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.

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 …

The Anatomy of a Wine Barrel

The Anatomy of a Barrel Sure, you probably know what a “bung hole” is (we’ll wait while your inner child chuckles) but do you know the correct terminology for the rest of a barrel? Barrels are crafted without a single nail or drop of glue – rivets hold the hoops together and the rest is a perfectly pieced together puzzle. …