Kit vs. Custom Racks

| November 15, 2011

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When considering a wine cellar, Vigilant offers several options, including kit wine racks, custom wine racks and modular wine cabinet kits. While options are great, some customers may wonder why they’d choose one over the other. The good news is that you really don’t have to choose one option alone, as all of our racks and modular cabinets can be integrated to create a wine cellar designed to your specifications without the fully custom price tag.

Kit Wine Racks
Vigilant’s kit wine racks come in two heights: Classic (77″ tall) and Estate (92.5″ tall). Both lines are available in pine or mahogany and lacquer finish; mahogany wine racks are available in Shaker Maple or Chestnut stain.

With a wide range of available elements, kit wine cellars mirror their custom counterparts in style and functionality. Choose from individual wine racks with display rows, bins and cases for bulk storage, decorative components, tables and half heights.

[caption id="attachment_1116" align="alignright" width="358"]Vigilant Wine Cellars, Custom Wine Racks, Design your own wine cellar Modular cabinetry integrated with Classic height wine racks.[/caption]

Modular Wine Cabinet Kits
Vigilant’s wine cabinets are furniture-quality pieces that can stand on their own or easily be integrated with our Classic and Estate wine racks. These modular pieces are easy to assemble and allow for several design possibilities. Choose from several modular cabinet packages or customize your own cabinet with drawers, doors, lighting and stemware shelves to fit your storage needs.

Modular wine cabinets are perfect for both residential and retail settings. View our modular wine cabinet kits.

Custom Wine Racks & Cellars
With custom wine racks and wine cellars, the possibilities are infinite. Many customers choose a fully custom wine cellar or some custom elements because they have space, height or other storage requirements outside of our kit wine racking and modular cabinet lines. Custom racks can be made to any height, wood type and finish. Other custom options include true radius curves, double deep wine racks, rolling ladders and floor to ceiling height racking.

View our Kit vs. Custom wine cellar comparison for more information.

Kit & Custom Wine Cellar Gallery

| September 27, 2011

Vigilant has built thousands of wine cellars over the years in many different areas and climates. With a comprehensive product line, customers can utilize both kit and custom elements to design their wine cellar to meet their exact specifications. Size, materials, finish and capacity can all be tailored to meet customer needs. Kit wine racks also can be integrated with our modular cabinets, adding even more options.

Here are some great examples of both kit and custom wine cellars.

[caption id="attachment_927" align="alignleft" width="480"]Vigilant custom wine cellars and wine racks in residential, hotel and retail settings This gorgeous wine cellar in New York has Classic wine racks integrated with custom elements including stonework and granite counter tops.[/caption]










[caption id="attachment_923" align="alignnone" width="480"]Vigilant uses kit wine racks with modular wine cabinets in this Illinois wine cellar This Illinois wine cellar utilizes kit wine racks, modular wine cabinets and some custom elements for an arrangement that is both functional and attractive.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_938" align="alignnone" width="480"]Vigilant uses both custom and kit wine cellar components in this wine cellar design This wine cellar has a mix of custom and kit wine racks and a functional tasting area with seating.[/caption]

What Are the Best Woods for Wine Racks?

| September 14, 2011

At Vigilant Woodworks, we choose the best materials for our wine storage products so they will last a long time. Our individual wine racks, wine cellar doors, Tuscan tables and modular wine cabinets are made from mahogany, a wood known not only for its beauty but its durability. We also offer our wine racks in pine, which accepts stain well and can be sourced locally. Here is a closer look at these materials.

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Wine Cellar Organization Tips

| August 16, 2011

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Keeping track of your wine collection in a wine cellar  can be a daunting task. Here are some tips on how to organize your wine so you can easily locate your favorite bottle when you need it.

Q: How can I manage my wine storage?

A: Even if you have a small collection, it can be daunting to remember where every bottle is, and just what vintages you have in your collection. There are many software programs and even entire computer systems available that can help manage your wine collections. You can create a database of wines you own, and would like to own in the future. You can map where each bottle is in your wine cellar. You can even keep tasting notes and wine auction information all in one place. These programs are a must for the serious collector. They’ll help you keep your collection manageable and organized no matter how large it grows.

Q: What is a bottling method that will help me quickly locate bottles?

A: Labeling systems vary in wine room storage. Bottle tags can help keep track of what is stored in your wine room. You cannot always tell what flavor a wine is by quickly glancing at the label or the bottle. Bottle tags come in a variety of colors and can be hung around the neck of the wine. Write on it in permanent ink to prevent anything from making it unreadable. Tagging every bottle in your collection can help you to locate the bottle you are looking for quickly and efficiently and without disturbing your entire collection.

Q: What is a wine management system?

A: This machine is similar to what is used in restaurants but many retailers now offer it for home wine cellars as well using the same design. The system is installed in your wine cellar and set up for you to enter each bottle of wine as you store it. It keeps a running inventory of all of the bottles stored in your wine cellar and enables you to properly manage your collection with a simple, easy-to-use touch-screen. A wine management system allows you the opportunity to use technological means to be aware of exactly where bottles are stored, how many brands and flavors of wine you have in stock, which bottles have been used and which ones need to be re-stocked.

Q: What is a wine cellar book?

A: Another option is to invest in a paper bookkeeping system, in addition to the aforementioned computerized option. Organize your wine, either by size, label, rate of maturity, or another system of your choice. Record your organizational methods into a “cellar book.” A cellar book will enable you to find a label without having to search exhaustively. This system allows you to track all of the wine that comes in and out of your wine cellar. Your cellar book should include a diagram of your wine cellar with descriptions of each wine and the rack on which it is stored, so you can better keep track of all of your labels and various rates of development.

What is Proper Wine Storage?

| May 16, 2011

[caption id="attachment_744" align="alignleft" width="359"] Wines are stored properly at a horizontal angle to keep the corks moist.[/caption]

Proper wine storage is essential for keeping your wine at its best and from aging prematurely. Below are some things you should know about proper wine storage:

1. The best temperature for storing wine is a constant 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid dramatic fluctuations in temperature.

2. Wine is disturbed by vibration. This can loosen the wine’s cork and allow air to enter the bottle and destroy the wine.

3. Wine should be stored in the dark because UV light causes the wine’s proteins to deteriorate.

4. Store wine horizontally to avoid the wine cork from drying out. A dry cork shrinks slightly, allowing air to enter the wine bottle.

5. Humidity around 70 percent is ideal for storing wines with cork closures. This keeps the cork moist and prevents air from seeping into the wine bottle.

View our great selection of wine racks available in pine and mahogany in Classic or Estate height. For more wine storage information and tips, visit our Residential Wine Storage Education Center.