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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Points To Ponder For Restaurant Wine Cellars

March 21st, 2018

Have you guys noticed how restaurant wine cellars have become quite the thing nowadays? It’s especially so with the newer dining establishments. Lots of them make it a point to include a wine bar in their store’s layout. The great thing about it is that more and more people have come to appreciate the so-called “wine tasting experience.” Having a glass of wine or two with their meals or during weekends has become routine – and a great one at that. So if you’re thinking of having one for your establishment, we say go for it! And here are some points to ponder to make sure your restaurant wine cellar will be a success:

Restaurant Wine Cellars

Showcase your collection to drum up the sales

Now here’s the thing about constructing a wine cellar in your restaurant. You will need to decide on whether or not you’d want to have visible storage. But keep in mind that with visible storage, it will be easier to market the wine labels available in your store. Catching the eye of customers is quite important and there’s no better way to do this than with attractive wine displays. Or you can do both! If your collection is fairly large, you can have wine storage at the back of the store as well.

Choose the most appropriate wine storage system

There are a whole lot of options these days when it comes to storage for restaurant wine cellars. So you need to go for what will be most appropriate for your store’s purposes. Would you want small or shallow-depth cabinets or do you prefer walk-in rooms? Can your collection fit in pre-assembled refrigerated wine cabinets or do you need to commission custom ones? Take note that shallow-depth cabinets will likely not have their own wine refrigeration system. This is likely because refrigerating them is more difficult and costly. If small cabinets are to be refrigerated, like with any wine cellar, you might need a mechanical room back up to the cellar. On the other hand, if you want an entirely separate wine room, that will be an investment that needs a bigger budget.

Build your restaurant wine cellar with care!

Make sure you work with the right quality of materials

A wine cellar in your establishment will be an investment one way or the other. So you’ll need to make the right decisions, particularly on the design of your wine cellar and the kind of materials you’ll work with. For example, most restaurants tend to have glass elements in their wine cellar design. Glass is highly recommended because it can really enhance your wine merchandise and lend an elegant appeal to your entire store. But if you don’t choose good quality glass materials or if they’re not properly installed and sealed, condensation is likely to form outside the glass. This will lead to more expenses since they the glass has to be replaced.

Last but not the least, keep in mind that restaurant wine cellar construction tends to move more quickly than a residential one. So plan things out as early as now! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine-Inspired Decor For Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day, wine cellar buddies! So how are you planning on spending this romantic day? Naturally, with us, there’s always going to be wine involved. After all, what’s hearts’ day without a fantastic bottle or maybe two? But popping open a bottle isn’t the only thing you should do. Make this romantic occasion even more memorable with some wine-inspired decor. Here are some terrific concepts you can try out not just today but for the rest of the month of love:

Classy centerpieces!Inexpensive yet classy centerpieces

Okay, so the romantic vibes are definitely in the air this month. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for two or a sumptuous meal for the entire family, some wine-inspired centerpieces are in order. We absolutely love this one which totally takes a leaf out of Beauty And The Beast. All you need to do is gather a few wineglasses you don’t use anymore – so don’t get hasty and throw the old ones out. Grab your favorite blooms (plastic flowers are okay, too) and carefully cut off the stems. Mix some water with either Sprite, a penny, salt, crushed aspirin or charcoal and put inside a bottle sprayer. Spray your cut blooms so they’ll last longer. Cover them with upturned wineglasses! To make it fancier embellish the stem of the wineglass and top the base with a candle or fruits.


Improvised floral arrangements

Improvised flower arrangements!

Of course, Valentine’s Day won’t be complete without some beautiful floral arrangements. But instead of taking the lazy route and buying pre-arranged bouquets, take the time for some DIY ones. Not only will these look way better, but they will reflect your feelings as well. A personal favorite of ours is the shoe floral arrangement. It’s like one way of telling your significant other that you’re “head over heels in love” with them. Simply arrange your favorite blooms in a shoe and embellish with leaves, twigs, and branches. To keep them fresh, spray with hairspray. Choose a man’s shoe or boot and give it to your hubby or boyfriend, or dad as well!

Always room for dessert!Revolutionize your dessert presentation

For sure, dessert will a highly anticipated course in your V-day meal. In keeping with the wine-inspired theme, serve your sweet concoctions in a unique way. One popular recommendation is by serving dessert in wineglasses or champagne flutes. For example, instead of the usual fruit cups, prepare yours in a wineglass or champagne flute for a fancier charm. To add more drama to the presentation, use glasses in various sizes and heights. As an extra sweet touch, fill up transparent or semi-transparent empty wine bottles with candies, such as cinnamon hearts. Your dinner table will have never looked so adorable! ^_^



(Photo and concept credits to Wine Sisterhood and Artistry in Bloom . Thank you!)

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Why You’ll Want A Wine Cabinet

February 7th, 2018

Are you one of those individuals who is not that comfortable about engaging in a formal wine cellar project? It’s no big deal because we can assure you, you’re not the only one. There are still more than just a few people out there who are not quite ready. Nonetheless, they still need to create proper storage for their wine bottles. So what better alternative is there than to have a wine cabinet instead! Here are some of the reasons why you’ll want one:

Space is not an issue with wine cabinets

Obviously, one of the primary reasons why someone is not ready for a formal wine cellar is the lack of space for it. This is particularly the case for those who live in smaller residential dwellings such as condos or apartments. But even if a full-blown wine room is not possible, there is no reason why you can’t have proper storage for your collection. A customized refrigerated wine cabinet will answer to all those space and storage issues. You can have this built in any empty or available space in your home. It can be the most compact of spaces, too, such as an unused coat or broom closet or kitchen pantry. You can also have them built in your living room, dining area or kitchen. Some get really creative with wine cabinets and convert portions of their existing space to accommodate them. Examples are incorporating them in your kitchen island, converting bookshelves, and even your window benches.

Budget is very manageable with wine cabinets

Affordable wine cabinets

Apart from space, budget is also one of the main factors holding people back from a formal wine cellar project. But with a wine cabinet, this is no longer a pressing concern. A custom wine cabinet can be built according to the customer’s storage needs and price range. You won’t need to spend for stuff like flooring, ceiling, or having an entire room insulated with vapor barrier. A refrigerated wine cabinet will include your wine refrigeration unit to keep your bottles in peak taste. That’s why you can put it anywhere in your home or have one built in into any available space.

Designing a wine cabinet is very enjoyable

Wine cabinet with French-door entry

Now just because it’s a wine cabinet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have it styled the way you want. On the contrary, you can experiment all you want and have the wine storage of your dreams. Glass-paneled wine cabinets are super popular these days. But you can take it up a notch and go for one with elegant French doors! You can also choose your lighting elements. Instead of the usual white LED lights, you can go for funky, colored lighting to give your cabinet some “oomph”. Also, try adding Quarter Round Displays and have a place for your glassware as well. It’s all about being creative and a wine cabinet will let you do that sans the extra cost! ^_^

Combine Traditional & Modern Touches With Our Gray Wash Stain

January 29th, 2018

It’s the last week of blog posts for January! Did we just breeze through the first month of the year or what? Well, one thing’s for sure. We’re not going to say goodbye to January without introducing something new and amazing for you guys to look forward to. We’ve updated our selection of stains and finishes yet again! This time, we’re rolling out something that can combine traditional and modern touches in your wine cellar. Read on to know more about it:

Going for “gray” and gorgeous

The newest addition to our ever expanding selection of custom stains and finishes is the gorgeous Gray Wash stain option. Now some of you might raise a skeptical eyebrow at this because gray is not that popular a shade as white. It’s also sometimes referred to as a “dull shade of color.” We’re certainly going to prove things wrong. First and foremost, allow us to give you guys a visual treat of Gray Wash stained wine racks:

Gray Wash Stain

As you can see, the colors produced by this stain option are far from dull. The racks look so elegant while sporting a very unique appearance. While it is a semi-transparent stain similar to our Whitewash, you will notice that there is no texture that comes through. The final result when the stain is applied is a smooth finish that still showcases the natural beauty of the wood beneath it. Moreover, you can see that the wine racks take on a contemporary charm with the Gray Wash stain. Combined with glass and metal elements, your wine cellar will really become a showstopper.

Notwithstanding the modern vibe, you can also see that the wine cellar still exudes a bit of the old-country atmosphere. This rare mix of traditional and modern touches is just what you’ll need to make your wine cellar project stand out. We highly recommend checking out our Interactive Wood Swatch Viewer to help you visualize how Gray Wash will look on various types of wood. You can even request a wood swatch which WCI will gladly mail to you. This way, you will be able to actually see whether or not a certain stain and finish option is to your preference.

Last but definitely not the least, keep in mind that here at WCI, we only use environmentally friendly stains and finishes. These are all water-based stains and finishes containing minimal VOCs (volatile organic compounds). We care for both the environment and the health of our clients. That’s why we keep trying our best to keep our products clean and green for everyone! ^_^