The story of a French wine barrel begins in a forest of 75-100-year old oak trees in France. A cooperage selects the dense oak wood for barrel construction that is free of defects and knots to ensure a watertight container. The completed barrel is purchased by a winery – in this case, from Napa Valley in California. Wine is stored in the barrel for a length of time, as determined by the winemaker, to absorb the subtle wood flavor necessary to create fine wine. When the barrel’s wood flavor is exhausted, the barrel is no longer used. The inside of the discarded barrel is permanently stained from the aging crushed grapes and its beauty and strength invite a continuation of its history. My unique oak barrel furniture and accessories extend the legend of the French wine barrel.