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Technical Tuesday Episode #573: Classic Goodness W/ Custom Wine Racks

May 10th, 2022

Let’s enjoy some classic goodness today with our clients’ charming wine room. It has a warm, rustic feel to it which we totally love. It’s also composed of small but significant details that are responsible for the very professional look. We’re going to outline them here and hopefully, they will inspire you guys with your own wine cellar projects, too:

Project # 336397
Wood: Custom / All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 744
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Classic goodness w/ custom rackingWe’ll start by mentioning off the bat that this is a custom creation. From the racking arrangement down to the glass entryways, and accents – everything was customized to clients’ tastes. They were quite particular with how they wanted the space to be used. Maximizing bottle storage capacity was a big priority. But they didn’t want the room to look cramped. They also wanted a clean design that will feel warm and welcoming. Our team was able to deliver everything the clients wanted by taking the custom route.

Lovely glass entrywaysTo maximize on bottle storage capacity, a combination of various racking styles were used. You can see this variety from the photos. Individual Bottle Columns were augment by Curved Corner units to fully utilize the space. Open Diamond Bins were also thrown in for bulk bottle storage. Then you can also see custom racks to accommodate larger-format bottles. To keep the room from looking cluttered, high reveal displays were added. Together with the glass doors, they make the wine cellar seem larger than its actual size.

Warm & welcoming classic goodnessThe clients’ last request was a clean, warm and welcoming theme. The design team chose All-Heart Redwood for the wood to achieve this. The wood was left unstained in order to let its natural reddish brown colors show. But to really give it “warm” ambiance, some accents were incorporated. Check out the mood lighting on the racking assembly. It highlights the bottles and gives a golden glow to the wine cellar. It’s indeed the classic goodness our clients have asked for. *Cheers*

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Choosing The Right Climate Control System

May 4th, 2022

In a wine cellar project, choosing the right climate control system is imperative. But it can also be challenging! There is a wide variety of choices out there in the market. It can be a daunting selecting the most suitable one, especially if you are inexperienced. So it pays to be equipped with enough knowledge to point you towards the right product. Here are some essential questions to guide you:

Choosing the right climate control system

What are the main types of climate control systems?

Even though there are lots of brands in the market, there are actually only three main types of wine cellar cooling systems. These are ductless, ducted, and through-the-wall units. Ductless units are connected by small cables and a refrigerant line to an indoor or outdoor condenser. Ducted units are those wherein the supply and return air is “ducted” to and from the wine cellar. This wine refrigeration unit looks like a central air-conditioning system and is just as quiet. Through-the-wall units are those that are mounted literally through the wall.

Pros and cons of climate control systems

What are the pros and cons of each cooling system?

The next important question is inquiring about the pros and cons of each cooling system. This way, you’ll be able to decide which one will be best for your wine storage needs. A ductless unit has a quiet evaporator. It has the ability to remotely locate its condenser either indoors or outdoors. Moreover, it is quite affordable. However, it vents to an adjoining space that is twice the size of the wine cellar. This eats up bottle storage space. It also does not have humidity control. On the other hand, a ducted unit does not take up bottle storage space at all. It’s also the quietest system among the three. But it has very limited range of distance that can be located from the wine cellar. Cost-wise, it’s also more pricey. A through-the-wall unit’s biggest pro is that you don’t need a HVAC technician to install it. It’s also the most affordable system. But it eats up space and quite noisy. It also has no humidity control.

What climate control system is best for you?

Now that you’ve gathered enough information, you’ll have to decide what system to purchase. But we have one more super helpful tip! If you’re still entertaining some doubts, don’t buy just yet. Get in touch with a professional wine cellar consultant. It is always better to see what an expert has to say. After all, a climate control system is an investment. Don’t throw away money when you don’t have to! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #572: Simple & Pristine In Graywash Stain

May 3rd, 2022

Some clients prefer something simple and pristine with their wine cellar design. Today’s Tech Tuesday is one of them. They wanted a clean and open look that will make the space seem bigger than it is. Considering that the room had an uneven layout, this was a very smart decision. Our design team worked closely with them and this is what they came up with:

Project # 344984
Wood: Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 727
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stain: Graywash

Simple & pristine with Graywash stain!The Vintner Series provided a beautiful racking layout that made good use of the space. This is not surprising though, considering Vintner’s longstanding reputation. Did you know that it’s part WCI’s wine rack “kits” collection? Yes, it’s included in our affordable kits line and not custom at all. Yet, it is able to give this project a custom look and feel. That’s what makes Vintner so impressive. It features full depth modular units that are highly versatile. There is a generous selection of racking styles to accommodate individual and bulk bottle storage. There are also Curved Corner rack options to conquer irregular nooks and crannies. Added to these, you get accessories like moldings and center seam trim. These help get rid of awkward gaps between your racking assembly and the ceiling and/or flooring. This Tech Tuesday showcases those amazing features:

A pristine & seamles racking setupNow here is something that makes the Vintner Series really special. Even if it is just a “kit”, it offers “custom” amenities. We’re talking about the wood, stain and finish options one can get from this line. Check out clients’ wine cellar closely and you’ll see what we mean. This pristine charm is the result of Rustic Pine x Graywash Stain combination. With Vintner, you get to choose from the top 4 wood options for custom wine cellar projects. You also get the full selection of stains and finishes, including lacquer. This gives clients the opportunity to achieve the style they want with their wine cellars! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #571: Bringing Brownstone Vibes W/ Premium Redwood

April 26th, 2022

A brownstone structure became immensely popular in the early 1900s. In particular, it really gained traction in New York City. The material is composed of soft sandstone. It is also known as freestone for its ability to be cut in any direction. Skilled stone workers carve ornate designs into this material. They are able to create “fancy-looking” facades, according to Simeon Bankoff, executive director of New York’s Historic Districts Council. These days, the beauty of brownstone is no longer limited to houses or buildings. You can also bring that style into your wine cellars:

Project # 310036
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 444
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stain: Dark Walnut

So what exactly makes up this style? Presently, the term is often used interchangeably with townhouse or row house made of brick. The stone sports distinct hues that range from rust to chocolate brown. In recreating this in clients’ wine cellar, our design team made sure the brick element is present. The next step was choosing the wine racks. They had to make sure color scheme goes with the brownstone theme. The clients and our team then went with Premium Redwood and Dark Walnut stain option.

Premium Redwood is one if the top wood choices for custom wine cellars. It is a clear grade of wood without knots, unlike Rustic Pine. The wood comes mainly from all parts of the log. This is why Premium Redwood sports a variety of colors ranging from white to pink to red and reddish brown. The wood absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. Moreover, its natural light shades adapt well to bolder stains and finishes. That’s why Dark Walnut was chosen to dress up the wine racks. It is a deep golden-brown stain that enhances the wood. For lighter colored woods like Premium Redwood, it becomes more prominent. Notice how the racking arrangement in this project takes on a chocolate brown tone. It ties up perfectly with the brick elements for that authentic brownstone vibes. *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #570: The Minimalist Approach To Wine Storage

April 19th, 2022

The Easter weekend is finally over, but the wine festivities are here to stay. At least it is, for our Tech Tuesday clients. They took the minimalist approach to building their wine room. Needless to to say, we are all for it! Let’s check out the details of this sleek and slick project:

Minimalist approach to wine storageA play between contrasting dark and light tones seem to the the chosen motif for this wine cellar. We feel this is such a smart move because the results are stunning. The star of the show is none other than the Revue Series. Our design team and clients were right on the money when they went with this racking option. The Revue Series is a combination of space-efficiency, style, and affordability. It can’t get any better than that, don’t you agree?

For those of you who frequent our blogs, you’ll certainly remember these awesome metal racking units. We’ve showcased lots of projects using them, thanks to their ever-growing popularity. But if they fell of the radar for some, then this is the best time for a reintroduction. First and foremost, the Revue Series is one of the wall-mount metal racking products in the WCI catalog. It is composed of several series: the Wall, Interlock, and Riddling. The Wall series is usually utilized for residential wine cellars. The Interlock and Riddling are best suited for commercial applications. However, they can all be used in any wine cellar project, no matter the size. In fact, they are very compatible with compact projects give their space-efficiency.

Second, the Revue Series is highly versatile. The racking units come in single, double and triple-deep options. That means that you can get double or triple the number of bottle storage without eating up floor space. Moreover, you can also choose between wall-mount or floor-to-ceiling configuration. The second layout can be achieved by purchasing a floor to ceiling metal frame. Your bottles will look like they’re floating on air with this racking approach.

Lastly, Revue wine racks are understated yet stylish. This allows for a minimalist look that combines contemporary and traditional touches. Select from either Silver or Satin Black finish for your racks. Our clients were really creative and did a black-on-black theme. We totally love the Satin Black finish against the matte black walls. Same hue, different textures – a stroke of pure genius! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #569: All-Heart Redwood Steals The Show

April 12th, 2022

If there’s one thing you can count on with All-Heart Redwood, it steals the show every time. This wood has the features that make it stand out, whether stained or in its natural state. Today, we have a project that exhibits all that and perhaps a bit more:

Project # 330002
Wood: Custom/All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1465
Where: Arlington, TX
Stain: Unstained

All-Heart Redwood steals the show!Just one look at this wine cellar and we’re head over heels for it. It has everything we want, from the variety in racking styles to the luxurious appeal. Morever, it has a generous bottle storage capacity of a little over 1400 bottles. The silent star that steals the show is none other that the wood option: All-Heart Redwood. It is one of WCI’s best-selling wood products, especially for custom projects. Even just by looking at these wine racks, you can tell that the quality is exemplary.

Unstained All-Heart Redwood steals the showIt’s worthy to note that All-Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the Redwood tree. It is a clear grade of wood that comes exclusively from the center of the log. This is why it sports almost uniform reddish hues. It is also the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot among all North American hardwood species. That’s why it was widely used in subterranean wine cellars prior to the  birth of mechanically climate controlled ones.

Versatile racking stylesThe outstanding characteristics of All-Heart Redwood don’t stop there. The wood is quite well-known for its durability. But apart from that, it has also high resistance against shrinking, warping, and checking. This means you are getting your money’s worth when investing in this wood. Your wine racks will age beautifully, together with your wine bottles. Take another look at clients’ wine room. Note that the racking units are actually unstained. You’re witnessing All-Heart Redwood in all its natural glory. As time passes, the colors will only deepen and become even more attractive. Of course, should you wish to dress up your racks, you can definitely go that direction. All-Heart Redwood absorbs stains and finishes extremely well.

We’ve saved the best feature for last! Did you know that All-Heart Redwood one of the most eco-friendly wood products out there? WCI Redwood, in particular, is SFI-certified. SFI stands for “Sustainable Forestry Initiative.” It provides customers with assurance that Redwood purchased from WCI has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #568: Making Room For Your Collection W/ Vintage View

April 5th, 2022

Your wine bottles deserve a place in your home where they can be displayed but kept safe as well. Today’s Tech Tuesday gives us a great example of how that can be done. Check out how you can make room for your collection with the Vintage View series:

Project # 327563
Wood: Vintage View / Metal
Bottle Capacity: 247
Where: Arlington, TX

The small footprint of clients’ wine cellar is not to be underestimated. After the installation was finished, the cellar can hold up to over 200 bottles. There is no big secret whatsoever. Our design team and clients merely chose the right kind of racking. They went with the Vintage View metal wine racks. Vintage View is one of the oldest products in the WCI catalog. It’s also one of the most popular. There are a number of reasons why. These are the same reasons why Vintage View is still very much marketable.

The first one is the space-efficiency factor. These metal wine racks were principally designed to be wall-mounted. This frees up most of of the floor area as you can see from the photo. This racking style is perfect for compact wine cellar projects. But it also works for commercial applications. In fact, lots of wine establishments have invested in Vintage View. They provide for a generous bottle storage – which brings us to the second reason.

The bottle storage capacity offered by these metal wine racks is quite impressive. They come in various height configurations. They are also available in single, double, and triple deep storage options. That means you can expand your bottle storage without adding more racks. You can just swap for a double or triple deep units.

The final reason for Vintage View’s continued marketability is versatility. Apart from being mounted to a wall, there is another option. The racks can also be displayed floor to ceiling. A Floor to Ceiling Frame can be purchased separately for this purpose. It will give that “floating” look to your wine room which is just magical. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #567: Mocha Stain & Custom Racking Pairing

March 29th, 2022

Midnight Black and Dark Walnut stains seem to be the crowd favorites for making a bold wine cellar statement. But hold up! There’s another contender for the top spot: Mocha stain. It’s one of WCI’s newest offerings in our stains and finishes catalog. Today, we bring you this compact Tech Tuesday that beautifully showcases its features:

Project # 271328
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 431
Where: Auburn, AL
Stain: Mocha

Mocha stain on wine racksClients’ wine cellar may be compact, but it packs a punch in all the right places. Mixing and matching custom and wine rack kits was definitely a move in the right direction. The racking assembly wraps around the space seamlessly. There is generous bottle storage in a variety of styles which is quite impressive given the small footprint. Note that the focal point is the wine tasting center. We’re not sure what clients have in mind, but a piece of custom artwork will surely bring vibrance to this project. It will work even better thanks to the stain option that provides the perfect backdrop. See how it even brings out the flooring and other accessories:

Custom and Vintner racksAs mentioned earlier, this Tech Tuesday features WCI’s Mocha stain option. It was actually a “custom” product from our “blended stains” line that steadily gained popularity. Because of that, it was moved to our standard stain offerings. Now clients can enjoy this product and at a more affordable price point. It’s also part of the stain and finish choices for wine rack kits, like the Vintner Series. The blend of black and Dark Walnut results in a warm, dark hued stain. It is very attractive and really makes a statement without being too overwhelming. If you browse through our photo galleries, you will see what we mean. Racking units dressed up in Mocha stain showcase the wine bottles extremely well. The bold colors contrast nicely with bottles and make them stand out. We’re looking forward to seeing this Tech Tuesday filled up! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #566: Rustic Hues w/ Knotty Alder x Dark Walnut

March 22nd, 2022

Wondering how to get those perfect rustic hues for your wine cellar? This Tech Tuesday will be able to point you in the right direction. It’s a creation that exudes sylvan charm, but also imbued with elegant touches:

Project # 335827
Wood: Custom / Knotty Alder
Bottle Capacity: 1092
Where: Sandy Springs, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Rustic hues with Knotty Alder & Dark Walnut stainFor a residential application, we daresay that this project is pretty spacious. It can host a little over 1000 bottles in several storage options. The wine racks are all custom-made. This was a smart move as the available space was really utilized to the fullest. The layout accommodated generous countertops and a tasting center. We can’t wait what clients will accessorize it with. But a gorgeous piece of wine cellar art will definitely do the trick!

Now let’s talk about how the rustic hues in this wine room came about. First, there’s the wood option for the wine racks. Our clients, in consultation with our design team, went for Knotty Alder. Knotty Alder is characterized by a light brown color with variations ranging from pale yellow to reddish-brown. True to its namesake, the wood often features a variety of different-sized knots. However, some pieces will have no knots at all. These features are responsible for giving the wood that inherent “rustic” appeal. Clients, however, also wanted to have that elegance reminiscent of traditional wine cellars. Staining the wine racks gained that result.

Knotty Alder works well with most stains and finishes. Since it is a light-colored wood, it is even more exceptional with bolder stains and finishes. So clients agreed to a Dark Walnut stain for the racking units. Dark Walnut is very popular. It is a beautiful golden-brown stain that deepens almost all shades of wood. Notice how the racks stand out against the lighter flooring and ceiling of the room. Naturally, the bolder hues also accentuate the distinct grain pattern of Knotty Alder. We love the old wine country vibes the entire wine cellar is giving off. As far as clients were concerned, this project was certainly on point! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #565: A Mix Of Styles In Knotty Alder

March 15th, 2022

We enjoy seeing a mix of styles in wine cellars. It’s getting to be more popular these days, instead of sticking to just one design theme. It’s a refreshing change and encourages creativity to flourish. That’s why we are really happy to share this Tech Tuesday with everyone:

Project # 342146
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Knotty Alder
Bottle Capacity: 939
Where: Greensboro, GA
Stain: Midnight Black

A mix of styles in Knotty AlderThe meeting of modern and classic styles in this project is certainly a joy to behold. One might think that these two design concepts are polar opposites. But keep in mind that “opposites attract,” especially when you know how to manipulate contrasting elements. Our team of experts worked closely with clients to achieve the desired result:

Knotty Alder racks in Midnight Black stainThe racking assembly is a superb combination of custom units and Vintage View metal wine racks. Utilizing wood and metal materials gives the wine cellar both traditional and modern touches. Naturally, it also expands the bottle storage capacity by leaps and bounds. We are a fan of the customized wraparound countertops. They can be used in a number of ways. With the way this cellar is laid out, the clients can open it into the adjacent room. Wine and food can be prepped on the countertops. It will make for a convenient and spacious wine tasting set up:

Modern and classic styles combinedLet’s circle back to the design elements in this project. Knotty Alder is the wood of choice, a light-colored wood featuring different sized knots. The racks are dressed up in Midnight Black Stain, making a bold statement. The play on light and dark hues was done tastefully. Notice that the flooring is a light-toned, tile material. This gives off a bit of an old-country feel in contrast to the sleek, rich shades of the racks. The overall look is elegant yet not intimidating at all. Completing this beautiful mix of styles are the glass doors. It is a wine cellar that will age just as gracefully as the wines that will live in it. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #564: The Wine Cellar Closet Remastered

March 8th, 2022

Songs, movies, and video games are not the only ones that can be remastered. You can do it to your wine cellars as well! Let’s say you have an existing wine cellar or storage at home. You can definitely make improvements without having to do a gut renovation. You can take inspiration from today’s Tech Tuesday feature to get you started:

Project # 323812
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 378
Where: Yardley, PA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Wine cellar closet remastered!Closet transformations are one of our heavy favorites when it comes to wine cellar projects. It never fails to amaze us when we see a compact space completely transformed into a suitable home for one’s collection. In this Tech Tuesday, you will see how a “standard” wine cellar closet is being remastered. The first and most important detail the racking arrangement. If you have an existing setup, you might want to take a leaf from our clients’ design. They decided on customizing their wine racks to maximize on bottle storage capacity and create a seamless fit. Indeed, it’s worthwhile to look into custom units for smaller projects. The practicality becomes more evident when you have precedents. This Tech Tuesday clearly illustrates what custom racking can do.

The second detail to look at is the stain and finish option. If you think about it in terms of films or video games, it’s similar to improving the graphics quality. Let’s face it – wine cellars or wine storage spaces need a “refresh.” Fortunately, stains and finishes allow you to accomplish that without having to break the bank. You can even go for a totally different look for your wine racks. For example, if you want to try a more contemporary vibe, Midnight Black, Whitewash, or Graywash stain are some great options.

The third and last detail would be the accents. From the lighting down to the flooring, moldings, and even hardware, there’s a lot that can be achieved. A good illustration would be upgrading your wine cellar closet to a glass-enclosed one. It’s just a matter of changing your door, but the impact will be pretty huge. You can also switch up your lighting accessories. Another great move would be to add moldings to your racking assembly if you don’t have those. If you do, you might want to swap them out for some decorative ones. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #563: Fitting Your Wine Racks In Narrow Spaces

March 1st, 2022

Hey March, it’s great that you’re here! Spring is slowly but surely creeping in and we can’t wait to greet it. Naturally, we’ll do it the wine love’s way: by popping open a bottle or two. And speaking of wine bottles, what can be more timely than this Tech Tuesday feature. Consider this as a sort of walkthrough on fitting your wine racks in narrow spaces:

Project # 329754
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 642
Where: Dobbs Ferry, NY
Stain: Dark Walnut

Fit your racks in narrow spacesWe’re quite aware that as the weather improves, more home improvement projects will be kicking off. Wine storage is definitely one of them, if not formal wine cellars. We’re also aware that a good number of them have to be carried out in smaller spaces. Our Tech Tuesday clients provided us the perfect opportunity to outline racking products that can give the right solutions.

The first and most recommended racking solution for compact spaces is going custom. This is the route clients took and the results are totally satisfying. Bottle storage capacity was maximized to accommodate over 600 bottles. You will notice from the photos above that our design team even managed to sneak in a tasting center with archway. Custom racking will allow you to outfit any space, no matter how narrow or awkward.

The second product comes from WCI’s ever flexible and affordable wine rack kits: the WineMaker Series. The units from this series were specifically manufactured with shorter depth. That makes them so ideal for tight spaces. Moreover, the racks use less wood, making them very budget-friendly. Yet, quality is not sacrificed in any way. WineMaker units possess the flexibility of the Vintner Series. You can stack the racks to accommodate almost any ceiling height. You also get the wide array of wood, stain and finish options that Vintner gives you.

Last but definitely not the least, WCI has its plethora of wall-mount metal wine racks. From the veteran Vintage View to the newer Revue Series, clients are offered so many ways to conquer limited storage. We encourage you to check out our photo galleries and explore more inspiring designs! *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #562: Just “Beachy” With Greywash Stain

February 22nd, 2022

What can be more fitting for a wine cellar in Vero Beach than one with “beachy” vibes? Well, our design team really delivered with this Tech Tuesday. It’s a large, commercial project that utilizes a number of racking products in the WCI catalogue:

Project # 343079
Wood: Custom / CDR / Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 7267
Where: Vero Beach, FL
Stain: Graywash

Beachy vibes on this wine cellarWe can see in these photos that the storage capacity of this cellar is pretty massive. Moreover, there is versatility in the bottle storage options. The racking arrangements combine custom units with our wine rack kits. More specifically, it’s the Vintner Series that was chosen for this occasion. It’s definitely a move in the right direction. Vintner actually has a separate line for commercial applications. These units were designed especially for retail wine storage. In true Vintner tradition, they are a of state of the art production resulting to low price and high quality.

Graywash x Rustic Pine for beachy flairApart from Wine Display Bins, this project also incorporates Diamond Bins with Display Trays, Solid Diamond Cubes, and Open Vertical Displays. That allows for not just bottle storage but also the opportunity to showcase popular merchandise. All of the racks, including accessories like the Cash Register Corner Stand Display, exude the same beachy atmosphere.

Clean and open layoutNow let’s talk about how these fresh colors on  the racks happened. It’s the result of clever wood and stain combination: Rustic Pine x Graywash. Rustic Pine is a light, creamy colored wood with structurally sound knots. It absorbs stains and finishes very well. Graywash, on the other hand, is a semi-transparent stain. There is no texture that comes through. So the final product is a smooth finish, showcasing the beauty of the wood underneath. This pairing was ideal in achieving that casual, cool and clean appearance that the clients wanted. Graywash is a terrific stain option when you want to combine modern and traditional touches. That’s why it’s highly popular with all types of furniture, including wine racks. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode 561: Espresso Flavors With Dark Walnut

February 15th, 2022

How many times have you heard this in home improvement shows? “We want espresso colored cabinets in the kitchen.” Well, guess what? The kitchen is not the only place where you can have them. You can have them in your wine cellar, too! Our clients from Atlanta made this request and WCI’s design team delivered:

Project # 322076
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1093
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Espresso flavors on the wine racks!First, let’s peruse the details of the racking arrangement on this project. It’s a wonderful showcase of different wine rack styles. There is good use of individual and bulk bottle storage options. All the units are customized to the clients’ space. You can see just how advantageous that is, form-wise and function-wise. Look at how seamless the layout is. The moldings are customized as well, creating a perfect fit with absolutely no gaps between the ceiling and flooring.

Wonderful racking varietyNow let’s move on to the highlight of this Tech Tuesday: the espresso flavors on the racks. There is no question that the bolder shades radiate elegance. On top of that, see how the wood is all smooth and showcasing uniform colors. This is the result of going with a winning combo: Dark Walnut and Premium Redwood. Dark Walnut is the stain of choice for the racking units. This stain is a heavy favorite, especially for those who want a luxurious veneer to the wood. Dark Walnut is a rich, golden-brown stain that deepens almost shades of wood. But it work even better with lighter-colored woods. That’s why Premium Redwood is an ideal partner for this stain.

Dark Walnut x Premium RedwoodPremium Redwood is a clear grade of wood with the loveliest color variations. It includes wood from all part of the log and has no knots. The hues range from whites, pale pinks, to warm reddish browns. This is why there are those who prefer Premium Redwood over All-Heart Redwood. Whether stained or unstained, the wood works well with humid, cool conditions of a wine cellar. It is highly resistant to rot, mildew and moisture. With the union with Dark Walnut stain, clients get the espresso flavors they’ve always wanted. *Cheers*

Rich espresso-colored wine racks

Clients Celebrate Wine & Art In Their Charming Wine Room

February 10th, 2022

 

Wouldn’t be nice to have the things you love gathered all in one place? Our clients think so, too! That’s why they decided to celebrate their love for wine room and art with this wine cellar project. It’s a charming creation that delights both the visual and gastronomic senses:

Clients celebrate wine & art!The design of this wine room is really a sight a for sore eyes. Every element is well thought out, from the racking assembly down to the accents. The clients wanted to achieve a wine country feel and were successful in doing so. The materials were chosen with care to accentuate the racks and art pieces. For example, we love the brick style flooring that has that flagstone patio feel. Then you also have rugged stone walls, arches, and rustic decor to tie it all together:

Commission custom artwork with WCI!But the real eye-candy in this setup are the pieces of art and the beautiful wine racks. The clients had an enjoyable time playing around with the various racking styles. We like the way some units were built into some of the stone wall arches. We also appreciate the smart use of the Open Diamond Bins with tabletop option. Notice the rails above the Diamond Bins. They provide additional bottle storage as well as a unique decorative touch:

Celebrate artistic details in your wine cellarNow the photo below is the largest artwork client has. It’s actually a mural and it really sets the theme for this wine cellar project. Note that here at WCI, we offer paintings and murals custom-made to the clients’ desires. These are hand painted and tailored to the clients’ tastes and dimensions. The masterpieces are created on canvas and they can be painted in acrylics or oils. Choose from our collections or have it personalized to celebrate your love of wine and art!
Interested in starting a project like this one? Our team of wine room cellar professionals can help you out. You can also check out our photo gallery for design inspirations and more. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #560: Quality Wine Racking With Grand Mahogany

February 8th, 2022

You know what they always say: “Quality over quantity” – anywhere, anytime. Well, that also applies to wine cellar projects. This can be interpreted in terms of wine racking sizes. Just because it’s a small project doesn’t mean it can’t be huge in form and function. Today’s Tech Tuesday shows us how it’s done:

Project # 329158
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 180
Where: Northville, MI
Stain: Dark Walnut

Quality racking with Grand MahoganyWould you guys be surprised if we told you that this racking assembly holds only 180 bottles? That’s right, wine cellar fans! This is as compact as you can get with a “small” wine cellar. But our design team was able to create more than adequate bottle storage for clients’ needs. They went the custom route, which is always a smart decision when working with tight spaces. You can see here that a well-laid out tasting station is the focal point of the arrangement:

Beautiful curved archway with quality woodNow let’s talk about the amount of character this tiny Tech Tuesday possesses. Grand Mahogany is the wood option for the wine racks and it doesn’t get any better than that. This plantation grown hardwood is second to none when it comes to quality. It is definitely on par with Sapele and Cherry in terms of hardness, density, and grain texture. It is a very stable and durable wood that ages so well. Appearance-wise, Grand Mahogany is easily one of the most attractive hardwoods. It sports a uniform color, with slight variations. You will just love the transition from the medium browns to paler pinks. Moreover, for the most part, the wood has a straight grain pattern. But it can also be slightly interlocked in some cases. When stained, the beauty of that grain pattern really shines.

Sneak peek into the small but quality rackingWe love this last photo showing a sneak peek into the wine racking room. See how the racks pop out, thanks to the Dark Walnut stain option. We also love the custom wine cellar door that adds to the overall aesthetic. We can say with absolute confidence that this is indeed a “quality over quantity” project! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #559: A Tale Of Black Is Beautiful

February 1st, 2022

The evolution of wine cellars is such an interesting timeline to explore. It’s especially so with wine cellar design. Over the years, the designs have become more unique and imbued with more character. One of our favorites is the growth of color palettes. Today, it’s a tale of black is beautiful with this luxurious creation:

Project # 313924
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1000
Where: Winter Park, FL
Stain: Midnight Black

A tale of black is beautiful!A few decades ago, wine cellars looked pretty much cookie cutter. It’s like if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Even the larger ones sported more or less the same layout and racking styles. Slowly but surely, things moved in a better direction, design-wise. Wine racks in materials other than wood were introduced to the market. They also came in different configurations. This allowed for greater flexibility, particularly in outfitting compact spaces. Then there’s the debut of stains and finishes. Wood wine racks really bloomed at this point. It became easier and more enjoyable to dress up one’s wine storage. It also opened doors to other themes apart from the usual “traditional” route. People also learned to mix and match to create a fusion of styles. This Tech Tuesday is a terrific example of that:

Midnight Black stain on Premium RedwoodThe star of the show in this project is definitely the racking assembly. It’s very versatile, with generous storage for individual and bulk bottles. There are also units for larger format bottles, as well as for wine boxes and crates. But the defining feature is really the stain option. Clients went with a bold Midnight Black stain for their wine racks:

Midnight Black Stain tells a tale of beautyOnce upon a time, dark colored stains were not really a “thing,” so to speak. Today, they are key to giving your wine cellar that “wow” factor. Midnight Black stain weaves us a tale of beauty in this first Tech Tuesday for the month of love. This jet black stain works so well with a light-colored wood like Premium Redwood. It is indeed a dramatic departure from traditional woodworking finishes. It brings about a contemporary look, but still with that touch of elegance. *Cheers*

Dark, dramatic stain on racks

Technical Tuesday Episode #558: Celebrating Unstained All-Heart Redwood

January 25th, 2022

It’s time to shine the spotlight on some of WCI’s underrated products. Today, we’ll be celebrating all the good things about All-Heart Redwood. This wood option is actually pretty popular. But we want to shine the spotlight on All-Heart Redwood in its unstained glory. This is what prospective clients need to see more of. Fortunately, we have just the Tech Tuesday for that purpose:

Project # 186810

Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 424
Where: Essex, CT
Stain: Unstained

Celebrating unstained All-Heart RedwoodThe natural colors of All-Heart Redwood have never looked better. While stains and finishes work like magic in transforming wine cellars, skipping them in some cases is the better choice. This Tech Tuesday is a great example of that. It’s actually a small wine cellar project, but packed with a big personality. The wood wine racks are definitely one of the reasons why. Our design team and clients agreed on keeping things simple and sweet. They went the custom route for the racking assembly to maximize the compact space. Moreover, they decided against staining the racks. As a a result, the inherent beauty of All-Heart Redwood becomes the focal point.

Attractive natural, pinkish-gold huesAttractiveness aside, All-Heart Redwood is second to none when it comes to quality. Firstly it is a very durable type of wood. It exhibits high resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking. That means as the wood ages, it actually becomes more beautiful. Secondly, it is a wonderfully eco-friendly choics. Why so? At WCI, our Redwood products are all SFI-certified. SFI stands for Sustainable Forestry Initiative. With this certification, clients are  assured that the wood has been harvested in environmentally sound manner.

Celebrating natural beauty of the woodIn celebrating the unstained glory of All-Heart Redwood, we obviously need to talk about the price point as well. Note that the wood comes from the most expensive part of the Redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log. This is the reason for the wood’s uniform reddish-brown hues. Staining or finishing your wine racks is an added cost. While it’s worth the extra spending to get the look you want, not everyone has the budget for it. Going for an unstained version is a welcome alternative. It’s especially so if your wine cellar will look as fantastic as this! *Cheers*

 

Clients “Bring Sexy Back” With Curved Wine Racking Assembly

January 13th, 2022

Can you describe a wine cellar as “sexy”? It isn’t the usual term one would use for this kind of thing, isn’t it? But believe us when we say that wine cellar projects can emanate this kind of appeal, too. Allow us to illustrate with this beautiful racking assembly our clients put together:

Bring sexy back w/ curved corner racks!Like that hit song by JT, this wine storage is certainly bringing sexy back. Our clients wanted something that is classy, but also with a bit of flair. However, they also had to work with a relatively small space in their home. So they did the right thing in going with an all-custom racking arrangement. Instead of the usual straightforward units, they went with some curved corner wine racks. This was such a good choice because it gave the assembly more character:

Seamless, curvy silhouetteIt’s wise to keep in mind that angles and corners can be difficult to conquer in a wine cellar project. It’s especially so if you are working with an irregular or compact space, or both. That’s why custom wine racks come highly recommended in such situations. There are tons of racking styles that can be utilized to create a seamless layout. One of those is definitely the curved corner units. Another option would be the slanted or the angled wine racks. Still, you can also go with some custom display shelves. In clients’ case, they combined curved corners with full-height Quarter Round Shelves. This gave them storage not just for their collection, but also for other stuff. See how the shelves were used to showcase some of their favorite bottles, stemware, and accessories:

Premium Redwood x Dark Walnut curved racksTo enhance the sleek and sexy look of the assembly, custom crown and base moldings were added. They fit perfectly with the racks, assuming the same curved silhouette. We love the wood and stain combo chosen by the clients as well. Premium Redwood x Dark Walnut Stain is a partnership that always equals elegance. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #556: Posh & Polished Grand Mahogany Wine Lockers

January 11th, 2022

We believe elegance is best achieved with a clean layout and quality materials. That’s why this posh and polished Tech Tuesday is right up our alley. Let’s get into the details of this project showcasing our custom wine storage lockers:

Project # 325724
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 360
Where: Denver, CO
Stain: Dark Walnut

Posh and polished with wine storage lockersWine lockers are absolute gems and it’s high time they get more recognition. Did you know that they are super popular in in country clubs, wine establishments, as well as restaurants and bars? They offer secure bottle storage with privacy perks. This Tech Tuesday illustrates these amazing features, starting with the security factor. Note that these lockers can be customized with the racking system that best suits your storage needs. But you can also choose to have units from our “kits”, like the Vintner Series, installed. You can even have wine rack pegs if you want!  That means you have all these affordable options that will work with your budget. Now let’s move on to the primary safety feature of the racks. They are not called wine “lockers” for nothing! Each unit has a lock that can be keyed in numerous configurations or with a single key. This is convenient in places like country clubs where each member can have private, secured access to their wines.

Custom mirrored glass panelsHere are some closer snaps of the gorgeous units. The default design is metal lattice work for open air circulation. However, you can make your lockers your own like what our clients did here. They went for these mirrored glass panels for a totally posh look. Other options include plain glass, flat, raises, and solid panels. If you prefer an even fancier vibe, you can also do custom glass etchings. And of course, let’s not forget the wood, stain and finish options. The full selection is available for the lockers, including lacquer.A posh built-in look!One of the best things about custom wine storage is being able to achieve that “built-in” appearance. This project is a prime example of that. It gives of a polished appeal that spells “luxury.” Plus, you can further embellish the lockers with choice accents. For example, you can have engraved brass plates installed. These are perfect for bars, restaurants, clubs, and other commercial establishments. You can also opt for vinyl covered base platforms or casters. *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #555: Modern Versatility With Vino Pegs

January 4th, 2022

Welcome, 2022! Let’s get the positive vibes flowing by indulging in some eye-catching visuals. In our case, it’s the modern versatility of this very first Tech Tuesday of the year:

Project # 331473
Wood/Series: Vino Pins
Bottle Capacity: 125
Where: Lewisville, TX

Modern versatility with Vino Wine PegsWe feel that this is going to be the year for metal wine racks. This project is just the first of many. But there is something truly unique about this design. See how it efficiently utilizes all of the available wall space in the room? These units are a tad different from the standard wall-mount design. They are called the “Vino Pegs” from the Vintage View Series. There are a lot of things to appreciate about thee special metal wine pegs. First, you can mount them directly to any wall surface with the proprietary anchor systems. Second, they are understated yet stylish. This allows for a minimalist wine storage system for both private and commercial applications. Last but not the least, the pegs can be mounted directly to drywall, masonry or wood. There is no need for a backer board.

Sleek, easy to install Vino PegsCheck out how sleek and seamless the wine storage looks. It gives off that contemporary vibe that we really love. Also, the bottles are displayed in a label-forward fashion. Combined with the glass-enclosed layout, the clients’ collection will be showcased to the fullest. Now as this is the New Year, we are really starting things off with a bang! There is actually one more amazing functional feature to these pegs. Allow us to acquaint you with the optional Vino Pins/Pegs Extensions (VP-X).  The extensions will let you transform your storage to two- and three-deep bottle configurations. That means you can grow your racking assembly together with your collection. And of course, there’s the cherry on top of everything else: the finish options. Select from several elegant finishes, such as  Golden Bronze and Gloss Black. But for an even more whimsical appeal, try the Acrylic Wine Pegs. Your bottles will look like they’re floating! *Cheers*

 

Our Technical Tuesday Wrap Up For 2021 (Part 2)

December 28th, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Bold, dark hues still rank high in our books. And that’s why we just had to include this lovely and luxe wine room on our list. The layout is pretty straightforward, sticking to clean, effortless silhouettes. It’s the perfect canvass for a deep colored stain like Midnight Black. See how the stain does not overpower the lighter hues of the flooring and ceiling. It does the opposite, enhancing them and making the different colored bottle caps pop out.

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

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

Tech Tues Ep #548: Edgy Knotty Alder Racking Assembly

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

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

 

 

 

Our Technical Tuesday Wrap Up For 2021 (Part 1)

December 21st, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #554: Striking Beauty Of Premium Redwood

December 14th, 2021

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

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

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

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

Custom shelving in unstained Premium Redwood

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

 

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

December 7th, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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