Valentine’s Day may be over, but the Month of Love is certainly not! Spreading love and kindness especially during these trying times shouldn’t be limited to one day. For us wine enthusiasts, sharing our February finds is a great way to keep the positive vibes going. Here are some of our wine picks:
Côtes de Provence Rosé
The first on our list is definitely Rosé. Rosé has “Valentine’s Day” written all over it. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of Rosé and it would be even better when you have the perfect dishes to pair it with. Our choice for this Month of Love is this charming Côtes de Provence Rosé, courtesy of H&B. Try it with chicken or fish mains and strawberries or strawberry laden desserts This pale pink French rosé has delicate rose, cherry, peach and strawberry flavors that are subtle yet memorable.
Clif Family Gewürztraminer
The label might be a mouthful to pronounce, but the taste is wonderfully easy to work with. The Gewürztraminer is traditionally a German varietal. But this version by Clif Family that we are head over heels for hails from Anderson Valley in California. If you’re planning to do an intimate dinner sometime this month with whites instead if reds, this is the ticket. The wine boasts of light lemon, honey and clove notes and a floral nose. You’ll find that this dry white pairs exceptionally well with hard cheeses, white pizza, or pasta. A charcuterie board is a must with this one!
Layer Cake Malbec
Save the best for last, as the saying goes. Our third and last pick for this month of hearts is the Layer Cake Malbec. This wine will have you and your date swooning over the rich, tastebud-tingling flavors. You’ll find that this medium-bodied Malbec has notes of chocolate, blackberries and cherry is absolutely lip-smacking. For maximum taste results, we recommend serving it with some delectable chocolate mousse and a fruit and cheese platter. It also pairs very well with barbecued dishes! Give this Argentinian delight a try and we guarantee it will leave you wanting for more.
Hey there, wine cellar fans! How was your Valentine’s Day celebration? It’s kind of ironic how the pandemic actually created the perfect atmosphere for this occasion. The Day of Hearts is meant to be celebrated in an intimate setting after all. And while reds and pinks will surely paint the air with romance, that’s not necessarily the case with wine cellars. Bold hues are the new neutral and we are all for it:
Project # 321757
Wood: Custom / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1018
Where: Petaluma, CA
Stain: Midnight Black
This custom project is sleek and spacious, making very good use of the area. The wine racks are able to accommodate a little over a thousand bottles. But the layout looks like it can accommodate more. This is the magic of custom wine racking. You will be able to utilize your space efficiently without sacrificing both function and style.
Talking now about style, this wine cellar is definitely on point. The racking units are beautifully crafted and flow seamlessly around the room. There is a wonderful variety in bottle storage options. Also, the glass doors are a clever addition in making the space appear larger. But what really helps the wine racks stand out is the stain option. This project is a testament to the rising popularity of our Midnight Black Stain. The jet-black color is a dramatic departure from traditional woodworking finishes. While it lends a contemporary appeal to the wine cellar, it also enhances its elegance.
This last photo shows a good shot of the racking arrangement in all its Midnight Black stain glory. See how the lines stand out in stark relief, emphasizing the different racking styles. We cannot wait to see pictures of this wine cellar all filled up. The dark racks will definitely make a beautiful backdrop for the wine bottles. The sane goes for the curved archway. A piece of wine cellar art will look especially stunning when displayed there. Indeed, bold colors are the new neutral in wine cellar projects. Is this the route you also want to take with yours? Talk to our experienced wine cellar consultants today and learn how you can even get a free 2D design. *Cheers*
The month of love also seems to be the month for regal feels! Here’s another wine cellar creation that’s just oozing with haut monde appeal. It’s a wonderful illustration of the features of the Grand Mahogany wood option for wine racks. Let’s do the visual tour and see why the “grand” in Grand Mahogany is not just a name:
As far aa styling goes, this wine room is a 10/10 in our books. The use of different materials was done i a very tasteful manner. You have the beautiful hewn stone walls framing the entryway and complementing the wooden flooring. The entryway itself is a clever mix of metal and glass. We love the use of the black metal trim around the glass doors.
Now let’s move on to the inside. The racking assembly is all custom-made to the room’s measurements and clients’ style preference. The Curved Corners and molding are instrumental for this seamless setup. We give a big thumbs-up to the variety in bottle storage options and the use of wine cellar accessories. See how Quarter Round Shelves were used to cap off the racking assembly. Of course, you can’t miss the beautiful custom archway with Rectangular Shelves at the bottom.
As earlier mentioned, Grand Mahogany was the wood of choice for this project. This was the perfect choice since clients wanted their wine cellar to have a luxurious look. Grand Mahogany is one of our higher priced woods and for good reasons. This plantation grown hardwood has it all! It is outstanding both in quality and appearance. This versatile wood is comparable to Sapele and Cherry when it comes to hardness, density, and grain texture. As far as durability and stability are concerned, it is on par with popular hardwoods like Hard Maple, Oak, and Cherry.
True to its name, it sports a grand appearance. The wood is uniform color, with a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. Grand Mahogany a moderately coarse grain pattern. It’s straight in most parts, but slightly interlocked in some cases. Moreover, you will find that the wood adapts to all types of stains and finishes extremely well. Clients chose the Dark Walnut stain option for their wine racks. The rich color brings out the gorgeous grain patterns of Grand Mahogany that spells royal elegance. ^_^
More and more people are into DIY projects, particularly during this era of COVID-19. We think that’s actually one of the best things the pandemic has brought us. We’ve learned to become more self-sufficient and productive, especially in our homes. Speaking of DIY projects, home wine storage are definitely high on the list. Lots of clients last year purchased our racks and did the assembly and installation all by themselves. The results? Check out our Testimonial Thursday blogs for that! Now if you’re also thinking of going DIY with your wine storage, we’re here to fully support you guys. But what assembly method would be best? Here are the three top racking assembly methods:
The traditional hammer & nails method
The first & perhaps most common way to put together your wine racks is with the use of hammer and nails. We often call this the traditional method. While it is very easy to secure the tools, the actual process leaves much to be desired. This is especially the case for those who have zero to little DIY experience. The potential to miss and accidentally split the wood is quite high. The potential to harm yourself is also to be considered. We recommend going this route if you have enough DIY experience.
Using pre-drill screws
Another assembly method for wine racks is using pre-drill screws. This one is more efficient than the hammer and nails. Take note, however, that you also have to be careful during the pre-drilling stage. There’s also a chance you might harm your wood wine racks before they are even put together. Also, this is a two-stage process. First, you have to pre-drill the holes on the wood. Second, you’ll need to change your drill bit in order to put in the screws. While this is an easier option compared to the hammer and nails, it still entails DIY experience. The drill is not that hard to use, but you need to make sure that you won’t split the racks.
The modern route with a brad nailer
The third and last method is our moat recommended one. It’s using a brad nailer to get the DIY job done. We can’t imagine DIYers these days without a brad nailer. It is the more modern and faster approach with highly satisfying results. You don’t need to do any prep work and you can get things done in a much shorter amount of time. Our videos go over all these methods so you can see which one works best for you. We also offer a DIY construction kit which includes a brad nailer! ^_^
Dreaming of a wine cellar with a royal charm? You can make that come true, just like our clients in today’s Tech Tuesday. The regal vibes are strong on this one and we are all for it:
Project # 326064
Wood: Custom / Allheart Redwood
Where: Valhalla, NY
The details and overall design of this wine room is really impressive. Even just from the photos, you can see how it radiates a luxurious appeal. The racking arrangement is tasteful with impeccable lines. Moreover, the chosen color palette is rich and certainly striking. Our team took tremendous care in working with clients to bring out the full potential of this wine room. It was spacious to begin with, so they were able to incorporate a generous variety of racking styles. But it’s the use of curved corner units and wine displays that made this project stand out. Angled Corner Racks and Quarter Round Shelves are a surefire combo. See how this is used in this wine cellar to create stunning, flowy transitions. Angled Corner Racks create four 22 1/2 degree angles to form a 90 degree transition from wall to wall. Tame those nooks and crannies by angling small corners and adding Quarter Round Shelves. Throw in custom curved crown and base moldings and voila! You get a seamless racking layout that is as put together as Kate Middleton’s wardrobe ^_^.
Of course, the custom wine racks alone will not be enough give this project that coveted royal charm. The choice of accents makes a huge difference as well. We feel that this Tech Tuesday definitely made the right ones. The wood paneled ceilings complement the wine racks perfectly. In contrast, the light-hued tiled flooring makes the area seem even more spacious.
Last but not the least, there’s the stain option chosen for the racks. Instead of going for anything fancy, our design team and clients agreed on Dark Walnut Stain. This stain is one of our most popular products. It deepens almost all shades of wood, lending it a golden brown color. The result is a clean and elegant look to the wine racks. The choice is very apt and enhances the royal charm of the wine room. *Cheers*
Is it possible for a small wine cellar to be packed with big details? Absolutely! The size of a wine cellar sill never be a hindrance to giving it a lot of character. Our clients gave us a really shining example with this gorgeous wine room:
There are so many wonderful features that need to be highlighted in this project. Let’s start with the racking units. For a compact wine cellar, this one boasts of a good variety of racking styles. You can see from the photos the Individual Bottle Columns and Open Diamond Bins. But apart from these standard racking styles, the clients also went for something more unique: the Waterfall Wine Racks:
There is a lot to love about the waterfall racking units. For one, they are actually very space-efficient. See how they can be easily tucked into tight corners? They are also the perfect solution for compact and/or irregular spaces. That’s why we highly recommend them for under stairwell transformations. Now the wine racks in this project are all custom-made to clients’ room specifications. But did you know that you can also purchase the waterfall racks from our wine rack kits? The Vintner Series, for example, offers several wine bottle waterfall options.
This racking style is indeed the perfect showcase for one’s collection. Notice how the individual bottle wine storage cascades down with a waterfall of display bottles on top. It really adds a dramatic touch to the cellar. For bigger wine rooms, you can put in a peninsula or island at the center. Then you can have a waterfall display come out from a wall to the center of a room. You may also choose to line a waterfall wine display along a wall, like what our clients did here. Now keep in mind this pro tip! WCI has a single bottle deep option designed both in a left and right falling option. This is available with our wine rack kits as well. Use this to achieve a really fancy look for your wine room, no matter the size! ^_^
Can you create a seamless silhouette for your wine racks if you’re going the DIY route? The answer is a big YES! There are simple yet very effective tools that can help you achieve this result. You don’t need to spend an unnecessary amount of money, especially during these financially challenging times. Here are the little known “secrets” to make your wine cellars achieve a flawless look:
Crown and base moldings…
Are those gaps between your racking and the ceiling and/or flooring driving you nuts? Well, throw those frustrations away and invest in some crown and base moldings instead. These amazing add-ons to your wine racks are the key to removing those awkward gaps. Here at WCI, we offer these crown and base molding packages with our wine rack kits. Take our Vintner Series as an example. OG profiled crown and OG base straight moldings are sold in 4 ft lengths, and are 1 7/16″ in height. There are also six unique crown molding options that vary in profile and height. Every crown option is available with either a 1 7/16″ high base molding option, or a 5 1/4″ high base molding option. Naturally, you can also have these moldings customized!
The magic of the Center Seam Trim…
If you’re using various racking styles, gaps between the units can at times be unavoidable. But there is a way to hide those unsightly gaps and give your racks a really professional silhouette. It’s all about the magic of the Center Seam Trim! This is a double sided profile molding specifically designed to cover the seam created when stacking. A good illustration would be with WCI wine rack kits. You can stack racking units from the same or different series. You can also stack units with varying bottle storage styles. But don’t expect that they will fit in seamlessly from the get-go. There will be either tiny or larger gaps owing to the different designs. But with the Center Seam Trim, those can be easily remedied. It’s highly recommended that the trim is done in the same wood, stain and finish option as the racks. This will make your racking assembly come together in a seamless silhouette!
Of spacer bars and bottom rails…
What are spacer bars and bottom rails? These are the neat accents that are incorporated into the wine racks to enhance their functionality. Our Vintner Series is a prime example. Spacer bars come with a dado that comfortably fits each column of your racking. The Vintner racks also come with square cut bottom rails. With these rails, your bottles are stored securely above the floor level. They are protected from accidental breakage or injury. ^_^
A fab February to all you wine cellar fans out there! There’s no time to mope around because we are going to keep you guys motivated all month long. Let’s start with this squeaky clean number our team finished for our client in West Chester:
Project # 223896
Wood: Designer / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 917
Where: West Chester, OH
This project is a fantastic example of how awesome our Designer Series can be. The Designer Series is one of WCI’s wine rack “kits”, alongside Vintner and Winemaker. It’s a bit more low-key than Vintner, but there are so many things to appreciate about this series. Firstly, the Designer racks are all manufactured with full-depth configurations. That means the racks can hold the full body of the wine bottle, along with the 6-foot tall height. Secondly, the units are now available in 6-foot and 8-foot height options. Moreover, we also threw in some new and improved add-ons. Clients can purchase extra individual racking to stack on top of the wine racks. This means the racking assembly can reach another 20 inches high. The add-ons has made the Designer Series more flexible than before!
Secondly, let’s talk about style. This wine rack kit is certainly no slouch. There’s a robust selection of individual and bulk bottle storage options to choose from. Recent additions include the upgrades to the Individual Bottle racks. They now come with display rows and add-on top racks. For extended versatility, the Individual Bottle storage units also come in half-height options. And let’s not forget about woods, stains and finishes! You get to enjoy the full selection, including our newest stain offerings. That included the very popular Graywash stain, as well as Whitewash and Mocha. Plus, you can opt for a lacquer finish as well. Lacquer will give your wine racks that beautiful and elegant sheen. But if you want to keep things clean and understated, you can go the unstained route like our client here.
This last photo gives us a great perspective of the wine cellar’s layout. See how the beautiful tasting center with Solid Diamond bins is the focal point of the racking assembly. The Designer Series also comes with tasting centers and Waterfall Wine Racks. You can utilize them to give more structure and character to your wine cella project. Have any questions about our awesome Designer wine rack kits? Give us a call or shoot us an email any time! *Cheers*
If ever there was a right time to start on a wine cellar project, that time is now. With the pandemic still hampering mobility, focusing on something productive like this is very commendable. It’s time to check out those unused spaces in your home. Take a leaf out of our client, Robert:
Making small spaces count is actually easier and more affordable than you think. Client’s cool wine storage was completed within budget and in a DIY fashion to boot. The secret? Wine rack kits! Our healthy selection provide the perfect solution for compact wine storage. There are several collections to choose from, depending on your needs and style preference. The Vintner and Designer series are both full depth modular systems. WineMaker, on the other hand, features our highly popular shallow-depth racking collection. Since these are “kits,” the prices are really easy on the budget. This is important particularly for those who are reluctant to spend a lot of money on a small project. But just because it’s more affordable, that doesn’t mean quality is being sacrificed in any way.
In this Testimonial Thursday feature, our client purchased some of our Vintner wine racks for his personal collection. Note that these are not custom units. But client was able to work with the flexible configurations to outfit the otherwise wasted corner of his home. Vintner wine racks come in 3-feet and 4-feet height options. These can be conveniently stacked to accommodate just about any ceiling height. Moreover, you can add “extras” to extend the racking height further and give your units a seamless look. These include crown and base moldings as well as center seam trim. Of course, you also have a wide range of wood, stain and finish options to choose from. This gives you so much design opportunities with your wine cellar. Our client Robert went with a Grand Mahogany wood with Classic Mahogany stain combo. This worked really well with the flooring of his home. Such amenities are usually only available with custom wine racks. But thanks to these kits, clients can count on achieving their wine cellar goals at a budget they are comfortable with. ^_^
“Wine racks are awesome!”
Planning on staining your wood wine racks? So which route are you leaning towards: the light or dark one? It’s actually all just a matter of personal taste and aesthetics. There are times when lighter wood stains will work better than darker stains and vice versa. But at the end of the day, it’s all about what works best for you. Nonetheless, here are some helpful design tips that will guide you to better choices:
Light stains for smaller spaces…
If you’re building a closet wine cellar or any similar compact wine storage, what would be a standard issue? It would be all about the limited space. You’d naturally want to maximize the space’s bottle storage capacity. However, you also don’t want your cellar to look horribly cramped. This is where lighter stains can work better than darker. Lighter colors make narrow areas appear bigger. They give a more open feel. We recommend our Light Danish Stain for these small projects. It is a light, golden stain that accentuates the tones and grains of all woods. If you want something more contemporary though, Whitewash and Opaque White stains are terrific options.
Dark stains for “luxurious” looks…
Now there are a lot of wine cellar enthusiasts who prefer a luxurious look to their wine cellar. We’re a fan of that as well! Thankfully, achieving that doesn’t require going beyond your budget. Obviously, you’d have to make sure your racking assembly is put together seamlessly. Then it’s just a matter of selecting the right stain option. Classic Mahogany and Dark Walnut stains are the favorites. They deepen the natural shades of the wood and accentuate the grain patterns beautifully. But our newest offering, the Mocha Stain, is also a top contender. This stain is a blend of black and dark walnut to create a warm black stain.
Stains for the “contemporary” charm…
The contemporary vibe has really grown in popularity with wine cellar projects. If you’re into this look. there are both light and dark stains that can do it for you. One of our picks is the Midnight Black Stain. This jet black stain is a dramatic departure from traditional woodworking finishes. Another is the Graywash Stain. There is no texture that comes through with this semi-transparent stain. It is super popular owing to its versatility. Depending on how you style your wine cellar, you can go either classic or contemporary with Graywash. ^_^
Tech Tuesday greetings, fellow wine cellar fans! What better way for us to start the week than with some positive vibes? For us, it’s all about these amazing projects that both our team and clients work hard on. You read that right! We provide the products and services. But it’s the input and cooperation of our clients that really bring in the best results. Today, we’re proud to showcase the prowess of our wine rack kits – our Vintner Series to be more specific:
Project # 320519
Wood: Custom/ Vintner / Allheart Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 3548
Where: Santa Fe, NM
A spacious and clean layout is certainly nothing to complain about, don’t you agree? We feel that this wine cellar design is so solid both in function and form. The racking assembly can accommodate a very generous number of bottles – well over the 3,000 mark. Not only that, there is also really good variety when it comes to bottle storage. These photos clearly show that:
The mix of individual and bulk bottle storage options can be seen all throughout the entire racking layout. We like how the Open Diamond Bins and Rectangular Shelves were interspersed into the Individual Bottle Columns. Also check out the Magnum Wine Bottle racks on the far left, right above the Rectangular Shelves. The Vintner prowess in allowing for so much bottle storage variety is indeed praiseworthy.
Now what do you guys think about the color scheme for this wine room? The clients wanted to go the simple route. So our design team kept it clean and classic with unstained Premium Redwood as the wood option. Personally, we feel that this formula just works every time. You can’t go wrong with unstained Premium Redwood since it works with just about anything. The natural pinkish gold hues of the wood showcase the uniform grain pattern nicely. We’re a fan of light-colored wine racks as well, so this definitely checks the box. Notice that the racking arrangement provides a ton of counter space. Clients will be able to do drink preps and even hold intimate tasting parties inside this wine cellar. That’s such an ideal setup especially since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. Needless to say, the Vintner Series really delivered with this project! *Cheers*
Nothing makes us happier than clients sharing their enjoyable experience with our products and services. But with today’s Testimonial Thursday, it even goes beyond that. Our clients reveal an excellent experience that had them wanting to recommend WCI to friends. These photos they sent of their wine cellar made us really proud that we are a huge part of the process:
Our clients chose the Vintner Series to outfit this compact wine room. We’ve always been confident of the quality and variety offered by Vintner. But it’s always so reassuring to hear glowing feedback, especially from first-time customers. As show by the photos, our clients purchased several Individual Columns, Curved Corner units and a Tasting Center with Open Diamond Bin. They got their wine racks in unstained Rustic Pine that worked so well with the room’s walls and flooring.
One standout feature of the racking arrangement is how it looks so put together, with no gaps anywhere. Notice that there are no awkward gaps between the racks, ceiling and flooring. Vintner’s super flexible configurations contribute a great deal to achieve that. But the other significant factor is the use of the right accents. Clients also purchased molding packages and center seam trim along with the racks. Vintner provides crown and base molding packages that lets you “complete” your racking assembly. The center seam trim is instrumental in letting you transition between racking styles sans the awkward gaps. These are just some of the amenities Vintner offers. You also have the ability to choose from several wood options and the full selection of WCI’s stains and finishes. It’s like being able to customize your wine racks without having to go the custom route. In other words, you don’t need to pay a custom price. This excellent experience is a Vintner trademark. ^_^
“Overall, we had an excellent experience. I will definitely be recommending the company to my friends, and have already received many friends asking where we got them.”
Are you a fan of charcuterie boards? We absolutely love them! One of the best things about these boards is how you they are easily customized. It’s a lot like building your wine cellar ^_^. Naturally, we also love pairing our personalized charcuterie boards with the right bottles of wine. These will be a smash hit for small, intimate gatherings while we’re still fighting the COVID pandemic. Here are some of our favorite combos:
Choice reds and cold cuts
Let’s start with the “newbie” charcuterie board. More often than not, this would consist of mostly cold cut meats, basic cheeses like Camembert and Swiss, and fruits. A foolproof pairing to this would be light- to medium-bodied red wines with firm structure. Some our picks are Gamay, Frappato, Zweigelt and Cabernet Franc. They are safe choices for these kinds of charcuterie boards. You will find that the wine’s bright acidity and fresh berry flavors are very refreshing. They will balance out the fatty offerings and creamy textures of the meats and cheeses. Red wines on the lighter, fruitier side can be enjoyed chilled as well.
Sauvignon Blanc and veggies
A charcuterie board usually consists of meat in various forms and cuts. But with all the many changes in people’s tastes, this is no longer the case. That’s why you can certainly customize your board to your heart’s content. One of those growing in popularity is the vegan or vegetarian option. A selection of fresh veggies, crackers and dips sounds super appetizing. Pair your board with Sauvignon Blanc to give your palate an amazing treat. The refreshing crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc works well with all kinds of veggies, especially roasted ones.
The seafood platter
For seafood lovers, no one can stop you from customizing your charcuterie board with seafood delights. Go ahead and splurge on shrimps, lobster, scallops, prawns, and more. The best thing about seafood is that you have so many options for your wine pairings. Some top choices include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. These will pair perfectly with fillets of fish, caviar, and shrimps. For rich seafood choices like crabmeat, prawns, and lobsters, consider pairing them with White Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. ^_^
Are you guys familiar with the term “cottagecore”? Nope, were not talking about Animal Crossing here, folks. Cottagecore is actually an aesthetic inspired by a romanticized interpretation of western agricultural life. Some also refer to it as “farmcore” or “countrycore”. The style takes its roots on ideas focusing on simplistic lifestyle with a lot of natural elements involved. In other words, it is very centered on nature and the environment. The concept flourished greatly in social media circles such as Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. It also brought design inspirations not only for the home, but for wine cellars as well:
Project # 307706
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 1561
Where: Malvern, PA
The natural vibe of this Tech Tuesday project definitely speaks cottagecore to us. We love that the clients went with unstained Premium Redwood on their wine racks. This lends an old country charm to the wine cellar. Note that in its unstained state, Premium Redwood boasts of beautiful pinkish white to reddish brown hues. This light colored wood makes the racking arrangement look so fresh and clean, just like the air from the countryside. Obviously, this worked very well with the rough-hewn stone flooring and ceiling. See how the colors of the floors and ceilings and wine racks complement each other:
Now let’s talk about the racking options for this wine room. The bottle storage capacity is pretty generous, easily accommodating a little over 1500 bottles. Our team filled the room with lots of individual bottle columns combined with high reveal displays. The space is actually a tad narrow, but the custom racking units really made a difference. There is even room for an archway with countertop and Open Diamond Bins at the bottom. The diamond bins will allow for bulk bottle storage. Here’s a pro tip: Open Diamond Bins or Cubes will considerably boost your bottle storage capacity! We recommend mixing them with some rectangular shelves. WCI offers shelves in either fixed or adjustable configurations. You’ll be able to store crates and boxes as well! So is the cottagecore aesthetic a “yes” or “no” for you? Let us know what you think! *Cheers*
When planning your wine cellar construction budget, make sure you have all the bases covered. That includes going over your choices for your entryways. Some think that it’s “just a wine cellar door,” but you will be surprised at the functionality and aesthetic value it offers. It’s time to level up your wine cellar with captivating entryways! Our clients from Encinitas, CA show us how it’s done:
The intricate details of this wine cellar door is really eye-catching. This is a customized wrought-iron door that was meticulously hand forged by our artisans. There is much to be said about this type of wine cellar entryway. Firstly, it lends so much character to the wine cellar. Even if you have a compact space, you can still do something special with it, just like our clients. This type of door gives a captivating aura to the wine room. WCI has a selection these wrought-iron doors and gate, but you can have yours modified according to your preference. Clients here went for a Premium Redwood fram for their door with a beautiful Dark Walnut Stain.
Secondly, these doors are sturdy and easy-to-maintain. Note that iron is resistant to shifting climatic conditions. Premium Redwood that makes up the door frame is one of the most sustainable wood options out there. The combo is a killer in terms of durability. Thirdly, these doors actually help with insulation of your wine cellar. WCI doors have an R-5 insulation value and thick tempered panes. What does this mean for you? It simply means that it’s easier to maintain ideal storage conditions in your wine cellar. Quality entryways will lessen the burden on wine cellar cooling units in maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels.
There is a wide variety of designs and styles that WCI offers with these wine cellar doors. We have standard designs that are available with only a 4-week lead time. We also have those crafted from purely wood material. Basically, clients have a plethora of choices, from glass-enclosed creations, etched or painted glass, and other decorative applications. It pays to carefully consider the kind of wine cellar door you’ll purchase and to budget for it. Just keep in mind that WCI is here to make things convenient and affordable for you. Chat with our design consultants today and let’s level up your wine cellar together! ^_^
The New Year means it’s time to update that wine collection list! But before doing that, you might want to backtrack a bit and go over your current collection. Organizing your wines this 2021 should be done the smart way. That means going over your options first and deciding on what works best for you. We’ve put together some of the most recommended ways to organize your wine cellar to help you out:
Organizing by color and type
Let’s start with the simplest and surprisingly really effective method: sorting wine bottles by color and type. Some of you might raise an eyebrow at this one, but trust us, it’s worth a try. This is recommended particularly for newbies. As a neophyte collector, you’d want to go with the easiest and most comfortable option. Doing it by color allows you yo simply separate the reds from the whites. You can separate further with sparkling wines. But take note this method is best for those with small starter collections.
Organizing by brand
Next up is one that is frequently used by those with large and/or fast growing collections. Putting wine bottles together by brand is a very effective way of keeping track of them. There are even those who develop “verticals” of their various brands of wines. What happens is that collectors have bottles of related wines, from similar vintages. So they assign different shelves in their wine cellar to represent different regions. For each of these regions, you can go further by breaking them down into varietals and also by shelves as well.
Organizing by price
Now here’s another method that comes as a surprise to some wine collectors. You may think that only wine establishments can benefit from this, but think again. Sorting your collection by price can prove to be highly beneficial. Note that wines come with varying degrees of qualities. Most varieties of wines usually contain different levels when it comes to quality. Some wines can be collected for daily consumption. But there are those that collectors want to preserve and consume only on specific occasions or when “the time is right”. Wines consumed on a daily basis are more often than not less expensive. You can store these bottles in one area of your wine cellar and segregate them further into color and type.
How would you organize your wine cellar this year, wine cellar buddies? Share your pro tips with us! ^_^
It’s been a while and we missed them quite a bit. Our custom wine cabinets are making a comeback! For those who are not too familiar with this wine storage solution, this Tech Tuesday is a must-read. Our clients commissioned for these elegant units and we are excited to share the details with you guys:
Project # 317899
Wood: Custom / Premium Redwood
Bottle Capacity: 970
Where: Cincinnati, OH
One of the most outstanding details of this project is that these cabinets look almost built-in. This is a perk you get when you go for a something custom like this. Our Wine Sentinel is actually our line of custom refrigerated wine cabinets specifically built to fit your desired space. It’s a reality that not everyone is ready for a full-blown wine cellar in their homes. Some don’t have enough space for it. Others don’t have the budget to overhaul or build an entire room to properly store and display their wine. Still, there are also those who don’t have the time to facilitate a major construction project. So we provided other options for our clients because that’s what we’re here for!
These refrigerated wine cabinets are fully customizable for your bottle storage needs. We can build one to accommodate not just standard-sized bottles, but magnums and other larger-format ones as well. As you can see in this project, we installed Individual Bottle Columns and Open Diamond Bins. But you can also go with our wine rack kits such as Vintner or Designer for a more affordable alternative. For compact spaces, our WineMaker Series is the perfect solution. You can also choose to go with metal racking units or a mix of metal and wood materials. If a contemporary vibe is desired, we recommend an acrylic and metal racking combo.
The wine racks are not the only thing you can customize with these wine cabinets. You have the ability to select the wood, stains and finishes as well. You can choose to go for painted versions of the Wine Sentinel doors as well. Then there’s the cabinet doors. We offer these gorgeous French doors that are equipped with proper insulation values and weather-stripping. You can also have tinted windows order to minimize light exposure to protect your bottles. Another option is mesh door panels. You can usually find them on our wine lockers. They are both functional and elegant since your collection is kept safe while allowing the bottles to “breathe”. The metal lattice design helps with open air circulation for the wine bottles. *Cheers*
The market for wine cellar design and construction has certainly grown so much over the years. Even with the pandemic shaking up the entire globe last year didn’t diminish wine cellar goals for a lot of wine lovers. In fact, staying at home only increased the need for creating that “happy place”. In a wine lover’s vocabulary, we call that a “wine cellar”! Thankfully, WCI provides all that one needs for a no-fuss wine storage. Our client Kristina shares her WCI experience, along with these gorgeous photos of their completed cellar:
The clients chose to go with a combination of wood and metal racking units for their wine collection. They installed the racks themselves and didn’t run into any hiccups in the process. That goes to show how convenient installation and assembly of WCI racking products are. This is especially the case with our wine rack kits. The kits, such as super popular Vintner and WineMaker series, were designed to be easily assembled even no DIY experience. Naturally, you should utilize the right tools for the job. Our design professionals highly recommend using a brad nailer or nail gun. This will make the assembly process proceed in a smooth and timely manner. You will also avoid running into the frustrating problem of accidentally breaking your wood wine racks. This usually happens when you use a hammer and nails or screws and you are not experienced enough.
Look at the seamless arrangement of the Individual Bottle Columns and Open Diamond Bins. Again, take note that these were all DIY on the part of our clients. The same goes for the metal racking units. Metal wine racks are incredibly easy to install since they are usually wall-mounted. Most of our metal racking products can be installed on any surface, such the Revue and Ultra Series. If too sure of the product descriptions, our professional consultants are just a phone call or email away. It’s definitely a no-fuss wine cellar construction experience with us here at WCI!
“The racks are just what we wanted, my husband was able to install them without any issues and we love the mixture of wood and metal racks! Fabian was amazing to work with and we have recommended your company to our friends and family who are in the market for racking.”
What’s the one thing that’s constant after the holiday festivities are over? If you are thinking “leftovers,” then you are absolutely correct. Whether it’s edible or not, there will always be leftovers at the start of the New Year. Our tendency is to just either throw them out or shove them into some dark corner. Well, that should definitely change! Here are some great ideas on recycling your holiday leftovers:
What to do with leftover food
Obviously, food will be the very first on the leftovers list. The initial step is to sort stuff out. Those that will easily go bad should be the first to be “recycled.” These include fruits and veggies. Making a salad with them is the best option. For fruits and/or veggies that are quite mushy, whip those up into a healthy smoothie. You can also use them as ingredients for dip (like guacamole) or coulis. For food that won’t easily go bad, separate them in ziplocks and put in the freezer. Some good examples are turkey, pork and chicken. You can use these to make stew or soup.
What to do with your “plastics”
For the non-edible items, plastics seem to be one of the things we always have plenty of after the festivities. From cups to plates, utensils, and containers, plastic items really reign supreme. Unfortunately, they’re also the least eco-friendly. Everyone should already be aware that these non-biodegradable items should be disposed of properly. But before doing so, go over your plastic items first. There might be some that cannot be recycled. One example is plastic wrap. It is usually not recyclable curbside. Another would be small plastic items. Those that are approximately 3 inches or smaller can cause problems for recycling equipment. They have to be disposed as trash. Lastly, some plastics, especially sturdy food containers, can still be reused after they are cleaned.
What to do with leftover paper
Paper is another item that we find ourselves having an excess of after the holidays. More often than not, we just shove paper into trash bags and that’s that. This year, we can afford to be a bit smarter and put some leftover paper to good use. Wrapping paper, for example, can be easily tucked away and reused. They can also make for excellent DIY materials. This website DIY Joy has lots of unique craft ideas you can try out.
Do you have other ideas for recycling holiday leftovers? Share them with us!
Welcome the Year of the Ox! What a ride it has been for the past year and we’re not quite out of the woods yet. But the pandemic has really taught us the values of patience, cooperation, and perseverance. All these define the Ox – a strong, dependable animal, synonymous with hard work. Strength and diligence are our weapons for 2021 – and a glass of wine or two! Our first Tech Tuesday of the year is definitely getting us ready for some wine o’clock. Let’s explore the details of this curvy and spacious wine storage:
Project # 311598
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 373
Where: Galloway, OH
The compact wine cellar trend continues into the New Year. This project that our design team completed has a bottle capacity of only nearly 400 bottles. Now that may not seem like much, but for a small, personal collection, that’s actually a generous amount of space. In fact, the way this racking arrangement was laid out fits the clients’ bottle storage needs perfectly. You can see from the photos that the floor area is indeed a bit narrow. The room is irregularly shaped to boot. But thanks to a winning combo of custom racking and our wine rack kits, the space was cleverly maximized. The Vintner and Designer kits were chosen for this project, along with choice custom units:
These close-up photos have nicely captured the seamless flow of the racking arrangement. Kudos to the curved corner racks for taming those uneven angles in the room. Note as well the use of the crown and base moldings and center seam trim. We highly recommend these accents to help remove awkward gaps in your racking arrangement. It’s especially useful when you’re working with irregular floor areas and different racking styles.
Now in the last photo above, you can see there’s lots of shelving as well. These will accommodate bulk bottles quite nicely. Also, this wine cellar has some pretty cool bells and whistles for such a small space. Scroll up to the first photo and you can see it actually has generous tasting center. In this last photo, you can also see a corner shelving unit cleverly capping off the racking layout. So how does this this curvy and spacious project rate with you guys? Share your thoughts with us! *Cheers*
Another year has come and gone, but perhaps 2020 might just be the most unforgettable one yet. The world was really thrown off-balance with the global pandemic. But if anything, this seemingly insurmountable challenge just proved that people can rose above any situation when we all work together. Yes, the losses have been very devastating. We will never downplay that. Nonetheless, the stories of bravery, generosity, and perseverance have given us so much strength and hope to make it through.
Now a New Year is upon us and we emerge from all these a little bit wiser and most importantly, a little bit kinder. We at Wine Cellar Innovations give one last salute of deepest gratitude to the modern-day heroes: from health professionals, essential workers, and volunteers who fought every day for all of us. 2021 will still be fraught with more challenges, but love and kindness will see us through. We are excited to bring happiness to fellow wine lovers with the delivery of professional and safe wine cellar services in 2021. In our own small way, we want to give you a reason to smile and say, “Life is still beautiful!”
Happy New Year from all of us!
It’s really finally time to say goodbye to 2020! While we can’t wait to put the not-so-pleasant memories behind, we definitely want to cherish the good ones. For us at WCI, we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of those – in the form of amazing Technical Tuesday projects. We showcased Part 1 of our favorite Tech Tuesdays last week, so let’s move on to the last part:
Technical Tuesday Episode #484: Wine Cellar Closet Transformation
Wine cellar closets have been such a hit this 2020 and we can very well see why. A lot of wine lovers have been inclined to build compact storage than a full blown wine cellar. Lack of space and budget concerns are usually the top reasons. This Tech Tuesday project is right on top of our favorites list because it checks off all the boxes – and more! Our team combined custom wine racking with pieces from the Vintner and Designer Series wine rack kits. This made everything so much more affordable with zero compromises on quality.
Technical Tuesday Episode #492: Clean-cut Commercial Wine Storage
Admittedly, we’ve had more residential wine cellar projects this year compared to commercial ones. But the ones that we completed have really fulfilled the satisfaction ratings both for the clients and for us. This commercial project, in particular, is just so clean and spacious, perfect for a busy wine establishment. The clients went for our commercial wine display islands – some custom and some from our Vintner line.
Technical Tuesday Episode #498: A Very Vintner Affair
No doubt about it, Vintner is the star of our Technical Tuesday endeavors this 2020. That’s why we cannot NOT give it a spot on our annual favorites list. Episode #498 won our hearts because it showcases just how versatile Vintner is both in form and function. The focal point of this racking arrangement is definitely the Rotating Wine Cradle. This unit is part of Vintner’s Elite Cabinetry line.
Technical Tuesday Episode #500: Be Awesome In Acrylic Vino Pins
One of the biggest stars of WCI’s 2020 product list are our metal wine racking units. Thanks to that, materials apart from wood also gradually became sought after as well. One of these is acrylic. Acrylic racking units lend a stunning, contemporary vibe that is just very unique. The Vino Pins in this beautiful Tech Tuesday come in acrylic material that is a must-try. Acrylic is almost as transparent as glass and very durable!
That wraps up our favorite Tech Tuesdays for 2020! Join us in 2021 for more awesome wine cellar design adventures. *Cheers*
The Joy Of Giving
Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you;
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing
Returns to make you glad.
~John Greenleaf Whittier~
Despite the challenges this year gave each and every one of us, there are still things we should always be thankful for. Let’s not forget how others “gave” so much during these very difficult times by fighting on the frontlines for us. In return, we should also remember that the “joy of giving” can never, ever be equated to material things. Rather, it is the love, patience, and support we give each other to make it through this pandemic – TOGETHER. Wine Cellar Innovations wishes everyone a safe and happy holidays. We truly appreciate the support you have given to us this year. We will always be here to fulfill all your wine cellar goals so that by the end of the day, we can all say “Cheers” to the wonderful gift of life. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
It’s time for our annual Tech Tuesday roundup! 2020 was indeed a super tough year for everyone and for sure, we can’t wait to kiss it goodbye. But fortunately, not everything was ruined by COVID-19. We are grateful that throughout the whole year, WCI was still able to make our clients’s wine cellar goals come true. So what better way to show our thanks than by showcasing our favorite Tech Tuesday projects for 2020:
Tech Tuesday Episode #458: Clear Alder in Dark Weathered Stain
The clever use of materials in this project is responsible for its eye-catching appearance. Pir design team worked with wood, metal and glass to create this beauty. The upper portion of the arrangement is built in a riddling rack fashion. It may be a smallish sized racking arrangement, but it is sure big on details!
Technical Tuesday Episode #466: Royal In Rustic Pine
The Victorian vibes of this Tech Tuesday really makes it stand out. The Rustic Pine x Dark Weathered Stain combo gave the entire arrangement a bolder appearance which looks positively royal! We’re a sucker for that right mix of vintage elegance so it’s not a wonder that this project made our 2020 list.
Technical Tuesday Episode #479: Show-stopping Details On Custom Wine Racks
We are extremely proud of the show-stopping details on this project. This is one of the fully customized wine rooms that was very satisfying to complete. The racks were tailor-made to create a uniform concave pattern throughout the entire assembly. It’s an absolute gem of a wine cellar!
Technical Tuesday Episode #482: Reasons To Choose Grand Mahogany Racks
Grand Mahogany is an elite wood option that is really showing us why it’s sometimes worth to spend those extra dollars. This is one of our top picks for Tech Tuesdays utilizing Grand Mahogany as the wood choice for the wine racks. Combined with the wall-mount metal wine, the bottle storage capacity is quite generous. This is definitely one of the most refreshing layouts our design team came up with.
Did YOUR fave Tech Tuesday make it to our list? Don’t fret just yet because there’s more to come. Stay tuned for part 2 next week! *Cheers*
What better way to end this year’s Testimonial Thursday than with a wicked wine cellar feature? Today’s Testimonial Thursday is a stunner and we’re only too happy to lay down the finer details. Our clients envisioned a wine cellar that is reminiscent of the caves of medieval times and that’s exactly what they got:
The pre-Romanesque feels of the wine room is really on point. We love the rough-hewn stone walls, concrete flooring, and exposed beams on the ceilings. We also give a two-thumbs up to the room accents, such as the beautiful wine barrel table that goes very well with the wine cellar’s theme. But what we are most proud of is our wall-mount wine racks that got the job done for our clients. In particular, they chose to go with the Vintage View series.
As far as metal racking units go, the Vintage View collection is one of WCI’s most popular products. The racks are very versatile, coming in different height and depth variations. This makes bottle storage more convenient even in smaller spaces. As you can see from the photo below, the racks are design to store wine bottles in a label-forward system. This makes it easy to organize one’s collection, while at the same time, displaying the bottles to maximum advantage:
Now what about the assembly and mounting process for the racks? Customers who tried out the Vintage View wall-mount racks have given them solid ratings on this aspect. The metal racking units were primarily designed to be attached to a wall. There are three pre-drilled mounting holes in each strip for a total of 6 per rack. All you need is fasteners in order to attach the racks to your walls. They can go on any surface, including concrete, brick, or stucco. As you can see from the photo above, the racks can be mounted even on uneven surfaces. You just need to purchase the right type of fasteners for mounting. Fasteners are not included with the purchase of the racks.
Here’s an added cherry on top for the Vintage View racking units: You can also have a floor to ceiling display when a Floor to Ceiling Frame is purchased. Think about how wicked your cellar will be with that “floating” look to your wine bottles! ^_^