Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Professional Wine Room At Less Cost With The Designer Series

July 21st, 2016

It’s no secret that we totally love closet transformations! But what’s even better is that more and more of our customers are embracing this wine cellar concept as well. Let’s check out this latest testimonial courtesy of our client Tom. He purchased our Designer Series wine racks and had them installed in a closet-turned-wine room:

Designer Series wine racks

Now first off, it should be noted that “closet transformations” are not exclusively about not having enough space in your home for a formal wine cellar. This concept is also one of the best ways of utilizing unused or seemingly wasted space in your home. Today’s feature is a terrific example of this. The closet was actually remodeled since it was already an extra space in the client’s home. They had it converted to a wine room to hold their collection. They sent in for Individual Bottle Columns, Curved Corner Racks, and Open Diamond Bins from the Designer Series. A contractor was hired to assemble the racks and the end result was nothing short of satisfying. The client ended up with enough home wine storage for about 35 cases of wine and presently, you can see that they’re just starting to fill up that wine closet:

Wine cellar closet

Perhaps the best part about the whole project is the way the resulting wine racking assembly looked like it cost a small fortune but didn’t. That’s the beauty of utilizing wine rack kits like the Designer Series. You are able to turn out a professional looking wine cellar with all the trimmings sans the impractical expenses. The Designer Series, in particular, is a very popular choice especially among first-time wine cellar builders. There is so much variety in bottle storage options as well as a full selection for your wood, stains and finishes. This wine rack kit had been a total hit last year with a lot of our customers and it’s game is only getting stronger. We highly recommend watching this short video review of the Designer Series to know more about it!

“We remodeled and converted a closet to a wine room. I gave Issis the dimensions of the room and she designed it to my specs. We have room now for about 35 cases of wine and we could not be more pleased. We did find the “erector set” type of shipment a little daunting to assemble – we had our contractor do it and he even remarked that it was pretty intricate. The end result is that we have a professional grade wine room for a reasonable cost.”

~Tom L.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Choosing Your Stain And Finish Option (Part 2)

July 20th, 2016

Aaaand we’re back! Heads up, wine cellar fans! It’s the second installment of our stain and finish option post. But before we go down to the nitty gritty, you might want to check out the first part of this series if you’ve missed out on it or for a little memory refresher. So last time, we talked about how different types of stains can change up the look and/or mood of your wine cellar project. Today, we’re picking up from where we left off – this time, with the various wood finish options:

Stain and Finish Options

Dusty Weathered Finish

For those of you who desire to achieve a timeworn look for your wine racks, the Dusty Weathered Finish is the way to go. This type of finish option will make your wood take on a weathered appearance that’s so authentic it really screams “vintage” from the first glance. The process in creating this look is also quite intricate. First off, the wood is run through a proprietary process that strips intergrain material down below the grain in the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. Then, a custom topcoat is applied and the color plays on the grayish-brown hues to complete the weathered appearance to the wood. Note that this type of stain works particularly well with Pine, Redwood and Oak.

Dark Weathered Finish

Next up is the Dark Weathered Finish. While it involves the same process as the Dusty Weathered Finish, the end result will yield a bolder color of the wood. That’s because the topcoat applied is darker and of a more solid color for a more dramatic effect. This finish is unmatched by others and allows each project to be highly unique.

Distressed Finish

This is one finish option that entails quite an amount of work to achieve the desired results, owing to its unique properties. Essentially, the wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratched to give it the character of old, used pieces of furniture. Next, a dark coats is wiped onto the wood to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches in order to highlight them. Lastly, a medium-dark background coat is applied, completed with a lacquer finish. As a result, the wood takes on a very “antique” appearance, reminiscent of “old-country charm.”

Whitewash Finish

For those who desire to have a more modern and vibrant appeal to their wine cellars, the Whitewash Finish is the option to go for. This finish literally gives a whitish cast to the wood, making it appear bright, clean, and airy. In general, Whitewash is a versatile finish that complements the clean, open themes of modern décor as well as the seaside appeal of old New England.

Lacquer Finish

Last but certainly not the least, we have the Lacquer Finish option. Lacquer is a clever choice if you want to give your wine racks a smooth, gleaming finish that speaks “elegance” every which way. Lacquer finishes can also take a lot of time to complete, with multiple applications of a clear coat sealant accompanied by intricate hand-sanding treatments between finishes.


Technical Tuesday Episode #292: A Class Act In Platinum All-Heart Redwood

July 19th, 2016

The phrase “Baby, you’re a classic” has never been more apt when you’ve got something like today’s Tech Tuesday feature as an example. As far as wood and wine racking combinations go, the Platinum Series x All-Heart Redwood pairing is definitely one of the top contenders. A wine cellar using this combo is  what me might say, a class act:

Project # 274422
Wood: Platinum / All-Heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1977
Where: Fulton, GA


This recent residential project completed by our design team is indeed a stunner in more ways than one. The ample size of the wine room allowed for lots of opportunities to play around with the wine racking arrangement as well as the decor. Yet, you will notice that the overall design is pretty straightforward – smooth racking transition from floor to ceiling, plenty of bottle storage space, and good variety in bottle storage options. Nonetheless, the superb craftsmanship of the Platinum Series wine racking units coupled with the tasteful accents has elevated the simple layout to a visual treat:


We very much approve how the individual and bulk bottle storage racks were mixed and matched to create identical racking assemblies on the opposite sides of the wine room. The addition of the Quarter Round Shelves finished off the look perfectly and the quirky lighting fixtures gave the entire set-up a modern feel to balance out the uniform and polished look of the wine cellar. We also like the fact that the wine racks were dressed up in Dark Walnut Stain because the richer shades are really bringing out the beautiful features the All-Heart Redwood.

Again, it bears mentioning that All-Heart Redwood is one of the top wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. You’ll find out that there’s no North American wood that has as much resistance to rot, mildew and insects as All-Heart Redwood. That’s because as the tree grows, the heart takes on minerals which give it the reddish brown tones and resistance to decay. Moreover, the wood also exhibits impressive resistance to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. This enables the wood to age beautifully which means your wine will grow old gracefully just like your wine collection. Needless to say, this Tech Tuesday feature is certainly a class act, from wood to racks! *Cheers*


Latest WCI Racking Products You Shouldn’t Miss Out

July 18th, 2016

Nearly half of 2016 has come and gone, but we’re proud to say we’ve accomplished a lot during these last couple of months. Nothing is more fulfilling than having brought to the table more products that can address the changing wine storage needs of our valued clientele. So if you haven’t been keeping a regular lookout on the blog, here’s a recap of the latest wine racking products we’ve added to our lineup:

Acrylic Wine Racks

Acrylic Wine Racks

These beautiful, clear acrylic wine racks are the newest additions to our small wine racks collection. Available in Concave and Convex styles, you can utilize these racks to create a contemporary, contoured, and flowing profile for your wine cellar. The racks are crafted from sturdy 1/4″ thick, clear acrylic and each unit can hold up to 12 bottles. The best part? They ship fully assembled to your doorstep!

Wine Rack Pegs

Wine Rack Pegs

Our metal wine racks family has also recently welcomed another member – or rather, members. Check out the Vino Pins, Vino Styx, and Vino Rails! We’ve already blogged about these babies before, but in case you missed out on that, here’s the 411: These three are special metal wine rack pegs which you are able to mount directly to any wall surface with the proprietary anchor systems. Their design is essentially a stylish and minimalist approach to wine storage for both private and commercial collections of any size.

Vintner Elite Cabinetry

The Vintner Elite Line

Just last week, we talked about how our Vintner Series has once again raised the bar as far as versatile wine racking is concerned. Vintner has been piling on the upgrades this year and one of the most significant ones would be the introduction of the Vintner Elite Line. This is an exclusive collection of elegantly designed and crafted cabinetry for both residential and commercial wine cellar projects. Like the rest of the Vintner Series, the units in the Elite line are also endowed with lots of custom options, from wood choice to stain and finish options.

Vintner Commercial Racks

The Vintner Commercial Racking Series

And of course, we can’t talk about Vintner’s upgrades without talking about the Vintner Commercial Racking Series – the newest line to be added to the Vintner product catalogue. The racking units available in this line are so varied and affordable, we won’t be surprised if future Tech Tuesdays will be bombarded by projects featuring them. In fact, we already ran a Tech Tuesday feature just this month showcasing these commercial wine racks.

We still have more months to go and that only means more exciting product launches to come. So do follow our blog so you won’t miss out! ^_^

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