Small spaces may present a challenge when it comes to wine storage. But if you work with the right people and products, it’s actually a very fulfilling project. Our client Philip really enjoyed his WCI experience. Our team was able provide him with the racking layout he both needed and wanted for his collection. It’s inspiring in a lot of ways, given the perfect fit and design:
The first thing we should note with this wine cellar is that the client didn’t pull any punches with the materials and design. He chose to go with custom racking units, all in the Grand Mahogany wood option. It’s a wise move, seeing that this is a compact sized project. With the custom racks, bottle storage capacity has really been maximized. But this was done without sacrificing the client’s preferred design as well.
We especially love how the curved corner racks hug the room’s sharp corners while still offering more bottle storage. Also notice that there is even enough leg room to fit an archway with tabletop option. Just below the tabletop, you also get even more storage with the rectangular shelves. You can see from the photo how the client utilized the shelves not just for wine bottles and boxes. Indeed, this wine room has so much to offer, you’ll forget it’s actually “small.”
As earlier mentioned, the wood option for this project is Grand Mahogany. Grand Mahogany is a top tier product and a favorite of furniture makers. It is actually a plantation grown hardwood and is quite well know for its eye-catching appearance. The wood boasts of a uniform color, with a few slight variations ranging from medium to pale pink. It has a moderately coarse grain pattern, straight for the most part and slightly interlocked in some cases. Grand Mahogany easily matches up to Sapele, Hard Cherry, and Maple when it comes to stability and durability. Admittedly, these outstanding characteristics are reflected in the cost of the wood. Nonetheless, it definitely worth it and our client can attest to that! ^_^
“My cellar is small – 6 x 4 but the design and fit was perfect! I could not be happier with the whole process from beginning to end!”
Apartments tend to be on the small side, space-wise. It’s especially so if you live in busy cities. As a wine collector, how do you get over this hurdle to find enough space for your collection? Actually, you don’t! There are lots of wine storage solutions you can explore. In fact, building bottle storage for your apartment space is a no-brainer. Here are some products we’d love for you to check out:
The Urban Living Series
This series was specifically designed for compact living spaces such as apartments and condos. Our Urban Living Series was created to put together the perfect wine racking solution for you without waiting for a design. The series comes in various packages that you can choose from to suit both your space and storage needs. Moreover, the packages are offered in multiple heights. And here’s the best part! You actually have the option to ship the entire package fully assembled. All you have to do is pull the racks out of the box and attach to your walls.
Wall-Mount Wine Racks
What better way to save space in your apartment while maximizing bottle storage capacity than with wall wine racks? There are lots of products to choose from these days. Make sure to go over the various features and select the one that can really meet your needs. One of our top favorites is the Ultra Metal Wine Racks. The series offers wine pegs and rails that are so easy to install and get creative with. They can be mounted anywhere and especially in areas where you can showcase your wine bottles prominently. It also helps that they are super stylish. There are a bunch of finish options to choose from to easily match your apartment decor or theme.
The Mini Stack Series
The Mini Stack Series offers small, quality racking units that you can work into any space. Choose from a variety of styles: Individual Wine Rack, Bin Wine Rack, Diamond Slat Wine Rack, Open Bin Wine Rack, and even a Glass Rack unit. True to its name, the Mini Stack Series can be stacked to accommodate your desired racking height. Moreover, the simple but elegant design makes it easy to mix and match the racks with existing racking units or other furniture. Crafted from beautiful Premium Redwood, you can also select from four different stain options to really make the racks work with your desired wine cellar theme. ^_^
If you’re debating whether or not to stain your wine racks, this post might just be the one to tilt the scales. This compact wine cellar project showcases the beauty of unstained All Heart Redwood racks. Even with it’s small size, there are lots of impressive details that should not just be glossed over:
Project # 309861
Wood: Custom / All heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 556
Where: Newport, KY
Let’s start with the bottle storage variety in the racking arrangement. Take note that this is a custom job and it really shows in how seamless the transitions between racking styles are. You can see that apart from the Individual Bottle Columns, there are also High Reveal Displays, Open Diamond Bins and Cubes:
Despite the smaller space, this wine cellar still managed to also include a wine tasting center and generous countertops. This is the advantage of going custom on smaller projects. You will be able to maximize the space and enjoy certain amenities that might not be possible with pre-assembled racks.
Now let’s talk about the wood and stain options for this project. The client and our design team wisely went with All-Heart Redwood. All-Heart Redwood is our most popular wood choice for custom wine racks. It costs a tad more than Premium Redwood, but it’s durability, resiliency, and appearance are all worth it. All Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the Redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. It is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot of all North American trees. That’s why it was used in subterranean wine cellars long before mechanically climate controlled wine cellars were invented.
The natural beauty of All Heart Redwood is unmatched. That’s why do not be hesitant to try the unstained version in your wine cellar. Our client did just that and look at the results! The natural pinkish gold hues are so elegant and attractive. You can find more inspiring projects over at the WCI gallery, so do check it out. You will be amazed at how inherently beautiful unstained wood can be. *Cheers*
Our custom wine cellars can be designed in any size, with any budget. Finding the perfect place to store your wine can be anywhere from a small wine cellar closet design to the largest wine room design. When you decide to go custom all the way with your wine cellar project, there will definitely be no regrets. It’s especially so if you work with highly experienced design professionals, like our WCI team. And just to show you guys that we’re not all talk, check out the knockout details on this custom number:
This wine cellar is an absolute stunner from any angle. The racking assembly really stands out owing to the unique configurations. Instead of the standard individual bottle columns, these units sport a curvy profile. They lend a truly dramatic touch to the layout, softening the sharp corners of the otherwise very square and basic room.
Here’s a closet look at those racks. See how they fit perfectly, leaving no awkward gaps anywhere. With custom units, it doesn’t matter how large or small your wine cellar space is. We will be able to maximize bottle storage capacity while ensuring that the racking layout flows seamlessly. Moreover, we can bring whatever theme you want to life as the proverbial cherry on top!
Just look at how massive the storage capacity of this wine cellar is. Since custom wine racks were utilized, a lot of thought was put into variety and style. You will notice that the concave racks also have displays, as well as additional shelving at the bottom. See how wine boxes and crates can also be comfortably accommodated by this layout:
Now let’s check out the other details on this project. We are loving the Classic Mahogany stain option on the wine racks. It lends a really luxe feel and accentuated the concave silhouette quite nicely. We also like how the ceiling and flooring were done up in the same material. It ties up the design together and gives this wine cellar a truly traditional charm.
For those interested in this kind of racking style but can’t go the custom route, don’t fret. We understand that budget can at times be an issue in wine cellar projects. That’s why here at WCI, we keep coming up with more and more wine storage solutions to fulfill all your needs. So hop on over to our Vintner Series wine racks kit! You’ll find that the series carries stunning Concave Individual racking units. These can be easily stacked one on top of the other or arranged side by side, in usual versatile Vintner fashion. You can enjoy the knockout details on your wine cellar without having to go beyond what you can afford. ^_^
The summer vibes is in full swing! It’s time to go outside and soak in that sun as much as you can. The great thing about the outdoors life is that you don’t need to go that far to enjoy it. Whether it’s in your backyard or the local park or the mountains or beach, the fun factor is always there. And of course, what will the outdoors life be without picnics! Forget the overcrowded tourist spots and enjoy the good life with these wine picks for your summer picnics:
Crisp & delicious whites…
Dry and crisp herbal wines really bring out the summer flavors. They work so well with just about any kind of food. That’s why they’re top on the list of wines that you should consider for your summer picnic outings. We also love some Chenin Blanc, and good, old Pinot Grigio. They are bright, acidic, and chock full of citrus flavors. If you’re planning on a barbecue picnic, these lighter white wines will be refreshing on the palate.
Light bodied & tasty reds…
One of the unwritten rules about picnic wines is that you should not let these overpower your food. Pick wines that will enhance your food choices and make the gastronomic experience even more enjoyable. We recommend leaning towards wines that are not heavy or brooding, but lighter and with less alcohol. At the top of our list would be Pinot Noir, Gamay and Beaujolais. These light-bodied red wines are perfect with charcuterie – think if those grazing boards – and cold cuts. Keep in mind, though, that these wines won’t taste good if they get too warm. Make sure you put then in the cooler. Allow the bottles to sit for about ten minutes after taking them out before pouring.
Floral Rosé or blush wines…
If some of the people in your picnic group aren’t heavy or even regular drinkers, you’ll need to pull out a versatile wine out of your hat (or cooler!). Rosé or blush wines with light, almost floral flavors are a smart choice. That’s because they are very versatile and will be perfect for those who aren’t really into the wine drinking activity. We recommend serving Rosé wines chilled, just like your whites. These lightly acidic wines feature light but delicious fruit flavors pair so well with cheese and crackers, seafood, and salads. ^_^
Name: James Hahn
Project # 324706
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 482
Where: Hebron, KY
We’ve been talking about small wine cellar concepts in our last few blog posts. That’s because more and more clients have been inclined to build compact wine storage than a full blown wine cellar. Lack of space and budget concerns are usually the top reasons. So if you’re one of those who feels like there’s not enough space in your home for a formal wine cellar, this is the perfect alternative. You can create beautiful wine storage even in the most unlikely places in your home. Think of those empty stretches of walls, unused broom, coat, or shoe closets, pantries – spaces you may have thought don’t serve any real purpose. These can be transformed into suitable storage for your collection. You will be wonderfully surprised at how many bottles you can actually fit into them! This ingenious wine cellar closet transformation is a small space packed with huge features. First up is the racking units. Our team combined custom wine racking with pieces from the Vintner and Designer Series wine rack kits. This made everything so much more affordable, thanks to the kits. Nonetheless, the quality is not affected, and neither is the consistency of the design. That’s because our “kits” also give you lots of options that are almost as good as customizing your wine racks.
Here is a closer look at the racking assembly. Notice how clean everything is, with no awkward gaps anywhere. To augment the uniform look of the racks, our design team used a stunning Midnight Black Stain option. The dark colored stain really brings out the beautiful grain patterns of the wood of choice: Premium Redwood. As far as wine cellar closet transformations go, this one checks off all the boxes. So why not get started on yours as well – get in touch with our experienced design professionals ASAP! *Cheers*
Is it possible to have a traditional wine cellar but with a healthy dose of contemporary touches? Absolutely yes! If you think these two styles are polar opposites, think again. It’s all about knowing what products will work best with your design goals. If you want to create modern elegance in your wine cellar, WCI has the racks for you: the Revue Series.
The Revue Series is one of our newest additions to our metal racking catalog. This product is proudly made in USA and is second to none in both form and function. The wine racks from this series are designed to be wall-mounted for maximum bottle storage. That alone is already a huge advantage. Wall-mount racking comes highly recommended, regardless of the size of the wine cellar project. Not only do you save a ton of space, but it also offers lots of creative opportunities for your wine cellar theme. With the Revue Series, you get all these and so much more!
The inspiration for the series is from the French word “revue” that related to a form of theatrical entertainment. This was heavily popular in the early 1900’s and was famous for visual spectacles or parades. That being said, the objective of the Revue Series is to bring visual delight in wine storage by displaying one’s collection in a show-stopping way. These metal racks are manufactured with high grade materials so you can rest assured of the safety of your bottles. Each unit holds up to 12 bottles in the single depth format. But you can also choose to go with the double deep or triple deep option. This will expand your metal wine storage considerably!
Here are some close-up shots of the wine racks. Now let’s talk about the simple yet sleek design that can work with any theme. You can choose from two different finishes for your units: Silver and Satin Black. These neutral colors make it super easy to incorporate the metal racks into any existing theme or decor. Notice how these racks work so well with the displays and shelving. The wall-mount configurations coupled with the finishes on the racks can give you that modern elegance in your wine cellar project. Last but not the least, you can even request for custom finishes at a price upgrade that is so worth it. Visit the full product page at our website today! ^_^
You can’t have a better time than now to start on that home wine cellar project. A basement wine cellar will probably be the most productive activity you can have this summer. If you’re planning to do a DIY project, it helps to gather as much knowledge as you can on how to construct your wine cellar to get the results you desire. That’s what we’re here for! We’ve put together some of these pro tips for you:
Installing your studs…
The studs and soffits are instrumental to your basement wine cellar. But there are some details that you need to take into account before doing the installation. You’ll need to things a little differently with a new construction as opposed to a renovation. If it’s a new construction, you will need to stud the space to frame out your wine cellar. You usually start by sealing the concrete foundation walls prior to installing studs. Then, we recommend using either 2×4 or 2×6 construction. The 2×6 construction is used when you want to increase the insulation value in order to minimize cooling unit size and energy consumption.
Installing your soffits…
Soffits are usually used to cover ducting, piping, or other obstructions. More often than not, lighting accessories are also installed in the soffit. For your DIY basement wine cellar, make sure the lighting in the soffit is placed at a good distance away. This is to ensure that it does not interfere with the finished racking and/or ducting depth, including depth of crown molding. That’s why it comes highly recommended to first ensure the final depth of your racking, including the crown molding. Also make sure to allow for the size of the ring on the light fixture as well. A rule of thumb is to leave a 1” gap from the front of the crown molding to the closest edge of the ring on the can light. We recommend using IC can lights so you can insulate around them.
Selecting your insulation & vapor barrier…
There are two common methods for wine cellar insulation and vapor barriers: spray foam or 6 mil vapor barrier and fiberglass batts. You have to choose carefully, especially since you’re doing things DIY. Spray foam is normally more expensive. However, it will prevent the possibility of a puncture mark in your vapor barrier, like when you install your wine refrigeration unit. Ensure there are no air gaps between the insulation and drywall for either method. ^_^
Some happy Tuesday vibes to start the week, wine cellar buddies! We’re going to be talking about small wine cellar concepts today, thanks to this project from our client. You’ll see just how much bottle storage a compact space can actually hold. Naturally, we have the Vintner Series to thank for this. Let’s check it out:
Project # 317111
Wood: Vintner / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 565
Where: Statham, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut
From these photos, you can’t even tell that this wine cellar is considered a “small” one. But it has a pretty impressive bottle storage capacity of over 500 bottles. You can also see that the racking assembly is cleverly laid out so as not to appear cramped. The best part of all is that these units are all from the Vintner Series wine rack kits. That means they are not custom-made but still able to sufficiently deliver that custom feel.
Look at how seamless the racking arrangement is. With Vintner, you get so many options that you can work with virtually any space. Even if it’s a compact one, you can still maximize on bottle storage, while creating a stunning layout for your wine cellar. In this project, you can see a good variety of racking styles: standard Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Bins, and Magnum Wine Bottle racks. Our team also incorporated an Individual Tasting Center with Displays and Case Storage. To trim those sharp corners and edges, Vintner provides us with Curved Corner racking, center seam trim, and crown and base molding packages.
As far as these small wine cellar concepts go, WCI has tons to offer you. Our daily blog is, of course, the top resource. But we also have a healthy collection of designs in our photo gallery, from under stairwell transformations to closet wine storage and more. Keep in mind that nowadays, you can build a wine cellar anywhere in your home. It’s not just the basement or the garage! You will be surprised at how much bottle storage space you can have once you convert some of that “wasted” space in your kitchen. It’s also so satisfying to transform lonely sections of the home, like an empty coat closet, to an amazing wine storage. There are lots of fun and unique ways to do it and our experienced team is here to help. ^_^
Never be afraid to explore your design options with your wine cellar projects. Remember that these are modern times with tons of options to play around with. Our client DreamBuilt Homes was definitely thinking out of the box when they asked our team to design the following wine cellar for one of their homes:
Because they strive to make each home truly unique, they take into account the sections that can really boost that “wow” factor. So for this particular project, they worked closely with our team to come up with the whimsical detailing on the wine cellar.
If these photos can send us swooning, just imagine how the racking set-up looks in person! Also, just imagine how this wine cellar will look when it’s all filled up. If you’re wondering what Dumbledore’s (the wine loving wizard that he is!) wine cellar might have looked like in Harry Potter, THIS might answer that question ^_^. And the secret to achieving this whimsical, “floating” appearance is none other than our Acrylic Bottle Supports.
These Acrylic Bottle Supports are one of the available options in our Modern Wine Cellar series. If you haven’t heard of this yet, then you’re in for a treat! Wine Cellar Innovations launched this series after observing the growing trend towards more contemporary wine cellar designs. The series was carefully developed in order to appeal to the most discerning wine collector. The original design involves wood bottle supports. These are installed within platforms, ranging from the ceiling to the floor. The design for this project also reflects the cable racking system that WCI introduced just a few years back. It’s a minimalist but unique way to showcase your collection!
We decided to bring it up a notch by offering the bottle supports in acrylic. Since acrylic is almost as transparent as glass, the effect is even more dramatic. The contemporary vibe is even more enhanced in this project with the use of black metal trim along with acrylic and glass. You might also be wondering how the client can reach the bottles given the insane floor-to-ceiling height of the racking assembly. Surprise, surprise! There’s actually an elevator at the bottom that allows the client to reach up to the highest bottle level. Now here’s a fun tip: try using mirrors in your wine cellar with these Acrylic Bottle Supports. Contact one of our experienced design consultants today and get started on those whimsical details! ^_^
How well do we know our very own American wines? There are tons of them, obviously, but do we know what was the first wine our great country produced? Let’s learn about this together!
Usually, we’d choose wines that we like or are known to us. But as Americans, we should definitely get acquainted with the wine that started it all: Madeira. The fact is, Madeira is living history. So as both wine lovers and citizens of the good old US of A, we do have an obligation to know more about it. Madeira actually has a unique connection to July 4, 1776. Anecdotes say that it was used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But if there’s any record of what the Signers drank that day, we haven’t seen it. Nonetheless, it was already “known” which cements its existence in the country’s history.
Now it should be pointed out that not everyone could afford to drink Madeira before. “In 1776, it was on the verge of becoming the English-speaking world’s most expensive and exclusive wine. From Britain to its farthest-flung colonies in America and the Far East, Madeira was seen as the wine of wealth and discernment.” It was seen as a luxury item which only those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth can afford to drink.
Because of the expensive price tag, connoisseurs sought to develop special relationships with the producers of this wine. They ordered Madeira by the barrel, often to exacting standards. Madeiras that had first been to the East or West Indies were particularly coveted. The longer they stayed, the more valuable they became. In fact, the famous auction house Christie’s most successful early auctions were of the Madeiras of sea captains who had just returned from the Indies with their prized wines.
There was also aspecial affinity between Americans and Madeira. Madeira was established in the early 1700s as the wine of the North American Colonies. This is owing to special tax and legal treatment. By 1776 Americans identified themselves as Madeira drinkers. No doubt about it, it was indeed the country’s first wine.
Here’s another historical anecdote to remember about this wine. It relates to the 1803 dinner in New Orleans that celebrated the ratification of the Louisiana Purchase by France, Spain, and the U.S. When the usual series of toasts came around, the ministers of each country were honored in series by being toasted with their country’s wine: France with Champagne, Spain with Malaga, and the United States with Madeira. ^_^
Are you willing to spend a little bit more on your wine cellar project? If you have the financial capacity, then we say go for it! You will definitely not regret anything, especially when you see the results. Our clients from Atlanta made the best decision when they went all-out with this custom wine cellar. Let’s check it out and see why there are lots of reasons to spend a bit more on the absolute best materials:
Project # 318855
Wood: Custom / Vintage View / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1106
Where: Atlanta, GA
For this project, our design team used custom racking units in combination with the Vintage View Series. The use of the wall-mount metal wine racks instead of the usual individual bottle columns was indeed refreshing. But we say that the star of the show is certainly the wood option for the rest of the racking assembly. Our client went with Grand Mahogany, a fairly pricey choice compared to the other custom wood options. But is this worth the extra cost? There are solid reasons why we say it one hundred percent is!
Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood. Appearance-wise, it is very attractive which is why it is often used for furniture making. So how does this wood far with wine racks and wine cellars? Well, we can say with confidence that it is highly recommended and worth every dollar you spend. Grand Mahogany sports a uniform color which can give your racking layout that much-coveted “seamless” look. But note that the wood also possesses few slight color variations that go from medium to pale pink. The overall appearance still a uniform and brings out a natural elegance that can’t be beat.
Now what about the “functionality” of the wood? We earlier mentioned that Grand Mahogany is quite popular in furniture building The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. When stained, the grain pattern becomes more enhanced as you can see from these photos. Our client went with a Dark Walnut stain option for their wine racks. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, Grand Mahogany easily matches up to Sapele and Cherry. As for durability and stability, it is also just as reliable as Sapele, Cherry and Hard Maple. *Cheers*
Looking for wine racks that are space-efficient, stylish, and unique? The STACT series can give you all of these! It’s part of the extensive catalog of metal wine racking products of WCI. Clients who have purchased our STACT series have utilized the units in both residential and commercial wine cellar projects. It offers top tier customization with and a contemporary charm that will take your wine storage to the next level.
The wine racks comprising the STACT series are incredibly customizable and expandable to fit all bottle storage needs. They can be conveniently installed anywhere in the home, even in the kitchen or the living areas. You don’t even need a formal wine cellar for the units. That’s why they’re the perfect storage solution for those who are unable to build one in their homes. The attractive design of the units can also double as decorative elements. Note that they come in ten elegant finishes: walnut, white oak, zebra wood, gray oak, piano black, pure white, electric orange, gunmetal gray, blackout, and citrus green.
Let’s talk a little more about the design features. The racks feature beautiful Walnut panels. These are finished in rich American black walnut, accented with sleek anodized aluminum hardware. STACT is made up of three different components. See how you are actually able to customize these:
The panel – Each panel is crafted to exacting specifications and pre-installed with anchors for a secure mount to the tailored wall brackets. As earlier mentioned it comes available in ten different finishes. This makes it super easy to match it with your other racking units and any existing decor.
The aluminum bottle supports – The small details of these racks are well thought-out making them truly top-tier. The aluminum bottle supports are engineered for maximum wine bottle storage capacity. They are precision machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized for a clean elegant finish. Note that each kit comfortably holds 9 bottles. When you put them together, they can host up to 12 bottles when arranged side-by-side.
The wall brackets – This is the backbone of the STACT wine rack system. The wall brackets have been carefully designed to securely connect to each other and attach directly to the wall. Panels are hung from the wall brackets – without the need for tools. That’s right! You simply slip them into position. They’re the subtle highlight that appears between each panel. Measuring and installing the brackets is easy, offering maximum stability with minimal labor. ^_^
Fourth of July celebrations might look a little different this year, but the fun factor definitely won’t be. We can enjoy the festivities in a safe way and even be creative about it. For wine lovers, here’s an activity you need to try out: wine bottle crafts! We’re pretty sure you guys will have several empty wine bottles lying around at home. Here are some of the ways you can dress them up and use them for your July 4th celebration:
Frosted ombre wine bottles
Frost paint is super attractive and a lot of fun to work with. But instead of just frosted wine bottles, you can add a little twist and give them an ombre look. The materials to make them are pretty simple: empty wine bottle, rubbing alcohol, lint-free cloth, frosted glass paint in two different colors, and cosmetic sponge. Start at the bottom of the glass with turquoise and apply lightly with cosmetic sponge. At the point you want to shift to a lighter shade of turquoise, mix white frost with turquoise and continue up the glass. Use white on the top segment. Let that dry for 30 minutes or more. Go over entire bottle with light layer of white frost. This ties the layers in together better, making for a more subtle gradient effect.
Funky DIY Tiki torches
Here’s a terrific alternative to fireworks this 4th of July: funky, DIY Tiki torches! You can make several of these and set them up in your garden or balcony. It’s pretty easy to do. You’ll need 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper coupling, a Tiki replacement wick, Nylon thread seal tape, and empty wine bottles. Also make sure to have some Citronella torch fuel handy. Start by wrapping the pipe wrap around the copper reducer many times. Next, insert the wick into the reducer. Fill the bottle with Citronella and insert wick. Make sure to let the oil be absorbed into the wick before lighting. These torches will help keep away pesky mosquitoes, too!
Summery floral centerpieces
Nothing says “summer” than beautiful, floral centerpieces. Your 4th of July dinner table will look so festive yet sweet with these wine bottle crafts. And since we’re a fan of the shabby chic theme, we had to put this one out. First, rub the wine bottles with alcohol to make sure they are nice and clean. Then, add a glass primer and let dry. Next, paint the bottles with acrylic paint and varnish. Use some floral printed paper napkins and attach them to the bottles with mod podge. You can use a different design for each bottle. Then add some textured stencils and lace. Lastly, sand the texture paste and varnish again. Voila – dainty and summery centerpieces! ^_^
For a wine lover, tons of bottle storage space is definitely a dream. So why not turn that dream into a reality? Our client certainly did by working with our professional wine cellar design consultants. The expansive bottle capacity of today’s Tech Tuesday highlight is quite impressive. Let’s check out the details:
Project # 297262
Wood: Custom / All-heart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 2484
Where: Duluth, GA
Simple yet bold lines are the defining features of this project. The racking units are all custom-made to ensure that the space is maximized. That’s why this wine cellar can accommodate nearly 2500 bottles. Since an expansive bottle capacity was the primary goal, our design team prioritized the use of individual bottle columns. This is the most popular type of racking because it’s space-efficient and easy to combine with other styles:
Owing to the generous floor area, our team was able to incorporate other elements that contributed to the seamless flow of the racking assembly. You can see from the photos below how accents were worked into the layout to give it a really elegant silhouette. The tasting center with Open Diamons Bins below is one of these. Full height Quarter Round Shelves helped soften the sharp lines and angles of the wine racks. Also, since the racks are stained with Dark Walnut stain option, the lighting accessories balanced out the bold colors. The symmetry in this entire project is indeed quite beautiful!
Here are more photos of the wine racks up close. Notice how there are no awkward gaps at all between the different racking styles used. You will also see none of that between the racks and the ceiling and flooring. The thing with custom wine racks is that you can make them fit any space you want without any compromises. You can get the bottle storage capacity you need, together with the design you want. Putting it another way, you won’t have to compromise between your wine cellar “needs” and “wants” because you can have them all. If budget comes into the picture, that’s also not an issue. Our team can work with your budget and STILL make your wine cellar dreams a reality. *Cheers*
Thinking of buying metal wine racks for your wine cellar? We invite you to check out the Revue Series! We introduced this product last year as one of the newest additions to our metal racking catalogue. Customers immediately took notice of the sleek and elegant design of the racking units. We also featured several projects using these beautiful wine racks. But since it’s still a fairly new product, reviewing what the series has to offer is in order:
Why is it called the “Revue” series? “Revue” is actually French term that relates to a form of theatrical entertainment. The height of its popularity started in the early 1900’s and was famous for visual spectacles or parades. The concept for the Revue Series was inspired by this. The wine racks were carefully designed to offer visual delight in wine storage. The wall-mount configuration lets one display prized wine bottles in a show-stopping way. Similar to the Vintage View series, the Revue racks lets you store your bottles in a label-forward system. This also makes for efficient organization of one’s collection.
Now let’s go into the functional features – and there are plenty! First off, the series offers the racks 3Ft and 4Ft height variations. This allows you to create extensive and creative bottle storage layouts. The racks also have different depth variations -single deep, double deep, and triple deep. Note that the metal wine racks can store 12 bottles in the single depth format. Purchasing in double, or triple depth will expand your metal wine storage considerably. So what bottle sizes can be accommodated apart from standard-sized ones? The units can store split, bordeaux, burgundy, small champagne, and Pinot Noir. Turley bottles can also be stored, but you will need to load them from the side of the racks.
Naturally, reviewing this product won’t be complete without going over the style features. The metal racking units come in two different finish options: black and silver. However, you can also request for custom finishes to go with your design preference or wine cellar theme. And of course, the best thing is that Revue Series metal wine racks are proudly made in the United States. ^_^
Summer has officially kicked in and we all know what that means! It’s time to plan for those fun in the sun summer parties. Things may be a bit different this year owing to the “new normal,” but we can definitely still have fun. Intimate wine tasting gatherings bring wonderful memories, so let’s start making them! Here are some super summer wine and food pairings to try out:
Pinot Grigio and seafood fare
Pinot Grigio is actually a bit tricky since flavor profiles can fluctuate significantly depending on the region. Do some good research before buying for your party. If you’re planning on a seafood menu, pinot grigio is always a stable and delicious option. Some of the top food pairings include grilled or boiled lobster. Make sure it’s fresh and slather on the butter! Creole shrimp heavy with garlic is another pairing favorite. You can also throw in some lemon grilled chicken and vegetables.
Chardonnay and Italian dishes
What’s a summer wine tasting party without the whites? Bring on the Chardonnay! Now this white wine can be a bit of a challenge to pair with food, so plan your menu carefully. Chardonnay has round and harmonious flavors that can be easily overwhelmed by rich tasting food. Your best bet would be Italian dishes but mix it up with mild food selections as well. We recommend serving some roast chicken or pork, with creamy pasta dishes like farfalle alfredo. Prepare a cheese and cracker-filled charcuterie board to balance the flavors out.
Sauvignon Blanc with almost anything
Now if you’re planning for that traditional summer barbecue, then the food spread will definitely be plentiful. You will need a versatile wine to match the variety of dishes you’ll be serving. Our pick is none other than Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is one hundred percent food friendly – you can hardly go wrong with it. Sauvignon Blanc is a hearty mix of creamy, spicy, acidic, and soft flavors. So our advice would be to pay extra attention to the flavor profiles for extra delicious pairings. Some of our favorites include sushi, grilled or roasted vegetables, and more Asian dishes teeming with spice or citrus essences. ^_^
One of the pro tips we always like to share when undergoing a wine cellar project is investing in quality materials. This is not to say that you should spend beyond your financial capacity to do so. But there is a lot to be said about putting your dollars in the right products. Today’s Tech Tuesday shows us how it’s done! This custom wine cellar is all about quality and resiliency:
Project #: 320984
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1955
Where: Greensboro, GA
Stain: Dark Walnut
The craftsmanship of the wine racks in this project is really worth pointing out. Check out the details and how the entire racking assembly flows so seamlessly through the entire room. There are no awkward gaps anywhere. This is the mark of a top-notch custom wine cellar project. Nothing is taken for granted, especially how the pieces will “fit” into the entire layout.
The wood choice for the racking units is All-Heart Redwood. Clear All-Heart Redwood is the most expensive part of the redwood tree. It comes exclusively from the center of the log and is consistently in the reddish hues. This is why it’s the most expensive part the redwood tree. It’s also the most in demand! However, investing those extra dollars in this wood option is definitely worth it. Of all North American woods, it is the most resistant to moisture, mildew and rot. It is also highly resistant to shrinking, warping, and checking in addition to durability. So even if you spend a little more, your money will actually go a long way. Your All-Heart Redwood racks will age beautifully in your wine cellar, just like your wine bottles.
There is also another big reason why investing in All-Heart Redwood wine racks comes highly recommended. Did you know that if you go with this wood for your wine cellars, you are making an environmentally sound choice. How so? Note that here at WCI, our redwood is purchased under the guidelines of SFI, Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI Certification provides customers with assurance that the redwood they purchase has been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. Not only are you building quality wine storage, you’re also doing it the eco-friendly way! *Cheers*
Isn’t it super satisfying when a seemingly “wasted” space can be put to good use? With our Los Angeles clients, it was even more that. They turned a cramped little corner under the stairs into a stunning wine cellar! And how did they manage to do this? With nothing less than the Vintage View Series metal wine racks:
Isn’t it like magic how this tight space was transformed? Clients are indeed entitled to bragging rights over this wine storage. This small wine cellar can actually accommodate up to a little over 200 bottles. As you can see from the photos, they decided to go with the floor-to-ceiling configuration for the racks. This allowed the racking arrangement to fit into the uneven layout of the space. Note that with Vintage View, you have a choice between wall mounting the racks or assemble them in a floor-to-ceiling fashion. Naturally, you can also do both at the same time. This flexibility makes Vintage View very popular, especially with compact wine cellar projects.
Here’s a really smart design move: the use of glass panels. Since the space is narrow, using glass elements gives the illusion of a much larger room in this under stairwell transformation. The glass also highlights the metal racking and gives the cellar a more luxurious appearance. Mixing these simple but different elements of metal and glass brings that added character to this project. Now check out the photo below. Notice that there are also Vino Pins added to the left side of the metal wine racks for good measure. These Vino Pins are able to mount directly to any wall surface with the proprietary anchor systems. This is the only metal wine rack peg system that can mount direct to drywall, masonry or wood. You don’t need even need a backer board!
So what about if you have more space to work with? Will the Vintage View also be able to provide for bulk bottle storage? Absolutely YES! Recently, the series has expanded to include a line of case, crate bins, and crate lockers. Check out more of Vintage View’s magic in with both small and large projects in our photo galleries. ^_^
“It’s not the best time for a summer party,” some may say – and we agree with that! The health risk is still real to everyone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun this summer. The word “party” shouldn’t just be interpreted to mean a big crowd. You can still have awesome summer gatherings sans the risk. In fact, intimate summer wine parties can bring the best memories of the season. Get together with family and closest friends and start hosting one with these fab ideas:
Travel the world with wine!
Obviously, international travel will be quite a stretch this year. Nonetheless, you can still bring the flavors of your favorite countries to your home. A super fun idea would be to ask each of your guests to bring a bottle of wine. But not just any wine! It should be a bottle from their favorite or dream summer vacation destination. Then each guest can share stories or better yet, show photos of must-see spots from that vacation destination.
Set a theme to set the mood!
There are so many places we are missing out on due to the pandemic. Perhaps we may be able to visit some of them, but the vibe will be quite different with the “new normal.” So why recreate that theme when you’re hosting your summer wine party. For example, you can go with a beach or island theme. Research the drinks and food that will best set the mood. Ask your guests to come in beach or island attire. If you don’t have a pool, go ahead and do inflatable ones! You can actually find some pretty sizeable ones that can fit more than ten people. Set two or three up and with five to a makeshift pool and have a blast!
Don’t forget the wine games!
What’s a wine party without wine games? The great thing about hosting smaller gatherings is that you can really plan things out. That, of course, includes the party games. Guessing games are one of the most popular ones. But you can add some twist to that to make it even more interesting. For example, you can lay out some cheeses and appetizers. Then, your guests will have to match unnamed wines for the best wine and food pairing. ^_^
You know what they say: “Go big or go home.” That applies to your wine cellar projects as well. If you have the budget to go full force on the wine cellar of your dreams, then by all means do so. You can rest assured that the highly experienced design professionals here at WCI can help you achieve that goal. Today’s Tech Tuesday project is a shining example of this. We are proud to feature the show-stopping details on this wine cellar for our client in Parkville, MO:
Project # 315721
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3556
Where: Parkville, MO
Stain: Classic Mahogany
This is one of the largest wine cellars we’ve designed for this year. It is quite massive, but the bottle storage capacity is not the only thing that stands out here. Design-wise, this beauty is indeed one for the books – and for the WCI photo galleries. Our client had a generous budget, along with the equally generous space. So our design team had to make sure that the results will deliver 100% satisfaction.
The custom route was taken for this project, down to the tiniest details. The racks, as you can glean from the photos, are in a unique concave silhouette. This is not the standard curved corner racking that you can find in our wine rack kits. The racks were tailor-made to create a uniform concave pattern throughout the entire assembly. Potential clients might be delighted to learn though, that our Vintner Series carries a “kit” version of these concave racks. As we always say, WCI finds wine storage solutions to suit every budget. If you want these show-stopping details, we can work around your price range. You’ll be surprised at the variety of racking products and accessories we carry!
Check out the tabletop, flooring and ceiling on this wine cellar. They all fit to a T and work very well with the racking. In going custom, you have the privilege of choosing not just the style you want, but the materials as well. For the flooring and ceiling, for example, you can request completely customized design and materials for your project. We will then make sure that you get exactly what you want! *Cheers*
DIY wine storage projects really bring out the creativity in our clients. Every Thursday, we look forward to the unique arrangements our clients come up with. It’s both inspiring and heartwarming to see how they worked with our products. For today’s Testimonial Thursday, our client Kim showcases this beautiful racking assembly using our WineMaker Series:
This project did not utilize custom racking, but look at how the wine storage has been seamlessly built into the wall. You’d think that something like this could only be achieved with custom units and with professional assistance. But our client completed everything in proud DIY fashion. Not only that, they made use of our wine rack “kits,” specifically, the WineMaker Series.
The WineMaker Series is one of our most popular kits because it combines function and cost-efficiency. It is comprised of shallow depth wine racks that provide bottle storage solutions for projects of any size. Despite the shorter depth, there is no compromise when it come to security of the bottles. But thanks to this configuration, the racks can fir comfortably into tight spaces. That’s why WineMaker comes highly recommended for entry-level or small wine cellar projects, like closet or under stairwell transformations.
Owing to the shallow depth of the racks, WineMaker is also one of the most affordable racking around. It’s quality sans the expensive price tag! Clients also love the fact that they are also offered “customization” options. Indeed, you can select your wood type from either Premium Redwood or Rustic Pine. You also have a generous selection of stains and finishes to play with, including lacquer. Client in this case went with Rustic Pine with a bold Dark Walnut Stain. Moreover, just like the Vintner Series, you have flexibility in the height configurations. WineMaker is offered in 3-foot and 4-foot height options that you can conveniently rack and stack. That’s why our client is able to create this DIY arrangement with no awkward gaps between the racking and flooring. We also give a thumbs-up to the woodworking accents client threw in for added flair. ^_^
“I designed it myself and added some additional woodwork to the project.”
Pandemic or no pandemic, June is the favorite month of tying the knot. June weddings are really popular and that presents a bit of a challenge. Shopping for wedding gifts can be a hassle, especially when products tend to go out of stock. So shopping ahead of time and doing it online will save you a ton of stress. That’s put together a list of wine inspired wedding gifts you can check out:
Stylish Wine Purifier
First up is this stylish wine purifier from Üllo. The simple yet sleek design is attractive and definitely worth the price. The purifier improves the taste of wine by removing sulfites via Selective Sulfite Capture technology. It also separates out sediment so the newlyweds can enjoy their favorite wine bottle with every glass. To purify wine simply place the aerator on top of a wine glass or carafe and pour through. This unit also features a display base that captures drips and stores neatly. Check the availability of this product at your local Crate & Barrel.
Mr. & Mrs. Wine Cork Map
Wine and travel – what newlywed wouldn’t like that? This Mr. & Mrs. Wine Cork Map puts those two activities together in one perfect present. What better way to celebrate a beautiful pairing of two people than this unique gift. Newlyweds will have tons of fun preserving memories with these handsome wine cork / beer cap maps. The product comes pre-drilled with holes for easy wall mounting with finishing nails. Head on over to the Home Wet Bar to check this product out.
Photo Engraved Wood Box
We are loving this classy Photo Engraved Wood Box we came across at Personal Wine. You can have the box personalized with the couples photo, names and wedding date engraved on it. Then you can work on customizing the contents as well. We recommend putting in wine bottles for the couple to drink on anniversary milestones. If you’re doing just one wine bottle, you can also throw in some beautiful glassware. Once the contents are removed, the box can be used by the newlyweds to store mementos as well. It’s definitely a wedding gift will be enjoyed for years!
Do you have more wine inspired gifts to share for our June wedding celebrations? We’d love for you you to share those with us! ^_^
Wood or metal wine racks – which one would suit you best? It’s not a competition, obviously, but more of a preference. In fact, more and more wine cellar projects are using a combination of both. So getting to properly know the features of the product is quite essential. It will help you arrive at the choice that’s best for your storage needs. Our client for today’s Tech Tuesday did just that when they decided to work with the Vintage View metal wine racks:
Project # 315074
Wood: Vintage View
Bottle Capacity: 1830
Where: Miami, FL
You will be surprised at the amount of bottle storage that was created in this wine cellar. It can actually hold up to a little over 1800 bottles! This goes to show that the Vintage View racks are one of the best racking solutions to wine cellar projects of any size. These metal wine racks are designed to hold standard sized wine bottles The units are primarily designed to be wall mounted at 7.5 inches apart. The wall-mount feature is what makes it highly space-efficient. While the racks can hold standard sized bottles, the configurations can also be tweaked. You can also store split-sized bottles by mounting the racks 5.5 inches apart.
Each metal wine rack in this series contains: 1 base (heel) strip, 1 neck strip, end caps on wall strip, 1 connector for stacking, mounting hole covers and soft plastic rod tips. The units come in single, double, and triple deep storage options. Added to these features, they also come in three different finishes. Select from Satin Black, Brushed Nickel, or Chrome Plated to work with your wine cellar theme.
But the feature we appreciate the most is how the racks can be displayed floor to ceiling. If you want a bit more drama to your racking assembly, you can skip the wall mounting or do a mix of wall mounting and floor to ceiling displays. This is actually what you’re seeing here in today’s Tech Tuesday. The floor to ceiling display will result in a beautiful “floating” aesthetic to your wine bottles. Take note that you will need to purchase a Floor to Ceiling Frame to achieve this look. *Cheers*
A good number of people shy away from anything “custom made” thinking that this just translates to “expensive.” There is indeed some truth in that. Something customized usually requires specific materials and/or specialized skills. This would explain the higher price tag. But it’s not all for nothing though. When you go the custom route, you expect to get top quality and 100% satisfaction. And here at WCI, these are the results you get and perhaps even more.
Here at WCI, we can design wine cellars in any size and with any budget. That means you don’t need to be pressured into putting out a lot of money to have the wine cellar of your dreams. The perfect place to store your wine can be anywhere from a small wine cellar closet design to the largest room in your home. You also don’t need to have every aspect of your wine cellar customized. WCI carries a wide variety of racking products that can be mixed and matched with custom units. Our wine rack “kits” are cleverly crafted to be worked into racking assemblies. Moreover, we also carry wine cellar accessories designed to make smooth transitions between different racking styles. Check out our crown and base molding packages and center seam trim to see what we mean. Because of the bevy of options we provide, you can get the perfect fit for your wine cellar project. Best of all, you can do this within budget!
Now don’t forget that WCI offers a free wine cellar consultation to help you get started. This includes wine cellar design room plans to start the process on your new construction. You can start by browsing through our custom wine rack styles, wood options, cellar sizes, and living spaces. We also carry wine artwork, ceiling and flooring options, entryways, and so much more. You don’t need to spend a fortune – we have wine storage solutions to suit every need and budget. Our client Greg just got his beautiful custom racking unit, just enough for his favorite bottles. Big or small, WCI can do them all! ^_^
~ Greg C. ~