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Come visit me today. #barrels #winebarrels #frenchoakbarrels ...

Feb 21, 2020

Come visit me today. #barrels #winebarrels #frenchoakbarrels

Wine Barrels: Part 27
Breathe (Shot to Pink Floyd)
There was a time (decades ago) when the “work h ...

Feb 20, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 27 Breathe (Shot to Pink Floyd) There was a time (decades ago) when the “work horse” piece of construction timber in the US, the “2x4”, actually measured 2 inches by 4 inches. Today when one requests a “2x4”, they are simply requesting a piece of Douglas Fir categorized as “2x4”. The true dimension has shrunk to 3.5 x 1.5 inches, respectively. The reason I bring this up, is to highlight a practical aspect of “milling” lumber. As the physical size (diameter) of trees (logs) available for “milling” has decreased (for 2x4’s and barrel stave wood alike!), so have the dimensions of our wood boards. This makes sense. A tree’s diameter will (often) dictate how the boards are to be cut from it (or split & cut), to yield the least waste. What this means for wine barrels is, the 27mm stave size (thickness) is today more often 25mm, the 22mm stave is now closer to 20mm. Regardless of changing dimensions, the choice between “thick stave” or “thin stave”, will influence the wines “elevage”. Much discussion revolves around how oak wine barrels “breathe”. There is no question they do, it’s why we experience evaporative loss each month. It’s also why our free sulfur levels slowly deplete over time. The question is, where does the exchange happen? But wait, doesn’t the barrel just breathe through the woods grain? Well, yes. At least some of the exchange happens in this fashion. The barrel’s lengthwise (and head) “seams” also play a role. The staves are held tightly against one another, with pressure from steel rings. Enough pressure to keep liquid from leaking out. But these “seams” also offer a path for oxygen exchange. The question is, how much of the oxygen exchange are the “seams” responsible for? As your stave thickness increases, so does the surface area (contact area) between the barrel’s stave boards. By increasing, or decreasing stave thickness, you are effectively increasing or decreasing the surface (contact) area between your stave boards. Regardless, the thicker a barrel’s stave boards are, the less oxygen is available to the wine. #wawine #oregonwine #winemaking #finewine #pinotnoir #frenchoakbarrels #wastatewine #betzwine #wsetdiploma

This Belgian Style Red Ale aged in French oak barrels with sour cherries and raspberries by Fathom,  ...

Feb 18, 2020

This Belgian Style Red Ale aged in French oak barrels with sour cherries and raspberries by Fathom, is definitely something special. The sour ale and tartness of the raspberries combined and make this a one-two a night drink. This pours a beautiful deep dark red colour and the sourness comes up front with a strong cherry flavour finishing witha raspberru tartness, making the whole experience a delicious lip smacking experience. Cheers🍻🍻🍒🍓🍇 #fathom #fathombrewing #frenchoakbarrels #barrelagedbeer #sourale #belgianstyleredale #belgian #redale #ale #ouchkickglass #ouchkick #cheers #beer #beerporn #beerpourn #craftbeer #craftbeerporn #hophead #hops #belgianbeer #craftbeerpourn #pournoflow

➡️ CŒUR DE BONNE CHAUFFE 🔥🔥🔥
Dans la série des fûts cigares, voici un joli fût de b ...

Feb 17, 2020

➡️ CŒUR DE BONNE CHAUFFE 🔥🔥🔥 Dans la série des fûts cigares, voici un joli fût de bonne chauffe avec fond transparent réalisé pour la Maison Cognac Pierre Croizet ! Merci pour votre confiance ☺️ ⠀⁠ ··· ⁠ ➡️ HEART OF THE "BONNE CHAUFFE" 🔥🔥🔥 In the cigar barrel series, here is a pretty "bonne chauffe" barrel with transparent heads made for the house Cognac Pierre Croizet! Thank you for your trust ☺️ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #Vicard #Vicardtonnelleries #original #futcigare #cigare #barriques #barrels #barrelmaking #tonnellerie #cooperage #instawine #vin #igersgironde #cognac #frenchoak #woodlovers #tradition #lovewine #wine #winestagram #igersbordeaux #madeinfrance #grandcru #winesnob #cognaclovers #spirits #tradition #oakbarrels #winenot #frenchoakbarrels

You may be asking yourself what de-alcoholised means...simply put: the alcohol is removed from the f ...

Feb 17, 2020

You may be asking yourself what de-alcoholised means...simply put: the alcohol is removed from the finished wine by using technology where the wine is put through a spinning cone, which sends the wine through different membranes at high revolution, removing the alcohol. This beverage contains NO additives! #norahsvalley #dealcoholisedwine #health #responsible #lifestyle #VelvetRed #organicwine #tasty #frenchoakbarrels #proudlysouthafrican #southafrica

A few months back when we visited one of our cooperages in Bordeaux - @tonnelleriedemptos. Check out ...

Feb 16, 2020

A few months back when we visited one of our cooperages in Bordeaux - tonnelleriedemptos. Check out our story tomorrow for an insight into the age old art of barrel making! Pic taken on tour by martineperret 🍷

Wine Barrels: Part 22
The Bends (shot to Radiohead) 
The quality and style, of an oak barrel, is det ...

Feb 14, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 22 The Bends (shot to Radiohead) The quality and style, of an oak barrel, is determined to a large extent, by the cooper’s skill at toasting the barrel. This aspect of the barrel construction process is one of the most critical, and will have a significant impact on the wine’s sensory attributes. Douglas Rennie, Master Cooper at Seguin Moreau, cut to the chase during our conversation by stating “they don’t buy our barrel’s for our carpentry skills”. Point being, the importance of “house toasting style” is a major consideration for the winemaker, when choosing which cooper’s to source barrels from. But before we get into toasting, let’s cover another important step, bending. The bending process directly precedes toasting, so I group the two activities together. The need for bending comes from the way barrels are assembled: the staves are first “grouped” together inside construction rings, effectively “cinching” one end of the barrel together. This activity is done “cold”, meaning no heat is used. In order to “bend” the staves at the barrel’s opposing end, heat is required. Historically, bending has taken place over “fire pots”. More recently, bending with hot water or steam has gained popularity. Many coopers now offer these alternative bending methods. The sensory differences, (between fire bending, vs water or steam bending) center around the differences in process. Fire bending inherently lends smoky/toasty flavors. Hot water or steam bending is done without the presence of fire, so does not contribute the associated flavors. Also, hot water or steam bending “rinses” certain compounds from the oak (tannins), altering the barrel’s contribution to the wine. #wawine #oregonwine #frenchoakbarrels #sommelier #sommelierlife #wset #wsetdiploma #courtofmastersommeliers #masterofwine #masterofwinestudent #mastersommelier #guildsomm #cabernetsauvignon #syrah #finewine #pinotnoir #merlot

Wine Barrels: Part 21
Vertical 
Stave seasoning time (duration) is the next important consideration  ...

Feb 14, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 21 Vertical Stave seasoning time (duration) is the next important consideration for the winemaker, during barrel selection. Many cooper’s advertise a minimum stave seasoning time for their barrel offerings. Frequently this is 24 months, which is a seasoning time regarded to highlight freshness, and high flavor intensity (oak derived). Other coopers specify a seasoning time of 30 months, if not for their entire line, then for specific barrels. Most coopers today offer 3yr wood (36 months), but add a premium to the barrel’s price tag. Here freshness is traded for roundness, and more subtle oak flavors. Beyond 3yr seasoned wood, a small number of coopers offer 48, and even 60 month stave seasoning times. These seasoning times yield staves that contribute very specific attributes: subtlety of flavor, weight, density, roundness. Some freshness is traded for texture, as the oxidative influence is increased. The results are singular, and dramatic. As is the price tag. If you recall, oak logs are “broken down” into rough cut staves, at stave mills. From the mill, the rough cut staves travel to a seasoning yard, where they are exposed to the elements for 18-60 months. The thing is, not everyone owns a stave mill. The largest and best positioned Cooperages in France run stave mills. This offers them availability to top quality wood, while also giving them an economic advantage. Some coopers purchase rough cut stave boards, from a stave mill, and season them. Others purchase finished seasoned & cut staves, complete with bevel & taper cuts. As you can imagine, the price for stave wood at each stage differs, so the cost of building an oak barrel varies considerably. Being vertically integrated gives a cooper greater access to top quality wood, while offering the most competitive economics. #wawine #oregonwine #finewine #pinotnoir #cabernetsauvignon #merlot #syrah #sommelier #sommelierlife #wset #wsetdiploma #courtofmastersommeliers #mastersommelier #masterofwinestudent #masterofwine #frenchoakbarrels

Where there is no wine, there is no love. @folinoestate #vintage #red #frenchoakbarrels #more #philo ...

Feb 13, 2020

Where there is no wine, there is no love. folinoestate #vintage #red #frenchoakbarrels #more #philosophy #than #a #library

Glamorous day in the life of a Winemaker..... 10:50 am
Break down 4x4’s into barrel “chalks”.  ...

Feb 13, 2020

Glamorous day in the life of a Winemaker..... 10:50 am Break down 4x4’s into barrel “chalks”. After today’s work, total of 2,600 pieces cut so far........ #wawine #oregonwine #cabernetsauvignon #pinotnoir #merlot #syrah #courtofmastersommeliers #guildsomm #wset #wsetdiploma #masterofwinestudent #masterofwine #sommelier #sommelierlife #finewine #frenchoakbarrels

Glamorous day in the life of a Winemaker.... 9:15 am
Break down oak boards into “feet” for barre ...

Feb 13, 2020

Glamorous day in the life of a Winemaker.... 9:15 am Break down oak boards into “feet” for barrel rails....... #wawine #oregonwine #finewine #sommelier #sommelierlife #winemaking #cabernetsauvignon #syrah #guildsomm #masterofwinestudent #masterofwine #mastersommelier #courtofmastersommeliers #wsetdiploma #wset #frenchoakbarrels

Glamorous day in the life of a Winemaker...... 8:35 am
Prepare for Harvest
Arrive at Warren’s, sta ...

Feb 13, 2020

Glamorous day in the life of a Winemaker...... 8:35 am Prepare for Harvest Arrive at Warren’s, start planing oak boards for construction of barrel rail hardware.... #winemaking #wawine #oregonwine #finewine #mastersommelier #courtofmastersommeliers #masterofwinestudent #masterofwine #cabernetsauvignon #merlot #sommelierlife #sommelierewayoflife #betzwine #woodinvillewine #frenchoakbarrels #guildsomm #syrah #pinotnoir #mourvedre #grenache

Continuamos mimando nuestro #vino para ofreceros siempre lo mejor, feliz día!
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Feb 12, 2020

Continuamos mimando nuestro #vino para ofreceros siempre lo mejor, feliz día! www.dominiodenobleza.com #trasiego #enologia #barrica #frenchoakbarrels #vinoterapia #bodega #riojawine #winelover #winemaker

Here at Wine Barrels Sydney, it

Feb 12, 2020

Here at Wine Barrels Sydney, it's no secret we love all things wood 🖤⁠⠀ We especially love how every barrel we restore is unique and different it its own way.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ A Barrels journey before it comes to us starts as an Oak Tree. It is then handcrafted into a barrel to store wine. Not only does a barrel store wine it imparts flavour, structure, and elegance into some of Australia's finest wine 🍷⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ✨✨ Here are 5 fun facts about barrels ✨✨⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ▪️ A French oak tree may be 80 to 120 years old before being harvested⁠⠀ ▪️ A barrel maker is called a cooper⁠⠀ ▪️ Barrels are shaped to be easily be rolled and to stand upright⁠⠀ ▪️ Barrels aren't watertight until they have liquid in them.⁠⠀ ▪️ Oak Barrels can be reused for 100 years⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ DM or call Iqbal 0449 864 774⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #winebarrelssydney #winebarrelhire #receptionstyling #sydneyweddingplanner #rusticweddingchic #australianwedding #gettingmarried2020 #weddingtablesetting #furniturehire#rustictable #weddingchairs #weddingfurniture #sydneybrides #gettingmarriedsoon #weddingchairs⁠ #eventinspiration#outdoorweddings #sydneyweddings⁠ #weddingvenues #sydneyevents #weddingtable⁠ #tablescapes #weddingstyling #realweddings #weddingstylist #weddingflorist #tablescape⁠#teamworkmakesthedreamwork#frenchoakbarrels #woodlover⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

Back at it again. Sampling, followed by sulfur addition & topping. All without removing the bung sto ...

Feb 12, 2020

Back at it again. Sampling, followed by sulfur addition & topping. All without removing the bung stopper! Last month we combined all three activities as one step: pulled samples, added sulfur, then topped. This month we split up the activities. One pass to pull samples (to be sent to ETS labs), a second pass to add sulfur and top (at the same time). It’s not difficult to read Jonathan’s expression “this is too easy”, as he adds 10ppm sulfur and tops in one step. At Betz Winery, Redmond, WA Further testing of the BarrelWise system with their team & the Betz crew.... #wawine #oregonwine #finewine #winetechnology #cabernetsauvignon #syrah #yakimavalleywine #woodinvillewine #betzwine #frenchoakbarrels #winemaking #guildsomm #wsetdiploma #courtofmastersommeliers #masterofwinestudent #sommelier #mastersommelier

@clospegase Thank you for the amazing tour and for sharing your delicious 🍇🍷! This winery had  ...

Feb 12, 2020

clospegase Thank you for the amazing tour and for sharing your delicious 🍇🍷! This winery had multiple art pieces throughout which the owners collected over the years prior to winemaking. Incredible light fixtures, art and use of color. It was such a warm atmosphere and a perfect 64 degree day! ❤️ Did I mention the wine was outstanding!? #winebabes #explorenapa #vinolover #surrendertotheflow #frenchoakbarrels

A peek into the cellar today. Filtration, bottling prep, and topping barrels. We like to keep busy.  ...

Feb 11, 2020

A peek into the cellar today. Filtration, bottling prep, and topping barrels. We like to keep busy. #workworkwork

Wine Barrels: Part 17
Sanz Pump 
Few barrel construction details remain. Will a “racking port” b ...

Feb 9, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 17 Sanz Pump Few barrel construction details remain. Will a “racking port” be added? This addition could, for the most part, be limited to “traditional” style barrels. With that said, you will find “export” style barrels outfitted this way. Their purpose? Long before mechanical pumps were commonplace in the cellar, gravity was the pump of choice! Located on the barrel’s head (5 or 6 o’clock), a small hole (port) is installed, which can be “tapped” to evacuate wine. The bordelaise refer to this port as “esquive”, the Burgundians “broquereau”. This was, for a very long time, the preferred route for racking and bottling (still is for many). To utilize this port, a small wooden bung stopper is first removed, followed by the (quick!) insertion of a brass valve. This valve allows the flow of wine to be started and stopped, enabling the barrel to be emptied incrementally (one bucket at a time!). Most frequently, the “clear” wine is transferred (poured) into a waiting empty barrel. Once the barrel is emptied of wine (leaving behind the lees), it’s rinsed (with hot water), and the bung stopper is replaced (ready to receive clean wine). This process is referred to (in parts of France) as “soutirage”. Bottling may also take place from this port, using a separate brass “faucet”. Most often this is done 1 or 2 bottles at a time! The racking ports differ in size and construction, between the barrique and the piece. The Burgundy Piece often receives a 32mm port, straight sided, and non cauterized. The Bordelaise take a different approach. Here the “esquive” is cut 38-42mm in diameter, tapered, and cauterized. Why the difference? The Bordeaux region has a long history of frequent “racking”. This means the “esquive” port sees more use (wear & tear), hence the more rugged construction....... #wawine #frenchwine #guildsomm #courtofmastersommeliers #masterofwinestudent #frenchoakbarrels #oregonwine

Barrel delivery....short ride to get a little wind in my hair.  9 seasoned bbls to add texture and d ...

Feb 7, 2020

Barrel delivery....short ride to get a little wind in my hair. 9 seasoned bbls to add texture and diversity to client wine program. So thankful for the exchange of ideas, tools, access to knowledge and collaboration. You know who you are (Chris!). Thanks bud!. . . . #winefreinds #winemaker #winemakerslife #aboutwine #winebarrels #winematters #winelifematters #barrelsforbreakfast #barrelstrength #barrelsdaily #frenchbarrels #frenchoakbarrels #oakagingbarrels #barrelwork #barrelworks #barreworkouts #zinfandelmaker #cabernetmaker #elevatedfaith #elevatedminds #elevatedminset #collaborating #collaborator #winemakernicholas

#barbare #2012 # syrah #granache #mourverdre #redblendwine #elegance #frenchoakbarrels
#turkishwines ...

Feb 7, 2020

#barbare #2012 # syrah #granache #mourverdre #redblendwine #elegance #frenchoakbarrels #turkishwines Hi again🙋‍♀️. Back with a new wine😊. Barbara Elegance 2012 . A red blend . First of all you should decant it least 30-40 min to eliminate the oak dominancy. I got plum, prune, licorice, some earthy aromas like wet soil, tobacco and vanilla on the nose. On the palate it has medium body with remarkable tannins. Acidity is medium. Especially smoke and tobacco flavors are tasted clearly .Fruit flavors are hidden somehow. Finish is medium+ . I have tasted 2009 vintage of Elegance about a month ago and it was still alive with remarkable acidity Cheers to all wine lovers🍷♥️😊. barbarevineyards

Wine Barrels: Part 15
A Riveting Game of Hoops
Oak wine barrels are typically held together by eithe ...

Feb 7, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 15 A Riveting Game of Hoops Oak wine barrels are typically held together by either 3, or 4 sets of galvanized steel binding rings. As I mentioned previously, the quantity and location of these binding rings on each barrel varies, and is specific to each different barrel style. To construct a ring: a piece of thin, flat, galvanized steel is cut from a larger “spool”. Next, the freshly cut piece of flat steel is “fitted” to the specific barrel style, and position (each with a different diameter: chime, head, & bilge) before being riveted together, end to end. Once “fitted” and positioned (tightened), “barrel nails” are used to permanently affix each ring. Galvanized steel is the most common material used for ring construction, as it resists corrosion well. If untreated steel were used for barrel construction (which it surely has at various times in history), the barrel would quickly become stained with rust. More recently, painted rings (typically black) have become an increasingly used alternative to galvanized finish, offering a greater level of durability, if more costly. In in effort to limit the scope of this overview (I’m not attempting to be exhaustive in covering barrel styles, on the contrary, I’m trying keep it narrow. Sorry, Chateau Ferre) I’ll simply cover the styles (4) that I deem “most important” in the their respective markets. Above, the Bordeaux barrique (225l) is shown in it’s 2 most common forms. Top left is “Chateau traditional”, as you would find it in France. Top right is the “export” version. As you can see, the “Chateau Traditional” uses wood hoops, facilitating moving and stacking by hand. At top right is the “export” (or “transport”) version, without wood hoops. This “export” construction does not necessarily lend itself to hand work (though doesn’t exclude it). The bottom 2 barrels highlight the Burgundy Piece (228l), in both “traditional” (left) and “export” (right). Take note of the different position of the binding rings, and how their placement changes with, or without wood hoops. #wawine #frenchoak #finewine #mastersommelier #guildsomm #wset #masterofwinestudent #masterofwine #frenchwine #frenchoakbarrels

Barrels, barrels and more barrels 🤗🍾🍷 ...

Feb 6, 2020

Barrels, barrels and more barrels 🤗🍾🍷

Re visiting my old work place..the smell of French Oak barrels never gets old. 🍷 #frenchoakbarrel ...

Feb 6, 2020

Re visiting my old work place..the smell of French Oak barrels never gets old. 🍷 #frenchoakbarrels #farniente #cabernet #napavalley

La Sala Eiffel donde descansan las barricas,fue construida a principios del siglo pasado con la pecu ...

Feb 5, 2020

La Sala Eiffel donde descansan las barricas,fue construida a principios del siglo pasado con la peculiaridad de no tener ninguna columna en su interior. El diseño salió del taller de Gustave Eiffel, creador de la famosa torre que lleva su nombre en París👌📸🍇 The Eiffel Hall where the barrels rest, was built at the beginning of the last century with the peculiarity of not having any column inside. The design left the workshop of Gustave Eiffel, creator of the famous tower that bears his name in Paris🍇📸👌 #oakbarrels #winemaking #winetasting #winerylovers #wine #haro #vin #lariojaapetece #photowine #vinho #sonyalpha6300 #photooftoday #salaeiffel #frenchoakbarrels #winebarrel #goodwinefood #barrica #riojawine #americanoakbarrels #foody #bodegascune #cvne #gustaveeiffel

Just arrived at our warehouse an small batch of #frenchoakbarrels. | Acabamos de recibir estas bonit ...

Feb 5, 2020

Just arrived at our warehouse an small batch of #frenchoakbarrels. | Acabamos de recibir estas bonitas barricas de #roblefances perfectas para tus vinos. #cantoncooperage #marcelcadet #ermitagetonnellerie #darnajou #bergerandfils #tonnellerie #cooperage #usedbarrels #winebarrels #tronçais #taransaud

Winemaking and grape growing are long term propositions. Establishing a vineyard takes several years ...

Feb 5, 2020

Winemaking and grape growing are long term propositions. Establishing a vineyard takes several years (once planted) to produce the first commercial crop of wine grapes. Grape vines may require another 10 years (or more) to start yielding the highest quality juice. And the wine grape harvest comes but once a year. After the grapes have been fermented, the wine will often rest in barrels for 12-24 months. Once bottled, plan for it to rest 4-12 months, before release. Any way you look at it, patience is required. In today’s world of overnight delivery (thanks Amazon), the pressure to expedite many of these timelines, looms heavy. Grape vines are expected to bring a full crop to market earlier than ever, red wines are bottled after 8 months in barrel (or tank!), and expected to be ready to drink shortly after. Wine exists as an agricultural crop, financial pressures and all! France’s oak forests have been managed as an agricultural crop for several hundred years. Through government oversight, the French ensure these forests will produce oak wood in perpetuity. At harvesting, French oak trees average 200 years of age. Some are harvested older than this, many are harvested younger. In times past, the trees were considered ideal for barrel construction at a much greater age than today. I was quite pleased, when I received a text message yesterday evening, from my friend Bayard Fox. The message read: “Louis, your barrels will be ready this year”. What he was referring to, are barrels crafted from two very special trees. In 2016, Orion Cooperage won (at auction) the 2 oldest trees harvested that season, from the Troncais forest in France. These trees were fresh seedlings in the year 1716. This means the trees were 300 years old at time of harvest! This lot of 2 Troncais forest oak logs (auction lot #48) yielded enough stave wood to construct 71 barrels. All are 225 liter 27mm export barrels. After 3 years waiting for the wood to age, it’s exciting news to receive on the eve of ones birthday! Better yet, today I was notified I’ll get 4 of these beauties. #cabernetsauvignon #syrah #pinotnoir #frenchoak #wawines #oregonwines #finewine #frenchoakbarrels

Our nectarine tree is already with lovely blossoms.  Our local friend, Pam Redding, throws a fabulou ...

Feb 5, 2020

Our nectarine tree is already with lovely blossoms. Our local friend, Pam Redding, throws a fabulous chocolate tasting event every year. Under a huge tent you go from table to table to taste all kinds of chocolates. 350 people last year! This year, she used our Cabernet syrup that I made from our grapes and made 2 fillings, caramel and ganache. It was heavenly 😋 Our Cab pairs really well with dark chocolate. Can’t wait for the event on 2/29 leap day! #cabernetsauvignon #losgatos #chocolate #chocolatetasting #localvineyard #parties #wineparing #boutiquevineyard #wineclub #frenchclones #frenchoakbarrels

Been busy writing. Felt good to put a couple new blog posts up today. vinethos.com/blog
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Feb 5, 2020

Been busy writing. Felt good to put a couple new blog posts up today. vinethos.com/blog . . . #winebarrels #frenchoakbarrels #cooperage #oakbarrels

Wine Barrels: Part 11
Rounding the Bend 
Up to this point in the process, no sealant materials have  ...

Feb 3, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 11 Rounding the Bend Up to this point in the process, no sealant materials have been utilized. The barrel’s body will successfully hold liquid based on three criteria: 1) the oak stave boards were cut precisely (thickness, length, taper, bevel). 2) the grain of the wood has been followed during the construction process. The reason the oak wood is split by hand, instead of cut with a saw, is to “find out” where exactly the grain is. Once you have a split piece of oak, you can follow the grain when you cut it. So technically both French and American oak are sawn, just not in the beginning of the process for French oak. 3) adequate pressure is applied to the barrel’s exterior via barrel hoops. During the construction process, thick Iron rings are used to create this pressure. These are heavy duty, built to take the abuse of the construction process. When the barrel is finished, these will be replaced with thinner, lighter, steel rings. These are typically seen in galvanized or black finish. Installing the barrel heads, requires a sealant in the croze joint (the groove that holds the barrel head). During the construction process, you could say the croze “receives” the barrel’s head. As mentioned previously, the typical sealant is mixed from wheat flour and water. The consistency of this paste must be thick enough to stay in place when applied, yet thin enough to flex and fill any imperfections in the wood. The process of installing the heads begins by first applying a thin layer of paste (sealant) inside the croze joint. Next the outer most iron ring is loosened and removed. This allows the stave ends to open ever so slightly. The head is slid into the croze joint, by either tapping it in from the exterior of the barrel, or (working from the inside out) tilted into place (using a thin tool). Once the head is fully inserted into the croze, the outer construction ring is reinstalled and tightened. This process is repeated on the barrel’s opposite end, making sure to align this head’s stave direction (orientation) with that of the first head installed. Your barrel now has heads. #wawine #frenchoakbarrels #finewine #oregonwine #cabernetsauvignon

Wine Barrels: Part 9
Keep Your Head Up
Things are starting to take shape. Your staves were grouped t ...

Feb 1, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 9 Keep Your Head Up Things are starting to take shape. Your staves were grouped together inside Iron rings, bent, and toasted. Your croze and chime have been cut. What next? Let’s take a trip back in time. Remember when your oak tree (log) was being cut into barrel length sections at the stave mill? Well unbeknownst to you, the sections of log that were not long enough to become stave wood were also broken down for aging. That’s right. These shorter sections of oak board were also seasoned (aged), sorted, and shipped to the cooperage. These staves are known as head staves, and will be used to construct the barrel’s heads. Barrel head construction shares little with body construction. Head staves are straight sided, instead of beveled. While the barrel’s body is held to together with metal rings (pressure), the head boards require a more complex joining for structural integrity, and proper sealing. Several techniques are used for joining the head staves to one another including dowels, nails, and tongue & groove. It’s common for coopers to use reed strips in between the stave boards, to improve the seal. Once the head staves have been joined to one another (forming a square), the head is cut into its circular shape. These heads will soon be installed into the barrel’s ends, sealed with wheat paste (or buckwheat, or increasingly gluten free compounds), and tightened with the chime hoop. #wawines #frenchoakbarrels #oregonwines #finewine

2016 Pinot Suave By Deschutes Brewery

11.8% ABV | 15 IBU

Extremely strong oak aroma. Nice grape fl ...

Feb 1, 2020

2016 Pinot Suave By Deschutes Brewery 11.8% ABV | 15 IBU Extremely strong oak aroma. Nice grape flavors that shifts to the French oak barrel. This is the 2016 release maybe could have used another year or two to mellow the oak flavor. Very good still! Always love Deschutes beer! Sharing this one with my buddy Tyler. t_klein401 #2016release #2016pinotsuave #pinotsuave deschutesbrewery #deschutesbrewery #belgianstyleale #pinotnoirgrapes #frenchoakbarrels #craftbeerlover #craftbeerlife #craftnotcrap #craftbeer #craftbeergeek #craftbeersnob #beerpics #beer #beerstagram #beertography #brewtography #beergeek #beersnob #ilovecraftbeer #ilovebeer #awesomebeer #beercollector #beerreview #codemonkeybeerreviews #bendbeer #oregonbeer

Wine Barrels: Part 6
Dress Selecting 
Once the aging process is complete (18-60 months), the rough c ...

Jan 31, 2020

Wine Barrels: Part 6 Dress Selecting Once the aging process is complete (18-60 months), the rough cut oak staves go through a selection process. Time takes its toll on us all, (600-1800 days and nights!), and things have changed since the staves were first cut and stacked. The stacks have shrank considerably in size due to the aging process. At several points during the seasoning process, the bands holding each pallet of stave boards together, have had to be retightened. Before the selection process takes place, one more step must be taken. The staves will need to be placed in a drying room (kiln) to adjust the moisture content to the desired level. In the summer months, this may be a very short period of time. In the winter months, it may take longer. This final touch allows the coopers a more predictable stave to work with. This selection process aims to remove any staves with imperfections. Defects to look for in a stave board: warps, cracks, blisters, dents, knots, and improper grain alignment (will cause leaks). Once the selection process is complete, the staves are freshly stacked on pallet boards, and shipped to the Cooperage. At this stage, the oak stave boards are still rectangular in shape, having been rough cut at the stave mill. In order for use in barrel construction, they will need to be “dressed”. The process of “dressing” involves cutting the stave boards to the proper length, tapering both ends, and beveling their sides. The outside (top) of the stave then gets planed, and the inside (bottom) of the stave gets slightly hollowed. This process requires a high level of accuracy and precision, and as such, is carried out by very sharp cutting machines (saws). Each stave travels down a production line, receiving several different types of cuts along the way. The staves are now “finish cut”. They are stacked one last time, before making their way into the hands of the cooper. #wawines #frenchoakbarrels #cooperages #finewine #oregonwine #frenchoak #cabernetsauvignon #syrah #grenache #pinotnoir #merlot #chardonnay #petitsirah #petitverdot #counoise #mourvedre #betzwine #sunuwines

Photos du jour ➡️ Ensemble fûts et tonneaux Allary dans un chai de vieillissement de Cognac  ...

Jan 30, 2020

Photos du jour ➡️ Ensemble fûts et tonneaux Allary dans un chai de vieillissement de Cognac 🥃. #tonnellerie #allary #fût #barriques #cognac #chêne #tonnellerieallary #madeinfrance #winelover #tonneaux #vats #foudre #frenchoakbarrels #chenefrancais #oak #distillerie #cognaclover #distillery

The annual PA Wine Society Wine Excellence awards were held Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Hilton h ...

Jan 29, 2020

The annual PA Wine Society Wine Excellence awards were held Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Hilton hotel in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Briar Valley’s Cabernet Franc 2017 was named as one of the top 10 wines in the state of Pennsylvania. 🥰. We are very proud of this recognition and very proud of this wine. You may recall that the 2017 Cab Franc scored 91 points from the International Wine Review and scored 90 points from James suckling, the renowned wine critic. This wine is selling very fast and you may want to scoop up some while it’s still available.🍷🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼😊 #cabfranc #redwine🍷 #frenchoakbarrels #artisanwine #femalewinemaker #womeninwine #boutiquewinery #boutiquewine #vineyards #vinifera

Guys, it smells SO GOOD in here! -
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#wine #peachycanyonwinery #frenchoakbarrels #fermentation #paso ...

Jan 29, 2020

Guys, it smells SO GOOD in here! - - #wine #peachycanyonwinery #frenchoakbarrels #fermentation #pasowine

French vs. American or...👻?
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What type of oak in wine aging do u prefer🤔?
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⚰️America ...

Jan 28, 2020

French vs. American or...👻? ⠀ What type of oak in wine aging do u prefer🤔? ⠀ ⚰️American strong influence with coconut, vanilla notes, pencil shavings & cedar, & lower wood tannins🥥🍦 ⠀ ⚰️French, with it’s intrinsic complexity, higher wood tannins & tighter wood grains, less influence on the wine’s aromatics & flavor concentrations than an American oak barrel, with notes of warm spice, chocolate, soft vanilla & caramel🍫 ⠀ ⚰️Spicy Hungarian, which provides richer heavier mouthfeel & substantial tannin, oriental sweet spices characters, exceptional selection of toasted, vanilla, sugary, woody, spicy & caramel-like flavors🍭 ⠀ ⚰️Or neutral Caucasian oak that imparts less tannin & aromatics, if you like more fruity expressions of the grape itself🍇 ⠀ ⚰️Slavonian oak, which will give less tannin & impart more sweetness, less structure than French🌿 ⠀ ⚰️Sweet Acacia wood, with low tannins & slight acacia flowers scent🌼 ⠀ ⚰️Or even Japanese, full of sandalwood, incense, citrus, & coconut 🥥 ⠀ #oakdifference #frenchoak #oakbarrels #oakeffect #wineaging #frenchoakbarrels #winemaking #wineoak #learnaboutwine

Cosas bonitas, ya llegaron nuestras nuevas barricas de roble Francés 👌🏼@caminodevinos #winema ...

Jan 24, 2020

Cosas bonitas, ya llegaron nuestras nuevas barricas de roble Francés 👌🏼 caminodevinos #winemaking #aginglikefinewine #redwine🍷 #bestwines #winerylife #frenchoakbarrels #englishvocabulary

Vino blanco fermentado en barrica nueva de roble francés, perteneciente a la DO Somontano y elabora ...

Jan 24, 2020

Vino blanco fermentado en barrica nueva de roble francés, perteneciente a la DO Somontano y elaborado con la variedad Chardonnay. Un vino blanco delicioso, denso con un final largo🌱👌🍇 White wine fermented in new French oak barrels, belonging to the DO Somontano and made with the Chardonnay variety. A delicious, dense white wine with a long finish🍇👌🌱 #whitewine #vinoblanco #viblanc #barrels #añada2017 #grandesvinos #enate #vinosybodegas #wine #winequality #winetasting #winetravel #crianza #foodie #trip #ilovefriday #barrels #frenchoakbarrels #winebarrel #goodwinefood #barrica #dosomontano #bodegaenate #chardonnay #grapes

Finally had a moment to walk the vineyard this morning looking out towards Silicon Valley and the Sa ...

Jan 21, 2020

Finally had a moment to walk the vineyard this morning looking out towards Silicon Valley and the Santa Cruz mountains on this beautiful cloudy morning. The vines got a radical trim-can’t wait to see the growth which will start in a couple of months. Side note, stuffed peppers pairs well with our Cabernet. What’s your favorite dish that went well with our Cab? #cabernetsauvignon #redwine #redwinelover #frenchoakbarrels #losgatosvineyards #localvineyard #northerncalifornia #siliconvalley #losgatoshillswine #stuffedpeppers #siliconvalleyviews #microclimate #mountainvineyards #terracedvineyards #hillsidevineyard #wineclub #boutiquevineyard #losgatoswinetasting

It was more than 6 months ago when we went to Western Australia and toured the Margaret River region ...

Jan 19, 2020

It was more than 6 months ago when we went to Western Australia and toured the Margaret River region. If you remember one of my posts we managed to score one of the local ciders from georgethefoxcider. I brought the bottle home to save for a special occasion. Last weekend we caught up with the same group of friends that we went away with. Opportunity presented 😊. The cider is not made Méthode Traditionelle but is fermented and matured in French wine barrels. There are no additions just natural. In the bottle there was a decent amount of sediment, and well it travelled for an hour in the back of the Ute before it was opened, so it was nicely rolled in. The cider was then cloudy, and medium sweet. As it was only 4.5% alcohol it was definitely sessionable, very enjoyable and lasted the evening. Look forward to going to WA again soon!

Patching a couple little worm holes I

Jan 17, 2020

Patching a couple little worm holes I've found. Out of close to 400 barrels I've only seen 4 barrels with worm holes. It's always been in the seasoned wood. (But seasoned is actually better) Now as for my technique.. I'm sure a couple cooper friends might correct any flaws seen here but this way has sealed all the holes I've done so far! isabel_s_miller ashleyras09 #oakbarrels #frenchoakbarrels #americanoakbarrels #hungarianoakbarrels #distilling #distilled #craftdistillery #craftdistilling #bourbon #brandy #whiskey #distillery #art #artistsoninstagram #local #cooperage #coopers

New French Oak for the 2019 Wines!! #lacantinawinery #frenchoakbarrels ...

Jan 17, 2020

New French Oak for the 2019 Wines!! #lacantinawinery #frenchoakbarrels

Our 2019 #Sangiovese from Rocky Hill Vineyard. 🍷🎉 The wait is killing me! #anticipation 
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Jan 16, 2020

Our 2019 #Sangiovese from Rocky Hill Vineyard. 🍷🎉 The wait is killing me! #anticipation #lafoliawinery #wine #winemaking #murphyswineries #drinkcalaveras #sierrafoothillswine

With planning for our return trip to #Kentucky in full swing, we are working on finalizing our itine ...

Jan 16, 2020

With planning for our return trip to #Kentucky in full swing, we are working on finalizing our itinerary. After seeing the oldforester #cooperage set-up in our last trip, it has us seriously contemplating doing a larger cooperage tour this coming trip. A return visit to Old Forester is also on our list — especially after yesterday’s exciting news by jackiezykan regarding the upcoming OF releases! __________________________________ #bourbontasting #bourbon #bourbonwives #womenofbourbon #bourbonwomen #womenwhodrinkbourbon #womenwhobourbon #bourbonwife #bourbonoftheday #bourbonlove #bourbongram #whiskeywomen #womenwhowhiskey #oldforester #cooperagetour #distillerytour #frenchoakbarrels #barrelstaves #louisevilleKY #whiskeyrow #bourbontrail

20 degrees outside. ❄️ Might be a good day to spend in the barrel room and rack the 2019s. 
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Jan 15, 2020

20 degrees outside. ❄️ Might be a good day to spend in the barrel room and rack the 2019s. #jbneufeld #2019vintage #wineyakimavalley #wawine #cabernetsauvignon #frenchoakbarrels

What was I doing on this Woodinville snow day? Continued testing on the BarrelWise system with their ...

Jan 15, 2020

What was I doing on this Woodinville snow day? Continued testing on the BarrelWise system with their team, down from B.C. Pulling samples for ETS labs, adding 10ppm sulfur, and topping. Did I mention I did this without taking the bungs out of the barrels? #wawine #oregonwine #winetechnology #cabernetsauvignon #finewine #sommelier #syrah #pinotnior #frenchoakbarrels

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