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Technical Tuesday Episode #447: Making The Most Out Of Your Space With Vintage View

October 8th, 2019

A formal wine room is indeed goals. But you don’t need one to create some great wine storage for your collection. If you don’t have room in your home for a full-blown wine cellar, it’s all about making the space that you have work for you. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature shows us how it’s done:

Project # 318937
Wood: Vintage View / Metal
Bottle Capacity: 405
Where: El Paso, TX

Vintage View metal racks in glass-enclosed layoutOur client in El Paso wanted to have enough bottle storage in their home sans the formal wine room. So our design team got to work and put together this pretty amazing set-up. It’s wall-mount storage consisting of the metal racking units from the Vintage View Series. As you can see from the photos, the wall has been sectioned off to accommodate the wine racks. Note that Vintage View offers the racks in single, double, and triple deep configurations. That increases their flexibility, particularly with tighter spaces.

Making the most out of compact spaces

Our design team transformed the wine storage into a glass-enclosed one. This was a clever move since it gives the illusion of a larger space. Of course, it’s also making more points in terms of elegance. Glass and metal are a flawless combination. That’s why more and more glass-enclosed projects are utilizing metal racking units. With Vintage View, you also get several finish options that can work well with any theme: Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome Plated. You will also notice that the metal wine racks add a modern touch to the wine storage. Since more and more projects are now going the contemporary route, they are certainly the perfect choice.Generous bottle storage with Vintage ViewIn the last photo above, you can actually see how generous the bottle storage is. This compact cellar can accommodate a little over a hundred bottles! These racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But you also have the option of storing split-sized bottles by mounting them 5.5 inches apart. Now while the units are meant to be attached to wall-mounted, you can also choose to display your collection in a floor-to-ceiling layout. A Floor to Ceiling Frame is needed for this and can be purchased separately. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #446: Experience WCI’s Revue Wine Racks

October 1st, 2019

Happy first Tech Tuesday for the month of October! Like we mentioned in our earlier blogs, we are expecting big this this Fall season. Today’s new product launch is definitely one of the big ones. We’re welcoming yet another brand-new addition to our metal wine racks collection. Yesterday, we talked to you guys about the Ultra Wine Racks and all the creative wine storage you can achieve with these wall-mount units. Today, we’re proud to introduce the Revue Wine Racks!

The Revue Series

A visual delight in wine storage…

There is no better way to describe the Revue Series than the units being a visual delight in wine storage. The wall-mounted metal wine racks are crafted from high-quality material that will assure the security of your wine bottles. The label-forward configuration lets you display your collection to utmost advantage. The labels are clearly visible which also makes for convenient organization of the bottles. That’s why the racks can work with either residential or commercial wine cellar projects. Moreover, since they are wall-mounted, they are the ultimate space savers. Install them anywhere in your home or store and mix and match them with your other wine cellar racking and furniture. The understated elegance of the design will certainly bring beauty and serenity to any wine cellar project.

A visual delight in wine storage!

Speaking of assembly and installation, the Revue Wine Racks are guaranteed safe and easy to install. When you purchase units at two or three bottle depth, note that there are gravity stops between bottles. This is to ensure that the wine bottles do not touch. In addition, they are also naturally earthquake resistant. The metal racking has a 5 degree angle on the arms. This is to keep the bottles angled back forward on the wall in the event of an earthquake. Each rack is securely wall-mounted using brackets. With this, you can have a floor to ceiling arrangement that also makes it convenient to add more units. In other words, you can grow your racking along with your wine collection! The Revue Series metal wine racks are proudly made in the United States. WCI offers the product in two finishes: black stain or silver metal. However, we are expecting additional colors and configurations coming soon – so stay tuned for that. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #445: The Four Corks in Fort Smith

September 24th, 2019

The Fall season has officially arrived! This is definitely one of our favorite times of the year for a number of reasons. Apart from the cooler weather and beautiful foliage, we’re also excited to unveil lots of wine cellar products this season. We actually have a sneak peek of those yesterday with our blog on metal wine racks. Don’t forget to bookmark the WCI blog so you won’t miss out on those updates next week. But for today, let’s take some time to appreciate the stunning details on this wine cellar project. It’s for our client, The Four Corks, in Fort Smith, AR:

Project # 314449
Wood: Custom / Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 3936
Where: Fort Smith, AR

The Four Corks wine cellar

The Four Corks is a wine, beer and spirits store that has recently opened its doors in Arkansas. As it aims to provide the locals with an extensive repertoire to tickle their tastebuds, they enlisted the help of our design professionals. The job was to create a full-blown wine cellar with all the bells and whistles. And by that, we mean tons of bottle storage, racking variety, as well as some dramatic finishes. Needless to say, the team delivered. This wine cellar is a mix of custom racking units and metal racks from our Vintage View Series. The entire assembly can host a very impressive capacity of just under 4000 bottles. It is indeed a huge wine storage, capable of accommodating existing as well as future merchandise:

Custom racks and Vintage View Series

Here are some great shots of the completed racking arrangement. You can easily see the various racking styles incorporated into this project. Apart from the Open Diamond Bins, there are tons of custom shelves for bulk bottle storage.  There are also units designed to accommodate larger format bottles, including champagne. In order to maximize bottle storage, the metal wine racks were mounted floor-to-ceiling. This also adds to the aesthetic charm of the wine cellar. Take note that with the Vintage View Series, you can install the units two ways. You can have them wall-mounted, which is the standard method of installing the racks. However, you can also choose to display them floor-to-ceiling by purchasing a Floor to Ceiling Frame. Vintage View will let you showcase your bottles in a label-forward configuration. For a wine storage like The Four Corks, this is quite advantageous. They will be able to conveniently organize their merchandise and make it easy for customers to browse through the inventory as well.Custom racking units

The finishes chosen for this project are also on point. For the metal wine racks, a beautiful Brushed Nickel finish was applied. Vintage View offers four different finishes for the metal wine racks: Black, Black Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome. As for the custom wood racking units, they were dressed up in a muted Dusty Weathered Finish. The timeworn look is super classy and unique! *Cheers*

Dusty Weathered Finish

Technical Tuesday Episode #443: Why Grand Mahogany Is Worth It

September 10th, 2019

A happy Tech Tuesday to all of you wine cellar fans! Today’s feature is definitely on the A-list. This wine cellar checks off all of our boxes and then some:

Project # 316934
Wood: Custom/ Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1673
Where: Elmhurst, IL

Luxurious lacquered custom tasting table in Grand MahoganyOne look at this wine room and you’d certainly say that it exudes a luxurious appeal. The wine racking is seamless and stylish and the golden brown color palette is simply elegant. As this is a custom creation, every detail was considered – especially the materials used. The wood option for this project is none other than Grand Mahogany. For those who are not yet acquainted with this wood option, we highly recommend knowing the finer details. Grand Mahogany is one of our top four stock wood choices for custom wine cellars. There are more than just a few reasons why this is worth it – and we’ll show you those!Racking this beautiful is certainly worth it!Grand Mahogany is plantation grown hardwood and sports a very eye-catching appearance. That alone is enough to lure you into investing in this. The uniform color if the wood gives it a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink.  Moreover, the hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern that is straight for the most part, but also slightly interlocked in some. But Grand Mahogany is more than just a pretty face. It is a versatile wood that is comparable to sapele and cherry with it’s hardness, density, and grain texture. As far as durability and stability are concerned, it can easily match it up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry.

Grand Mahogany in Dark Walnut stain Take a look at the gorgeous racking assembly in this project. See how the wood’s natural hues are being brought out by the Dark Walnut Stain. This is yet another feature of the wood that should be highlighted. It absorbs stains and finishes really well. As you can see from these photos, the wood’s colors and grain patterns and beautifully enhanced by the Dark Walnut Stain. Lacquer was also added to give the wood that gleaming appearance that spells “luxurious.” So are these reason enough to convince you to choose Grand Mahogany? You might want to browse our photo galleries for even more stunning projects. We guarantee zero disappointments and 100% satisfaction – it’s definitely worth it! *Cheers*

Lovely design and plenty of bottle storage

Technical Tuesday Episode #442: Luscious Graywash Stained Wine Cabinets

September 3rd, 2019

The first Tech Tuesday for the month of September is here – and it is a winner! How are you wine cellar fans doing? As promised, the Fall season is going to bring us some really terrific wine cellar projects. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature is just the beginning! Check out this luscious creation of custom refrigerated wine cabinets:

Project # 312734
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 674
Where: Indian River Shores, FL

Wine Sentinel cabinets in luscious Graywash stain

Wine Sentinel steals the spotlight with this row of very attractive wine cabinets for our client in Indian River Shores, FL. For those who are still not acquainted with Wine Sentinel, this is our line of custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets. This product provides fully customized wine cabinet options that are available direct to the consumer at an affordable price point. Moreover, just last year, we added exciting new options to further design the cabinets to the client’s personal preferences. Today’s Tech Tuesday is a perfect illustration of what you can do with these options.

So here you can see the units are designed with the most elegant French doors. The French door entry system makes it a truly unique and attractive feature to prominently place in any area of the home. We also recently added an all-glass option. And of course, all entry system styles are equipped with proper insulation values and weather-stripping. Our improved models also attractively hide the wine refrigeration unit away from viewing. This is a practical feature as it ensures that the wine refrigeration unit will not get in the way of the wine racking rails inside. That way, storage capacity is also maximized.

Elegant French door entry system

Now let’s go to the highlight of this project: the luscious Graywash stain on the cabinets. Graywash is one of our newest stain offerings, along with Whitewash and Opaque White. Our Graywash stain has been carefully tested over several months to achieve this gorgeous effect that combines traditional and modern vibes. It is a semi-transparent stain, just like Whitewash. This allows the natural beauty of the wood beneath it to still  show. However, there is no texture that comes through. You will notice that the final product has a smooth finish to it. Our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer will help you see how this stain will look in combination with different wood choices. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #441: Power Of Custom Racking In Premium Redwood

August 27th, 2019

Last Tech Tuesday for the awesome month of August is up, wine cellar fans! The summer season is drawing to a close, but not our wine cellar projects. In fact, things are going to be even busier soon. The same goes for wine cellars, both residential and commercial. It’s time to start stocking up in preparation for the “-ber” months when the real festivities begin. Well, one thing’s for sure – our clients are absolutely ready for that challenge. Check out this superb set-up our team put together for them:

Project # 310600
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1030
Where: Huntsville, AL

Power of custom racking in Premium Redwood!

This project shows why you should never underestimate the power of custom racking. A custom wine cellar can be designed in any size and with any budget. With the plethora of options available, wine storage in any location in the home can be realized. Not only that, you will be able to really maximize your designated space for your collection. This wine room is certainly a fantastic example of that. Look at how roomy the layout is. You can see the variety in racking styles and how flawless the transition is. There is very good use of Individual Wine Bottle racks, High Reveal Displays, Open Diamond Bins, and Rectangular Bin Bottles. Custom crown and base moldings were also utilized to ensure that there are no awkward gaps between the racks and the ceiling and flooring.

Gorgeous custom countertop

Perhaps our favorite part of this project, though, is tasting center that was built like a peninsula in the center of the room. It offers so much counterspace for prepping drinks or accommodating appetizers. We can just imagine the clients hosting intimate wine tasting parties in this room. Conversations will flow, together with wine, around this tasting center. Also, see how there’s extra storage beneath the countertop:

Dark Walnut stain on the racks

The wood choice for this project is Premium Redwood. The clients desired a truly elegant appearance for their wine room and that’s exactly what our team delivered. The racks were stained with beautiful Dark Walnut, working really well with the flooring and ceiling. The seamless lines of the racking assembly were further emphasized by the bold colors of Dark Walnut. It’s all thanks to the power of custom wine cellars! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #440: Stunning Custom Ensemble With All-Heart Redwood

August 20th, 2019

We love bold colors on wine racks, especially when they are done in good taste. And today’s Tech Tuesday feature definitely falls into that category. This stunning custom ensemble is everything you could as for in a residential wine cellar – and perhaps more. Let’s take a closer look at the details:

Project # 314625
Wood: Custom / All-hHeart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1181
Where: Anaheim, CA

Stunning custom ensemble!

The racking assembly for this project is all custom-made. You can see a wonderful variety of racking styles that have been tastefully utilized. There’s lots of individual bottle wine racking which allows for storage of split, wine and champagne. High reveal displays were also incorporated, along with Curved Corner Racks. A custom archway with countertop serves as the anchor of the layout. There is even more bottle storage space beneath the countertop, courtesy of Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim. You will also find storage for larger format bottles, as well as Rectangular Shelves to accommodate boxes and crates. There is no waste of space in this project, yet the wine room feels roomy. This is the benefit of choosing custom racking. We can tailor your entire racking assembly to work with the designated space. Bottle storage capacity will be maximized without literally cramping your style.

All-Heart x Dark Walnut master combo!

As this is a custom project, the clients went with All-Heart Redwood for the wood option. The natural reddish hues of the wood are attractive enough, even when unstained. But this wood also adapts very well to various stains and finishes, especially darker ones. If you try out our Interactive Swatch Viewer, you can get a preview of how the wood will look with different stains and finishes. All-Heart Redwood’s grain patterns become even more pronounced with deeper-colored stains. That’s why to bring out a strong, luxurious feel, our design team selected Dark Walnut for the stain option. Also, thanks to the lighting elements, the reddish shades of the stained wood mimic that of red wine. Talking about luxurious style, also check out the beautiful Raised Panel ceilings. The straightforward and clean style is perfect for this wine room. It makes the wine room feel even larger and does not overwhelm the other decor. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #439: Compact Elegance With Grand Mahogany

August 13th, 2019

If you are going for a smaller wine cellar project, you might as well go all the way. And by that, we mean taking the custom route when it comes to your  wine racks. It also means selecting top quality wood, stain and finish options. Our Tech Tuesday client did just that and the result is just stunning:

Project # 307295
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Valhalla, NY

Compact elegance in this wine cellarWe are all for the layout of this relatively small wine cellar which utilizes custom racking all the way. Even though the space is narrow, you can see that there is still good variety in the wine rack styles. There is ample individual and bulk bottle storage, courtesy of the Individual Bottle Racks, Open Diamond Bins, and custom shelving. The design team even managed to fit in a tasting station with countertop. This is, again, the big advantage of custom wine racks. You can make them fit into virtually any space. Plus, you can do it in style as well to suit your preferences. Speaking of style, check out the compact elegance of this wine cellar.

We love the Grand Mahogany x Dark Walnut combo that brought about a truly luxurious feel to this project. It should be noted that Grand Mahogany is one of the pricier wood options offered by WCI. This plantation grown hardwood is extremely attractive, sporting a uniform color. The wood has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink and the hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. But the most part, the grain pattern is straight. Racks made from Grand Mahogany are comparable to sapele and cherry in terms of hardness, density, and grain texture. They can also easily match it up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood racks in terms of durability and stability. The wood is so versatile that your racks will be second to none in hardness, density, and grain texture.*Cheers*

Beautiful custom racking in Grand Mahogany

Technical Tuesday Episode #438: The Beauty Of A Custom Glass-Enclosed Cellar

August 6th, 2019

A glass-enclosed wine cellar is a surefire attention-grabber. But what’s even better if it’s a custom one! Today’s Tech Tuesday shows us just how it’s done: the beauty of a custom glass-enclosed wine storage. This gorgeous creation may be compact in terms of floor area, but it is very generous in all other aspects:

Project # 313624
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 818
Where: Cincinnati, OH

The beauty of custom glass-enclosed wine storageOne of the easiest things to notice about this wine cellar is the versatile racking arrangement. Check out the bottle storage styles that have been incorporated into this limited space. You have the Individual Column Racks with High Reveal Displays, Curved Corner Racks, and Rectangular Bins. A beautiful archway with tabletop is the focal point of the layout, with Open Diamond Bins At the bottom offering more storage. Notice how the racking flows seamlessly to wrap around the room. We love how the Curved Corner Racks give the assembly a bit of a dramatic touch:

Elegant and versatile racking assemblyNaturally, the glass panels are responsible for giving this wine cellar that eye-catching charm. Thanks to the glass-enclosed set-up, the racks are highlighted, really giving them the spotlight. We love the classic combination of Premium Redwood x Dark Walnut for this project. Premium Redwood has natural pinkish gold colors and uniform grain patterns that look even more stunning when stained. Since Dark Walnut deepens the natural hues of the wood, the racks sport a luxurious look worthy of a custom job.

Now as far as custom glass-enclosed wine cellars are concerned, keep in mind that you can also play around with the design of the glass panels. For example, you can have etchings on the glass customized to your liking. You can also choose to do painted glass if that is something that appeals to your style preference. Another great design tip would be to accent your glass panels with black metal trim. It will give your wine cellar a cool, contemporary vibe while retaining that elegant appeal. You can explore more custom glass-enclosed concepts by visiting our photo gallery! *Cheers*


Technical Tuesday Episode #437: Versatile All-Heart Redwood Custom Racks

July 30th, 2019

One of the most sought-after features in a wine cellar is the versatility of the racking units. A lot of WCI’s clients make the same request, particularly on custom projects. Fortunately, that is something we can definitely deliver. In fact, not only our custom lines are versatile. Our more affordable wine rack “kits” are as well. But today, it’s all about the beauty of custom racking with this gorgeous wine room in Suwanee, GA:

Project # 317377
Wood: Custom / All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 816
Where: Suwanee, GA

Wine rack pegs Straight off the bat, you can see that there are several racking styles incorporated into this layout. Here we have some wine pegs which will allow for label-forward storage of the client’s bottles. This will be a nice departure from the usual cork-forward storage. It will also allow for the bottle labels to be showcased accordingly.

WCI Vino Pins are fine examples of these affordable alternatives to standard racking units. The pins come in two different finishes – Anodized Black and Milled Aluminum. The mounting hardware can go into just about any surface – drywall, masonry or wood. In addition, you can have the pins with or without collars. A collar is a small circular piece of hardware that will slide over the stud that comes out from the wall and finish off your pin nicely.

Versatile All-Heart RedwoodHere we have some snaps of the other racking styles. There are several Individual Column Racks with High Reveal Displays. There are also Open Diamond Bins and Rectangular Shelves for bull bottle storage. This assembly can accommodate a little over 800 bottles in total. That’s a pretty generous bottle storage capacity for a residential wine cellar. Notice as well how everything was laid out to maximize the room’s floor area without making it look cramped. There’s even enough space at the center of the room for a tasting table.

Elegant Dark Walnut stain on the racksFor this project, the wood of choice is the versatile All-Heart Redwood. It is a favorite wood option for custom wine cellar projects. The clients went with a Dark Walnut stain that gave the racks an extra touch of elegance. Dark Walnut is a popular stain option as it deepens the natural colors of the wood. It gives the entire wine cellar a timeless appearance. *Cheers*


Technical Tuesday Episode #436: Flawless Lines With Custom Racking

July 23rd, 2019

Let’s do a little poll, wine cellar buddies! Are you guys fans of clean and impeccable lines in a racking assembly? Or do you prefer curvy, unconventional silhouettes? If you belong to the first group, then today’s Tech Tuesday is right up your alley. This wine cellar project features flawless lines, courtesy of our custom racking products:

Project # 311947
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1814
Where: Austin, TX

Custom racking in Premium RedwoodThe elegance factor of this racking assembly is really off the charts! Check out those seamless transitions and how the assembly wraps around the room. Every angle screams top quality – which is definitely what this project is. First off, the wood option is none other than Premium Redwood. It’s one of the top four wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. Like the other member the Redwood family, All-Heart Redwood, it is second to none in terms of durability and resiliency. Premium Redwood is a clear grade of wood – meaning it has no knots. It includes wood from all part of the log which varies from white to pink to red and reddish brown. There are those who prefer Premium Redwood over All-Heart Redwood. The reason is usually for the variety of colors.

Elegant Dark Walnut stainNow let’s discuss the wine racking units. This project is an all-custom job. That’s why you get this amazing variety in racking styles, including fixed shelves, cabinets, and storage for larger format bottles. You also get your pick of any wood choice, including non-stock options. As for stains and finishes, you get everything WCI has to offer, including blended stain options. The client in this case chose to go with a beautiful Dark Walnut stain, one of our more popular stains.

Generous bottle storage capacityTake note that custom wine cellars can be designed in any size, with any budget. You can also find the perfect place to store your wine just about anywhere in your home. Wine storage can be from a small wine cellar closet design to the largest wine room design. WCI can do all of these and even more. Request a free wine cellar consultation and receive wine cellar design room plans today! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #433: Custom Black Walnut Beauty

June 25th, 2019

If you were to choose your wood for your wine racks, what would you go with? There would naturally be a number of things to consider such as budget and commercial availability of the wood type. Thankfully, we have that covered for you here at WCI. We have stock wood options that are available any time. But for those who prefer specific varieties, we also provide non-stock choices. Since we manufacture our own products, we are able to keep the cost reasonable for our clients. So for today’s Tech Tuesday, we have this beautiful custom project that deviated from the standard wood options:

Project # 298207
Wood: Custom / Black Walnut
Bottle Capacity: 394
Where: Charleston, SC

Custom Black Walnut racksOur customer from Charleston, SC requested for a compact wine storage to host their collection. Since space was quite limited, our design team went for a glass-enclosed layout. A stretch of empty wall space in the client’s home provided enough room for the project. To ensure that bottle storage is maximized, custom racking was utilized. You can see from the photos that there is a nice variety in bottle storage options. You have wine bottle displays, Open Diamond Bins, custom shelving, and even storage for magnums. Plus, glass panels and lighting accessories made the racking assembly appear really  spacious:

Storage shelves for magnumsNow let’s talk about the material for the wine racks. As we earlier mentioned, the client went for a non-stock wood option. They chose Black Walnut for the racks, complemented by a Dark Walnut Stain. Black Walnut is a very stunning wood, known for its rich color. It has an elegant appearance, even when unstained. The wood is well suited for a custom wine cellar or wine rack application. Unstained, the color includes rich chocolate brown tones that slightly vary from a “nutty” to a “dark brown” hue. If left unstained, the wood will develop a natural sheen over time. But the wood also lends itself very well to stains and finishes. In fact, Black Walnut’s dark brown color becomes more enhanced with darker stains and finishes. In this case, the racks take on a really deep hue which works brilliantly with the lighting and glass elements:

Glass-enclosed wine storage

This Black Walnut beauty had definitely won our hearts today – was it the same for you? Share your thoughts on this latest Tech Tuesday in the comments below! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #432: Unstained But Lacquered All-Heart Redwood Racks

June 18th, 2019

Are you a fan of lacquered wine racks? If you’re not yet, then this Tech Tuesday feature just might turn you into one. The understated elegance of this wine cellar project is all thanks to the choice of wood finish on the racks. Our design team shied away from the fancy stuff this time around. But this was definitely the right decision. The client wanted something classic and clean and this is exactly what they got:

Project # 312986
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 811
Where: Yardley, PA

Custom racks in All-Heart Redwood

This wine room borders between the small to medium size, with a bottle capacity of a little over 800 bottles. The floor space is actually quite compact. But selecting custom racking for this project really brought very satisfactory results. You will notice that the racking assembly wraps around the room seamlessly. Every corner was utilized well, maximizing the room’s bottle storage capacity. Moreover, you can also see the variety in bottle storage options. That includes storage for wine boxes and/or loose bottles. Albeit a tad smaller, our team was also able to put in a beautiful archway with tabletop. Plus, there is custom shelving underneath, as well as glassware storage on both sides of the archway. The wine room still has enough floor space to function as a proper tasting room. It does not look cramped or busy at all. This is the beauty of custom racking – you can get a perfect fit anywhere!

Small but beautiful archway

Now let’s talk about the finish on these wine racks. As we earlier mentioned, the units are all unstained. The wood option is All-Heart Redwood which is beautiful enough in its unstained state. It is, after all, one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. These Redwood racks showcase the natural, eye-catching colors of the wood. The wood comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. Of all North American woods it is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot. It also lends itself extremely well to all kinds of stains and finishes. But for this project, our design team went for a lacquered look instead.  Lacquer, in general, gives the racks a smooth, gleaming finish. With a top-quality wood like All-Heart Redwood, the result is an elevated elegance. *Cheers*

Wine cellar door

Technical Tuesday Episode #431: Wine Racking Styles Mash-Up

June 11th, 2019

It’s another awesome Tech Tuesday, wine cellar buddies! And just so you know, our Grand Mahogany wood option is really killing it this year. We’ve gotten so many projects with Grand Mahogany wine racks, both custom and with our kits. Today, the spotlight shines on this wood choice once more. Check out this mash-up of wine racking styles and see why it works so well:

Project # 313908
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 974
Where: Southfield, MI

A mash-up of racking stylesSo here we have a nice sized room that’s perfect for an entry-level wine room. The client obviously wanted to maximize the space and our design team certainly did that. They put together this versatile racking arrangement that utilized several of WCI’s best products. Specifically, this arrangement combines our Vintner and Designer Series kit, as well as several custom pieces. All the racks are dressed up in Light Stain option which matched the flooring and ceiling very well:
Vintner, Designer, and custom wine racksAs you can see, there is a great variety of racking options here. You have Individual Wine Racks, Solid Diamond Cubes with Face Trim, Archway with tabletop option, and Open Diamond Bins. Accents were also thrown in to give everything a totally finished look. There are full-height Quarter Round Shelves that work perfectly with the entire racking set-up. To create the clean lines and remove awkward gaps, center seam trim and moldings were also added:
Elegant Light Stain optionHere are some more snaps of the racking assembly up-close. As we earlier mentioned, Grand Mahogany is the wood option for this project. Grand Mahogany is one of our most popular woods for custom wine cellars. It is a refined wood, with uniform color that is quite sought after. It has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. As for the hardwood, it sports a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. As far as hardness and density are concerned, the wood matched up to sapele and cherry. And when it comes to durability and stability, it is no slouch as well. It can match up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood. If you want to see more projects featuring Grand Mahogany, check out our extensive photo gallery. *Cheers*
Solid Diamond Cubes with face trim

Technical Tuesday Episode #430: Compact And Creative Closet Transformation

June 4th, 2019

Hello there, June! The beautiful, sunny days are here at last and we’re definitely all for that. It’s a great time to get the creative juices flowing and work on some home improvement projects. In our case, we’re talking about wine cellar projects. So today, we want you to check out this compact and creative closet transformation. It’s a unique design that can serve as a great inspiration for residential wine storage:

Project # 311997
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 637
Where: Irvine, CA

Custom and Vintner racking

As you can see from the photos, this is a smaller-sized wine cellar and the bottle capacity is just a little over 600 bottles. But thanks to the clean layout and quality racking, it looks very spacious and elegant. Our team utilized both custom racks and units from the Vintner Series to put together the racking assembly. The wood choice is Premium Redwood and the design team went for the unstained version for the racks. This was a great choice since the natural colors of the wood worked well with the flooring. To further accentuate the pinkish gold shades, custom LED lighting accessories were also added. We are loving arched lighting that adds a little fancy touch to the simple racking assembly:

Unstained Premium Redwood units

While this may be a compact project, you can still see that the racks accommodate both individual and bulk bottles. Plus, the use of center seam trim really helps create a smooth transition in the racking set-up. This is the beauty of knowing how to use wine cellar accessories. You can give your wine cellar more character just by adding a few accents here and there. In the case of the center seam trim, it helps remove any awkward gaps between the racks. This is especially helpful when you are transitioning between different racking styles. We also recommend investing in crown and base moldings and/or base platforms. These will close off the gaps between your racks, the ceiling, and flooring. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #429: Grand Mahogany Delivers Standout Elegance

May 28th, 2019

We are down to our last Tech Tuesday for the month of May! How crazy is that, wine cellar fans? We’ve been putting out so many fantastic wine cellar projects this year that the months seem to just zip by. But the great thing about it is that we’ve brought so many design inspirations for everyone. Here’s one more to add to the list before we welcome some summer-themed projects. Check out how the Grand Mahogany wood option delivers standout elegance to this wine cellar:

Project # 309433
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 2403
Where: Flowery Branch, GA

Grand Mahogany wine racks

The details in this racking arrangement are definitely worth highlighting. There is great variety in the racking styles and the layout is seamless. The room was maximized to create tons of bottle storage while still giving it a very spacious feel. We love how the racking goes from floor to ceiling without making everything look cramped. You can also see that the client has several magnums and other larger-format bottles. Thanks to the custom displays, these were easily accommodated in a label-forward storage system.

Very generous bottle storage

The beautiful racking set-up aside, the other noteworthy element of the wine cellar is the wood choice. Grand Mahogany was chosen for this project and it was certainly the perfect choice. For those of you who are still not familiar with this stock-wood option, allow us to share a bit of background info. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood sporting uniform colors. It can show a a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. This is what makes the wood very attractive and sought-after. The hardwood also features a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight, but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. Grand Mahogany is a versatile wood that is comparable to Sapele and Cherry with it’s hardness, density, and grain texture. It is also no slouch when it comes to durability and stability. That’s why it’s really worth the extra bucks you’ll spend. The quality and style this wood can deliver to your wine cellar are quite exceptional.

Storage for larger format bottles

We should also mention that Grand Mahogany lends itself to stains and finishes really well. For this Tech Tuesday feature, the racks are dressed up in a custom stain option. You can see that the stain leans toward the grayish hues, but with a more smoky appearance. The racks certainly become more eye-catching with the custom colors! *Cheers*

Custom stain option

Technical Tuesday Episode #429: Regal Rustic Pine Racking

May 21st, 2019

Does the phrase “fit for a king” give you that heady sense of excitement? Like having someone tell you that your newly built or renovated home will be fit for a king once it’s all done. For sure, you’d want to see the finished product as soon as possible. And that’s totally the same for wine cellar projects! If your design consultant will say that the result will be a regal revelation, that is something to truly look forward to. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature will give you guys an idea of how WCI can bring that regal flavor into your wine cellars:

Project # 307666
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 780
Where: Marietta, GA

Check out this super stunning racking arrangement, courtesy of our GA wine cellar design consultants. It is actually a small wine cellar project, but with quite a big impact, style-wise. The racking units are all customized to fit the designated space for the wine storage. You can see from the photos the excellent craftsmanship that went into these racks. There is no wasted space and the arrangement has a smooth flow to it. There are no awkward gaps between the racks and the ceiling and/flooring and the bottle storage capacity has really been maximized. You can also see that the assembly is able to accommodate both individual and bulk bottle storage. This is what makes custom wine racks really worth the money you spend for them. You get the perfect wine storage for your space, as well as the style that you really want.
As you may also have noticed, the racking arrangement stands out with a striking, bold palette. This is our Midnight Black Stain option. It has become very popular in the recent years because it gives wood wine racks added character. The darker colors accentuate the clean lines of the racks and bring out the grain patterns of the wood beautifully. In this project, Rustic Pine is the wood of choice. The natural creamy colors of Rustic Pine absorbed the stain very well, resulting in this regal appearance for the racks. Bold hues, seamless lines, excellent craftsmanship – definitely the earmarks of royalty! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #428: Midnight Black Stain Boasts Bold Simplicity

May 14th, 2019

We are a huge fan of clean lines and simple silhouettes. But we’re also all for those dramatic touches that can bring that “wow” factor to a wine cellar project. So when these two design concepts are combined and balanced out, we’re positive something amazing will happen. And we definitely called it! Check out this beautiful Tech Tuesday that our team completed for a client in Atlanta, GA:

Project # 310906
Wood: Custom /All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 494
Where: Atlanta, GA

Clean and simple racking layout

This is a full-on custom wine storage designed for the client’s small but versatile collection. The racking assembly is divided into two main sections: the individual bottle columns with displays and customized cabinets at the bottom. With this set up, the client can showcase their wine bottles, but they’ll also have room for bulk storage below. They can also store other items in the cabinets, such as glassware. Notice that the layout is very simple, but it addresses all of the client’s needs. There is even a nice countertop that can serve as a prep station.

Since the design was pretty straightforward, our team also decided to give more character to this project with the help of stains and finishes. The wood option for the racks is All-Heart Redwood, so it was absolutely a gem to work with. All-Heart Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellars. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. Of all North American woods, it is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot. For those reasons it was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented. Above all, it’s SFI-certified!

In order to really bring out the beautiful grain patterns of the wood, our team went with the Midnight Black Stain option. The jet-black color exudes elegance and character. It is indeed a welcome departure from traditional woodworking finishes. Thanks to this stain option, the racks boast of a bold simplicity that is attractive and memorable. We are certain that this compact wine storage will leave an impact our clients’ guests who will be seeing it soon. Naturally, we cannot wait to see how the cellar will look when it’s all filled up. We will definitely be sharing snaps of that as well, so stay tuned! *Cheers*

Beautiful bold Midnight Black Stain

Technical Tuesday Episode #427: Clean And Classy Unstained Premium Redwood

May 7th, 2019

A clean, open theme to a wine cellar project will never go out of style. It may be cliche, but yes indeed, simplicity is beauty. For today’s Tech Tuesday feature, we will go back to appreciating this particular design concept. We have here a clean and classy racking assembly that offers no pretensions at all. But you can certainly see the quality of the craftsmanship of the racking units:

Project # 313195
Wood: DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1172
Where: Valhalla, NY

Classy unstained Premium Redwood racks

This wine storage was assembled for a client in Valhalla, NY. Our team was offered the opportunity to work with yet another city in the state. Take note that WCI design consultants are literally everywhere! We have made it even more accessible for you guys to access our wine cellar design services. Check out the Locate A Design Consultant section of our website for more deets on this. Now let’s go back to this beautiful racking arrangement. The Designer Series wine rack kits were responsible for this creation. Our Designer Series has always been known for it’s full depth racking which holds the full body of the wine bottle. The racks come in 6-feet and 8-feet height configurations. However, with new and improved add-ons, you can purchase extra individual racking to stack on top of the base units. This will give your racking assembly an added 20 inches of height.

The snap below shows how the racks can be stacked to accommodate a desired ceiling height. This makes the Designer Series pretty flexible to work with. But not only that! You also get a wide array of racking styles to choose from. See how the client’s wine storage is comprised of individual and bulk bottle racking units. There is even storage to accommodate wine boxes and/or crates, courtesy of the Rectangular Bins. A Quarter Round Shelf finishes off the assembly really nicely:

Designer Series racking

Our Designer Series kits include a full selection of woods and finishes, just like Vintner. In this project, the wood of choice is Premium Redwood. Both the clients and our design team opted for the unstained version of the wood. This enabled the natural pinkish gold colors of the wood to really shine. It was definitely the right choice since the unstained racks are complemented by the muted interior as well. Clean and classy all the way! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Vintner Series Debuts in Alaska

April 23rd, 2019

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

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

Wine cellar project in Alaska

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

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

Vintner Series floor-to-ceiling wine racks

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Wine And Entertainment With Vintner

April 16th, 2019

What’s better than enjoying a bottle of wine? How about a bottle of wine and some entertainment to boot – all in the same space. We completed a wine cellar for a client in Oregon that delivers the goods! Check out this fantastic project that combines wine and games in a convenient way:

Project #292049
Wood/Series: Vintner/Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1152
Where: OR

Vintner in Premium Redwood

The client had ample space in their home for a formal wine cellar. They also had a growing collection which needed enough space to include future acquisitions. But of course, they also wanted to stay within budget. So in order to meet these wine storage needs, our design team went with the Vintner Series for this project. In particular, the racking arrangement was comprised mostly of Vintner units in Premium Redwood. Thanks to the variety of racking designs afforded by Vintner, this generous racking arrangement was realized. This cellar can hold up to a little over 1100 bottles:

Midnight Black Stain on Premium Redwood

So here you can see Individual Bottle Storage racks, some Rectangular Bins, and a Tasting Center with Open Diamond Bins below. These provided for tons of bottle storage space for the client’s collection. But our team also put in another notable addition to the cellar: some Vintage View metal wine racks. Instead of the wall-mount units, the floor-to-ceiling configuration was chosen. This allowed for a “floating” appearance for some of the wine bottles. We love how this worked so well with the glass panels and lighting fixtures. The wine cellar is not only spacious, but now sports very elegant ambiance as well:

"Floating" bottles on Vintage View racks

Now here is a great shot of the adjoining entertainment/game room. It’s all decked out with a television and a billiard table. Can you imagine just how much fun the family and friends of our client will have here? They can enjoy game night with a glass of wine or two…or even three or more! This concept definitely worked so well for our clients and it was a pleasure to bring both wine and entertainment together for them. How about you, wine cellar fans? Would this kind of set-up work for you as well? Let us know your thoughts on this project by sharing them in the comments below. *Cheers*

The adjoining game room!

Technical Tuesday Episode #425: Versatility At Its Finest With Vintner

April 2nd, 2019

Warm Tech Tuesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Yup, Spring has indeed sprung and all’s right with the world – especially with wine lovers. This is arguably the best time of the year to indulge in those wine tasting parties. It’s also a great time to get started on wine cellar projects, just what our client did here. We were excited to see photos of the completed set-up and the finished product certainly didn’t disappoint. Here is wine racking versatility at its finest:

Project #311905
Wood/Series: Vintner/Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 667

Clean, professional-looking racking

For a residential wine cellar, this one boasts of a pretty generous bottle capacity. The entire arrangement can host up to 667 wine bottles, including larger-format ones. Even at just a glance, you can tell from the photos that there is a very good variety in the racking styles. Naturally, this is the work of the ever popular Vintner Series. Vintner leads the pack in WCI’s wine rack kits when it comes to racking designs. Whether it’s individual or bulk bottle storage, this wine rack kit can provide a ton of creative opportunities. Here we can see the clever combination of Individual Bottle Storage units, Open Diamond Bins, Solid Diamond Cubes, and Open Vertical Displays.

Our happy client!

Now this is one shot that we give the two thumbs-up for! A 100% satisfied client is always our main goal. Obviously, the client is very much pleased with the way his wine cellar turned out. Racking versatility aside, there are also a few gems that really tied everything in this project together. Check out that beautiful curved archway with tabletop. Also, notice how the racking units flow in a seamless manner throughout the entire room. This is all thanks to the stylish molding packages available with the Vintner kits. The crown and base moldings help remove awkward gaps between the racks and the flooring and ceiling. And that’s not all! Vintner also offers Center Seam Trim which was also utilized in this project. That’s why you won’t see any unsightly gaps between the different racking configurations as well.

Beautiful and seamless assembly

Last but certainly not the least, our wide selection of wood, stain and finish options is mostly available with the Vintner line. With this particular wine cellar, the client went with Premium Redwood in Dark Walnut stain. These extensive options enable clients to realize their wine cellar goals without being pressured into going custom all the way. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #424: Glass-Enclosed Beauty In Dark Walnut

March 19th, 2019

Much warmer Tech Tuesday greetings to our fellow wine cellar fans out there! Finally, the season of Spring will officially begin tomorrow. Since Spring is the season of beginnings, it’s also the best time to get inspired with wine cellar design concepts. This is one of the best times of the year to tackle a wine cellar construction project. So we hope that today’s Tech Tuesday feature will tickle your fancy:

Project #307757
Wood/Series: All-Heart Redwood/Custom
Bottle Capacity: n/a
Where: Honolulu, HI

Glass-enclosed beauty

Our team completed this gorgeous wine room for a client in the state of Hawaii. It is quite a generous sized project and has so many design aspects that need to be highlighted. The first one would definitely be the racking arrangement. The client went for fully customized racking units. Thanks to that, they were able to get exactly what they want in terms of the wine room’s style. You can see that there is an impressive variety in bottle storage options. Apart from individual bottle racks, there are also shelves to accommodate wine boxes and crates. Custom cabinetry was also integrated into the racking assembly. This is coupled with crown and base moldings, as well as center seam trim for the racks. As a result, the wine cellar exudes a very polished and professional appearance.

Amazing custom racking Glass panels section off the wine cellarNow let’s talk about the design for this wine room. The detailing is certainly worthy of mention. The actual cellar is separated by glass panels from the tasting area. However, all the wood elements in the room showcase uniformity in terms of the colors and textures. There is great symmetry, even though the actual wine cellar was sectioned off. Talking about the wood, the clients went for All-Heart Redwood in Classic Mahogany stain option. The rich, reddish-brown stain enhanced the natural hues of All-Heart Redwood. The overall effect is a traditional feel that reeks of elegance from every angle. The wonderful thing about this stain option is that it also showcases the grain patterns of the wood. All-Heart Redwood is a top-notch choice for custom wine cellar projects. One of its admirable features is its ability to absorb stains and finishes extremely well. Dark finishes, in particular, accentuate the wood’s natural grain patterns. This is why Classic Mahogany was the right choice for this project. Did this glass-enclosed beauty win your heart today as well? Let us know what you think in the comment section below! *Cheers*

Quality craftsmanship and design

Technical Tuesday Episode #423: Unstained Racks With Wrought Iron Entryway

March 12th, 2019

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! We are absolutely loving this wine cellar project we’re featuring today. It’s a terrific example of how the right accents can do so much in giving your wine cellar that “wow” factor. Let’s check out this simple but stunning creation and see why it deserves this appreciation post:

Project #253489
Wood/Series: Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity:477

Beautiful Wrought Iron entryway

The very first thing you’ll encounter with this wine room is this beautiful wrought iron entryway. It instantly adds a dramatic touch to the entire layout. This project is actually just a compact-sized one, with a storage capacity of a little under 500 bottles. But the custom wine cellar door makes it feel a lot more open and spacious. Take note that here at WCI, we carry an extensive selection of wine cellar doors for any type of wine cellar project. Apart from standard wooden doors, we also have elegant glass panels, French Doors, and of course, wrought iron gates. We have great variety in our available stock doors. But you can request one made completely to your design specifications. It’s an accent worth splurging on! You can really see the difference in the aesthetic appeal of the wine cellar with these customized entryways.

Unstained Premium Redwood racks

Now let’s step inside this elegant wine room. Don’t you just love how Curved Corners were utilized in the racking arrangement? It gives the wine storage a seamless look while giving the room a softer silhouette. The racks are all crafted from unstained Premium Redwood. We felt that this was a very good choice since the wood’s natural colors went really well with the room’s interior. Premium Redwood is one of the top favorite wood options for custom projects. It’s not hard to see why. The clear grade of wood boasts of beautiful hues that range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. Moreover, it also absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. So if you’re going for another kind of look for your wine cellar, this can easily be achieved by selecting the right stain or finish.  It’s also important to note that Premium Redwood is an eco-friendly option. Here at WCI, all of our Redwood products, including Premium Redwood, are SFI-certified. SFI stands for Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the Redwood has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. *Cheers*

Curved Corner racks and Archway

Technical Tuesday Episode #422: Contemporary Cool With Modern Wine Cellar Series

March 5th, 2019

Heralding in the marvelous month of March is this must-see wine cellar project. We’re slowly but surely heading into warmer weather and you guys know what that means. Pretty soon, it will be time for lovely garden and backyard parties – with wine! So what better way to inspire us to get started on our wine cellar projects than this lovely confection:

Project #293762
Wood/Series: Modern Wine Cellar Series
Bottle Capacity:n/a
Where: Napa Valley, CA

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

This completed wine cellar features our elegant Modern Wine Cellar Series. We have been having more requests for this racking style since the ushering of the New Year. It’s refreshing to see more clients embracing this contemporary cool design. As one of our newer offerings, this was created to appeal to even the most discerning wine collector. You can see from the photos how organized the bottles are. You can also see how eye-catching the racking units are, especially with the glass-enclosed set-up. The metal supports ensure that the wood platforms are held securely in place. The bottles are safely tucked into the platforms and look like they’re floating on air.

Our Modern Wine Cellar Series is offered in multiple woods and stains. You can choose from our standard Pine, Premium Redwood, All-heart Redwood, or Grand Mahogany. But you can also go for the non-stock wood options. These are custom commercial options such as Black Walnut, Clear Alder, and more. The same applies to the stains and finishes. Select from a wide variety of stains and finishes, including lacquer, to match your theme. We recommend checking out our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer for this purpose. For this project, our clients chose a gorgeous Midnight Black Stain for their wine racks. We love the bold hues and how they work so well with the walls and other wine cellar decor:

Beautiful Midnight Black Stain on the platforms

Now if you want to have a more ethereal appearance for your racks, you can also switch to Acrylic Bottle Supports. You can have this option instead of the wood platforms. Acrylic is a beautiful material that’s as transparent as glass. It will give your wine cellar a magical feel to it! Learn more about our Acrylic Invisible Wine Racks and how to incorporate this material into your wine cellar. *Cheers*