Forêt d’Exception®

While all the national forests of France are well-managed, some have now leveled-up to be “exceptional”. What does that mean? Well, in 2008, L’Office National des Forêts began the Forêt d’Exception® – or exceptional forests – label and to date, it has given this designation to 15 forests.

Grading an American Oak Log

In this next video, Garret walks us through how American oak logs are graded and purchased by our team of Log Buyers. Watch as he illustrates the process at one of our company-owned stave mills.

Oak Constituents

This is the second article in our Oak 101 series. If you haven’t read the first, go check it out then come back. We’ll wait.  A Peek Inside of OakHow the [Chemical] Pieces Fit Oak is made up of many different [chemical] parts. When working with oak for wine, it is important to understand those parts and how each contributes …

Tour the American White Oak Forest

If you want to know anything and everything about the American oak forest – Garret Nowell is your guy. He’s in charge of log procurement for World Cooperage and also a Certified Forester.

A Look at Oak Species for Cooperage

When it comes to picking a wood species for cooperage, oak is the Michael Jordan of choices – or simply put, the G.O.A.T.  Now we are biased, but there are some pretty good reasons oak is the only choice for our barrels. Today, let’s start at the beginning and discuss where oak comes from.

Virtual Backgrounds

Since we can’t bring you to the forest/stave mill/cooperage right now, we wanted to bring them to you!

New! Impression Profile

Exciting news! We have added a new infrared toast in our Profile Series – the Impression barrel.

An Interview with Markham Vineyards

An Interview with Kimberlee at Markham Vineyards Markham Vineyards winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sat down with Account Manager Yuri DeLeon to talk about her barrel program for Markham. Kimberlee shares the profiles she consistently uses for her wines and what characteristics she looks for in those barrels. Thank you Kimberlee and Markaham Vineyards! An Interview with Kimberlee at Markham Vineyards Markham …

Barrel Toasting with Infrared Heat

Fire toasting is the most commonly used method to toast wine barrels however, we can also toast barrels using infrared heat in one of our infrared toasting apparatus. After seeing the infrared toasting machine clients often ask, “What is the difference between an infrared toast and toasting over a fire? Isn’t heat…heat?” The answer is, not exactly. But with that …