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Winesecrets To Offer Phoenix Barrel Restoration System

Posted on March 15, 2012

American Winesecrets, LLC. (Winesecrets), North America’s mobile wine filtration company, announced a strategic relationship with Australia’s Diverse Barrel Solution Pty. Ltd. (DBS) to offer barrel restoration services to wine producers. Available in July, Winesecrets will operate the Phoenix system at its Sebastopol facility. Wineries ship barrels to Winesecrets for restoration by the Phoenix system or purchase Phoenix-processed barrels through Napa’s Premier Wine Cask, Inc.

The robotic Phoenix system utilizes laser scanning and a high speed computer controlled cutting tool to remove up to 8mm of barrel surface to reveal clean oak. Each barrel is then infra-red toasted and provided two new heads, either French or American oak The Phoenix system has been shown to produce “like-new” performance from mature barrels. The system is so effective that even barrels previously containing red wine can be used successfully for white wine fermentation and maturation.
Diverse Barrel Solutions has been operating Phoenix in Australia over four years. “We thought that there had to be a way to increase the amount of oak available to a wine from a barrel over a greater proportion of a barrel’s lifecycle.” said Nick Wickham, Managing Director of DBS. “By adapting precision scanning and cutting technology from other industries, we are consistently achieving 80-90% increase in oak extractables, critical to the building of a wine’s structure.”

"Barrel restoration by Phoenix is a precision-guided solution to the high cost of small cooperage” said Eric Dahlberg, Winesecrets Founder and President. “I am confident that our customers see this technology as one more way to control production costs without compromising quality."
Winesecrets offers filtration technologies including Volatile Acidity Reduction, Brush-Fire Smoke and Brett Taint Removal and Alcohol Adjustment using Reverse Osmosis, Ultra Filtration, Cross-Flow Filtration and mobile centrifuge.

Diverse Barrel Solutions Pty Ltd was founded in Adelaide, South Australia in 2003 to offer a range of oak solutions to the global wine industry including Phoenix, the Optima range of barrels made from 24 month country of origin seasoned French and American oak and the Le Grand range of Bordeaux & Burgundy style imported oak barrels.

To schedule barrel restoration, or to learn more about this outstanding technology, please contact Eric Dahlberg at 1.888.656.5553, or via email at . To inquire about direct purchase of Phoenix-processed barrels, contact Eric Mercier at (800) 227-5625 or by e-mail at Visit Winesecrets on the web at

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