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Client Praises Easy Product Assembly & WCI Responsiveness

January 16th, 2020

The combination of quality products and excellent customer service is not easy to achieve. That’s probably the foremost goal of most businesses. Without a doubt, that’s also our goal here at WCI. We work tirelessly to improve our wine cellar products to accommodate any and all bottle storage needs. But in addition, we also do our very best to ensure the responsiveness of our customer service. Our client Curtis reaffirms us that we are certainly fulfilling these goals. He sent us this wonderful photo of himself proudly showcasing his completed wine cellar:

Proud client showcases his wine cellar
Curtis purchased racking units from our Vintner Series. The racks were delivered to his home in record time. Per his testimonial, he was able to receive the contents in satisfactory condition. Some minor items were missing but these were also quickly provided to him by our team. Essentially, the client’s experience with WCI’s services can be summed up as a great one. That is something that we are truly grateful for.

Now let’s move on to the actual racking products utilized in our client’s wine cellar project. As earlier mentioned, he sent for wine racks from our Vintner Series kits. He went through the assembly and installation process quite smoothly. Vintner is our most popular wine rack kit, with excellent ratings. It scores a solid four out of five stars when it comes to product assembly. A lot of clients choose Vintner for its flexible configurations, extensive style selection, and reasonable price point. That’s why it’s considered as the “next best thing to custom wine racks.”

The ability to customize several elements of Vintner racking units is indeed a remarkable feature of the kits. You can select different height configurations in order to match your cellar’s ceiling height. You can also choose from a range of wood, stain and finish options. In client’s case, he went for Premium Redwood for the wood option and a beautiful Graywash Stain. Graywash is one of our newest stain offerings and can give your racks a bit of that modern feel. Curtis’ wine cellar boasts of a 773 bottle storage capacity and we can see how he’s really loving it. ^_^

“Everything is working great. the shipping worked out ok, and while the boxes were sometimes beat up, the contents were intact. Assembly was pretty easy too. Your responsiveness in resending the correct material quickly when I had some problems was great. That was very helpful.”

~ Curtis W. ~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Various Types Of Bottle Storage

January 15th, 2020

How do you like to store your wine bottles? Are you content with just a practical racking arrangement? Or do you prefer something with a little more pizzaz? Bottle storage can be both practical and fun. Let’s explore the ways which you can spice up your wine cellar with various types of storage styles. Our client sent some beautiful photos of their completed assembly and we’re going to use these as examples:

Various types of bottle storage
Wall-mount bottle storage

First up is what we consider as the most practical type of bottle storage: the wall-mount system. WCI carries several racking products that incorporate this style. One of the most popular ones is the Vintage View Series. Another one is the WineZone Wine Shelf system. WineZone is our super flexible racking system that provides not just standard bottle storage but can also accommodate other items. By configuring the wood shelf option, you can also display liquors, glasses, cases, decanters, accessories, and more. WCI also recently launched newer products that can add fancier touches to the standard wall-mount style. These are the Ultra Wine Rack Series, Revue Series, and STACT Series.

Using cubes and shelves

Storing bottles in bulk can be a bit tricky. Some prefer to do it in the most convenient manner without much regard the design. But just because it’s in bulk, doesn’t mean you can’t add some character to the racking arrangement. Using cubes and shelves is one way to give your bulk storage that sought-after glow-up. Try WCI’s Curvy Cubes or the bevy of choices available with our Vintner Series. Vintner has Diamonds and Cases that can accommodate generous number of wine bottles in a stylish fashion.

Wall-mount racking system
Explore unconventional racking

There are still a bunch of other ways to store your wine bottles. These are a bit unconventional but surprisingly practical as well. We love these racking choices because they can add character to even the most basic wine cellar layout. Most of these can be found with our versatile Vintner Series. Our top favorites include the Individual Concave Wine Racks and picks from the Vintner Elite Cabinetry collection:

  • Pull-Out Wine Bottle Cradle
  • Rotating Wine Cradle
  • Diagonal Bin
  • Cable Racking System

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.~

Bottle Storage Made Easy With Wine Tasting Centers

January 6th, 2020

Welcome, 2020! Let’s start this year with some truly positive energy. And we’re going to do just that by introducing some convenient wine bottle storage solutions for your wine cellar fans. We’ll be checking out WCI’s catalog of wine tasing centers!

Wine tasting centers for easy bottle storageA wine tasting center is one of the most space-efficient storage solutions you can have in your wine cellar. In fact, it can offer you the storage you need sans a formal wine room. Not everyone has enough space in their homes for a proper wine cellar. But there are still ways to provide adequate bottle storage for those wine bottles. A wine tasting center is definitely one of our most highly recommended alternatives. You can have it built anywhere in your home, even in your living space or vacant bedrooms.

Here at WCI, we offer custom wine tasting stations that can be tailor-made to your storage and style preferences. But for those with a limited budget, don’t despair! We also have affordable options available with our wine rack kits. Yes, you read that right! Our wine rack kits also carry these quality-crafted wine tasting centers. One of them is, of course, our super versatile Vintner Series. The tasting centers come in a variety of height, wood, stain and finish options. That means you can also customize them to suit the design of your home and existing furniture.

Bottle storage made easy!With the Vintner wine rack kits, you also get “insert options” for your wine tasting center. This includes a choice between Racking with Glass Rack and Table Insert and Racking with Archway and Table Insert. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised at the healthy selection of bottle storage configurations that come with the tasting centers. Some examples include Case Storage, Open Diamond Bins, Top Stack Displays, and Display Rows.

Now if you’re looking for even more affordable options, check out our WineMaker Series as well. WineMaker is known for its shallow-depth racking units and that includes the wine tasting centers as well. You pretty much get the same selections as Vintner, except that the racks are configured with narrow depths. This doesn’t affect the quality of the racks or security of the bottles at all. But it does offer a friendlier price point that you will definitely love. ^_^




Clients Celebrated The Holidays With Their Custom Wine Cellar

January 2nd, 2020

It’s indeed a very happy holidays for Joseph and Peggy as their 2019 really ended with a bang. They celebrated the completion of their stunning wine room, with all the custom details. This is our very first Testimonial Thursday for the New Year we just love everything about it:

Our clients had sufficient space for a formal wine room which is nothing short of fantastic. The task at hand was to make sure that the generous amount of space will be maximized. Apart from ample bottle storage, the clients also wanted to have space for some wine cellar furniture. Thankfully, WCI’s custom wine racking units had everything covered.Here you can see snaps of the wine room outfitted with various wood wine racking units. WCI’s racking styles are quite extensive. This enables to provide for simple storage needs all the way up to the extravagant designs that are limited only by imagination. For this Testimonial Thursday, you get to see a pretty good range of designs that were utilized. There’s tons of  individual wine bottle storage and corner wine racks that add flair to the racking arrangement:

 The next few photos below show some great shots of custom vertical displays for larger format bottles. Some of our wine rack kits like the Vintner Series also carry these displays at a more affordable price point. But if you have a specific layout and bottle storage capacity in mind, custom is the way to go.

So here you can see that there is indeed room for other pieces of wine cellar furniture. The clients were able to fit a table and some chairs, as well as some wine cellar decor. Instead of just a standard wine cellar, the room can even be used to host small, intimate wine tasting gatherings.

Despite the variety in racking styles, you can see how the racking assembly flows so seamlessly around the room. This is one of the trademarks of a fully customized wine cellar. The addition of custom crown and base moldings and center seam trim help remove any awkward gaps. The result is a smooth transition between different racking styles, as well as between the floors and ceilings. ^_^

Joseph and Peggy certainly celebrated their holidays in style and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it!

We’ve just completed our wine room to our satisfaction. Have a happy holiday season!”

~Joseph Lux & Peggy F.~

Round-Up Our Favorite Tech Tuesdays Of 2019

December 31st, 2019

First on the round-up is this wonderful Tech Tuesday Episode #415 featuring the Batesville Liquor Co. This is a shopping and retail store in Batesville, Indiana. The Circular Merchandiser, in particular, is a real eye-catcher. This rack offers up high wine storage capacity in a compact format. This project showcases the wide range of options for our commercial racking line, particularly the Vintner Commercial Racking series.

Commercial wine racks

Next up is from Tech Tuesday Episode #419. This lovely project is a great example of how unlikely places in your home can be transformed into the perfect wine storage. This stunning wine room was built right under the stairwell of the client’s home. Our WineMaker Series was definitely the star of the show on this project. The WineMaker Series is WCI’s most popular “kit” that offers shallow-depth racking.

WineMaker Series in under stairwell transformation

Then we have this gorgeous project for our Tech Tuesday Episode #426! 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. 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:

Wine cellar project in Alaska
Technical Tuesday Episode #442 is definitely on our 2019 round-up list. Wine Sentinel steals the spotlight with this row of very attractive wine cabinets for our client in Indian River Shores, FL. Wine Sentinel is actually our line of custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets. This project also features a stunning Graywash stain option on the cabinets. Our Graywash stain has been carefully tested over several months to achieve this gorgeous effect that combines traditional and modern vibes:Wine Sentinel cabinets in luscious Graywash stain

Our client, The Four Corks, in Fort Smith, AR, brought in the beautiful Fall flavors with our Tech Tuesday Episode #:445. This wine cellar is a mix of custom racking units and metal racks from our Vintage View Series. The entire assembly can host a very impressive capacity of just under 4000 bottles. It is indeed a huge wine storage, capable of accommodating existing as well as future merchandise:

The Four Corks wine cellar

Last but definitely not the last on the round-up is Tech Tuesday Episode #449. It’s another custom project featuring a special type of wood option: Black Walnut. And while black might be a Halloween hue, it spells nothing but “elegance” with this Tech Tuesday featuring these racking beauties:

Unstained Black Walnut racks

And there you have it, wine cellar fans! Did your favorite make the cut? Well, rest assured that the New Year will usher in even more inspiring wine cellar design concepts. 2019 was a blast, thanks to you guys, so we hope you’ll stick around in 2020, too. Happy New Year! *Cheers*

Wood Options To Consider For Custom Wine Cellars

December 16th, 2019

Awesome Monday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Who’s planning on some major wine cellar projects over the Christmas holidays? We’re hope you’re not thinking about using Christmas trees for your wine racks! Jokes aside, today’s blog is actually all about the wood options you can consider for your custom wine cellar. There are plenty to choose from, apart from the top four stock woods: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. So we’re going to chat about some of our  recommended choices by highlighting their best features. Let’s get started!

Wood options to consider for your custom wine cellarsFirst up is Black Walnut. Black Walnut is not a common choice for wine cellar projects, but it’s definitely a wood to consider. One of its best features is its beautiful rich color. It is a wood option that is visually and well suited for a custom wine cellar or wine rack application. Even when unstained, the wood has rich chocolate brown tones that slightly vary from a “nutty” to a “dark brown” hue. One of the things we love about Black Walnut is that when left unstained, it will develop a natural sheen over time.

The next wood on our list is Knotty Alder. Knotty Alder is primarily light brown in color. However, the unstained version also varies from a pale yellow to reddish-brown. It is one of those lighter colored woods that adapts extremely well to stains and finishes. But unstained, the wood showcases a variety of different-sized knots. Some pieces will have no knots at all, while others will have more. The knots are not as structurally sound as Rustic Pine’s, but equally exudes a gorgeous, rustic charm. Also, since it accepts stains and finishes so well, it is an exceptional hardwood for custom wine cellars. We suggest adding lacquer to any stain, or to the unstained wood, for a glossy finish.

Unstained, light-colored wine racksLast but certainly not the least, we have the very unique White Oak. In terms of color, this wood is quite special. Unstained, it has light to medium brown hues, enhanced with an olive cast. That’s why can at times see slightly greenish hues pop out. Moreover, the nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.  One of White Oak’s most distinguishing features is its straight grain pattern, with a coarse, uneven texture. It is highly durable against rot and produces very satisfactory results with hand and machine tools.

Do you have your own list of alternative wood options to consider for custom wine cellars? Share them with us by leaving a comment below! ^_^

Client’s WCI Wine Racks Are Magazine Worthy!

December 5th, 2019

Well, here’s an early Christmas present both for our client Dwight and us here at WCI as well! Dwight’s wine racks were featured in Lancaster County Magazine and he’s shared some terrific shots with us:

Client’s wine cellar is featured in Lancaster County Magazine!Our client has quite the collection and dreamt of showcasing it to the fullest. He purchased some racking units from our website, enjoying the variety of styles that he got to choose from. As you can see from these great snaps of the completed racking assembly, it is really quite versatile. We especially love the Open Diamond Cube wall and the Wine Bottle Waterfall. There is also a custom countertop and shelves to accommodate bulk bottle storage underneath. The varying styles make for a nice contrast of shapes and lines. You will notice that the overall design is not messy or overwhelming. In fact, there is a good sense of balance and symmetry despite the contrasting racking styles. The uniformity in the colors of the chosen stain option is partly responsible for this. The other contributing would be the choice of wine cellar accessories. Basically, everything was done in good taste!

Mix of wood and metal wine racksBut there is still one more surprise with this wine cellar project. It also has some of these beautiful wall-mounted metal wine racks. Every space in the compact room was utilized cleverly. The metal racks allow for a label-forward storage that display the client’s collection to maximum advantage. It also makes for easy organization. We love seeing bottles of different sizes being showcased in the wine cellar. They certainly are the center of attention – which is exactly the purpose of a wine cellar. The unique details of Dwight’s wine cellar rightfully earned him a spot in the magazine. And we’re just darned proud that we are a part of his big moment! It is fantastic knowing that our products really do bring about the desired results – that is, 100% client satisfaction. ^_

“My wine racks were featured in Lancaster County Magazine!
~Dwight G.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Tips In Outfitting Small Spaces

December 4th, 2019

One of the things we like about small spaces is that you can get really creative with them. Some of our most unique projects are transformations of smaller spaces. It’s pretty amazing what ingenuity can yield and we’d love to share some of those concepts with you.
Trim those corners with curved corner racks!1. Trim those corners

When working with compact wine cellar projects, one of the things you need to consider are the angles and corners. They might seem like wasted space, but with the right racking units, you can properly maximize them. We recommend outfitting your cellar with Curved Corner Racks or 90 Degree Angled Racks to achieve this. You can go with either custom units or select from our wine rack kits, such as Vintner, which carries these curved corner racking options.

2. Try some shallow-depth racking

Do not be afraid to venture into different racking styles when outfitting a compact wine storage space. You do not need to stick to standard-sized racks all the time. Other styles may prove more space-efficient, such as shallow-depth wine racks. These are racks manufactured with shorter depth compared to standard units. When bottles are stored on these racks, you’ll notice that the necks will slightly stick out. That actually makes for a really attractive display as well. WCI carries this style of racking with our WineMaker Series and Traditional Series wine rack kits. You will be surprised at the bottle storage capacity these shorter depth racks can offer.
Outfitting small wine cellar spaces3. Small wine racks can do wonders

Another type of racking that will can work wonders on compact spaces is the “small wine rack.” Here at WCI, we actually have several options, such as our Mini Stacks, Curvy Cubes, and our Wall Mount Wine Racks. The last option is easily the most popular. Wall mount units can come in either wood or metal materials. Recently, our metal wine racking products, particularly the wall-mount ones, have really grown in popularity. Vintage View is, of course, one of our oldest and highly recommended products. But we also introduced some recent additions that are both space-efficient and super attractive. The Revue and Ultra Wine Racks collections are some of them. These wall-mount units are easy to install and you’ll have tons of fun creating eye-catching arrangements with them. ^_^

Shallow depth racks allow for more bottle storage

Technical Tuesday Episode #453: Simplicity Is Beauty With Unstained Premium Redwood

December 3rd, 2019

Ho, ho, ho, wine cellar buddies! The month of holiday cheer is finally here. We’re going to kick it off with some Tech Tuesday fun, courtesy of this project using custom racking pieces and our Vintner Series wine racks kit:

Project # 314608
Wood: Custom / Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 709
Where: Cincinnati, OH

Simplicity is beauty with unstained Premium RedwoodWith wine cellars, it doesn’t always have to be intricately designed to be beautiful. As the saying goes, “Simplicity is beauty.” A clean and functional design also carries with it a certain charm. In fact, there are more than just a few clients here at WCI who prefer an understated style to an elaborate one. Today’s Tech Tuesday feature is one of those! This compact wine storage showcases the excellent craftsmanship of our racks. It also shows the natural     hues of unstained Premium Redwood. This is definitely a wine cellar that doesn’t pile on the frills and fancies. Yet, it is no way  inferior in both form and function.

Clean and beautiful racking linesAs far as bottle storage capacity is concerned, this wine cellar can actually host a little over 700 bottles. That’s pretty generous, considering the space our team had to work with. You’ll notice in the photos that the room was really properly maximized to accommodate as many bottles as possible. A combination of select units from our versatile Vintner Series and custom racks made all this possible. We especially like the countertop with extra individual bottle storage below.

Another great feature of this project is the variety of bottle storage options. Despite the compact size of the cellar, you can see that there is space for bulk bottle storage, as well as larger format bottles. To top it all off, the racking assembly flows seamlessly. This is thanks to the crown and base moldings and center seam trim. This wine cellar is indeed one of the best examples that simplicity is beauty. Even with the lack of dramatic elements, the quality of the materials and craftsmanship more than make up for it. *Cheers*

Why You Need Shallow-Depth Racks In Your Wine Cellar

November 25th, 2019

Have you ever used shallow-depth racks in your wine cellar? Or have you even heard of shallow-depth racks for that matter? For those who are completely new to the concept, we’re going to give you the 4-1-1 on this amazing racking style. And for those who haven’t tried it, we give you the best reasons why you need this type of racking unit for your wine cellar project.

Shorter depth, not less quality…

Now the first thing we need to emphasize about this racking style is that the shorter depth configuration does not equate to lesser quality. Our Winemaker Series wine racks kit is a fine example of this. Winemaker is comprised of modular units manufactured in shallow depth. When wine bottles are stored, you can easily see that the necks stick out, just like in the picture above. This makes for a very attractive, popping display. But of course, some would immediately question the safety feature of this type of racking. While the depth is indeed shorter, the security of your collection is never compromised. The racks are crafted with square-cut rails to firmly hold the bottles in place.

One of the biggest advantages of the shallow depth racks is the fact that they are very space-efficient. This means that they are ideal for compact wine cellars or those built in irregular spaces. Even if larger wine cellars, you will find this type of racking highly useful, especially if you want to make room for more bottles. In homes where formal wine rooms are not possible due to space constraints, these shorter depth racks are the solutions you need. Think about under stairwell wine storage, closet transformations, or pantry conversions! Standard-sized wine racks will be an awkward fit or worse, not fit the space at all. But check out our photo gallery and see how these spaces are beautifully utilized thanks to shallow depth racking!

Apart from Winemaker, WCI also has the Traditional Series with the same shorter depth configurations. But while Winemaker is known for it’s stackable qualities, the Traditional Series racks come in 6-foot configurations only. That’s why Winemaker is said to be Vintner’s greatest rival with the “kits” since its stackable features make it so versatile. Lastly, never forget this! The shallow depth racks also have a slew of wood, stain and finish options available. That means you can achieve the look you want and make the racks work with other elements in your wine cellar. ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: Your Guide To Wine Rack Heights

November 20th, 2019

How high can you stack your wine racks? If you purchase racks from WCI, how will you be able to configure them to work with your desired ceiling heights? Also, as far as storage is concerned, how do you know what kind of wine bottle dimensions will be accommodated by your racking units?

Your guide to wine rack heights

How High Will Those Wine Racks Go?

Let’s start by comparing the various wine rack series. Our wine rack kits each have their unique features that can help you decide which one will work best with your wine cellar. As far as the stackable quality is concerned, all our kits are endowed with this, except the Traditional Series. The Traditional Series racks come in 6-feet height configurations. You can add accents such as crown and base moldings to stretch the height to a couple more inches. But you will not be able to stack the units unlike the other series.

Vintner is the most flexible among the kits. The racks come in 3-foot and 4-foot configurations. They can be stacked to match any ceiling height, including up to 10 feet. The height chart illustrates in finer detail how Vintner is able to achieve what custom racks can in terms of wine rack heights. You can also see how WineMaker is able to provide the same flexibility. The only difference is that the WineMaker Series is comprised of shallow-depth racking units. The Designer Series is also quite versatile. However, it cannot provide for racking heights beyond 8 feet.

How many wine bottles can you fit in your racks?

How Many Wine Bottles Will Fit?

Now that you’ve sorted out your wine rack heights in your wine cellar, another question that needs to be tackled is on the bottle storage capacity. Wine bottles come in different sizes. You have the standard wine bottle sizes, but you also have those that are smaller and those that are in larger formats. Knowledge on bottle sizes and wine bottle dimensions will greatly aid in selecting the best wine racks for your collection.

Naturally, you’ll have to consider questions such as how tall is a 750 ml bottle of wine compared to a 187 ml bottle? How big is a bottle of wine in CL? Also, what is a 5 litre bottle of wine called? For example, it helps to know that a split or picolo is 187.5 ml in size and can hold 1/4 standard bottle or one glass of wine. The standard size is 750 ml which is equivalent to 5 glasses of wine.

The chart below shows the bottle capacity of the wine racks in various height configurations. The capacity is based of the wine bottle height and wine bottle diameter of standard-sized bottles. You will also see a comparison in the storage capacity of racks that are single-deep and those that are double-deep. Double-deep racks have significantly increased bottle storage capacity. This is the kind of racking style one should consider for larger wine collections. ^_^


Stained Or Unstained Racks: Which Is Your Style?

November 4th, 2019

And just like that, we’re only a month away from Christmas holidays! Happy November, wine cellar buddies! Is it too early to get that holiday shopping list done? Maybe not. With all the hustle and bustle that is sure to come with the Yuletide season, it’s always good to get a head start. But for today, we’re going to be talking about something else – for your wine cellars that is. Wine storage projects can also get pretty popular during the holidays. So putting some ideas out there will certainly be a big help. If you’re going to be undertaking a wine storage project in the next few weeks, here’s something to think about: should you stain your wine racks or not?
Stained or unstained wine racks?Our clients sent us these photos of their beautiful wine room. The racks were all custom-made by WCI. The wood of choice is Premium Hardwood – unstained. That’s right! The clients opted for an unstained version for their wine racks. The natural pinkish gold colors of Premium Redwood worked perfectly with the room’s flooring and ceiling. Notice how the racks mesh with the multi-colored, faceted flooring. It’s a smart decision to keep the racking assembly as understated as possible. The layout looks clean yet exuding lots of character.

What racking design is more your style?Essentially, going for stained or unstained wine racks depends much on your style – what you want to achieve for your wine cellar. But you should also take care not to overdo it with these style elements. Otherwise, your wine racks might overpower everything else, including your wine bottles. WCI offers a terrific selection of stain and finish options to go with a lot of style preferences. If you want traditional elegance, we have Classic Mahogany and Dark Walnut stains. For a clean and neutral look, you can go with our Light Danish stain option. If you are a fan of the contemporary design, our newest stain offerings can give you just that. We have Opaque White, Whitewash, and Graywash stains, to name a few. We also have an array of finishes, such as the Dusty Weathered finish for that timeworn appearance.

Unstained Premium Redwood racks are eye-catching!Long story short, it’s all a matter of design perspective. It’s all about your style! You go with the option that looks and feels the best for your wine cellar project. And if you have trouble deciding, never forget our expert design consultants are always here for you. All it takes is one phone call or e-mail to get in touch with us! ^_^

Perfect Performance By WCI’s Custom Wine Racks

October 31st, 2019

How would you rate the performance of your wine racks when it comes to storing your precious collection? We’re pretty hyped to share this high praise given by a client for our wine racking units. Marc sent these photos of their gorgeous wine cellar, equipped with no less than our custom wine racks:

Check out this wine room’s unique entryway. It has a vintage feel to it which we totally love. Inside is a quite generously spaced are for the racking arrangement. The client wanted to use this space as efficiently as possible. Choosing to go with custom wine racks was certainly the best move. Our experienced design consultants can design wine cellars of any size and style, with any budget. It can be as small as a wine cellar closet or large and ambitious, such as a luxe wine room. WCI offers free wine cellar consultation, along with actual room plans to help clients get started on their wine cellar projects. Our design consultants will be able to provide valuable advice on which types of racks will work best with your space and style preference.

Here are some snaps of the completed racking setup. You can see that there is a nice variety of individual and bulk bottle storage options. Since the client had a healthy, growing collection, maximizing the room’s bottle storage capacity was top priority. This was achieved thanks to the custom racks that were made to wrap around the room in a seamless manner. Notice that there is even space for the bottles in between the racks and the ceilings without      making the assembly look cramped and messy.

Taking a cue from the stone hewn walls and vintage vibe of the room’s interior, Premium Redwood was the wood of choice for the racks. Premium Redwood has lighter, pinkish gold tones compared to All-Heart Redwood. But because it absorbs stains and finishes equally well, it looked bolder and elegant with the Dark Walnut Stain option. Needless to say, the client was very much pleased with the results! It was was a perfect performance and you know it can’t get any better than that!

“All of my wine racks are performing perfectly I had absolutely no issues.”

~Marc N.~

Explore Your Commercial Wine Racking Choices With WCI

October 14th, 2019

A wonderful Monday to all of you wine cellar folks! We have some awesome stuff to talk about today, this time, with our commercial racking products. If you have not checked this section of the website yet, we highly recommend you explore it. We’ve integrated some changes into our products that your budget will definitely love:

The Vintner Commercial line…

One of the biggest changes to our commercial racking platform was the introduction of the Vintner Commercial line. Now you can enjoy the outstanding features of the Vintner kits but in a commercial setting. The units are available in the same 3-foot and 4-foot stackable configurations. That means you can create racking arrangements that can go as high as even 12 feet. You can get it with all the available racking styles: wine display islands, merchandisers, bulk and vertical bins.

It is easy and fun to mix and match the various racking styles for your wine store. Moreover, you also get crown and base molding, and center seam options. These will help give your racking assembly a really polished look. Check out the below example of the wine display islands in Premium Redwood wood option and Classic Mahogany stain. It still looks a lot like the Classic, fully customized edition of our commercial racks. Note how the bottles are resting on each other on the displays. But the shorter lead time and pre-designed styles make for the more affordable pricing. There’s no sacrifice made when it comes to quality and you get a great range of wood, stain & finish options to boot!

Vintner Commercial Racking

The Classic Commercial line…

The Classic series is WCI’s line of commercial wine racks that can be customized down to the last rail and molding. We have designed for wine stores all over the country. Each store’s bottle storage needs is quite specific. A lot depends on the volume and type of the merchandise, the space, and the style preference of the proprietor. When storage needs become this specific and detailed, customization is the best route to take. That’s where our Classic Commercial wine racks come in. Note that these units are hand built to order. That means longer lead times and of course, a higher price tag. But it’s worth every dollar you pay. Explore more of out Classic commercial racking at the photo gallery! ^_^

Unstained Rustic Pine displays

Ways To Glam Up Your Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar

October 7th, 2019

When it comes to wine cellar design, it can’t get more elegant that a glass-enclosed one. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make things even better. There are ways to elevate the style factor of your glass-enclosed cellar and give it some glam. You don’t even have to worry that it will downgrade the elegant appeal at all. Allow us to show you some terrific ways to achieve this!Glam up your glass-enclosed wine storage!

Go for modern metal racking…

You can have any type of wine racking units in your glass-enclosed project. These days, a lot of these wine cellars choose metal wine racks over wood – or a mixture of both. So take it up a notch and go for some modern metal racking! WCI has a bevy of beautiful metal wine rack collections for you yo explore. Our oldies but goodies include our Vintage View Series and WineZone Wine Shelf System. But we have introduced many other collections in the last few years as well. We recommend checking out our STACT Aluminum Series and the Echelon Wave Wine Racks. The latter is crafted from extruded aluminum with a natural satin anodised finish. And just last week, we launched two more amazing metal racking products: the Ultra Wine Racks and Revue collection. Both are wall-mounted wonders that will definitely bring glam into your glass-enclosed wine storage.

Go and add some “trimmings”…

You might feel you don’t need to add anything to the exterior of a glass-enclosed wine cellar since it might ruin the elegant aesthetic. But that’s not exactly true. By selecting tasteful trimmings, you can put more character into that wine cellar project. One of our favorites is the black metal trim. This will give an industrial touch to your wine cellar and elevate that modern charm. The trim is actually a gorgeous statement of separation and transparency. Anyone can peer directly into the wine cellar and admire the enticing wine bottles nestled inside.

Go for some decorative applications…

Do not be afraid to be a little whimsical with your design choices for your wine cellar. Just because you want it to be elegant doesn’t mean everything has to be traditional. With a glass-enclosed project, some decorative applications can make for very attractive results. Our must-try is either the etched glass or painted glass application. Etched glass is intricate and dreamy. Painted glass, on the other hand, will give your wine cellar beautiful pops of color. These glam applications can be done on your wine cellar doors, windows, and even ceilings. ^_^

New In Metal Wine Racks: Welcome The Ultra Wine Racks Series!

September 30th, 2019

Merry Monday, wine cellar folks! We’re ending the month of September with a bang by welcoming a new addition to our metal wine racks collection. Let’s check out the awesome deets on the Ultra Wine Rack Series:

Ultra Wine Racks – Wall Rails

So first up are the Ultra Wall Rails. WCI offers these brilliant space savers in 1, 2, 3 and 4-foot configurations and in single, double and triple options. As the units can be easily wall-mounted, they are certainly ideal for someone looking to showcase their wine collection and not just store it. They can go anywhere in your home, not just in your wine cellars.  These wall-mounted units work with a label-forward system. That means your bottle labels will be clearly visible, making for convenient organization as well. The wall rails are available in Chrome and Satin Black Finishes which can give a super sleek and modern look to your wine storage.

Ultra Wine Racks – Wine Pegs

Next up  we have the Ultra Wine Pegs. Just like the wall rails, wine pegs are one of the most space-efficient methods of storing your collection. They can be mounted anywhere in the home or commercial establishment. The Ultra Wine Pegs give you the best of both worlds as they come in both label-forward and cork-forward configurations. That gives you options on the way you want your wine bottles organized as well. Moreover, the pegs can be mixed and matched with other racking styles to create a really unique arrangement for your wine cellar. Note that the pegs come in black, brushed aluminum, and chrome finishes to designed to give a contemporary yet elegant charm to any wine cellar project.

Ultra Wine Racks – Fusion & Diamond Fusion

Lastly, we have the Fusion & Diamond Fusion series. The Fusion wall panels come in two configurations as well: label-out and cork-out. Then you have the faceplates which are  a lot of fun to design thanks to the variety of color options. The colors include Alumasteel, Black Acrylic, Whie Acrylic, Unfinished Wood, Medium Stained Wood, and Dark Stained Wood. Play around with them and create eye-catching designs that are sure to be a hit in your wine parties. For ease of installation, take note that the faceplates are removable. That also means you can easily change the panel colors around.


The Finer Details Of WCI’s Metal Wine Racks Collection

September 23rd, 2019

We have been growing our metal wine racks collection over the last few years. The popularity if this racking style has really skyrocketed and WCI responded to that demand. It all started with our Vintage View Series which was a huge hit with our clients.  Now our collection has considerably grown to offer more varied bottle storage solutions for everyone. Let’s go into the finer details of WCI’s different metal wine racking styles!

Explore the finer details of our metal wine racks collectionAs we mentioned earlier, our Vintage View Series was the first metal wine rack collection that we launched. The series has actually evolved over the years to welcome new additions into its fold. It now includes the Wall Mounted Presentation Wine Display Rack, Single Bottle Wall Mount Series, Mini 6-Bottle Tabletop Wine Rack, and the Vino Pinos, Rails, Rods and Pegs. There is also the Vintage View Case and Crate Bins dedicated to bulk bottle storage.

The next one to hit the stage would be our WineZone Wine Shelf System. This is probably one of the most versatile, if not the most versatile metal wine racking product WCI has to offer. WineZone is perfect for both residential and commercial wine cellar applications. The shelf is designed so that when installed in one direction the labels are facing out. But when you flip the shelf over, then the neck or punt of the wine bottle will be in a cork-forward position. Either orientation allows you to store a case (12 bottles) of Splits/Bordeaux/Burgundy/Small or Large Champagne bottles. But that’s not all! In addition to the Metal Shelving, a black melamine shelf can also be incorporated for other merchandising or storage options. The shelf can then be used to store other items such as glassware, liquor, olive oils, gift baskets, decanters, and case storage.

A plethora of metal racking styles to choose from

Recently, we received two more new additions to WCI’s metal racking line-up: the Ultra Wall Mounted Metal Wine Racks and the Revue Wall Mounted Series. The Ultra  collection boasts of several uniquely crafted racking styles designed to bring character to any wine cellar project. There are several sleek designs to choose from and we will be discussing those in more detail in next week’s blog – so stay tuned! The Revue Series is a label-forward system that exudes simplicity coupled with a modern and traquil vibe. Watch out for finer details of the two newest members of our metal wine racks collection by bookmarking our blog now! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #444: Vintner x Premium Redwood Comeback

September 17th, 2019

You can’t beat a classic and that’s a fact! And with wine cellar designs, there are combinations that work without fail, even as trends come and go. There are materials that are time-tested and styles that will never be outdated. Case in point: the Vintner x Premium Redwood combo. It’s time for it to make a comeback and take the center stage once more:

Project # 315278
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1307
Where: Mount Arlington, NJ

Vintner x Premium Redwood comeback combo!Today’s stunning project is a testament to the timeless elegance of the Vintner Series wine rack kits. These units are so versatile that they can really give custom wine cellars a run for their money. The quality craftsmanship of our Vintner racks is praiseworthy and we have the client testimonials to back that up. Here you can see this beautiful racking arrangement that just flows all around the wine room. The use of crown and base molding packages and center seam trim help tie everything together to create that “built-in” look you can only expect with custom jobs.

Beautiful Dark Walnut stain on the racksNow with Vintner, take note that you are presented with quite an extensive selection of woods, stains and finishes. Even if it’s just a kit, you are able to choose a wood type that will work with your preferred wine cellar theme. In the case of client here, they stuck with the classic route with the Vintner x Premium comeback combination. Let us tell you guys that this combo will always be a winner, no matter the size of your wine cellar project.

Premium Redwood is one of the top four choices for custom wine cellars. It is an amazing specie of wood that can hold its own when it comes to resiliency, durability, and resistance to shrinking and warping. Moreover, it is a clear grade of wood at a reasonable price point. There are those who prefer Premium Redwood over All-Heart Redwood due to the variety of colors the former offers. Premium Redwood includes wood from all part of the log. The colors range from white to pink to red and reddish brown. The wood also works exceptionally well with different stains and finishes. For this Tech Tuesday, for example, the racks were stained with a Dark Walnut stain. It deepened natural hues of the wood and the effect is quite luxurious. *Cheers*

Seamless racking assembly with just “kits”

Making Your Wine Cellar An Iconic Part Of Your Home

September 16th, 2019

When they said that a wine cellar is “the next home icon,” that wasn’t just some empty claim. The last few decades have been witness to the steady growth of residential wine cellars. Moreover, thanks to the evolutions in racking materials and styles, even smaller spaces are now able to accommodate decent wine storage. If you don’t have a wine cellar in your home yet, now’s the to invest in one. We’ll share some tips with you guys on making your wine cellar an iconic part of your home:

Let’s start with homes that have enough space (or more than enough space) for a formal wine room. Our clients sent us these gorgeous photos of theirs. It’s a fully customized wine cellar with Rustic Pine wine racks in Midnight Black stain. Going custom is highly recommended when you have the room and the budget for it. As you can see from these photos, the wine cellar is really the star of the show. Check out the photo below. See how seamless the racking assembly is? Curved corner racks were utilized to smoothen out awkward corners in the room. You can also see that bottle storage is really maximized with a variety of racking styles to boot. And of course, you can also choose more eye-catching decor to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the wine room:

Now let’s talk about those with limited spaces for a formal wine cellar. How can you make it an iconic section of the home? Selecting the right racking products and materials will make a huge difference here. For example, switch it up and go with metal racking units instead of wood. You can also do a combination of both. Wall-mount metal racks are the ultimate space-savers. In addition, they are also super stylish and will give your wine storage a fresh, modern vibe. We recommend checking out our Modern Wine Cellar series such as our cable racking systems and invisible wall wine racks. Another great material to consider is acrylic, like our Acrylic Wine Racks.

Last not least, set aside a budget for embellishing your wine cellar. Accessories such as wine cellar art, lighting accents, and tabletops and countertops can add a lot of flair to your wine cellar. Even a compact wine storage can be a conversation piece when decked out with tasteful accessories. ^_^


Learn How To Customize Your Wine Tasting Center

September 9th, 2019

Some merry Monday greetings to all you wine cellar fans out there! Today we’re going to be talking about wine tasting centers. More specifically, we’re going to show you guys how to customize your wine tasting centers. Let’s get started by checking out this beautiful project completed by one of our clients:

As can be seen from the above photo, the wine cellar has this elegant tasting center as its focal point. From here you can see how the racking assembly is developed. This is one of the very first customization points of a wine tasting center. You can combine a variety of racking styles according to your design preference. Our Vintner Series, for example, have an assortment of configurations you can choose from. The Individual Tasting Center with tabletop is the most basic. Then you have those with Case Storage or Open Diamond Bins to accommodate bulk bottles. Fancier styles include those with Display Rows, Top Stack Displays, and Double Displays.

Next up will be the height configuration of your wine tasting center. You can have it built to match the room’s ceiling height and making it look completely built-in. If you’re working with wine rack kits like Vintner, you have the option to choose from 6-,7-,8-, and 9-feet heights. Plus, you can throw in some crown and base moldings to give your unit an additional few inches. Center seam trim can also be added to help close awkward gaps in between racking styles. You can further choose from either straight or curved trim, depending in your racking configurations.

Now it doesn’t stop there. To create the look that you really desire for your wine tasting center, you’ll need to play around with different woods, stains and finishes. Mix and match varying wood types with our bevy of stain and finish options. You can even go for our “blended stains.” Blended stains allow for even more choices when it comes to the colors and shades of your wine racks.

Last but not the least, you can also opt to have glass racks and table inserts on the tasting center. And if you’re not working from our “kits,” you may also have your archway designed to your specifications. ^_^

Our Traditional Series: What You Might Have Missed Out

September 2nd, 2019

The “ber” months are here! Summer is finally on its last legs and the Fall season is slowly but surely creeping in. But who’s complaining? Not only are we looking forward to the lovely Fall foliage, we’re also excited to showcase our Fall-inspired wine cellar designs. In fact, this project for our client embraces those warm, Autumn hues that we like so much:

What you might have missed out on our Traditional Series kit!

This simple but elegant project features none other than our Traditional Series wine rack kits. Our Traditional Series is quite underrated, so this is a great opportunity to show you guys what you can get with these kits. If you are not familiar with our wine rack kits, you might have missed out on some really good stuff – so let’s get down to it.

First off, our Traditional Series is comprised of short depth racking, similar to our WineMaker Series. But unlike WineMaker, the kits come in 6-foot height configurations. The shallow-depth units can securely hold the main body of the wine bottles, but allow for a small portion of the necks to stick out. This makes for a really attractive row of popping displays in your wine cellar. Essentially, you get a classic type of racking that traditionalists love for the simplicity and space saving qualities.

Second, you also get opportunities to customize your wine racks, from the wood to the stain and finishes. You can choose from either Premium Redwood or Rustic Pine for the wood option. Stains and finishes include our newest Graywash and Whitewash stains, as well as lacquer. With these different components, you are able to create the perfect storage even with a limited budget. That’s because our Traditional Series is one of our most cost-efficient kits, thanks to the shorter-depth racking.  Premium Redwood with Dark Walnut Stain

Last but certainly not the least, you will be pleasantly surprised at the selection of racking styles available with just a wine rack “kit.” The series offers Individual Bottle Storage, including Curved Corner and Half-Height units. Plus, we also recently upgraded the kits with the Individuals with Display Row. This added feature allows you to showcase your best labels to maximum advantage. You also get some great bulk bottle storage options, as well as Tasting Center packages. So if you might have missed out on this, better check it out now! ^_^


How WCI Can Make Wine Cellar Projects Work For You

August 29th, 2019

We’ve said it before and we were certainly not wrong about it. Wine cellar projects can be quite intimidating at first blush. It’s especially so for those who have never ventured into the realm of DIY projects before. Our client, John, was one of them. He admitted to the jitters that gave rise to negative preconceptions on DIY wine cellar construction. Fortunately, he was able to overcame all these and was generous enough to share his experience with us:

We make wine cellar projects work for you! John wanted to build a proper wine storage in his home. His initial thinking was that this would run into big bucks, particularly the cost of labor. He opted to do the work himself, but was also plagued with the usual fears. When he stumbled onto Wine Cellar Innovations, he was able to overcome all these, thanks to WCI’s products and services. We always find ways to make your wine cellar projects work for you! Per the client, there were so many racking options to fit any space and the quality was nothing to scoff at. Added to that, the racking units cane with instructions and were actually easy enough to assemble.

For someone with little to average DIY skills, this was certainly the cherry on top. The assembly manuals made the work go smoothly for the client and voila! Check out John’s wine storage that easily accommodated his collection. The racks are all from our Designer Series, in beautiful unstained Rustic Pine. A job well done and we are happy to be a part of his wine cellar journey:

Designer Series in unstained Rustic Pine

“Wine racks are intimidating. Wine cellars are expensive. This what I thought. Wine Cellar Innovations changed my thinking. Great, real wood racks. All kinds of designs to make it easy to fit racks to your space. Easy instructions allowed me to put them together myself. That made it very affordable to do. They even reached out several years later to just see how everything was holding, because they always gathering information on how to improve the product. I couldn’t ask for more.”

~John S.~

Creating 10-Foot High Wine Cellars With Our Vintner Series

August 26th, 2019

How high can you build your wine cellars? And just how high can you stack your wine racks to achieve this? Would you be able to match a room’s ceiling height without having to go the custom route? You’d be pleasantly surprised to find out that, yes, you can! Our Vintner Series has made this all possible. This mere wine rack “kit” has given a world of designing opportunities at such a reasonable cost. That’s why it’s definitely the next best thing to custom. Let’s have a look at our clients’ gorgeous 10-foot wine cellar:

10-foot high wine cellars! From these photos, you can easily see how the racking assembly is really flush against the wall. Also, the racks go all the way up to the ceilings in a seamless fashion. So how do you get this done with the Vintner Series wine rack kits?

Our Vintner Series has always been known for it’s stackable qualities. You can purchase 3-foot and 4-foot racks and stack them to any height you desire. Recently, we innovated our webpage to make it much easier for clients to purchase the exact racks and stacking equipment they need. All they need yo do is select either a 3 foot, 4 foot, 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot or 9 foot foot wine rack at the purchase page. 

Vintner Series with custom amenities!Once you have selected your desired racking height, you can now look into the add-ons. These include crown and base molding packages, center seam trim, and base platforms. These extra options will give your racks a few more inches of height boost. Basically, you can now transform your 9-foot racking arrangement to a 10-foot one! Remember, the additional molding will take your racking height up almost a foot if you have a base on it. And of course, you can also stack another 3-foot unit if you desire to go even higher.

Lots of wood, stain and finish options

Last but definitely not the least, you have the ability to customize the style of your 10-foot wine racks. With the Vintner Series, you get to choose from our most popular stock wood options. These include All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. You also get the full selection of stains and finishes, including our newest offerings: Whitewash, Graywash, and Opaque White stains. ^_^

Opening Your Wine Cellar Space With Wall Wine Racks

August 19th, 2019

Nothing can open up a wine cellar space quite like wall wine racks. There is a reason why this racking style has rapidly grown in popularity over the years. And that reason is the undeniable fact that it is the most space-efficient racking style there is. This gorgeous wine room designed for a client certainly gets that point across:

Wall wine racks are super space-efficient!See how open the floor area is, thanks to the racking assembly which is mounted on the walls. This gives you room for other furniture to accent your cellar. In clients’ case, they chose an elegant tasting table and some wooden crates and boxes as decor. These work really well with the wooden flooring, as well as the wine-colored ceiling.

Now let’s talk about the wall wine racking units. Here at WCI, we carry a healthy selection of this racking style.  One of our oldest lines is the Vintage View Series. The racks are available in four different finishes. They also come in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. These units can hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. You can also configure them to hold split-sized bottles by mounting them at 5.5 inches apart. This is one of our super versatile series.

Talking about versatility, our WineZone Wine Shelf System definitely takes the top spot. This unit was designed with maximum storage flexibility in mind.  This system creates a beautiful variation of metal and wood wine racks that are able to fit a variety of wine, spirits, as well as wine accessories to fit your needs. Moreover, you can even use the shelf as a table top option. You will have a second shelf with glass rack attachment above that can function as a tasting station.

Stylish space savers that can open up your wine cellars!We also have the Curvy Wine Cube collection for those who prefer something with a little more flair. These wall-mounted beauties are  available in several wood types and stain options. Their unique profile will give any wine cellar that added touch of fancy without compromising on space.

Take note that you can display your bottles in either the traditional cork-forward format the more contemporary label-forward format. You can also mix and match wood and metal racking elements. Enjoy coming up with your personal style while having tons of bottle storage space. It is certainly space-efficiency racking done right! ^_^