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Our namesake the Baltimore Clipper Schooner, "Vigilant" sailed commercially on the world's oceans for over 130 years. For us here at Vigilant it represents superior design, durability, dependability and value. All of our wine cellars, wine racks, wine cellar doors, wine cabinets and lockers, custom cabinetry and millwork, and cigar cabinets that bear the Vigilant name are crafted with those values in mind. We build our products using the finest materials and craftsmanship for the enjoyment of our customers.

Vigilant Custom Commercial Projects of 2017

Posted By on February 27, 2018

2017 was a great year at Vigilant, it was full of beautiful and unique commercial projects from hotels to retail store displays. That’s why we put together a list to highlight these one-of-a-kind wine storage solutions. These projects were not possible without our knowledgeable design team and skilled craftsman. Year after year our team continues to push the limits in the wine storage industry. Every request can be customized to match any décor from materials and finish to shelving and lighting.

The Ritz Carlton Chicago White Ash, dual sided wine cabinets.

The Ritz Carlton Chicago White Ash, dual sided wine cabinets.

Ritz Carlton, Chicago

Project Scope: Create a bank of custom cabinets to match the new décor of the recently renovated hotel. The cabinet needed to include glass doors to allow for access on both the lobby side and restaurant side.

Materials: White Ash, white wash finish, mahogany interior, insulated glass doors, black finished metal wine racking and satin brass hardware.

Unique Features: Double sided glass doors, custom wood species and red and white wine cooling zones

Cooling System: Top mount ducted system

Bottle Capacity: 960 bottles

Frameless glass wine lockers at Larsen's Steakhouse

Frameless glass wine lockers at Larsen’s Steakhouse in La Jolla, CA.

Larsen’s Steakhouse

Project Scope: Design custom wine lockers for the brand new steakhouse that could accommodate 56 members in tight hallway.

Unique Features: Frameless glass doors and chrome lock and key hardware

Materials: Mahogany exterior, frameless glass doors), chrome hardware, LED lighting and mahogany racking

Cooling System: Ducted Split

Locker Count: 56 individual lockers

Bottle Capacity: 1,120 bottles

Custom wine cabinet with gold interior

Custom wine cabinets match the champagne room decor at Del Frisco’s Chicago.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – Chicago

Project Scope: The restaurant had just added a modern champagne lounge above their restaurant and needed cabinets capable to store and chill Champagne.

Unique Features: Custom interior and exterior, brass metal accent strips on interior shelving, metal clad exterior

Materials: Mahogany exterior with metal clad finish, Brass metal accent strips, gold paint and brass hardware

Cooling System: Ducted split cooling system

Bottle Capacity: 140 bottles

custom Mahognay wine cellar

Custom Mahogany wine cellar at Captain Anderson’s.

Captain Anderson’s Restaurant and Waterfront Market

Project Scope: This landmark waterfront restaurant on Florida’s gulf coast needed to revamp their space and include a wine cellar big enough to keep up with their growing customer base.

Unique Features: Custom cabinetry and custom French doors wiith anchor glass etching

Materials: Mahogany, metal wine racking and insulated glass doors

Cooling System: Ducted cooling system

Bottle Capacity: 2,000 bottles

retail wine display shelving

Retail wine display shelving for Reveler Beverage Company.

Reveler Beverage Company

Project Scope: The brand new wine and spirt store was in need of display shelving that could organize yet maximize for the stores large inventory.

Unique Features: Custom laminate with matching wood accents, custom Formica tabletops and POS desk area

Materials: Solid Oak and Oak laminate

Bottle Capacity: 5,000+ bottles

Lodge Kohler custom wine lockers

Lodge Kohler custom wine lockers at the entrance of Taverne in the Sky.

Lodge Kohler

Project Scope: The brand new hotel adjacent to “Lambeau Field” was in need of wine display cabinets for their restaurant that could cool both red and white wines.

Unique Features: Red and white wine cooling zones, label forward metal racking

Materials: Mahogany, black metal wine racking, High R-Value insulated glass and oil rubbed bronze hardware

Bottle Capacity: 660 bottles

To learn more about how Vigilant can help with your commercial wine storage project visit us online.

Vigilant Cigar Humidification System on the World’s Largest Residential Yacht

Posted By on January 17, 2018

Vigilant's client, The World Residences at Sea Yacht

When we think of cigars we usually associate them with luxury, it’s an indulgence usually enjoyed while golfing, celebrating, sailing etc. It was no surprise that the prestigious “World at Sea” yacht would want a humidor cabinet to store cigars for its patrons to enjoy while aboard.  The yacht is the largest private residential ship in the world consisting of 165 residences and endless amenities – 6 restaurants, a fitness center, a spa, an art gallery, a library, a cigar club and much more.  The vessel gives its residents a luxurious lifestyle with the opportunity to wake up in a new part of the world every few days.

A Residence on the Yacht

The yacht had previous challenges with its original humidification system and cabinetry when they reached out to Vigilant for help. Having worked on a humidor for another yacht previously,” The King Baby,” we knew the mechanics involved behind the scenes to make it work properly. There are a lot of things to consider when creating a humidor for a ship because of the constant motion it endures while at sea.

Vigilant Humidification System

The Vigilant System keeps the cigars at the perfect temperature and Relative Humidity.

Once we determined the challenges, we designed a ducted humidification system to resolve the issues. Since the yacht is constantly moving we needed to prevent any possible spillage from the water reservoir. By using a special absorbent material, the unit can hold water up to 100 times its own weight to prevent any overflow. We also included smart sensor that can accurately adjust to make sure the humidity doesn’t get more than 2% above or below the desired Relative Humidity level. The final humidification system was installed by a Vigilant team member to make sure everything was fitted and working properly.

The World at Sea now has a perfectly functioning cigar humidor for all of its passengers to enjoy. To learn more about Vigilant Cigar Humidors and Humidification Systems please visit us online at https://vigilantinc.com/cigar-humidors/.

Our Wine Cabinets Were a Touchdown in Titletown

Posted By on December 11, 2017

Football season is underway and there’s no better time to announce the recent installation of our custom wine cabinets at Lodge Kohler, the luxury hotel of the Green Bay Packer’s Titletown. Lodge Kohler held its grand opening this past July and it’s just steps from the famous Lambeau Field stadium, making it the perfect game day pit stop for a glass of wine.

Vigilant wine cabinets located at Lodge Kohler across from Lambeau Stadium

Downtown Titletown with Lodge Kohler and Lambeau Stadium

Vigilant Wine cabinets at theTaverne in the Sky have a view of Lambeau Stadium

Taverne in the Sky’s view of Lambeau Stadium

Vigilant was very excited to take on a project for such a well-known brand as the “Kohler Company.” The process began with the Purchasing Manager for Kohler Hospitality requesting a bank of five refrigerated wine cabinet to match the Lodge Kohler’s pre-existing millwork, so they chose Mahogany stained in our Vigilant Espresso finish. Our experts then honed in on the perfect design that combined beauty and functionality. Once the plan was approved the wine cabinets were handcrafted at our New Hampshire facility and shipped out to Green Bay.

Vigilant refrigerated wine cabinets

Installed Vigilant refrigerated wine cabinets

The wine cabinets were installed at the entrance of the “Taverne in the Sky” restaurant with a perfect view of the stadium. The framed glass doors showcase the hotel’s wine offering to guests as they enter the restaurant. Using well-organized label forward metal racking and LED lighting, allows guests to easily make their wine selection. And for the ultimate storage conditions, the cabinets include dual cooling systems that provide a white zone and a red zone (and no we’re not talking about the football term). This allows patrons to enjoy the hotel’s rare selections like the ’92 Opus one, ’13 Joseph Phelps Vineyard’s Insignia or a ’94 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne at the perfect drinking temperature.

We are glad to say that Lodge Kohler is another happy customer and hope that hotel guests and football fans alike enjoy the perfectly stored wine for years to come. To learn more about out wine cabinet offerings visit vigilantinc.com.

Our Wine Storage Win at a Napa Valley Winery

Posted By on October 9, 2017

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is one of the bastions of the Napa Valley wine tradition. The vineyard has been family owned and operated for 42 years and is dedicated to making wine sustainably. As a green company ourselves, we were honored to work with another environmentally-conscious business. In 2015, the winery underwent an extensive 16-month renovation to accommodate the growing number of visitors. At that time, BCV Architects, of San Francisco, reached out to us with their vision for the wine library, vault and sales cabinets for the revamped green visitor center at the Joseph Phelps Vineyards.

Refrigerated Display Wine Cabinets

The custom wine cabinets installed in the wine library.

The wine library is dedicated to their older vintages so we knew we needed to create a stunning display to show off their most prestigious wines. Working with BCV Architects, we were able to bring their beautiful wine library design to life. The unique cabinets were created to seamlessly fit around a protruding wall that conceals the ducted split cooling systems. The wine cabinets utilize various size mahogany shelves to accommodate both standard wine bottles and magnums. With the LED display lighting, winery visitors can easily distinguish between all of their vintage wine offerings within the cabinets.

The next component of the project was the wine vault. Winery guests are immediately stunned as they enter the vault with our beautiful Vigilant Glass French Doors. The doors were handcrafted down to the finest detail including fluted casing and crown molding for added elegance. Inside the vault solid rectangular bins and metal racking store hundreds of bottles, including their most popular “Insignia,” California’s first proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend.

Custom refrigerated wine cabinets

The refrigerated wine cabinets in the winery store.

The last piece of the project was in the winery store where Joseph Phelps Vineyard’s needed refrigerated wine cabinets to hold wine ready for purchase. We were required to match the cabinet finish to the custom white paint finish of the surrounding millwork for a seamless look. The wine cabinets used solid wood racking with three unique storage options allowing bottles to be seen at every angle.
In the end, all the components came together perfectly giving Joseph Phelps Winery a fresh new look. At Vigilant, we are dedicated to customer satisfaction and we are proud to live up to the Joseph Phelps Vineyard’s standards and contribute to their long standing reputation. To learn more about our wine storage offerings visit vigilantinc.com.

DIY: Make Your Wine Room a Reality

Posted By on August 1, 2017

Having a wine cellar can seem unfeasible for most but we want to prove that anyone can find a spot for a small wine room no matter the size of their home. There are many options including under the stairs, in a pantry, spare closet or even creating a spot in a basement alcove. No matter the limitations, at Vigilant we believe anyone who has a dream of storing their wine collection can achieve it.

One of our customers had that same dream and reached out to us to make it a reality. After several trips to Napa Valley, Mike wanted a proper spot to store his modest collection. He first identified the perfect corner in his basement measuring 50 inches by 60 inches. By plugging these measurements into our DIY wine cellar design tool Mike was able to get a rough idea of what was possible. He then submitted the design to us and we worked to finalize his vision. We quickly sent back an updated design and with a few minor tweaks Mike was ready to move forward and put his wine storage plan into motion.

Before photo of basement alcove

Before photo of the unused basement corner

Mike received his Vigilant kit wine cellar shipment a few weeks later and began his DIY project. With help from his son, Michael Jr. they completed the framing and installation of the through the wall cooling system. Once that was in place the insulation was inserted and Mike called in some professional help for the drywall and painting. After a few short weeks Mike was ready to install the racks.

Wine room framing

Michael Jr. helps with framing the wine room.

Framing and through the wall cooling system

The framing and through the wall cooling system are in place.

Insulated and painted walls

The walls have been insulated and drywall has been painted.

For storage options Mike went with our Classic wine rack kits in finished mahogany. With the allotted space, he ordered a 7 column rack with a high reveal display row, a half-height 10 column rack with a display row and for bulk wine bottle storage the half height diamond bin. All the shelving came with step-by-step directions and helpful images making for a smooth assembly process. But we all know, no wine cellar is complete without that “pièce de résistance” if you will, the cellar door. For Mike, he wanted that first impression of his cellar to be through the Vigilant full glass arch door framed in mahogany. After one month of only working on the weekends Mike’s dream was finally tangible. Everything was in place and the only thing left to do was fill up the shelving with all that Napa wine. The final space can house 355 bottles, the perfect size for his growing collection.

Diamond bins and standard kit wine racking

The cellar features bulk storage diamond bins & standard kit racking.

Vigilant full glass arch door

Completed wine room with the Vigilant full glass arch door.

Once the project was complete, we were happy to hear from Mike and how well his DIY wine room installation went. He expressed his experience with us by saying, “It was a fun DIY project that is now a beautiful focal point in our basement. Vigilant’s racking, trim, and custom doors are extremely high quality. I highly recommend the company for their outstanding service and product quality.”

At Vigilant wine is our passion and we want all wine lovers to have the ability to store and protect their collection with quality, affordable options. To learn more about DIY wine cellars view our standard wine racking kits or call us at 1-888-812-4427.