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Creative Wine Storage

August 13th, 2013 1 comment

A cellar customized with Vintner wine racks

Lately, your wine collection has grown too ambitious for your storage space. You have bottles in the refrigerator, in the panty, and grouped on every countertop. Clearly, you need a better system.

Your ultimate dream is to own a state-of-the-art wine cellar. It will showcase an eclectic collection from all corners of the world, and be perfectly organized so that you can always find the bottle to pair with tonight’s menu.

When creating the ideal wine cellar, one of the most important considerations is: What kind of racks will hold your precious collection? Since your cellar will be mostly made up of racks, the style you chose will make a big impact. But what options are out there, and what differentiates one from another? Here are six of the most popular types of wine cellar racks:

Vintner Series:

Many wine collectors love Vintner wine racks. Vintner wine racks are a modular system. The racks are available in a variety of heights and styles, so that you can mix and match them to get that high-end custom look at a much lower price. Crafted from premium redwood, Vintner wine racks are meant to last a lifetime. The racks can be constructed in unstained wood, which shows off the natural beauty of the material, or it can be stained in a variety of colors to perfectly match your decor.

WineMaker Series:

If you envision a cellar that is floor-to-ceiling bottles, WineMaker racks might be for you. These wine racks are available in three-foot and four-foot heights and are designed to stack on top of each other, so that you can create a seamless wall of racks, no matter the height of your ceilings.

Vintage View:

Vintage View racks are a great fit for wine collectors drawn to versatility. These metal wine racks are available in a variety of modern, innovative styles, all designed to display bottles with the labels out, making finding what you’re looking for a breeze. The new Evolution series incorporates acrylic panels and chrome-plated metal rods to give a unique, eye-catching look to your wine collection.

Designer Wine Racking:

If you crave that custom, designer look, with a variety of racks in interesting shapes and sizes that perfectly fill your space, look no further than designer wine racks. The best part? Though these racks look custom, they’re actually a modular system, with so many sizes, shapes and storage styles available that no one will ever guess they weren’t build just for your space by a master woodworker.

Rustic Pine Racking:

Crave a simple look for your racking system? Rustic pine racks are the perfect solution. Though there are many wood wine racks out there, some of them are coated in finishes and lacquers that may negatively affect the taste of your wine over time. Rustic pine racks are constructed in real, quality wood and left free of potentially-damaging finishes.

Traditional Redwood:

Redwood is one of the most beautiful unfinished wood choices out there. It’s not right for every environment, but luckily, the cool, dry conditions of a wine cellar are ideal for redwood, and will keep it looking pristine for years. Traditional redwood racks come in a kit system, so you can mix and match different rack heights and styles to give your space a custom look.

Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Wine Racks

December 11th, 2012 No comments

Whether you’re a casual collector who keeps a couple of bottles around for special occasions, or a serious aficionado who has a custom cellar packed with carefully-catalogued wine bottles, one of the keys to maintaining your wine collection is learning about the different types of wine rack styles available. Wine racks hold bottles, of course, but they can also help provide the optimal conditions for wine aging, as well as adding a touch of beauty to your wine collection.

What does a wine rack do?

You can’t store wine properly just by putting it on any old shelf. This is because wine racks are designed to keep your bottles stored at the proper angle. The right angle of storage ensures that the cork is completely covered in wine, preventing it from drying out. A dry cork can interfere with the oxygen levels within your wine, interfering with the aging process or even causing your wine to go bad.

Within the world of wine racks there are many variations. Wine racks can be small or large, and come in many styles, from modern to traditional to antique. Here are three of the most popular and unique types of wine racks among wine collectors today:

Hanging wine racks

Most wine racks resemble shelves, so if you’re going for an aesthetic that’s a little unusual, hanging wine racks might be the right choice for you. Hanging wine racks showcase a column of floor-to-ceiling shelves that display wine racks horizontally and parallel to the floor.

Since hanging wine racks don’t display bottle facing outwards, they take up far less room than traditional wine racks, and so are often ideal for kitchens or other smaller spaces. Hanging wine racks store bottles at the appropriate angle for aging, and also have the added advantage of allowing the label to be clearly displayed, making finding the right bottle a simple task.

Metal lattice wine racks

Another unique choice is metal lattice wine racks. If you’re on a budget, or just appreciate a clean, simple aesthetic, these might be the right choice for you. Metal lattice wine racks are a set of interlocking, heavy-gauge wire shelves. Available as a kit, metal lattice wine racks are a great choice for a do-it-yourselfer. Each kit holds 150 bottles, making metal lattice wine racks a great choice for the avid collector.

Metal wine racks are also a great choice for commercial wine sellers, because they are cost-effective and easy to set up and move around. Many commercial wine sellers choose to use metal wine racks for their back-room storage, and more traditional wooden wine racks in their retail section. We carry a wide variety of wine racks designed for retailers.

 

Stackable wine racks

Do you love the look of custom wine racks, but shy away from the price tag? Stackable wine racks may be the best solution for you. Stackable wine racks don’t have the high price tag of custom wine racks, but they can be modified to fit your space much better than a wine racking kit. Stackable wine rack sets come in a choice of elegant wooden finishes, and offer a variety of different styles that you can mix and match to fit seamlessly into your space. There are wide and narrow column-style wine racks, curved wine racks for corners, “waterfall” shelves that add visual interest, and even arched wine racks for over doorways. By choosing a set of the right stackable wine rack pieces for you, you can create a beautiful, customized wine cellar look without the high price.

 

 

 

Introducing the Wine Tube

January 12th, 2012 No comments
The Wine Tube, a great new wine rack

The Wine Tube

It’s a rack.  It’s a tube.  It’s a Wine Tube!  The Wine Tube is designed to elegantly house and display your precious wine bottles.  It’s unique design will certainly get your guests talking since, when mounted, the Wine Tube give the illusion that it is actually floating away from the wall!  Made from hearty stainless steel, the Wine Tube houses up to 12 wine bottles which can easily be turned to display their labels prominently without being blocked by rack The Wine tube, a new way to store winewood or wire.  Its contemporary design is sleek and classy and, for music lovers, the Wine Tube has been said to resemble a flute.  The Wine Tube is affordably-priced, too, making it a perfect gift (or guilt-free impulse buy!)  It fits almost all wine bottles, and the diameter of each mounting hole is 30.5mm (1.2 inches).  The Wine Tube is two feet long, with a 2” diameter, but you’ll want to measure to be sure you have enough space to insert wines from either side before mounting.  Several Wine Tubes can be placed around a room if you desire to separately organize reds and whites, and you can get creative mixing and matching bottles on either side of a tube to create the perfect “balance” for your room.  The Wine Tube makes a great conversation piece for apartment dwellers with limited wine storage space who also want to display their wines with sophistication.  Designed for years of use, the Wine Tube is a creative, new addition to the tried-and-true systems of storing wine.

Creative Wine Racking 101

November 1st, 2011 No comments
Designer Series 6 Column Half Height Rack

Designer Series 6 Column Half Height Rack

If you and your significant other have talked about creating your own wine cellar, why wait?  Though Vintage Cellars’ wine racks are designed by experts, they can be assembled by novices in little time.  This means, with any of the Vintage Cellars wine racking kits, you’re destined for success!  Racks are designed to last a lifetime, and you can select just the right colors to match your decor. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Why, there’s no reason why you couldn’t create a wine labyrinth if you so chose!

Designer Series Double Waterfall Wine Rack

Designer Series Double Waterfall Wine Rack

Wine areas need not be stagnant spaces, either; you can mix and match styles of design to give a single room different atmospheres in different sections.  For instance, a formal wall containing Winemaker 2 Column Open Diamond Cubes can be contrasted by an opposing lighter, playful wall featuring black metal lattice wine racks.  An elegant diamond bin wine rack below a classic archway can be countered by a section of modern wine racking units, like the VintageView 3′ wine racks, and so on.  You can even use different designs to house different wines: dark, rustic ones for reds, and lighter ones for whites!  With so many types of wine racks to choose from, you’re limited only by your imagination.

If the above projects seem too ambitious, here’s an easy-yet-creative idea that is sure to attract attention: spell out a marriage proposal, or make an announcement with wine bottles.  If the bottles are racked, you can easily spell words and messages by placing red wines, strategically, amidst a “neutral” backdrop of whites.  You can even create simple images, similar to popular ASCII art we sometimes see on our friends’ Facebook posts.  Because this takes a little time and planning, your message will be all the more memorable (However, if your partner is one of the many wine lovers who organizes their collection obsessively, think twice before moving their collection around. And keep in mind that unnecessary movement isn’t a great thing for stored bottles–this plan might be best executed with some of the less-collectible bottles in the cellar!).

Have fun getting those creative juices flowing!

 

Introducing the New WineMaker Wine Racks

August 12th, 2011 No comments

A wine cellar outfitted with WineMaker wine racks.The Vintner Wine Rack Series has always been popular here at Vintage Cellars, but we realized many customers are seeking the most affordable, economical option when it comes to outfitting their wine cellars. Our new WineMaker Wine Rack Series offers many of the same options as the Vintner Series, but at a lower price point.

The WineMaker Wine Rack Kits were created with customization in mind. They are made of Premium Redwood and have a variety of staining options to help you match them to your wine cellar’s current furniture and décor, and they stack easily on top of each other to maximize storage space for a variety of ceiling heights. This helps you create a flawless floor-to-ceiling look, which is both visually appealing and practical.

WineMaker 10-Column Wine Rack with Display Row

They also help you showcase your favorite bottles of wine. Most WineMaker Wine Rack styles come with a display row option, which increases visibility of your prized wine bottle labels. WineMaker’s sheer number of racking and display choices allow you to create a wine cellar that shows off your personal style and taste, all while keeping your wine bottles snug and secure behind the rails’ rounded edges.

If you’re looking for unique, beautiful wine cellar racking and storage that won’t break the bank, Vintage Cellars’ WineMaker Wine Rack Kits are the way to go. Check out our online catalog, or give us a call at 1-800-876-8789 to start designing your wine cellar’s custom interior.

Wine Rack Options for Small Spaces

June 22nd, 2011 No comments

Howard Miller Butler Console Portable Wine Station

While having your own wine cellar is ideal for storing and managing large wine collections, there may be times when it’s preferable to have select bottles close at hand.  Say, for instance, you use a lot of wine in the kitchen and want some of your wine stored in an easy-to-access location.  Or, perhaps you want to have some nice bottles on display for when guests arrive.  Perhaps you’d simply like a small selection of wine at your disposal when coming home from a long day at work.  For situations like these, perusing a vast wine cellar can often lead to indecision that can even delay the serving of a meal.  This is where smaller wine racks suitable for use in the kitchen, or in entertaining areas, come in handy.

Whenever you store wine, it is important that it be kept on its side; the cork, kept moist by contact with the wine, keeps the wine fresh.  Small, portable wine racks are designed to do just this, like their larger cellar cousins.  There’s no excuse for keeping a selection of wine by your coffee table, bottles standing upright!  Portable wine racks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.  Many popular racks, made from wood or metal, range from small, space-saving modern displays that can fit on kitchen counters or end tables, to racks suitable for use in between (or even inside) kitchen cupboards.  Most wooden racks can even be purchased or stained to match your cabinets, or a given room’s furniture, and many metal racks come in sleek black or chrome to match today’s modern kitchens.

If you’d a prefer a small-yet-ornate cabinet solution for your entertaining area, an elegant Howard Miller Console is worth consideration.  Many consoles double as tables/pouring stations, too, creating a defined “wine” space in any room.  The very portable, compact Howard Miller Butler, for example, has a top that is removable, doubling as a serving tray.  Up to thirteen wine bottles can be stored neatly inside, and the interior also has room for additional spirits, plus wine glass storage.  The unit is also on wheels, making relocation a snap!  If this is too fancy, perhaps a charming and affordable Rustic Pine scallop wine rack, a wine collector’s classic, will be more to your liking? This unfinished rack can be used as-is, providing a “rustic” look, or it can be stained to match your furnishings.  The rack is durable and holds 18 bottles very neatly.  If your “display” wine collection should grow, there’s even the ability to expand; these wine racks are designed to be stacked, so adding a second or third rack is simple.  Many people give these small racks as gifts (along with a few bottles of wine!)

For a taller racking option, the VintageView Freestanding Displays assemble in minutes and offer visibility and modern presentation.  Unlike other racks, your guests can easily see the labels on each bottle of wine, making this rack ideal for wine tasting parties (and for showing off your best vintages!)  Because it’s freestanding, it’s also a good rack to have in the kitchen to minimize unused space, like between your fridge and a countertop.  VintageView also manufactures wall mounted metal wine racks.  Made from cold rolled steel and available in black or nickel finishes, these racks hold between 9 and 18 bottles per section, depending on design.  Because they are mounted, affixing them to the sides of cupboards, walls, closet interiors, or near  entryways are all options.  These racks keep your bottles safely within reach, while being conversation pieces, too.

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Browse our wine racks or call 1-800-876-8789 to speak to a knowledgeable wine storage expert who can help you make the right selection.

Vintage View 18 Bottle Wall Mount Wine Rack

Why Wait on a Wine Cellar?

June 1st, 2011 No comments

vintageview wine racks

With so many quality wine racking options, the ability to build your own wine cellar using custom racking kits has never been easier.  From unfinished, Rustic Pine Wine Racks and Traditional Redwood Wine Racks, to stylish and contemporary VintageView Wine Racks that allow you to see your bottles’ labels clearly when stored, you’re bound to find a wine racking kit perfect for your cellar’s shape and personality.  Even if you only construct one part of your cellar at a time, adding to it in bits and pieces in subsequent months, you can easily order additional kits of your selected design, enabling you to upgrade your cellar without fear of incompatibility.  With the surplus of affordable, quality, easy-to-assemble wine racks and wine rack kits available, it’s easy to begin constructing your own wine cellar, today!  In addition to its visual allure, a good wine cellar will help preserve your precious bottles, keeping them out of harm’s way (sunlight, accidental knock-overs, dry air, etc.)  If you’ve invested a bit in your wine collection, investing just a little more in proper protection and preservation is a smart idea that will look good, too!

pine wine racks
Have you built your own cellar using any of these products?  Have any of our posts inspired you to do so?  If the answer is “yes”, we’d love to hear from you and, possibly, showcase your project on our site!  (Simply send us an e-mail or drop a comment here.)  Happy racking!

redwood wine racks

Want to learn more about building your own wine cellar? Check out the how-to-build article or contact us for more assistance.

A Wine Cellar from Scratch (and Vintner Wine Racking Kits)

April 29th, 2011 No comments

Back Wall

After moving from Midtown Manhattan to a home in upstate New York, Rick Fraser finally had the necessary space to create his own wine cellar capable of housing 2,000 bottles.  He consulted Vintage Cellars, and decided to use approximately 61 Vintner wine racking kits to construct the cellar he envisioned.  When complete, he wrote us with photographs of his elegant, finished cellar that we would like to share with you.

Once Rick embarked on the project, it took him about 200 hours to complete.  Rick tells us he believes his time was actually extended because of additional “effort to ensure the room was properly sealed,” as well as extra time “required to install the 16×16 [inch] slate tiles, Tuscan accent walls, and raised panel tin ceilings.”   He also tells us he is sure the project would have been finished far more quickly if he had only to assemble the wine racks.

Right Wall

“The installation of the racks was actually one of the less time consuming efforts, and no special tools were required,” says Rick, although he also recommends using a 2″ pneumatic brad nailer to speed up assembly time.  Looking at the photographs, you can see how well the Vintner racks easily accommodated to the shape of Rick’s cellar.  “The quality of the Vintner racks was outstanding and each piece required no additional cuts during assembly,” Rick recalls.

Left Wall

It’s amazing that such a professional-looking cellar was created using easy-to-assemble wine racking kits that did not require any trimming or professional assistance. Rick thinks so, too.  “Once the project was complete, I stepped back and looked at the beauty of the Vintner racks.  I was very surprised that this was something I was able to create myself.” And we’re happy to have helped you, Rick!

Perhaps Rick Fraser’s project will inspire you to create or spruce up your own wine cellar?  If so, we’d love to hear from you, too.  And thank you, Rick, for sharing your beautiful work with us.

While the Vintage Cellars team is well-known for our custom wine cellar projects, we are also delighted to assist with semi-custom projects like this one. Wine racking kits are, as you can see, an excellent option for getting a custom cellar look without a professional build team. Contact us with your questions; we’re always happy to help you design and construct the wine cellar you’ve been dreaming about.

It’s No ‘Dilemma’–Vintage View Wine Racks Are Fantastic!

January 27th, 2011 No comments

Have you seen The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn? Did you notice the wine racks? Check it out:

Vince Vaughn in the Dilemma

Photo credit Universal Pictures

The wine racks in The Dilemma are Vintage View sideways hanging wine racks, some of our absolute favorite wine racks. Their strength, ease of installation and attractive appearance have made them a superior choice for wine collectors everywhere–and clearly they caught the eye of The Dilemma’s set designers as well.

Designer Wine Racks

January 18th, 2011 No comments

wine racking

If you’re looking to add some wine racks to your wine storage area, you might find yourself confused.  What with all the different styles, sizes, materials, and colors available, picking just the right racks for your home and your collection can be difficult.

To fit your style and your space, you might be tempted to go for custom wine racks.  And while you might find that custom wine racks are the ideal option, you might also find that what’s not ideal about them is the price tag.  If you’d like the custom look without the custom price, check out Designer Wine Racks.

Designer wine racks are pre-made, but the individual racks can be fitted together any way you like for that unique, custom look.  Designer wine racks come in a huge variety of styles: they have everything from display shelves to waterfall racks, as well as my personal favorite, diamond racks.

Each Designer wine rack unit is available in poplar, red oak, and premium redwood, all long-lasting and hardy materials.  And each type of wood can be treated with a variety of finishes to ensure that your storage units match your decor. The Vintage Cellars build team can design a custom wine storage solution based around wine rack kits like Designer series racks, too. Check out our custom wine cellars page for more information and inspiration.

Designer wine racks are a beautiful, elegant choice for the wine enthusiast looking for a smart storage solution.  If you’re considering building a wine storage area, they are a great choice.  But remember one important fact: most wine lovers find that once they have a storage area, their wine collections grow larger than they anticipated.  Plan for more than you think you need!