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Technical Tuesday Episode #358: Modern Appeal With Vintage View Racks

November 14th, 2017

Only five more Tech Tuesdays to go before Christmas! This is how we’re doing the countdown to the big “ho, ho, ho.” We’re expecting some pretty amazing things to happen in 2018, starting with the trend towards modern wine cellars. It’s, therefore, not a coincidence that today’s Tech Tuesday is a push in that direction. Check out the modern appeal of this wine cellar project:

Project # 274628
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 741
Where: Fulton, GA

Vintage View Series

Just this year, we’ve  focused a lot on our contemporary/modern wine cellars campaign. In fact, we have dedicated a whole section for it under the Custom Cellars category in our website. There are so many racking styles to choose from and your imagination is the only limit. We’ve taken on more and more requests for sleek and modern wine cellar designs this year, showing a positive reception to this type of wine cellar. However, there are also those who do not want to go full-blown contemporary. Our client for today’s Tech Tuesday is one of those. They also want to retain a touch of that traditional wine cellar elegance with wood elements. Our professional design team certainly delivered on this one. With a combination of metal and wood racking elements, this spacious assembly with a modern touch was brought to life:

A modern appeal

Our Vintage View Series was utilized to give this project a contemporary flavor. As far as metal wine racks go, our Vintage View is definitely one of our most popular products. This is all thanks to the easy to navigate, label-forward wine storage and display systems. They serve to provide an interactive wine experience that starts at the moment you see the bottle. Our Vintage View racks also feature a most space-efficient, wall-mounted configuration. This makes them ideal for entry-level or compact wine cellar projects. But they will also work with any size or type of wine cellar, including commercial applications. Note that Vintage View racks come in four different height variations (1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-feet) as well as single, double, and triple-deep options. You can also choose from four types of finishes: Black, Black Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome.

Custom Rectangular Bins

To keep the “traditional” charm in this project, our design team added some custom Rectangular Bins to accommodate bulk bottle storage. The wood wine racks were crafted from unstained All-Heart Redwood and look simple and classy. All in all, this project is certainly very functional and with room to accommodate future acquisitions, as well as possible expansion. *Cheers*


Technical Tuesday Episode #357: Unstained Commercial Racks In Rustic Pine

November 7th, 2017

Less than 50 shopping days left before Christmas! How’s your holiday shopping list coming alone, wine cellar buddies? Better get a move on before that mad holiday rush sets in. Nothing can be more stressful than last minute gift purchases. And that definitely goes for our wine store proprietors as well. You have to get your establishments in shape for the season. Today’s Tech Tuesday should be able to give you lots of inspiration though:

Project # 279501
Wood: CDR / Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 5568
Where: Taos, NM

Vintner Commercial Wine Racks

Let’s check out this super spacious set-up composed of our Vintner commercial racking units and commercial wine displays. There is so much bottle storage, as well a variety of storage options in this arrangement. Most of them came from our Vintner Commercial Series. If you have have kept yourself updated with our product upgrades, you’ll be familiar with the commercial aspect of Vintner. A few years back, we launched an entirely separate commercial line for this series. It now consist of an expanding collection of racking units specifically manufactured for retail wine storage. As you can see from the snaps of this project, Vintner has equipped this store with a bevy of racking styles. The wall-to-wall racking is comprised mostly of wine racks with displays such as the Stackable Diamond Bins/Cubes with Display Trays and Stackable Vertical Wine Display Bins. That leaves lots of room to utilize the floor space as well:

Extensive bottle storage options

As you can see from the images, the client also invested in a good number of Commercial Islands and Merchandisers. Islands and merchandisers are one of the most popular racking styles for stores, wineries, and commercial venues. That’s because they are free-standing units. You can just assemble them put them in the middle of your store. They are awesome point-of-purchase racks that allow your customers to easily browse and view your wine merchandise. Moreover, you will find that these units are very versatile in terms of design as well. Our Vintner Commercial racks can be customized with different woods, stains and finishes, including lacquer. Plus, you can choose to have a Vinyl Base and Casters added in as well. Note that the Vintner islands and merchandisers sport an upgraded design that gives each wine bottle a bottle slot to rest in so the bottles don’t rest against each other.

Circular Wine Merchandiser and Wine Display Islands

The client also added a Circular Wine Merchandiser to the mix. We are a big fan of this type of commercial racks. It offers high wine storage capacity in a compact format. This rack is perfect for high traffic areas in your store since it allows 360 degrees of visibility. The display row pops out the wine bottle label. It can even be built around a variety of poles or support columns in your establishment. Also note that the solid table top is now included. This will let you feature your best labels on top. All racks were purchased in gorgeous, unstained Rustic Pine. *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #356: A Pop Of Color With Rustic Pine in Classic Mahogany

October 31st, 2017

You don’t need to overthink in order to make your wine cellar stand out. Sometimes, a simple and even inexpensive solution can get the job done. For example, a pop of color and/or texture might be all you need to give your wine cellar more character. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature shows us how it’s done:

Project # 294120
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Compact wine cellars can go either way. They’ll either blend in with your existing furniture and decor for that natural built-in look, or they can stand out. It’s definitely a style preference, but if you want to take the latter route, how would you do it? Or to be more specific, how would you do it without spending a small fortune? This Tech Tuesday project injected that pop of color through the use of stains and finishes! It’s certainly one of the best ways to go. You can create an amazing variety of unique looks for your wine cellar with them. In this particular project, our design team went for Classic Mahogany stain option.

Classic Mahogany, as a default, is a beautiful, rich, reddish-brown stain that gives the wood a dramatic finish. It also works to enhance the wood’s natural wood grain and inherent personality. In this case, the stain was applied on Rustic Pine – the wood of choice for the racking assembly. Since Rustic Pine has that natural, creamy color with a spattering of subtle streaks and structurally sound knots, the reddish-brown tint becomes more emphasized. In fact, the racks have taken on a gorgeous tone resembling red wine:

Speaking of Rustic Pine, it should be kept in mind that the wood is already attractive in its unstained state. Nonetheless, it also lends itself to a variety of stains and finishes to help you achieve the look you want for your wine cellar. Note Rustic Pine is particularly suited for weather finishes. This is where we strip down the intergrain matter to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. It will give your wine racks that authentic old wine country feel. Since Rustic Pine absorbs and retains all types of finishes very well, the colors become more pronounced in the dark stained woods. The grain patterns also become more prominent. Plus, when lacquer is added, the grain pattern continues to get magnified.

All these being said, we really love the way the racks have taken on a more vibrant appearance with Classic Mahogany. Do you also prefer this color for your wine racks? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers and Happy Halloween!*

Technical Tuesday Episode #355: Premium Redwood And Divine Dark Walnut Stain

October 24th, 2017

When in doubt as to what direction your wine cellar project should take, the clean and simple route is always recommended. You cannot go wrong with simple but classy lines and just jazz it up with a pop of color. This is exactly the route our Tech Tuesday client decided to take – with very satisfying results:

Project # 289343
Wood: Custom/ Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1183
Where: Madison, AL

Premium Redwood wood option

There is nothing out-of-the-ordinary about this wine racking arrangement. But the uncomplicated layout served to highlight the finer details of this project. Just at a glance, you can already see the excellent quality of the racks’ craftsmanship. You can also see the variety in both individual and bulk bottle storage options. Individual Bottle Columns, High Reveal Displays, Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, Open Diamond Cubes, Rectangular Bins – all these were incorporated into a seamless assembly.

Dark Walnut Stain

The straightforward set-up also accentuated the other elements of this project, specifically, the wood and stain choices. All the custom racking units were crafted from Premium Redwood and drenched in Dark Walnut Stain. We think that it was certainly a wise decision to go with a darker hued stain for the racks. This really helped make the racking units pop out against the light-colored walls. Moreover, it wonderfully emphasized the grain patterns of Premium Redwood. Premium Redwood is a clear grade of wood with attractive colors that range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. It also boasts of beautiful grain patterns that really stand out against darker stains and finishes. While unstained Premium Redwood is already eye-catching, it is even more of a stunner when dressed up like this:

Custom LED lighting accessories

Another accessory added to this project was the custom wine cellar lighting. A linear LED Display lighting system was used to shine the spotlight on the racks and eventually, on the bottles, once the client has this cellar all filled up. What’s great about WCI’s lighting accessories is that can actually purchase LED Lighting Kits which are super easy to install. The kit consists of 16.4ft Flexible LED Light Strip Ribbon with adhesive tape attached. It can be easily cut and linked and comes with a self-adhesive back with adhesive tape for flexible and easy application. And of course, since WCI’s thrust is promoting eco-friendly wine cellars, our LED Lighting Kits require no batteries. That means no lead or mercury and no UV or IR Radiation. *Cheers*