Vigilant Woodworks – We’re not just wood

| October 15, 2013

With the name Vigilant Woodworks, it would be easy to assume that we only design our wine and cigar display cabinets out of wood. However, this is not the case. Take for example this custom metal clad wine display case we built for Tri-North builders of Madison WI. This cabinet was designed as a part of a major renovation at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham Mass.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450"]stainless steel refrigerated  wine cabinets Vigilant’s handcrafted custom stainless steel refrigerated wine cabinets adds a contemporary look to the bar and dining area at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Ma[/caption]

Adorning the back bar area, between the bar and the dining room, this wine cabinet was designed with locking glass doors and a glass paneled back, allowing patrons to see through the cabinet into the adjoining area.  The stainless steel clad wine cabinet is fully insulated and features insulated, argon filled, tempered glass panels, a unique riddling rack style wine bottle display, and LED lights for a stunning wine display.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Vigilant's Stainless Steel Wine Cabinets for a hotel bar Close up view of the custom stainless steel wine cabinets[/caption]

The fully ducted cooling system housed in the ceiling above, ensures the wine is stored at the ideal temperature. Connecting the two wine cabinets is a non-conditioned display cabinet with a plate glass back and plate glass shelves with polished edges. The client had a very tight timeline and Vigilant was able to deliver the cabinet on time and within budget.

Vigilant Woodworks provides custom wine cabinets for Portsmouth’s newest waterside restaurant

| September 11, 2012

The Martingale Wharf Club occupies a stretch of Bow Street with views of tugboats and river traffic in historic downtown Portsmouth. The new waterfront restaurant opened its doors last month with two distinct indoor dining rooms and the area’s largest waterfront deck, overlooking the Piscataqua River.

Owners Mark McNabb and Joe Baroni knew they would offer an extensive wine list, but needed a space-saving alternative to a standard wine cellar. They looked to Vigilant Woodworks of Dover for wine storage options that could accommodate a collection of nearly 2,000 bottles at perfect serving temperatures, including both red and white wines.

Working with Architect Kathy Jackson of McHenry Architecture, Vigilant’s designers came up with a bank of refrigerated wine cabinets and storage bins that stretches 24 feet long and includes an arched decanting counter, LED lighting, and display racks to show off individual bottles. The result is both attractive and functional, occupying one wall of the dining area of the restaurant.

Vigilant’s woodworking craftsmen used mahogany and zebrawood in the construction of the cabinets. The doors have custom-etched glass with the Wharf logo, a pair of sails. Inside the cabinets are diamond storage bins, individual bottle cubes, and solid mahogany display shelves. The unit is cooled by a remote ducted cooling system that provides dual temperature zones for red and white wines.

With an eclectic menu featuring fresh seafood and local fare paired with perfectly stored fine wine, the Martingale Wharf Club promises a “fantastic time on the Piscataqua.” Customers will soon be able to visit by land or water. McNabb and Baroni have received city authorization to expand the dock area in front of the restaurant so they can cater to boat traffic.

[caption id="attachment_1324" align="aligncenter" width="540"]Refrigerated wine cabinets under construction in Vigilant's woodworking shop The Wharf’s refrigerated wine cabinets under construction in our Dover, NH, woodworking shop[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1325" align="aligncenter" width="540"]Vigilant's wine cabinets during construction of the Martingale Wharf restaurant Bank of Vigilant’s wine cabinets line one wall of the restaurant’s dining area, shown here during renovations.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1331" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Vigilant's refrigerated wine cabinets find a home along one wall of the Martingale Wharf Club's dining area Finished cabinets in the recently opened restaurant are both attractive and functional with expert woodworking and clever design.[/caption]

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Custom Hexagonal Wine Cabinet

| December 6, 2011

[caption id="attachment_1201" align="alignleft" width="286"] Vigilant Woodworks craftsmen work on the hexagonal cabinet in the shop, pictured unfinished prior to stain and lacquer.[/caption]

Vigilant Woodworks custom designed and built this hexagonal refrigerated wine cabinet for a hotel in India. Storing 36 bottles, this mahogany cabinet with chestnut and lacquer finish is 48″ by 42″ in size. The cabinet is fully insulated with dual pane, Argon filled glass and features Vintage View wine racks for storage. Wine will be stored at a consistent temperature in the cabinet’s single zone, which also has a digitally controlled refrigeration system. Finishing touches include standard bar pulls, locks and self catch hardware.

This is just one example of how Vigilant Woodworks can design refrigerated wine cabinets or wine lockers for a variety of applications for both residential and commercial settings. These cabinets are heirloom quality, built right in our New England facility by skilled woodworkers who pay the utmost attention to detail. The quality is visible in the craftsmanship of their work.

Refrigerated wine cabinets and lockers provide quiet, vibration free wine storage without the space needed and the cost of a traditional wine cellar build-out. Vigilant Woodworks can design and build refrigerated wine cabinets to meet your requirements, including built-in or free standing units.

[caption id="attachment_1202" align="alignleft" width="310"] The finished hexagonal cabinet with chestnut and satin lacquer finish getting ready to be shipped to India.[/caption]

Kinds of Commercial Wine Storage

| August 30, 2011

Wine storage in retail wine and hospitality settings should not only store wine properly, but make it readily available to customers. There are several commercial wine storage options for restaurants, retail stores and wineries that maximize storage space and complement any decor.

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Where can I use commercial wine display racks?

| August 4, 2010

Uses for commercial wine display racks are limited mostly by your imagination. Just as every restaurant and retail store has a different style, every commercial wine display has a different design.

Some commercial wine displays are used mostly for storage. Stores that sell a large quantity of a limited number of wines might use wine cubes to separate each type. This makes it easier for consumers to find what they want.

Wine stores that offer a few bottles of many unique, or boutique, wines, might opt for a system of interlocking cubes so that all of the specialized wine inventory can be displayed to shoppers.

Retailers that deal in high-end wines, might also wish to include a locking rack to prevent theft. Such a rack is a perfect place for those Bordeaux and expensive Champagnes.

Not all commercial wine racks have to be on the sales floor. Wine racks are also useful in the store room for excess inventory or to hold special orders.