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Technical Tuesday Episode #429: Regal Rustic Pine Racking

May 21st, 2019

Does the phrase “fit for a king” give you that heady sense of excitement? Like having someone tell you that your newly built or renovated home will be fit for a king once it’s all done. For sure, you’d want to see the finished product as soon as possible. And that’s totally the same for wine cellar projects! If your design consultant will say that the result will be a regal revelation, that is something to truly look forward to. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature will give you guys an idea of how WCI can bring that regal flavor into your wine cellars:

Project # 307666
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 780
Where: Marietta, GA

Check out this super stunning racking arrangement, courtesy of our GA wine cellar design consultants. It is actually a small wine cellar project, but with quite a big impact, style-wise. The racking units are all customized to fit the designated space for the wine storage. You can see from the photos the excellent craftsmanship that went into these racks. There is no wasted space and the arrangement has a smooth flow to it. There are no awkward gaps between the racks and the ceiling and/flooring and the bottle storage capacity has really been maximized. You can also see that the assembly is able to accommodate both individual and bulk bottle storage. This is what makes custom wine racks really worth the money you spend for them. You get the perfect wine storage for your space, as well as the style that you really want.
As you may also have noticed, the racking arrangement stands out with a striking, bold palette. This is our Midnight Black Stain option. It has become very popular in the recent years because it gives wood wine racks added character. The darker colors accentuate the clean lines of the racks and bring out the grain patterns of the wood beautifully. In this project, Rustic Pine is the wood of choice. The natural creamy colors of Rustic Pine absorbed the stain very well, resulting in this regal appearance for the racks. Bold hues, seamless lines, excellent craftsmanship – definitely the earmarks of royalty! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #428: Midnight Black Stain Boasts Bold Simplicity

May 14th, 2019

We are a huge fan of clean lines and simple silhouettes. But we’re also all for those dramatic touches that can bring that “wow” factor to a wine cellar project. So when these two design concepts are combined and balanced out, we’re positive something amazing will happen. And we definitely called it! Check out this beautiful Tech Tuesday that our team completed for a client in Atlanta, GA:

Project # 310906
Wood: Custom /All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 494
Where: Atlanta, GA

Clean and simple racking layout

This is a full-on custom wine storage designed for the client’s small but versatile collection. The racking assembly is divided into two main sections: the individual bottle columns with displays and customized cabinets at the bottom. With this set up, the client can showcase their wine bottles, but they’ll also have room for bulk storage below. They can also store other items in the cabinets, such as glassware. Notice that the layout is very simple, but it addresses all of the client’s needs. There is even a nice countertop that can serve as a prep station.

Since the design was pretty straightforward, our team also decided to give more character to this project with the help of stains and finishes. The wood option for the racks is All-Heart Redwood, so it was absolutely a gem to work with. All-Heart Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellars. It 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. For those reasons it was used in subterranean wine cellars before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented. Above all, it’s SFI-certified!

In order to really bring out the beautiful grain patterns of the wood, our team went with the Midnight Black Stain option. The jet-black color exudes elegance and character. It is indeed a welcome departure from traditional woodworking finishes. Thanks to this stain option, the racks boast of a bold simplicity that is attractive and memorable. We are certain that this compact wine storage will leave an impact our clients’ guests who will be seeing it soon. Naturally, we cannot wait to see how the cellar will look when it’s all filled up. We will definitely be sharing snaps of that as well, so stay tuned! *Cheers*

Beautiful bold Midnight Black Stain

Technical Tuesday Episode #427: Clean And Classy Unstained Premium Redwood

May 7th, 2019

A clean, open theme to a wine cellar project will never go out of style. It may be cliche, but yes indeed, simplicity is beauty. For today’s Tech Tuesday feature, we will go back to appreciating this particular design concept. We have here a clean and classy racking assembly that offers no pretensions at all. But you can certainly see the quality of the craftsmanship of the racking units:

Project # 313195
Wood: DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1172
Where: Valhalla, NY

Classy unstained Premium Redwood racks

This wine storage was assembled for a client in Valhalla, NY. Our team was offered the opportunity to work with yet another city in the state. Take note that WCI design consultants are literally everywhere! We have made it even more accessible for you guys to access our wine cellar design services. Check out the Locate A Design Consultant section of our website for more deets on this. Now let’s go back to this beautiful racking arrangement. The Designer Series wine rack kits were responsible for this creation. Our Designer Series has always been known for it’s full depth racking which holds the full body of the wine bottle. The racks come in 6-feet and 8-feet height configurations. However, with new and improved add-ons, you can purchase extra individual racking to stack on top of the base units. This will give your racking assembly an added 20 inches of height.

The snap below shows how the racks can be stacked to accommodate a desired ceiling height. This makes the Designer Series pretty flexible to work with. But not only that! You also get a wide array of racking styles to choose from. See how the client’s wine storage is comprised of individual and bulk bottle racking units. There is even storage to accommodate wine boxes and/or crates, courtesy of the Rectangular Bins. A Quarter Round Shelf finishes off the assembly really nicely:

Designer Series racking

Our Designer Series kits include a full selection of woods and finishes, just like Vintner. In this project, the wood of choice is Premium Redwood. Both the clients and our design team opted for the unstained version of the wood. This enabled the natural pinkish gold colors of the wood to really shine. It was definitely the right choice since the unstained racks are complemented by the muted interior as well. Clean and classy all the way! *Cheers*

Technical Tuesday Episode #426: Vintner Series Debuts in Alaska

April 23rd, 2019

Being in this business for nearly 30 years, we can say with confidence that our products and services have become even more accessible than before. We have experienced wine cellar design consultants in the various states who can assist in the many facets of your wine cellar project. Today’s Tech Tuesday is a terrific example of that! Cast your peepers on this gorgeous wine cellar that was completed for a client in Alaska:

Project #261270
Wood/Series: Vintner/All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 
Where: AK

Wine cellar project in Alaska

Our Vintner Series happily makes its debut in this project designed for an Alaskan client. This is a generously sized wine room that needed to be maximized for the client’s collection. They had a steadily growing one and wanted more than enough space for future acquisitions. So our design team turned to Vintner in order to deliver the desired results. For the racking arrangement, they made sure that there is enough space for both individual and bulk bottle storage. This was conveniently achieved, thanks to the variety of racking styles available.

The image below shows a lot of Individual Bottle Storage units, some Open Diamond Bins with Face Trim,  and Individual Diamond Bins. The cellar also features an Individual Tasting Center with Displays and Case Storage. For the accents, some Quarter Round Displays were incorporated. The racking assembly was finished off with crown moldings, center seam trim, base platforms, and LED lighting accessories. Now notice that the wine cellar utilized floor-to-ceiling racking in order to really maximize the bottle storage space. So in order to facilitate easier organization of the collection, a rolling ladder was included:

Vintner Series floor-to-ceiling wine racks

WCI manufactures wine cellar ladders, as well as step stools. Our rolling ladders come standard in Red Oak with a clear finish. However, like all other WCI products, these can also be custom made to fulfill your specific needs and environment. Our client opted for an unstained rolling ladder to match the unstained All-Heart Redwood wine racks. However, you can choose to stain and/or finish your ladder, depending on your wine cellar’s theme. The only exception is lacquer. WCI does not do lacquer on the ladders, but they can be stained with a clear finish instead. In addition, you can also select from several wood choices. Wood selections such as Birch, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, White Oak, Lyptus, Alder and Walnut are available for a slight upcharge. *Cheers*