Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Very Happy Client Shares Their Vintner Experience

August 18th, 2016

Constructive feedback is highly valued here at WCI. We are by no means perfect which is why we always constantly work to improve and upgrade both our wine cellar products and services. We love getting constructive criticism from our valued clientele because after all, we aim to provide them with 100% customer satisfaction. And when these comments and testimonials come in, we make it a point to share them on the blog so that everyone can learn from them and in the end, WCI can provide even better products and services for all wine cellar fans out there.

Today, we’re featuring this beautiful wine room from our client Scott. They purchased wine racks from our Vintner Series collection and came up with this versatile racking arrangement with gorgeous Curved Corner Racks that made very good use of the quite narrow layout of the room. Owing to the large number of racks and the various racking styles that need to be assembled and installed, they hired a professional installer to work with them. Everything was completed to the client’s satisfaction and they were gracious enough to share this detailed and informative testimonial about their Vintner experience:

Vintner Series wine racks

We completed the installation 2 weeks ago and are absolutely thrilled with the way it turned out. We used a nail gun to assemble the wine racks.  I do not think it possible to do it any other way.  I must admit that we were completely overwhelmed when we first opened the boxes of our large purchase.  We thought that the individual racks were going to be pre-assembled.  We did enlist the assistance of the finish carpenter that installed our cabinets in our newly constructed house to lead the install.  Without him I do not think it would have been possible.

In terms of the overall process of assembling the racks and installing them you need to be well organized and have some carpentry skills to do a professional looking job.  I decided at the beginning of the installation that the idea of attaching the racks to drywall versus screwing them into the studs behind the drywall made me uncomfortable.  You simply could not count on hitting enough studs to make me feel secure about the installation.  Although the racks we purchased were made of Redwood, we decided to secure 1×6 cedar boards horizontally around the  perimeter of the room near the top of each rack.  This allowed us to have a solid wood surface to screw each rack into on every screw we put in.  The cedar boards are not really noticeable and they add a a lot of structural rigidity to the whole installation.  I think that your company has some great resources in term of videos and instruction manuals to assist in the installation.  My only comment would be that these aids should part of the sales/delivery process and not offered only after they are requested.

As I mentioned earlier, we did employ a highly skilled cabinet installer/finished carpenter to lead us through the process.  Without him we would been up against it from the get go.  I think for a complex installation involving a large number of racks, a person with minimal skills would require the assistance of a finished carpenter.  All in all we are very happy with the finished product.”

~Scott W.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: The “Shabby Chic” Wine Cellar

August 17th, 2016

More and more homes and even commercial establishments have taken the shabby chic route and we are totally loving it. That’s because this popular design is also creeping its way into wine cellar projects! But before we go into the deets of that, let’s do a little 411 on what exactly this shabby chic craze is all about.

Per the ever reliable Wikipedia, “shabby chic” is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. But it varies from genuine period decor owing to its soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor. There is a lot of French influence in this style, particularly in the lovely muted tones of the materials.

Shabby Chic wine cellar

How to achieve “shabby chic” in your wine cellar

Now for those of you who are into the shabby chic theme, we’ve come up with some helpful tips on how to achieve this appearance for your wine cellar.  The very first step would be in your wine racks. Note that shabby chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas. The style is brought about by using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as “distressing” the finish of the furniture. This can be replicated in wood wine racks by choosing the right stain and finish option, like a combination between Distressed and Whitewash Finish.

Next up would be the materials for the ceiling, flooring, and walls. Since shabby chic concentrates mostly on vintage floral patterns, pastel colors, or linen in earth tones, some of the best materials to work with would be mosaic and tile. Custom hand-painted tiles or mosaic flooring would definitely bring about that quaint, cottage charm. You can also utilize the same on tabletops and countertops. As for the ceiling, etched lightbox ceilings come highly recommended.

Golden muted tones for a "shabby chic" look

Last but not the least, the wine cellar accents and accessories. This is where you can really play around with fabrics and colors to give your wine cellar that timeworn, romantic feel. Our first recommendation would be a fitting piece of wine cellar art in a Standard Archway. Murals or oil paintings of vineyards or wine countries are fantastic choices. Then you have the lighting accessories. Vintage chandeliers with intricate designs will really tie up things nicely. If you have a rather spacious wine room, some chairs or chaises upholstered in soft pastel colors like rose pink, robin’s egg blue, beige, and muted golds would certainly give it that romantic, comfortable, and inviting aura.

Technical Tuesday Episode #295: Lasting Impressions With Gold Series X Premium Redwood

August 16th, 2016

If you’re going to be ambitious about a wine cellar project, you should think about leaving lasting impressions, especially with your fellow winos and other guests. This calls for ascertaining that the three essential elements of a custom wine cellar design are met: quality craftsmanship, versatile racking options, and unique style. Fortunately, all these can come together when you’re utilizing wine racking products from WCI, just like today’s Tech Tuesday spotlight:

Project # 279142
Wood: Gold / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1433
Where: Essex, NJ

Gold Series custom wine racks

As far as our Gold Series custom wine cellar projects are concerned, this is one of our favorites for a number of reasons. First off, the versatility of this racking assembly is nothing short of impressive. Check out the bottle storage options available for this wine cellar and how everything comes together in a seamless and very eye-catching package. The design team made excellent use of both individual and bulk bottle storage options from the Gold Series to come up with a winner like this: Individual Bottle Columns with High Reveals, High Reveal Angled Corner Display Bottles, Diamond Bin Bottles, Curved Corner Individual, Wood Case Bottle shelving, and Magnum and/or Large Champagne Individual Bottles. In addition, this arrangement also has storage for stemware and generous tabletop space.

Wine racks in Dark Walnut Stain and Gloss Lacquer

Next up, we’d like to highlight the style factor in this project. We love how the racks are drenched in a deep golden color, thanks to the combination of Dark Walnut Stain and Gloss Lacquer. Note that just by staining and finishing your racks, you can really achieve a ton of different looks for your wine cellar project. A quick look at our Stain and Finish Review chart should give a nice overview on this. But that’s not all! The addition of LED warm lights and custom LED downlighting have served to enhance the rich hues of the stained wood and really helped showcase the beautiful craftsmanship of the racks. We have no doubt that once the racks are filled up with the client’s collection, everything will look absolutely stunning.

Create lasting impressions for your own wine cellar projects as well and talk to an experienced WCI design consultant today. *Cheers*

Budget Savers On The WCI Racking Catalogue

August 15th, 2016

Who would say “no” to a good bargain? Especially when it’s for a custom wine cellar project. The reality is that when it comes to home improvement projects, nothing comes cheap. One way or another, you’ll have to part with your $$$ if you want to achieve your desired results. This means having quality and style come together in your project. But as far as wine cellar construction is concerned, you can actually have quality and style sans the big bucks. Check out our budget savers here on the WCI catalogue!

Factory Seconds

Get to know our “Factory Seconds”

If you still haven’t heard of these so-called “factory seconds” on our product line-up, then now is the best time to get acquainted with them. We’ve featured lots of DIY and even professional wine cellar projects that have utilized our factory seconds with pretty amazing results. Do not let the label “factory seconds” fool you because there is nothing second-rate about these wine racking units. Save for very minor flaws such as when a rack is manufactured with extra knot in the wood, was stained with a wrong color, was cancelled halfway through production, or discontinued due to lack of popularity, these wine racks are spanking new and of the same quality craftsmanship as all other WCI racking products. The best part – these factory seconds cost waaaay cheaper!

Invest in our “Wine Rack Kits”

These wine rack kits are the “next best thing to custom wine racking” because they can give you that customized look for your wine cellar project less the custom prices. There are lots of options available that you can really tailor to suit your wine storage needs AND your budget. We highly recommend checking out this Wine Cellar Racking Comparison Chart to get properly acquainted with the price difference between all of our kit and custom options. Along the way, you are given the choice of adding options like stain, moldings, bins, and case storage that could add or subtract to the final price of your cellar. Plus, we even have a short tutorial video to help you get started.

Wine Rack Kits

Keep up with current specials, sales, and promos

This is something we highly encourage both loyal patrons and potential clients to do. Here at WCI, we always have sales and promos with deep discounts on our racking products. You can save as much as 50% on your purchases and even score awesome free gifts such as our professional DIY Installation Kit with qualifying purchases. Joining our mailing list is the best way to keep track of all these fantastic budget savers!

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