monday q&a – using oak barrels

We were wondering a little about oak barrels the other day. Oak plays a big part in wine making. It has for a really long time. Many wines are left to ferment in oak barrels and some are just ‘finished’ in them. Some don’t touch oak at all. Oak makes a big difference in the finished product in the bottle affecting everything from color to taste.

We wondered if they reuse them or use new barrels each time. I researched a bit and the y do reuse them. But the newer they are the more oakey goodness (or not if you aren’t a fan)  leaches out of them and into the wine. So a new oak barrel gives more oak qualities. It looks like they can be used up to five times or so…

Wish I could get my hands on a few used ones!!

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