Medium toasted American Oak Chips are a great way for the home brewer and vintner to mimic oak barrel aging without the added cost and space requirements. American oak will provide a pleasant sweetness along with some great vanilla notes.
For the home vintner, chips can be used in your secondary to help give added complexity to your wine. Home brewers can soak these in a favorite spirit such as bourbon, for a couple weeks then add to your secondary when racking. Oak chips are relatively thin and have a high surface area, so their oak characteristics are imparted quicker than their cubed siblings. Regardless of how you plan to use them, make sure first to boil them for at least 10 minutes to sanitize, drain, and then their ready to use.