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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 Helps Landmark Restaurant with its Wine Experience

Posted By on April 5, 2018

Captain Anderson’s is an award winning restaurant that’s been a staple on Florida’s Gulf Coast since 1967. Growing year after year, it now brings in over a quarter million customers every season. It is no wonder that with that level of business they were in need of a wine storage solution that could hold upwards of 2,000 bottles.

custom Mahognay wine cellarIn this day and age, it’s crucial for restaurants to properly store and prominently display their wine offerings to their customers. If it’s not in the forefront then a restaurant could be missing out on a huge opportunity to sell their wine.  Captain Anderson’s Restaurant knows this firsthand, for years they were keeping their high-end wines in coolers in their office area, out of site from patrons. The owner, Yonnie Patronis explained, “as a result we had great wines, but they were not displayed and many customers never realized the caliber of wines we had on site.”  With this top of mind, he reached out to Vigilant for help in creating a functional and stylish wine room.

Being experts in commercial wine storage, we were thrilled to take on the project. Captain Anderson’s had the perfect footprint, an old arcade and game room that had been rarely used since the increased use of iPhones and iPads. Vigilant’s owner, Charles Griffiths went down to the restaurant to assess the layout and make recommendations on how to design and cool the space.  Upon his return, our expert designers started diligently working on the perfect layout. After several revisions the restaurant was pleased with the design and were ready to move forward with the construction.

Custom glass etching on wine cellar doorsOur skilled craftsman handcrafted the components of the wine cellar from Mahogany and finished them in our Chestnut stain and lacquer. The wine cellar includes our functional ladder racking with display rows for easy bottle organization. It also features custom cabinetry, diamond bins and bulk storage for their magnum size wine bottles. Entrance to the wine cellar is through Vigilant Classic French Square Doors that feature beautiful custom sailboat etchings. In order to ensure the ideal storage environment for hundreds of rare vintage wines, like a 1962 Petrus and a 1959 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, the wine cellar needed the perfect cooling system. Vigilant recommended a commercial grade ducted cooling system powerful enough to cool up to 3,000 cubic feet.

Mr. Patronis is very pleased with the final result and in the short few months since the wine cellar’s completion, he has already seen an increase in their wine sales.  Now that the wine is at the forefront, “It is much more effective, a customer can walk into the cellar and go window shopping.  They can grab any bottle before dinner and we will be glad to present and serve it with dinner,” stated Mr. Patronis. The restaurant also hosts a 100 member wine club, which Mr. Patronis hopes to see grow as customers see the exceptional wines being housed in the new wine room. To learn more about Vigilant and our commercial wine storage options visit us online.

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.