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Has Become Leader
- Concentrating on the use of oak for building tanks, casks, and barrels
the Livermore plant has become a leader in the California field since its
establishment here a year ago, While redwood tanks are generally acceptable
for some phases of winery operations, oak is recognized as the best medium
for proper aging and development of high quality wines.
- The local plant has filled orders for cooperage totaling in excess
of 250,000 gallons for the Cresta Blanca Winery here, which is now completing
a huge expansion program. Included were ten tanks of 6,500 gallons each
and 45 casks ranging from 1,800 to 3,500 gallons, together with more than
a hundred reconstruction jobs on smaller sizes.
- Expansion of the local plant would be immediately in prospect, Martia
declared, if experienced coopers could be obtained. Lack of skilled workmen
makes it impossible to handle all of the greatly increased volume of business
resulting from the expansion in the wine business after imports were halted
by the war. Material and supplies
- present no problem, he said, in view of the huge stocks of seasoned
oak, maintained here and at the Ohio plant of the firm, at his disposal.
Cresta Blanca Wine Storage Largest
- Livermore Valley Winery's capacity of 1,500,000 gallons leads entire
country, increasing its facilities from 200,000 gallons to 1,500,000 gallons
has given the Cresta Blanca Winery the largest oaken storage capacity in
the entire United States, Max Bartholomew, plant manager, announced this
- Oak Essential
- Purchase of oak casks and ovals with a capacity of 700,000 gallons
has been made, oak being considered essential for storage purposes in aging
fine wines, Bartholomew states. For racking, stabilizing and clarification
of wines large redwood tanks have been installed. Oak and redwood cooperage
at the winery is now about equal, Bartholomew said.
- Plant Enlarged
- The plant winery has been remodeled and enlarged since it was acquired
last year by Schenley distillers for large scale operation.