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Commercial Racking Updates: See What You’ve Missed!

November 13th, 2017

It’s Motivation Monday, wine cellar buddies! And it’s about time we should get motivated because the Christmas holidays are nearly here. That means we have to get that holiday shopping list going. Now for all you wine store proprietors out there, this blog today is definitely for you. WCI has been working diligently all year long on improving our racking products. One of the areas we really focused on is our Commercial Wine Racks. Here’s a run-down of all the great stuff we added to our commercial racking catalog:

Beer Storage Racks

This is available specifically with our Vintner Commercial Series. Now you can build a nice racking assembly for your beer collection as well. The Vintner Beer Storage Rack will display and store your beer bottles and beer cans in a functional and aesthetically pleasing way. You can even choose to store them in cases as this rack is very durable. Moreover, you can coordinate it with our other retail wine racking, available in all the popular matching wood and stain options. The Vintner Beer Storage Rack is a free standing unit. The posts on either side, as well as the backing provided, give it stability. Note, however, that this product is not stackable.

Maximum Display Merchandiser

For wine establishments with high volume sales, this is the kind of rack you’ll definitely need. The Maximum Display Merchandiser is a stackable unit with adjustable storage capacity. You can choose to prominently display those wine bottle labels in either a side to side format with storage for 3 bottles deep. Or, you can also mix and match and use the rack in a front to back storage format as well. The first option will let you store approximately 96 bottles. The front to back format will hold up to 128 bottles. Manage your storage capacity and display functionality to its highest potential with the Maximum Display Merchandiser!

Stackable Fixed Shelf Cabinet

Our Fixed Shelf Cabinet is one of our more popular commercial racking styles. But we’ve managed to make it even better. This year, we rolled out our “stackable” version of the cabinet. It definitely attracted a lot of attention from the get-go. Because of its stackable nature, this racking style is now even more flexible. You can stack one on top of the other to accommodate almost any ceiling height. You can also incorporate the rack with other racking elements in your wine store.

And these are not all that you may have possibly missed! Stay tuned for more commercial racking updates next week. ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Working With Shorter-Depth Wine Racks

November 8th, 2017

First wine cellar inspirational blog for the month of November is up! We’ve less than two months to go before Christmas. It’s definitely time to get motivated and get our wine cellar spruced up for the holidays. That goes for both residential and commercial wine cellar projects. So today, we’re going to draw some inspiration from shorter-depth wine racks. These units have so much to offer when it comes to keeping your collection safe and comfy. Let’s get to know these benefits:

A definite space-saver!

A definite space-saver!

You will come to learn that when it comes to space-efficiency, shorter-depth wine racks are tops.  Take note that they are exactly what they are called. These units are manufactured with shallow depth, allowing them to fit in tight spaces. That’s why they come highly recommended for compact wine cellar projects or entry-level ones. The shallow depth should not deceive you, though. There is definitely no compromise when it comes to the security of your bottles. The body of the wine bottle is still fully supported within the wine racks while the neck of the bottle slightly sticks out. The perfect example of this type of racking can be found in our WineMaker Series wine rack kits. Despite their shorter depth, the racks are no slouch when it comes to quality. Plus, they are stackable which makes growing your cellar together with your collection easier.

A budget pleaser!

Since shorter-depth wine racks are manufactured with less material, it only makes sense that they are more affordable. But just because they are affordable doesn’t mean quality is compromised. You will find that these racks are just as durable and versatile as standard-sized units. There’s the added benefit of being able to equip your wine cellar at a price you can afford. For example, with our WineMaker Series, you can save even more by selecting a more affordable wood option. Rustic Pine is now available as a wood option with WineMaker and it’s certainly much lighter on the budget.

A style contender!

A style contender!

Another aspect that racks with shallow depths will surprise you on is when it comes to style. Because they can fit into more compact spaces, you are able to gain some designing leeway in your wine cellar project. Take again as an example our WineMaker Series. We have Wine Bottle Waterfalls that will create an attractive, cascading effect for your racking assembly. The Individual Bottle Columns also come with display rows to showcase your best labels. Mixing and matching these racking styles will yield a gorgeous result, no matter the size of your wine cellar. ^_^

Points To Ponder When Painting Your Wine Racks

November 6th, 2017

There’s this one question that we have been wanting to tackle on the blog for quite some time now. It’s whether or not you can paint your wine racks! We got lucky because a client recently sent a snap of his wine racks that we can use as a great example:

To paint or not to paint: that is the question!

We’ve talked lots of times on the blog on how to change up the look of wine racks to match other wine cellar furniture or go with certain themes. These posts, however, usually revolve around stains and finishes on the racks. Indeed, custom stains and finishes can do so much for your racking units. You can create various styles to match your wine cellar’s themes. The most popular themes are vintage, rustic or old-country charm appeal, and luxurious elegance. But lately, more and more wine cellar projects have chosen the modern/contemporary route.

However, as much as we promote water-based stains and finishes on wine racks, they are not the only options. You can also choose to have your racks painted. This is especially the case if you want to achieve a specific look that stains and finishes can’t. Case in point: these multi-colored Curvy Cubes of our client. You certainly won’t be able to get vibrant colors like these by just using stains and finishes. If you’re planning on doing something really out-of-the-box with your wine racks, then painting is the way to go.

We do have some useful points you might want to consider first prior to painting. One of these is to make sure you choose non-toxic paints. Just as water-based stains and finishes are preferred for their eco-friendly features, so are non-toxic paints. It’s important to note that both paints and  stains and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variety of VOCs, or  volatile organice compounds. Until recently, these VOCs were essential to the performance of the paint. However, more rigid environmental regulations, as well as consumer demand, have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints. These eco-friendly paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.

Another thing to consider when painting your wine racks is your wood option. Some wood species do not retain paints as well as others. You’ll need to do proper research so you’ll get the look you want after you paint. This is especially essential if you’re planning to use darker or more vibrant colors. And don’t forget – if you need more advice, our professional consultants are just a phone call/e-mail away! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Why Redwood Is A Top-Notch Wood Option

October 25th, 2017

We always mention Redwood in a lot of our Tech Tuesday blogs, as well as our Testimonial Thursdays. But this wood specie just keeps impressing us more and more each time. Recent unfortunate events in Northern California have brought to light more interesting facts about Redwood.

Be inspired by Redwood!

Be inspired by Redwood!

We’re pretty sure no one missed out on the horrific news of the wildfires that have devastated the Northern California communities. Santa Rosa was one of those who took a spectacular amount of damage. Properties were reduced to heaps ash and more than just a few lives were taken. It was a harrowing image of loss and destruction. But it is also in times like these where inspiring stories of bravery, charity and camaraderie are born. We’ve also found our own small but significant silver lining amidst the devastation, thanks to Redwood.

If you’re a frequent visitor of our blog, you’d probably be familiar with our SFI-certification (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) program for our Redwood products. We’ve been proudly marketing our Redwood products bearing the SFI stamp of approval. This gives our customers the assurance that the Redwood purchased has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. When the Northern California wildfires hit, we were painfully aware that they included the areas where Redwood was grown. But here’s what we discovered!

Our Redwood is SFI-certified!

In 2008, more than 2,000 fires ignited forests in Northern and Central California during a single summertime lightning storm. Overwhelmed by conflagrations in drier areas, firefighters allowed many of fires in coast redwood forests to burn. During that time, researchers discovered that two species proved impressively resistant against fires: the Tanoaks and Redwoods. But research showed that Redwood was nearly indestructible. It seems that Redwood can suck moisture out of the fog at night. These trees live in the foggy coastal strip between the mountains and the sea. While other species get stressed out for lack of water, the Redwood species flourishes.

This bring us to the current state of events. Redwood can be used to represent a symbol of hope to the victims of the Northern California wildfires. It remains resilient and ready to embrace regrowth – a new beginning amidst the adversity. It’s also a huge reason why here at WCI, we keep expanding our wine cellar products utilizing Redwood as a wood option. Check out our expansive gallery of Redwood wine cellar projects and see the beauty of this wood inside and out. ^_^