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Basement Wine Cellar With WineMaker Wine Racks

May 23rd, 2019

DIY wine cellars can be a hit and miss when you’re a total newbie to the whole process. Fortunately, WCI has been studying the construction process for decades and we have identified these wine storage needs and wants. Moreover, we believe there is always room for improvement and we never stop working on upgrading our wine cellar products and services. That’s why for most first-time wine cellar DIY-ers, their WCI experience is a pleasant one. Our client Mitchell is no exception – and we’re super happy about that! There might have been some bumps along the way, but the overall journey to create their basement wine cellar was an enjoyable one.

Basement wine cellar with WineMaker racks

The client purchased several kits from our WineMaker Series to complete their basement wine cellar. Not only did the racks fit their budget, but they also worked extremely well with the designated space. They opted for Rustic Pine for the wood which brought in some added savings. Rustic Pine is the most affordable among the top four stock wood options. But it is also no slouch when it comes to quality. In fact, the creamy colors with structurally sound knots of the wood have made it a super popular choice for custom projects. To finish off their basement wine cellar, the racks were then stained in beautiful Dark Walnut.

“My wife and I took our unfinished basement, and built a wine cellar. So once the walls went up, we took some rough measurements, and ordered a whole bunch of stuff from your organization. Ordering was a little tricky but after a call in to someone, we figured it out. The shipping process was great, one day I came home and there were like 100 boxes on my doorstep!!! We tried to keep all the boxes in separate locations, not to mix them up. This process took a long, long, time (weeks) to get all the wood stained. So then came the puzzle, of how all the racks go together, we were fortunate that we had our contractor here to help. We did use the provided nail gun, and that worked fine. We do love this room, and think it came out amazing.”

~Mitchell P.~

Level Up On Your Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Game

May 20th, 2019

Glass-enclosed wine cellars are, no doubt, inherently elegant. You can’t go wrong with a glass-enclosed design, that’s for sure. But there are still ways that you can improve on that design and make your wine cellar even more turnkey. Here are some terrific concepts on how to level up on your glass-enclosed wine cellar game:

Metal wine rackingLet’s start with the choice of wine racks. Metal wine racks have always been a popular combo with glass elements in wine cellar projects. But while metal wine racks are indeed timeless, they can also be a bit predictable. So why not explore another option that will add an extra layer or two of character to your wine storage? Our recommendation: Arcylic Wine Racks. Acrylic is a beautiful material that is just as transparent as glass. Just imagine the result when you work these two together. If the bottles will seem like they’re floating on the metal wine racks, what more when they are nestled in transparent acrylic ones.

But let’s say you’re the type who really favors metal racking over anything else. What you can do in this case is explore the various finish options. A top favorite of ours is the Satin Black finish from the Vintage View series. Pair it up with glass-enclosed panels with black trim to get a show-stopping design with a modern flair. Another terrific option would be to go for custom colors. Did you know that you can have custom finishes on your metal racking units? Our Vintage View racks can be dressed up with bold pops of color such as Copper, Lime, and Rustic Red.

Glass-enclosed wine cellar ideasLighting and flooring accents on glass-enclosed wine cellars is another clever way to bring them to another level. Recessed lighting can highlight your collection, as well as your wine racks. LED Downlights, on the other hand, work extremely well with wine displays.  As for the flooring, experimenting with different materials can do wonders. Some of them really shine when incorporated into glass elements. One example is Mosaic flooring. Mosaic is made entirely by hand with a unique blend of antique fine china, stained glass, and porcelain tiles. This type of flooring will add a beautiful artistic touch to your glass-enclosed wine storage. Hand-painted tile is another flooring material that is super attractive. Glass panels will be able to showcase these tiles and turn your wine cellar into a real showstopper. ^_^

Wall-Mount Wine Racks Deliver Contemporary Charm

May 13th, 2019

Our love for wall-mount wine racks will never fade away. We’re glad that more of our clients have been feeling the same way, too. We’ve been witnessing more DIY wine cellar projects utilizing these babies. And there are plenty of good reasons for that! These racking units deliver a contemporary charm that has recently grown very popular. But that’s not all. Wall-mount units are absolutely worth every dollar you spend. With the help of our client Adam, we’re going to show you guys why.

“Luis, thanks for your help! Everything turned out well with the cooling unit and Vino pins.”

~Adam C.~

Vino Pins in glass-enclosed cabinets Clever use of wine storage

Our client sent us photos of this stunning wine storage that they completed for their home. They created glass-enclosed cabinets that also serve as the entryway to the dining area. Not only is this functional, but it is also a unique design concept. It will allow for convenient access to the wine bottles, especially when our clients will have guests dropping by. Since the glass-enclosed wine storage units are quite compact, maximizing the space was important. Our Vino Pins from the Vintage View Metal Wine Racks collection were the perfect solution to this.

The Vino Pins offered a stylish, contemporary racking that allowed for a good amount of bottle storage inside the cabinets. These pins can go anywhere: the kitchen, living room or any other social area in the home. As far as space-efficiency is concerned, these pins are second to none. Moreover, they allow for a label-forward storage which works perfectly with the glass-enclosed space. This makes it so easy for the clients to organize their wine bottles. But here’s the best part: the pins can be mounted on just about any surface. Upon purchase, you can customize your pins to your desired mounting configurations. The options are dry wall, masonry, and wood. You can also choose between the elegant milled aluminum finish or the modern anodized black finish.

At WCI, we provide a range of wall-mount racking products for clients to work into their wine cellar projects. Our Vino Pins is actually just a small part of that! We invite you to check them all out and see what fits your wine storage needs best. From our Vintage View line, we have the Vino Rails and Grain + Rod panels. For medium-sized to large wine cellars, check out our WineZone Wine Shelf System. And for those who want a little more flair, explore our Curvy Cubes and STACT metal wine racks. ^_^

 

Modern Wine Cellar Series Welcomes The Vintner Modern Racks

May 6th, 2019

The popularity of modern-themed wine cellars is not slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it’s gaining more more momentum as time goes by. This is something we have anticipated at WCI. The positive feedback of clients with our Modern Wine Cellar Series is certainly proof of that. Because of this, we’ve continued to expand our modern racks. This time, it’s more new additions to the Vintner Series. But before the big reveal, let’s first recall the recent additions that were introduced in the last couple of months.

Taking a leaf from the Cable Racking System in our contemporary wine rack collection, we also launched cable racking units for Vintner. These are the Cable Racking with 3 Display Rows and the Cable Racking with 6 Column Individual and 1 Display Row. And that’s not all! We also introduced a Vintner version of our Acrylic wine racks. These invisible units have become such a hit with newer wine cellar projects. That’s why we presented clients with a more affordable option: the Acrylic 9 Column Individual. But now we have two more wonderful products to add to the Vintner roster. First up, the Modern Style Vintner Kit with 3 Column Display:

Modern Style Vintner Kit with 3 Column Display

As a nod to our Modern Wine Cellar Series, the Modern Style Vintner Kit with 3 Column Display embraces both elegance and space-efficiency. The racks are installed within wood platforms ranging from the ceiling to the floor. There are metal supports that keep the wood platforms upright for maximum security. This means that your collection is really kept safe from any accidents or injuries. Moreover, this display configuration will really highlight the wine bottles. Notice that it is a label-forward display configuration. This is a nice departure from the usual cork-forward display. Plus, thanks to the metal supports, wine bottles give off a “floating” appearance. This is one of the attractive design features of the Modern Wine Cellar Series that was emulated in this Vintner kit.

Now let’s talk about the customization options. Since this is Vintner, you get several custom amenities that can pretty much rival custom racking. First up is the height configurations. This particular unit is available in 3-foot and 4-foot height configurations. Like the rest of the Vintner products, it’s also stackable. That means you can select your racking height up to 9-feet high and stack the racks to as high as 12 feet. As for the wood for the platforms, these come in our four most popular choices. These are All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. Then you can stain and/or finish the wood platforms to suit your design preference. The best thing about Vintner is that all of our stains offerings are available with the kits. That includes a gorgeous lacquer finish on your racks!

Modern Style with 6 Standard Columns and 1 Center Display Column

The second addition to Vintner’s modern wine racks line is this beautiful Modern Style with 6 Standard Columns and 1 Center Display Column. It is quite a unique racking style since it combines two display configurations. You can store your bottles both in cork-forward and label-forward manner. The center platforms allow you to display the bottles in a label-forward style. Then you have additional racking on both sides that allow for a cork-forward display. The layout is clean and minimalist, but edgy as well. It definitely exudes that “modern” appeal. Naturally, you also get all the design options that you can get from the 3 Column Display! ^_^