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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Top Picks For Holiday Wine Decor

November 15th, 2017

What’s your theme for this year’s holidays? Will it be the traditional red, white and green for a “holly, jolly Christmas?” Or will you go something modern and sophisticated? Or maybe you’d want to bring out a nostalgic flavor? Perhaps a touch of some retro fun will be good, too! There’s always something so special and exciting about planning for decor for the holidays. In our case, we’re all for wine-themed decor because after all, we can’t get enough of wine! So here are some of our top holiday wine decor picks that we hope you can use, too:

Holiday wine decor ideas

Candle-filled wine and champagne glasses

Don’t chuck out those old wine and champagne glasses just yet. They will definitely come in handy for your Christmas parties this year. Fill them with gorgeous scented candles! You can choose to fill the air with your favorite scents, like pine, cinnamon, or apple for a truly holiday flavor. You can also to opt for those artificial candles you can easily get at Walmart or Costco. Putting them in wine or champagne glasses will really tickle the fancy of your wine-loving guests. A note of caution, though! Make sure you use heat-tempered glassware and they don’t have hairline cracks on them. Otherwise, go for the artificial candle option.

Wine-inspired Christmas ornaments

Cork wreaths, centerpieces, and Christmas ornaments

If you don’t collect wine bottle corks, now’s the time to start doing so. You’ll be wonderfully surprised at how handy they can be for DIY Christmas decor. They are so easy to work with, too. A glue gun will suffice, unless you plan on using something with stronger adhesive properties. Creating Christmas wreaths with wine corks is such a fun project that allows you to explore your creativity. But that’s not all! You can also try other stuff, like making DIY coasters for your wineglasses, or even vases for your table. And of course, you can decorate these corks and make fancy Christmas ornaments out of them, too.

Light up your wine bottles!

Wine bottle lighting accessories

Now while you’re at it, don’t just get rid of your empty wine bottles as well. You can make some very holiday-ish decor out of them by filling them up with lights. There are LED bottle lights being sold in stores or can be bought online. Most of them are battery powered and rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry of the lights running out – literally. They will make for super attractive and festive holiday wine decor that even your non-wine guests will love. ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Compact Wine Storage Ideas To Love

October 18th, 2017

Having enough space for your wine collection doesn’t mean you have to have a big one. Compact storage can definitely do the job, especially when it’s designed for space-efficiency. You’d be surprised at how many clever concepts are available out there! Here are a few of our favorite compact wine storage solutions you’ll love:

The Dining Room Wine Rack

The Dining Room Wine Rack

If you have a spacious dining room, then you can bring your dining experience up a couple of notches with wine racking units. Install a wine tasting station right in the heart of your dining room and see the difference. You will love the convenience of popping open your favorite bottle right there and then. You will also draw more inspiration for delicious meals to match what you’re going to pour. We have lots of inspiring concepts you can check out in our photo galleries. Some of them are purely DIY projects from our creative clientele.

The Kitchen Wine Cellar

The Kitchen Wine Cellar

Now if the dining room isn’t the spot for your collection, why not try the kitchen. The kitchen can remarkably provide some very unique wine storage options. There are actually more than just a few spots you can transform to host your wine bottles. The cabinets and shelves are one of these. The kitchen island is another. And don’t forget the pantry! Some homeowners barely utilize their pantries and you’d be surprised at how perfect it can be for wine bottle storage.

The Wine Cellar Closet

The Wine Cellar Closet

This is possibly on the most popular compact wine storage solutions. We tend to take for granted these types of spaces in our home and either leave them unused or crammed with junk. The shoe closet, the coat closet, the broom closet – one of these can be transformed into a beautiful, custom wine cellar closet instead. We’ve actually lost count of the Tech Tuesdays and DIY Thursday blogs of clients who managed to create gorgeous wine cellars out of unused closet spaces. But what even delights us more is the number of bottles that can actually fit in them. Some of them even have enough room for wine boxes and crates.

Have you also managed to make compact wine storage work for you and your collection? We’d love to hear how you did it! Share your experience with us and help inspire others with their wine cellar goals. ^_^

Tips In Determining The Right Wine Cellar Size For You

October 16th, 2017

Getting ready to build your first ever wine cellar? It will certainly be an exciting ride! But of course, be prepared for some bumps and potholes along the way. Not to worry, though, because we’ve got you covered with every step you take. Take note that WCI offers free initial design consultation services that can help you achieve your wine cellar goals. And one of the things we would always discuss with potential clients is the size of their future wine cellar.

Not everyone is ready for a full-blown wine room. It may be that there’s not enough space to accommodate it. It may also happen that the client is working with a tight budget. It can also happen that the client doesn’t intend to host a voluminous collection. Wine cellars can come in all shapes and sizes, though, so determining the size that’s right for you is important. Here are some of our tips for the newbies:

Consider your wine needs and buying habits

This is actually one of the biggest determining factors in choosing your wine cellar size. Make a rough inventory of how many bottles you consume in a year. Also take into account your average wine purchases. How many bottles do you consume, as well as purchase, on the average? If it’s under 600 bottles, then a smaller-sized wine cellar would certainly be able to serve your storage purposes. We recommend using a wine storage or wine rack calculator to guide you.

Small-sized wine cellar

Consider your available space/floor area

It’s fine if you already have a designated space in your home for your wine cellar project. More often than not, it would either be the basement or the dining hall and/or kitchen. But what if you don’t have space to spare in these locations? Not to worry because there are other alternatives. An unused closet, pantry, or spare bedroom in your home can be transformed into an amazing wine storage for your collection. “Wasted” spaces such as under the stairwell or an empty stretch of wall can be perfect for under stairwell cellars or closet transformations. In trickier situations, you can still opt for shared space, such as a racking assembly in the library or a wine tasting station in the dining area.

Medium-sized wine cellar

Consider the possibility of future expansion

Your future wine collection goals should also be taken into account. Even if you consume an average number of bottles per year, the size of your planned wine cellar may not be able to accommodate your future acquisitions. If you are determined to collect a more substantial amount of bottles in the near future, your wine cellar must be able to host them. For example, if you consume/purchase and average of only around 500 bottles in a year, but you plan to expand your collection to over 1,000 bottles, you’ll need a medium-sized wine cellar.

Large wine cellar


Just In: Our Vintner Series 1 Column Magnum Wine Rack!

October 2nd, 2017

Vintner Magnum Wine RackOur Vintner Series is really bringing its A-game this year! The great thing about this is that it’s not going to stop any time soon. That means we can only expect bigger and better things with our wine rack kits. “Bigger” is indeed the right term for it this time around. That’s because Vintner has just added to its versatile racking list the 1-Column Magnum Wine Rack.

Better storage for bigger bottles!

If you’re a wine lover, you would definitely agree that good wine doesn’t always come in standard sizes. You will have to make room in your wine cellar for larger-format bottles. It’s not easy to store them though. You will need to have wine racking units that will be able to properly hold these types of bottles. Vintner has already been offering theĀ  Magnum Wine Bottle Rack as part of this kit’s racking line-up. This was made available in several height configurations as well: 3-, 4-, 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-feet height options, to be exact. The rack can also be further customized with several wood and stain options. And the most recent addition to all the Vintner products was the choice to add a Lacquer finish to the racks.

Nonetheless, Vintner decided to make magnum bottle storage even more flexible. This time, it has added the 1-Column Magnum Wine Rack option to its list. Vintner 1 Column Magnum Wine RackThis allows for even more flexibility in terms of mixing and matching racking styles for a wine cellar project. The 1-Column rack takes into account the fact that not everyone needs a lot of larger-format bottle storage. This is especially the case for smaller wine cellars. However, with this 1-Column racking unit, one will be able to at least provide proper storage for magnums even in a compact space. Of course, if future acquisitions require more storage space, this rack can easily be integrated into a a larger arrangement.

In general, Vintner’s Magnum Wine Bottle Rack allows for a variety of different-sized bottles to be stored together in the same wine rack. Wine bottles ranging from a standard 750 ml size all the way up to a double magnum can be easily stored in the same space due to the larger bin format design. All these specifications are also reflected in the 1-Column Magnum Wine Rack. It’s definitely another step-for the Vintner Series! ^_^