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Vintage View Racks In A Glass-Enclosed Wine Cellar Showcase

January 21st, 2019

Happy Monday, wine cellar buddies! Did you guys do anything special over the weekend? Perhaps wined and dined at a new hot spot in town? Speaking of wining and dining, that seems to be the direction most establishments are headed towards. Notice how more and more restaurants have incorporated wine cellars into their layouts. And it makes perfect sense, don’t you think?

Tiverton Casino

No doubt about it, wine influence has really grown over the years. From the comforts of the home to the glamour and sophistication of fine dining in restaurants, wine has a role to play. Such influence has even extended to country clubs, steakhouses, resorts, and more. Having a glass of wine has steadily become an anticipated activity in these places as well. Hence, the “restaurant wine cellar” was born.┬áBut of course, every restaurant wine cellar should be built to accommodate the kind of storage it needs. Several factors come into play here.The size of a restaurant’s wine merchandise is one thing. The available space for bottle storage is another. Some restaurants prefer visible storage of their wine merchandise to entice their clientele. Others prefer storage at the back of the establishment. Naturally, there are also those that would want to have the best of both worlds. That’s why the initial planning stages are very important.

Vintage View Series

Our client Tiverton Casino is one of the latest ones to incorporate a restaurant wine cellar. Tiverton Casino is actually a casino hotel offering entertainment, dining, and luxury accommodations. They wanted their wine merchandise to be properly showcased to their loyal patrons and potential customers. Our design team on a glass-enclosed showcase, featuring our Vintage View Series. Note that the series features label-forward wine storage that makes for easy navigation. Combined with the elegant glass panels, this cellar provides an interactive wine experience. It definitely suits the purpose of our client!

Glass-enclosed restaurant wine cellar

Here you can see more photos of the eye-catching glass-enclosed layout. See how generous the wine bottle storage is? With the wall-mount configurations of the Vintage View units, you can go as high as you can with your racking assembly. This is a very clever set-up because customers can easily choose their favorite labels while dining. Also, notice how the simple yet sleek design of the racks work well against the restaurant’s decor. The Vintage View metal wine racks come in four different finish options. These are┬áBlack, Black Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome. The neutral tones go well with any design theme. Do you feel inspired to do something like this as well? Then check out more of our restaurant wine cellar projects in the photo gallery! ^_^

Beautiful glass-enclosed layout

Knowing The Right Assembly Tools For Your DIY Wine Cellar

January 14th, 2019

Anything DIY is such a hit these days – and that certainly includes wine cellars. That’s why we devote our Testimonial Thursday blogs to these projects. It’s quite amazing to witness the creativity of clients using our products. We are also impressed at how they work with the assembly and installation process. In the end, it really boils down to knowing the right assembly tools. So if you’re a newbie to wine cellar construction, we highly recommend getting thoroughly informed first.

We’re pretty lucky that a client of ours decided to document their DIY wine cellar journey and share it with everyone. They called this the 2015 Wine Room Project. So a few years back, the purchased some WineMaker Series racking units from WCI. In particular, they got an open vertical display, 4 column, 10 column, and curved corner racks. All the units were in the 3 foot high configuration and crafted from Premium Redwood. The racks were stained in beautiful Dark Walnut that matched the flooring of the wine room:

Awesome DIY with our WineMaker Series

Now as far as the assembly and installation process went, the client document it in detail. They utilized a nail gun which made things go in a more convenient fashion. Per the client’s testimony, assembling the racks was a fairly straightforward task. The use of the brad nailer allowed them to complete everything in a couple hours. Take note that there are actually three popular ways to assemble these wine racks. You can use the traditional hammer-and-nail method. There’s also the use of screws with the help of a drill. You have to pre-drill the holes first so you won’t damage the wood. Then, of course, you have the last method which is the nail gun. The latter has been proven time and again to be the most efficient one. We have a detailed comparison of these three methods on our learning videos. Now check out our client’s video on how they utilized this method to put together their racking assembly. See how they managed to make racks fit into the frames, as well as adding a countertop:

“They are pretty sturdy, and I’d recommend them to anyone. I also liked that the cuts and milled out areas were all uniform, and fit together well.”

~Paul M.~

Have you embarked on any WCI wine cellar projects and documented your experience as well? If you did, we’d love for you to share it with us as well! Shoot as an e-mail of your assembly and installation process. ^_^

The Vintner “Stackables”: Creating 7-Foot Racks And More!

December 17th, 2018

It’s another Vintner appreciation post today, wine cellar buddies! You’d think we’d get tired of talking about this series, but it’s just the opposite. In true Christmas tradition, Vintner is like the gift that keeps on giving. You might want to check your list and see who deserves a Vintner rack or two under their tree. These “stackables” are definitely worth checking out. Let us show you guys how to create 7-foot racks and more with them:

Glass-enclosed Vintner wine cellar

Just this year, Vintner added yet another versatile racking product to its family: the “stacks.” These are units that range from 6-feet all the way to 9-feet in height. If you think about it, 6-feet wine racks are quite common. But adding an extra foot or two (or more) can’t always be achieved so effortlessly. You’ll have to splurge on custom racking to get the results you really want. This is what makes our Vintner Series so revolutionary. It’s part of our wine rack “kits” collection, yet it delivers these awesome custom amenities. Just by browsing our photo gallery, you can see how truly versatile the series is. And every year, it just keeps getting better. This completed DIY wine cellar shows us how it’s done:

The Vintner "Stackables"

With these “stackables,” you can create racking assemblies that can go as high as 12-feet. Plus, you are afforded a wonderful variety of bottle storage styles to boot. As you can see from these photos, the client’s cellar exhibits several bottle storage options. You have the Individual Bottle Wine Racks, Open Diamond Bins, and Magnum Racks as well. The Vintner Stacks offer a number of racking combinations that can accommodate both individual and bulk storage. Once you’ve chosen your desired combination, you can select the height, wood, stain and finish options thereafter. You basically have so much control over the styling of your wine racks. In this project, the client went with Redwood racks in Midnight Black Stain option. But to give the wine cellar that really luxurious look, they added in a lacquer option as well. Browse the full product page for the Vintner Stacks and discover more ways to style your wine cellar! ^_^

Midnight-Black Stain with Lacquer

“Super awesome experience when I got great advice about ordering and what would be the best fit for me. Great product, the racks are sturdy and of excellent quality. Overall experience as a customer was outstanding.”

~Greg F.~

Prep Your Wine Stores With Vintner Commercial Display Racks

December 10th, 2018

The Christmas season is undoubtedly a busy one. “Busy” might even be a total understatement. The holiday rush tend to get a little crazy, especially with last-minute purchases. It also goes without saying that wine sales are definitely at their peak during this time. So as a proprietor, you’ll have to prep your wine stores to accommodate the increase in sales activity.

This is where wine cellar establishments will get to fully appreciate our Vintner Commercial Display Racks. Not too long ago, we introduced this more affordable option to our commercial racking line as well. Vintner is already a huge hit with our wine rack kits. The racking units are highly flexible with custom amenities, yet reasonably priced. So we decided to expand the Vintner line to retail wine storage as well.

What does this mean then? Essentially, our commercial display racks are now divided into two categories: Vintner and Classic. The Classic line encompasses our traditional units, from wine display islands to merchandisers, wine lockers and more. These units are all hand built to order. In other words, these are fully customized wine racks, to the customer’s specifications. Naturally, the Classic line comes at a higher price tag.

But for wine retailers who need to work within their budget, the Vintner racking units can provide the solution. True to the Vintner theme, these commercial racks are low priced but of top-notch quality. Versatility-wise, it can’t get any better than these stackable babies. The 3-feet and 4-feet options will allow one to create arrangements as high as 12 feet. The racking styles from the Classic collection are mostly available with the Vintner line as well. The only difference would be the half-height option which Vintner does not carry. But the individual 3-feet and 4-feet racks more than make up for that.

As for the other custom amenities, take note that this includes the industry exclusive vinyl base and caster options. You can choose to apply the vinyl base to the sides of the rack as well. The vinyl covered base platform can raise your unit around 4 inches off the ground. This keeps the merchandise safe from accidental kicking or other injury. You will find that it will also make clean-up a more hassle-free task. Now for the casters,just keep in mind that not all the racking styles will have them. But for those that you can, we highly recommend getting these casters. It will make rearranging stuff in your store so much easier! *Cheers*

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