Tag Archive 'wine barrels'

Apr 09 2009

The Barrel Effect

By Brooke Gowen There are a million factors that go into the finished product that is wine. Some are beyond a producer’s control (such as bad weather, pests and insects, diseases, etc.), and others are completely controlled by the winemaker: grape harvesting times, the fermentation and ageing process, and myriad other vinification techniques. Today, let’s […]

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Feb 05 2009

Oak is Not a Dirty Word

A whole lot of discussion goes on at wine tastings about oak: how long one particular wine was aged in oak; did the ageing occur in new American oak barrels; or were they French barriques (standard casks which holds 225 litres, or 300 bottles)? But, what does it all mean?

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