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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Refrigerated Wine Cabinets

| December 22, 2011

[caption id="attachment_1229" align="alignleft" width="205"] Display shelves are just one of the features of these refrigerated wine cabinets.[/caption]

As you can see, Vigilant Woodworks has been busy with several refrigerated wine cabinet projects! Here is another project we are very proud of. We worked with Bill Parks of Best Cellar Wine Designs in Florida on these refrigerated and non-refrigerated wine cabinets for a Florida residence.

These mahogany cabinets store, in total, more than 1,100 bottles in a variety of storage options including Vintage View wine racks and pull out shelves. They are finished with a clear satin lacquer, ball catch hardware and accent lighting. One set of cabinets also features a solid mahogany tabletop, double deep shelving and full adjustable glass shelves. At more than six feet high, these cabinets are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional.

Fully insulated with dual pane glass, the refrigerated cabinets will store these home owners’ wine collection at the optimum temperature with the help of two separately zoned cooling systems. Especially for humid environments like Florida, proper wine storage conditions are very important.

Vigilant Woodworks really can make any project come to life no matter the space, material or design requirements. Contact us to discuss your project so you can store your wine collection stylishly and securely like these Florida homeowners will now be able to do!

[caption id="attachment_1231" align="alignnone" width="323"] These gorgeous refrigerated wine cabinets will be installed in a residence in Florida.[/caption]

Custom Refrigerated Wine Cabinets

| October 14, 2011

[caption id="attachment_954" align="alignleft" width="432"] Vigilant custom designed & built these refrigerated wine cabinets for a Vermont residence.[/caption]

Customers in Vermont turned to Vigilant to design and build refrigerated wine cabinets to store wine stylishly and effectively in their home. These cabinets are 83” high and custom-sized to fit in a corner of the residence with a remotely ducted cooling system. Red wine will be stored at the optimum temperature with the use of the large cooling system and interior fans to properly circulate air throughout the cabinets, which will hold about 1,000 bottles.

[caption id="attachment_962" align="alignleft" width="207"] Custom refrigerated wine cabinet applied divided light doors with hardware and 3/4″ argon-filled glass.[/caption]

The wine cabinets features roller catch, applied divided light doors with ¾” argon filled glass, strike-latch locks and spring loaded hinges for secure wine storage. Upon completion, the wine cabinet will also have display and flat adjustable shelving and interior lighting. Crown molding will add a finishing touch once the cabinets are installed in the residence. Vigilant’s craftsmen are putting the finishing touches on the project in our wood shop.

Wine cabinets are a great alternative to a traditional wine cellar and can easily be integrated with existing décor. With many storage options, sizes and styles available, Vigilant can customize any wine cabinet to fit your environment.

View our refrigerated wine cabinet gallery for more ideas and information.

Retail Wine Storage

| July 1, 2011

wine storage for wine stores

Wine storage is as important as display in restaurants and retail wine stores. Keeping wine at a constant temperature and humidity level is essential. In addition, wine needs to be kept away from dramatic temperature fluctuations. This can be a challenge for a store owner with a large quantity of wine.

Ideally, wine should be kept at approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 70 percent humidity. Wine served in restaurants can be chilled or brought up to room temperature just before serving.

A variety of retail wine storage products can help business owners preserve their wine inventory. Among these are:

  • Walk-in commercial wine coolers – For wine stores and restaurants that carry a large — and expensive — wine inventory, a walk-in cooler, in the back of the restaurant or store, allows for easy access in a controlled environment.
  • Free-standing commercial wine coolers – Wine coolers, with glass doors, are a good way for a wine store to display its finer wines while still maintaining a proper storage temperature.
  • Wine tasting rooms for restaurants – A wine tasting room displays a restaurant’s wine acumen to diners, keeps the wine inventory secure, and allows wine to be stored at the proper temperature and humidity.