There are only a handful of woods that are suitable for use in a wine cellar. This is due to the climate, particularly the high humidity levels, that needs to be created in a proper cellar. The two most popular woods used for customer wine cellar racking are Redwood and Mahogany. Raised in the cool, damp forests of Northern California, All Heart Redwood is the perfect choice for a custom wine cellar. There is no other North American wood that has as much resistance to rot, mildew and insects. As the tree grows the heart takes on minerals which give it the reddish brown tones and resistance to decay. When freshly milled it ranges in color from pink to red to dark brown with reddish overlay. As it ages natural unstained All Heart Redwood takes on increasing darker depth of beautiful color as it oxidizes. Mahogany is a dense hardwood which is resistant to shrinking, warping, checking and has the natural ability to withstand the cool, humid environment in the wine cellar. It is also an excellent choice for wine cellars due to its resistant to rotting, decay and infestation. There is also no characteristic odor associated with this species of wood, which is critical for a wine cellar as not to affect the wine. Both species accept various stains, lacquers and finishes as well making them ideal for that custom showcase look and feel.