Barrel Chock

Description:

An insecure barrel stack is an unacceptable hazard in a winery. This wooden wedge was one of hundreds used to stabilize stacks of 225 liter (60 gallon) wine barrels that were holding wine for aging at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (SLWC) in California’s Napa Valley in the mid-1990s. The prosaic but essential chocks, pushed into place along the curves at the bottom of each barrel, kept the formidable stacks of French oak barrels secure and stable. As cellar workers climbed the stacks to top off barrels and monitor the wine, they trusted the chocks to function properly.

Subject: Wine

Subject:

See more items in: Work and Industry: Food Technology, Food, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1998.0181.17BAccession Number: 1998.0181Catalog Number: 1998.0181.17B

Object Name: chock, barrelOther Terms: chock, barrel; Food Technology; Winemaking

Physical Description: wood (overall material)handmade (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 12.1 cm x 24 cm x 7.3 cm; 4 3/4 in x 9 7/16 in x 2 7/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-d87e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1300910

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