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May 2004
Reinventing the Barrel
How ReCoop and Other Companies Are Rejuvenating Barrel Life and Saving Trees in the Process
by Bob Ecker
The costs have risen dramatically, as of late, for winemakers to go out and purchase new, top quality French oak barrels. Many continue to secure futures of French, Hungarian, Romanian and other oak, plus sales of American oak barrels are rising. Barrel reconditioning, however is starting to come back into vogue, due to the efforts of companies such as ReCoop, of Sebastopol, California, and Barrel Builders, out of St. Helena, California. Back in the 1970s and 1980s a variety of companies were sa...
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