Wine Cellar Innovations Blog

Technical Tuesday Episode #338: WineMaker Racks Always Make It Work!

June 20th, 2017

The WineMaker Series has been chalking up a lot of popularity points in since last year. But we feel like it still deserves more praise because seriously, the racking units from this series always make it work. We have yet to encounter a wine cellar project utilizing our WineMaker Series that didn’t meet the client’s desired goal and we don’t ever see that happening. WineMaker wine racks are reliable with a capital “R,” especially for compact wine cellar projects. Our Tech Tuesday feature today definitely emphasizes this:

Project # 288204
Wood: Winemaker / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 582
Where: Sonoma, CA

The WineMaker Series in Dark Walnut Stain

For an entry-level wine cellar, this completed project boasts of a bottle capacity of nearly 600 bottles. That’s pretty generous, considering this room’s limited floor area. This is the best feature of WineMaker racking units. The racks are manufactured with shallow depth which make them both space-efficient and cost-effective. Honestly, you can’t get a better deal than that! In addition, Our WineMaker racks have always been known for their stackable qualities, allowing you to buy 3 or 4 foot racks and stack them to any height you desire. This is what makes it very convenient for someone using these racks to outfit a wine cellar when room configurations are a bit cramped or awkward.

Now check out the finished project below. Notice that despite the shallow-depth of the racks, the arrangement doesn’t look tight or crowded at all. Rest assured that your bottles will be stored comfortably since the body of the wine bottle is fully supported within the wine racks. The neck of the bottle slightly sticks out, but the safety of the bottle is certainly not compromised in any way:

Stained and lacquered racks

The racks for this particular project are done in Dark Walnut stain with Lacquer to boot. You can actually see from the images that the racks sport an attractive, gleaming finish. Once they are all filled up, they will accentuate the bottles perfectly and make this entire wine cellar definite eye-candy. Of course, it also helps tons that the client also decided to put up that sweet piece of custom wine cellar art. We’ve talked about it countless times on the blog, but it bears emphasizing that adding a pop of color to your wine cellar comes highly recommended. A carefully chosen art piece can get the job done which is why you should take the time to check out our extensive custom wine cellar art options as well. *Cheers*

Learning The Full Scope Of WCI’s Wine Cellar Services

June 19th, 2017

What can WCI do for you and your wine cellar projects? You’d be pleasantly surprised to find out that our services are just as varied and all-encompassing as our products. WCI is not limited to just providing you with racking products to meet your wine storage needs. We are actually so much more than that and we want you guys to know more about what we can offer.

Wine cellar design services

Our full consultation services…

First off, let’s talk about WCI’s consultation services. You most likely have read in a lot of our blogs that we provide free initial consultation services, including a free design for those who fill out our Design Request Form. But that doesn’t cover the full scope of our consultation services. We have augmented these services with our Architectural Design Services as well as a complete review process. Architectural Design Services are being made available to those seeking to integrate architectural elements such as stone or advanced paneling work, into their custom wine cellar project. As for the review process, it involves a professional wine cellar consultant spending time with you to review your custom wine cellar design and related room specification details.

Racking assembly and installation services

Our full assembly and installation services…

WCI boasts of an amazing team of factory-certified installers who can provide assembly and installation services worldwide. But this isn’t all that we do! Apart from putting your wine cellar together, our installers also offer initial free consultation on construction requirements for the racking units you purchased. And get this – the work area is cleaned after job completion! That means you get the necessary clean-up job without having to shell out some precious extra dollars.

Our full shipping/delivery services…

Always one of the biggest concerns, we’ve made our shipping and delivery services as responsive as possible to the needs of our valued clientele. We offer free shipping every day on all our online wine rack kits, but we also have the Quick Ship Program to accommodate customers with tight deadlines. Note that upgrading to this program is 100% free! Depending on the material, stain, quantity, and items selected we can ship your order in as little as 1 day from date of receipt for no additional fees. Moreover, we utilize various shipping methods to ensure that your racking and other purchases arrive to you when you need it, and free from damage.

Need more details on all these amazing services? We’re just an e-mail or chat away! ^_^

A “Built-in” Look For Client’s Rustic-Themed Wine Cellar

June 15th, 2017

The demand for a “built-in” look to wine cellar projects has been steadily growing. We’ve noticed that more and more clients have been leaning towards making their wine cellar look like it’s actually part of the room. It’s pretty awesome that this is the case since more than just a few people have been wary of the supposed costs that this “built-in” wine cellar can run into.

We’ll be the first to tell you that it’s definitely not the case, especially when you choose WCI products. Keep in mind that we are constantly coming up with quality and cost-effective wine storage solutions for any and all wine cellar needs. That includes providing clients with more affordable options for their projects, from the wood, wine racks, wine cellar cooling systems, and down to the smallest accessories. And for today’s showcase, the client took full advantage of those plethora of options:

Built-in look for a wine cellar

This gorgeous project is a Platinum Series creation. Our team put together custom shelving, Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, and Magnum Racks for larger-format bottles. A tabletop option was also thrown in, beautifully decked in three coats of lacquer. The rest of racking units are dressed up in a Weathered Stain option, making them both stand out and work well together with the brick entryway.

Platinum Series custom wine racks

The wood option is what this wine cellar is all about, though. Rustic Pine was chosen for this project which is just about the best wood you can utilize if you want to stay within (or even under) budget. Rustic Pine is a knotty type of wood, but the subtle streaks and structurally sound knots give it a really attractive “rustic architectural” appearance. It has rapidly gained popularity in the last few years because it combines quality and affordability. Without a doubt, this wood is our best value by price per bottle space because the supply is huge. Note that 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 compared to a clear grade of wood.

Beautiful Weathered Stain option

In addition, Rustic Pine exudes impressive qualities, particularly when it comes to working with stains and finishes. The wood lends itself well to just about any stain and finish option to match your home decor. We have noted that the wood is particularly suited for weather finishes, which is why we used the Weathered Stain option for this project. See how the wood in this project looks like it has been aged outside for decades. And so we’ve once again managed to bring about satisfactory results to our clients and at a cost they loved! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Spring Into Summer Starting With Your Wine Cellars

June 14th, 2017

Summer, she’s nearly here! Can you feel those uber hot days really coming along? We sure can and we love it! Wine parties are sure to be a big thing this season, especially when it’s the perfect time to stay outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the sunshine into your wine cellars as well. Here are some design inspirations to help you spring into summer:

Get into those hot hues this season!

Bring summer into your wine cellar!

No doubt about it, summer is the best time for you to try out some fresh, vibrant colors in your wine cellar. While your bottles need to be kept in peak taste with ideal storage conditions 24/7, you’re not obliged to keep your wine cellars looking dark and gloomy. Throw in some splashes of summer with bold shades such as buttercup yellows cobalt blues, yummy oranges, and fresh limes. And just where do you bring these in? Into your wine cellar accessories, of course! Put up some new, brighter colored artwork. Decorate wine shelves with colorful vases, pottery and other bric-a-bracs. If you have chairs or a couch in your wine room, accentuate with vibrant throws and/or pillows.

Boho chic vases

Bring in a little bit of boho chic!

Nothing says summer better than a boho chic vibe. You can definitely do this in your wine cellar with some DIY boho jars and vases to put your summer blooms in. The best part is that you can use your old wine bottles for this. It’s pretty easy to do, too. Grab some empty wine bottles or mason jars. Using quick-dry art paint or plain white paint, use a very thin art brush to draw the center pattern. A floral pattern is a good way to start. Then just go ahead and add more details such as lines, shapes, and more floral patterns. Your imagination is the limit! Let the paint dry and arrange your gorgeous flowers.

Try some fabric art on your walls!

Fabric art for your wine cellar

So you’re no Michaelangelo or da Vinci. No worries! You can still whip up a beautiful and custom piece of art that will really spell “summer”. First, all you need is a high resolution image of blooming flowers – you can take one yourself. Print the photo on fabric large enough to cover the entire canvas, plus 4″ on each side. We recommend the  fabric size to be at least 38×48″. Lay the printed fabric face down on the ground. Next, place the canvas face-down on top of the fabric. Be sure to leave a few inches of fabric all around the canvas.  Wrap the fabric around the canvas and staple it in place – be mindful of the corners and keep it the wrapping clean. Voila – custom fabric art for your wine cellar!

(Thanks to Michelle Edgemont’s tutorials on HGTV for the DIY inspirations! Check out the page for more awesome DIY ideas.)