Every winter, new oak barrels from top cooperages in France and America arrive at the Jordan cellar. Approximately one-third of the barrels we use to age our wines each year are new, and we work with a variety of coopers, so inspecting these barrels to meet our standards is an intricate process. I inspect every new barrel delivered to Jordan, and that process includes many steps to ensure quality but also measures to conserve and recycle waste water. Here are two videos in which I discuss and demonstrate Thursday’s barrel inspection.
Barrel inspection process:
Water conservation and recycling: the vacuum test