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A Successful Newport Beach California Wine Closet Conversion

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Closet conversion is becoming popular in the design and construction industry.  Many home owners are considering having a vacant small or large space in their home converted into something useful.

One residential owner in Newport Beach contacted a California wine cellar builder to request help in converting his closet into a custom wine cellar.  The client wanted a wine storage and display space that was both functional, and elegant.

Newport Beach  California Wine Closet Project Site

Newport Beach California Wine Closet Project Site

Vintage Wine Cellars, the California wine cellar builder that the client contacted, came up with a gorgeous custom wine cellar design.  It featured a stunning wine rack design to store and display wine bottles, a wine cellar cooling system to cool the wines, a glass wine cellar door, and matching wine cellar flooring.

Wine Rack Design Features

The wine storage and display racks are a combination of several different wine rack designs, including:

  • Single bottle storage wine racks
  • Horizontal display wine racks
  • High reveal display rows
  • Arched tabletop
  • Diamond bin cases
  • Rectangular bins


Single Bottle Storage Racks and Rectangular Bins

Single Bottle Storage Racks and Rectangular Bins

The single bottle storage wooden wine racks store 750 ml wine bottles individually, in cubicles with 3 ¾ inche openings, which are perfect for easy bottle access.  The bottle holders on each cubicle are hand sanded, to protect wine labels from scratches.

The horizontal display storage with a high reveal display row runs on the entire length of the walls.  This feature angles the wine bottles at 15 degrees, keeping the corks moist and the bottle tightly sealed.  An LED lighting fixture was also added, to illuminate the angled wine bottles on the display row.

At the center of the wine closet is a tabletop with an archway, where wine pouring or decanting can be done.  It features a lovely art piece, which is highlighted by a puck lighting.

At the bottom of the tabletop are solid diamond bins, which store wine bottles one on top of the other.  Diamond bins are ideal for bulk wine storage.

At the side of the wine closet are rectangular bins, which maximize the small storage space.  This wine racking style gives the wine collector an option to store wines by group (by variety, origin, size, age, etc.). This wine rack design is a wise option for storing 1.5L and 3L bottles.

The wooden wine racks are made of Premium Redwood, one of the best wood types used in the wine racking industry.  A dark walnut stain was applied to the wooden wine racks.  The natural aesthetic appeal of the stained redwood adds beauty to the wine cellar.

The total storage capacity of this wine closet is 840 wine bottles.

 Efficient Cooling using a Fully-Ducted Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Installed in the Attic

Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Installed in the Attic

This Newport Beach California wine closet is highly functional, as it is equipped with a wine cellar cooling system.  This maintains the right balance of temperature and humidity inside the wine closet.

Vintage Wine Cellars installed a fully ducted wine cellar cooling unit from Wine Guardian.  It is a self-contained wine cellar cooling system, and it can be installed either indoors or outdoors.

For this Newport Beach California wine closet, the cooling unit was installed indoors, in the attic located just above the wine cellar.  The wine cellar cooling system is assembled in a platform with a drain pan.

The duct system of this wine cellar cooling unit supplies cool air into the wine cellar and exhausts hot air outside. A louvered grill that matches the wooden wine racks covers the cooling unit.

Wine Cellar Entryway and Flooring that Attractively Matches with the Wine Racks

Barolo Glass Wine Cellar Door

Barolo Glass Wine Cellar Door

The cellar door used is a Barolo style dual-paned glass wine cellar door.

This entryway has two door openings, and it has certain features that ensure a tight seal to the room, and these include weather stripping and a concealed door bottom.

The wine cellar door was coated with a Chestnut wood stain, creating a beautiful contrast against the Premium Redwood wine racks.

To enhance the look of the wine cellar, the owner chose a unique tile flooring. The color scheme of the flooring matches charmingly with the wooden wine racks.

Get Started with your Own Wine Cellar Design!

Vintage Wine Cellars did a great job completing this Newport Beach California wine closet renovation project, considering the limited space their team had to work on. Vintage Wine Cellars specializes in wine cellar design, installation, renovation, and even maintenance, for both residential and commercial locations.

If you have a custom wine cellar project in mind, whether in Southern or Northern California, just contact Vintage Wine Cellars California Wine Cellar Builder for a free design consultation. Visit their page at

Custom Wine Enclave Coto de Caza CA Golf and Racquet Club Project by Coastal

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Meeting the Client and Starting the Project

The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club is among the finest private clubhouses in Orange County, California.  The 36-hole country club features a 44,000 square foot clubhouse thatis an ideal setting for weddings, business meetings, and private parties.  The club recently remodeled Preserve, their upscale dining room, to include a 1,380-bottle capacity wine enclave, where members can store and display their private collections.

Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club California

Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club California

In November 2013, Coastal Custom Wine Cellars was contacted by an architectural firm in San Diego, California.  They wanted to add a glass covered custom wine enclave to the newly remodeled Preserve Dining Room.  The room measures 11’ wide, 2’ deep and about 9’ tall.  After several consultations, and a couple of site visits, Coastal prepared a three dimensional design.

A 3D wine celalar design work from Coastal provides a three dimensional illustration of the proposed wine cellar design.  The wine cellar design package includes plan views (elevations and 3D views), total bottle capacities, construction guidelines, and an audio/video tour of the design.

The Wine Cellar Design Features

Stunning Metal Wine Rack Displays

Contemporary Metal Wine Rack Display

Contemporary Metal Wine Rack Display

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, SoCal’s leading expert in wine cellar design and construction, created a climate-controlled commercial display wine room, encased in glass, that features VintageView metal wine rack displays.

Three sets of seamless 1/2″ glass doors provide access to the wine enclave.  To stabilize the climate conditions inside the wine storage space, the Coastal team recommended a Model D088 from Wine Guardian.

Unlike wood-based wine racks, metal wine rack displays provide a contemporary look that will go well with any modern interior.  VintageView metal wine rack displays are designed to hold bottles in a label forward orientation, allowing for ease of product recognition.

The horizontal placement of the bottles also helps maintain the continuous contact of the cork with the wine, thereby ensuring its sealing quality.

Coto Golf Club Vintage View Metal Wine Rack Displays Before Glass

Coto Golf Club Vintage View Metal Wine Rack Displays Before Glass

To increase the total bottle capacity of the custom wine enclave Coto de Caza CA, the Coastal team installed metal wine displays in single and triple deep configurations.

Triple depth wine racks can hold three bottles in a single row; two wine bottles are stored behind the visible bottle.

The metal wine racks are mostly label forward horizontal displays.  A presentation row running the width of the racking system was also installed, for showcasing the finest wine bottles in the collection.

The metal wine rack displays come in a black satin finish, to give them a stainless steel effect.  A three deep configuration wine display rack is located right in front of the series of glass doors that lead to the wine enclosure.

Single deep display racking is installed on the rear, fixed glass panel.  The wine rack design is set up in such a way that the bottles appear as if they are floating when viewed from the outside.

Tempered Glass Walls and Doors

The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club contemporary wine cellar display is encased in seamless 1/2″ tempered glass walls and doors.

Tempered Glass Walls

Tempered Glass Walls

The glass covered custom wine enclave is an aesthetically pleasing addition to the clubhouse’s Preserve Dining Room.  The heavy duty glass doors are hinged on self-closing, commercial grade pivot sets.

Installating the Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Installating the Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Installating the Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

To maintain the ideal wine storage temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity between 50 to 60 percent, the Coastal team recommended a self-contained air duct handler, by Wine Guardian.

After conducting a heat load calculation, it was determined that the Model D088 wine cellar cooling unit would most efficiently cool the glass encased wine cellar.

Wine Guardian is a world-renowned manufacturer and provider of wine cellar cooling solutions.  Their wine cellar cooling products provide whisper-quiet operation and superior cooling performance.  They offer different types of cooling systems, including through the wall units, split cooling systems, ducted units, and humidifiers.

The Model D088 is a self-contained, fully ducted wine cellar cooling unit, that is ideal for medium to large residential and commercial wine cellars.  This cooling unit not only provides optimum temperature and humidity control, but also adds to the aesthetic quality of the wine storage space.

Wine Guardian Model D088 Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Wine Guardian Model D088 Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Since this wine cellar cooling unit can be ducted up to 25 feet away from the wine enclosure, it eliminates the presence of mechanical equipment in the room, thus promoting a quiet storage environment.

For this particular project, the cooling unit was placed in the ceiling.  Installing the climate control unit out of sight eliminates any presence of mechanical equipment in the custom wine enclave Coto de Caza CA, and allows the wine cellar builder to maximize available space.  Ceiling mounted units also provide better air distribution and circulation.

About the Wine Cellar Builder

Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builder has over ten years of experience in designing and building commercial and residential wine cellars in California, and throughout the country.  They provide all aspects of wine storage needs, including wine cellar cooling systems, wood and metal based wine racking, wine cellar doors, and wine cellar flooring.

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

If you have a wine cellar project in mind, just contact Coastal Custom Wine Cellars. Click here.

Ideal Wine Storage Solution in Surrey, BC by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars

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Genuine wine lovers know that having a good wine storage solution for a wine collection should not be taken lightly. Without a proper wine storage place, wines will lose their quality. To protect your investment, you need to have a quality wine storage solution constructed. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is one of the top wine cellar builders in Canada. One of their most successful projects utilized modular wine racking, which they installed in a wine cellar in Surrey, BC

Blue Grouse Wine Cellar Installs Modular Wine Racking in Surrey, BC

For many years, Blue Grouse Wine Cellars has established a reputation for producing quality wine storage solutions, and meeting customer satisfaction. One of their most recent projects was the installation of a modular wine racking system in a residential wine cellar in Surrey, BC.

Modular Wine Rack Kits

Modular Wine Racking System by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars

Blue Grouse Wine Cellars: Trusted Wine Storage Solution Provider

Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is a leading professional wine storage solutions company, based in British Columbia. Blue Grouse is well-known for turn-key wine storage solutions, for builders, homeowners, and commercial establishments.

Blue Grouse Wine Cellars’ owner and manager, Gary Bombay, gives importance to consistency in meeting client needs; which is why his products and services always earn their satisfaction. Blue Grouse has a competent wine cellar design team that is trained to cover all of the essentials of constructing an effective wine storage solution, without going beyond the client’s allocated budget. Blue Grouse has partnered with the best in the wine storage industry, and they make sure that all of the materials they use for each wine cellar project are high quality. What’s more, Blue Grouse’s design team works alongside their clients, from the design stage of the project, to the actual construction and completion of the wine cellar.

Blue Grouse Wine Rack Installation Project in Surrey, BC

One of the most recent and successfully completed projects by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars is the wine storage solution in Surrey, BC. In this project, the client was a contractor, building a spec home. Spec homes are built not for any specific owner, and because of this, the contractor wanted to make sure that this house looked as good as possible without spending a lot of money.They decided on modular wine racking; the best solution to achieve the beautiful but budget-friendly design.

Modular Wine Racks: What Are They?

There are many types of wine racks in Vancouver, Canada, and modular wine racks are a few of the most sought-after types. Modular wine racking is a popular choice, because clients can pick from an unlimited combination of rack modules. Clients can mix and match these module options, to achieve a wine rack design that fits their preference. Because of this, modular wine racking allows wine collectors to reconfigure and expand their wine racking structure, and create more storage space to accommodate their continually growing wine collection.

Modular wine racks in Canada come in various sizes, materials, and designs. With this wide array of options, creating a personalized wine storage design is easy, because wine collectors can just pair their choice of modular wine rack kits to meet their specific wine cellar needs. Blue Grouse Wine Cellars offers clients an extensive list of modular wine racking systems options. Clients can assemble basic building blocks, join them together, and create unique wine racks that may be big, small, or extravagant.

The Design of the Modular Wine Racking System in Surrey, BC

The modular wine rack installed by Blue Grouse in the wine storage solution in Surrey, BC was a unique combination of kits. It had very interesting features, that, all together, made the wine cellar look elegant and classy. The wine racking system’s features includes:

1. An Archway Feature

The modular wine racking system’s design included a lovely archway feature. This feature was the only slightly customized feature of the residential wine cellar. It was included in the design to give the wine storage room a little bit of flare.

2. Countertop Feature

The client wanted the future home owners to have a flat surface to use to sort out and organize the wines in their collection,and so a countertop feature was included in the wine cellar’s design. For illustration purposes, a wine bottle was placed on the countertop in this photo.

3. Combined Modular Wine Racking

The wine racking in this project was 7 feet tall, which is the standard height for all wine racks made by Blue Grouse Wine Cellars. To make the design of this home wine cellar in Surrey, BC more interesting, the wine racking used was a combination of modules.

a. Wine Racks with Individual Bottle Slots 

The first type of wine rack module included in this wine cellar was comprised of standard wine racks that could accommodate individual wine bottles. These wine racks cater to standard sized wine bottles.

b. Diamond Bins Module

Diamond X bins are the second type of wine racks in the Surrey wine cellar. These racks accommodate large sized wine bottles. Diamond bins also have removable slats, which the homeowners can opt to remove if they want to increase the storage capacity, or if they want to fit in some small wood cases.

Blue Grouse recommends that their clients store the same types of wine bottles in one bin, so that their collection is conveniently organized. They won’t need to pull bottles from the bottom of the bin, and thus, avoid moving the wine too often.

4. Display Row

Once the combined modules were stuck together, the area in the middle that connected all of them became the display row. This display row tilted the wine bottles at a 15 degree angle, which was adequate to keep wine corks moist, while allowing the labels to be visible.

5. Wine Cellar Lighting

Wine Cellar Lighting Fixtures

Residential Wine Cellar Lighting in the Wine Cellar in Surrey, BC

Rope lighting was included in the wine racking. The lighting started inside the archway and carried on through the display row. The lighting added a beautiful dramatic effect to the wine racking design.

A lamp was also included, as seen in this photo. The lamp uses LED lighting, a type of lighting that does not generate too much heat, and does not consume much electricity.

6. Curved Corners

Another feature that made the design of this Surrey wine cellar more interesting were the curved corners, made of individual bottle slot wine racks.

Beautiful and Durable Wood Used for the Wine Racks

The modular wine racks in this residential wine cellar in Surrey, BC were made from All Heart California Redwood. This type of wood is harvested from the middle part of the Redwood tree. Its distinct characteristic is a consistent reddish color all through out.