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Eco-friendly wine cellars fashioned from old barrels

September 7, 2009 |  9:04 am

Silver Oak wine room  

Did you know that nearly 200,000 wine barrels are retired each year in California? Although some end up as planters or firewood, many are destined for landfills. At Savante Wine Cellars, founder Darryl Hogeback is passionate about using every part of the barrel, recycling the wood into custom wine cellars.

The Stave Oak collection pictured here is handcrafted using mortise and tenon construction -- no nails, staples or screws. Vineyard stamps on barrel heads can be turned into decorative touches on drawer faces and flooring. 

It's nice to know that once you've enjoyed your perfectly aged glass of Pinot, the barrel that once held it has another life to live.

-- Barbara Thornburg

Photo courtesy of Savante Wine Cellars

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