Tonnellerie Leroi, ''The King of Coopers,'' Debuts at the 2008 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

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Tonnellerie Leroi will officially debut in North America at UW&GS's 2008 show in Sacramento, California, January 30-31. Michael Mercer, the North American Sales Manager, will be discussing the company's history and displaying the artisan barrels in Booth #3 in the Symposium's Expedition Hall. Although this is the first time Tonnellerie Leroi is presenting its barrels to the US public, the company has deep roots in Cognac with a history of crafting quality French oak barrels that dates back to 1715 - the oldest cooperage in continuous operation in France.

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Being an artisan cooperage allows Tonnellerie Leroi the flexibility to adapt our wine barrels to our winemaker's needs. We actively use feedback that we receive from winemakers throughout the year to improve our quality. Competitively speaking, Leroi offers the highest possible premium French oak barrels for the money without any compromise

    Located in the heart of Cognac, Tonnellerie Leroi is known for obtaining the finest certified French oak from sustainable and traceable sources to create its full range of standard and specialty wine and spirits barrels. Cooperage being imported include 225-L/240-L Bordeaux Export/Traditional, 228-L Burgundy Export/Traditional, 300-L Hogsheads, 500-L Puncheons, and custom wood tanks.

Having returned from Tonnellerie Leroi headquarters in France, Mr. Mercer is convinced that Leroi has a niche in the competitive barrel market. "Being an artisan cooperage allows Tonnellerie Leroi the flexibility to adapt our wine barrels to our winemaker's needs. We actively use feedback that we receive from winemakers throughout the year to improve our quality. Competitively speaking, Leroi offers the highest possible premium French oak barrels for the money without any compromise," Mr. Mercer recently stated.

Part of that quality is due to the climate in Cognac, which allows the wood to mature slowly, enhancing the flavors in the oak. Leroi is staffed by skilled coopers that make each barrel by hand to strict quality standards. In an ongoing effort to ensure those standards, the cooperage is working towards receiving ISO 9001 and HACCP certification in 2008.

Tonnellerie Leroi's USA office is based in Healdsburg, California - the heart of the wine country. The company quietly launched in 2007, and sells barrels to discerning winemakers and wineries located throughout North America. The company offers credit card payment options, next day deliveries for in-stock items in Northern California, one year product guarantee, and 24-hour on-call customer service.

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