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Under Stairwell Magic With The Vintage View Series

June 18th, 2020

Isn’t it super satisfying when a seemingly “wasted” space can be put to good use? With our Los Angeles clients, it was even more that. They turned a cramped little corner under the stairs into a stunning wine cellar! And how did they manage to do this? With nothing less than the Vintage View Series metal wine racks:

Under stairwell magic with Vintage ViewIsn’t it like magic how this tight space was transformed? Clients are indeed entitled to bragging rights over this wine storage. This small wine cellar can actually accommodate up to a little over 200 bottles. As you can see from the photos, they decided to go with the floor-to-ceiling configuration for the racks. This allowed the racking arrangement to fit into the uneven layout of the space. Note that with Vintage View, you have a choice between wall mounting the racks or assemble them in a floor-to-ceiling fashion. Naturally, you can also do both at the same time. This flexibility makes Vintage View very popular, especially with compact wine cellar projects.

Floor-to-ceiling configurationHere’s a really smart design move: the use of glass panels. Since the space is narrow, using glass elements gives the illusion of a much larger room in this under stairwell transformation. The glass also highlights the metal racking and gives the cellar a more luxurious appearance. Mixing these simple but different elements of metal and glass brings that added character to this project. Now check out the photo below. Notice that there are also Vino Pins added to the left side of the metal wine racks for good measure. These Vino Pins are able to mount directly to any wall surface with the proprietary anchor systems. This is the only metal wine rack peg system that can mount direct to drywall, masonry or wood. You don’t need even need a backer board!

The magic of Vintage View wine racksSo what about if you have more space to work with? Will the Vintage View also be able to provide for bulk bottle storage? Absolutely YES! Recently, the series has expanded to include a line of case, crate bins, and crate lockers. Check out more of Vintage View’s magic in with both small and large projects in our photo galleries. ^_^

Client Showcases DIY With The WineMaker Series

June 11th, 2020

DIY wine storage projects really bring out the creativity in our clients. Every Thursday, we look forward to the unique arrangements our clients come up with. It’s both inspiring and heartwarming to see how they worked with our products. For today’s Testimonial Thursday, our client Kim showcases this beautiful racking assembly using our WineMaker Series:

Client showcases DIY with WineMaker racksThis project did not utilize custom racking, but look at how the wine storage has been seamlessly built into the wall. You’d think that something like this could only be achieved with custom units and with professional assistance. But our client completed everything in proud DIY fashion. Not only that, they made use of our wine rack “kits,” specifically, the WineMaker Series.

The WineMaker Series is one of our most popular kits because it combines function and cost-efficiency. It is comprised of shallow depth wine racks that provide bottle storage solutions for projects of any size. Despite the shorter depth, there is no compromise when it come to security of the bottles. But thanks to this configuration, the racks can fir comfortably into tight spaces. That’s why WineMaker comes highly recommended for entry-level or small wine cellar projects, like closet or under stairwell transformations.

Owing to the shallow depth of the racks, WineMaker is also one of the most affordable racking around. It’s quality sans the expensive price tag! Clients also love the fact that they are also offered “customization” options. Indeed, you can select your wood type from either Premium Redwood or Rustic Pine. You also have a generous selection of stains and finishes to play with, including lacquer. Client in this case went with Rustic Pine with a bold Dark Walnut Stain. Moreover, just like the Vintner Series, you have flexibility in the height configurations. WineMaker is offered in 3-foot and 4-foot height options that you can conveniently rack and stack. That’s why our client is able to create this DIY arrangement with no awkward gaps between the racking and flooring. We also give a thumbs-up to the woodworking accents client threw in for added flair. ^_^

“I designed it myself and added some additional woodwork to the project.”

~Kim F.~

Get Perfect Fit Racking By Going Custom With WCI

June 4th, 2020

A good number of people shy away from anything “custom made” thinking that this just translates to “expensive.” There is indeed some truth in that. Something customized usually requires specific materials and/or specialized skills. This would explain the higher price tag. But it’s not all for nothing though. When you go the custom route, you expect to get top quality and 100% satisfaction. And here at WCI, these are the results you get and perhaps even more.

Perfect fit wine storage solutions!

Here at WCI, we can design wine cellars in any size and with any budget. That means you don’t need to be pressured into putting out a lot of money to have the wine cellar of your dreams. The perfect place to store your wine can be anywhere from a small wine cellar closet design to the largest room in your home. You also don’t need to have every aspect of your wine cellar customized. WCI carries a wide variety of racking products that can be mixed and matched with custom units. Our wine rack “kits” are cleverly crafted to be worked into racking assemblies. Moreover, we also carry wine cellar accessories designed to make smooth transitions between different racking styles. Check out our crown and base molding packages and center seam trim to see what we mean. Because of the bevy of options we provide, you can get the perfect fit for your wine cellar project. Best of all, you can do this within budget!

Now don’t forget that WCI offers a free wine cellar consultation to help you get started. This includes wine cellar design room plans to start the process on your new construction. You can start by browsing through our custom wine rack styles, wood options, cellar sizes, and living spaces. We also carry wine artwork, ceiling and flooring options, entryways, and so much more. You don’t need to spend a fortune – we have wine storage solutions to suit every need and budget. Our client Greg just got his beautiful custom racking unit, just enough for his favorite bottles. Big or small, WCI can do them all! ^_^

“Perfect fit!”

~ Greg C. ~

WineMaker Series Makes It A “Fun Project” For Client

May 28th, 2020

This month, our WineMaker Series has really been stealing the show! And we wouldn’t have it any other way. There are certain wine cellar needs that only this wine rack kit can fulfill. One of those is the need to maximize space. Our client Robert was kind enough to share his photos with us of his completed wine cellar. With the help of WineMaker racking units, he was able to create ample bottle storage in a tight space. He called it a “fun project” which made us very happy:

Fun project with WineMaker racksThis cozy little corner in the client’s house was transformed into a workspace and wine storage combo. Now that’s a genius idea if we’ve ever heard one! Working while having a glass or two of your favorite wine is living the good life. And in this pandemic season with most people working from home, it’s the ideal setup. Robert really did an awesome job of putting the wine racks together. He purchased some Individual Bottle Columns with Top Stack display and Open Diamond Bins in unstained Premium Redwood:

Cozy workplace and wine cellar comboThanks to WineMaker’s short depth configurations, the racks fit perfectly in the low ceilinged room. Note that like the Vintner Series, WineMaker racks also come in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations. That makes for flexible stacking to match any ceiling height. But the one advantage of WineMaker is that the racking units are manufactured with shallow depth. This makes it more convenient to work them into compact spaces. You will notice from the photo below that the necks of the bottles slightly stick out. Nonetheless, each bottle is still securely cradled in the square-cut rails:

WineMaker racks made it a fun project for client!Naturally, the shorter depth of the racks also make them more affordable. For entry level wine cellar projects or small wine storage, this is the practical choice. You don’t need to have a big budget to create the bottle storage space you need and want. Our client certainly loved how his wine cellar turned out. I fact, he loved it enough to give WCI a thumbs-up to his friends as well! ^_^

“The racks arrived on time and were easy to assemble. Thank goodness I also purchased the nail gun through you. It was a fun project and I have already recommended WCI to friends.”

~Robert R.~

Happy Client Says WCI Comes Highly Recommended!

May 21st, 2020

Don’t you just love it when your week ends on a high note? In these challenging times, words of encouragement and kindness can really do so much. In our case, it’s heartwarming testimonials from our satisfied clients. Our client Jon did just that and we’re proud to share with you his WCI experience:

Our racks and services come highly recommended!Jon purchased racking units from our Vintner Series collection. He was building his home wine cellar and wanted to maximize the space he had. He chose to work with the Vintner racks for this particular project. But he did not go at it alone. He got in touch with one of our experienced design consultants. The professional guidance resulted in the right choices for Jon. After the assembly and installation phase, this is how his wine cellar turned out:

Client recommended our Vintner Series!The space was indeed cleverly utilized. The Vintner Series enabled the client to create a seamless floor-to ceiling racking assembly. Notice that there are no awkward gaps between the racks and ceiling, as well as between the racks and flooring. Vintner comes highly recommended because of its versatility. You can build racking arrangements to match almost any ceiling height. You also get tons of styles to choose from. Whether it’s individual or bulk bottle storage, Vintner will let you do it with flair.

Vintner may be a “kit,” but it has so many options to make the design your own. That’s why it’s called as the “next best thing” to custom wine racks. In our client’s case, he was able to customize his wood, stain and finish options to suit his style. He went for Premium Redwood In Dark Walnut stain for his wine racks. The dark, classy colors complemented the ceiling while contrasting with the white flooring. This accentuated the different textures of the materials used in the wine cellar as well.

“I love my wine racks! My consultant was fantastic. I have recommended Wine Cellar Innovations.”

~Jon H.~

Why Dark Walnut Stain Is The Epitome Of Elegance

May 14th, 2020

Achieving the style or theme that you want for your wine cellar project has never been easier. Thanks to stain and finish options, you don’t need to do a complete overhaul. There are a lot of choices and it all boils down to what really works for you. In the case of our clients for today’s feature, it’s all about a timeless style for their wine cellar project:

Dark Walnut stain is the epitome of eleganceOur clients were so lucky to have this space in their home for a formal wine cellar. The size and dimensions of the room are ideal to work with. They could have chosen just about any design for their wine cellar. But the clients wantes something simple, functional, yet classy. So what better combo to bring about such results than custom wine racking and Dark Walnut Stain. Dark Walnut stain option is the epitome of elegance. It is one of our most popular stain and finish products because you just can’t go wrong with it. It features a gorgeous golden-brown stain. Dark Walnut when applied will deepen almost all shades of wood. Light-colored woods such as Redwood and Rustic Pine take on beautiful, rich shades with this stain. In clients’ case, they chose Premium Redwood for their wine racks. Premium Redwood is lighter than All-Heart Redwood. Its colors range from pinkish to reddish brown. Now if you want a bit of a fancy touch to your wine racks, try adding some lacquer as well.

Seamless and the epitome of eleganceHere is a great full view shot of the racking assembly. Notice how the curved corner racks wrap around the room’s corners. This helps increase the bottle storage capacity of the wine cellar. It also makes the racking assembly flow seamlessly around the room. Center seam trim, as well a s crown and base moldings were also incorporated here. The end result is a polished project that is the epitome of elegance. The clients totally loved the finished product and proudly shared these photos with us. If you have used our racking products, we also hope to see them. Share your wine cellar or wine racking photos with us. We’d love to feature them here on the blog! ^_^

 

Clients’ Cellar Stands Out In Revue Series Wine Racks

May 7th, 2020

Nothing beats the feeling that comes from 1001% customer satisfaction. This recent testimonial from our clients really made our week and it’s definitely worth sharing. They sent us these snaps of their completed wine cellar with the help of the Revue Series:

Stand out in the Revue Series

We launched this new metal wine racks line just late last year. It has caught the eye of a lot of potential customers and these photos can show you why. The Revue Series is indeed a visual delight in wine storage. The units employ strong metal holders to create a label front wine bottle rack. The series is proudly made in the United States so there is no question as to the quality. It is currently offered in two finishes: black stain or silver metal. Any of these finishes can give your wine cellar that beautiful contemporary touch while keeping the design clean and neutral. Moreover, additional colors and configurations will soon be introduced. This makes the Revue Series a top contender when it comes to style as well.

Wall-mount Revue Series wine racks

So how does the series fare when it comes to assembly and installation? We can guarantee that the units are safe, secure, and easy to install. When purchasing them at a two or three bottle depth, there are gravity stops between bottles. This ensures that the wine bottles do not touch. The Revue metal wine racks are also naturally earthquake resistant. The unit has a 5 degree angle on the arms to keep the bottles angled back forward the wall in case of an earthquake. Each rack is mounted to the wall using brackets to create a floor to ceiling wine storage arrangement. With this, you can easily add more racks to grow your collection!

The Revue Series is up on our website and available for online purchase. It is currently offered in 3 and 4 foot increments and two finishes, as we earlier mentioned. And here’s a bonus! There is a “Buy More, Save More” option with affordable discounts. ^_^

Our clients can’t be happier with their wine cellar’s transformation. The Revue Series provided them generous bottle storage and stunning style to boot!

We love your wine racks!”
~Paul G.~

What You Can Do With Our Designer Series Wine Racks Kit

April 30th, 2020

Only two more days till the weekend, wine cellar buddies! And we all know what that means – the wine weekend. Lockdown or no lockdown, there will always be ways to enjoy a bottle of wine or two during the weekends. So let’s look forward to that by getting inspired with this Testimonial Thursday feature. We’ll show you guys what you can do with our Designer Series wine rack kits:

What you can do with our Designer SeriesOur clients’ wine cellar looks so much larger than actual. That is certainly a compliment because it means the cellar won’t look cramped even when it’s filled up. But don’t underestimate the bottle storage capacity either. This compact project can actually host up to a little over 600 bottles. Spacious and seamless, our Designer Series takes full credit for this one.

Unstained Premium Redwood racksYou guys have seen tons of blog posts about our Vintner and WineMaker Series. But our Designer Series also has a lot to offer and it’s time to shine the spotlight on it more. Our Designer Series is best characterized by it’s full depth racking units. A Designer wine rack holds the full body of the wine bottle, along with the 6-foot height configuration. The units do not have the extensive racking and stacking features of Vintner and WineMaker. Nonetheless, the new and improved add-ons will allow you to reach another 20 inches high on your racks. This is perfect for smaller sized wine cellars, just like today’s feature:

Simple yet classy wine cellar doorNaturally, Designer Series is more affordable compared to Vintner. That’s why it comes highly recommended for smaller or entry-level wine cellars. It doesn’t scrimp on style though! This project is proof of that. The series offers fantastic selections of individual and bulk bottle storage options. This includes Open Diamond Cubes and Bins, Rectangular Bins, Vertical Displays, and more. You can even have your choice of tasting centers and Wine Bottle Waterfalls. And of course, you also get to choose from a variety of wood, stain and finish options. That’s inclusive of our newest stain offerings, such as Graywash and Whitewash. Last but not the least, our Designer Series also has its own set of accessories and finishes. These will help complete the look of your racking arrangement seamlessly. From molding packages to wine glass racks and more, Designer really has you covered!

Rich Colors & Luxe Details With Black Walnut Wine Racks

April 23rd, 2020

If you were asked what type of wood you’d want for your wine racks, what would your choice be? A lot of our clients took their picks from the “big four.” These are our most popular wood options: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. But these are not the only choices you have. A wine cellar project only has your imagination as the limit. That means you can also explore your choice of materials. Our clients did just  and came up with a wonderful decision. They decided to go for the rich colors and luxe details of  Black Walnut:

Rich colors of Black WalnutThis is not the first time Black Walnut was featured in our blogs. But it does not make a frequent appearance as, say, All-Heart Redwood or Rustic Pine. However, the number of clients turning to this wood option has significantly increased. It’s not without good reasona though. Just check out the stunning colors of the wood. The rich brown tones with hints of red and gold lend a really luxe feel. And here’s something that will surprise you! These wine racks are unstained. What you are seeing is the natural, untouched beauty of the wood.

Luxe details on the racksCheck out the details of the racking arrangement. It’s a good mix of individual and bulk bottle storage. The use of the Open Diamond Bins is quite clever as it increases the bottle storage capacity. Moreover, it adds a fancy touch to the wine cellar, style-wise. Note that these racking units are all custom. That means they were built to the room’s specifications and, of course, the clients’ wishes. You can observe in the photos how seamless the racking arrangement is. There are no awkward gaps, particularly between the racks, flooring and ceiling. These may be little details, but they are essential in achieving the desired results. The clients wanted clean lines and rich colors. They also wanted the wine cellar to have something “special.” The combination of the non-standard wood choice and custom racking achieved that goal. ^_^

Beautiful and rich colors on the racksDid you like this wine cellar project as well? What would you change about it if ever? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below! ^_^

Clients’ Wine Tasting Center Has Everything They Need

April 16th, 2020

Never underestimate the capacity of a compact wine storage! Just because it occupies less space in the home doesn’t mean it can’t store more. Our clients were able to store everything and more in this wine tasting center purchased from our online store:

This Wine Tasting Center has everything!One of the best alternative solutions to a formal wine cellar is definitely a wine tasting center. You can build it anywhere in your home and customize it according to your storage needs. Here you can see that the client went for shorter depth racking units to conserve even more space. At WCI, we carry these shallow depth racks in our wine rack kits collection. Specifically, you can find them with our WineMaker Series .

But as far as wine tasting centers go, our other kits also have so much to offer, such as Vintner and Designer. Our top ranking Vintner Series offers several packages with further options to customize. Take note that these are “kits” and not even WCI’s custom line. That means they come at a very reasonable price point! Still, you have the option to select your wood, stain and finish options, including lacquer. You also get to choose the height of the racking units. In Vintner’s case, your tasting centers can go up to 9 feet. And that doesn’t end there. You can also add base platforms, as well as stacking and center trim. The base platforms are specifically designed and engineered to elevate each wine rack kit. The stacking and center trim help to get rid of those awkward gaps between racking styles, the flooring, and ceiling.

You may also have noticed in the photos that there is glassware storage as well. The tasting centers in our wine rack kits allow for this option. You can select either the Racking with Glass Rack Insert or Racking with Archway Insert. So even with limited space in your home, you can still have a complete wine storage for your collection. Our client Brian was certainly happy with how things turned out. ^_^

“Working great!”

~Brian M.~

Clients’ Wine Cellar Project Is “Amazingly Fun”

April 9th, 2020

With “shelter in place” or “stay at home” being the new normal, it pays to have a safe haven in your home. And what can be better than having a custom wine room to de-stress with your favorite wine bottles. We’re pretty sure a lockdown won’t seem too bad when you have a space like this to chill while doing your part to flatten the curve:

Clients enjoyed their amazingly fun wine cellar project!Our clients had the opportunity to work on their wine cellar using racking products our catalog.  They described the experience as an amazingly fun one. Judging by the results, we can also tell that they were highly satisfied. Their completed racking arrangement is so spacious and versatile. We especially love how the Quarter Round Shelves were incorporated into the assembly. They served as the perfect display corners for both wine bottles and accessories:

Beautiful details on amazingly fun wine cellar project Now the question you might ask is this: is it possible for WCI to help you build a custom wine cellar during these difficult times? Well, you’d be extremely pleased to know that we absolutely can! First off, our online store is chock full of racking units that are easy to configure and assemble. Our wine rack kits come highly recommended, especially for residential projects like this one. But if you want to go the custom route, that’s no problem as well. Our highly experienced design consultants can provide essential services remotely in all stages of the project.

Cozy and seamless wine room

We particularly like to highlight our design request services which you can complete online as well. Choose from either the short or long design form depending on your needs and design stage. Then our team will get in touch with you and assist you every step of the way. The products will be delivered straight to your doorstep and some even have the option to be shipped fully assembled. Everyone on our team, from our designers, sales reps and down to our office staff, are all fully trained to deliver remote services. Our clients can rest assured that they will get the results they want without having to leave their homes. After all, we provide wine cellar products and services on a global scale. There is no better time to start an “amazingly fun” wine cellar project than today. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you out! ^_^

“Thanks for all your help with this amazingly fun project!”

~Susan and Brent L.~

All The Luxe Details With Unstained All-Heart Redwood

April 2nd, 2020

Even if it’s a small wine cellar project, there are so many things you can do with it. Case in point: the luxe details on our client David’s wine cellar. This compact project is simple yet seamless. The client chose well by going for fully customized wine racking units. You can see from the photo that bottle storage capacity has really been maximized. We especially love the use of the Curved Corner Racks. Also notice that there is ample space for a tasting area and glassware storage. Custom crown and base moldings and center seam trim were also thrown into the racking assembly. Observe how there are no awkward gaps whatsoever between the racks and flooring, as well as the ceiling. The transition between different racking styles is flawless as well:

Luxe details with All-Heart Redwood
One of featured really worth highlighting in this wine cellar is the uniform color of the wine racks. Usually, this can be achieved by staining or finishing them in the same shade. But not with this project. What you’re seeing here are all unstained racking units. So how come they all sport that similar, beautiful golden brown color? This is all thanks to the wood option: All-Heart Redwood.

We can’t help but shine the spotlight on All-Heart Redwood again and again. This wood has so much to offer that it is really a solid investment. It’s worth noting that All-Heart Redwood is actually the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log. This is the reason for the uniformity in the wood’s reddish hues. It is also hailed as having amazing resistance to moisture, mildew and rot. That’s why it was used in subterranean wine cellars many, many years ago.

In sum, All-Heart Redwood’s most outstanding features include resistance to shrinking, warping, checking, and durability. These are what makes it such a highly recommended investment. Your wood wine racks will age beautifully in your wine cellar, along with your bottles. Certainly, the luxe details in your wine cellar are both inside and out! ^_^

“We love it. Lidia was great to work with!”

~ David B.~

It’s Time To Discover WCI’s Beautiful Blended Stain Option

March 26th, 2020

If you have the budget for it, custom wine racks are really a worthy investment. They can be designed to your specifications, both in function and form. Function is naturally a primary consideration. Every customer has different wine storage needs. But form is essential as well. If you’re spending a good amount of money, the results should show inside and out – and it’s time to discover that. For our clients in Alpheretta, GA, this is exactly what our racking products delivered:

Beautiful blended stain optionAll of these wine racks and shelving are customized for the clients’ wine cellar. And that includes the stain option. Instead of choosing from the available selections on WCI’s list, the clients went for something else. They went along with our beautiful blended stain option. This stain is very true to its namesake. For those who are not yet familiar with it, here’s how our blended stains work. Basically, we can blend any of our current stains together to create something totally custom for you. We can even take a custom match and match it up.

See how beautiful blended stains workFor example, you want a light stain, but not as thin in color as our Light Danish Stain option. You will be able to achieve this by going just one or two shades darker. The blended stain option will allow you to combine 90% Light Danish Stain with 10%  Midnight Black. Since you have the opportunity to play around with so many choices, the design possibilities are endless. Now is the time to discover such possibilities!

Wine tasting table with beautiful blended stainHere’s a nice snap of a custom wine tasting table. You can see how the beautiful blended stain works with wood of choice. Our clients went with All-Heart Redwood for all their racking units. All-Heart Redwood is one of our top ranked wood options for custom wine cellar projects. It absorbs stains and finishes really well, enhancing the wood’s gorgeous grain patterns. You can see here how a darker stain gives the wood a more luxe appeal. Use our Interactive Swatch Viewer to check out how different wood types will work with different stains and finishes. ^_^

 

Combining Your Living Space And Wine Cellar

March 12th, 2020

One of the biggest contributions of modernization in the wine cellar industry is giving us the opportunity to build wine cellars anywhere in our homes. The concept of a “home wine cellar” is no longer limited to the basement or that empty room in the house. These days, you can create suitable wine storage for your collection even in the most unusual of spaces. Some examples include under stairwell and closet transformations, pantry wine storage, and garage wine cellars.

Today, we’re going to walk you through this gorgeous project completed for one of our clients. This project shows how combining your living space and wine cellar can be done in a seamless fashion. It also illustrates how wine cellars play a significant role in enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the home. And if you do a bit more research, you’ll come to learn that wine cellars help with the market value as well. In more recent years, a wine cellar has contributed to improving the selling price of residential properties. Just take a look at these photos and you can certainly see why!

The layout in this living room wine cellar is one of the best that we have seen so far. The floor area is efficiently utilized to maximize two different spaces: the living area and the wine cellar. Notice that the living area itself has a rustic theme going on. The exposed beams on the ceiling, wooden posts, and other accents lend an old country feel to your space. Plus, the use of warm tones on both the furniture and wine racks creates really great symmetry.

To make the wine cellar blend in, Rustic Pine was used for the wine racks. The racking assembly features WineMaker Series with its shallow depth units. This definitely helped with maximizing on the cellar’s bottle storage capacity. Also, the racks were stained in Classic Mahogany. This helped bring out the beautiful, subtle streaks and knots on the wood. Rustic Pine exudes a natural “rustic vibe” when unstained. But with darker stains and finishes, the grain patterns become even more enhanced. With this project, the clients get two different spaces that complement each other! *Cheers* 🍷

The Undeniable “Wow” Factor Of Custom Wine Cellars

February 27th, 2020

Who would say no to something custom-made? A dress or suit, a pair of shoes, a bag, even a car – almost anything in this world can be tailor-made to one’s preferences. And of course, wine cellars are  no exception. The reality is that there is an undeniable “wow” factor surrounding anything custom-made.  With wine cellars, the end results really leave lasting impressions. Our Tech Tuesdays are living testaments to that. But not everyone can afford a full-blown custom wine cellar project. That’s why we offer the opportunity to customize in all aspects of the wine cellar process – starting with the wine racks.


The little “luxuries” you can afford…

WCI has developed an extensive selection of wine racking styles over the years. The options range from units that can cater to simple storage needs to extravagant designs that are limited only by imagination. The racking arrangement, after all, is the heart of the wine cellar layout. So if you don’t have the budget to customize from top to bottom, just focus on your wine racks. Even the simplest setup can be made special by tailoring the fit and bottle storage capacity. With this, you’ll get a seamless racking application that is sure to be eye-catching. Nothing is more attractive than a clean layout, with no awkward gaps or rough corners. It’s just like a beautifully tailored suit that hugs your body all the right places!

Now as far as these custom projects go, we often get asked the same questions.  “How big should my wine cellar be?” and “How much will it cost me?” are the most common ones. The answers will vary depending on the circumstances. But as far as cost is concerned, WCI can find ways to work with the client’s budget. This is all thanks to the wide variety of options we have to offer, from the raw materials down to the finished products. So for example, if you’re looking at a low-cost but racking assembly, we can start with the material for the racks. If you want to go with wood wine racks, there are affordable options such as Rustic Pine. If you prefer metal racking units, some series, like Vintage View, are very reasonably priced. This is like having your cake and eating it, too. You get that undeniable “wow” factor without spending a fortune. ^_^

 

The Claim To Fame Of Label-Forward Wine Storage

February 20th, 2020

Why has label-forward wine storage recently become the “it” thing with wine cellar projects? Well, it’s  definitely not something that happened overnight. This bottle storage style has actually been around for a while. But it’s only in the last few years or so that more wine cellar projects have been leaning towards it. So what’s the claim to fame of label-forward wine storage? Let’s talk more about it!

Claim to fame of label-forward wine storageWe have our clients to thank for this opportunity to show the fine points of label-forward bottle storage. They sent us these shots of their gorgeous racking assembly utilizing metal wine racks from our Vintage View Series. As you may have noticed, this is not a formal wine cellar, but more of an entertainment space. But the clients still wanted to have suitable storage for their wine bottles. And here we can see how a label-forward layout really delivers. See how the bottles are not just stored but displayed to maximum advantage. For a true wine lover, this method of wine storage comes highly recommended. You can showcase your best labels as well as organize your collection according to your preference:

Stunning Vintage View rackingNow while this is not a formal wine cellar, it still has quite an impressive bottle capacity. The clients can easily host a few hundred bottles with this kind of setup. This shows one of biggest claims to fame of a label-forward system: space-efficiency. And that’s not limited to compact spaces. Even larger cellars will come to appreciate the additional bottle storage this racking configuration can bring. Also, keep in mind that these metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But they can also be tweaked to hold split-sized bottles by mounting the units 5.5 inches apart. The versatility is not just appealing – it’s REAL.

Clean and classy arrangementThis final photo gives us a nice closeup of the racking assembly. See how the racks work so well against different materials such as wood and stone? More importantly, notice how the bottles are being highlighted by the racks? Since the label-forward configuration is straightforward and clean, your collection will be given the spotlight it deserves. Everything will always look neat and totally elegant – just like our client’s wine storage. ^_^

 

Clients Show Big Love To Their Wine Cellar Closet

February 13th, 2020

We’re just one day shy of Valentine’s Day, wine cellar buddies! What are you guys planning to pour for tomorrow’s special occasion? Well, we hope you will have a lovely and memorable time with your special someone. And to get the mood going, let’s check out this elegant wine cellar closet by our client from Hingham, MA:

Gorgeous Sapele wine cellar closetThe client had this empty space in their home to spare for wine storage. As you can see, it’s a rather small, closet-sized room. So the goal was to maximize the bottle storage capacity. This was pretty easy on both the design and budget since the space was relatively small. The client opted for custom wine racking units which proved to be a smart choice. The racks were built to scale – from floor to ceiling. Because everything was customized, the racking arrangement was a perfect fit. You can see how it flows around the compact closet space with no awkward gaps at all. This wine storage can comfortably host around 320 bottles!

The wood option for this project is Sapele. Sapele’s natural colors range from golden to dark reddish brown. The wood’s colors darken and get better with age. It finishes and glues really well, which is why it is also a favorite for furniture pieces. For these racks, a Distressed finish was chosen to give them that “antique” appearance. The Distressed finish is one of the more complex finishes and takes quite a bit of work to achieve the desired result. Basically, the wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratched to give it the character of old pieces of furniture. A dark coat is wiped on to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches to highlight them. Then a medium dark background coat is applied and completed with a lacquer finish. The end result is this classic, very “antique” look which also reminds us of the “shabby chic” style. Well, the clients definitely had some big love to show for their wine cellar closet – and so do we! ^_^

 

Clients Are Loving Their Label-Forward Wine Storage

January 30th, 2020

This is indeed a week for celebrating metal wine racks! Both our professional and DIY wine cellar projects this week feature metal racking units, mostly from the Vintage View Series. For today’s Testimonial Thursday, we have this simple but incredibly efficient label-forward wine storage:

Label-forward wine storage
Deviating from the standard wine storage, this arrangement features a label-forward configuration. You will notice that the racks are neatly mounted on the wall, in a highly space-efficient manner. This is one of the major advantages that the Vintage View Series has to offer. The wall-mount units will allow for the creation of suitable bottle storage even in compact spaces. And that’s not all that these racks have to offer.

The label-forward units are designed to normally hold standard sized wine bottles by mounting them 7.5 inches apart. But take note that you can actually make adjustments and have the racks store split-sized bottles as well. You can easily achieve this by mounting them 5.5 inches apart. This incredible flexibility is what makes Vintage View such a highly recommended product. You don’t need to have a formal wine cellar in order to provide proper bottle storage for your collection. Moreover, you can create unique racking arrangements just about anywhere in your home with these racking units.

Now if you want to add a bit more drama to your wine storage, we suggest using the Vintage View racks with a floor-to-ceiling configuration. We invite you guys to check out last Monday’s blog for all the deets – which includes commercial racking options. You can have your prized collection displayed floor to ceiling, with that coveted “floating” look. All it takes is purchasing a Floor to Ceiling Frame separately for the racks.

Our clients opted for the normal wall-mount style for their wine storage. But they decided to go with a beautiful Satin Black finish to make the racks pop out against the light-colored walls. This was a smart move because the dark finish also helped to accentuate the wine bottles. Even with just a seemingly simple layout, their wine storage exudes elegance and style. ^_^

“We love them!”

~ Chris O.~

Client Gives Seal Of Approval To WCI Design Services

January 9th, 2020

One of our biggest motivators is definitely the seal of approval we get from our clients. And getting that at the very start of the New Year is indeed a terrific bonus! Our design team recently completed a project with our client Joshua. He looked us up, got in touch with our team, and had his wine cellar design all ready to go without a hitch. We’re now sharing the final results of this project and it is absolutely satisfying:

Client gives seal of approval to WCI servicesThe client purchased several products from our WCI for his wine room. This included not just the wine racks, but also a wine cellar cooling unit. But the more important part of the entire process was the communications between the client and our design team to ensure that things will fit and go where they’re supposed to. The years of solid experience of our design professionals certainly made an impact with the client. Everything went smoothly and the third-party installation of WCI racking products was accomplished in record time.

For those of you who are newbies to the WCI experience, this is a great opportunity to check our exactly what we have to offer. Essentially, we provide any and all types of wine cellar design and installation services, along with our very extensive catalogue of wine storage products. As far as the design phase is concerned, we provide complimentary initial design services. The client simply has to fill out the standard Design Request Form on our website. The complete package includes the following:

  • Unlimited fax, phone, or e-mail consultation.
  • An initial design + 3 revisions (if required).
  • Quotation on all “Custom Cellar Products”
  • Wine Cellar Construction Manual & Wine Cellar Innovations Master Catalog (upon request).
  • Separate quote including cost for personalized optional cellar amenities.

Note that the initial 2D design for your custom wine cellar project is completely free of charge! If you choose to move forward with it and have your own installers, like what our client Joshua did, that’s an option you can definitely have. But if you need us to do the assembly and installation work, our team of factory certified installers will be at your beck and call. Our approval rating for installations is reflected on our plethora of Tech Tuesday projects. ^_^

“Everything is great with the cellar – good back and forth with the designer, no issues with the racks and cooling unit. We had our guys do the installation and it all went well!”

~Joshua C.~

Wine Lockers Galore At The Lakeside County Club

December 26th, 2019

If you are thinking of whether or not to invest in a wine locker, we highly recommend checking out today’s Testimonial Thursday. Our client, the Lakeside County Club in Houston, TX has just sent us the most amazing snaps of their completed wine cellar. We believe the visuals alone are enough to convince a certified wino to buy these wine lockers. But the details will seal the deal for sure! Check out the wine lockers galore on Lakeside’s clubhouse:

Lakeside Country Club’s wine lockersAs you can see, the country club didn’t cut any corners with this project. The club wanted to provide adequate bottle storage for their members. As a brief background, the Lakeside Country Club was actually founded in 1951 as a Private Country Club. It currently has approximately 1000 members. The amenities are quite outstanding, from golf courses down to tennis courts, and swimming pools. And of course, there’s the main clubhouse that encompasses a massive 68,000 square feet of space.

In addition to these amenities, the club also sought to provide its members with quality bottle storage. The club purchased wine lockers galore from WCI and put together this massive wine room for its members. These units come highly recommended for their functionality. The locker will keep your wine bottles super safe from injuries and other untoward incidents. The units come in several levels, starting with the one-level lockers. Moreover, each unit has a lock that can be keyed in numerous configurations, or just by a single key. You can purchase several lockers, stack them on top of each other, and even place them side-by-side in columns. You can see from these photos that this is exactly what the client did. The units were arranged in a cohesive manner for a very functional and seamless layout.
Gorgeous and seamless racking arrangementAs you can also glean from these images, these wine lockers are tasteful and really attractive. The metal lattice provides for open air circulation so the wine bottles can breathe and achieve their peak taste. However, you also have the option to choose a different door panel, like a glass or flat pane. That’s not all! These lockers also come in several wood, stain and finish options for you to mix and match. We love the dark-colored hues Lakeside picked out for theirs!  ^_^

All You Need To Know About The Wine Sentinel

December 19th, 2019

How do you wine cellar fans feel about refrigerated wine cabinets? Is it a worthwhile investment? Do you think it would meet your wine storage needs? If you are unsure as to the functionality and cost-efficiency of these cabinets, then today’s blog will help clear up those doubts. We’ll be talking in-depth about the Wine Sentinel, thanks to this gorgeous project we recently completed for a client:

Details on the Wine Sentinel

Our Wine Sentinel has been around for a while now. But we have introduced a lot of upgrades recently to accommodate our clients’ ever evolving wine storage. The new and improved line of these custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets allows us to fill a void that has been in the wine storage industry for years. Now clients have more extensive customization options available to them at an affordable price point. First up is the height and width of the unit. The Wine Sentinel can be tailored to fit any desired space. As you can see from these photos, our clients’ wine cabinet looks like it’s completely built-in.

Essentially, lack of space will not be an issue anymore.  If you do not have the room for a formal wine cellar, you can still create that ideal storage for your collection. Best of all, you can do it in style! Check out the snaps below. The inside racking can be configured to suit storage needs and style of the client. There are multiple wood, stain and finish options to choose from so your racks will work well with the exterior of your cabinet.

Fully customizable refrigerated wine cabinetsBut the customization doesn’t stop there. You also get these other awesome upgrades to turn your refrigerated wine cabinet into a showstopper:

  • French Door Options
  • Wood or Full Glass Doors
  • Moldings Available
  • Raised Panel Cabinetry Sides Available
  • Single or Full depth options
  • Door Handle Selection

And since the cooling unit is also part of the package, you don’t need to worry about that ruining the aesthetic of your wine cabinet. Wine Sentinel also offers the option to have the cooling unit hidden from sight. We can even camouflage it with the use of Wood Grille Covers or other similar accessories. Still need more details on the Wine Sentinel? Our experienced consultants are just a phone call or an e-mail away – so get in touch with us now. ^_^

Stunning entryways and inside racking

Witness Client’s Wine Racking Glow Up In Light Danish Stain

December 12th, 2019

A good glow up isn’t limited to just the fashion world.  In the world of wine cellar construction, incredible transformations also happen. What’s even more amazing is that some of these transformations are achieved using our products here at WCI. And that’s exactly what we have  in today’s Testimonial Thursday:

Gorgeous wine cellar glow up!We are absolutely loving the golden glam vibe this wine cellar project is giving us. Our client purchased custom racking units off the website and had these installed in his wine cellar. He has a pretty decent collection which was growing at a healthy pace. So he decided on transforming the empty room in his home into a formal wine cellar. There was a good amount of space to work with, so maximizing on bottle storage was a priority. However, the client also wanted his wine cellar to look elegant, as well as eye-catching.

The decision to with custom wine racks was certainly the right one. You can see how the space was efficiently utilized, providing tons of bottle storage. Moreover, there is a good variety of bottle storage options. We love the use of Curved Corner Racks, as well as custom countertops with Open Diamond Bins underneath. Shelving was also incorporated to accommodate even more loose bottles. Notice how the wine racks are not even filled up yet. The client will surely have an enjoyable time growing his collection in this generous space.

Racking glow up thanks to our Light Danish Stain!

But functionality aside, we are also in love with the color scheme chosen for this wine cellar. The golden glow up is magazine-cover worthy. It looks like the Premium Redwood x Light Danish Stain combo was indeed the perfect choice for this project. Light Danish Stain allows for the gold accents that enhance the tones and grains of all wood types. This stain develops best on lighter-colored woods, such as Premium Redwood and Rustic Pine. If you’re a fan of light, clean and neutral shades, this stain option comes highly recommended. Check out more projects using this stain on our photo gallery! ^_^

“Finally finished with the installation. I now need to order a wine cellar door. Also now considering adding a cooling unit.”

~Christian B.~

 

Client Is Thrilled With The Vintner Concave Racks

November 28th, 2019

If we’re going to tell you that this wine cellar is NOT custom-made, you probably won’t believe us. Because, really – how can something that looks this stunning be anything but custom? We’re not pulling your leg, though, since this wine cellar was put together using our Vintner Series wine racks kit. The client was pretty thrilled with the results:

The Vintner Concave Racks are nothing short of gorgeous!The Vintner Series has always been one of our top-selling, if not the top-selling, kits. It combines flexibility with generous bottle storage options. As far as both form and function go, the Vintner Series has you covered. And that’s not just on a residential wine storage needs scale. The commercial line for this series is also amazingly competitive. You can browse the full collection on our commercial racking section.

Now with this particular project, Vintner showcases remarkable style that can rival custom racking units. They are from the Concave Racks collection which debuted just a few years ago. The Concave Individual is comprised of 2-,3-,4-, and 5-column Individual Wine Racks, as well as a 10-Column Individual and the Concave Curved Corner unit. The racks are stackable, allowing you to maximize the height of your wine storage. Molding packages, including center seam trim and platforms, are also available. These will help get rid of awkward gaps between the racks and ceiling or flooring. That’s how you get those beautiful, seamless lines on your racking assembly!

There is no compromise either when it comes to the safety of your wine bottles. Wine bottles stored on the individual bottle wine racks are cradled on customized rails. These are carefully manufactured with beveled ends and rounded edges to ensure wine labels will not tear when the bottles are removed. And of course, you also get a slew of wood, stain and finish options to dress up your racks in style. That includes our latest stain offerings like Graywash, Whitewash, and Opaque White.

“Racks are stunning! I really appreciate your work on this and please forward to your boss so that you are recognized! Robert and Jenny (installers) were awesome to work with did an amazing job . I will recommend Wine Cellar Innovations to everyone I know. Thrilled!”

~David P.~

Midnight Black Stain Brings Wow Factor To Client’s Wine Cellar

November 21st, 2019

Bold colors are always a hit during the Fall season. Jeweled tones such as ruby reds, emerald greens, and amethyst purples are very much in vogue. These darker hues always make an eye-catching statement without being too loud or too much. In fact, the element of elegance is still very much present in these colors.  So why not bring that into your wine cellars as well? Our client Stephen shares some of these gorgeous snapshots of their newly completed wine cellar. It is a show-stopper, all thanks to the stain option that they picked for their wine racks:

Wow factor brought about by Midnight Black Stain option

This beautiful racking assembly was made possible by our Vintner Series wine rack kits. Thanks to the extensive racking designs offered by Vintner, anyone can build wine cellars with a “custom-built” look. The variety of bottle storage styles coupled with wood, stain and finish options makes this series as the “next best thing to custom.” That being said, just check out the “wow” factor of this wine room! The clients shied away from the traditional woodworking finishes and instead, went for something bolder. They chose Midnight Black Stain which went extremely well with the Grand Mahogany wood option.

Midnight Black Stain can give your wood a very dramatic appearance because of its jet black hues. The darker colors are especially pronounced in some wood types, such as Grand Mahogany. Grand Mahogany has inherently uniform color and a straight, moderately coarse grain pattern. This helps the wood absorb stains and finishes really well, particularly darker ones. You can compare the swatches of Midnight Black Stain with this wood as against others, like Rustic Pine and Redwood. Grand Mahogany shows the richest shades that lend a contemporary charm to the wood:

Beautiful, bold Midnight Black Stain on racks

The image above shows a closer view of the wine cellar. The stark contrast between the jet black racks and the much lighter floors and walls is really attractive. The Midnight Black Stain also helps accentuate the clean lines of the racking assembly. The layout of this cellar might be simple, but the “wow” factor is certainly present. Needless to say, the clients were absolutely loving how everything turned out! ^_^

“We absolutely love it!!”

~Stephen H.~

A Contemporary Flavor With WCI‘s Cable Racking System

November 14th, 2019

Wine cellar design has really dramatically evolved over the last few decades. It’s no longer just about traditional, wood wine racks and plain racking arrangements. It’s refreshing to see more unique layouts and silhouettes, including more variety in materials. This has helped the concept of the “modern” wine cellar grow immensely in the last few years. WCI was definitely on board with this style development! We launched a newer section of our website for Modern Wine Cellars with a bevy of products and design ideas. While focusing on a contemporary flavor, our racking units still exude traditional elegance. That’s why they’re such a hit! And one of the rising stars is none other than our Cable Racking System:WCI's Cable Racking is minimalistic and elegantWhat exactly is a cable racking system? These photos from one of our most recent projects will give you the proper visuals for this design. You can see the metal racking units nestled in between the wood wine racks in the photo above. This is how cable racking works. It is basically a cable wine system made out of stainless steel material. This makes it the perfect choice for for high humidity environments. There will be no need to worry about your racks rusting out. There is no compromise either when it comes to security. The strong cables are attached to wood panels above and below for maximum safety of your wine bottles.

Sleek and contemporary design

So essentially, this racking system combines both metal and wood materials. That gives a modern feel to your wine cellar while still keeping things classy. Then wood panels can actually be customized to your style preference. You can select from a variety of woods, stains and finishes, including lacquer. You can even create a blended stain to go with the existing interior of the wine room or to match the racks with other furniture. The overall result is minimalistic, yet incredibly sophisticated. This is also thanks to the fact that the cable racking system is made from high end components.

Clean lines and quality materialsSo are you ready to add some contemporary flavor to your wine cellar project as well? Our highly experienced design consultants can help you get started! ^_^