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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Building Wine Storage For Apartment Spaces

July 29th, 2020

Apartments tend to be on the small side, space-wise.  It’s especially so if you live in busy cities. As a wine collector, how do you get over this hurdle to find enough space for your collection? Actually, you don’t! There are lots of wine storage solutions you can explore. In fact, building bottle storage for your apartment space is a no-brainer. Here are some products we’d love for you to check out:

Urban Living Series for your apartment

The Urban Living Series

This series was specifically designed for compact living spaces such as apartments and condos. Our Urban Living Series was created to put together the perfect wine racking solution for you without waiting for a design. The series comes in various packages that you can choose from to suit both your space and storage needs. Moreover, the packages are offered in multiple heights. And here’s the best part! You actually have the option to ship the entire package fully assembled. All you have to do is pull the racks out of the box and attach to your walls.

Ultra Metal Series for your apartment

Wall-Mount Wine Racks

What better way to save space in your apartment while maximizing bottle storage capacity than with wall wine racks? There are lots of products to choose from these days. Make sure to go over the various features and select the one that can really meet your needs. One of our top favorites is the Ultra Metal Wine Racks. The series offers wine pegs and rails that are so easy to install and get creative with. They can be mounted anywhere and especially in areas where you can showcase your wine bottles prominently. It also helps that they are super stylish. There are a bunch of finish options to choose from to easily match your apartment decor or theme.

Mini Stack Series for your apartment

The Mini Stack Series

The Mini Stack Series offers small, quality racking units that you can work into any space. Choose from a variety of styles: Individual Wine Rack, Bin Wine Rack, Diamond Slat Wine Rack, Open Bin Wine Rack, and even a Glass Rack unit. True to its name, the Mini Stack Series can be stacked to accommodate your desired racking height. Moreover, the simple but elegant design makes it easy to mix and match the racks with existing racking units or other furniture. Crafted from beautiful Premium Redwood, you can also select from four different stain options to really make the racks work with your desired wine cellar theme. ^_^

 

 

Technical Tuesday Episode #435: Seamless Unstained All Heart Redwood Racks

July 28th, 2020

If you’re debating whether or not to stain your wine racks, this post might just be the one to tilt the scales. This compact wine cellar project showcases the beauty of unstained All Heart Redwood racks. Even with it’s small size, there are lots of impressive details that should not just be glossed over:

Project # 309861
Wood: Custom / All heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 556
Where: Newport, KY

Seamless All Heart Redwood racksLet’s start with the bottle storage variety in the racking arrangement. Take note that this is a custom job and it really shows in how seamless the transitions between racking styles are. You can see that apart from the Individual Bottle Columns, there are also High Reveal Displays, Open Diamond Bins and Cubes:

Unstained and beautifulDespite the smaller space, this wine cellar still managed to also include a wine tasting center and generous countertops. This is the advantage of going custom on smaller projects. You will be able to maximize the space and enjoy certain amenities that might not be possible with pre-assembled racks.

Custom unstained All Heart Redwood racksNow let’s talk about the wood and stain options for this project. The client and our design team wisely went with All-Heart Redwood. All-Heart Redwood is our most popular wood choice for custom wine racks. It costs a tad more than Premium Redwood, but it’s durability, resiliency, and appearance are all worth it. All Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the Redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. It is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot of all North American trees. That’s why it was used in subterranean wine cellars long before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented.

Clean and elegant layoutThe natural beauty of All Heart Redwood is unmatched. That’s why do not be hesitant to try the unstained version in your wine cellar. Our client did just that and look at the results! The natural pinkish gold hues are so elegant and attractive. You can find more inspiring projects over at the WCI gallery, so do check it out. You will be amazed at how inherently beautiful unstained wood can be. *Cheers*

 

Modern Elegance In Your Wine Cellars With The Revue Series

July 16th, 2020

Is it possible to have a traditional wine cellar but with a healthy dose of contemporary touches? Absolutely yes! If you think these two styles are polar opposites, think again. It’s all about knowing what products will work best with your design goals. If you want to create modern elegance in your wine cellar, WCI has the racks for you: the Revue Series.

Modern elegance with the Revue SeriesThe Revue Series is one of our newest additions to our metal racking catalog. This product is proudly made in USA and is second to none in both form and function. The wine racks from this series are designed to be wall-mounted for maximum bottle storage. That alone is already a huge advantage. Wall-mount racking comes highly recommended, regardless of the size of the wine cellar project. Not only do you save a ton of space, but it also offers lots of creative opportunities for your wine cellar theme. With the Revue Series, you get all these and so much more!

Wall-mount racking in sleek designThe inspiration for the series is from the French word “revue” that related to a form of theatrical entertainment. This was heavily popular in the early 1900’s and was famous for visual spectacles or parades. That being said, the objective of the Revue Series is to bring visual delight in wine storage by displaying one’s collection in a show-stopping way. These metal racks are manufactured with high grade materials so you can rest assured of the safety of your bottles. Each unit holds up to 12 bottles in the single depth format. But you can also choose to go with the double deep or triple deep option. This will expand your metal wine storage considerably!

Label forward wine storageHere are some close-up shots of the wine racks. Now let’s talk about the simple yet sleek design that can work with any theme. You can choose from two different finishes for your units: Silver and Satin Black. These neutral colors make it super easy to incorporate the metal racks into any existing theme or decor. Notice how these racks work so well with the displays and shelving. The wall-mount configurations coupled with the finishes on the racks can give you that modern elegance in your wine cellar project. Last but not the least, you can even request for custom finishes at a price upgrade that is so worth it. Visit the full product page at our website today! ^_^

Acrylic Wine Racks Bring Whimsical Wine Cellar Details

July 9th, 2020

Never be afraid to explore your design options with your wine cellar projects. Remember that these are modern times with tons of options to play around with. Our client DreamBuilt Homes was definitely thinking out of the box when they asked our team to design the following wine cellar for one of their homes:

Whimsical details with Acrylic Bottle SupportsDreamBuilt Homes (Dreambuilt LLC) is a design/build firm established at Lake Oconee in 1999. The company specializes in custom home building and light commercial construction. Because they strive to make each home truly unique, they take into account the sections that can really boost that “wow” factor. So for this particular project, they worked closely with our team to come up with the whimsical detailing on the wine cellar.

Floating wine bottles with the Modern Wine Cellar seriesIf these photos can send us swooning, just imagine how the racking set-up looks in person! Also, just imagine how this wine cellar will look when it’s all filled up. If you’re wondering what Dumbledore’s (the wine loving wizard that he is!) wine cellar might have looked like in Harry Potter, THIS might answer that question ^_^. And the secret to achieving this whimsical, “floating” appearance is none other than our Acrylic Bottle Supports.

Whimsical yet functional wine racksThese Acrylic Bottle Supports are one of the available options in our Modern Wine Cellar series. If you haven’t heard of this yet, then you’re in for a treat! Wine Cellar Innovations launched this series after observing the growing trend towards more contemporary wine cellar designs. The series was carefully developed in order to appeal to the most discerning wine collector. The original design involves wood bottle supports. These are installed within platforms, ranging from the ceiling to the floor. The design for this project also reflects the cable racking system that WCI introduced just a few years back. It’s a minimalist but unique way to showcase your collection!

We decided to bring it up a notch by offering the bottle supports in acrylic. Since acrylic is almost as transparent as glass, the effect is even more dramatic. The contemporary vibe is even more enhanced in this project with the use of black metal trim along with acrylic and glass. You might also be wondering how the client can reach the bottles given the insane floor-to-ceiling height of the racking assembly. Surprise, surprise! There’s actually an elevator at the bottom that allows the client to reach up to the highest bottle level. Now here’s a fun tip: try using mirrors in your wine cellar with these Acrylic Bottle Supports. Contact one of our experienced design consultants today and get started on those whimsical details! ^_^

Super stunning Acrylic Bottle Supports

Top Tier Customization With STACT Aluminum Wine Racks

July 2nd, 2020

Looking for wine racks that are space-efficient, stylish, and unique? The STACT series can give you all of these! It’s part of the extensive catalog of metal wine racking products of WCI. Clients who have purchased our STACT series have utilized the units in both residential and commercial wine cellar projects. It offers top tier customization with and a contemporary charm that will take your wine storage to the next level.

Top-tier customization with STACT Series

Customization, space-efficiency and more…

The wine racks comprising the STACT series are incredibly customizable and expandable to fit all bottle storage needs. They can be conveniently installed anywhere in the home, even in the kitchen or the living areas. You don’t even need a formal wine cellar for the units. That’s why they’re the perfect storage solution for those who are unable to build one in their homes.  The attractive design of the units can also double as decorative elements. Note that they come in ten elegant finishes: walnut, white oak, zebra wood, gray oak, piano black, pure white, electric orange, gunmetal gray, blackout, and citrus green.

Let’s talk a little more about the design features. The racks feature beautiful Walnut panels. These are finished in rich American black walnut, accented with sleek anodized aluminum hardware. STACT is made up of three different components. See how you are actually able to customize these:

The STACT Series is so easy to install!

The panel – Each panel is crafted to exacting specifications and pre-installed with anchors for a secure mount to the tailored wall brackets. As earlier mentioned it comes available in ten different finishes. This makes it super easy to match it with your other racking units and any existing decor.

The aluminum bottle supports – The small details of these racks are well thought-out making them truly top-tier. The aluminum bottle supports are engineered for maximum wine bottle storage capacity. They are precision machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized for a clean elegant finish. Note that each kit comfortably holds 9 bottles. When you put them together, they can host up to 12 bottles when arranged side-by-side.

The wall brackets – This is the backbone of the STACT wine rack system. The wall brackets have been carefully designed to securely connect to each other and attach directly to the wall. Panels are hung from the wall brackets – without the need for tools. That’s right! You simply slip them into position. They’re the subtle highlight that appears between each panel. Measuring and installing the brackets is easy, offering maximum stability with minimal labor. ^_^

Reviewing The Revue Series For Your Wine Cellar

June 25th, 2020

Thinking of buying metal wine racks for your wine cellar? We invite you to check out the Revue Series! We introduced this product last year as one of the newest additions to our metal racking catalogue. Customers immediately took notice of the sleek and elegant design of the racking units. We also featured several projects using these beautiful wine racks. But since it’s still a fairly new product, reviewing what the series has to offer is in order:

The awesome Revue Series

Space-efficient showstoppers…

Why is it called the “Revue” series? “Revue” is actually French term that relates to a form of theatrical entertainment. The height of its popularity started in the early 1900’s and was famous for visual spectacles or parades. The concept for the Revue Series was inspired by this. The wine racks were carefully designed to offer visual delight in wine storage. The wall-mount configuration lets one display prized wine bottles in a show-stopping way. Similar to the Vintage View series, the Revue racks lets you store your bottles in a label-forward system. This also makes for efficient organization of one’s collection.

Flexible configurations

Now let’s go into the functional features – and there are plenty! First off, the series offers the racks 3Ft and 4Ft height variations. This allows you to create extensive and creative bottle storage layouts. The racks also have different depth variations -single deep, double deep, and triple deep. Note that the metal wine racks can store 12 bottles in the single depth format. Purchasing in double, or triple depth will expand your metal wine storage considerably. So what bottle sizes can be accommodated apart from standard-sized ones? The units can store split, bordeaux, burgundy, small champagne, and Pinot Noir. Turley bottles can also be stored, but you will need to load them from the side of the racks.

Naturally, reviewing this product won’t be complete without going over the style features. The metal racking units come in two different finish options: black and silver. However, you can also request for custom finishes to go with your design preference or wine cellar theme. And of course, the best thing is that Revue Series metal wine racks are proudly made in the United States. ^_^

Wine Cellar Innovations: Hosting A Fun Summer Wine Party

June 17th, 2020

“It’s not the best time for a summer party,” some may say – and we agree with that! The health risk is still real to everyone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun this summer. The word “party” shouldn’t just be interpreted to mean a big crowd. You can still have awesome summer gatherings sans the risk. In fact, intimate summer wine parties can bring the best memories of the season. Get together with family and closest friends and start hosting one with these fab ideas:

Ideas for hosting a summer wine party

Travel the world with wine!

Obviously, international travel will be quite a stretch this year. Nonetheless, you can still bring the flavors of your favorite countries to your home. A super fun idea would be to ask each of your guests to bring a bottle of wine. But not just any wine! It should be a bottle from their favorite or dream summer vacation destination. Then each guest can share stories or better yet, show photos of must-see spots from that vacation destination.

Set the theme when hosting your summer wine party

Set a theme to set the mood!

There are so many places we are missing out on due to the pandemic. Perhaps we may be able to visit some of them, but the vibe will be quite different with the “new normal.” So why recreate that theme when you’re hosting your summer wine party. For example, you can go with a beach or island theme. Research the drinks and food that will best set the mood. Ask your guests to come in beach or island attire. If you don’t have a pool, go ahead and do inflatable ones! You can actually find some pretty sizeable ones that can fit more than ten people. Set two or three up and with five to a makeshift pool and have a blast!

Don’t forget the wine games!

What’s a wine party without wine games? The great thing about hosting smaller gatherings is that you can really plan things out. That, of course, includes the party games. Guessing games are one of the most popular ones. But you can add some twist to that to make it even more interesting. For example, you can lay out some cheeses and appetizers. Then, your guests will have to match unnamed wines for the best wine and food pairing. ^_^

 

 

 

Pull-Out Wine Bottle Cradles

May 6th, 2020

Let’s get up close and personal with the Pull-Out Wine Bottle Cradle and Pull-Out Wood Case. The elegant, cabinet-profile of this rack makes it a must-have for any formal wine cellar, be it residential or commercial. Any wine lover will definitely find this rack essential simply because of its “extended” functionality. The cradle can hold not only your standard-sized bottles and the usual Bordeaux and Burgundys, but also split-sized bottles and large champagne.

Vintner Pull Out Wine Storage

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Moreover, as far as assembly and installation goes, we’ve made sure (as always!) that our customers will be able to put together the cradle with little to no fuss. Basically, all that needs to be done is to screw the sides together (12 screws total), then attach the back panels, top, and bottom trim. The slides are already pre-installed so they will slide the shelf directly onto the slide and the two halves of the drawer slide will lock together at that point.

Vintner Wine Case Storage Up next is the Pull-Out Wood Case. The configurations as well as the assembly and installation process similar, except that the finished product is a cabinet that can store your wine cases and boxes in a neat and classy fashion. Note that both the cradle and case are available in 3- and 4-feet height options, allowing you even more flexibility when it comes to putting together a functional, space-efficient, and unique racking set-up for your wine cellar.

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What You Can Do With Our Designer Series Wine Racks Kit

April 30th, 2020

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

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

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

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

Technical Tuesday Episode #470: Vintner x Hard Maple Tandem

April 14th, 2020

Tech Tuesday greetings, wine cellar buddies! How did your Easter weekend go? It might be a bit different from the usual Easter celebrations that we’re used to. But there are still a lot of wonderful things to be thankful for. For one, the Spring weather is really in full gear now. You don’t need to go that far to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. In fact, this is one of the best seasons to sit back, relax & enjoy a glass of wine in our gardens, backyards, or even just in our balconies. Naturally, it helps if you have the proper wine storage for your bottles. So let’s check out today’s Tech Tuesday project for some inspiration:

Project # 316543
Wood: Vintner / Hard White Maple
Bottle Capacity: 526
Where: Greensboro, GA

Vintner x Hard Maple tandemThis compact wine room is nestled in the perfect spot in the clients’ home. It was built to host just a little over 500 bottles. That is more than enough for the client’s bottle storage needs. Indeed, the space was cleverly utilized to maximize bottle storage capacity. Our design team chose the Vintner Series to get things done for this project. It was obviously the right choice since it suited both the clients’ style and their budget.

Hard Maple in Dark Walnut StainOne interesting detail about this project is the wood option for the wine racks. The clients went with Hard Maple which is not a common choice. So let’s explore the qualities of this wood a bit more. We’ll start with the appearance and color of the wood. Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. The sapwood color ranges from nearly white to an off-white cream color. But there are times it is tinged with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood, on the other hand, sports a darker reddish brown color. As far as the grain pattern is concerned, Hard Maple has a generally straight one. It also boasts of a fine, even texture.

Beautiful Hard Maple wine racks

Now what about the wood’s workability? Experience shows that Hard Maple is fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Although, it is also said to be slightly more difficult to handle than Soft Maple to Hard Maple’s higher density. The wood also seems to adapt well to stains and finishes, particularly darker ones. Here you can see that the racks were stained in a rich Dark Walnut stain option:

Great variety in bottle storageOne important thing to note is that WCI owns a fully integrated mill. This means we take lumber from a rough sawn stage all the way through the finishing details. These capabilities enable us to manufacture wine cellars in any wood commercially available. That’s why less popular wood choices such as Hard Maple can still be made available to our clients! *Cheers*

 

Client Ingeniously Fits Wine Racks In China Cabinet

March 5th, 2020

Nothing makes us happier than seeing the clever concepts our clients have with our wine racking products. Whether it’s a small or large project, the end results are always fascinating and worthy of sharing. Today’s Testimonial Thursday feature is no exception. It’s a terrific example of how versatile our wine rack kits can be:

WineMaker Racks fit perfectly in china cabinet!
Our client Bill narrated to us how he managed to convert these wine racks from our WineMaker Series to suit his bottle storage needs. They did a house renovation this year and ended up with some extra furniture. One of those was a china cabinet that was still in very good condition. However, the cabinet no longer worked with the the house’s new layout and decor. So Bill decided to transform the china cabinet into a wine storage for basement wine cellar.

He stumbled upon our wine rack kits on the website, particularly our WineMaker Series. Since WineMaker is known for its narrow-depth racking units, the racks suited the client’s needs to a T. He purchased two 3-foot units and didn’t even need to tweak the configurations. They fit perfectly into the cabinet! Specifically, the client opted for the Rustic Pine wood option for his racks, in the unstained version. Rustic Pine, for those of you who might not be familiar with it, is one of the most affordable wood choices around. The wood quality is fantastic and the cost is even more so! Rustic Pine is our best value by price per bottle space because the supply is huge. Pine grows throughout North America and represents a huge quantity of the overall wood produced. Rustic Pine is a grade that includes knots which give a bigger yield and lower cost than a clear grade of wood.

“I had a nice china cabinet I had no use for or room for in our house after remodeling. I purchased two wine racks, 3 ft high and 3 & 4 bottles wide. These fit perfectly in the china cabinet and we created a small wine cellar in the basement. We also added a wall and a wine barrel to finish off the area.”

~ Bill Y.~

Commercial Racking Layouts With Vintage View Series

January 27th, 2020

Our Vintage View Series is certainly one of our most popular metal racking products. You can see it featured a lot on both our Tech Tuesdays and Testimonial Thursday blogs. Most of these are residential wine cellar projects. So what you may not know is that Vintage View also has a strong commercial racking game. The series will allow you to combine form and function with your racking layouts with these bottle storage options:

Vintage View Crate and Bins

Vintage View Case and Crate Bins

Wine stores with high volume sales will definitely appreciate what the Vintage View Case and Crate Bins have to offer. The Case and Crate Bin is being offered as a single column and up to four columns,  with add-on extensions. The single column can store up to 48 bottles. That means you can stock up to 192 bottled with a four-column configuration. The metal racking units are dressed up in a sleek Stain Black finish. This makes it super easy to integrate them with any existing racking. Apart from being space-efficient, they sport a neutral yet elegant design. They will definitely be a welcome addition in any wine establishment. The bins also come with Steel X-Bin Insert to creat an open diamond design. It is sold as a two piece single unit or 3 pack to fill one column.

Vintage View Crate & Crate Lockers

Vintage View Crate and Crate Lockers

Taking a cue from our Wine Lockers, the Crate and Crate Lockers allow for extra secure bottle storage. The lockers are also available in the same single column configuration with add-on extensions up to four columns. Moreover, they come in “short” and “tall” height options. The Tall Locker option is actually two short lockers stacked on top of each other. Again, they are available as a single column and up to four columns, with add on extensions. The lockers also sport the same beautiful Satin Black finish as the bins. Moreover, you can also acquire the X-Bin insert with these lockers. This will enable you to give more character to your wine establishment’s racking layouts. Check out the full catalogue on this section of the website! ^_^

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 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! ^_^