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Technical Tuesday – Episode #50 Dark Weathered All Heart Redwood & Custom Cabinetry

August 30th, 2011

How was your weekend, Tech Tuesday fans?

Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Irene, and we hope you wine lovers were all safe and sound in your homes when she unleashed her fury. We’ve heard and read a couple of not so nice news last week, so we hope this last feature for the month of August cheers you up. Oh, and in case you missed last week’s under the stairwell wine cellar, we beg you to take a quick look now or after you read this post!

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 208511-2
Wood: All Heart Redwood, Platinum Series
Maximum Capacity: 1,155
Where: Aspen, CO

Residential Wine Cellar

First of all, we must say that we think this is the perfect wine cellar to close the month of August. I mean, just look at these photos! Once again, we marvel at the beauty of All Heart Redwood which tops the list of the best wood to use for you wine cellar.

In previous Tech Tuesday episodes that featured All Heart, we’ve seen the racks bare and unstained. Today this wine cellar shows us that All Heart can look fabulous in a dark weathered stain as well. Built to perfection and highlighted by excellent LED lighting, this room’s wine racks can surely be every wine collector’s envy!

Old World Wine Cellar DoorProviding warmth, character and an old world charm to this wine cellar are its gorgeous wood door and stone bricks. Don’t you just love the contrast of light colored door and bricks and dark racks in this room? Surely All Heart Redwood wine racks deserve to be built in and around beautiful elements and the bricks and door accomplish just that.

Individual Diamond Bin Wine RackNow on to the details: We love this section above where the individual diamond bin rack sits above a custom made cabinet. Yes, this is one of the perks of having a wine cellar custom-built — custom cabinets for your wine accessories! Whether it’s cigar humidors, glass panel cabinets or hand carved wood cabinets, Wine Cellar Innovations can build them in your wine room.

individual storage racks, high reveal displaysA wine cellar that is meant to store over a thousand wine bottles must make very good use of the space available, and we definitely love the excellent use of space in this room. Great choice and placement of Platinum Series wine racks — individual storage racks, high reveal displays, individual diamond bins and rectangular bulk storage bins make this wine cellar a sight to behold!

rectangular bulk storage bins

When it comes to wine cellars, there are so many choices as to wood, racking styles, doors, ceilings, lighting, accessories and more. It’s all a matter of personal taste of course, and you can build the wine cellar of your dreams when you have it custom-made.  So check out our residential gallery for inspiration, and tell our designers what you want. Leave the rest to us.

We hope you enjoyed all the wine cellar installations we’ve shared this month here on Tech Tuesday. Stay tuned for more good stuff in September!

Technical Tuesday – Episode #47 Glass Enclosed All Heart Redwood Wine Cellar

August 9th, 2011

It’s official. All Heart Redwood tops the list of the best wood to use for home wine cellars.

If you’ve been following Technical Tuesday these past few months, you may have noticed that homeowners/wine lovers have been choosing nothing but this amazing wood. We’re not surprised, because All Heart Redwood really is the “designer wood” of wine cellars. No other wood can beat its beauty, strength and durability. Just have a look at last week’s unstained All Heart Redwood wine cellar. Gorgeous, right? Well today we’ve got another one to marvel at:

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 208304-7
Wood: All Heart Redwood, Platinum Series
Maximum Capacity: 589
Where: Key Biscayne, FL
Glass Enclosed All heart Redwood

This wine room shows us the classic elegance of glass. We’ve featured several glass enclosed wine cellars before and we must say that sometimes, words are just not enough to describe their timeless appeal. We love wood wine cellar doors that bring an element of surprise to what’s inside a wine room, but glass is the right choice when you want to show off your room’s design and racking styles.

Glass Enclosed Wine Cellars
Just like last week’s wine cellar, the wine racks here are unstained. Look closely at the racks which reveal All Heart Redwood’s beautiful  pink, dark brown, light brown and reddish hues. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — one of the great qualities of this type of wood is, as it ages, natural unstained All Heart Redwood takes on increasing darker depth of beautiful color. Just like fine wine, this type of wood ages beautifully!

Platinum Series All heart redwood

As can be expected from the Platinum Series, this wine cellar’s got some of your standard wine storage options: individual bottle storage, solid diamond bins and high reveal displays. LED lighting provides mood and drama to this room, aside from giving just the right amount of light for reading wine labels.

Solid Diamond Bins

And finally, providing excellent storage conditions to this glass enclosed wine cellar is a WineZone Wall Mount Ductless Split “09” Series. Extremely quiet and attractive, this wall mounted condenser will take care of properly cooling your wines.

WineZone wall Mount Ductless Pit

If you’re thinking of building your own wine room and classic elegance is more your style, we suggest a glass enclosed wine cellar. We love it for its simplicity and beauty,  just like we love the bare beauty of unstained Redwood wine racks. Tell us what you think of this wine room by leaving a comment below and stay tuned for next Tuesday’s feature! In the meantime, take a tour of our residential wine cellar photo gallery for wine cellar inspiration. 🙂



Technical Tuesday – Episode #43: All Heart Redwood Wine Racks, Wine Barrel Tabletop & Etched Glass Door

July 12th, 2011

Love big wine rooms that can store over a thousand bottles of wine? Well you’ll love this week’s residential wine cellar. It features some of the best that Wine Cellar Innovations has to offer: awesome wine racks, seamless design and yes, fabulous doors and lighting!

But before we jump on the details, did you enjoy last week’s six-month recap? We hope so, because we had fun putting together some of the best wine cellar installations we’ve done for the past 6 months. We’d love to hear which ones were your favorites. Leave a comment, okay?

Back to this week’s wine cellar:

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Wood: All Heart Redwood, Dark Walnut stain – Platinum Series
Project #: 208417
Maximum Capacity: 1235 bottles

Among our favorites from last week’s recap was a residential wine room that had the same best feature as today’s cellar: All Heart Redwood wine racks stained in Dark Walnut. If you have been following Technical Tuesdays, then you already know that All Heart Redwood is the wood type used in our Platinum Series, which is simply THE BEST among WCI’s custom wine rack lines. While beautiful unstained, All Heart undeniably looks more elegant in a dark stain as you can see from these photos.

Again, our wine cellar designers did an amazing job of utilizing the client’s space by putting together individual wine rack storage, diamond bins and bulk storage bins to create a unified, smooth look. Pretty neat, huh?

This wine cellar, however, adds a feature that we have not seen for quite sometime: a wine barrel with glass tabletop! Here at WCI, we have eco-friendly options for your wine cellar, and giving old wine barrels a second life is one of them. Yes, we can turn them into vintage tables, or reuse them as vintage flooring! Speaking of flooring, we must say that we love how this room’s floor tiles match the beautiful wine racks.

This wine room may not be as spacious as the huge wine cellars we have featured, but these wine racks can hold over a thousand bottles. That’s obviously the beauty and genius of excellent wine cellar design – maximizing space for maximum bottle storage capacity!  Design is everything, and this couldn’t be more true in the case of custom wine cellar doors. The client chose our Santorini wine cellar door. Definitely adds aesthetic value to the entire room, doesn’t it? If wine cellar doors are your thing, you’d be happy to know we have plenty of options for you!

We’d be happy to talk about options for your wine cellar, but in the meantime, let us know what you think about this residential wine room. If you’d like to see more, check out our photo gallery or check back every Tuesday for more wine cellar installations. We hope you enjoyed this one. Happy Tuesday!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #27 – Amber Blaze Mahogany

March 15th, 2011

What happens when you see a beautiful wine cellar?

We’ll tell you what happens to us: we get weak in the knees. You know that feeling when you’re in-love? It’s kind of like that, only the object of your affection is a wine collection perfectly displayed in a pretty wine cellar.

It’s amazing how beauty and function come together in a well-built cellar. In last week’s Technical Tuesday for example, we featured a small wine closet that shows you that a small space is no obstacle, and that size doesn’t matter! It’s all in the details. Why, it was so pretty that one of our friends in Twitter even said she wanted it for herself!

Today we have another residential wine cellar featuring one of our favorite wood types – Amber Blaze Mahogany.

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 195467-8
Wood: Prime Mahogany
Maximum capacity:  1717 bottles
Where: Pearl River, LA

Residential Wine Cellar Prime Mahogany

As you can see, the Reine’s cellar has most of the Platinum Series‘ best elements: single deep and double deep individual storage, high reveal display racks, solid diamond bins, LED lights, a standard archway, pretty quarter round shelves and a hanging glass rack, which, we hope you didn’t mistake for a small chandelier. Or did you?

And here’s something you don’t see often: cabinets with mesh panel doors! It’s got a great locker style look, and we love its mesh door panels  — decorative, and great for visibility and ventilation, while maintaining security.

Classic Mahogany Wine Cellar

So let’s proceed to taking in more this wine cellar’s luxurious appeal, which is attributable to Prime Mahogany. We’re just loving the rich, red overtones in this wine room!

Prime Mahogany is a type of wood that lends itself to stains and finishes, and here, the wine racks were stained in Classic Mahogany. Other stain options include light, dark walnut and midnight black. The same is true for the lacquer options. (We think you should see one of our Tech Tuesdays that featured the Prime stained in dark walnut – truly gorgeous!) You can also go bare and have the racks go unstained, but we love how the color of the wood varies with different stains and lacquers.

Platinum Series Mahogany Stained

The Platinum Series offers the widest variety of wine storage options in a full-depth style. As you can see here, the different types of wine racks were put together nicely to create a seamless look, utilizing every space very efficiently.

Traditional Wine Cellar Archway

Here, we see the traditional wine cellar archway, but if you ask us, there’s nothing “traditional” about it. It looks truly classy in that reddish brown color. And what about that smooth angled curved corner? These types of custom wine racks are constructed utilizing four 22 1/2 degree angles, forming a 90 degree transition from wall to wall, which allows the racking to flow around the wine cellar with no sharp corners.

Gorgeous Solid Diamond Bins

Ah, this one’s got to be one of our favorite photos in this set. The red racks are truly beautiful up close!  Notice the gorgeous solid diamond bins below. Strong and sturdy,  they allow you to display wines in bulk creatively.

Reine Residential Wine Cellar

The Reine cellar is proof that the possibilities are endless when you have a cellar custom-made. You too can have one built in your home! Why not submit a plan or idea to any of our wine cellar design consultants today?

See you next Tech Tuesday!

Tech Tuesday – Episode #26 – Small Wine Closet

March 8th, 2011

Since it’s March, it’s time to be literally marching off and starting our month on a positive note! Last week, we brought you a highly fulfilling Tech Tuesday episode so we don’t want to disappoint. This week, we have a delicious small wine closet that made our month by really pulling out at all the stops with their newly constructed wine cellar.

What: Residential Wine Cellar
Project #: 205787
Wood: All Heart Redwood
Maximum capacity:  771
Where: Hunt Valley, MD


If this were a painting instead of just a photo, it would be aptly titled, “Welcome to Wonderland.” The wine cellar archway framing that enchanting piece of wine cellar art combined with the customized wine racks create a look that is definitely worth more than just a thousand words.  What you see here is still a blank canvass though, yet, it’s nothing short of exquisite. Picture how the wine cellar would look like when it would be filled with those luxurious champagne and wine bottles!

At Wine Cellar Innovations, we pride ourselves in the exceptional works of our artists who are able to deliver beautiful, custom-made paintings and on-site murals. This one here is the Vineyard Path mural from our Contempary Moments collection. You might also want to check out our newest art additions which were given the warm welcome just this Monday.


Here is a wider view of the wine cellar’s design, from top to bottom.  Notice how rich the golden hues of the mural are being reflected on the wine racks? That’s the beauty of All-Heart Redwood. It’s actually a perfect choice for custom wine cellars because as it ages, the wood’s natural color becomes more enhanced, taking on more vibrant shades from light pink to deep, reddish brown. Here, our client opted for LED lighting options to highlight the mural as well as the racks, shelves, and beams with the assistance of our in-house design consultants. The effect is simply stunning!

And here, one can see how style and functionality mesh to create superb, wine racks. The individual wine racks can comfortably fit wine bottles by the dozen. They are best for wine bottles that are 3″ to 3 1/2″  in diameter without destroying the bottle labels. Gensler chose to go with the Platinum Series Custom Wine Racks and were they ever right in their decision. The Platinum Series is the most flexible when it comes to storage options and can easily accommodate even the longer necked champagne bottles, magnums, and other larger bottle sizes.

Our client also purchased a WineZone Ductless Split Refrigeration unit to keep those wine bottles cool and comfy. Nothing can do this better than WineZone which is specifically designed to maintain 55 – 75% relative humidity in wine cellars.  WineZone is the perfect solution to keeping one’s wine cellar under the best of storage conditions and the units come in a number of really chic designs as well.


I just love this image! Notice how bright and colorful the archway and racks are? It’s the ingenious play of light upon the wood. Our client was right on the money when it picked LED Display Lighting options since LED lighting goes exceedingly well with archways and high reveal display racking such as the ones you see in the photo. We’re absolutely loving the glowing, sunbathed look of this wine cellar.

With All-Heart Redwood, you get durability plus flexibility in one affordable package.  Here you can see how coordinated the racks are despite the variances in design and structure. This particular custom wine cellar uses column individual racking with solid diamond cube racks to maximize both cellar space and bottle storage.


Here’s something worth mentioning: the All-Heart Redwood racks exhibit a high degree of resistance against rot, mildew, and insects. In choosing this wood type, you get more mileage, so to speak, out of your wine cellar than other select woods. They certainly made a wise investment with this one and we’d love to hear what their guests would have to say once they have the first look of this residential wine cellar. So there you have it—another masterpiece to get the conversation going on your wine tasting tables. Don’t forget to pop on over next Tech Tuesday where we always open doorways to infinite custom wine cellar possibilities.

Tech Tuesday Episode #5 – Wine Cellar on Lake Michigan

October 12th, 2010

Design, build and install custom wine cellars and wine cellar cooling units.

That’s what we do, and we love it.

We especially enjoy it when we install something HUGE, such as this one for a second home in Traverse City on Lake Michigan, installed September 2. When we say huge – we mean this wine cellar can house 6300 bottles!

What better way to feature your wine and showcase your style but build an awesome wine cellar? Big is truly beautiful in this case, and hey, with our designers and installation experts who are experienced in all aspects of cellar design, this wine cellar is definitely designed to WOW.

Have you seen last week’s Tech Tuesday? Our hands have been full with installation projects!

Where: Traverse City on Lake Michigan
Project #: 202358-2
When: September 2010
Wood: Platinum Series in All Heart Redwood
Maximum Storage Capacity:  6300 wine bottles

The client chose our top of the line Platinum Series Custom Wine Racks, and picked the wood of choice for fine wine cellars — All Heart Redwood. It is durable, naturally resistant to rot and mildew, shrinking and warping. The beauty of this wood is it improves over time!

This huge wine cellar features single and double deep storage wine racks. These come single or double deep with spacing for half bottles, wine, champagne, magnums and larger sizes. Form and function come together in these wine racks. For aesthetic benefit, every rail on each individual rack has a beveled front edge. Each rail also has an eased edge, which is its functional benefit. This ensures that when you are inserting a bottle into the rack, the label of your wine does not tear.

See those pretty solid diamond cube wine racks?  We just love how it breaks the monotony of rows and rows of individual wine racks and adds a flair to the entire cellar. We design the wine bottle storage capacity of each diamond cube with individual room ceiling heights and space available, because each diamond cube wine rack column or row is custom designed to fit your wine cellar dimensions. How cool is that?

Since this is a BIG wine cellar, there should of course be a place for those wood wine cases. We’ve incorporated single deep wood wine case storage on the bottom level, making them easy to put in and take out.

And what’s that on the left side? A custom-designed with a quarter round shelf cabinet! Quarter rounds are the perfect way to rack around outside corners and make the perfect endcap to any wall. Definitely perfect for displaying decanters, champagne buckets and wine accessories!

Individual wine bottle storage is the most popular style of custom wine racking, as you can see below. Why, we can imagine all those half bottles, wine, champagne, magnums and larger sizes filling up this magnificent cellar in no time! Notice that instead of utilizing a curved corner wine rack for corner transition, this cellar brings two wine racks together to form a 90 degree squared corner.

Finally, check out the open single depth vertical wine bottle display below for that overall dramatic effect. It’s functional and attractive, you would definitely want to show off your prized wines in them!

With genius use of space and materials, this massive wine cellar is surely a delight to its owner. We’re proud to have built this awesome wooden structure! Size doesn’t matter. Whether it’s a huge cellar or a small one that’s just perfect for you living space, we can customize a wine cellar for you.

For more information on our installation services and assembly, check out our installation page.