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Roll Out The Barrel

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Recently I was in the Mission District building on Mission Ave. in Cashmere while local entrepreneur Brian Ropp was demonstrating a new product. It interested me so much, especially after sampling some smoked chicken and cheese, that I thought others might like to know about him and the Smoker. I believe in recycling, so I'm not trying to advertise his products, but enjoy them as useful, recycled items.   

Brian is a talented local who enjoys drinking wine, but it doesn't stop there. He makes all kinds of useful and interesting products from used wine barrels, including the Smoker. This unique smoker is made from a used red wine barrel which originated in France, where it was made, and then shipped to the United States and to a local winery in the Wenatchee Valley.  This is where the barrel held red wine for 24 to 36 months.   

Once used by the local winery, the barrel was purchased by Wine Design LLC and made into a Wine Barrel Smoker.  The Smoker is operated by a 1500 watt element (included) and the smoker chips are scraps left over from building wine barrel furniture.  Brian Ropp smokes chicken, bacon wrapped brats, cheese and other items which are sold at Devil's Gulch Drinkery there in the Mission District - the only place in the state to sell Wine Barrel smoked foods.   

The wine-stained oak gives a unique flavor to the foods and cheeses.  The Smoker includes the 1500 watt element and 3 grills: one for the moisture, one for the drip pan and one to smoke on.  The smoker also includes a temperature gauge so you can watch the cooking temperature.  The top, which has handles for the easily removable lid, can have your favorite wine bottle as smoke stacks.  

Brian has made many other items from wine barrels: mirrors from the end of the barrels, end tables, coffee tables, Bistro tables, Ice Chest Bistro tables, table tops, kitchen tables, stools and chairs, Adirondack chairs, big bars and small bars, signs, ice chests and 54 other items. Everything he builds is custom, unique and can be personalized anyway the customer wants. Check Wine Design LLC on Facebook for pictures of everything he has made.  

If you want to meet Brian and view his products in person, he can be contacted here:    

Brian Ropp, Owner, Wine Design LLC
207 Mission St, Suite J
Cashmere, WA 98815

And if you want to taste the delicious results coming from the smoker, visit Devil's Gulch Drinkery.  Visit for hours and more info.

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