement in this project as the wood of choice. It is a indeed a bit more pricey compared to other wood options, but for very good reasons. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood that is extremely attractive. One of its best features is its uniform color. It does have some slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. But all around, the wood sports a uniform color that looks amazing even when unstained. This hardwood also features a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight. But you will notice that it can be slightly interlocked in some cases. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, it is comparable to sapele and cherry. It is also no slouch when it comes to durability and stability. It easily matches up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood in these areas.

Luxe wine racks in blended stainYou will see from these photos that the racks have a really dark color to them. However, it’s not quite black, but more of a very rich, dark brown. Achieving these coffee hues was made possible by using blended stains. Here at WCI, we offer the “blended stain” option which is a whole other level of customization. It is exactly what the name stands for. WCI is able to blend any of our current stains together to create something super custom for clients. We can even take a custom match and match it up. Think of it as a color wheel with endless possibilities. Grand Mahogany wine racks in blended stain spell luxurious – and it shows! *Cheers*

Rich colors of Grand Mahogany in blended stain

Technical Tuesday Episode #474: Wine Cellar With Beachy Vibes

May 12th, 2020

When our design team was requested to do this project, we were not surprised at the clients’ style preference. Southampton is quite famous for its beaches and is a sought-after summer destination. Our clients wanted to bring some of those beachy vibes to their wine cellar. We’re happy to say that our team was able to achieve just that:

Project # 318015
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1532
Where: Southampton, NY

Beachy vibes with unstained Premium RedwoodThis project is a pretty spacious one. The clients had enough room for a formal wine cellar setup. The bottle storage capacity of the completed wine room is a little over 1500 bottles. That’s quite generous and will give clients a lot of leg room for future acquisitions. You can see from the photos that the racking assembly is really well laid out. Wall-to-wall racking ensures that the space is maximized without overcrowding:

Lovely light-colored wine racksTo achieve some beachy vibes, our team opted for light-colored racking units. Premium Redwood was chosen for this project, in its unstained glory. Premium Redwood is known for being a clear grade of hardwood. That means the wood has has no knots. It is also at times more preferred over All-Heart Redwood because of its variety of colors. Premium Redwood includes wood from all part of the log. The wood colors range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. Unstained, the lighter tones of the wood really come through:

Versatile racking assemblyThanks to the lighter colors of the wine racks, this wine cellar exudes a warm and open ambiance. It’s certainly reminiscent of warm, sunny days on the Southampton shorelines. These beachy vibes are exactly what the client wanted. Of course, let’s also not forget that Premium Redwood is an eco-friendly wood choice. Here at WCI, all of our Redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). What does this mean? The SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the Redwood purchased from WCI has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. While building your dream wine cellar, you’re also keeping Mother Nature happy.

So is this Tech Tuesday your wine cellar style or not? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #473: Cottage Vibes With Graywash Stain

May 5th, 2020

Once upon a time, wine cellars looked very much alike. The colors of the racks and overall theme were more or less cookie cutter. Everyone wanted the “traditional” and elegant appeal. This is absolutely fine, of course. But over time, new styles also emerge and people develop different design preferences. That also applies to wine cellars. The last few decades showed some pretty innovative developments in wine cellar construction. Modern wine cellars have gradually taken the spotlight. But other styles also began gaining popularity. These include the rustic, architectural appeal and the old-country, cottage vibes.

Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1508
Where: Atlanta, GA

Cottage vibes with Graywash stainToday’s Tech Tuesday is quite a standout with its refreshing cottage vibes. You don’t see a lot of racking assemblies with this color scheme. However, we’ve noticed that more clients have been leaning towards this style in the recent years. Personally, we truly like the warm, open feel brought about by the lighter hued racks.

Light hued racks give off cottage vibesThe recipe for achieving these cottage vibes is the Rustic Pine x Graywash combo. We’ve featured this wood x stain pairing only a handful of times in the blog. But all those projects are visually appealing. Graywash is one of our newer stain offerings. It is such a beautiful stain that has been carefully tested over several months. The goal was to create wine cellars with a modern appeal, while still exuding traditional touches. Graywash stain was certainly able to draw those opposing style concepts. It was just a matter of matching it up with the right wood option. In this case, Rustic Pine provided the desired results!

Cottage vibes with contemporary vibesIt’s important to note that Graywash is quite similar to Whitewash in that it’s a semi-transparent stain. What does this mean? It means that no texture from the wood comes through. What you will get is a smooth finish to your wine racks. However, the natural beauty of the wood is still accentuated. Rustic Pine, for example, is a wood with structurally sound knots. But with Graywash stain, those knots will be more subdued. The end result is homey, yet with contemporary touches. It’s exactly what the clients wanted and we’re truly happy to have delivered! *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #472: Going Clean & Cozy With Rustic Pine

April 28th, 2020

A clean and cozy layout for a wine cellar can never go wrong. And when you don’t have enough space for a formal wine room, functionality and simplicity are key factors. Creating a warm and open feel to your wine cellar also becomes important in this situation. Just because it’s compact doesn’t mean it has to look that way. Our design team did a terrific job with today’s Tech Tuesday project. This smallish wine room is as clean and cozy as you can get:

Project # 317100
Wood: Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 642
Where: Southampton, NY

Clean & cozy with unstained Rustic PineWe just love how the racking arrangement was put together on this project. Our team used the Vintner Series to provide ample bottle storage for the clients. Even if the floor area is a little tight, they managed to create enough storage for just under 650 bottles. That was certainly more than enough for the clients’ collection. You can see from the photos that a lot of Individual Bottle Columns were utilized. Some Rectangular Bins were also added to accommodate bulk storage. To remove any awkward gaps between the racking units, some Center Seam Trim was incorporated. The result is a seamless layout that doesn’t look cramped in the compact space.

Vintner Racks in Rustic PineNow let’s move on to the wood option. We feel that this is what really gave this wine room that cozy feel. Both our design team and clients agreed on unstained Rustic Pine for the wine racks. Rustic Pine is one of our top four wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. It is also the most budget-friendly one among the four. The wood is characterized by a soft creamy color. This is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. The lighter shade of the wood helps to exude a warm and cozy aura.

The unstained state of Rustic Pine is highly attractive. This is what you’re seeing in this Tech Tuesday feature. But the wood also absorbs and retains all types of finishes extremely well. It is particularly suited for weather finishes. This is where we strip down the intergrain matter to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. The grain pattern also become more pronounced in the dark stained woods. It’s especially the case when you add lacquer to the stain or finish. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #471: The Wine Cellar Under The Stairs

April 21st, 2020

Weekend movie nights have become increasingly popular during this new normal. So what are you flick picks for this weekend? One of our top favorites is definitely the Harry Potter series. When we saw this Tech Tuesday project, we can’t help but make the connection. While Harry’s lodgings at the Dursleys was a cobwebbed-filled room under the stairs, this project is anything but. Check out our clients’ amazing “under the stairs” wine cellar:

Project # 313319
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Liberty Township, OH

Wine cellar under the stairs!We are truly enchanted with the way our design team transformed this space. If you look at it from the angle these photos are showing us, it seems like a pretty roomy wine cellar. But this is actually all thanks to a few gems that made that illusion possible. First off, our team had a beautiful, full-sized arched wine cellar door installed. This glass entryway helped make the room look more spacious. Indeed, utilizing glass elements is highly recommended in wine cellar construction. It’s even more so when you’re working with a compact area.

Another essential factor in creating a roomy atmosphere for this project is the wine racks. There are obviously lots of various styles and sizes to choose from. You’d want to pick units that will maximize bottle storage capacity. But, you’d also want the racking arrangement to look aesthetically pleasing. Since this is a small sized project, the clients had wiggle room with expenses. They opted for custom racking combined with Vintage View metal wine racks. The custom racks were a clever choice since they can be configured to fit perfectly into the space. This allows for the room’s bottle storage capacity to really be used to the fullest.

Apart from the custom racks, wall-mount metal racking units were also thrown in. Wall-mount racking is one of the best ways to conserve floor space. The Vintage View series is one of the best in the business. It comes in 3-feet and 4-feet height configurations. Also, can get it in four different finishes.  Last but not the least, it is available in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #469: Mixing It Up W/ Custom Racks & Kits

April 7th, 2020

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! We’re committed to brighten up your week with inspiring design concepts and we promise to do just that. We all have been dealing with so much in the last few weeks. But one of the silver linings in this difficult reality we have right now is that we can all still enjoy a good glass of wine. That’s why having a wine cellar in your home is really a blessing! Whether it’s a small or large wine cellar project, WCI can get it done for you. Let’s take a look at today’s Tech Tuesday for some style inspirations:

Project # 316420
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 888
Where: Isle of Palms, SC

Mixing it up with custom and wine rack kitsOur design team decided on mixing it up with custom racks and kits on this wine cellar. It simply means then that this project didn’t break the budget. While custom pieces were used, the integration of wine rack kits really made a different in cost. However, the quality has not been diminished at all. This is something WCI is very proud of. Our wine rack kits offer an impressive variety of designs, as well as wood, stain and finish options. Even if they are just “kits,” you will still be able to achieve your desired wine cellar theme. In our clients’ case, they wanted something simple and seamless. Mixing it up with custom racks and pieces from the Vintner and Designer Series gave this stunning result:

Gorgeous Dark Walnut stain on the racksYou can see from these photos that the ceiling and flooring are all very light in color. So in order to create a striking contrast with the racks, a bold stain option was in order. Both the clients and our team agreed on the Dark Walnut Stain for the entire racking assembly. The clients were all for having that pop of color to make their wine cellar stand out. Since the wood choice is All-Heart Redwood, the dark colored stain worked extremely well.

Seamless details on the racksThis last photo is a terrific showcase of the variety in bottle storage options. You can also see how Curved Corner Racks and matching moldings were incorporated into the layout. This made the racking assembly flow really well, devoid of any awkward gaps. This wine cellar is indeed simple and seamless – just the way our clients wanted it! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #468: Vintner Diamonds For Days

March 31st, 2020

Diamonds shouldn’t just be on your fingers or ears – they should be in your wine cellars, too. Naturally, we’re talking of a different kind of diamond here.  Nonetheless, these are real gems as well and can turn your wine cellar project into a total showstopper:

Project # 319955
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2107
Where: Atlanta, GA

Vintner Diamonds for days!This stunning arrangement is thanks to the clever use of Open Diamond Bins with Face Trim from our Vintner Series. Vintner is hailed as the “next best thing to custom.” Even if it’s just a “kit,” it offers a plethora of racking choices for both individual and bulk bottle storage. The “Vintner Diamonds” is one of these, and even that comes in a number of styles. Apart from what was utilized in this project, there’s also the Open Diamond Cubes, Diamond Bins with Perimeter Trim, and Solid Diamond Cubes.

Achieve stylish bulk storage with Vintner Diamonds!As you can see from these photos, this wine cellar put a lot of focus into bulk bottle storage. Apart from the Vintner Diamonds, you also have the Rectangular Bins and shelving. But what really gives this wine cellar a unique vibe is the presence of the Vintner Diamonds. It’s also worth mentioning that the racks are all unstained. That means what you’re seeing in these photos is All-Heart Redwood in its natural state. All-Heart Redwood is the wood option for this project. Note that All-Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log. But choosing this wood is definitely worth every dollar you spend. Appearance wise, the wood is consistently in the reddish hues. That means you get an almost uniform color for your wine racks, just like what you see in this project. Moreover, Redwood is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot among all the North American woods. That’s why it was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented.

Beautifully structured racking layoutWe’d also like to give credit to the strategic lighting in this project. Because of these lighting elements, the natural pinkish gold hues of the wood have been enhanced. We can’t wait to see how this wine cellar will look when it’s all filled up! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #467: Vintner’s Stunning Visuals

March 24th, 2020

Hello, Tech Tuesday! There’s nothing more inspiring than a wine cellar project that doesn’t break the bank. And guess what? That’s exactly what we have for you guys today. We’re bringing you some stunning visuals, courtesy of our Vintner Series. It’s no secret that Vintner is our top performing wine rack kit. But the exceptional quality of the wine racks is also easy on the budget.

Project # 318142
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 990
Where: Los Angeles, CA

Vintner’s stunning visualsOur design team recently completed this wine cellar for clients in LA. The mix of traditional and modern touches is indeed a refreshing sight. The room’s decor is done in a more contemporary manner and serves as a terrific contrast to the racking assembly. Speaking of the racking assembly, notice how the wine racks really pop out against white geometric background. Vintner has once again risen to the occasion by showing that a luxe look need not come at an exorbitant price tag.

Mix of modern and traditional touchesVersatility is one of the most outstanding features of the Vintner Series. It may be just a wine rack “kit,” but it can deliver results that are just as good as custom racking. This is why we call this series as “The next best thing to custom.” Our Vintner Series has always been known for it’s stackable qualities, allowing you to buy or 4 foot racks and stack them to any height you desire. We are now making it much easier for you to purchase exactly the racks and stacking equipment you need. Customers can now conveniently select 3-ft, 4-ft, 6-ft, 7-ft, 8-ft, or 9-ft wine rack at the purchase page.

Functionality is not the only thing Vintner has to offer though. Even if it’s a “kit,” it also has a bevy of wood, stain and finish options. This is what gives customers the opportunity to personalize their racking assemblies and create stunning visuals. This project we’re featuring here is certainly an example of that. The wine racks have been stained with Dark Walnut Stain option. The bolder colors make the units stand out and really make an eye-catching statement. But if you want something a bit subdued, you can try our Light Danish Stain. If you want to go all-out contemporary, we recommend our new Whitewash, Graywash, and Opaque White stain options. *Cheers*

Vintage View Racks And Small Wine Cellar Concepts

March 19th, 2020

What can you do with small, uneven spaces in your home? We’ll give you one brilliant idea: transform them into beautiful wine cellars! If you love wine and DIY home renovation projects, today’s post will be right up your alley. We’re showing you an example of small wine cellar concepts – with big results:

Beautiful wine cellar concepts!This unused space in the client’s home in Manhattan Beach, CA is quite a tricky project. Its curved corners seem to require customized racking units. But what if the budget doesn’t permit that? Thankfully, WCI has super flexible racking options that can meet all types of wine storage needs. In this case, it’s the Vintage View Series.

As you can see from these photos, these metal wine racks were mounted on the walls quite seamlessly. Even with the uneven layout of the space, this wine room can comfortably host over 400 bottles. This is owing to the highly flexible configurations of Vintage View. These metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. However, you can also will also store split-sized bottles by tweaking things around and mounting the racks 5.5 inches apart. Here are the main features of the Vintage View metal wine racks:

  • Label forward wine storage
  • Three different height variations – 1Ft, 2FT, 3Ft & 4Ft
  • Three different depth variations -Single Deep, Double Deep, & Triple Deep
  • Four different finish options – Black, Black Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome
  • Wall mounted or Floor To Ceiling (floating look) mounting

Vintage View wine racks in uneven spacesAlso, note that while the racks are designed to be wall-mounted, you can install them another way. You can also opt to display them floor to ceiling with the help of a Floor to Ceiling Frame. You’d have to purchase it separately and some mounting assembly required. But assembly and installation can be conveniently executed. You’ll be able to put up that ethereal “floating” look with this kind of wine bottle display.  Last but definitely not the least, bottle retention straps are also available if you’re worried about the security of your collection. Check out more wine cellar concepts over at our photo gallery using other WCI racking products as well! ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #466: Royal In Rustic Pine

March 17th, 2020

Rustic Pine is one of our top wood choices for wine cellar projects. Apart from being durable and cost-effective, the wood also sports that sought-after rustic architectural look. But don’t think that’s all Rustic Pine can bring to the table – or in this case, your wine cellars. This wood is versatile in many ways. That includes letting you create a variety of themes for your wine cellar. Today’s Tech Tuesday is an illustration of a “royal” Rustic Pine wine room:

Project # 317416
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 816
Where: Hunting Valley, OH

Royal Rustic Pine racksThe Victorian vibe of this project is definitely on point. It is a very generous space that required a really good layout to maximize it. Thankfully, our highly experienced design team was able to rise to the occasion. Everything was custom-made to suit the room’s configurations and the clients’ style.

Dark Weathered Stain for a royal charmAs earlier mentioned, Rustic Pine is the wood option for this project. Let’s delve a little bit more into the features of this wood. Essentially, it is characterized by a soft, creamy color. This is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. The streaks and knots are what really defines the wood by bringing about that “old-country” charm. But with the right stain and finish options, you can attain a bevy of other looks as well. In this case, a Dark Weathered Stain was applied on the racks and cabinets. This combo gave the entire arrangement a bolder appearance which looks positively royal!

The wood wine racks look positively royal!

In its unstained state, Rustic Pine is already quite stunning. But one of its best features is that it lends itself to a variety of stains and finishes to match your home decor. It is particularly suited for weather finishes, like this Dark Weathered Stain we applied. We strip down the intergrain matter to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. Rustic Pine absorbs and retains all types of finishes extremely well. It will become more pronounced in the dark stained woods.

Lots of bottle storage varietyNow this Tech Tuesday might have a royal vibe going on, but the cost of the racking is pretty budget-friendly. Rustic Pine is our best value by price per bottle space because the supply is huge. Pine grows throughout North America and represents a huge quantity of the overall wood produced. Rustic Pine, in particular, is a grade that includes knots. This allows it to give a bigger yield and lower cost than a clear grade of wood. *Cheers*

Open Diamond Cubes for bulk storage

Technical Tuesday Episode #465: Large Wine Cellar Styling

March 9th, 2020

It’s another awesome Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! We’re going to talk about styling large wine cellars today. Some might think it’s easier to style a large wine cellar because there’s more space to work with. But that’s not exactly the case. Larger wine cellars also present their own set of styling challenges. Since there is a lot more space to work with, you have to adequately utilize that space. You also have to come up with a well-balanced layout. There will obviously be more elements involved here, so achieving balance and symmetry is key. Our  featured wine cellar today will give us some terrific inspiration for that!

Project # 321255
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3168
Where: New Albany, OH

Stain: Midnight Black

Check out this massive wine cellar that our team completed for a client in New Albany, OH. The total bottle storage capacity is actually over 3000 bottles. And as we can see from these photos, this project is chock-full of different racking styles. Let’s take a proper virtual tour and go into more detail:

The floor-to-ceiling configuration of the racking assembly is certainly worthy of mention here. See how the wine racks are able to span the ceiling heights, leaving no awkward gaps anywhere. There are two essential factors that contributed to this seamless setup. One is the fact that these are all custom units. With custom racking, getting an effortless fit for your wine room is a no-brainer. Everything will be measured and manufactured according to the room’s specifications – down to the last cm and mm. Two, custom moldings and center seam trim were integrated into the assembly. These immensely help in removing unsightly gaps between the floor and the racks, as well as the ceiling.

Now we have some close-up photos of the different racking styles used in this project. In styling a large wine cellar, it is important To harmonize your wine racks and other wine cellar furniture. One element should not overpower another. Otherwise, this will take away from the most important thing in your wine cellar – your wine bottles. Here you can see that the Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Bins, and Rectangular Shelves were carefully incorporated to achieve the right proportions. Then accents such a wine tasting island and countertops were added to augment the layout. There’s also more storage under the wine tasting island to accommodate more bottles, as well as wine accessories. Topping it all off, all the racks were done in Midnight Black Stain option. The bold hue really makes the racks pop out against the lighter colored floors and ceilings. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #464: All The Good Things About All-Heart Redwood

March 3rd, 2020

The marvelous month of March is here! One of our favorite things about this month is that Spring is just lurking around the corner. The season of new beginnings is very near and we’re going to get those good vibes going. Let’s start out with this beautiful wine cellar project. It’s a showcase of all the good things about one of our top wood options: All-Heart Redwood.

Project # 319219
Wood: Platinum / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Kennesaw, GA

Stain: Dark Walnut

Selecting wood for your wine racks can at times be quite challenging. There are so many varieties in the market and each one has their own impressive features. But for wine cellar projects, there are factors to carefully consider when choosing your wood. These would include durability, resiliency, and cost-effectiveness. You would want your wine racks to age gracefully, just like your wine bottles. And as far as wood options go, All-Heart Redwood can offer these and a whole lot more!

All-Heart Redwood is actually the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and sports consistent reddish hues. That’s why it possesses uniform grain patterns that are so attractive even when unstained. Despite being the “most expensive” part of the tree, All-Heart Redwood is worth every dollar you’ll pay. Why so? First off, among all North American woods, it is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot. This is the reason why it was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled ones were invented.

Second, the characteristics of All-Heart Redwood are top-notch. These include (and are not limited to) resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking, apart from durability. This simply means that over time, your wood wine racks will age beautifully in your wine cellar. You also won’t be saddled with future repair or renovation expenses. That makes it an absolutely worthy investment.

Third, All-Heart Redwood is one of the most, if not the most, eco-friendly wood choices you can have. Here at WCI, all of our redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI. This stands for Sustainable Forestry Initiative. What is SFI Certification all about? Basically, SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the redwood they purchase has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. We worked hard all these years to ensure that our redwood products meet the SFI standards to help our clients make environmentally sound choices. So as you can see, these are all the good things that All-Heart Redwood can offer – and maybe even more! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #463: Super Spacious Compact Wine Room

February 25th, 2020

Sending some cheery Tech Tuesday greetings your way today, wine cellar fans! Look at us wrapping up the month of love with our last Tech Tuesday episode. February has really flown by but not without some pretty inspiring wine cellar concepts. We’ll add one more to that with this clever little project for one of our local clients:

Project # 317937
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 248
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Enter this compact but super spacious wine room“Quaint” is the word that first popped up when we saw these photos. This compact wine room is packed full of design goodies. Moreover, it is super spacious, even with the narrow floor area. The wine racks, as you may have noticed, are a combo of wood and metal materials. The design team decided to throw in some wall-mount metal racking units to increase bottle storage capacity:

Wood x metal racking comboHere’s a better look at the wood wine racking layout.  This is actually a combination of custom wine racks and units from our Vintner Series. See how there’s enough storage for both individual and bulk bottles. Also, check out the countertops. The width may seem a bit narrow, but they provide adequate prep space or for displaying other accessories:

Shelves and cabinets for super spacious storageOne of the attractive features of this project is the contrast between the racks and other elements of the room. The ceiling and flooring are of a similar light-hued, brick-type material. The walls are also painted with lighter shades that help make the wood wine racks pop out. That’s because the units were dressed up in Midnight Black Stain option. If you are not familiar with it, Midnight Black Stain is characterized by a gorgeous, jet black color. The hue is quite a departure from traditional woodworking finishes. While it exudes elegance, the stain also  carries a very contemporary appeal.

Wall-mount metal wine racksBelow are more close-up photos of the wood and metal racking units. We love how everything looks so polished and we can’t wait for the racks to be filled up. We’re pretty sure our clients will have a grand time showcasing their collection. They will also have even more fun growing their collection thanks to the super spacious layout. *Cheers*

Midnight Black Stain on the wood wine racks

Technical Tuesday Episode #462: Grand Mahogany In Graywash Stain

February 18th, 2020

Just last week, we were talking about using unique stains and finishes in wine cellar projects. This week, we’re blessed with this opportunity to showcase that concept. This wine cellar was completed for a client in Naples. We know that Naples residents enjoy their wines with a passion second to none. So our design team made sure to deliver the kind of wine storage that will 100% satisfy the client.

Project # 316528
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 943
Where: Naples, FL

Graywash Stain on Grand Mahogany racksThe details on this racking arrangement are really impressive. All the wine racks are customized with Grand Mahogany as the wood of choice. Then the Grand Mahogany racks were dressed up in Graywash Stain option. This stain has been carefully tested over several months to bring about an appearance that is both traditional and modern. The stain itself is semi-transparent stain, similar to Whitewash. You will notice from the wood that no texture comes through. What you get is a smooth finish that shows off the beauty of the wood beneath it:

Superb racking combo!Here are some great snaps of the racking assembly. The variation in wine rack styles is just amazing! Since this is a custom job, every nook and cranny was accounted for. You will notice that there is no wasted space in this layout. And yet, there is plenty of remaining floor area to comfortably move around in the cellar:

Cubes and displays in Graywash Stain We are blown away by the details on the racking setup for this project. The Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, High Reveal Displays, and Individual Bottle Columns were cleverly  interspersed to form this seamless structure. Then the Curved Corner Racks and full Quarter Round Displays finished off those sharp corners. We like how the Grand Mahogany racks in Graywash Stain really popped out against the indigo colored walls:

Quarter Round ShelvesAll in all, this wine cellar has a more modern feel to it. The bright pops of color from the walls and ceilings contrasted well with the lighter hued racks flooring. The racking assembly itself is a mix of modern and classic lines. This is certainly one of our favorite wine cellar designs to date! Do you feel the same way? Comment your thoughts below! *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #461: Conquering Narrow Spaces With Vintner

February 11th, 2020

It used to be that you had to have an actual house in order to have decent wine storage. Thankfully, that’s a thing of the past. These days, you can live in a condo, apartment, or even just a studio apartment and still have enough space to store your wine bottles. Conquering narrow spaces has become so much easier and fun as well because there are wine cellar products made just for this purpose. Our Tech Tuesday today will give you some terrific ideas on how to accomplish this:

Project # 320947
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 936
Where: Mason, OH

Conquer narrow spaces in your wine cellar project!Our client from Mason, OH commissioned for this beautiful wine cellar project. You can see from these photos that straight off the bat, the space is not the biggest. However, the client owns a healthy wine collection that is slowly but surely growing. This means that they needed not just bottle storage. They also needed extra storage to accommodate future bottles. So our professionals got to work designing this amazing space for them:

Beautiful and seamless rackingVintner racking units were utilized to equip the narrow room with generous bottle storage. You will probably be surprised to learn that the entire racking assembly can hold over 900 bottles. As you can see from the additional photos below, the layout was really well-thought out. Lots of individual column racks were incorporated into this arrangement. But Open Diamond and Rectangular Bins were also added for bulk bottles, as well as wine boxes and crates. This gives variety to the bottle storage options which you normally can’t have in a small space.

Generous bottle storage capacityNow just because you’re working with narrow spaces, that doesn’t mean you can’t have room for style. You can see in this project that small but significant elements were added to make the racking assembly more attractive. One of those would be the  moldings and center seam trim. Notice how the racks flow really seamlessly throughout the entire room. The design team also put in an archway with tabletop. That gives this small space an area for prepping and pouring drinks or just displaying other wine cellar accessories. Conquering narrow spaces has now become an enjoyable endeavour that inspires creativity. And it’s all thanks to WCI’s versatile racking products! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #460: Natural Beauty Of Rustic Pine

February 4th, 2020

First Tech Tuesday for the month of love is up! Yep, we are getting into high gear for one of our favorite months of the year. February is the love season, as we are all quite aware of. We also expect a lot of fine dining and, of course, wine tasting all this month. That also means wine establishments everywhere are bound to get busier. So today’s Tech Tuesday will definitely provide some useful inspiration. Let’s check out the amazing racking arrangements on this commercial project:

Project # 319527
Wood: CDR / Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Coral Springs, FL

Natural beauty of Rustic Pine wine racksThe star of the show, so to speak, is the wood option utilized for the wine racks. All the units were crafted from unstained Rustic Pine. As you can very well see, the natural beauty of the wood is really enhanced in this set-up. We especially love how the soft, creamy colors of the wood stand out. Note that Rustic Pine is characterized by this really light color of the wood. It is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots, giving the wood a rustic architectural appearance.

Custom commercial racksNow let’s talk about the various racking styles used in this project. Since it’s for commercial purposes, the client wanted to maximize on the bottle storage capacity. WCI’s extensive selection of commercial racking units made all of this possible. We made a huge improvement on our commercial wine racks by creating two main categories for the products. We have the Classic Commercial line that allows clients to have their racking units completely customized. But for those on a budget, fret not! We also launched our Vintner Commercial series just a a few years back. This line combines the flexibility of our Vintner racking with the high volume storage capacity of commercial wine racks. And of course, since it’s Vintner, it is absolutely affordable!

Merchandisers and Island DisplaysHere are more snaps of the variety of racking styles in this commercial project. Apart from the standard island displays and merchandisers, our team also installed some individual columns with display bins. This style is quite popular with wine stores because it can easily call attention to popular or new labels. Also, you can see from the photos below how the racks pop out against the flooring and ceiling. The moment those racks are filled, the wine bottles will definitely be the center of attention. Indeed, the natural beauty of Rustic Pine really shines through in this simple layout without overpowering other elements. *Cheers*

Natural beauty of Rustic Pine display bins

Technical Tuesday Episode #459: Stunning Floor-To-Ceiling Racking

January 28th, 2020

Flexibility is a sought-after quality in wine racks. You’d want your racks to be able to cater to your bottle storage needs. But of course, those needs also change over time. So having your racks accommodate future bottle storage needs is definitely ideal. Fortunately, WCI racking products were manufactured to deliver just this. Our racking units can be configured in a number of ways to suit a variety of bottle storage styles. Today’s Tech Tuesday wonderfully illustrates this point with these floor-to-ceiling Vintage View racking units:

Project # 284048
Wood: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 624
Where: Atlanta, GA

Now Vintage View is a pretty popular product and appears quite frequently in both our Tech Tuesdays and Testimonial Thursdays. For the most part, we’ve featured Vintage View as wall-mount racking units. However, the racks can also be utilized in another manner: with a floor-to-ceiling configuration. This is exactly what you’re seeing in this Tech Tuesday project. The racks arranged floor-to-ceiling with the help of a Floor to Ceiling Frame which is purchased separately.

So what is the difference when you use your Vintage View racks with this configuration? First off, you get to store your bottles in a label-forward manner. This is certainly not like the usual neck-forward storage that you see in most wine cellars. One of the biggest advantages of storing your bottles this way is label visibility. Organizing your collection should become more convenient since you can easily see the labels. If you own a wine store, this becomes a great sales strategy. You can display your most popular wine merchandise this way to make it very accessible to your customers.

The other unique feature of this type of storage is that you can get a “floating” look for your bottles. Since the racks are mounted floor-to-ceiling, it will look like your wine bottles are just floating on air. The effect is both elegant and ethereal. We have been receiving more and more requests for this kind of racking style in the last couple of years. It is especially enchanting when combined with glass elements. You’ll find a good number of glass-enclosed projects with “floating” racks on our photo galleries. Last but definitely not the least, a floor-to-ceiling configuration is just amazingly space-efficient. It is no way inferior to the wall-mount style, as you can clearly see from these photos. *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #458: Clear Alder In Dark Weathered Stain

January 21st, 2020

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! How are we weathering out the winter season? Some parts of the country are experiencing record-breaking snowfall. If you belong to that region, we’re channeling Olaf and sending you warm hugs ^_^. So relax, have a glass of wine (or two) and check out today’s inspiring Tech Tuesday concept:

Project # 319097
Wood: Custom / Clear Alder
Bottle Capacity: 332
Where: Atlanta, GA

Metal wine racks and custom wood racks in Dark Weathered StainThis may be just a compact wine cellar but it is big in so many ways, especially when it comes to design.  You can see the racking assembly is well thought-out using a variety of elements. In fact, this project has that contemporary touch that is so popular right now. We can attribute it to the mix of materials, essentially, wood, metal and glass. As you can see the upper portion of the arrangement is built in a riddling rack fashion. This allows for more bottle storage and can accommodate even larger-format bottles:

Loving this contemporary vibe!The lower part of the racking assembly is more of a traditional design. The custom countertop, displays and cubes are all crafted from Clear Alder. Clear Alder is not your typical wood option for custom wine cellar projects. But its characteristics make it a great choice if you want that classic feel to your wine cellar. Clear Alder is a light hardwood with no knots, having a grain pattern similar to Cherry. The wood itself is characterized by light brown and reddish undertones. It has a straight and even-textured wood grain with indistinct boundaries between the heartwood and the sapwood. One of the great features of Clear Alder is that it accepts stains and finishes evenly. Because if this, it can at times be indistinguishable from Cherry in appearance.

Classy Dark Weathered Stain racksTo give the elegance factor of the racking assembly and even bigger boost, the wood racks were stained with a Dark Weathered Stain option. This weathered finish utilizes the same process as Dusty Weathered Stain, However, a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect. The main purpose for this finish is to get your wood to sport a timeworn appearance which is very classy. Since Clear Alder adapts well to stains and finishes, this darker option was just perfect for this project. We love the contrast of the bold hues with the stainless appearance of the metal racks. How would you rate this Tech Tuesday? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*