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Technical Tuesday Episode #454: The Beauty Of Blended Stain Option

December 1st, 2020

December greetings, wine cellar fans! We are FINALLY down to the last month of 2020. We know a lot of people have been wanting to get this stressful year done and over with. Admittedly, we’ve had our share of pandemic struggles as well. But there are still things we are very grateful for this year. One of those is how we are still able to cater to everyone’s wine cellar needs. So let’s channel our energies into happy thoughts and end this year with tons of positivity! The beauty in the blended stain option is definitely the way to do it:

Project # 312392
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 424
Where: Kennesaw, GA
Stain: Blended Stain

Blended Stain option on racksThis is yet another compact wine cellar project utilizing custom racking. The client and our design team agreed to use a smart combination of wood and metal racking units. Since the space  is limited, the wall-mount metal wine racks were certainly a huge bottle capacity booster. The metal wine racks are from our Vintage View series, but there’s a ton of selection at the WCI website you can explore.

Vintage View wall-mount racksNow let’s move on to the wood wine racks and shelving. Are you a fan of bold hues on furniture? If you are, then these dark-colored racks and shelves will definitely appeal to you. Normally, you can get away with a bold color like this with the Midnight Black Stain option. But if you have preferences as to how rich and/or how deep the hues will be, you need something more custom. And since providing customization opportunities is what we do best, you can do that with our stains as well. In particular, you can achieve this with our Blended Stain option.

Blended Stain option on custom shelvingOur Blended Stain is a concept that perfectly reflects the “innovative” nature of our business. Just as the name suggests, we can blend any of our current stains together to create something custom for you. We can even take a custom match and match it up. The possibilities are endless with this customizable stain option. For example, you can go for a 70% Midnight Black Stain and 30% Dark Walnut Stain. This will result in a really deep, bold color on your racks that screams “luxury.” If you want something on the lighter scale, perhaps 50% Classic Mahogany and 50% Light Stain will do the trick. You have full control on the results you want. This the beauty in using the Blended Stain option! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #453: Compact Goodness With The Modern Series

November 24th, 2020

Compact wine storage is really climbing up the popularity ladder! We can’t even keep count of the number of projects we’ve had this year for this type of wine storage. But we DO remember what our favorites are and today’s Tech Tuesday is definitely one of them. Our Modern Wine Cellar series takes center stage once again, bringing in all that compact goodness:

Project # 323777
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 138
Where: Boca Raton, FL
Stain: Graywash

Compact wine storage with the Modern SeriesRight off the bat, you can see how it’s possible to create proper wine storage even from a narrow space. You’re not seeing a formal wine room here. Nonetheless, we’re confident no one will question the ample bottle storage capacity of this racking assembly. That’s not all, no one will also say that this set-up lacks style. In fact, it’s super eye-catching, thanks to the Modern Wine Cellar Series.

Beautiful Grand Mahogany wood bottle supportsIf you follow our blog, you’ll note that this is not the first time we’ve talked about this type of racking. We’ve had several beautiful wine cellar projects involving this contemporary design. It is actually one of our newer offerings that was launched a few years back. The goal was to create a design that will appeal even to the most discerning wine collector. As you can see from the photos, the racking layout is really quite unique. The wood platforms are held up by metal supports that run  from the ceiling to the floor. The wine bottles are nestled in these platforms to give them an ethereal “floating” appearance. But it doesn’t end there. The wood platforms can also be customized to cater to one’s preference. You can have your pick from WCI’s abundant selection of wood, stain and finish options. Our clients here went with a stellar combination of Grand Mahogany and Graywash Stain:

Custom shelving incorporated into the Modern SeriesYou might also notice from this last photo that the racking assembly incorporates shelving as well. Again, keep in mind that everything can be customized! Adding these shelves will allow the clients to accommodate bulk bottle storage, including wine boxes and crates. Last but not the least, if you want a more whimsical touch to your wine storage, you can go for the acrylic option. That’s right! The Modern Wine Cellar Series also offers these bottle supports in beautiful acrylic material. *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #452: Victorian X Blended Stain Overtones

November 17th, 2020

When you’re going for a custom wine cellar project, you should go all out! And we don’t mean spending an obscene amount of money to get what you want. That’s because our highly experienced design consultants here at WCI can get you exactly what you want at the price you can afford. Our clients can attest to that with this gorgeous Victorian x Blended Stain overtones on their custom wine room:

Project # 302443
Wood: Custom/Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1530
Where: Duluth, GA
Stain: Blended

victorian-cellar

The styles that emerged during the lifetime of England’s second-longest reigning monarch are present even today. The  influences from the Victorian age very much evident in art, architecture, design, and decor. Note that this era was a period of prosperity for Great Britain. Notably, that era placed high value on beautiful things and ornate details. Money was no object and it became known as an ostentatious style. Thankfully, you don’t need to go beyond your budget to incorporate this theme into your wine cellar.

Victorian x Blended Stain overtones

Our clients worked closely with our team to recreate details reminiscent of Victorian overtones. They took inspiration from Gothic spires, vaulted ceilings, moldings. Notice the stone archways and beautiful stone mosaic flooring in this wine room. Unique lighting accessories were also thrown in for added aesthetic.

Blended Stain on wine racks

Now let’s move on to the wine racks. They were customized to fit perfectly into the stone archways. You can see the high-quality craftsmanship of the racking assembly as it looks completely built-in. There is also a good variety of bottle storage options, including lots of room for bulk bottles. The wood option for this project is Premium Redwood. This is a more reasonably priced wood compared to Grand Mahogany or All-Heart Redwood. Nonetheless, it is no slouch when it comes to durability and resiliency. Moreover, it absorbs stains and finishes very well.
Loving the stone archways!

Moving on to stains and finishes, see how the racks are dressed up in a very bold stain color. This is also one of the characteristics of the Victorian style. It’s all about the play of dark and light palettes, interwoven with different textures. Instead of the Midnight Black Stain though, clients chose to go for the Blended Stain option. What is our Blended Stain option? It is exactly what the name suggests. Did you know that here at WCI, we can blend any of our current stains together. This allows us to create something completely custom for our clients! We can even take a custom match and match it up. *Cheers*

Lighting accents on archway

Technical Tuesday Episode #451: Be Awesome In Acrylic Vino Pins

November 10th, 2020

It was just last week that we were talking about mixing up materials in a wine cellar project. Imagine our delight when today’s Tech Tuesday followed through with it! Let’s show you guys how to be awesome in these acrylic wine racks:

Project # 290737
Wood: Custom / Acrylic
Bottle Capacity: 216
Where: Atlanta, GA

Be awesome with acrylic Vino Pins!This small wine storage is packed with big details. First up, of course, is the unique racking assembly. Since the space is limited, the client and our design team decided to go with wall-mount wine racks. But instead of the standard units, they opted for these super space-efficient Vino Pins. The pins are part of the Vintage View Series. This collection has grown so much over the years, making a really memorable mark for metal wine racks. One of the best features of the pins is that you can have them anywhere in your home. They can easily be mounted in the kitchen, living area, den, and be the perfect canvass for your collection.

Glass x acrylic elements equals awesome!Here we can see how this section of the client’s home was cleverly enclosed in glass panels. The combination of glass and the acrylic Vino Pins makes this wine storage look bigger than it actually is. Another outstanding feature of the pins is the ability to mount them directly to any wall surface with the proprietary anchor systems. This is the only metal wine rack peg system that can mount direct to drywall, masonry or wood. You do not need a backer board at all! Moreover, they are wonderfully stylish as well. The Vino Pins now come in acrylic material that is being used in this project. Acrylic is almost as transparent as glass, very durable, and lends a fresh, modern take to your wine cellar:

Try these awesome acrylic Vino Pins! Apart from acrylic, you can instead opt for finishes on the original aluminum material. Select from stunning finishes like Gunmetal, Gloss Black, and Golden Bronze, to name a few. Also take note that optional Vino Pins Extensions (VP-X) allow for transformation to two- and three-deep bottle configurations. You can do this now or even at a later time. It’s such an amazing way to grow your wine cellar with your collection. Be awesome today with the Vintage Vino Pins, Pegs and Rails! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #450: Wine Cellar Accents You’ll Love

November 3rd, 2020

Aaaand just like that, we’re now in the month of November. 2020 is sure one hell of a roller coaster year but we’re nearing the finish line. We’re super fortunate that the wine cellar business has still been going string though. In fact, people actually had more time this year to focus on home construction projects. That includes custom wine cellars! In today’s Tech Tuesday, we’re going to show you guys wine cellar accents you’ll surely love. Check this beauty out:

Project # 310761
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1009
Where: Bryson City, NC

Wine cella accents to love!This lovely number ranks high in our list of favorite residential projects. It has a terrific variety of bottle storage options. We love the mix of Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim and the Individual Diamond Bins. They give the racking arrangement a more unique silhouette. Speaking of unique, this wine cellar is chock full of interesting details. Let’s go over them one at a time, starting with the flooring.

You’ll love our decorative applications!

Artistic Flooring

Instead of wood or cork floors, this project went with artistic stone flooring. Note that wine cellar floors also hold a lot of aesthetic appeal in your wine cellar project. They help a lot in maintaining ideal wine storage conditions, but they can also give your wine cellar an amazing facelift. Here you can see how pops of color from the flooring add to the attractiveness of the wine room:

Custom etchings on glass and mirrors

Timeless Accents

Now let’s talk about the glass and mirror accents on this project. One of the best pro tips for smaller wine cellars is utilizing glass and mirror elements. These help create the illusion of larger spaces. But that’s not all! Glass and mirrors are timeless and absolutely classy. You can’t go wrong with incorporating them into any wine cellar design.

You’ll love the variety in our wine racks!The client took it a step further and opted for some decorative applications on the glass. You will notice that these glass etchings were done on both the mirrors and wine cellar door. All our etchings at WCI are sandblasted. We offer four standard etching designs but we can also customize according to the client’s preference.

You can easily from our collection of images or provide us with your own design. Some popular requests include family initials, family crests and vineyard scenes. Feeling a little bit more adventurous? You will love our painted glass option! We have a plethora of wine cellar accents to cater to every style. All it takes is a phone call or e-mail and we can help you get started! *Cheers*

Sandblasted custom etchings

Technical Tuesday Episode #449: A Very Vintner Affair

October 27th, 2020

This is it, wine cellar folks – the last Tech Tuesday for Spooktober! Halloween is in a couple of days, but there are no tricks here, just lots of treats. Today’s wine cellar spotlight is a very Vintner affair. The Vintner Series is really a class on its own and this project can shows us all the reasons why:

Project # 327475
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 400
Where: Alachua, FL
Stain: Light

Vintner Rotating Wine Cradle

Vintner’s Elite Cabinetry Line

The focal point of this racking arrangement is definitely the Rotating Wine Cradle. This unit is part of Vintner’s Elite Cabinetry line. It was uniquely designed to showcase your wine bottles in a beautiful but practical manner. As the name suggests, you can easily rotate the display and store or remove the bottles. The Rotating Wine Cradle is available in 3- and 4-foot height configurations, in true Vintner style. That makes it very versatile. You can conveniently stack one on top of the other to as high as 12 feet. Moreover, as you can see from these photos, you can also mix and match it with other racking elements.

This uniquely designed display unit will showcase your wine bottles beautifully. The Rotating Wine Cradle is available in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations, making it very versatile. Stack one on top of the other to as high as 12 feet and mix and match it with other racking elements. The Rotating Wine Cradle is available in the four top wood options: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. You also get to select from WCI’s full line of stains and finishes, including lacquer.
A very Vintner affair in Light Stain

Here are more snaps of the racking assembly. Some custom pieces were also incorporated, along with the Vintner kits. Do you like the color scheme of the wine cellar? We really love the soft golden tones on the wine racks. Premium Redwood was the wood of choice for this project, coupled with a Light Stain option.

Since Premium Redwood sports naturally pinkish gold hues, these have become more enhanced. It’s a simple yet tasteful Vintner affair and we love every detail. How did this wine cellar rate in your books? Share your thoughts with us!

*Cheers*

Premium Redwood with Light Stainaaaa

Technical Tuesday Episode #448: Golden Glow With Unstained Premium Redwood

October 20th, 2020

Taking the unstained route in your wine cellar project? We say – go for it! As an inspiration, check out today’s Tech Tuesday feature. The golden glow on these unstained wine racks is simply stunning:

Project # 312970
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 820
Where: Valhalla, NY
Stain: Unstained

Golden glow of unstained Premium Redwood

The details on both racking arrangement and design on this wine cellar give off such a delightful vintage vibe. The wine racks are all custom so you can see how the entire space is utilized. The racks fit perfectly against each other and are flush against the walls and flooring. There are no awkward gaps anywhere, befitting of a custom creation. We especially love the custom shelving and cabinetry under the curved archway. Note that everything is crafted from Premium Redwood.

Thanks to the client going the unstained route, you can really see the gorgeous grain patterns on the wood. Premium Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. It is such a decently priced wood with amazing features. Apart from being durable and resilient, it absorbs stains and finishes extremely well. The natural colors of the wood ranging from pinkish white to golden brown are worth showcasing unstained.

Lighting accents can make your wine cellar glow!

Let there be light

One of the accessories that brought out the golden glow of this wine cellar is the lighting. Here at WCI, we have a great selection of lighting accents to choose from. They are made to both highlight your collection and add aesthetic value to your wine cellar. For example, the shelves here are equipped with LED Display Lighting. It will serve to accentuate the wine bottles stored.

For archways, we highly recommend using LED Downlights or Fluorescent Slimlites. They are especially useful when you have a piece of wine cellar art or glass-stained artwork in your archway. Also don’t forget that you can get the LED lights in different colors as!   *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #447: Keeping It Bold & Simple

October 13th, 2020

Ever notice how darker colors give structures more definition? We’ve definitely seen that in wine cellar projects. Today, we happen to have an excellent example, thanks to our clients from Marietta, GA. We completed this beautiful wine storage for them, keeping things bold and simple just the way they wanted it:

Project # 317240
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 952
Where: Marietta, GA

Stain: Midnight Black

We cannot deny the fact that this racking arrangement just screams “good taste.” The wine racks are tastefully combined to provide individual & bulk bottle storage for clients’ collection. Note that the wine racks are all customized. You can see how the assembly is so seamless that it looks almost built in. As for the wood option, clients chose to go with Grand Mahogany. Grand Mahogany is a top tier choice, especially for custom projects like this one. It is on par with Sapele, Cherry, and Oak in terms of durability and stability.

Midnight Black Stain

But for us, the defining point for this wine cellar is the stain option. The racks are all dressed up in Midnight Black Stain. Note that Grand Mahogany has a fairly uniform grain pattern and absorbs stains and finishes very well. It is able to really project the dark, elegant shades of the stain. We also love the stark contrast between the wine racks and the light-colored walls and flooring.

The decision to go with Midnight Black Stain is really a smart one. The lines and angles on the wine racks are so much more defined. Darker colors tend to have this result. That’s why one of our favorite style tips is to add black metal trim to glass panels or entryways. It adds character to the overall design of a wine room. You can actually do this with pops of color as well – it doesn’t need to be black. Touches of bold tones can give your racking arrangement aesthetic appeal on top of the function. This Tech Tuesday is a winner in our books for keeping things bold and simple. It is space-efficient, classy & definitely lived up to the clients’ expectations. Did it also live up to yours? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #446: Elegance At Its Best With Diamond Bins

October 6th, 2020

Have you ever dreamed of owning a magazine-worthy wine cellar? Well, dream no more because you can definitely make that come true. Take some inspiration from today’s Tech Tuesday spotlight. This project our team completed for our Atlanta client is elegance at its best:

Project # 327328
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1733
Where: Atlanta, GA

Elegance at its best with Diamond Bins!The visuals of this wine cellar are really something else. It is just stunning from any angle. But if you take a closer look, you will see that it is actually quite simple in its layout. The choice of racking style, though, made a significant impact in the design. Notice how the racking consists mostly of Open Diamond Bins with perimeter trim. The bins on both sides, flush against the walls, make the wine cellar feel more open. And it doesn’t just look spacious – it has a pretty generous bottle storage capacity. Thanks to the Open Diamond Bins, this wine cellar can actually hold up to a little over 1700 bottles.

Elegance at its best with Dark Walnut Stain!Diamond Bins are one of our top favorite racking styles. Not only are they space-efficient, but they are also so easy to combine with other units. The bins were designed specifically for bulk bottle storage. But apart from offering practical storage solution, these diamonds also add so much aesthetic value to any racking assembly. Here at WCI, we offer them in several designs. Moreover, you can find them with our wine rack “kits,” particularly with our Vintner, WineMaker, and Designer series, and not just with our custom line. These diamonds will hold bottles of various sizes, including larger-format ones.

Note how the perimeter trim adds to the sturdy appearance of the bins. This was a finishing detail only previously offered on our top of the line custom racking. Now you can have these custom amenities with our Vintner kits! We also offer our Diamond Bins with solid face trim. The trim certainly helps with the seamless transition of the wine racks, particularly when they are stacked on top of each other. For our clients’ project, Premium Redwood x Dark Walnut Stain combo was chosen for the racking. We love how Dark Walnut deepened the color of the wood. It matches the ceiling while making a beautiful contrast with the flooring. This wine cellar is indeed elegance at its best! *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #445: Rustic Yet Refined In Graywash

September 29th, 2020

Last Tech Tuesday for September is up, wine cellar fans! So summer has officially ended, but we’re absolutely falling in love with the start of the Fall season. Don’t mind the pun because today’s project is anything but a joke. This rustic but refined beauty is one for the books – or for the WCI photo gallery:

Project # 327099
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1023
Where: Greensboro, GA

Rustic but refined beautyWe’ve said it so many times, but it’s still worth emphasizing that stains and finishes can really do wonders for your wine cellars. If you have a design theme in mind or you want to refresh the look of your wine racks, this is the way to go. Check out the racking assembly of our clients. They wanted something that reflected old country charm. However, they also want a clean and refined ambiance to their wine room. So our design team decided on this Rustic Pine x Graywash combo:

Graywash stain gives rustic but refined vibesGraywash is a highly popular stain option, particularly with furniture. WCI incorporated this stain into our stain and finish database just a few years ago. It was an instant hit because it brought a lot of character to almost any kind of wood. The intensity of the colors vary with the wood. In this case, you can see how it works with a light-colored wood like Rustic Pine.

Rustic Pina x Graywash stainThe Graywash stain we offer here at WCI has been carefully tested over several months. We wanted to offer customers a stain option that can reflect a modern vibe but still with traditional touches. We believe this is exactly what Graywash can bring to your wine cellars. As a semi-transparent stain, you will notice that no texture can come through. What you get is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. We highly recommend using our handy Interactive Swatch Viewer when choosing your wood x stain/finish pairing. You’ll be able to get a proper visual of how your wine racks will turn out. *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #444: Grand Mahogany & Why It’s A Top Wood Choice

September 22nd, 2020

How often have you heard the question: “What is the best wood for furniture?” As for wine fans, the variation might go like this: “What is the best wood for wine racks?” This isn’t a mathematical problem with just one correct answer, though. When it comes to top wood choices for wine cellar projects, there are more than just one or two to consider. But one of these top wood choices is definitely Grand Mahogany. We’ll let today’s Tech Tuesday help us in illustrating the finer points of this wood:

Project # 320212
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1377
Where: Greenwich, CT
Stain: Dark Walnut

Why Grand Mahogany is a top wood choiceOur client from Greenwich, CT worked with our design team on this elegant racking assembly. The wine racking units are all custom, with emphasis on variety in bottle storage styles. We like the tidy layout which really brings attention to the bold colors of the racks. You can see how clean the lines are and how well-crafted the racking assembly is. There are no awkward gaps anywhere, especially between the different racking styles:

Grand Mahogany in Dark WalnutNow let’s talk about the wood option for the project: Grand Mahogany. As a little bit of FYI, Mahogany in general is one of the most sought-after wood for furniture making. It is known for its cooperative nature and easy sanding and machining. The wood possesses a balance of density thats just hard enough but not too hard. Since it is a straight-grain wood, it is quite consistent which makes it very easy to work with. Mahogany is also often praised for its superb dimensional stability. Flat pieces will remain flat. Joints and glue-ups will remain intact. In the midst of seasonal changes in humidity, mahogany exhibits minimal shrinkage and swelling.

Exquisite racking details make Grand Mahogany a top wood optionThis brings us to Grand Mahogany as a top wood choice, in particular. Naturally, it possesses all the afore-mentioned impressive features generally found in Mahogany wood. But it’s beautiful uniform color is the cherry on top of it all. Grand Mahogany has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, it can measure up to Sapele and Cherry. The latter two are also top wood choices for furniture making and wine racks. *Cheers*

Clean layout & top wood choice

Technical Tuesday Episode #443: Clean-cut Commercial Wine Storage

September 15th, 2020

If you own a wine store, your customers’ convenience should be a top priority. One of the ways to do that is to make sure that the merchandise is properly organized. You’d want your customers to find things easily and not waste a lot of time doing a treasure hunt. Naturally, you also want to put out your bestsellers and newest labels. To promote the bottles of wine in your collection, you’ll need to store the wine bottles in an orderly yet eye-catching fashion. Our Tech Tuesday article might be able to give you a push in the right direction. Check out these clean-cut commercial wine displays:

Project # 322578
Wood: Custom/ CDR / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 18692
Where: Waldorf, MD

Clean-cut wine bottle storageOur clients own a pretty huge wine establishment. They have an impressive line-up of wine and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The store gets super busy during peak hours and with the COVID-19 situation at present, careful organization was essential. The store also had to make sure the customers feel safe while browsing and buying their liquor. They purchased several commercial wine display islands – some custom and some from our Vintner line. Below are some nice close-up shots of the commercial racking units in unstained Premium Redwood:

Wine display islands for clean-cut storageAs mentioned earlier, this is a mix of custom racking and units from the Vintner Series. For those who are not yet aware of this, our Vintner also has a commercial line. It features state-of-the-art wine displays, islands, and merchandisers. The Vintner units come at a lower price than the Classic collection. Nonetheless, there is no compromise when it comes to quality. You also get a ton of racking styles and accessories to work with. For example, the racks come with industry exclusive vinyl base & caster options. You also get a bevy of wood, stain and finishes to choose from.

Unstained merchandisersJust like the Vintner wine rack kits, the commercial collection also consists of 3 & 4-ft stackable racks. They are so versatile that you can stack them up to 12-ft high. It’s also so easy to mix and match the same width units and stack then on top of each other. For a large and busy business, nothing beats clean-cut wine bottle storage. Follow our clients’ lead and purchase these commercial racks for your store as well! *Cheers*

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #441: Exploring Bulk Bottle Storage Options

September 8th, 2020

Smooth sailing September is indeed inspiring! Week number two for our September Tech Tuesdays and we have lots to share with you wine cellar fans. It’s all thanks to our project team who completed this cellar for our clients in Atlanta, GA. Check out the bulk bottle storage showcased in the gorgeous wine cellar below:

Project # 317656
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 2326
Where: Atlanta, GA

Custom bulk bottle storageFirst up is this solid masterpiece of custom shelving units. Yes, you read that right: custom. The clients had generous space for their wine cellar and wanted to go all out on it. Our design team worked to ensure that the bottle storage capacity was fully maximized while capturing a timeless aesthetic. So Grand Mahogany was the wood of choice for the wine racking units:

Beautiful bulk bottle storage unitsAs earlier mentioned, this project is a shining example of options for bulk bottle storage. You will notice that the shelves here are designed to store wine boxes, crates, and of course, loose bottles. But these shelves are multi-functional as well! They can also be utilized for storage of other items, such as boxes of wine cellar accessories. You can even use them to display your glassware and other decor.

Here at WCI, we have a very healthy selection of bulk bottle storage options. If you prefer something fancier, we invite you to check out our Rotating Wine and Pull Out Wine cradles. These units will provide a stylish spot for you to display your collection in.

Bulk bottle storage shelving unitsAdjustable shelves are one of the best wine storage solutions you can have. In fact, we highly recommend getting them, especially if you’re quite the collector. They are suited for residential wine cellar owners as well, not just for commercial ones. For example, you purchase some wine boxes and they arrive in a totally different size from what you expected. It might also happen that they are much smaller than anticipated. The ability to move around your shelves will then give you the space you need at any given time. We have so much to offer so go ahead and explore more bulk bottle storage options at the WCI website! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #440: Gaga Over Graywash Stain

September 1st, 2020

Want to know why lots of people are going “gaga” over Graywash stain? We can definitely give you a number of reasons. Lucky for us, we also have this classy Tech Tuesday project to serve as an example:

Project # 325574
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 810
Where: Marietta, GA

Vintage View wall-mount units

Easily Install Your Racks

First things first – let’s go over the details of this wine storage. It’s actually a combination of metal and wood racking units. We used some Vintage View wine racks in order to maximize the available wall space. Since the racks are wall-mounted, it was easy to install and offered amole bottle storage to boot.  Note that here at Wine Cellar Innovations, we have an assortment of wall-mount wine racks you can choose from. Some of our newest and popular collections include the Revue Series, Ultra Wine Racks, and the very versatile WineZone Wine Shelf system.

Going gaga over Graywash!Now let’s move on to this beautiful custom shelving. As you can see, this was specially designed to accommodate bulk bottle storage. But the countertop was also made to be wide enough to serve as prep space or display other wine accessories. So even if this is just a wine storage and not a formal wine cellar, it is wonderfully multi-functional.

So let’s go more into the details of the shelving . The wood choice is All-Heart Redwood and the clients went with the Graywash stain option. As we mentioned earlier, Graywash is a super popular stain, particularly with homeowners. WCI has included this stain in our stains and finishes repertoire just a few years ago. It has been carefully tested over several months to achieve a look that is both traditional and modern. It is actually a semi-transparent stain, very much like our Whitewash option. You will notice that there is no texture that comes through. Instead, the stained wood showcases a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the grain pattern underneath.

The old country feel of Graywash combined with the clean, monochrome shades on the wood is just stunning. No wonder everyone is going gaga over Graywash! *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #439: Graywash x Rustic Pine Pairing

August 25th, 2020

Graywash has been really gaining traction as a finish option for wine cellar projects. It certainly ranks in our top faves as well. Graywash stain can give your wood that old country, shabby chic vibe that is just very attractive. But keep in mind that different varieties of wood will yield different results, appearance-wise. Some woods can bring out that “weathered” look better than others. Some can also bring out those gray and white monotones more prominently compared to others. So it’s important to do a swatch review first so you’ll get a visual sample of the end result. For today’s Tech Tuesday, we bring you a Graywash x Rustic Pine pairing:

Project # 320340
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 939
Where: Atlanta, GA

Graywash x Rustic Pine pairingClean and functional best describe this wine cellar. The racking units are all custom made. This definitely shows in how they fit seamlessly in the space while offering plenty of bottle storage. As earlier mentioned, Rustic Pine is the wood of choice for this project. In its unstained state, the wood sports a beautiful  soft and creamy color. But what makes Rustic Pine stand out are the subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This is why it is sought after when a rustic architectural appearance is desired.

Find your perfect wood x stain pairing!

Rustic Pine lends itself to a variety of stains and finishes. That’s why it’s so easy to work with it to match any existing decor in your home and of course, your wine cellar. It is particularly suited for weather finishes. This is where intergrain matter is stripped down to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. The timeworn look is elegant and goes well with just about anything. For this reason, the Graywash x Rustic Pine pairing was chosen for this project.

Beautiful custom rackingOur popular Graywash stain brings a vibe that is both traditional and modern. It is actually a semi-transparent stain, quite similar to Whitewash. You will notice that there is no texture that comes through after application. The final product is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. For a knotty grain of wood like Rustic Pine, the grain pattern is a bit subdued with Graywash. The colors are also still light, bordering on soft olive tones. We encourage you to request samples to see if this is the color scheme you’d want for your wine cellar. Our Interactive Swatch Viewer is a fantastic tool that can help you decide. Naturally, you can also chat with our experienced design consultants so you get the results you want! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #438: Get Bold & Beautiful With Midnight Black Stain

August 18th, 2020

What is your wine cellar style? Are you the traditional type who prefers timeless elegance? Or do you enjoy the modern look with sleek lines and minimalist charm? Whatever your preference may be, rest assured that WCI can deliver. Thanks to the variety of products and professional services, WCI is able to meet both the client’s needs and wants. In today’s Tech Tuesday, our clients wanted to get bold and beautiful in their wine cellar:

Project # 315440
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 587
Where: Atlanta, GA

Bold & beautiful with Midnight Black StainOur clients had this sweet little space which was perfect for a small wine storage. They went full-on custom with their racking units.  As a result, this compact closet was maximized down to the last square inch of space. There was even enough room to put in a variety of racking styles. See how the layout includes Individual Bottle Columns, High Reveal Displays, and Open Diamond Cubes. It doesn’t even look like a small space at all! This wine storage can proudly host to just a little under 600 bottles. There’s even some storage for magnums and larger-format bottles:

Compact yet spaciousHere we have photos of the wine racks in all their bold and beautiful glory. The wood option for this project is Premium Redwood. The clients wanted the racks to make a statement without taking away the “elegance” factor. So both the clients and our design team decided on dressing up the racks i Midnight Black Stain. The result was truly satisfying! Premium Redwood is a light-colored wood when unstained and adapts to stains and finishes very well. With a dark-colored option like Midnight Black Stain, the racking units look more structured. You can really see the seamless lines on the racks that illustrate the fine craftsmanship.

Bold & beautiful colors on the racksNow how would you know which stain or finish option would give you the results you want? It can indeed be a bit of a dilemma, especially if you’re a total newbie to wine cellar construction. That’s why we highly recommend a consultation with our experienced wine cellar design professionals. But that’s not all that we have to offer! We also have an Interactive Swatch Viewer that can provide you with previews on different wood x stain/finish combos. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #437: Quaint “Cottage” Details On Wine Cellar

August 11th, 2020

Do you want to recreate that quaint “cottage like” feel on your wine cellar project? Then this Tech Tuesday can show you the ropes on how to achieve that. The old country details are pretty authentic on this one. We love how the traditional wine cellar look is given more character with the additional accents:

Project # 319071
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1503
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Quaint cottage vibesThe racking assembly is actually a mix of custom units and pieces from our wine rack kits. But because of the excellent craftsmanship and finishing, everything is so uniform and seamless. You certainly can’t tell that there are “kits” mixed into the layout. One of the advantages of combining such pieces is that the overall cost will be more reasonable. If you’re working with a budget and you want to really stick to it, this is one of the recommended solutions. Note that with our wine rack kits, you are still afforded choices such as with your wood, stain and finish options. Vintner, in particular, offers such an extensive selection that it has been called “the next best thing to custom.”

Grand Mahogany in Dark Walnut Stain Now let’s move on to the design details! Grand Mahogany was chosen for this project with a Dark Walnut stain option. Grand Mahogany works with almost all types of stains of finishes. But it also handles darker ones exceptionally well. Dark Walnut is a deep golden-brown stain. When applied, the  stain deepens almost all shades of wood. You can see that result reflected on the wine racks. The beautiful golden-brown hues stand out quite prominently against the light colored walls, ceiling and flooring.

Cottage feel on flooringSpeaking of flooring, check out the design on this one. The geometric floral pattern really helps bring out that old country, cottage vibe. Here at WCI, we have an excellent selection of wine cellar flooring styles for you to choose from. Not only can you have any design you want, you also have the luxury of selecting from a bevy of different materials. You can have something like this one with from our Mosaic or Hand-Painted Tile flooring options. If you want something with an even more traditional charm, check out our Vintage Wine Barrel flooring. *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #436: Rustic Pine In Dark Walnut Stain

August 4th, 2020

Awesome August greetings, wine cellar buddies! The summer heat is still on and that just keeps us even more motivated. Things may have been quite different this year, but we’re happy to still help clients achieve their wine cellar goals. Today’s Tech Tuesday is one that combines function with a reasonable price point:

Project # 327992
Wood: Vintner / DKS / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 538
Where: Blowing Rock, NC

Rustic Pine x Dark WalnutThis is another compact wine cellar that offers so much in terms of bottle storage. You can see from the above photo that the racking arrangement is quite versatile. There’s a pretty good variety of bottle storage options and the wall spaced is well utilized. This setup can actually accommodate over 500 bottles!

Versatile bottle storageHere are some close-up shots of the racking assembly. It looks so seamless and screams of good quality. Well, we’re not pulling the wool over your eyes because these are indeed excellent quality wine racks. But guess what – they came very well within client’s budget! WCI offers a plethora of product choices for our clients, including raw materials such as the wood option. This makes it easier to work within a designated budget without compromising on quality. In this project for example, we went with a mix of the Vintner and Designer Series wine rack kits. That’s right – there are no custom units in this wine cellar. It certainly kept the cost down but still brought in the desired results.

Structurally sound knots on Rustic PineNow even when you go with our wine rack kits, you are still presented with tons of choices. Let’s start with the wood option. We went with Rustic Pine for this project because it is one of the most cost-effective wood products out there. Rustic Pine is our best value by price per bottle space. This is owing to the huge supply of the wood. Pine grows throughout North America and represents a huge quantity of the overall wood produced. Rustic Pine is a grade that includes knots. That’s why it gives a bigger yield and lower cost than a clear grade of wood. However, the knotty appearance is not a downgrade at all!

Rustic Pine boasts of a soft, creamy color, accentuated with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This wood is quite in demand when a rustic architectural appearance is desired. It is stunning enough unstained, but it also works with stains and finishes extremely well, particularly weather finishes. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #434: Wine Cellar Closet Transformation

July 21st, 2020
Even when things have drastically changed in the last few months, we can still be productive. Productivity will give us a sense of achievement, something that is sorely needed in these difficult times. For wine lovers, what better way to do this than getting that wine cellar project done! Take a little inspiration from today’s Tech Tuesday feature. This wine cellar closet transformation has everything you need: function, design, and space-efficiency:

Name: James Hahn
Project # 324706
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 482
Where: Hebron, KY

Wine cellar closet transformationWe’ve been talking about small wine cellar concepts in our last few blog posts. That’s because more and more clients have been inclined to build compact wine storage than a full blown wine cellar. Lack of space and budget concerns are usually the top reasons. So if you’re one of those who feels like there’s not enough space in your home for a formal wine cellar, this is the perfect alternative. You can create beautiful wine storage even in the most unlikely places in your home. Think of those empty stretches of walls, unused broom, coat, or shoe closets, pantries – spaces you may have thought don’t serve any real purpose. These can be transformed into suitable storage for your collection. You will be wonderfully surprised at how many bottles you can actually fit into them! Space-efficient and unique closet transformationThis ingenious wine cellar closet transformation is a small space packed with huge features. First up is the racking units. Our team combined custom wine racking with pieces from the Vintner and Designer Series wine rack kits. This made everything so much more affordable, thanks to the kits. Nonetheless, the quality is not affected, and neither is the consistency of the design. That’s because our “kits” also give you lots of options that are almost as good as customizing your wine racks.

Premium Redwood in Midnight Black Stain for this wine cellar closetHere is a closer look at the racking assembly. Notice how clean everything is, with no awkward gaps anywhere. To augment the uniform look of the racks, our design team used a stunning Midnight Black Stain option. The dark colored stain really brings out the beautiful grain patterns of the wood of choice: Premium Redwood. As far as wine cellar closet transformations go, this one checks off all the boxes. So why not get started on yours as well – get in touch with our experienced design professionals ASAP! *Cheers*

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #433: Small Wine Cellar Concepts With Vintner

July 14th, 2020

Some happy Tuesday vibes to start the week, wine cellar buddies! We’re going to be talking about small wine cellar concepts today, thanks to this project from our client. You’ll see just how much bottle storage a compact space can actually hold. Naturally, we have the Vintner Series to thank for this. Let’s check it out:

Project # 317111
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 565
Where: Statham, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut

Small wine cellar conceptsFrom these photos, you can’t even tell that this wine cellar is considered a “small” one. But it has a pretty impressive bottle storage capacity of over 500 bottles. You can also see that the racking assembly is cleverly laid out so as not to appear cramped. The best part of all is that these units are all from the Vintner Series wine rack kits. That means they are not custom-made but still able to sufficiently deliver that custom feel.

Vintner wine tasting centerLook at how seamless the racking arrangement is. With Vintner, you get so many options that you can work with virtually any space. Even if it’s a compact one, you can still maximize on bottle storage, while creating a stunning layout for your wine cellar. In this project, you can see a good variety of racking styles: standard Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Bins, and Magnum Wine Bottle racks. Our team also incorporated an Individual Tasting Center with Displays and Case Storage. To trim those sharp corners and edges, Vintner provides us with Curved Corner racking, center seam trim, and crown and base molding packages.

Dark Walnut Stain on racksAs far as these small wine cellar concepts go, WCI has tons to offer you. Our daily blog is, of course, the top resource. But we also have a healthy collection of designs in our photo gallery, from under stairwell transformations to closet wine storage and more. Keep in mind that nowadays, you can build a wine cellar anywhere in your home. It’s not just the basement or the garage! You will be surprised at how much bottle storage space you can have once you convert some of that “wasted” space in your kitchen. It’s also so satisfying to transform lonely sections of the home, like an empty coat closet, to an amazing wine storage. There are lots of fun and unique ways to do it and our experienced team is here to help. ^_^

 

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

July 7th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

June 30th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Quarter Round Shelves in full height

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

June 23rd, 2020

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

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

Stain: Dark Walnut

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

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

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

Great variety in bottle storage options

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

June 16th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 8th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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