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Technical Tuesday Episode #458: Clear Alder In Dark Weathered Stain

January 21st, 2020

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! How are we weathering out the winter season? Some parts of the country are experiencing record-breaking snowfall. If you belong to that region, we’re channeling Olaf and sending you warm hugs ^_^. So relax, have a glass of wine (or two) and check out today’s inspiring Tech Tuesday concept:

Project # 319097
Wood: Custom / Clear Alder
Bottle Capacity: 332
Where: Atlanta, GA

Metal wine racks and custom wood racks in Dark Weathered StainThis may be just a compact wine cellar but it is big in so many ways, especially when it comes to design.  You can see the racking assembly is well thought-out using a variety of elements. In fact, this project has that contemporary touch that is so popular right now. We can attribute it to the mix of materials, essentially, wood, metal and glass. As you can see the upper portion of the arrangement is built in a riddling rack fashion. This allows for more bottle storage and can accommodate even larger-format bottles:

Loving this contemporary vibe!The lower part of the racking assembly is more of a traditional design. The custom countertop, displays and cubes are all crafted from Clear Alder. Clear Alder is not your typical wood option for custom wine cellar projects. But its characteristics make it a great choice if you want that classic feel to your wine cellar. Clear Alder is a light hardwood with no knots, having a grain pattern similar to Cherry. The wood itself is characterized by light brown and reddish undertones. It has a straight and even-textured wood grain with indistinct boundaries between the heartwood and the sapwood. One of the great features of Clear Alder is that it accepts stains and finishes evenly. Because if this, it can at times be indistinguishable from Cherry in appearance.

Classy Dark Weathered Stain racksTo give the elegance factor of the racking assembly and even bigger boost, the wood racks were stained with a Dark Weathered Stain option. This weathered finish utilizes the same process as Dusty Weathered Stain, However, a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect. The main purpose for this finish is to get your wood to sport a timeworn appearance which is very classy. Since Clear Alder adapts well to stains and finishes, this darker option was just perfect for this project. We love the contrast of the bold hues with the stainless appearance of the metal racks. How would you rate this Tech Tuesday? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #457: Commercial Wine Racks Collection

January 14th, 2020

We’ve got something up our sleeve today for all the commercial wine cellar proprietors out there! Today’s Tech Tuesday episode features a collection of WCI’s commercial racking units. Our team designed this racking arrangement for a client in Birmingham, AL and it certainly delivered. This wine room can host just a little under 1500 bottles in a really space-efficient layout:

Project # 319183
Wood: CDR / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1464
Where: Birmingham, AL

Collection of Island DisplaysFirst up we have snaps of these beautiful Wine Island Display with Countertop. The counter is 8″ deep and can be used to market related items and accessories for more impulse buys. This makes it perfect for displaying popular or new wine merchandise. Plus, there’s tons of bottle storage since the standard Island Display can accommodate about 240 bottles. Wine stores with large volume sales will definitely appreciate having this commercial racking unit. In client’s case, they ordered the island in All-Heart Redwood with an elegant Dark Walnut stain option.

Collection of Wine Display BinsNext we have these Wine Display Bins which come in several height configurations. Like most of WCI’s commercial racking products, these display bins are stackable. They are generally sold in combinations of 2 or 3 columns and can be stacked side by side in 4, 5, or 6 column widths. However, you can also customize them further to suit your wine store’s specific bottle storage needs. These display bins were carefully designed to merchandise high volume wines. We are confident that the resulting sales will make this racking style stand out as one of the highest producing wine racks in your store. Note that the display trays hold up to two over sized wine bottles. Showcase your newest wine merchandise in this manner and watch your sales skyrocket!

 Now here’s one really great feature about all of our commercial racking products: they are actually categorized into two: the Classic line and the Vintner line. The Classic Commercial Series features racking units that are hand-built to order. That means they have a longer lead time due to the more customized details. Naturally, they also sport a higher price tag. The Vintner Commercial Series, on the other hand, is our “kits” version for our commercial racking catalog. The collection boasts of state of the art production with versatile 3 ft and 4 ft wine racks. You can easily stack, mix and match the units for your store’s storage needs. And of course, since this is Vintner, quality comes at a friendlier price point! *Cheers*

All-Heart Redwood x Dark Walnut Stain

Technical Tuesday Episode #456: Vintage View Takes Center Stage

January 7th, 2020

First Tech Tuesday of the year and we’re kicking it off with some contemporary goodness. This Tech Tuesday is right up our alley. It’s space-efficient with a simple yet sleek design. Plus, it highlights one of our most popular metal wine racks: the Vintage View Series. It takes center stage today with this storage unit designed for a client from Covington, KY:

Project # 318600
Wood: Vintage View / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 576
Where: Covington, KY

Stain: Unstained

Vintage View takes center stage!The last few years has shown a remarkable shift towards the modern wine cellar style. Our design professionals have customized a good number of Tech Tuesday projects with a contemporary flavor. These were not limited to residential wine cellar applications, but also to commercial ones. The growth of WCI’s metal racking products is certainly proof of that. We have introduced several new metal wine racking series, such as the Revue and Ultra Metal Wine Racks. But the oldies but goodies are still as popular as ever, especially our WineZone Wine Shelves and, of course, the Vintage View Series.

Vintage View has really paved the way for metal racking to become a staple in wine cellar projects. As you can see from these photos, it is just so convenient to fit the racks even in narrow spaces. That’s because the units are designed to be wall mounted. This allows one to utilize empty wall spaces without crowding the floor area. So even if you don’t have the room to accommodate a formal wine cellar, you can still create beautiful storage for your wine bottles.

Versatile wall-mount unitsOne of the most outstanding features of Vintage View is versatility. You can actually assemble the racks two ways: wall-mounted or floor to ceiling when a Floor to Ceiling Frame is purchased (available separately). Note, that these metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But, it will also hold split-sized bottles when mounted 5.5 inches apart. The Vintage View units are available in three different finishes: Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome Plated. You can also get them in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. With this Tech Tuesday project’s bottle capacity of 576 bottles, Vintage View really deserves the center stage. *Cheers*



Technical Tuesday Episode #455: Subtle Hues With Graywash Stain

December 17th, 2019

We are down to the final Tech Tuesday of the year, wine cellar buddies! It has been such a productive year with so much variety in custom wine cellar designs. Needless to say, we are so hyped for what’s to come in the New Year. But before that, we still have this one last awesome project to share with you guys. It’s another custom creation using one of our newer stain offering – the gorgeous Graywash Stain:

Project # 319205
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Atlanta, GA

Subtle hues with Graywash Stain Custom Quarter Round Shelves

The subtle hues on the racking arrangement is our most favorite feature on this wine cellar. The wine racks were all crafted from Rustic Pine which is a naturally light colored wood. Rustic Pine is best characterized by its soft,  creamy color. This is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This gives the wood that unique, architectural appearance. While the wood is already beautiful in its unstained state, it is equally stunning with various stains and finishes. 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. Rustic Pine absorbs and retains all types of finishes extremely well. But the grain patterns become more pronounced in the dark stained woods.

Muted tones on racking for a subtle effect

Now with this project, however, the clients wanted something a bit more subtle. They wanted clean and classic lines on their wine racks, but nothing too bold or vibrant. So our design team went for the Rustic Pine x Graywash Stain combo. Graywash Stain is one of our more recent additions to our growing selection of stains and finishes. It became popular quite fast because it is truly attractive. The stain has been carefully tested over several months in order to achieve a look that is both traditional and modern. It is actually a semi-transparent stain, similar to Whitewash. That means that there is no texture that comes through in the wood. The final product is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. With a light-colored wood such as Rustic Pine, the softer shades can peek through the stain. The effect is subtle yet definitely eye-catching! *Cheers*


Technical Tuesday Episode #454: Gorgeous Knotty Alder Racks

December 10th, 2019

Only 14 more days left till Christmas! The holiday spirit is in full swing – and so are the wine parties. And hope your wine cellars are all prepped for those. But if you need more inspiration, then we’re here to give that to you. Our Tech Tuesdays are chock-full of terrific wine storage concepts. Today, were bringing you a beautiful project, with a nice departure from our usual standard wood options. Check these stunning Knotty Alder wine racks:

Project # 277557
Wood: Custom / Knotty Alder
Bottle Capacity: 1458
Where: Atlanta, GA

The design of this wine cellar is so elegant and we love the combination of materials used. The stone-hewn columns framing the racking assemblies give off a really medieval charm. They also accentuate the rich, golden colors of the racking units.

As we earlier mentioned, the racks are made from Knotty Alder. This wood is not one of WCI’s stock-wood options. Meaning, it’s not one of those woods is readily available in the market. One of the reasons for this is the demand for the wood. Unlike Redwood or Rustic Pine, Knotty Alder is not used that often in wine cellar projects. However, we feel like it deserves the spotlight a little more because it definitely has some pretty outstanding features. These wine racks are certainly proof of that!
Now let’s get to know this wood option a little bit more. Knotty Alder in its natural state is primarily light brown in color. But it may also vary from a pale yellow to reddish-brown. While the wood often features a variety of different-sized knots, some pieces will have no knots at all. This type of wood works very well with various stains and finishes. This is one of the features that make it an exceptional hardwood for your custom wine cellar. One of the things we also recommend is adding lacquer to the racks, whether stained or unstained. It will make for a glossy finish that is just super luxe! Another great characteristic of Knotty Alder is the way it can add a rustic feel to any application. This is all thanks to the variations in knots and color in the wood. You can easily see that in this wine cellar. While truly elegant, it also exudes that warm, rustic feel. *Cheers* 

Technical Tuesday Episode #452: Sleek Style With Midnight Black Stain

November 26th, 2019

A merry Tech Tuesday to all you wine cellar fans out there! Can you believe that next week, the month of December is already here. That means that shopping list has to be at the very least halfway through. But if you haven’t started on it yet, don’t fret. We’re going to list down some fantastic gift ideas for your wine loving “giftees.” Stay tuned for that on next week’s round of blogs! For today, we have this absolutely gorgeous wine cellar project to sing praises to. The sleek racking style has been wonderfully accentuated by nothing less than our Midnight Black Stain option. Let’s check out the deets:

Project # 320768
Wood: Custom /All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1349
Where: Valhalla, NY

Wine racks in sleek Midnight Black Stain

We’re not gonna lie! At first glance, even we thought that these were 3D renderings of the client’s wine cellar. But these photos are actually of the real deal – the completed wine room designed by our awesome team. The racking units are all custom, tailor-made to maximize the space. You can actually see in the photos that the bottle storage capacity is quite generous. There’s also a good variety in bottle storage options. The curved corner units seamlessly blend into the room’s corners, providing more bottle storage space. So when you want your wine room to be really functional, this is the way to go.

Custom curved corner racksNow let’s talk about the visual appeal of this wine cellar. The dark-colored wine racks are certainly eye-catching and a welcome departure from the traditional wood finishes. Midnight Black Stain has really risen in the popularity ranks over the last year or so. We found that more and more clients have come to appreciate the beauty that darker-colored stains can bring. Midnight Black Stain, in particular yields jet-black hue that is just really sleek and adds a lot of character to the wood. It also gives wooden wine racks that contemporary vibe.

Variety in bottle storage options Some wood types can bring out bolder hues of the stain compared to others. In this project, the wood option is All-Heart Redwood. It is a very versatile wood that lends itself extremely well to almost all types of stains and finishes. As far as wood options go, All-Heart Redwood is considered to be one of the best choices for custom wine cellar projects. With the way this Tech Tuesday is checking off all the boxes, we couldn’t agree more! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #451: Seamless Proportions With Custom Racking

November 19th, 2019

Nothing beats clean, beautiful lines in a wine cellar project. It’s like that perfectly tailored suit that, of course, comes with a hefty price tag. So if you’re wanting those seamless proportions in your wine cellar, you should be ready to spend for them. But that doesn’t mean you have to go beyond your means. Here at WCI, custom wine racks can give you the wine cellar of your dreams – and without breaking the bank. Today’s Tech Tuesday will show us how it’s done:

Project # 313945
Wood: Custom/ Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3042
Where: Kinnelon, NJ

Seamless proportions with custom rackingThis large wine room of client has an impressive bottle capacity of a little over three thousand bottles. The racking units are all custom-made to make full use of the generous space. You can see from the photo above how clean the lines are. There are no gaps in between the racks, flooring, and ceiling. And speaking of the racks, there is a nice variety in individual and bulk bottle storage. This is definitely storage designed to accommodate a robust collection. We have no doubts that the clients will have plenty of storage for their growing collection. That includes storage for wine cases or crates, courtesy of the custom rectangular shelves. We can also design these shelves to be adjustable for different storage needs.

The wood option for this project is All-Heart Redwood. To match the lighter colored interior and flooring, the wood was kept in its natural, unstained state. The natural golden brown tones of the wood mesh so well with the rest of the room. This helps contribute to that neat-as-a-pin look, while keeping a classy vibe. Also, as we earlier mentioned, there are ways to keep the cost at bay even with all these custom features. One of those lies in the assortment of wood, stain and finish options.

For example, our client chose All-Heart Redwood. But while worth every dollar you spend, it might not suit everyone’s budget. You can look into other more affordable wood choices – like Rustic Pine. Rustic Pine is a knotty grade of wood which is also of excellent quality, but at a more affordable price range. Unstained Rustic Pine sports a gorgeous, creamy color with structurally sound knots for that perfect rustic charm. If you want to stain or finish your racks, you also get a bevy of choices – one that can match your budget. Seamless proportions at the right prices – that’s WCI custom wine racks! *Cheers*



Technical Tuesday Episode #450: Blended Stains On Your Wine Racks

November 12th, 2019

It’s another awesome Tech Tuesday, wine cellar buddies! If you guys checked out our blog last time, we talked about stained versus unstained wine racks. It’s mostly a matter of style preference and WCI offers so much variety in the stains and finishes department. In fact, we have such an extensive selection that there might be options you have never even heard about. Today, we’re going to be showing you just that so read on and find out:

Project # 309562
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Premium Redwood with Blended StainFeatured today is this simple but super elegant tasting station our team put together for a local client. It is fully custom, designed according to the clients’ bottle storage needs and style preference. The racks are all Premium Redwood and, as you can see, all beautifully stained. So are you able to guess the stain color used on this project? Is it Dark Mahogany? Or could it be Midnight Black Stain? It also looks like it could be a Dark Weathered Finish, don’t you think? Close but no cigar though! Like we mentioned earlier, this project is completely customized. That includes the stain option. What was actually utilized here is what we call our “blended stains.”

Custom racking with blended stain optionWhat is WCI’s blended stain option? If you have been following our blog for quite some time, you might have an idea what this product is. We introduced it a few years back to cater to even the most finicky style “wants” of our clients. There are those who want particular shade or shades for their wine racks that our standard selections could not quite give. For example, our Classic Mahogany might not be too dark for some. However, the Midnight Black might prove to be a tad too bold for their taste. Thus the birth of our “blended” stains!

This stain option is exactly what the name claims yo be. Basically, we can blend any of our current stains together to create something custom for you. We can do it in certain percentages when we “blend” to create the perfect hue you desire. We can even take a custom match and match it up. With this option, the design possibilities are endless! *Cheers*


Technical Tuesday #449: Black Walnut & Metal Racking Beauties

October 29th, 2019

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! Spooktober is nearing the grand finale with Halloween coming up in just a few days. Have you prepped those gruesome but awesome costumes yet? We’ll tell you one thing – there’s nothing gruesome but everything awesome with today’s Tech Tuesday feature. It’s another custom project featuring a special type of wood option: Black Walnut. And while black might be a Halloween hue, it spells nothing but “elegance” with this Tech Tuesday featuring these racking beauties:

Project# 314110
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Black Walnut
Bottle Capacity: 432
Where: Atlanta, GA

Unstained Black Walnut racksThis wine storage was built for a client in Atlanta. It is a combination of various materials that all came together really well to create a classy design with modern touches. The wood wine racks are, of course, all custom-built. Instead of the more popular choices like Redwood or Rustic Pine, the wood option for this project is Black Walnut. Our client together with our design team also decided to go with the unstained version of the wood. Black Walnut is known for its rich color. This wood sports gorgeous chocolate brown tones when unstained. The colors may vary slightly from a “nutty” to darker brown hues. It is an elegant wood visually and well suited for a custom wine cellar or wine rack application. It is to be noted that when the wood is unstained, it will actually develop a natural sheen over time.

Glass-enclosed beautiesHere are some mug shots of the completed wine storage. So apart from the custom racking units, metal racking was also incorporated (see first photo). The metal racks are from our Vintage View Series. The units come in single, double, and triple deep configurations. You can also select from three neutral but attractive finishes: Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome Plated. One of the most outstanding features of these metal wine racks is that they are wall-mount units. That makes them wonderfully space-efficient while providing safe storage for one’s collection. Vintage View beauties can also be mounted from floor to ceiling to achieve that ethereal “floating” look.

Last but definitely not the least, this Tech Tuesday project also incorporates glass elements into the design. Glass panels were installed to enclose the racking assembly. Notice how it makes the wine storage look more spacious! Black Walnut x Vintage View is certainly a combo we ship – do you, too? Share your thoughts in the comments below! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #448: WineMaker x Traditional Series Combos

October 22nd, 2019

What’s up, wine cellar fans? Are you enjoying the Fall season so far? One of the things we love about this season is all the fun Fall fashion we get to see. Layering is a must during this time of the year. And getting creative with how you put on your layers is part of the fun. Wine cellar projects are kind of like that, too. Only it’s “combos” instead of layers! We love playing around with different racking combinations to come up with stunning arrangements. Today, we’ll show you how it’s done with this project that utilizes not just two but three different racking series:

Project # 273553
Wood: Custom / Winemaker / Traditional / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1214
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stain: Dark Walnut

Combo racking in Dark Walnut StainOur client’s wine room is as elegant as they come. But thanks to working with “combos,” the price tag is not a luxurious one. The racking arrangement is actually a combination of custom pieces and units from our Traditional and WineMaker Series. Both our Traditional and WineMaker Series are comprised of shallow-depth wine racks. These racks will display your bottles with the necks sticking out. There is no compromise whatsoever as to the safety of the bottles despite the shorter depth. The carefully crafted square-cut rails ensure proper bottle security. However, because of the shorter depth, the racks are cheaper in terms of manufacturing cost. This makes them more affordable. So combining them with custom units is easier on the budget.

WineMaker and Traditional SeriesSome might be apprehensive about combining custom pieces with the “kits,” though. You might think that this will either downgrade the quality of the racking arrangement or ruin its symmetry. Fortunately, we’ve got a whole photo gallery of proof that that’s not the case. Our wine rack kits carry quality products that can conveniently be integrated with other wine cellar furniture or decor. If you look at the photos of clients’ wine room, you can’t even tell that not all of the units were custom-made. That’s because with our kits, you are also given a bevy of options, from the wood down to the stains and finishes. Redwood and Grand Mahogany, for example, are top-dollar wood options that are available with most of our kits. So why break the bank when you can achieve your wine cellar goals at a price you can afford! *Cheers*



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

October 8th, 2019

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

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

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

Making the most out of compact spaces

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

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

October 1st, 2019

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

The Revue Series

A visual delight in wine storage…

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

A visual delight in wine storage!

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

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

September 24th, 2019

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

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

The Four Corks wine cellar

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

Custom racks and Vintage View Series

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

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

Dusty Weathered Finish

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

September 10th, 2019

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

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

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

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

Lovely design and plenty of bottle storage

Technical Tuesday Episode #442: Luscious Graywash Stained Wine Cabinets

September 3rd, 2019

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

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

Wine Sentinel cabinets in luscious Graywash stain

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

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

Elegant French door entry system

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

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

August 27th, 2019

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

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

Power of custom racking in Premium Redwood!

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

Gorgeous custom countertop

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

Dark Walnut stain on the racks

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

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

August 20th, 2019

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

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

Stunning custom ensemble!

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

All-Heart x Dark Walnut master combo!

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #439: Compact Elegance With Grand Mahogany

August 13th, 2019

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

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

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

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

Beautiful custom racking in Grand Mahogany

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

August 6th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


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

July 30th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


Technical Tuesday Episode #436: Flawless Lines With Custom Racking

July 23rd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #433: Custom Black Walnut Beauty

June 25th, 2019

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

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

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

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

Glass-enclosed wine storage

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

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

June 18th, 2019

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

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

Custom racks in All-Heart Redwood

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

Small but beautiful archway

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

Wine cellar door

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

June 11th, 2019

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #430: Compact And Creative Closet Transformation

June 4th, 2019

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

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

Custom and Vintner racking

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

Unstained Premium Redwood units

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