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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Stains And Finishes You Need To Try Out

February 5th, 2020

We are a big fan of stains and finishes on wine racks and wine cellar furniture. But we also understand that it’s not for everyone. Some prefer the natural look on their wine racks. However, if you want to create a unique appearance to your wine cellar, stains and finishes can definitely give you the results you want. Just keep in mind that there are tons of options for you to try out. So don’t be afraid to explore! Here are some stains and finishes you should try out:

Unique stains and finishes for you to try out!

The Dusty Weathered Finish

The Dusty Weathered Finish option is the best choice when you want a timeworn look for your wood. The process is quite complicated, but the results are absolutely satisfying. The wood is run through a proprietary process that strips intergrain material down below the grain. This is basically the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. The process has been proven to work particularly well with certain types of wood: pine, redwood and oak. The next step involves the application of a  custom topcoat. This results in the grayish-brown hues to complete a beautiful, weathered appearance to the wood. If you want a darker, even more dramatic effect, you can also try out the Dark Weathered Finish option.

The Distressed Finish is one-of-a-kind

The Distressed Finish

If you desire that vintage feel to your wine cellar, the Distressed Finish is the way to go. This finish actually requires quite a bit of work because of its unique properties. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of an old used pieces of furniture. Then a dark coats is wiped on to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches to highlight them. Last but not the least, a medium dark background coat is applied and finished off with a lacquer finish. The look reflected on the wood is very classic – definitely the “old-country” charm.

We absolutely love the Gray Wash stain

The Gray Wash Stain

Gray Wash stain is one of the newest additions to WCI’s stain offerings. This stain has been carefully tested over several months to bring you an attractive look that is both traditional and modern. It is quite similar to Whitewash in that it’s a semi-transparent stain. That means there is no texture that comes through. What you get is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. We highly recommend this beautiful and modern color. You can request samples of wood swatches to see what works best for you! ^_^




Technical Tuesday Episode #460: Natural Beauty Of Rustic Pine

February 4th, 2020

First Tech Tuesday for the month of love is up! Yep, we are getting into high gear for one of our favorite months of the year. February is the love season, as we are all quite aware of. We also expect a lot of fine dining and, of course, wine tasting all this month. That also means wine establishments everywhere are bound to get busier. So today’s Tech Tuesday will definitely provide some useful inspiration. Let’s check out the amazing racking arrangements on this commercial project:

Project # 319527
Wood: CDR / Vintner / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Coral Springs, FL

Natural beauty of Rustic Pine wine racksThe star of the show, so to speak, is the wood option utilized for the wine racks. All the units were crafted from unstained Rustic Pine. As you can very well see, the natural beauty of the wood is really enhanced in this set-up. We especially love how the soft, creamy colors of the wood stand out. Note that Rustic Pine is characterized by this really light color of the wood. It is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots, giving the wood a rustic architectural appearance.

Custom commercial racksNow let’s talk about the various racking styles used in this project. Since it’s for commercial purposes, the client wanted to maximize on the bottle storage capacity. WCI’s extensive selection of commercial racking units made all of this possible. We made a huge improvement on our commercial wine racks by creating two main categories for the products. We have the Classic Commercial line that allows clients to have their racking units completely customized. But for those on a budget, fret not! We also launched our Vintner Commercial series just a a few years back. This line combines the flexibility of our Vintner racking with the high volume storage capacity of commercial wine racks. And of course, since it’s Vintner, it is absolutely affordable!

Merchandisers and Island DisplaysHere are more snaps of the variety of racking styles in this commercial project. Apart from the standard island displays and merchandisers, our team also installed some individual columns with display bins. This style is quite popular with wine stores because it can easily call attention to popular or new labels. Also, you can see from the photos below how the racks pop out against the flooring and ceiling. The moment those racks are filled, the wine bottles will definitely be the center of attention. Indeed, the natural beauty of Rustic Pine really shines through in this simple layout without overpowering other elements. *Cheers*

Natural beauty of Rustic Pine display bins

Creating Retro Vibes In Your Wine Cellar

February 3rd, 2020

It’s definitely a fine first week of February for wine cellar fans! We have lots in store for you guys – new racking products, wine cellar accessories, and other goodies. We’re also going to be showcasing more unique wine cellar designs – starting with today’s blog. It’s all about the retro vibes that you can bring to your wine cellar projects. It actually doesn’t take much, especially when it comes to the budget. So we’re pretty sure you will love these unconventional yet tasteful concepts:

Setting the mood with the right accents

When it comes to creating a retro mood, it is really all about choosing the right accents. We were quite lucky to have these terrific photos from a client who decided to go the retro route. The first thing you will immediately notice are the lighting elements. Lighting is indeed a clever way of setting up the ambiance that want in a certain space. That’s why restaurants and bars really invest in good lighting accessories. The concept is not that any different with wine cellars. As you can see here, vibrant lighting colors turned the room into something reminiscent of the air of a 1960’s diner. So go ahead and try stringing some colorful LED lights in your own wine cellar!

Another great accessory that can bring about these nostalgic touches would be choice pieces of wine cellar art and photographs. Artworks that depict scenes and other mementos of the past are one of the easiest ways to creat some retro vibes. The same is true with framed photographs. We suggest selecting artwork or photos of old vineyards, pubs, and the like. And if you want something customized, don’t forget that you can commission custom wine cellar art with us here at WCI.

Last but not the least, put up some old-fashioned decor! It’s time to scour those basements or attics for your parents (and grandparents!) well-kept treasures. Clean that turntable and put up those Beatles records! Bring out the bumper stickers, the  kitchen canisters, the beat-up suitcases and more. There might even be an old wall clock or bar stools somewhere. And don’t forget those funky photo frames and posters. There’s no need to spend those extra dollars to bring the retro vibes to your wine cellar. ^_^





Clients Are Loving Their Label-Forward Wine Storage

January 30th, 2020

This is indeed a week for celebrating metal wine racks! Both our professional and DIY wine cellar projects this week feature metal racking units, mostly from the Vintage View Series. For today’s Testimonial Thursday, we have this simple but incredibly efficient label-forward wine storage:

Label-forward wine storage
Deviating from the standard wine storage, this arrangement features a label-forward configuration. You will notice that the racks are neatly mounted on the wall, in a highly space-efficient manner. This is one of the major advantages that the Vintage View Series has to offer. The wall-mount units will allow for the creation of suitable bottle storage even in compact spaces. And that’s not all that these racks have to offer.

The label-forward units are designed to normally hold standard sized wine bottles by mounting them 7.5 inches apart. But take note that you can actually make adjustments and have the racks store split-sized bottles as well. You can easily achieve this by mounting them 5.5 inches apart. This incredible flexibility is what makes Vintage View such a highly recommended product. You don’t need to have a formal wine cellar in order to provide proper bottle storage for your collection. Moreover, you can create unique racking arrangements just about anywhere in your home with these racking units.

Now if you want to add a bit more drama to your wine storage, we suggest using the Vintage View racks with a floor-to-ceiling configuration. We invite you guys to check out last Monday’s blog for all the deets – which includes commercial racking options. You can have your prized collection displayed floor to ceiling, with that coveted “floating” look. All it takes is purchasing a Floor to Ceiling Frame separately for the racks.

Our clients opted for the normal wall-mount style for their wine storage. But they decided to go with a beautiful Satin Black finish to make the racks pop out against the light-colored walls. This was a smart move because the dark finish also helped to accentuate the wine bottles. Even with just a seemingly simple layout, their wine storage exudes elegance and style. ^_^

“We love them!”

~ Chris O.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #459: Stunning Floor-To-Ceiling Racking

January 28th, 2020

Flexibility is a sought-after quality in wine racks. You’d want your racks to be able to cater to your bottle storage needs. But of course, those needs also change over time. So having your racks accommodate future bottle storage needs is definitely ideal. Fortunately, WCI racking products were manufactured to deliver just this. Our racking units can be configured in a number of ways to suit a variety of bottle storage styles. Today’s Tech Tuesday wonderfully illustrates this point with these floor-to-ceiling Vintage View racking units:

Project # 284048
Wood: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 624
Where: Atlanta, GA

Now Vintage View is a pretty popular product and appears quite frequently in both our Tech Tuesdays and Testimonial Thursdays. For the most part, we’ve featured Vintage View as wall-mount racking units. However, the racks can also be utilized in another manner: with a floor-to-ceiling configuration. This is exactly what you’re seeing in this Tech Tuesday project. The racks arranged floor-to-ceiling with the help of a Floor to Ceiling Frame which is purchased separately.

So what is the difference when you use your Vintage View racks with this configuration? First off, you get to store your bottles in a label-forward manner. This is certainly not like the usual neck-forward storage that you see in most wine cellars. One of the biggest advantages of storing your bottles this way is label visibility. Organizing your collection should become more convenient since you can easily see the labels. If you own a wine store, this becomes a great sales strategy. You can display your most popular wine merchandise this way to make it very accessible to your customers.

The other unique feature of this type of storage is that you can get a “floating” look for your bottles. Since the racks are mounted floor-to-ceiling, it will look like your wine bottles are just floating on air. The effect is both elegant and ethereal. We have been receiving more and more requests for this kind of racking style in the last couple of years. It is especially enchanting when combined with glass elements. You’ll find a good number of glass-enclosed projects with “floating” racks on our photo galleries. Last but definitely not the least, a floor-to-ceiling configuration is just amazingly space-efficient. It is no way inferior to the wall-mount style, as you can clearly see from these photos. *Cheers*



Commercial Racking Layouts With Vintage View Series

January 27th, 2020

Our Vintage View Series is certainly one of our most popular metal racking products. You can see it featured a lot on both our Tech Tuesdays and Testimonial Thursday blogs. Most of these are residential wine cellar projects. So what you may not know is that Vintage View also has a strong commercial racking game. The series will allow you to combine form and function with your racking layouts with these bottle storage options:

Vintage View Crate and Bins

Vintage View Case and Crate Bins

Wine stores with high volume sales will definitely appreciate what the Vintage View Case and Crate Bins have to offer. The Case and Crate Bin is being offered as a single column and up to four columns,  with add-on extensions. The single column can store up to 48 bottles. That means you can stock up to 192 bottled with a four-column configuration. The metal racking units are dressed up in a sleek Stain Black finish. This makes it super easy to integrate them with any existing racking. Apart from being space-efficient, they sport a neutral yet elegant design. They will definitely be a welcome addition in any wine establishment. The bins also come with Steel X-Bin Insert to creat an open diamond design. It is sold as a two piece single unit or 3 pack to fill one column.

Vintage View Crate & Crate Lockers

Vintage View Crate and Crate Lockers

Taking a cue from our Wine Lockers, the Crate and Crate Lockers allow for extra secure bottle storage. The lockers are also available in the same single column configuration with add-on extensions up to four columns. Moreover, they come in “short” and “tall” height options. The Tall Locker option is actually two short lockers stacked on top of each other. Again, they are available as a single column and up to four columns, with add on extensions. The lockers also sport the same beautiful Satin Black finish as the bins. Moreover, you can also acquire the X-Bin insert with these lockers. This will enable you to give more character to your wine establishment’s racking layouts. Check out the full catalogue on this section of the website! ^_^

How To Choose The Right Wine Glasses For You

January 22nd, 2020

Do you also have a collection of wine glasses to go with your wine collection? If you don’t, then you may want to start one after reading this blog article. We’re going to talk about the different kinds of wineglasses and their uses. It may not seem like such a big deal, but choosing the right kind of glassware for your wine actually helps make the tasting experience even better. So for today’s wine cellar inspirations, let’s talk about these wineglasses and more!

Let’s talk about wineglasses!

When pouring your reds…

Let’s start off with red wine glasses. Red wine is arguably the most popular wine out there (though the white club will definitely say otherwise ^_^). Selecting the right type of red wine glass has a lot to do with mitigating the bitterness of tannin or spicy flavors to deliver a smoother tasting wine. Studies on wine tasting actually show that red wines tend to taste smoother from a glass with a wide opening. And naturally, the distance to the actual fluid affects what you smell. We recommend going for wine glasses with wider openings for your reds.

When pouring your whites…

As opposed to the reds, white wines are typically served in smaller bowled glasses. Why so? It’s because smaller glasses are better in preserving floral aromas. They also help maintain cooler temperature and express more acidity in wine. Studies also show that smaller glasses deliver more aromas due to proximity to nose. This can happen even with cooler temperatures.

But there are also exceptions to the rule. Full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, White Rioja, and orange wines are recommended to be poured into wine glasses with larger bowls. The larger bowl emphasizes a creamy texture because of the wider mouth.

When pouring your “specialty” wines

Now if you’re pouring other wines than the traditional reds and whites, you might want to look into purchasing specialty wine glasses. This will naturally depend on what you tend to drink the most. One example of a specialty glassware is the Port glass. It’s small size and narrow mouth reduces evaporation. Then, of course, you have your champagne flutes for champagne lovers. Champagne flutes tend to be on the very fragile side, particularly the stem. We recommend purchasing good quality ones with solid reviews. Lastly, there is also what is known as the “universal glass.” They tend to be shaped like red wine glasses but with longer, slimmer stems akin to the champagne flutes. Per the name, this glassware is said to work with almost any wine you pour. ^_^

Big thank you to Wine Folly for most of the fun facts we shared here!

Technical Tuesday Episode #458: Clear Alder In Dark Weathered Stain

January 21st, 2020

Happy Tech Tuesday, wine cellar fans! How are we weathering out the winter season? Some parts of the country are experiencing record-breaking snowfall. If you belong to that region, we’re channeling Olaf and sending you warm hugs ^_^. So relax, have a glass of wine (or two) and check out today’s inspiring Tech Tuesday concept:

Project # 319097
Wood: Custom / Clear Alder
Bottle Capacity: 332
Where: Atlanta, GA

Metal wine racks and custom wood racks in Dark Weathered StainThis may be just a compact wine cellar but it is big in so many ways, especially when it comes to design.  You can see the racking assembly is well thought-out using a variety of elements. In fact, this project has that contemporary touch that is so popular right now. We can attribute it to the mix of materials, essentially, wood, metal and glass. As you can see the upper portion of the arrangement is built in a riddling rack fashion. This allows for more bottle storage and can accommodate even larger-format bottles:

Loving this contemporary vibe!The lower part of the racking assembly is more of a traditional design. The custom countertop, displays and cubes are all crafted from Clear Alder. Clear Alder is not your typical wood option for custom wine cellar projects. But its characteristics make it a great choice if you want that classic feel to your wine cellar. Clear Alder is a light hardwood with no knots, having a grain pattern similar to Cherry. The wood itself is characterized by light brown and reddish undertones. It has a straight and even-textured wood grain with indistinct boundaries between the heartwood and the sapwood. One of the great features of Clear Alder is that it accepts stains and finishes evenly. Because if this, it can at times be indistinguishable from Cherry in appearance.

Classy Dark Weathered Stain racksTo give the elegance factor of the racking assembly and even bigger boost, the wood racks were stained with a Dark Weathered Stain option. This weathered finish utilizes the same process as Dusty Weathered Stain, However, a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect. The main purpose for this finish is to get your wood to sport a timeworn appearance which is very classy. Since Clear Alder adapts well to stains and finishes, this darker option was just perfect for this project. We love the contrast of the bold hues with the stainless appearance of the metal racks. How would you rate this Tech Tuesday? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*

Unique Modern Touches For Your Wine Cellar

January 20th, 2020

The start of 2020 marks a definite leaning towards the modern wine cellar trend. We anticipated that this would be the case. After all, the recent years had us working on lots of custom projects revolving around this theme. That’s why today, we’re going to be exploring even more options and sharing them with everyone. Let’s find out what unique modern touches would work best with your wine cellars:

Unique modern touches with cable racking

The Cable Wine Racking System

First up is one of the most minimalistic styles you can have for your racking assembly – the Cable Wine Racking system. For those who are not too familiar with this style, let’s go a bit more into details. A cable wine system is made out of stainless steel. This makes it perfect for high humidity environments as you don’t have to worry about it rusting out. There are strong cables are attached to wood panels above and below, making for super secure bottle storage. As for the styling the racks, this will definitely be an enjoyable experience. The wood panels can be created in a variety of woods, stains and lacquer. You can also go with a blended stain option if you desire something truly distinct for your racks.

Invisible racking with acrylic racks

Invisible Racking with Acrylic Racks

Get out of your comfort zone and try something other than wood or metal for your racking assembly. Our contemporary choice is the Acrylic Wine Rack. These transparent units will make your wine bottles seem like they’re floating in the air! WCI offers what we call as our Invisible Wine Cellar Series. This system takes large sections and parses them out like a riddling wine rack concept. The neck holders give the elegant appearance of floating wine bottles. Each wine bottle is securely held via the specialized wine slots. The result is a high end modern feel to your wine room. It certainly ranks high on our list of unique modern touches for wine cellar projects!

Steel & Rod series

The Steel Rod & Wood Series

Here is another up-and-coming trend when adding modern touches to your wine cellar. The Steel Rod & Wood Series is all about combining wood and steel wine racks. Check out this arrangement that our team installed for a client in North Carolina. The stainless steel rods were paired with elegant Grand Mahogany wood option. Note that this series also carries with it a bevy of wood, stain and finish options for endless design possibilities. ^_^

Client Praises Easy Product Assembly & WCI Responsiveness

January 16th, 2020

The combination of quality products and excellent customer service is not easy to achieve. That’s probably the foremost goal of most businesses. Without a doubt, that’s also our goal here at WCI. We work tirelessly to improve our wine cellar products to accommodate any and all bottle storage needs. But in addition, we also do our very best to ensure the responsiveness of our customer service. Our client Curtis reaffirms us that we are certainly fulfilling these goals. He sent us this wonderful photo of himself proudly showcasing his completed wine cellar:

Proud client showcases his wine cellar
Curtis purchased racking units from our Vintner Series. The racks were delivered to his home in record time. Per his testimonial, he was able to receive the contents in satisfactory condition. Some minor items were missing but these were also quickly provided to him by our team. Essentially, the client’s experience with WCI’s services can be summed up as a great one. That is something that we are truly grateful for.

Now let’s move on to the actual racking products utilized in our client’s wine cellar project. As earlier mentioned, he sent for wine racks from our Vintner Series kits. He went through the assembly and installation process quite smoothly. Vintner is our most popular wine rack kit, with excellent ratings. It scores a solid four out of five stars when it comes to product assembly. A lot of clients choose Vintner for its flexible configurations, extensive style selection, and reasonable price point. That’s why it’s considered as the “next best thing to custom wine racks.”

The ability to customize several elements of Vintner racking units is indeed a remarkable feature of the kits. You can select different height configurations in order to match your cellar’s ceiling height. You can also choose from a range of wood, stain and finish options. In client’s case, he went for Premium Redwood for the wood option and a beautiful Graywash Stain. Graywash is one of our newest stain offerings and can give your racks a bit of that modern feel. Curtis’ wine cellar boasts of a 773 bottle storage capacity and we can see how he’s really loving it. ^_^

“Everything is working great. the shipping worked out ok, and while the boxes were sometimes beat up, the contents were intact. Assembly was pretty easy too. Your responsiveness in resending the correct material quickly when I had some problems was great. That was very helpful.”

~ Curtis W. ~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Various Types Of Bottle Storage

January 15th, 2020

How do you like to store your wine bottles? Are you content with just a practical racking arrangement? Or do you prefer something with a little more pizzaz? Bottle storage can be both practical and fun. Let’s explore the ways which you can spice up your wine cellar with various types of storage styles. Our client sent some beautiful photos of their completed assembly and we’re going to use these as examples:

Various types of bottle storage
Wall-mount bottle storage

First up is what we consider as the most practical type of bottle storage: the wall-mount system. WCI carries several racking products that incorporate this style. One of the most popular ones is the Vintage View Series. Another one is the WineZone Wine Shelf system. WineZone is our super flexible racking system that provides not just standard bottle storage but can also accommodate other items. By configuring the wood shelf option, you can also display liquors, glasses, cases, decanters, accessories, and more. WCI also recently launched newer products that can add fancier touches to the standard wall-mount style. These are the Ultra Wine Rack Series, Revue Series, and STACT Series.

Using cubes and shelves

Storing bottles in bulk can be a bit tricky. Some prefer to do it in the most convenient manner without much regard the design. But just because it’s in bulk, doesn’t mean you can’t add some character to the racking arrangement. Using cubes and shelves is one way to give your bulk storage that sought-after glow-up. Try WCI’s Curvy Cubes or the bevy of choices available with our Vintner Series. Vintner has Diamonds and Cases that can accommodate generous number of wine bottles in a stylish fashion.

Wall-mount racking system
Explore unconventional racking

There are still a bunch of other ways to store your wine bottles. These are a bit unconventional but surprisingly practical as well. We love these racking choices because they can add character to even the most basic wine cellar layout. Most of these can be found with our versatile Vintner Series. Our top favorites include the Individual Concave Wine Racks and picks from the Vintner Elite Cabinetry collection:

  • Pull-Out Wine Bottle Cradle
  • Rotating Wine Cradle
  • Diagonal Bin
  • Cable Racking System

Technical Tuesday Episode #457: Commercial Wine Racks Collection

January 14th, 2020

We’ve got something up our sleeve today for all the commercial wine cellar proprietors out there! Today’s Tech Tuesday episode features a collection of WCI’s commercial racking units. Our team designed this racking arrangement for a client in Birmingham, AL and it certainly delivered. This wine room can host just a little under 1500 bottles in a really space-efficient layout:

Project # 319183
Wood: CDR / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1464
Where: Birmingham, AL

Collection of Island DisplaysFirst up we have snaps of these beautiful Wine Island Display with Countertop. The counter is 8″ deep and can be used to market related items and accessories for more impulse buys. This makes it perfect for displaying popular or new wine merchandise. Plus, there’s tons of bottle storage since the standard Island Display can accommodate about 240 bottles. Wine stores with large volume sales will definitely appreciate having this commercial racking unit. In client’s case, they ordered the island in All-Heart Redwood with an elegant Dark Walnut stain option.

Collection of Wine Display BinsNext we have these Wine Display Bins which come in several height configurations. Like most of WCI’s commercial racking products, these display bins are stackable. They are generally sold in combinations of 2 or 3 columns and can be stacked side by side in 4, 5, or 6 column widths. However, you can also customize them further to suit your wine store’s specific bottle storage needs. These display bins were carefully designed to merchandise high volume wines. We are confident that the resulting sales will make this racking style stand out as one of the highest producing wine racks in your store. Note that the display trays hold up to two over sized wine bottles. Showcase your newest wine merchandise in this manner and watch your sales skyrocket!

 Now here’s one really great feature about all of our commercial racking products: they are actually categorized into two: the Classic line and the Vintner line. The Classic Commercial Series features racking units that are hand-built to order. That means they have a longer lead time due to the more customized details. Naturally, they also sport a higher price tag. The Vintner Commercial Series, on the other hand, is our “kits” version for our commercial racking catalog. The collection boasts of state of the art production with versatile 3 ft and 4 ft wine racks. You can easily stack, mix and match the units for your store’s storage needs. And of course, since this is Vintner, quality comes at a friendlier price point! *Cheers*

All-Heart Redwood x Dark Walnut Stain

Design Options For Your Custom Wine Cellar Ceilings

January 13th, 2020

Happy Monday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Let’s talk about one of the more overlooked sections of a wine cellar project: the ceilings. More often than not, wine cellars tend to sport plain or standard ceiling designs. There is nothing wrong with this at all. In fact, if you have so much going on in your wine cellar, style-wise, it’s good to tone down on other areas. But you should also keep in mind that ceilings can bring great aesthetic impact to your wine cellar project. It’s just a matter of choosing the most suitable style. So let’s go over some design options that can take things to the next level:

Raised Panel Ceilings

The Raised Panel Ceiling

This is probably the simplest ceiling design you can have for your wine cellar. The straightforward and clean style is perfect with any wine cellar theme. It is pretty popular since it can really open up a wine room to give it a more spacious and airy feel. We love how the square or rectangular panels bring an understated elegance to the wine cellar. In addition, the curved raised panels can also be customized, such as where the wine racking arrangement incorporates curved corner racks. Want to add a bit of drama to your panelled ceiling? Try using wood case ends to create a decorative and unique soffit!

Raised Panel with No Soffit

The Raised Panel With No Soffit

Now let’s check out another version of the Raised Panel Ceilings – the Raised Panel with No Soffit. If you want to give your ceilings a certain edgy appearance, this is the design option to go for. As you can see from the image, the panels are more defined. They also showcase a lot more depth. You’ll also find that this type of ceiling works well with recessed lighting elements. We like how it adds great character to a wine cellar project while maintaining that clean and classy look.

Wine cellar ceilings with Light Boxes

Raised Panel with Light Boxes

Need something fancier for your wine cellar ceilings? Try out the Raised Panel with Light Boxes design. It is a beautiful and dramatic touch, while still properly illuminating your wine cellar. We recommend using this style for for bigger wine cellar projects with higher ceiling heights. The boxes will likely overwhelm smaller wine rooms. Here’s a fun style tip: try out the Coffered Ceiling in combination with the Light Boxes. ^_^


Client Gives Seal Of Approval To WCI Design Services

January 9th, 2020

One of our biggest motivators is definitely the seal of approval we get from our clients. And getting that at the very start of the New Year is indeed a terrific bonus! Our design team recently completed a project with our client Joshua. He looked us up, got in touch with our team, and had his wine cellar design all ready to go without a hitch. We’re now sharing the final results of this project and it is absolutely satisfying:

Client gives seal of approval to WCI servicesThe client purchased several products from our WCI for his wine room. This included not just the wine racks, but also a wine cellar cooling unit. But the more important part of the entire process was the communications between the client and our design team to ensure that things will fit and go where they’re supposed to. The years of solid experience of our design professionals certainly made an impact with the client. Everything went smoothly and the third-party installation of WCI racking products was accomplished in record time.

For those of you who are newbies to the WCI experience, this is a great opportunity to check our exactly what we have to offer. Essentially, we provide any and all types of wine cellar design and installation services, along with our very extensive catalogue of wine storage products. As far as the design phase is concerned, we provide complimentary initial design services. The client simply has to fill out the standard Design Request Form on our website. The complete package includes the following:

  • Unlimited fax, phone, or e-mail consultation.
  • An initial design + 3 revisions (if required).
  • Quotation on all “Custom Cellar Products”
  • Wine Cellar Construction Manual & Wine Cellar Innovations Master Catalog (upon request).
  • Separate quote including cost for personalized optional cellar amenities.

Note that the initial 2D design for your custom wine cellar project is completely free of charge! If you choose to move forward with it and have your own installers, like what our client Joshua did, that’s an option you can definitely have. But if you need us to do the assembly and installation work, our team of factory certified installers will be at your beck and call. Our approval rating for installations is reflected on our plethora of Tech Tuesday projects. ^_^

“Everything is great with the cellar – good back and forth with the designer, no issues with the racks and cooling unit. We had our guys do the installation and it all went well!”

~Joshua C.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Style Is Your Vibe?

January 8th, 2020

What are your wine cellar goals for 2020? You know   how that famous line goes: “Go big or go home.” Well, that doesn’t mean you have to take it literally. After all, not everyone is ready to take on a formal wine cellar project. Some might not have the space for it, while others might not have the budget. But if you can’t go big with size, you can definitely make up for that in other aspects – like the design. So which wine cellar style is your vibe? Let’s explore some options to find out!

The traditional taste…

You definitely can’t go wrong when you stick to a traditional design with your wine cellar project. And by this, we mean those classic silhouettes, from the racking assembly down to the wine cellar accessories. Traditional wine cellars are usually decked out with wood wine racking units and either stained or lacquered, or both. Classic Mahogany and    Dark Walnut Stain are two of the most popular choices for the traditional design. Another common style would be the presence of some decorative wood trim, tile or Vintage Wine Barrel flooring, and Raised Panel or Coffered ceilings.

The rustic charm…

There are also those who are big fans of the rustic architectural appearance. That’s actually one of the reasons why Rustic Pine has consistently remained in WCI’s top four wood options for custom wine cellars. The emphasis of this style is mostly on the natural beauty of the materials used in the wine cellar project. So more often than not, you’ll find that the wine racks will be unstained. This allows the natural hues and grain patterns of the wood to really shine. Nature-inspired textures and simple, earthy tones also characterize this look. That’s why cork or wood is usually the material of choice for the flooring. Lighting elements and other accessories also tend to be more subdued.

The contemporary feel…

As far as wine cellar design trends go, the contemporary vibe is arguably the most sought-after in the recent years. This style is best characterized with the presence of metal racking units. Some wine cellars go full-on metal racking, while others prefer a mix of metal and wood wine racking elements. The overall layout is usually minimalistic but sleek. Glass is also usually incorporated into the design layout, accentuated by other materials. One good example would be glass x black metal trim combo on the doors or entryways. ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #456: Vintage View Takes Center Stage

January 7th, 2020

First Tech Tuesday of the year and we’re kicking it off with some contemporary goodness. This Tech Tuesday is right up our alley. It’s space-efficient with a simple yet sleek design. Plus, it highlights one of our most popular metal wine racks: the Vintage View Series. It takes center stage today with this storage unit designed for a client from Covington, KY:

Project # 318600
Wood: Vintage View / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 576
Where: Covington, KY

Stain: Unstained

Vintage View takes center stage!The last few years has shown a remarkable shift towards the modern wine cellar style. Our design professionals have customized a good number of Tech Tuesday projects with a contemporary flavor. These were not limited to residential wine cellar applications, but also to commercial ones. The growth of WCI’s metal racking products is certainly proof of that. We have introduced several new metal wine racking series, such as the Revue and Ultra Metal Wine Racks. But the oldies but goodies are still as popular as ever, especially our WineZone Wine Shelves and, of course, the Vintage View Series.

Vintage View has really paved the way for metal racking to become a staple in wine cellar projects. As you can see from these photos, it is just so convenient to fit the racks even in narrow spaces. That’s because the units are designed to be wall mounted. This allows one to utilize empty wall spaces without crowding the floor area. So even if you don’t have the room to accommodate a formal wine cellar, you can still create beautiful storage for your wine bottles.

Versatile wall-mount unitsOne of the most outstanding features of Vintage View is versatility. You can actually assemble the racks two ways: wall-mounted or floor to ceiling when a Floor to Ceiling Frame is purchased (available separately). Note, that these metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles when mounted 7.5 inches apart. But, it will also hold split-sized bottles when mounted 5.5 inches apart. The Vintage View units are available in three different finishes: Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, and Chrome Plated. You can also get them in single deep, double deep, and triple deep storage options. With this Tech Tuesday project’s bottle capacity of 576 bottles, Vintage View really deserves the center stage. *Cheers*



Bottle Storage Made Easy With Wine Tasting Centers

January 6th, 2020

Welcome, 2020! Let’s start this year with some truly positive energy. And we’re going to do just that by introducing some convenient wine bottle storage solutions for your wine cellar fans. We’ll be checking out WCI’s catalog of wine tasing centers!

Wine tasting centers for easy bottle storageA wine tasting center is one of the most space-efficient storage solutions you can have in your wine cellar. In fact, it can offer you the storage you need sans a formal wine room. Not everyone has enough space in their homes for a proper wine cellar. But there are still ways to provide adequate bottle storage for those wine bottles. A wine tasting center is definitely one of our most highly recommended alternatives. You can have it built anywhere in your home, even in your living space or vacant bedrooms.

Here at WCI, we offer custom wine tasting stations that can be tailor-made to your storage and style preferences. But for those with a limited budget, don’t despair! We also have affordable options available with our wine rack kits. Yes, you read that right! Our wine rack kits also carry these quality-crafted wine tasting centers. One of them is, of course, our super versatile Vintner Series. The tasting centers come in a variety of height, wood, stain and finish options. That means you can also customize them to suit the design of your home and existing furniture.

Bottle storage made easy!With the Vintner wine rack kits, you also get “insert options” for your wine tasting center. This includes a choice between Racking with Glass Rack and Table Insert and Racking with Archway and Table Insert. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised at the healthy selection of bottle storage configurations that come with the tasting centers. Some examples include Case Storage, Open Diamond Bins, Top Stack Displays, and Display Rows.

Now if you’re looking for even more affordable options, check out our WineMaker Series as well. WineMaker is known for its shallow-depth racking units and that includes the wine tasting centers as well. You pretty much get the same selections as Vintner, except that the racks are configured with narrow depths. This doesn’t affect the quality of the racks or security of the bottles at all. But it does offer a friendlier price point that you will definitely love. ^_^




Clients Celebrated The Holidays With Their Custom Wine Cellar

January 2nd, 2020

It’s indeed a very happy holidays for Joseph and Peggy as their 2019 really ended with a bang. They celebrated the completion of their stunning wine room, with all the custom details. This is our very first Testimonial Thursday for the New Year we just love everything about it:

Our clients had sufficient space for a formal wine room which is nothing short of fantastic. The task at hand was to make sure that the generous amount of space will be maximized. Apart from ample bottle storage, the clients also wanted to have space for some wine cellar furniture. Thankfully, WCI’s custom wine racking units had everything covered.Here you can see snaps of the wine room outfitted with various wood wine racking units. WCI’s racking styles are quite extensive. This enables to provide for simple storage needs all the way up to the extravagant designs that are limited only by imagination. For this Testimonial Thursday, you get to see a pretty good range of designs that were utilized. There’s tons of  individual wine bottle storage and corner wine racks that add flair to the racking arrangement:

 The next few photos below show some great shots of custom vertical displays for larger format bottles. Some of our wine rack kits like the Vintner Series also carry these displays at a more affordable price point. But if you have a specific layout and bottle storage capacity in mind, custom is the way to go.

So here you can see that there is indeed room for other pieces of wine cellar furniture. The clients were able to fit a table and some chairs, as well as some wine cellar decor. Instead of just a standard wine cellar, the room can even be used to host small, intimate wine tasting gatherings.

Despite the variety in racking styles, you can see how the racking assembly flows so seamlessly around the room. This is one of the trademarks of a fully customized wine cellar. The addition of custom crown and base moldings and center seam trim help remove any awkward gaps. The result is a smooth transition between different racking styles, as well as between the floors and ceilings. ^_^

Joseph and Peggy certainly celebrated their holidays in style and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it!

We’ve just completed our wine room to our satisfaction. Have a happy holiday season!”

~Joseph Lux & Peggy F.~

Round-Up Our Favorite Tech Tuesdays Of 2019

December 31st, 2019

First on the round-up is this wonderful Tech Tuesday Episode #415 featuring the Batesville Liquor Co. This is a shopping and retail store in Batesville, Indiana. The Circular Merchandiser, in particular, is a real eye-catcher. This rack offers up high wine storage capacity in a compact format. This project showcases the wide range of options for our commercial racking line, particularly the Vintner Commercial Racking series.

Commercial wine racks

Next up is from Tech Tuesday Episode #419. This lovely project is a great example of how unlikely places in your home can be transformed into the perfect wine storage. This stunning wine room was built right under the stairwell of the client’s home. Our WineMaker Series was definitely the star of the show on this project. The WineMaker Series is WCI’s most popular “kit” that offers shallow-depth racking.

WineMaker Series in under stairwell transformation

Then we have this gorgeous project for our Tech Tuesday Episode #426! Our Vintner Series happily makes its debut in this project designed for an Alaskan client. This is a generously sized wine room that needed to be maximized for the client’s collection. For the racking arrangement, they made sure that there is enough space for both individual and bulk bottle storage. This was conveniently achieved, thanks to the variety of racking styles available:

Wine cellar project in Alaska
Technical Tuesday Episode #442 is definitely on our 2019 round-up list. Wine Sentinel steals the spotlight with this row of very attractive wine cabinets for our client in Indian River Shores, FL. Wine Sentinel is actually our line of custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets. This project also features a stunning Graywash stain option on the cabinets. Our Graywash stain has been carefully tested over several months to achieve this gorgeous effect that combines traditional and modern vibes:Wine Sentinel cabinets in luscious Graywash stain

Our client, The Four Corks, in Fort Smith, AR, brought in the beautiful Fall flavors with our Tech Tuesday Episode #:445. This wine cellar is a mix of custom racking units and metal racks from our Vintage View Series. The entire assembly can host a very impressive capacity of just under 4000 bottles. It is indeed a huge wine storage, capable of accommodating existing as well as future merchandise:

The Four Corks wine cellar

Last but definitely not the last on the round-up is Tech Tuesday Episode #449. It’s another custom project featuring a special type of wood option: Black Walnut. And while black might be a Halloween hue, it spells nothing but “elegance” with this Tech Tuesday featuring these racking beauties:

Unstained Black Walnut racks

And there you have it, wine cellar fans! Did your favorite make the cut? Well, rest assured that the New Year will usher in even more inspiring wine cellar design concepts. 2019 was a blast, thanks to you guys, so we hope you’ll stick around in 2020, too. Happy New Year! *Cheers*

Wine Lockers Galore At The Lakeside County Club

December 26th, 2019

If you are thinking of whether or not to invest in a wine locker, we highly recommend checking out today’s Testimonial Thursday. Our client, the Lakeside County Club in Houston, TX has just sent us the most amazing snaps of their completed wine cellar. We believe the visuals alone are enough to convince a certified wino to buy these wine lockers. But the details will seal the deal for sure! Check out the wine lockers galore on Lakeside’s clubhouse:

Lakeside Country Club’s wine lockersAs you can see, the country club didn’t cut any corners with this project. The club wanted to provide adequate bottle storage for their members. As a brief background, the Lakeside Country Club was actually founded in 1951 as a Private Country Club. It currently has approximately 1000 members. The amenities are quite outstanding, from golf courses down to tennis courts, and swimming pools. And of course, there’s the main clubhouse that encompasses a massive 68,000 square feet of space.

In addition to these amenities, the club also sought to provide its members with quality bottle storage. The club purchased wine lockers galore from WCI and put together this massive wine room for its members. These units come highly recommended for their functionality. The locker will keep your wine bottles super safe from injuries and other untoward incidents. The units come in several levels, starting with the one-level lockers. Moreover, each unit has a lock that can be keyed in numerous configurations, or just by a single key. You can purchase several lockers, stack them on top of each other, and even place them side-by-side in columns. You can see from these photos that this is exactly what the client did. The units were arranged in a cohesive manner for a very functional and seamless layout.
Gorgeous and seamless racking arrangementAs you can also glean from these images, these wine lockers are tasteful and really attractive. The metal lattice provides for open air circulation so the wine bottles can breathe and achieve their peak taste. However, you also have the option to choose a different door panel, like a glass or flat pane. That’s not all! These lockers also come in several wood, stain and finish options for you to mix and match. We love the dark-colored hues Lakeside picked out for theirs!  ^_^

Holiday Greetings From Our Wine Cellar To Yours!

December 24th, 2019

Merry Christmas everyone tis the season to be jolly
Ice bucket filled ready for the bubbly and decorated with a sprig of holly
Santa Claus is on his way, leave him out a glass of beer
Time for a toast, lets spread the festive cheer
Lend a hand to stuff the turkey its all hands on deck
Elegant ear-rings for a loved one and a scarf around her neck
Treat your loved one to a nice romantic date
Open your arms for a great big hug from your special soul mate
Everybody relax and chill, I love Christmas its just so brill
All around the town, festive lights burn bright
Noses red as Rudolph on this cold and frosty night
Drink a toast and savour a warm glass of mulled wine
Welcoming and refreshing I’m feeling absolutely fine
Icicles reach down as it continues to get colder
Now its time to dodge the snowballs, the yobs are getting bolder
Eat drink and be merry, pour your mum a glass of sherry

by Richard Sockett

Warmest holiday greetings to all of our wine cellar buddies! May the blessings of the season envelope your homes – and your wine cellars, too. Merry, Merry Christmas! ^_^

All You Need To Know About The Wine Sentinel

December 19th, 2019

How do you wine cellar fans feel about refrigerated wine cabinets? Is it a worthwhile investment? Do you think it would meet your wine storage needs? If you are unsure as to the functionality and cost-efficiency of these cabinets, then today’s blog will help clear up those doubts. We’ll be talking in-depth about the Wine Sentinel, thanks to this gorgeous project we recently completed for a client:

Details on the Wine Sentinel

Our Wine Sentinel has been around for a while now. But we have introduced a lot of upgrades recently to accommodate our clients’ ever evolving wine storage. The new and improved line of these custom built-in refrigerated wine cabinets allows us to fill a void that has been in the wine storage industry for years. Now clients have more extensive customization options available to them at an affordable price point. First up is the height and width of the unit. The Wine Sentinel can be tailored to fit any desired space. As you can see from these photos, our clients’ wine cabinet looks like it’s completely built-in.

Essentially, lack of space will not be an issue anymore.  If you do not have the room for a formal wine cellar, you can still create that ideal storage for your collection. Best of all, you can do it in style! Check out the snaps below. The inside racking can be configured to suit storage needs and style of the client. There are multiple wood, stain and finish options to choose from so your racks will work well with the exterior of your cabinet.

Fully customizable refrigerated wine cabinetsBut the customization doesn’t stop there. You also get these other awesome upgrades to turn your refrigerated wine cabinet into a showstopper:

  • French Door Options
  • Wood or Full Glass Doors
  • Moldings Available
  • Raised Panel Cabinetry Sides Available
  • Single or Full depth options
  • Door Handle Selection

And since the cooling unit is also part of the package, you don’t need to worry about that ruining the aesthetic of your wine cabinet. Wine Sentinel also offers the option to have the cooling unit hidden from sight. We can even camouflage it with the use of Wood Grille Covers or other similar accessories. Still need more details on the Wine Sentinel? Our experienced consultants are just a phone call or an e-mail away – so get in touch with us now. ^_^

Stunning entryways and inside racking

Technical Tuesday Episode #455: Subtle Hues With Graywash Stain

December 17th, 2019

We are down to the final Tech Tuesday of the year, wine cellar buddies! It has been such a productive year with so much variety in custom wine cellar designs. Needless to say, we are so hyped for what’s to come in the New Year. But before that, we still have this one last awesome project to share with you guys. It’s another custom creation using one of our newer stain offering – the gorgeous Graywash Stain:

Project # 319205
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity:
Where: Atlanta, GA

Subtle hues with Graywash Stain Custom Quarter Round Shelves

The subtle hues on the racking arrangement is our most favorite feature on this wine cellar. The wine racks were all crafted from Rustic Pine which is a naturally light colored wood. Rustic Pine is best characterized by its soft,  creamy color. This is combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. This gives the wood that unique, architectural appearance. While the wood is already beautiful in its unstained state, it is equally stunning with various stains and finishes. Rustic Pine is particularly suited for weather finishes. This is where we strip down the intergrain matter to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. Rustic Pine absorbs and retains all types of finishes extremely well. But the grain patterns become more pronounced in the dark stained woods.

Muted tones on racking for a subtle effect

Now with this project, however, the clients wanted something a bit more subtle. They wanted clean and classic lines on their wine racks, but nothing too bold or vibrant. So our design team went for the Rustic Pine x Graywash Stain combo. Graywash Stain is one of our more recent additions to our growing selection of stains and finishes. It became popular quite fast because it is truly attractive. The stain has been carefully tested over several months in order to achieve a look that is both traditional and modern. It is actually a semi-transparent stain, similar to Whitewash. That means that there is no texture that comes through in the wood. The final product is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. With a light-colored wood such as Rustic Pine, the softer shades can peek through the stain. The effect is subtle yet definitely eye-catching! *Cheers*


Wood Options To Consider For Custom Wine Cellars

December 16th, 2019

Awesome Monday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Who’s planning on some major wine cellar projects over the Christmas holidays? We’re hope you’re not thinking about using Christmas trees for your wine racks! Jokes aside, today’s blog is actually all about the wood options you can consider for your custom wine cellar. There are plenty to choose from, apart from the top four stock woods: All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Grand Mahogany. So we’re going to chat about some of our  recommended choices by highlighting their best features. Let’s get started!

Wood options to consider for your custom wine cellarsFirst up is Black Walnut. Black Walnut is not a common choice for wine cellar projects, but it’s definitely a wood to consider. One of its best features is its beautiful rich color. It is a wood option that is visually and well suited for a custom wine cellar or wine rack application. Even when unstained, the wood has rich chocolate brown tones that slightly vary from a “nutty” to a “dark brown” hue. One of the things we love about Black Walnut is that when left unstained, it will develop a natural sheen over time.

The next wood on our list is Knotty Alder. Knotty Alder is primarily light brown in color. However, the unstained version also varies from a pale yellow to reddish-brown. It is one of those lighter colored woods that adapts extremely well to stains and finishes. But unstained, the wood showcases a variety of different-sized knots. Some pieces will have no knots at all, while others will have more. The knots are not as structurally sound as Rustic Pine’s, but equally exudes a gorgeous, rustic charm. Also, since it accepts stains and finishes so well, it is an exceptional hardwood for custom wine cellars. We suggest adding lacquer to any stain, or to the unstained wood, for a glossy finish.

Unstained, light-colored wine racksLast but certainly not the least, we have the very unique White Oak. In terms of color, this wood is quite special. Unstained, it has light to medium brown hues, enhanced with an olive cast. That’s why can at times see slightly greenish hues pop out. Moreover, the nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.  One of White Oak’s most distinguishing features is its straight grain pattern, with a coarse, uneven texture. It is highly durable against rot and produces very satisfactory results with hand and machine tools.

Do you have your own list of alternative wood options to consider for custom wine cellars? Share them with us by leaving a comment below! ^_^

Witness Client’s Wine Racking Glow Up In Light Danish Stain

December 12th, 2019

A good glow up isn’t limited to just the fashion world.  In the world of wine cellar construction, incredible transformations also happen. What’s even more amazing is that some of these transformations are achieved using our products here at WCI. And that’s exactly what we have  in today’s Testimonial Thursday:

Gorgeous wine cellar glow up!We are absolutely loving the golden glam vibe this wine cellar project is giving us. Our client purchased custom racking units off the website and had these installed in his wine cellar. He has a pretty decent collection which was growing at a healthy pace. So he decided on transforming the empty room in his home into a formal wine cellar. There was a good amount of space to work with, so maximizing on bottle storage was a priority. However, the client also wanted his wine cellar to look elegant, as well as eye-catching.

The decision to with custom wine racks was certainly the right one. You can see how the space was efficiently utilized, providing tons of bottle storage. Moreover, there is a good variety of bottle storage options. We love the use of Curved Corner Racks, as well as custom countertops with Open Diamond Bins underneath. Shelving was also incorporated to accommodate even more loose bottles. Notice how the wine racks are not even filled up yet. The client will surely have an enjoyable time growing his collection in this generous space.

Racking glow up thanks to our Light Danish Stain!

But functionality aside, we are also in love with the color scheme chosen for this wine cellar. The golden glow up is magazine-cover worthy. It looks like the Premium Redwood x Light Danish Stain combo was indeed the perfect choice for this project. Light Danish Stain allows for the gold accents that enhance the tones and grains of all wood types. This stain develops best on lighter-colored woods, such as Premium Redwood and Rustic Pine. If you’re a fan of light, clean and neutral shades, this stain option comes highly recommended. Check out more projects using this stain on our photo gallery! ^_^

“Finally finished with the installation. I now need to order a wine cellar door. Also now considering adding a cooling unit.”

~Christian B.~