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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 unitsFirst 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*

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

June 2nd, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Back to the classics with Premium Redwood racks

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Solving Space Issues With WineMaker

May 25th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #475: Grand Mahogany In Blended Stain

May 19th, 2020

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

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

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

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

Rich colors of Grand Mahogany in blended stain

Technical Tuesday Episode #474: Wine Cellar With Beachy Vibes

May 12th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #473: Cottage Vibes With Graywash Stain

May 5th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

April 28th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 21st, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

April 7th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #468: Vintner Diamonds For Days

March 31st, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #467: Vintner’s Stunning Visuals

March 24th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage View Racks And Small Wine Cellar Concepts

March 19th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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