Visiting K&L Wine Merchants and Reviewing Wine Racks

Bryan, with our daughter Kate, went to K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City to review the design of their wine racks.  As they say, “Immitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

We see things a bit different.  We want to take someone else’s ending point and use that as our starting point.  Essentially, we want to take someone else’s idea and make it better.

Yes, we’re lazy.

Various Wine Rack Design Elements Are Acceptable

K&L sells wine to consumers.  They have many people going through their branches and handling their wine bottles.  Also, K&L has been around for years so they know that earthquakes happen.  Consequently, their wine racks are designed to be robust and take a lot of punishment.

One of the interesting things that we learned was that K&L has several designs for their wine racks, indicating to us that nothing was ‘best’ and that various designs were acceptable.

Prior to taking any photos, Bryan bought a case of wine then asked for permission to take the photos.

Kate played patiently on her iTouch.

Rack with three rows of display bottles with the individual bottles under each.

Rack with three rows of display bottles with the individual bottles under each.

Detail of rack, showing the mitering of the edges of each bottle support. All the racks are made of Redwood.

Detail of rack, showing the mitering of the edges of each bottle support. All the racks are made of Redwood.

Detail at base of rack. The racks did not appear to be anchored to the floor as, probably, to allow for flexibiltiy in changing traffic patterns in the store.

Detail at base of rack. The racks did not appear to be anchored to the floor as, probably, to allow for flexibiltiy in changing traffic patterns in the store.

Magnum bottles (1.5 l) ... we need some of these but not too many.

Magnum bottles (1.5 l) … we need some of these but not too many.

Structural detail on side of racks, showing 3/4 inch by 1-1/2 inch Redwood framing.

Structural detail on side of racks, showing 3/4 inch by 1-1/2 inch Redwood framing.

A distraction! Bryan got stuck in the section with wines from Argentina. This is a bottle of the ultra premium wine from Vina Cobas.

A distraction! Bryan got stuck in the section with wines from Argentina. This is a bottle of the ultra premium wine from Vina Cobas.

Another fine wine from Argentina. We havent tried the wines from Durigutti. Yet ...

Another fine wine from Argentina. We haven’t tried the wines from Durigutti. Yet …

Without any pride, Bryan pulls out his tape measure and gets to work recording the dimensions.

Shameless, and without any pride, Bryan pulls out his tape measure and gets to work recording the dimensions.

Depth of the display rack ...

Depth of the display rack …

Width of the rack ...

Width of the rack …

Dimensions for magnums (1.5 l) ...

Dimensions for magnums (1.5 l) …

Dimensions for 750 ml bottles ...

Dimensions for 750 ml bottles …

Display rack slope measurements ...

Display rack slope measurements …

Height of display. Note this is for retail purposes, with people wandering through the racks.

Height of display. Note this is for retail purposes, with people wandering through the racks.

Verifying the depth of the racks, again.

Verifying the depth of the racks, again.

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